Posts Tagged ‘Openings’

BARCELONA///FIRST LOOK: GOMEZ BUENO AT IGUAPOP GALLERY

February 23, 2009  |  art, Barcelona, News, Olympics, Spain  |  Comments Off

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Gomez Bueno channels the spirit of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth...

Spanish born LA transplant GOMEZ BUENO is wild card artist extraordinaire whose Pop Cultural visual musings never cease to amuse. For his newest solo show, “Películas y Musicales de los Estudios Gómez Bueno” (Movies and Musicales from the Gomez Bueno Studios), at Barcelona’s IGUAPOP GALLERY finds the artist reimagining some familiar entertainment world iconography in his own inimitable style via a lengthy series of oil paintings and pen on paper drawings taking the piss out of everyone from Ed “Big Daddy” Roth to Johnny Ramone. Running alongside a concurrent exhibition by art buddy Eric White, the show is a testament to Bueno’s atypical thought process that one can only begin to understand through careful, up-close-and-personal study of the man/maniac himself. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TOKYO///FIRST LOOK///OPENING NITE AT MARK RYDEN’S “SNOW YAK SHOW” AT TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY

February 11, 2009  |  art, Feature, Mark Ryden, News, Openings, Tim Biskup, Tokyo  |  Comments Off

litttlebearr.jpg Otaku MARK RYDEN fans got a much-needed dose of face time with their art idol in Tokyo last Saturday nite when his hotly anticipated new "Snow Yak Show" debuted at TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY. In attendance were longtime Ryden brothers-in-arms TIM BISKUP and GARY BASEMAN who helped their bearded elder celebrate in true snow yak style replete with fuzzy white headgear and ice cold hearts to boot. The sold out show of new oil paintings and drawings represents a stark aesthetic departure for the artist who leaves behind his trademark meat-laden painting style and ornate frames behind with this collection of minimalist new work.

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NYC///SHOWSTOPPER///MICHAEL BEVILACQUA’S “CORROSIONS OF CONFORMITY” AT GERING & LOPEZ

February 8, 2009  |  art, News, NYC  |  Comments Off

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NYC-based painter and mixed media artist MICHAEL BEVILACQUA enjoys the particular distinction of having his art labeled "Beavis and Butthead Pop" by the paper of record, the NY Times in recent years. Deemed such largely for his reference-laden turn-of-the-century works incorporating visual "shout outs" to his heros of modern music & pop culture including The Ramones, Spongebob, Gorillaz, Takashi Murakami, Barry McGee, The Cramps and KAWS, to name a few, the artist's work has taken on a more loose, gestural, and less literal visual quality of late. For his new show of paintigs on paper at GERING & LOPEZ GALLERY, titled "Corrosions of Conformity" (the band logos may have become less prominent in his works but the influences remain dominant), find him moving away from the hard-edged graphic sensibility he's established to embrace a more abstract technique incorporating elements of collage and stenciling. Still reference heavy throughout, Bevilacqua's discussion points have become a bit more oblique (a recent trip to Greece is a tangible theme, however) while remaining close to the artist's Pop Culture proclivities. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///MUST SEE SHOW: ANISH KAPOOR AT REGEN PROJECTS

February 6, 2009  |  art, LA, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Following the amazing Yoshitomo Nara exhibition at Blum & Poe this January, LA is off to a bright year visually—despite the otherwise morbid outlook—with a show of new drawings by ANISH KAPOOR at REGEN PROJECTS in West Hollywood this month. The Turner Prize-winning London-based Indian artist is in fine form in this exhibition of medium and large-sized gorgeously pigmented gouache on paper abstract "drawings" that are meditative in both form and depth and a notable departure from his more visible sculptural and architectural projects of recent years. Of course writing about abstract art is like "dancing about architecture" and the show's accompanying artspeak does a far better job of just that:

"Anish Kapoor's work brings together the formal concerns of post-minimalism with an eastern spiritual sensibility and explores the relationship between physicality and transcendence. Each drawing is typically begun near the center of the paper and develops spontaneously. The drawings are direct expressions that stress the primacy of the mark and the hand of the artist. There is a raw, gestural, and visceral character on one hand and a sublime refinement and control on the other. Within these works there is a coexistence of opposites: a simultaneous play of glutinous and dry surface, negative and positive space, lightness and darkness, shadow and void, presence and absence, stasis and potential activity. This duality creates a tension between formalist structures and an engagement with deep metaphysical elements of philosophy. Space remains undefined as forms swirl and light alludes to the spaces beyond. The vivid and saturated colors illustrate Kapoor's understanding that color has the ability to transform feelings and provoke emotions while being a physical presence unto itself. These drawings represent a more private and personal side of his practice. Symbolism and modernist abstraction coalesce and illustrate a movement beyond the decorative into the sublime."

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BOSTON///BOSTON///FIRST LOOK: SHEPARD FAIREY’S “SUPPLY & DEMAND” SHOW AT THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

February 6, 2009  |  art, Boston, Graffiti, News, Openings, Origins of Style, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Our own SHEPARD FAIREY has been a near constant presence on Supertouch of late, but what can we say, the last year has belonged to him. Capping off an epic string of career milestones beginning with his street level branding of the Obama campaign to being inducted into the Smithsonian and the attendant media blitz that ensued–most famously with his appearances on The Colbert Report and Charlie Rose, Ol' Shep managed to cap it all off last nite with the VIP preview of his career retrospective art show "Supply & Demand" at the INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON. Of course there were even more media microphones and cameras there (that's after doing two days of press before hand), but this time so was his loyal legion of diehard fans, which made it all worthwhile. Just to up the irony factor, local government just unveiled a massive Shepard mural outside the entrance of historic City Hall with the Mayor presiding over the occasion. Looks like art crime pays after all. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SAN DIEGO///OPENINGS///MARK DEAN VECA’S CAREER RETROSPECTIVE AT UCSD MUSEUM

February 6, 2009  |  art, News, Openings, San Diego  |  Comments Off

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Opening up last week was MARK DEAN VECA’s phenomenal career retrospective “Mark Dean Veca: Painting, Wall Drawings and Collaborations” at the UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY/UCSD. Providing a comprehensive overview of the Shreveport, Louisiana native & current Altadena resident’s creative oeuvre, the multifaceted exhibition chronicles the diversity of the painter’s career from his early drawings and monochrome paintings to his creative collaborations with Nike, KAWS, Ford, and Burton Snowboards, before arriving at a selection of the artist’s stunning new work. The show also features two intensely detailed wall paintings indoors & out exhibiting his signature style of graphic assault. In the words of curator Steve Mitchell, “Veca works in the meticulous tradition of the fresco painter to produce an image that paradoxically evokes the immediacy of the graffiti artist.” HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BELGIUM///FIRST LOOK///STEVE POWERS’ (AKA: ESPO) “SEMAPHORES OF THE SOUL” AT ALICE GALLERY

February 2, 2009  |  art, Belgium, First Look, Graffiti, News, Openings, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Espo gets a visit from the Power Rangers...

One thing's for certain about NYC-based artist, street bomber,  & sign painter extraordinaire STEPHEN POWERS (aka: ESPO), his career moves fast with international shows of his trademark enamel on metal quips firing off around the world at a breakneck pace. This month finds the hightop-faded one debuting an extensive set of new works in "Semaphores of the Soul," at Brussels' esteemed ALICE GALLERY where red dots on the space's white walls attested to the enduring strength of Powers' market despite the art world's current economic woes. Local fans flooded the spot where the red hooded power trio known as LES BOURREAUX closed out the night and nearly drew the cops. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SOUTH CAROLINA///FIRST LOOK: DALEK’S “BROKEN, BEATEN, AND BURIED” AT REDUX CONTEMPORARY

January 29, 2009  |  art, First Look, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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The ladies of South Carolina love cool James...

Supertouch buddy James "DALEK" Marshall continues his artistic trek in search of geometrical expression at Charleston, South Carolina's REDUX CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, with his defeatist "Broken, Beaten, and Buried" show of new works that opened its doors last Friday. Moving away from the central "Space Monkey" character that has long dominated Dalek's artwork, the former Murakami production line painter has been exploring the realms of kaleidoscopic geometry with abandon of late, and the results are pure mathematical eye candy. Just to throw another curve ball into the mix, Dalek has moved beyond his intricate and complex compositions for this show to create an additional walk-through installation of decidedly minimal and linear abstract work, possibly a sneek peek at a further deconstructed approach to come. If catching a glimpse at this eye-popping new work isn't enough motivation for New Yorkers to drive down to the show, escaping Manhattan's sub-Arctic weather for the mild climes of South Carolina should be reason enough for anyone with a penchant for self-preservation. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///FIRST LOOK: NEW IMAGE ART’S 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW

January 27, 2009  |  art, Hollywood Swingin', LA, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Barry McGee steps up to the plate with Phil Frost...

It really does seem like only yesterday that ripping surfer chick and art connoisseur MARSEA GOLDBERG opened the doors to her NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY. In that time the West Hollywood hotspot has been a home (oftentimes literally) to a vast array of the underground art world's young upstarts and a proven incubator for talent that has nurtured the careers of Ed Templeton, Clare Rojas, Jo Jackson, Judith Supine, Tauba Auerbach, Matt Leines, Jeff Soto, Taylor McKimens, Chris Johanson, Phil Frost, Jordin Isip, The Date Farmers, David Ellis, Barry McGee, Ashley Macomber, Os Gemeos, Neck Face and Thomas Campbell, to name a few, all of whom are among the contributors to "15 Years," the space's impressive celebratory group show that opened on Saturday nite. Of course, LA's hipster elite turned out in full force to help mark the occasion, bolstered no doubt by a special live performance by rippers NO AGE and an endless supply of free booze. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SF///VAN ARNO CATCHES THE “BOOGIE DISEASE” AT THE SHOOTING GALLERY

January 24, 2009  |  art, Lowbrow, News, Openings, San Francisco  |  Comments Off

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Shooting Gallerist Justin Giarla & Van at the scene of the art crime...

Having mastered the so-called "Lowbrow" aesthetic perfected in the 1980s & '90s by his artistic forebear Robert Williams (who also named the genre), LA-based painter VAN ARNO has expanded upon the traditionally noir West Coast style to modernize the genre with an approach that is both refined and distinct. Like his contemporary brother-in-arms Todd Schorr, Van Arno spent years studying “Lowbrow's” meticulous vernacular, ultimately mastering its "girls, guns, and ghouls" iconography before streamlining it in a style he can call his own. Currently on display at JUSTIN GIARLA's venerable SHOOTING GALLERY in San Francisco is Arno's "The Boogie Disease," featuring a dozen new paintings characterized by the artist's dynamic compositions and dramatic figurative rendering that has become his trademark. Having been demoted by the modern trends of "street art" and more cartoony, illustration-based painting, Arno's genre remains alive in his work, a fact that will doubtlessly secure the artist's position as a legitimate elder statesman of the movement when it’s ultimately rediscovered by a new wave of fresh-faced voyeurs in years to come. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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