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Brooklyn

Artist: Yuko Nishgaki

Series: Fox and Scissors

Coffee Shop: Cafe Grumpy

Originally from Japan, Yuko likes to combine the cute and the creepy in the characters that she creates. Drawing from two specific sources – nature and vintage – you can find warm illustrations of colorful fancy tackling everything from themes of youth to tapestries.

Fly away with her, on the walls of Chelsea, why don’t you.

Portland

Artist: K Scott Rawls

Series: Figure Studies

Coffee Shop: Stumptown

The Decemberists made a song about “why they fight.” And, how that song feels, seems to evoke a similar reasoning behind the fight in the sculptures displayed in Figure Studies that are “repelling each other, fighting for a footing, clinging at last,” according to the notes about the exhibition.

Rawls works with surfaces that engage materials – contemporary and raw – evoking images that look like patterns imposed upon busts. Contemplative, ingenious and eye-catching, these will pair well when the viewer has time for an elongated stay at the Downtown location.

Hollywood

Artist: Robbie Conal

Exhibition: Art

Coffee Shop: Javista

Lets start with his Twitter bio, “I’m a painter raised by Siamese cats and communists. Sometimes I put up a poster or two to get my message across.”

That’s enough to warrant a visit to Hollywood to view the works of this satirical portrait artists whose graced the stages of Charlie Rose, the pages of The New York Times and museums like MOCA.

Take him on, the journey is sure make you fall for his comic sensibility.

 

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