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Johnston Foster @ POVevoloving Gallery This Saturday

 

Johnston Foster will be showing a variety of recent works at POVevolving in Chinatown tomorrow including an 8ft mixed media sculptural installation featuring an intricately crafted skeleton ( made from plastic lawn chairs ) riding a small pony that has been assembled from pieces of old tables and misc scraps of wood. The entirety of the work is surrounded by a swarm of wasps, each and every one, hand crafted from bits of recycled material. In addition to the epic centerpiece, the artist will be showing 15 wall mounted ‘masks’ – each one, incredibly expressive and created from random bits of detritus, including tires, hair brushes, shoes, car parts and a wide range of other reclaimed materials. More info about the show at Povevoling.com.

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James Jean

Taiwanese artist James Jean creates beautiful illustrations and paintings. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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London’s Veronica Falls, Waiting For Something To Happen

Roxanne Clifford from Veronica Falls performs at the Troubadour on March 29, 2013. Photo by Saunter Lee

“I’m Broken Hearted, Dearly Departed”, sang Roxanne Clifford as Veronica Falls played their very first single, ‘Found Love in a Graveyard‘ to a very happy crowd at the Troubadour in West Hollywood this past Friday night. Their new album, Waiting for Something to Happen released this past February on Slumberland Records is definitely a step in the right direction. A lot more polished and confident then their first release, the band had plenty to celebrate on this second to last show of their US tour.

“We’re not used to the heat, it’s pretty crazy”, said drummer Patrick Doyle as they launched into ‘Bad Feeling‘, another song from their self-titled debut. Funny enough, I don’t think it topped more than 70 degrees on the day of the show, but I guess living in the UK, every day in LA seems like a hot one. The band played a mix of new and old songs that kept everyone dancing and head-bopping through their 50+ minute short set. Standouts from there new record were the title track, ‘Waiting for Something to Happen’ as well as their new single, ‘Teenage’. Closing the show with their cover of Roky Erickson’s ‘Starry Eyes’, the band immediately left the stage and almost instantly came back out to chat and take photos with the crowd.

Check out their new video for ‘Teenage’ shot entirely on 8mm film and be sure to catch them when they tour Europe this month and next.

 

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Gallery Tour – LeBasse Projects

LeBasse Projects

We interns went exploring/gallery hoppin’ this past week, as the Beautiful/Decay office resides conveniently in the heart of the Culver City Art District.

I was particularly charmed by “Seasonal Change,” a group exhibition which just opened at LeBasse Projects on June 20th. With a line-up featuring the talents of Edwin Ushiro, James Roper, and Tessar Lo, this exhibition just sounded so promising! Some pieces are ethereal with slightly serious undertones; others are blatantly whimsical and playfully riotous, but all seem to be on the brink of something explosive…on the verge of unleashing ear-splitting noise.

“Seasonal Change” runs until mid-July, I believe, so be sure to check it out before then!

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Uplands Gallery, Part 2: Renee So

Bellarmine III, 2010

Bellarmine III, 2010

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on Uplands Gallery of Melbourne, Australia and our spotlight on a few of the artists they exhibit.

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Thom Thom’s Mosaic-like Patterns Cut into Advertisements

Armed with only a razor blade and a big imagination Parisian artist Thomas Louis Jacques Schmitt AKA Thom Thom slices, cuts, and excavates public billboards and ads to create wonderous works that resemble tile mosaics. As Thom Thom cuts away a the layers of ads new messages, images, and faces appear showing us what was there all along but we could not see. (via)

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Jerome Prieur

Picture 2Jerome Prieur injects his work with medieval madness.  The style reminds me of illuminated maunscripts fused with detailed medical illustrations.  Jerome has a few new pieces in a group show at Cella Gallery in North Hollywood.  The opening is on March 27th.

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10 Street Art Images You Need To See

Justin Nether

Justin Nether

Pasha183

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Insa

Insa

Each week we’re bringing to you ten street art images culled from the internet that you definitely need to see.  This week we have pieces of two current event pieces: one of Trayvon Martin by Justin Nether, and another touching on Edward Snowden by PosterBoy.    There’s also pieces that will mess with your perspective from artists Meres and Atou.  You’ll also find an awesome GIF/Mural hybrid from INSA, an actual fiery torch holding mural by Pasha183, and a pizzeria cloning mural from Escif.  Finally check out a wonderfully creepy piece from Dan Witz and entire two story painted gold and covered with a mural by the Hygienic Dress League.

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