Last Saturday, CHG Circa showed us every kind of giant you can think of with their group show “Giants Among Us” (previewed here). Giants are a timeless myth that has inspired artists for centuries. For Circa’s contemporary artists- Anita Kunz, Andrew Brandou, Armando Marino, Benjamin Bryce Kelley, Eric Joyner, Joe Fenton, John Brophy, Korin Faught, So Youn Lee, to name a few- giants are monstrous beasts, revered figures, a narrative and a concept. With so many literal and wildly conceptual ideas, it becomes a sort of game to find the giant in each.
While he is currently barred from leaving China, renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been working on “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” since his release from prison in 2011. Incarcerated for his politically outspoken artwork, Ai used his experience as fuel for a unique exhibition that fills the historical former prison and military fortress with site-specific installations that draw attention to human rights crises worldwide. Orchestrated remotely with the help of San Francisco-based curator Cheryl Haines and legions of volunteers, the exhibition is as much a spectacle as it is an educational experience.
Australian artist David “Meggs” Hooke, opened his solo exhibition “Spoiled Rotten” at Inner State Gallery in Detroit on September 19. Using explosive bursts of colors and raw layers of texture, “Spoiled Rotten” explores themes of consumerism and over-obsession with pop culture as Hooke takes iconic images such as Mickey Mouse and yellow smiley faces and exposes their disposability.
Road trips, the first sunsets (and sunrises) of the fall, a few beers, abandoned houses and a group of artists — that pretty much sums up the flurry of activity that took place at Salton Sea recently. The “accidental” lake (engineers originally dug an area for faster irrigation) in the Colorado Desert in Southern California was the setting for friends Eddie Colla, 2wenty, Nite Owl and Caratoes, who all made their mark there with signature work.
Dabs Myla’s oddball characters, Rime‘s vivid colors and Persue’s trippy paintings all share an animated style- and tend to tread sensitive topics. On Saturday night, their worlds collided in “Touchy Subjects” at The Seventh Letter gallery in Los Angeles. Co-existing in the same space, it was almost like a scene out of toontown in In Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Everything comes to life in a remarkably fun way, but it’s also slightly dangerous, erratic, and yes, touchy. More after the jump!
Closing this week at Marcas Contemporary Art, “Smoke & Mirrors” (previewed here) highlights largely figurative works and portraits whose subjects appear in a dreamlike state. Generally, “Smoke and Mirrors” refers to where magicians make objects appear or disappear with mirrors amid a distracting burst of smoke. Although there is unity in the approach, this is an exhibition that embraces diversity. As the name suggests, there’s an otherworldly, sometimes “magical” quality to the artwork.