Previews: Attaboy – “Grow In The Dark” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Tonight (December 2nd) in downtown Los Angeles at Corey Helford Gallery, Attaboy will be presenting a new series of paintings entitled collectively Grow In The Dark. For his first showing in the last six years, he has decided to share some pieces that have a more sculptural dimension to them.

He further explains – “After the election I found myself obsessively painting mushrooms, the way my ceramicist grandmother used to when I was a child. I painted 125 of them on cardboard and started planting them in my town. I think it was to spread unexpected glimmers of surprise, to remind people to still pay attention to the little things around them. I then sent them to friends in NYC, Portland, Ohio and elsewhere. These paintings evolved into paintings on wood and pieces for this show, which have become just as much sculptures as paintings. In a way, I’m now building paintings, with sometimes dozens of layers of wood, into 2 1/2 D reliefs. Up until this year, I’ve never enjoyed painting, it would frustrate me to no end but now I’m addicted in figuring out these pictorial puzzles, with themes of mortality, mutation and rebirth. Much like a mushroom, who grows on the decay of dead matter, it’s an artist’s job to deconstruct and build upon old ideas, into new ones.” Continue reading

Denise Bledsoe and Valency Genis: Creature Comforts @ Distinction Gallery

I am a huge fan of these two wonderful artists, so hearing they were coming together for a show at Distinction Gallery had me a tad over excited! Creature Comforts bring together 20-30 new sculptures from Denise Bledsoe and Valency Genis, created specifically for this exhibition. These incredible little beings don’t disappoint and will appeal to all your sensibilities. Underwater creatures, forest folk, yawning babies, it’s a little world of adorable faces created in the surreal style these artist always impress us with. Let you imagination run wild, get your huge grin ready and spend the night getting completely comforted by these creatures! Continue reading

This Pastry Artist Takes Pie Baking To Another Level

Lauren Ko has only been in the pie biz for a little over a year, but you’d never be able to tell by looking at what’s coming out of the oven at her house. Her desserts are so intricate and artistic, it’s hard to imagine digging a serving knife into that beautifully-latticed crust or delicately-arranged fruit filling. Her Instagram page has blown up as a result of her culinary adventures, and she now boasts a following of more than 68 thousand.

“I usually have some nebulous idea in my head for design and then just improvise as I go along, depending on how well the dough or fruit cooperates with my vision. My final products are generally happy accidents, which is why I’m especially stunned by the feedback,” Ko told Buzzfeed News. Continue reading

Artist Shows The Sorrow Of Thrown Away Objects He Finds In The Streets By Drawing Sad Clown Faces On Them

Some artists provoke change with their art and others try to make people smile. LA-based street artist Lonesome Town combined both by adding faces on thrown away furniture.

For over a year now this unknown street hero has been putting sad clown faces on sofas, chairs, TVs, shelves that were thrown away, showing how heartbroken these pieces of furniture were.

More info: Instagram (h/t: boredpanda)

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