Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Skullphone tags another ‘dead’ gas station (on LaBrea)

Look for his work to grace the walls of Scion this Saturday

Fri, June 19th 7-10PM
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Suite 10 in Los Angeles
Arkitip #51 release party with a special installation from Shepard Fairey + Shepard will be spinning along with special guest DJ’s – be sure to check out Shepard’s huge billboard too (check it out here).
(On view through July 12th)
Please be sure to RSVP to:

Sat, June 20th 7-10PM
LeBasse Projects
6023 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.558.0200
“Seasonal Change” group show featuring new works from Tessar Lo, Yoskay Yamamoto, Nate Frizzell, Joe Black, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Thomas Doyle, James Roper, Morgan Slade, Edwin Ushiro, Rebecca Urias, Meryl Donoghue and Michael Steele

Sat, June 20th 5-10PM
Miracle Mile Art Walk
Evening art walk profiling galleries along LaBrea & Beverly Blvd
Full details here:

Sat, June 20th 7PM
N.O.M.A.D. Gallery / Art Compound
1993 Blake Ave in Los Angeles
“Print Heavy – Group Printmaking Show” featuring gallery works and limited edition prints from Eduardo Benedetto, Scott Saw, Old Chola, Travis Lindquist, Clint Peterson, Dave Tree, Colin Burns, Kiyoshi Nakazawa and more + a live set by Friend Slash Lover

Sat, June 20th 7-10PM
SCION Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave in Culver City / 310.815.8840
“This Must Be The Place” curated by Faesthetic Magazine and featuring works from Skullphone, Gluekit, Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, Damien Correll, Joel Speasmaker, Dan Funderburgh, Matt Curry, and Jemma Hostetler
(On view through July 11th)

Sun, June 21st 7-10PM ($10 advance / $12 at door)
Baby Tattoo presents: Dr. Sketchy’s Los Angeles Session #001 @ The Medusa Lounge – 3211 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles (21 and up only) Featuring models Julie Bolene and Lavendar La Rue posing in and out of sinister fashions by Louis Fleischauer with tunes provided by DJ Alphabeast (Tim Biskup) – after party from 10PM-1AM (free admission for after party)Full details here:

Coming up next week:
Tue, June 23rd 7-10PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“Americana” featuring new works from Reuben Rude
(On view through July 11th)

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Shannon Keller “Three’s A Crowd”

Featured this Saturday at Show Cave in ‘Nerves’

Thur, May 21st 7:30-9PM (must RSVP – see below)
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
Special walking lecture and tour of ‘La Noche de La Fusion’ with Gary Baseman
RSVP to – space is limited

Sat, May 23rd 9PM-1AM ($8 admission / $5 as walking art)
Cannibal Flower Group Show & Performance Place
New Puppy Gallery @ 2808 Elm Street in Los Angeles
Huge travelling group show featuring Alex Garcia, Mark Dugalley, Patrick Hammerlein, Jose Carabes, Cambria, Yuki Miyazaki, Macsorro, Delphia, James Bentley, Stephen Canthal, Nicole Bruckman, Liz Brizzi, Terri Berman, Doulglas Alvarez, Taslimur, Ted Von Heiland, Anna Chung, Christopher Hall, Azikiwe Atiba Andrews, Bill Bronson, Ubaldo Miranda Villa, Yvette Ulrich, Laura Brody, Paul Torres, Jules Muck, Kelly Berg, Greg Yoshitaki, Lynn Marie Greaves, Lauri Robertson, John P. Wales, Steven Darden, Michael Pukac, Louie Metz, Erick Rodriguez, Josh Hart, Brett Gilbert, Eban Lehrer, Jun Alvarado, Hilary Bond, Adam Smithmada, Kelly Thompson, Lucia Jurado, Elizabeth Caffey, King Casanova, Eric Fobair, Fabius, Gino Burman-Loffredo, Paul Allison, Brian Robertson, L. Croskey, Michele Waterman, Shahid, Miss Withers, Nick Hernandez, Pablo Damas and more with featured artist Cate Rangel and beats courtesy of XPoint and Mr.NumberOnederful plus guest DJ DoublePlay and live performances from Seeing Thingz and Impalement Arts: Knife Throwing Duet Jack Dagger & Tonya Kay plus Belly Dancing from Salawa and live painting with Michael Pukac
For all the details – check out

Sat, May 23rd 1-4PM
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space B-5A at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.453.9191
Special book signing event with Brendan Monroe

Sat, May 23rd
Mark Moore Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave in Bergamot Station / Space A-1
“What Holds Up” featuring new works from Julie Heffernan plus works from Gavin Nolan in their project room
(On view through July 3rd)

Sat, May 23rd 7-10PM
SCION Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave in Culver City / 310.815.8840
“1000 DAYS” curated by Seth Curcio of Daily Serving featuring eight U.S.-based emerging artists including Caleb Weintraub, Mark Mulroney, Michael Rea, Chris Scarborough, Julie Henson, Tivon Rice, Christina Seely, and Matt Phillips
(On view through June 13th)

Sat, May 23rd 7PM-Midnight
1930 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles (Echo Park area)
“Nerves” featuring works from Shannon Keller * AJ Liberto
(On view through June 20th)

Sat, May 23rd 8-11PM
Solid Gallery One
334 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles / 323.939.3003
“Broken” featuring works from Ted Von Heiland, 13:11, Augie Pagan, Paul Torres, Patrick Haemmerlein, Star 27, Douglas Alvarez, Miss Wendy, Jarrett DeMartino and many more
(On view through June 21st)

*Big art weekend coming up next week: curate this weekend’s show at Scion in Culver City…

Caleb Weintraub (Bloomington, IN)

The next installation at Scion’s L.A. Space, is slated for its debut this Saturday, May 23rd. The exhibition, curated by Seth Curcio of Daily Serving, is titled 1000 DAYS and will present eight U.S.-based emerging artists whose work represents a graphic aesthetic and innovative direction, including Caleb Weintraub (see above), Mark Mulroney, Michael Rea, Chris Scarborough (see below), Julie Henson, Tivon Rice, Christina Seely, and Matt Phillips. The artists work in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and new media. Collectively, the artists address many of the major issues found in contemporary art today—combining conceptual and aesthetic elements of post-modernism, while highlighting topics such as pop culture, technology, and current social issues, often through the lens of art history.

Chris Scarborough (Nashville, TN)

The opening reception takes place May 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Scion Installation L.A. Space, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The show will run until June 13th.

Opening night of ‘SÃO PAULO’ show @ Scion…

Just got back from the opening reception of the big ‘SÃO PAULO’ show @ Scion over in Culver City. What a turn out, the place was just packed and the artists were so jazzed, and interacting with everyone and really have an awesome time. Big props to Eduardo and Baixo from Choque Cultural and the Scion crew for an amazing show. One of their best in some time for sure.

Opening night crush with Zezão & Speto‘s collaborative mural looming in the background…

The explosion of color and form that is the work of Carlos Dias

Zezão‘s video installation… his new work was just beautiful.

Crowd shot with Carlos Dias and Calma‘s work in the background…

Calma‘s installation complete… check out some shots of it coming together in our previous post on the show coming together here.

Calma got busy in the sketchbook (above)… finished image is below…

After Calma hit up the book, it was time for Titi Freak to do his thing. His lines flow so fluidly when he draws, just awesome to watch. Finished piece is below.

Crowd shot with massive Speto wall mural in the background…

The beautiful work of newcomer Ramon Martins

“Moai” sculpture from MZK

The artists from ‘SÃO PAULO’ and the fine folks of Choque Cultural

For more shots of the show, check out the preview we posted earlier this week here.

The free show catalog given out to all that attended opening night. We’ve got a couple extra copies, the first couple folks to shoot us a mail to will get one.

SCION Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave in Culver City / 310.815.8840
‘SÃO PAULO’ – group show curated by Brazil’s Choque Cultural Gallery featuring works from Titi Freak, Speto, Calma, Carlos Dias, Ramon Martins, MZK, Silvana Mello, and Zezao
(On view through March 28th)

Behind the scenes of the big SÃO PAULO group show…

Was over in Culver City today and swung through the Scion spot to get a lil’ advance look at the big SÃO PAULO exhibition that we have already previewed here a couple times. The group show has been curated by Choque Cultural Gallery out of Brazil and features fellow Brazilian artists Carlos Dias, MZK, Ramon Martins, Silvana Mello, Speto, Titi Freak and Zezão

By far the showstopper, Titi Freak‘s huge piece (pictured above with the artist) is just beautiful and hits you the moment you walk through the door. He was still busy putting some finishing touches on the surrounding wall mural/install when we swung through (close up below)…

The gallery was abuzz with activity… power saws, hammering, painting… spray paint fumes hanging heavy in the air…

Lil’ glimpse at the progress of Zezão‘s collaborative wall mural with Speto… the two were very busy putting the finishing touchs on the mural and preparing to hang their works for the show. Zezão‘s new pieces are by far the best and most creative I’ve seen yet from him. You’ll have to wait until the opening to see ’em, but they incorporate miniature manhole covers, bits of old brick walls from model train kits… just really creative pieces.

Speto (seen above) putting the finishing touches on his big piece for the show, before getting to installing it over the mural he just completed with Zezão (see below)…

Stephan Doitschinoff, aka Calma

Calma will be signing copies of his new book, Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff as well as screening Temporal, the short documentary film about Doitschinoff’s work, prior to the opening reception this Sat, February 28th from 6-7pm… this was just announced, so be sure to get by early if you have the chance.

Calma was also hard at work finishing up his beautiful installation… all that he had to do when we left was just some hand lettering above the red banner that hangs towards the top of his install (finished pics of the install will be posted here this weekend). The laser cut shadow box center piece (similar to recent works in his Jonathan LeVine and Anno Domini Gallery solo shows) is just beautiful and really needs to be seen in person to appreciate how delicate they are and how perfectly these laser cut shadow boxes frame and compliment his work. Calma was telling me that all the banners and flags in the exhibit (as well as his recent solo shows) were all made by local artisans that come from the small town where he lives in Brazil.

Choque Cultural‘s latest find, Ramon Martins, seen above (on the left) working away on his mural, alongside artist Carlos Dias (on the right)…

Ramon Martins applying the finishing touches to his background mural… his work is really striking with a vibrant color palette that pulls you in as soon as you see the work.

Baixo and Eduardo from Choque Cultural Gallery alongside artist Carlos Dias.
Speaking of Carlos, check out a nice interview that Juxtapoz just posted with him here.
Opening Reception: Sat, Feb. 28th 7-10PM
SCION Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave in Culver City / 310.815.8840
‘Sao Paulo’ – group show curated by Brazil’s Choque Cultural Gallery featuring works from Titi Freak, Speto, Calma, Carlos Dias, Ramon Martins, MZK, Silvana Mello, and Zezao
(On view through March 28th – don’t miss this one!!!)