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From Japan with More Art

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Expressing one of the Buddhist beliefs, Japanese word Shinrabanshou (spelled Xinla Bansho and translated to Forest of Exponentials for the occasion) refers to everything and all things in the universe. Choosing such a title is ballsy and ambitious on the part of a Los Angeles artist and curator Kio Griffith. In this installment of works by Japanese artists at Paul …

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Dirty Does It for Andrew Brischler

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Andrew Brischler’s productive one-man show Storms at Gavlak might as well be called The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were. Highly graphic, commercial-ready appearances of the artist’s large paintings and small drawings simultaneously ooze with freshness and feel blas√©. The totality of the visual choreography strikes as a collaboration between a teenage fanboy deliriously copying jacket artworks, and a banker …

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From Japan with Art

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To get a taste of Japan, there are good eateries spread across the south land that serve up deliciousness with a dash of umami. There is no need to canoe across the Pacific Ocean. In order to grasp a sense of art happening in Japan, however, a group of young and mid-career Japanese artists have recently flown over and set …

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Jennifer Wynne Reeves Seeing Through

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A poignant and moving collection of paintings by Jennifer Wynne Reeves, currently on view at CB1 Gallery, is an intimate love affair, which does not require homework to enjoy. It must be noted, however, that the experience, with the knowledge of the artist’s recent passing after her battle with brain cancer, is exponentially amplified with the sense of urgency and …

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Andy Is Still Here: Penelope Umbrico & David Klamen

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Andy died but he never went away. Virtually omnipresent, his reach extends far beyond the confines of auction houses and museums. He lives in the popular culture. A few years back, many eager shoppers raided Target stores to get their hands on the limited commemorative edition of Campbell’s soup cans. Uniqlo has been selling the licensed images on T-shirts by …

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The Art of Imagination by Phyllis Green

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Love it or hate it, when it comes to imagining what our favorite literature or graphic novel characters may look like, Hollywood pretty much has the most impacting say. The images it produces stick and linger on and on, in the cultural zeitgeist. But even then, these big screen heroes and heroines are fluid constructs, as studios continuously churn out …

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Matt Connors Very Much on the Grid

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Many aspects of human lives are built using a grid. Urban and suburban infrastructures are most visible, thanks to Google Maps and the likes. On a smaller, often indiscernible scale, the same system is used as one of the foundational tools for visual design. The introduction of this grid as a primary governing principle in Matt Conner’s new series is …

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Small Delights by Russell Tyler and Easton Miller

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Despite the title Complex Decisions, the grouping of small abstract paintings at CES Gallery is an intimate fun little affair that is straightforward in its appeal. It tempts you to reach into your wallet and pull out the plastic; you hope that the 5% cashback bonus is still valid. You think, “These would look really nice on my walls.” Among …