Tomorrow is the opening of a totally rad group of artists that will be showing at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC – Andy Kehoe, Marco Mazzoni, and Souther Salazar. For his “Souvenirs” show at the gallery Souther will be reminiscing of his adventures during the Trading Tortoise project that him and his wife, Monica Choy, did last year. As you may remember the project was a traveling art installation of “trading posts” created by the two, where they exchanged trinkets with locals from each location, hence the show name “souvenirs”; a reflection of the Trading Tortoise as reinterpreted in the imaginary world of Souther’s characters and colors.
This Saturday is the 5 year anniversary group show @ C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, California. In celebration of the gallery [which I have to give props to for having some awesome taste in art] and the artists that they have worked with over the years and in future shows, this exhibition will feature tons of incredible work from around the world, including Vinz from Spain. This lovely “Angry Birds” riot piece is just one of the pieces you can expect to see at the show. In keeping with the narrative of his “Feel Free Project” he shows an image of violent police protests that are common these days in Spain, encouraging us to free ourselves of the repressive “lizard” police presence and fight to change the world.
Tomorrow is the opening of the “LAX/PHL” group show where Thinkspace Gallery will invade Philadelphia with it’s awesome selection of over 40 artists, including a very special installation by Philly’s own NoseGo. The month long invasion will be held at Gallery 309 and is a must see for a taste of what’s to come in the next year at Thinkspace and a promise of awesome work, like this “Amuse-Bouche” painting by Jacub Gagnon, which is a delightful play on tiny animal appetizers laid out in front of the hyena.
This wonderful first ever U.K. solo show opening with all new works by NoseGo is happening tomorrow at Unit 44 Gallery in Newcastle. The space will be filled to the brim with his silly characters, mixing colorful patterns and bug-eyed enclosures with itty-bitty animal treasures inside. For those of you who won’t be able to make it out to the show be sure to follow his Instagram for his latest pieces.
I love the work that The Weird Crew puts out – this 3 part wall canvas live painting was done by DXTR, Cone and Look for the Stroke Urban Art Fair held this weekend in Munich, Germany. It’s a thrilling collaboration of their goofy characters and graphics forming this epic world of weirdness and grandeur. Be sure to follow their Tumblr for all of the latest from the crew members crazy minds.
I love Bom.k and wish I could see this show in person, but I am not fortunate enough to find myself in Paris, France right now. Tomorrow is the opening of his “Vertiges & Somnolence” (“drowsiness & dizziness”) solo show at Galerie Itinerrance, which will showcase his true self. Bom.k doesn’t paint to please, instead he sleeps on an idea, paints it and awaits a reaction and interrogation from the public… I love to here this type of mentality. His work can be ghastly and obnoxiously weird, which makes it stand out against the typical streamline art out there that is created to appease viewers. You should definitely follow the gallery’s page to see more of his world.
Tonight is the opening of the much anticipated first ever U.S. solo show opening “Style is The Limit” with all new works from Aryz @ Fifty24SF in San Francisco. With fresh installations surrounding a ton of incredible color and lines studies and some larger paintings like this awesome “Basket” still life, he replicates his signature muted street color palette and dieing theme throughout his works. If you’re out in the S.F. area then this show is a must see goldmine of street to gallery fine art.
Now for next weekend’s show list of my “must-see” art shows:
- “Spectra” solo exhibition with a new body of work from John Wentz at Modern Eden Gallery out in San Francisco, CA. Like the incredible “Ever-Changing Spectrum of Light” oil painting above there will be plenty of haunting landscapes and gas mask wearing humans, as if they were placed in eerie post war photos set back in time.
- The “Lined in Lead II” group show is also opening on 4/13 at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, CA. The gallery has invited 12 artists to participate in this show that honors and glorifies the under-appreciated medium that is graphite. Line-up info here.
- California seems to be really happening the weekend of 4/13, with this 2 part solo show opening at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice. With works from Joram Roukes and Bayo this “international” exhibit will have some beastly work from these two fellows and really not to be missed because of the rarity of them being in the states.
- Last but not least Nychos has his solo show “Pellis Os Omentum” opening at Galo Art Gallery in Turin, Italy, which will obliviously have killer exploding guts and dissected creatures. In his words “follow the white rabbit” on over to the gallery if you are out in Italy for this adventure brought to you by Nychos.
Since I will be away for the next two weeks and as much as I love to share art awesomeness, I will be “post” free until my return from my sunny adventures, and so I am doing two art show guides of my “must-see” exhibits that are coming up. This weekend if you are in the vicinities, you should check out the following:
- “Stop Haunting Me” with all new work by Greg “Craola” Simkins at Merry Karnowsky Gallery out in Los Angeles, CA. This show will be particularly memorable as it is the 20 year anniversary of him writing under the name “Craola” and will have tons of new paintings (like above) and special print releases. You should be ashamed of yourself if you live in the area and don’t make it out to one of the dopest surreal shows out now.
- Another show to check out on Saturday out in Cali is “Heavenly Creatures” at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, with Meggs showing new works in the main gallery section. Come by and visit the temporary “house of Meggs” where you will find yourself surrounded by mythological heroes in modern abstract contexts.
- Finally, out in Switzerland you’ll also find the opening of SatOne‘s “Sweet, Little India” solo show at La Grille Urban & Graffiti Gallery, with some incredible graphic and abstract paintings based off his recent trip to India… it’s always a treat to see how adventures inspire the direction of an artist.
If you are lucky enough to be in Belgium then I might not like you right now… tomorrow is the opening of “Not High Enough” with all new works from the fellows of Etam Cru at Street ART Gallery Artifex in Antwerpen, Belgium. Sainer and Bezt have outdone themselves with some incredible paintings in each of their unique styles, as seen with “Bigfish” above by Sainer. I am loving the muted colors that every so slightly show through the details of the fish and rat juxtaposed against the bright pink and red of the paint stroke “hair”… it’s simply amazing.