10 Things in Michael Sieben's Studio

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 13, 2009
Michael Sieben (Juxtapoz cover #81) kindly obliged our homies over at Slap when they asked him about what the hell he keeps in his studio. This Austin-based artist spends his days designing skate graphics, running a gallery, working on freelance projects, skating, and being an all-around awesome dude. Michael’s style is raw and scratchy but remains surprisingly accessible in its aesthetic. He keeps a lot of cool and random stuff in his studio, one of which is a hilarious birthday card (below) from Porous Walker (Juxtapoz #96), who Michael says, “is one of my favorite artists and over the years he's sent me an insane amount of original drawings. This is a birthday card he sent me in 2006. I'm pretty sure it wasn't even close to my birthday.” Not surprising. See what else Sieben keeps in his artistic cave in Slap’s 10 Things in Michael Sieben's Studio.

Zerofriends x Greg

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 13, 2009
Two of our favorite creative minds, Alex Pardee (Juxtapoz cover #79) and Greg 'Craola' Simkins' (Juxtapoz #74) got together to produce a new print, The Gauntlet. “Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins has not only been an amazing friend, but a huge influence on my art, as I am sure he has been on many other artists,” Pardee rites on his blog. “So with that, it is an amazing honor to announce Zerofriends' second print release with my favorite artist. Check it and get your hands on one before they are beautiful dust in the wind.” This beauty is a 16" x 20" giclee on acid free velvet cotton rag and is signed and numbered by Craola. Limited to just 100 pieces, these are sure to go soon, so take our advice at hit up zerofriends.com now and then peep Craola's stunning new work now on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery through February 26th, 2009.

"Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists"

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 13, 2009
Dabora Gallery and Phantasmaphile's Pam Grossman will usher in the spring season with the group show Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists, on view from March 14th through April 12th, 2009. It features fourteen of the most vital and visionary women artists working in the US today, including Carrie Ann Baade, Lori Field, Katy Horan (work above), Tina Imel, Susan Jamison, Karena Karras, Fay Ku, Adela Leibowitz, Rene Lynch, Alexis Mackenzie, Lynda Mahan, Amy Ross (work below), Judith Schaechter, and Madeline von Foerster. In literal terms, a fata morgana is a mirage or illusion, a waking reverie, a shimmering of the mind. Named for the enchantress Morgan le Fay, these tricks of perception conjure up a sense of glimpsing into another world, whether it be the expanses of an ethereal terrain, or the twilit depths of the psyche. The artists of Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists deftly utilize the semiotics of mysticism, fantasy, and the subconscious in their work, thereby guiding the viewer through heretofore uncharted realms - alternately shadowy or luminous, but always inventive. Make sure to mark Saturday, March 14th on your calendar, as the opening reception will go down from 8-11pm with complimentary absinthe, courtesy of La Fée. Art and absinthe? Sounds like a perfect evening. More info at daboragallery.com/fata  

Krink Markers & Tees for Married to the Mob

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The master of ink, KRINK aka KR (Juxtapoz #80) has gotten together with Married to the Mob to drop some new merch that includes KRINK markers alongside two different color versions of their collaborative t-shirt. Featuring KRINK’s signature dripping pigment, these tees are sure to be a must-have for any art or fashion aficionado. Plus, with their shiny pink hued markers signal a refreshing shift toward keeping artistic street smart ladies stylin alongside the guys. Learn more on the genius of KRINK at www.krink.com

Chaz Bojorquez Solo Show Opening: Graf Since

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 10, 2009
In a well-deserved tribute show and simultaneous birthday party, Chaz Bojorquez enjoyed a night in his honor in his native Los Angeles this weekend at 01 Gallery. Accompanying the birthday festivities was a collection of selected works on display in an exhibit titled Chaz Bojorquez: Graf Since ’69. Including serigraphs, sculptures, mixed media works, and an installation, the exhibition will features a special presentation of one of Chaz's signature glitter skull artworks, LA Mix. 40 years of creating influential art and 60 years of keeping it real deserves more than a party and even more than an exhibit, so look out for our next issue of Juxtapoz, featuring Mr Chaz Bojorquez himslef.  The exhibit will only remain on display thru February 15th, 2009 so head out there before the weeknd is over. More info and opening night photos at 01Gallery.com

A Talk with Aaron Rose About Nike Sportswear's "Make Something!!" Workshops

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 09, 2009
Aaron Rose has been a serious supporter of the Make Something!! workshops from Nike Sportswear since he first released his Beautiful Losers documentary last year. For those not in the know, Aaron Rose taught a Make a Zine workshop for the Make Something!! series, which is a program that has offered simple DIY skills to children in Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Miami. “I first learned about Make Something!! through the Juxtapoz blog and needed to know more, so I went to the source,” Roshan Abraham recently wrote us. We’re both flattered and intrigued. Abraham got his questions answered by Aaron Rose, so read what Aaron has to say about the Make Something!! workshops online at kidontology.com

Maya Hayuk's "Sexy Gazebo: Believing Is Believing"

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 09, 2009
Maya Hayuk is always up tp something interesting. This time around it’s a new solo show hitting Brooklyn’s Cinders Gallery this Friday, February 13, 2009. Titled Sexy Gazebo: Believing Is Believing, this show’s opening will kick off at 7 and present a wide range of this wildly creative woman’s colorful work that makes us feel like we’re looking through a kaleidoscope full of acrylic wonders. Sexy Gazebo: Believing Is Believing runs from February 13th thru March 15th, 2009. See more of Maya Hayuk’s work at none other than www.mayahayuk.com

Photos: Greg 'Craola' Simkins' "Seeing Things" and Anthony Lister's "Magic Trick"

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 06, 2009
Couldn’t make it out to see Greg 'Craola' Simkins' (Juxtapoz #74) and Anthony Lister (Juxtapoz #81) last night at FIFTY24SF Gallery for their respective solo show openings, Seeing Things and Magic Trick? Too bad. You missed an excellent night. For Craola's show, a continuation of the It Wanders series, Simkins presented his twisted sideshow, an outlandish mash-up of fantasy creatures, old masters and surreal still life. Being the great guy that he is, Greg was on hand to answer fan questions, doodle in sketchbooks, and autograph his Upper Playground Walrus vinyl toy. Lister, the Australian-born, Brooklyn-residing acclaimed artist, took a departure from his downtrodden superheroes and abstract monkey portraits to present an insightful interpretation of his life and photographs, many of which were derived from his recent book, Tales of White Trash Prophecy. The highlight of the show included a “superhero” taped, gagged and bound who was struggling to break free for most of the night and then eventually successfully freed himself in true hero fashion. If you didn’t get a chance to attend either of last night’s openings, the shows will both run at FIFTY24SF until February 26th, hero not included. See more of Simkins’ and Lister’s work for the Gallery here.  

Anthony Lister & Craola at FIFTY24SF Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 06, 2009
Anthony Lister (Juxtapoz #81) painted the door outside FIFTY24SF Gallery yesterday, in anticipation of last night’s opening of his solo show, Magic Trick, alongside Greg 'Craola' Simkins' (Juxtapoz #74) Seeing Things. As expected, the opening was a smash hit, with both artists in attendance (including Craola’s very active young son, literally bouncing from wall to wall. We figured he was as proud of his dad as we are.) If you’re in San Francisco, perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to catch one of these famed artists out and about, as Anthony told us over a drink last night he’ll be in the city for the next few days and is always down for a good time. On a more serious note, the artwork presented in their respective shows, Magic Trick and Seeing Things, is truly spectacular. Craola continues to experiment with metaphorical imagery, infusing hidden messages and meaning into his highly detailed paintings. Anthony Lister’s latest work is equally impressive, both inside the gallery and on its street-level doors. Check out the Gallery if you’re in the area. Both shows will remain on view through February 26th, 2009. You won’t be disappointed. More on Anthony Lister at www.anthonylister.com More info on Greg "Craola" Simkins at www.imscared.com

20 Questions with GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 04, 2009
If you love Craola (Juxtapoz #74) (or if we’re going by big kid names, Greg Simkins) like we do, you may not any more after reading our 20 Questions with the artist. Here, he confesses he kills polar bears “with my bear hands.” Jeez, what a monsta. Just kidding. Greg is a great guy and an even better artist, so we took the opportunity to lay on him our 20 questions right before tomorrow's opening of his next solo show, Seeing Things, at FIFTY24SF Gallery. Get to know one of the most influential illustrators/painters working today by reading Greg Craola Simkins 20 questions.

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