Coming up next month, Hashimoto Contemporary's New York space will be hosting a solo showing from Erik Jones entitled Country. Judging from the work-in-progress photos from his studio outside of Chicago, the new body of work will continue his recent series of surreal portraits that treat the extremities and appendages like colorful Gumby-like extensions of the body. Take a look at more photos below...
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Currently at Jonathan Levine Projects, a solo show is on view from Josh Tiessen, first place winner of the inaugural Delusional Art Competition that the gallery held in 2017 (covered). Inspired the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible, Streams in the Wasteland features works painted on irregularly shaped panels centered thematically on depicting wild animals in abandoned spaces. Tiessen further explains - "the symbolic natural imagery offers streams of hope within the post-apocalyptic wasteland, highlighting the God-given mandate of stewardship to care for animals and the environment, which is also a relevant theme for today."
Depending on how you liked the ending of Game of Thrones that aired last night, this may or may not be good timing on Alex Gross' (interviewed) part with his latest print release. The editions on offer are Obsession & Valar Morghulis, the first filled with more recently alive characters from the popular show and the second with different characters that did not survive as long, with the blue eyes seen on people who have turned into wights. The compositions mirror some of the Los Angeles-based artist's signature paintings with the characters lined up in a crowd holding a drink, treat, or snack (and in Bran's case, a cellphone).
The signed and numbered (edition of 250 + 40 AP's) prints are both sized at 26" x 24" and will cost you $199. Head over here on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 8am PDT if you want to add these to your collection.
Discuss Alex Gross here.
On May 18th, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) will be returning to KP Projectswith a showing at their new location in Los Angeles. Entitled LET THE OUTSIDE IN, the surreal new body of work from the locally-based artist will feature some familiar characters as well as some new ones, all drawn from his vivid imagination.
He explains - "Like the pages of a story you’ve always wanted to read, so are the tales when you 'Let the Outside in.' There is a thin veil between what we know and what we can imagine. I’ve always believed that If you can think it, you should paint it. Give an idea weight and importance, then it can exist in the viewer’s imagination as well. This world, 'The Outside' has been expanding in my waking and dreaming thoughts for years and it is my pleasure to introduce you to the myriad of characters, from the 'Starry Knights' to the 'Dragon Birds' and 'Puppet People'. Each holds a specific role and purpose in keeping this world growing. It is my desire to invite you into this imagination station called 'The Outside.'"
Discuss Greg Simkins here.
Tomorrow (May 2nd) at 10M PST, Erik Jones will be releasing a limited edition print entitled Flower. The image is taken from a piece that the recently exhibited in London (covered), a good example of the color-infused portraiture he is know for. Produced in an edition of 50, the 24" x 24" print will be available thru Hashimoto Contemporary on their online store. As a bonus, the first ten copies of the edition will be hand embellished by Jones - take a look at more photos below...
Discuss Erik Jones here.
Earlier this month, Galleri Benoni in Copenhagen opened up a solo exhibition from Paco Pomet entitled No Places. The new work continues the Spanish artist's practice of taking reference photos and then altering them in multiple ways (structural, tonal, compositional), sometimes adding surreal elements, leading to a completely new reality.
He further explains his process and the title of his show thusly - "Very often I experience a strong sense of strangeness when I observe scenes described in photographs found at random. This feeling becomes greater the more anodyne the image is. In most cases this happens with amateur photography, documentary archives, anonymous images or found in family albums of unknown origin. These types of photographic sources, which I take as reference for the development of my works, provide an ideal material from which to start to work. Once the motifs for the pictorial compositions are taken, a game comes into play in which all those references are subject to alterations that may be structural, tonal, compositional or that may simply consist in the substitution, elimination or addition of elements, sometimes very small, that completely disarm the original image from which I start to develop my pictorial work.
I try to destabilize, disrupt and alter the order that configures the structure of the scene in each work. The resulting image proposes a new visual order. Due to these alterations, changes and dysfunctions the conventional construction of a scene and its components are definitely dismantled. The testimonial character of the photographic sources gives way to the uncertainty, the strangeness and the disorientation that the resulting pictorial images communicate. Then a new reality (which ultimately consists in the construction of an unreality) arises, and we can define it as a no place or a place that can only admit the presence of the imagination of the viewer"
Photo credit: @kristian_touborg & the gallery.
Discuss Paco Pomet here.
Oli Epp's debut solo in the U.S. is currently showing at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Contactless, the new body of work from the British artist feature his amoeba-like characters and explore ideas of human relationships, technology and consumer culture. Provoking thought as well as eliciting laughs with dark humor, Epp's paintings feature strange interactions with objects and references to brands and pop culture, all created through process that includes drawing, photoshop, and painting on canvas.
Photo credit: Coeval Magazine, the artist, and the gallery.
Showing through last weekend, Ceci n'est pas un dessin, c'est une situation at Galerie Julien Cadet in Paris featured the instantly recognizable work of James Jarvis (interviewed). For an artist where drawing plays such a big role in his practice, the exhibition presented a further evolution of his work where his drawings were featured as the object - in flat sculptural form. Take a look at more photos from the show below...
Photo credit: @thomas.demeester, @jeromeams, @adrianov28, the artist, and the gallery
Discuss James Jarvis here.
Coming up next month (May 10th), Mesa Contemporary Art Museum will be opening Petrichor, a mid career retrospective dedicated to the dark and surreal vision of Esao Andrews. Featuring 20 iconic paintings contributed by collectors around the world, the showing from the Mesa, Arizona native will also include never seen before pieces, 70 skatedecks he has designed in the past, as well as a site specific mural. Accompanying the exhibition will be Andrews' debut monograph coming in at a whopping 296 pages highlighting over 240 works since 2001.
Discuss Esao Andrews here.