“Make Art, Not War” Shepard Fairey Paints Town Red

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“Make Art, Not War” Shepard Fairey Paints Town Red

For the next two days, artist Shepard Fairey and crew are turning a blank wall at Baller Hardware on Tracy and Hyperion into a mural, a (hopefully) permanent piece of statement art reading MAKE ART, NOT WAR Fairey is friends with Baller’s owners and buys supplies there which is how the mural came about. (Baller…

CARTWHEEL Interview: Corey Hagberg in his Rockford, Ill. Studio

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CARTWHEEL Interview: Corey Hagberg in his Rockford, Ill. Studio

When 33-year-old artist Corey Hagberg was four years old, he watched his dad draw super heroes and fighter planes with a mechanical pencil and equated the scents of lead and erasers with magical abilities to stop time. Two years later, at a garage sale, I remember coming across this skateboard with some of the most…

Llyn Foulkes Retrospective at Hammer Museum

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Llyn Foulkes Retrospective at Hammer Museum

  It is a stunning Llyn Foulkes retrospective up now through May 19, 2013 at the Hammer Museum  in Los Angeles. If you’ve seen the exhibition, then you’ve discussed it with others, and perhaps you’ve liked the email and the frequent threads on Facebook. In a recent conversation with me, Foulkes said that The Lost…

CARTWHEEL Interview: Miami Artist Evo Love on the Lure of L.A.

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CARTWHEEL Interview: Miami Artist Evo Love on the Lure of L.A.

Artist Evo Love is from Miami and wishes lots of love and luck upon those who come her way. If you’ve ever entered her realm of assemblage art you’ve been blessed by the magic of a million beautiful pop culture thoughts. She intends for her pieces to conjure personal connections to past eras or worship-worthy…

CARTWHEEL Interview: Sticky Shaw and Lauren Buckingham Over on “Birds” at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery

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CARTWHEEL Interview: Sticky Shaw and Lauren Buckingham Over on “Birds” at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery

In the first show of the new year at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery in Laguna Beach, artist Sticky Shaw curates a four-artist exhibition titled “Birds” with artwork by Shaw, Karlee Mackie, Lauren Buckingham Over, and Katherine Clarke Langlands. The Birds theme proves an interesting exploration in masculinity vs. femininity with this output of one…

Let There Be Light! David Normal Illuminates San Francisco

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Let There Be Light! David Normal Illuminates San Francisco

The image of a massive dog’s head staring down a hallway glows against the night darkness in one of the windows of the cathedral-like atrium of a former Cadillac dealership at the busy intersection of Van Ness and O’Farrell in downtown San Francisco. Flanked on either side by a pair of crippled women, one of…

Dreamweaver: Interview with Vincent Cacciotti

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Dreamweaver: Interview with Vincent Cacciotti

My first encounter with the work of Vincent Cacciotti was fairly intense. Back in November of 2012, I walked into WWA Gallery and was immediately confronted with a row of masterful oil paintings that were at once dark, mysterious, psychological, sensual, and gripping. I was unfamiliar with the name, but I quickly filed it away…

Artist Interview: Farley Aguilar at ALAC Spinello Projects

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Artist Interview: Farley Aguilar at ALAC Spinello Projects

Farley Aguilar will be among featured artists in the Spinello Projects booth at Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) January 24 through 27 at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar. CARTWHEEL founder Cindy Schwarzstein first came across Aguilar with Spinello Projects at the 2011 Miami Art Fairs. When she saw  Spinello Projects at 2012 Art Basel, she was excited to…

TILT Talks Street Art, American Food and “All You Can Eat”

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TILT Talks Street Art, American Food and “All You Can Eat”

    On an otherwise uneventful weekday, I walked into Fabien Castanier Gallery in Studio City and encountered a giant burger made of bubble graffiti letters. As I walked around the gallery taking in all the other giant foods – including a colorful, star-studded hot dog–the sound of skateboard wheels caught my attention. In came TILT,…

Preview: Gronk at Coagula Curatorial

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Preview: Gronk at Coagula Curatorial

Gronk’s work in the “Quad Shot:  Renee A. Fox, Diane Gamboa, Germs and Gronk” show, opening at Coagula Curatorial this Saturday January 19, serves up an excellent blend of the artist’s vision and versatility in his unique low-brow high-brow way. Entering the gallery and seeing the brightly-colored floating Madonna is like turning a corner in…

Artist Interview: Scott O’Keefe on Mandalas, Joshua Tree and MRSA

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Artist Interview: Scott O’Keefe on Mandalas, Joshua Tree and MRSA

Mandala artist Scott O’Keefe discusses art, spiritualism, Lightning in a Bottle, Joshua Tree and being stricken with MRSA