Amanda Visell’s awesome Underwater Carnivorous Giraffes will finally be released from the sea tomorrow, Sunday May 4th, at the Vinyl Toy Network in Pasadena.
These feisty giraffes are a limited edition release of only 25, and are hand-painted and paired with a matching print! Available at the DKE booth tomorrow, Visell will even be present to sign her Underwater Carnivorous Giraffes. These are sure to go fast, so make sure to stop by early if you’re in the area! Go to www.vinyltoys.net for details.
Scion’s Installation 4, It’s A Beautiful World, opens in Los Angeles, the last of nine cities on the national tour, on May 10th. The innovative Scion Installation Art Tour launched its fourth installment last July and features a diverse array of artists from around the world. The theme, It’s a Beautiful World, was interpreted by each artist, in one of four mediums— painting, photography, sculpture, and collage. The culmination of the tour is accompanied by a live auction June 1st, where all of the artwork will be auctioned off to the public, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward art-related charities.
This year's artists include: Andrew Pommier, Andy Mueller, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek LeRat, Books llll, Caia Koopman, Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, Freddi C, J Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, Rammellzee, RETNA, R Grimes, Ron English, Sam Flores, Sage Vaughn, Skwerm, Tim McCormick, Travis Millard, and The London Police. Maybe you’ve heard of a couple of ‘em. They sure make purty stuff.
The final tour stop and auction will be held in Los Angeles, at the Scion Installation LA space in the Culver City Arts District May 10 - June 1, 2008. Most all of the Installation 4 artists will attend the opening night of the show on May 10th, so we’d advise you to make sure your ass is in LA next weekend! More at www.scion.com/installation.
By now, we’re sure most folks have heard of Aaron Rose’s film, Beautiful Losers, currently sweeping the country. A documentary celebrating the DIY subcultures of skateboarding, surfing, punk, hip-hop, street art, and graffiti, Beautiful Losers tells the personal stories of some of the people involved in one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation.
Beautiful Losers is currently touring the country screening at various film festivals. Tomorrow, the film will screen at the Maryland Film Festival, and a special Denver screening as just been announced by The Filmlot for May 22nd! Rose will be answering questions after the film, so here’s your chance to put him in the hot seat. Snag tickets here and learn more about the film at beautifullosers.com.
Matthew Newton’s latest installment of Made You Look, his weekly column on art and design, has been posted online! This week's featured artist is Olivier Bucheron, a French 3D illustrator who works under the alias Zamak.
Bucheron's striking robots, vehicles, and machines reflect the vivid creativity and near-obsessive attention to detail of a dedicated artisan. If you can gaze upon something like that (above) and not be intrigued… well, we just don’t know how else to help you. Read the whole interview at matthewnewton.us/madeyoulook/zamak.
Klutch, the skater-turned-artist OG, has been cranking out some great new work lately, like this piece he did on an old skateboard deck painted with acrylic, spray-paint, and ink. Hmmm… birds or fish? We still can’t make up our minds, but we did decide a long time ago that Klutch’s work is ill.
Good thing his solo show, Always and Never: New and Old Paintings by Klutch is opening tonight at Alias Gallery (which is owned and operated by the awesome Dave and Holly Combs of Peel Magazine) in Indianapolis. So, if you call Indiana home, head over to the capital city and figure out if these are birds or fish for yourself. Info at artalias.com.
Our buddy Chris Osburn will be chatting about graffiti and the London street art scene at the Leeds College of Art & Design on May 8th.
An American freelance photojournalist and filmmaker that made the journey across the Atlantic and has yet to return, Osburn helps cover England’s explosive graffiti and street art scene for Juxtapoz.com and other publications. His long list of photographic subjects includes Cyclops, Sickboy, Dan Witz, and Sweet Toof (shown,) as well as the work of David Choe, Banksy, and Jef Aerosol. If you’re in the UK, make sure to stop by Leeds and have a bit of Osburn knowledge whispered into your ear. More at www.leeds-art.ac.uk.
Some very talented urban artists are having a lil’ get together tonight, May 2nd, celebrating the opening of a group show called Just Gettin’ Started. Curated by Revise CMW, the show will include works from: Shawnimal, Veggiesomething, Peabe, Escape 76, Czar, Jose Garibaldi, and many others, Just Gettin’ Started hits Hot Pop in Milwaukee tonight. This ill mural is by Minneapolis based stencil artist John Grider. Check details and news at myspace.com/hotpoppin.
Jim Koch has an exhibit titled It Ain’t Pretty opening tomorrow, May 3rd, at Rotofugi in Chicago. Featuring the new doodles, toys, and paintings from this artist and designer, It Ain’t Pretty may just be a misnomer. In fact, something tells us that Koch’s new works will be quite pretty. If you dig skulls, monsters, and motorcycles, that is. More at www.jimkoch.com.
We figured in light of a few exciting happenings, we’d keep you updated on what Jenn Porreca has been up to lately. First, Porreca’s upcoming three-person show at Distinction Gallery, with Jeni Yang and Alex Willan, opens next weekend, May 10th. Among others, Porreca will have this piece, A Willing Accomplice, on display. Check out more at the online preview right here.
On a more international scale, Porreca’s Manila trip is nearing its close. She head over there for Heavy Hitterz Manila, the group show of over 45 international artists active in the urban art scene. If you happen to be traversing about the Philippines, add the Heavy Hitterz opening reception on May 3rd to your itinerary. If that’s a bit of a stretch for you, just hit up the Heavy Hitterz behind the scenes artists blog online- it’s almost as good as actually lounging on the islands yourself. Okay, it’s not at all, but there are some sweet photos to check out!
Some of the world’s best stencil artists on the planet are currently descending down upon London for The Cans Festival. Artists participating in this weekend of stenciling fun include Blek, Lex, Faile, Sten, Banksy, Prism, and a whole lot more talented people. Take a look-see at all the other artists making their way over to the UK at www.thecansfestival.com.