"Gag Me with a Cartoon" at Melt Gallery

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Amongst artists born in a certain period of time there is an affinity for the animated iconography of the 1980s. On April 5th, Meltdown Gallery presents Gag Me with a Toon, a new exhibition that will showcase the work of more than twenty creative souls who have been tainted with the neon fruit stripe of Morning in America. Utilizing everything from the saccharine funk of Strawberry Shortcake, to the disciplined fashion fervor of the Baroness of Cobra, these artists will explore the sketchy in-betweens of animated femininity. Curated by Steven Daily, artists include: Alex Pardee, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Jim Mahfood aka Food One, Nathan Cabrera, Tomi Monstre, and others. Details at www.meltcomics.com/gallery.

New Upper Playground Craola Toy

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 09, 2008
  Need another reason to love Craola? Upper Playground, in association with FIFTY24SF and Ningyoushi Toys, is pleased to announce the release of a limited-edition yellow colorway vinyl toy from fine artist Greg "Craola" Simkins. Upper Playground's Walrus logo has been transformed into an extraordinary vinyl figure, standing 7-inches tall and incorporating a sophisticated top hat and stitched Gothic bunny hand puppet. Only 100 of these limited edition toys, featuring a yellow vest, are being sold exclusively at the Upper Playground store in San Francisco, and online at Upper Playground. I’ve wanted one for the past two sentences, so grab yours soon!

Photos: Brandi Milne at Corey Helford

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 27, 2007
Corey Helford Gallery presents Sugar & Silence, an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Brandi Milne. Sugar & Silence marks the first solo show of Milne's career, and for the exhibition, the artist explores her personal childhood fascination with sweets, transforming the gallery into a playful candyland. The carefree feel of giant sugar-coated treats, strawberries, cherries and snow cones juxtapose with longing figures of graceful, delicate nymphs. For Milne, Sugar & Silence is a turning point as she makes the transition from illustrations to paintings. The exhibition features 35 new works including acrylic on wood panel paintings, watercolor and ink illustrations, and a collection of hand-sewn dolls. More...

JUXTAPOZ Issue #84 - JANUARY 2008

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 14, 2007
It's 2008 for both kids and adults!!! That means Juxtapoz is bringing in the new year with fantastic comic book illustrator Tomer Hanuka. Hip-hop extraordinaire / intellect Aesop Rock and Tomer had a little sit-down and discussed how the Israeli-born artist made it big in New York City. Oh, and the cover is a special edition from Mr. Hanuka just for Juxtapoz. This issue also has Brazilian-born Eduardo Recife chatting about the South American landscape, Mark Jenkins setting the standard for proper street exhibitions in Washington, DC and around the globe, Three Tides Tattoo in Japan, and album cover art creator, Alex Steinweiss. We also ring in the new year with showstoppers on Craola, Dzine, Robert Williams, and Takashi Murakami, as well as profiles up the wazoo on emerging artists you don't want to miss. On sale now in our online store.

The Walrus + Craola

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 05, 2007
In other Upper Playground news, together with Ningyoushi, they have just released Greg "Craola" Simkins' Vinyl Blue Argyle 7" Walrus Figure in a limited edition of 500. Koo koo ka choo, www.upperplayground.com. According to the press release, "Greg 'Craola' Simkins was found in a cornfield being raised by mice and all other sorts of weird creatures at the tender age of 3. His new parents were shocked to see that this poor boy had lived solely on mice milk and corn his entire short life. With plenty of therapy and mind washing experiments, he quickly acclimated to his new environment. After years of being with his new family, he focused on a small talent he had for drawing. For some reason, all he could focus on with his art were weird creatures. Three headed birds, talking mice, spider eyed rabbits, headless prairie dogs, and many more monstrosities filled his drawing pad. So there he sits at his drawing table to this day, trying to get back the memories of the corn field that were stolen away from him." You can see some of these memories at www.imscared.com.

"Vivisect Playset IV" Dec 1st + Craola Update

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This Saturday, December 1st, Gallery 1988 in San Francisco will open their annual Vivisect Playset show, in its fourth incarnation, curated by Luke Chueh and the gallery. Alumni and noobs alike will show off new work, including such infamous names as Erik Alos, Anthony Ausgang, Alex Pardee, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Angry Woebots, Amy Sol, Peter Gronquist, Roland Tomayo, Joe Ledbetter, Isaac Pierro, Dave Pressler, Amanda Visell, Rachel Wong, Paul Barnes, Matt Dangler, Mark Elliott, Brendon Flynn, Walt Hall, Phil Holmes, Kamala Dolphin Kingsley, Peek-A-Boo, and Robert Fayze Pellicer. 1988 will also release a limited edition (only 75 of 'em) print of the painting "Winter's Knight" from Greg "Craola" Simkins' recent solo exhibition I'm Scared. Simkins and Luke Chueh will be hanging out at the Vivisect show, signing things and doodling for fans at an event they've dubbed "Chu-kins." The Vivisect Playset IV opening reception will be December 1st (that's Saturday, remember?) from 7-10 pm. We'd go as far as gnawing ourselves out of a bear trap to make it, but if you absolutely cannot, the show will be up through December 23rd. In other Craola news, he let us know that we should keep our eyes peeled for the upcoming release of his vinyl toy version of the Upper Playground walrus mascot, which sports a very stylish sweater vest. And for those of you lucky enough to attend Art Basel Miami, Craola will be in attendance from December 3rd - 6th. Catch him while you can. Get more news about his comings and goings at craola1.blogspot.com.

Jeff Soto Update

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Jeff Soto has updated his portfolio site with new work from 2006-2007. If you somehow missed his big NYC solo show in September, Storm Clouds, and all the group shows he's been in, here's your chance to catch up. During the past two years, Soto became a first-time father and his art has reflected that experience. While his earlier work addressed environmental and technological dangers in perhaps a more glib and pessimistic tone, he now focuses more specifically on his role in protecting and preparing his daughter for her future. He addresses political instability and the fears that cause us to try to dominate nature rather than respect it, but his irreverence has turned to optimism and his tone is a little more urgent. Jonathan LeVine Gallery has an interesting and more thorough write-up about the metaphors and meanings in Soto's paintings, online here. Give that a read and you may find it easier to not only read Soto's messages in his paintings, but cultivate your own. www.jeffsoto.com/art.html

Chet Zar's "The Talking Board Show"

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 22, 2007
Photographer Mark Weston sent us a link to his shots from The Talking Board Show which opened October 20th at Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Chet Zar curated this group show of more than 30 artists serving up their own version of the infamously spooky Ouija Board, aka The Mystifying Oracle. Bunch of really intricate and well-executed pieces in this show. www.markwestonphotography.com The show includes works by David Stoupakis, Carrie Ann Baade, Travis Louie, John Haley, Joe Vaux, a collab by Lola and Nathan Spoor, Chet Zar, Chris Peters, Ver Mar, Meats Meier, Colin Burns, Christopher Owens, Ed Benedetto, Kevin Willis, Eric Pigors, and more. More photos of the work are up on the gallery's website, www.copronason.com And, LAist did a pretty good photoblog that includes pictures of the many attendees who were seemingly testing their Hallowween costumes. www.laist.com

Photos: Greg "Craola" Simkins at Gallery 1988, LA

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Photos from the October 12th opening of Greg "Craola" Simkins' I'M SCAR3D at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The show runs through November 2nd.

Art Opening 10/12: Greg Simkins at 1988 LA

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Shown: Exclusive preview of Greg's new piece, "The Candle Baron" Greg "Craola" Simkins is due for his next solo show. His latest, I'M SCARED, opens at Gallery 1988 in LA this Friday, October 12th (from 7-10 pm) and runs through November 2nd. From what we've seen so far, he's gotten more colorful and crazy so go ahead and make the drive. Nobody walks in LA. Visit www.imscared.com and/or www.nineteeneightyeight.com for details.


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