Aqui No Mas

The talented homie LA-based artist Benjie Escobar is taking his art to Texas for the first time, with his new exhibition Aqui No Mas opening at Presa House Gallery at 7pm this Saturday. He’s set to unveil a new body his trademark black & white “lowbrow” work; all ink on paper. The theme of Benjie’s latest work focuses on repurposing, reimagining, and updating iconic Chicano & Latino characters in new ways, and his own unique typography; inspired by low rider art and tattoos. Don’t miss out on the exclusive Flash Sheet print which will be available in the gallery. Presa House will also exhibit new work by artists Sabrina Alfaro and Gilbert Martine.

Quiet Please Pop-Up

ACE/121 Gallery in Glendale are opening a new group exhibition today, featuring a line-up of 30 great artists, including the likes of Eyeone and Andrew Hem. The exhibition is curated by Glendale-based artist Leo Eguiarte. Opening is this evening 7 – 10pm. ACE/121 Gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 AM – 3 PM or by appointment.

America is for Dreamers

This evening artist Patrick Martinez opens his first solo museum exhibition in his home of Los Angeles. The opening is at 7pm at the Vincent Price Art Museum in East LA. I’m a huge fan of Patrick’s work – I think he’s one of the most important artists working in LA today. His work touches on important social issues like police brutality, immigration, and gentrification. He’s best known for his beautiful oil paintings, impressive ceramics, and poignant neon signage. America is for Dreamers will showcase examples of his latest explorations in these media, and more. More info here.

30 Second Selfie Rule

I love this story from Dezeen – The Broad imposes 30-second “selfie rule” at Yayoi Kusama exhibition. I sort of loathe selfies, personally, but it’s the worst when people take them in front of artworks you’d like to see. I don’t believe the paintings were intended to be background imagery for portraits, and I think you kind of completely miss the point when you turn away from the artwork to document your own face too. Waiting for folks to hurry up and finish their narcissism so you can finally view the artwork in quest is extra tedious too. I’m getting old, obviously. On the other hand, I suppose that peoples’ need to take selfies in front of famous artwork at least helps to get more bodies into art galleries, which is arguably a win for everyone?

HAMSA

Ward off evil spirits with these two new limited edition prints by the talented homie CRYPTIK. Both are available in his online store as of this morning, and no doubt will both be sold out as of slightly later this morning. Act fast! #CRYPTIKMOVEMENT