Photos: Chet Zar's "Ugly American"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monster master Chet Zar's Ugly American opened at Strychnin Gallery's London location on Friday the 13th of June (how appropriate!) The show features 13 original, and especially eerie, paintings by Chet (the designer, special effects make-up artist and animator behind movies such as Hellboy, The Ring, The Fantastic Four, and others.) Chet says the inspiration for the Ugly American title came from a recent visit to Berlin where he "kept having to apologize to everyone about America" and explain, "We're not all that bad." Ugly American runs until mid-July, but his artwork will live on forever in the photos right here…

Photos: "TOYS!" at Gallery 1988

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 03, 2008
We don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like toys. How could you not like mounds of colorful plastic fun? Can’t you tell from the look on Craola’s face in this photo? He totally digs his cars. The folks at Gallery 1988 Los Angeles seem to like toys a lot too. Probably because their recent opening of TOYS! featuring homage's to the toys of our youth (and adulthood) was a smash hit. View more photos of the opening on April 1st right here…

Sneak Preview: "Gag Me With A Toon"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 02, 2008
You’ll be hard pressed to find an urban artist without a certain affinity for the animated iconography of the 1980s. In celebration of the consistent inspiration cartoons have provided for countless artists over past decades, Meltdown Gallery presents Gag Me With A Toon. Opening April 5th, and curated by artist Steven Daily, Gag Me With A Toon, is a new works 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. Gag Me With A Toon features: Jon Schnepp, Roman Dirge, Nathan Cabrera, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Chris Devious Gliebie, Matt Danner, Alex Pardee, Tomi Monstre, Kyle Ng, Jeff McMillian, Reginio Gonzales, Matt Bone, Gea*, Adam Hathorn, Jim Koch, Joe Benitez, Jonathan Wayshack, Steven Daily, Rygar, Gill, Jim Mahfood aka Food One, Mike Kelley, SPRFKR, and Les Schettkoe. Daily has been putting in long hours perfecting the exhibit, yet some how he found time to send us a preview of some of the sick work that will be on display. 

"TOYS!" at Gallery 1988 Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 27, 2008
Gallery 1988: Los Angeles will open TOYS! this Tuesday, April 1st honoring the childhood gems we cherished before video games did all the work for you. This show will feature over 100 paintings and customized toys. With the folks at Mattel, they’ll be celebrating Hot Wheels' 40th Anniversary with over 40 artists customizing 9 x 5 inch white Hot Wheels vans. And as if that wasn't enough, they'll also have 50 artists contributing pieces to be hung on the walls, all inspired by their memories of playthings from their past! Artists in the show include: Greg “Craola” Simkins, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, David Horvath of Ugly Dolls, Brian Despain, Matt Dangler, Allison Torneros, Noferin, and in his first gallery showing ever, Mark Brown, who made the amazing piece seen above! Another site not to be missed: a life size sports car Hot Wheel ready to take over the streets. TOYS! Will run until April 25th; details at www.nineteeneightyeight.com.

"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.

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