"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.

The Latest Art Army

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Via Audrey Kawasaki's blog/Thanks Gabriel Mike Leavitt is having a show at Copro/Nason in Santa Monica in December, but here's a preview of some of the newest pieces. "The Art Army returns to L.A! with all-new renditions of low-brow superstars, underground heavyweights, and some L.A. art darlings. being the 3rd show at Copro/Nason in as many years, The Art Army will undergo a metamorphosis. New 10" editions of artists such as Audrey Kawasaki, Travis Louie, Jeremy Fish, CRAOLA, Chet Zar, Kathy Olivas, Anthony Ausgang, and Friends With You will take on new figurative forms. Cyclops, mermaids, centaurs, minotaurs, cyborgs, and sirens will incorporate the artists' human form with their surrealities. The small, circus creature sculptures will be installed in a carnival-curio-shop-like atmosphere in the gallery."

Jeff Soto in NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 17, 2007
Photo by George Koroneos Jeff Soto just posted a blog about his well-rounded trip to NYC a couple weeks back; including a visit with David Choe, gallery installation shots, tender moments in the park, dining, young girls, the adorable Jim Houser, a visit to Scion's Beautiful World exhibit, quality time at Max Fish, the Met, getting inked at Invisible, shots from the opening, shots from going out to see AFI (shown), and general romping around New York. Peruse here, jeffsotoart.blogspot.com.

Photos: Jeff Soto / Jim Houser in NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 10, 2007
Photos from Storm Clouds, new works by Jeff Soto, and asobviousasaskull, a solo show and installation by Jim Houser in the project room, both at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. The shows opened Saturday, September 8th to the public and both will be on exhibit through October 6th.

New People!

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 06, 2007
Congratulations are in order for Greg "Craola" Simkins and his adorable wife Jenn who, three weeks ago, became proud new parents of a baby boy with a secret name (maybe they don't want the paparazzi chasing them.) Full scoop of life as a new parent on his blog, craola1.blogspot.com. Around about the same time, Shaunna Peterson had her second baby, a little boy named Bodie. Catch up on family life via her blog, shaunnapeterson.blogspot.com. {moscomment}

Jeff Soto's Calendar Project

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Jeff Soto, in cahoots with Murphy Design, has released his Lucky 13 Calendar. This latest creation from Mr. Potato Stamp features 14 paintings created over the past couple of years as well as an additional 39 smaller images from his "Cold Ice Age" series of 100 paintings. There's also an 8" x 8" sheet with 10 stickers and a 32-page, signed mini-zine. The calendar package is a limited edition of 1,500. Everything is in the advanced order stage right now, due to be shipped at the end of the month, but will be premiering at ComicCon in San Diego this week. Jeff says, "I can also be found at the Igloo Tornado booth with my pal Levon Jihanian where I'll have a new screenprint for sale. I don't know if that booth will be labelled Igloo Tornado, Bodega Books, Sparkplug, or Global Hobo, just look for me dressed up as a level 70 Tauren Moonkin." Tech specs aside, here's what you really wanted to know: this thing is dope. Get your tentacles on one now before they're all snatched up. www.murphydesign.com {moscomment}

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