Australian artist, publisher, and curator Jon Beinart is the founder of the beinArt Surreal Art Collective, a group of international artists notable for their surreal and imaginative styles. 2014 marked the reinvention of this collective which at one point featured over 500 artists- many of them will come together in a special iteration of the “beinArt Surreal Art Show” at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles this February.
A follow up to last year’s exhibition “Rediscovery,” San Francisco’s Gauntlet Gallery is paying homage to masked electronic music duo Daft Punk one more time with “Daft Punk Deux.” Each work in the show is inspired by the influential band in some way, be it their funky tunes or retro-futuristic aesthetic. Images of the band’s iconic robot helmets appear throughout the many of the pieces in the form of portraits that range from true-to-life to straight-up bizarre. The exhibition will feature works in a wide range of media from sculptures and paintings to digital works from more than 40 artists. “Daft Punk Deux” opens May 31 at 7 pm and will be on display through June 21.
Curated by Jon Beinart of beinArt Collective and Publishing, “beinArt Collective 2013” is a group show that revels in the macabre. The participating artists, including Chet Zar, Christian Rex van Minnen, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Kikyz 1313, Kris Lewis, Erik Thor Sandberg and Caitlin Hackett, all have a dark edge to their work that is manifested in different ways. Christian Rex van Minnen’s work is visceral and grotesque, playing on his viewers’ gag reflexes, while Chet Zar’s subject matter is outright diabolical and Erik Thor Sandberg’s mythological narratives have a brutal quality. “BeinArt Collective” opens at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on November 9. Take a look at a sneak peek of the show after the jump.
Curated by Nathan Spoor, the group show “Suggestivism” takes on its third incarnation, this time at the Casa dell’Architettura / Acquario Romano in Rome after two previous installments in the Los Angeles in 2011 and New York in 2012. Featuring many artists we’ve covered in past print issues and on our website — including Volume 22 cover artist Winnie Truong, Chris Mars (Hi-Fructose Collected 2), Dan May (HF Vol. 9), Martin Wittfooth (HF Vol. 19 cover artist), Michael Page (HF Vol. 19), Nicola Verlato (HF Vol. 11), Hi-Fructose co-founder Annie Owens and more — the exhibition attempts to unite artists with a similar interest in the surreal and absurd despite their different aesthetics. The exhibition will run May 3 – May 30. See more after the jump!
Tonight, Bold Hype Gallery in New York City will open their group show, “Far Away, So Close.” Featuring a solid, diverse line-up, the exhibition will feature artwork from a variety of aesthetic currents. From the quirky photorealism of Johannah O’Donell to Nathan Spoor’s confectionary pastel-colored worlds to Jason Limon’s insect-like surreal creatures, the show offers a glimpse at the work of many intriguing emerging and established artists. Take a look at some images from the show after the jump.
Lovers of all things morbid, Last Rites Gallery in New York will open “Taboo” on July 7, a group show that encourages artists to explore the forbidden. Sticking loosely to the theme, the impressive collection of works carries dark undertones that hint at sexuality, violence and ritual.