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By the time you read this, you might already have caught one of the new billboard or wall murals street-art titan D*Face, aka Dean Stockton, has been dropping around L.A. this month — and guessed that a local show was in the offing. D*Face's PMM Art Projects pop-up, Scars and Stripes, begins Friday, Sept. 26, with interior and exterior installations. The gallery also becomes the HQ of a citywide mural campaign. Somehow, in between painting his Pop-inspired, darkly romantic murals in cities from London to New York, Tokyo, Malmö and Malaga, D*Face also found time to create a new series of sculptures and some 30 large-scale paintings, as well as two limited-edition prints, which he plans to drop at the assuredly scene-tastic public reception tonight. Though a native Brit, the artist's most enduring fascination and sustaining muse is the allure and elusiveness of the American Dream — the dream of fame, eternal youth and obscene wealth, that is. Many of the new paintings are portraits of pop culture figures, such as Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Biggie Smalls and Tupac, who all achieved massive stardom and were dead by 30. So, you know, good times. These works, like many of D*Face's most iconic images, draw from personal as well as shared cultural memories, as he wields the tight lines and primary colors of comics and pop art in service of thoughtful, wistful and always arresting visual interventions on the urban landscape. PMM Art Projects, 315 S. Robertson Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Sat., Sept. 27, 6:30-10 p.m.; free. Exhibit continues through Oct. 14. (212) 627-1455; pmmartprojects.com.

Sept. 27-Oct. 14, 2014
(Expired: 10/14/14)

LA Weekly