Sunday, October 5, 2014

Edwin Ushiro's New Book!

If you're a fan of the incomparable Edwin Ushiro, you'll want to get a signed copy of his new monograph, "Gathering Whispers," from Zero+ Publishing before their introductory offer runs out! I assure you that you will not be disappointed in the scope or quality of this deluxe edition, which contains an in-depth introduction written by me.

Edwin Ushiro: Gathering Whispers is a haunting monograph that explores the work of Edwin Ushiro, whose atmospheric paintings recapture the ecstasy, wonder and dread that illuminated and shadowed the endless summer days of his childhood in Hawaii. With an introduction by Giant Robot founder and curator Eric Nakamura and an essay by yours truly (Amanda Erlanson) that delves into the cultural, historical and personal backdrop of Ushiro’s vision, and featuring 71 impeccably reproduced color plates, this deluxe volume provides a wealth of insight into the ethereal world of a gifted and enigmatic artist.

Andrew Hem, slinging paint from Culver City to Colombia!

Last but not least, I wanted to share with you a small but evocative mural Andrew recently completed in his hometown, Culver City. You can find it on Fay at Washington, if you're in the neighborhood. Like many of his paintings, "Jacuzzi" celebrates Andrew's love of Yakuza-style body art and graffiti fonts, as well as the wild beauty of nature.

Stay tuned for a mural in another hemisphere — in Bogotá, Colombia, to be precise — when Andrew travels there for his four-day moleskine landscape painting lecture, later this month!

"The Night Watchers" by Andrew Hem, now haunting Lexington, Kentucky!

For Lexington, Kentucky's PRHBTN Festival last week, Transylvania University professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova invited Andrew Hem to paint a mural at 139 W. Short Street. His spooky "The Night Watchers" comes just in time for Halloween! Photos courtesy of Kurt & Kremena, Mark Cornelison (for the Lexington Herald-Leader), Paul M. Hooper and the PRHBTN Festival.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Andrew Hem's "Cruising Down the Eastside" in Germany

Just wanted to let you know that you should check out Andrew Hem's new mural for the Wallcome Festival in the quaint German town of Schmalkalden, home to local legends and festival curators Akut and Case from Ma'Claim. Photos courtesy of the talented Sascha Buehner!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dabs Myla "Midnight Fantasy" book signing & "Touchy Subjects"

This Saturday, September 20th, don't miss Dabs Myla's book signing for Midnight Fantasy (for which I wrote an essay) from 7-8 pm — as well as their exhibition "Touchy Subjects" with Rime and Persue from 8-11 — at The Seventh Letter store. There will also be a plethora of new products with Dabs Myla designs available, from pint glasses to t-shirts to stickers, so come by or check it all out at the Seventh Letter online.

Rob Sato's "Curses"

Don't miss the opening of Rob Sato's latest exhibition, "Curses," this Saturday, September 20th from 7-9 pm at Martha Otero Galley. Comprising a new body of three-dimensional work, as well as a number of exceptional pieces that debuted at the Oakland Museum earlier this year, the show promises to be Rob's largest and most ambitious to date. See you there!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

SuperAwesome! and Andrew Hem's latest mural at the Oakland Museum

If you haven't yet had a chance to visit SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot at the Oakland Museum, you should get over there and check it out before the show closes on July 27th. Before you venture into the main exhibition, make sure to head up to street level and visit the Oak Street Plaza to see Andrew Hem's latest mural, a tour de force entitled "I think that possibly maybe I've fallen for you," which he completed in just five days.

Afterward, you can spend hours exploring the rest of the exhibition downstairs, which includes a fascinating look at the 20-year history of Giant Robot, as well as new work by 14 artists, including Erratic Phenomena favorites like Rob Sato, David Choe, Sean Chao and Ako Castuera. We road-tripped up there for the opening, so I can assure you it's worth a visit!