OF MICE AND CHILDREN by Gottfried Helnwein at Modernism Gallery SF September 18th – November 1st

We first came to know Austrian artist, Gottfried Helnwein through his amazing large scale installations in Ireland such as this one titled “The Last Child” back in 2008.

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‘Of Mice and Children’,  Gottfried Helnwein‘s current solo exhibition opened this month at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco and will remain on view until November 1st.   Making reference to Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’, the artist explores Steinbeck’s dark sense of humanity pervading through out his paintings and provocatively examines ‘childhood’ through his intense portraiture of children.

Most recently the subject of a major retrospective at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Helnwein’s work has been exhibited extensively worldwide, and is featured in the collections of important museums in Europe, Asia and the United States. We take a look at his studio portraits for posted for his current show in SF. More info at helnwein.com

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BCTION: 50 Japanese Artists take over a soon to be demolished building in Tokyo



Upper Playground artist, USUGROW took part in a large scale community art project called BCTION that just opened its doors to the public this week on Sept 1st.  BCTION is an art project at a soon-to-be demolished building in Kojimachi, Tokyo, with over 50 up-and-coming Japanese artists.

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The artists were allowed to express their art all over the floors and walls in the building, destined for destruction. The show will be open from September 1st  to the 15th, 12PM to 8PM Daily.


Check out Usugrow and Yu Suda’s Interview in Japanese and additional Interviews and Photos of works in progress here:

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More info at biction.com

JAPANTHER paints with skateboards at Mana Contemporary


Japanther, an art performance/ band established by Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek, made its name with unique performance situations, appearing alongside synchronized swimmers, atop the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets, in the back of a moving truck in Soho, and at shows with giant dinosaurs and BMXers flying off the walls. And now they paint with skateboards.  Matt Reilly adds paint to the wheels of his board and skates directly on to his canvas to create large, abstract paintings while putting on a live performance.  The process is definitely an important part of the experience both for the artist and its audience, and the end result becomes more than just abstract color bands on a canvas.  Take a look at their performance at Mana Contemporary and check out the resulting works from their recent show:

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Matt Reilly of Japanther performs live skateboard painting at Mana Contemporary on May 6th, 2014 from Plasticity NY on Vimeo.

Sculptural installations by Daniel Firman

Daniel Firman’s fascinating sculptural works of conceptually challenging and humorous installations are worth a closer look.  We examine his two elephant sculptures along with his recent works represented by the notorious Gallerie Perrotin:


Würsa 18,000 km above the Earth” 2006-2008
Elephant sculpture/taxidermy / Taxidermie d’éléphant
224 1/2 x 98 1/2 x 55 1/8 inches / 570 x 250 x 140 cm

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“Nasutamanus” 2012
Fiberglass, polymer / Fibre de verre, polymère
90 1/2 x 207 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches / 230 x 528 x 123 cm

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“Drone project” 2013
Guitars, discs, effect pedals, amplifiers / Guitares, disques, pédales d’effet, amplis
Variable size / Dimensions variables

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“Hortense” 2014
Resin / Résine
64 1/8 x 19 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches / 163 x 50 x 45 cm

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DOT DOT DOT debut solo exhibition at Reed Projects

In 2007, after almost a decade of graffiti writing under various names and guises, Norwegian artist DOT DOT DOT (NO) took to stencil art with a passion. Since then he has become well known for his distinctive stenciled style recognized around the world. As someone schooled on the streets in Oslo’s Graffiti community, Dot Dot Dot drew inspiration from the worlds of contemporary art and politics and took full advantage of the social contexts as material for his work.

The show, While you slept , presents a body of work that combines both well known key works from his career with a series of original works created for the occasion. Dot Dot Dot’s clever angle on the contemporary art world and its politics is brought together finally in one place for a debut solo exhibition at Reed Projects and open to the public until June 28th.

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While You Slept…
Skur 2 Skansenkaien, Stavanger, Norway.
Until June 28th

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Henrique Oliveira’s Transarquitetônica in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Internationally recognized artist, Henrique Oliveira poses a poetic discussion of history of architecture, of shelters and caves of the past by a challenging installation occupying 1600 m² building with strong brand of modern sculpture Niemeyer at MAC USP, Brazil.

The giant snaking columns designed by the architect curve through the space creating caverns, pathways and obstacles for the audience. Transarquitetônica of Henrique Oliveira is not just an installation, but commands itself as a place, a route with multiple possibilities that ends where it began. It is a work of architecture that combines sculpture and painting, offering various stimuli that the visitor gets to go to work.

The exhibition remains until November 30, open to the public on Tuesdays from 10 am to 21 pm and Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 18 hours. Admission is free so be sure to check it out if you’re in Sao Paulo for the World Cup 2014:

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Judith Ann Braun’s Finger Paintings and Installations

Judith Ann Braun takes on a familiar method of child’s play to the next level of skillful craftsmanship. By using her own fingers dipped in charcoal as a brush to translate her visual strategies, she ‘feels’ her way through a given space, giving new meaning to the relationship between an artist and his/her canvas. The results are quite striking and one can’t help but admire the laborious achievement and its intricate aesthetic.Upper Playground, Finger Painting Upper Playground, Finger Painting Upper Playground, Finger Painting Upper Playground, Finger Painting Upper Playground, Finger Painting Upper Playground, Finger Painting Upper Playground, Finger Painting

Photos from http://judithannbraun.com