Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 31, 2009
KQED’s art program, Spark, profiled David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) in this video segment the artist recently posted on his blog, stating, “See how skinny I was when I got out of jail in this clip, KQED just sent to me!” True, Choe is the contemporary art world’s favorite badass, having survived time in a Japanese jail, amongst many other extreme situations. We see these as fuel for his amazing artistry. ”I’ve had the door shut on my face so many times. Rejection, rejection, rejection. And I don’t really care to get my art critiqued. And I don’t really care what you think about it,” Choe states in the video. “No one goes to museums anyways, so it’s this whole attitude and I just steal a can of paint and go out and paint all this stuff of the freeway and a you know, a thousand people will see it before 8 o’clock on the 101 freeway than the 10 or hundred people that would have ever seen it over the course of a month in an art gallery.” Word. Speaking of gallery work, get all the info on Choe's upcoming solo in China, Deathblossom, at PYO Gallery here.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 30, 2009
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) opens a simultaneous solo show in China on April 4th, Deathblossom, at PYO Gallery. This showing is a massively large body of work, and true to his raw nature, Choe is going all out on this one. See and hear more from the genius himself in messages from Choe’s blog.
Juxtapoz // Friday, March 13, 2009
“Harry Kim, director of Dirty Hands and David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) longtime friend, is in San Francisco to attend the screening of his film at the Castro Theatre on Saturday night, and I caught up with him Friday morning at his hotel in Japantown,” writes Jeremy Hatch. “He’s a great guy, always ready with a huge laugh, and for almost half an hour we talked about other things completely, starting with cars that can drive themselves ('If you die at the wheel,' he said, 'it'll just drive around the block making right turns'), which led to Ray Kurzweil, Kevin Kelly's One Machine concept, artificial intelligence, WALL-E, whether androids would form religious cults, and if they did, what would a robot god be like? (Also discussed: an albino hooker he met in the Congo, and why a jetpack would be ideal to search for living dinosaurs.) At some point we got around to discussing his film. Read the entire interview with Harry Kim on Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 09, 2009
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) is the type of balls-out artist who makes waves wherever he goes. If you’re like us, you’ve watched his progression as an artist over the years, from his incarceration in Japan to selling out any show in which he participates. In this 3-part interview series by Walrus TV, David Choe shares his thoughts on everything from how he got his start using spray paint, to his diverse techniques of warfare, to his feelings about prayer (yes, he prays- but not as much as his mother does for him.) Watch all three video interviews with David Choe here…
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 19, 2009
David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) Dirty Hands are making their way to San Francisco! Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe by filmmaker Harry Kim is coming to the Bay Area for screenings on Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at 9:30pm at the Castro Theatre and again on March 17th, 2009 at 4:30pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. If you have yet to see this film, you’re in for a real treat as David gives a raw glimpse into his crazy and enthralling life. Banned in Japan, the most attended film at the LA International Film Fest, a film a decade in the making. Do what you have to do to be at one of these screenings because occurrences like this don’t happen everyday. More at davechoe.blogspot.com
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 30, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) has got to be one of our all-time favorite artistic bad-boys, but he proved he's got a softer side as well when he created the doll Choe Gal. Mr Choe took the evening to sign Choe Gal at GR2 in Los Angeles last week, attracting fans from all over to get their sticky hands on one of the limited 1,000 pieces available for sale. Choe Gal is his first wood figure: extremely detailed, totally hand painted, and featuring a head that rotates to expose three facial expressions (to express whatever mood your bi-polar ass may be in that second.) If you couldn’t make it out to LA to get your own doll signed, take a peek at what you missed in photos right over here…
Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 18, 2008
David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) Choe Gal will be sold at GR2 in Los Angeles with a special treat: Mr Choe himself will be present to sign his limited edition wooden doll from 6-8pm! Raised on comic books, affected by street art, and inspired by crime, women, and music, Choe has developed a unique and restless style that is effortless yet meticulous and focused, and (or course) dirty. Choe Gal is his first wood figure: extremely detailed, totally hand painted, and featuring a head that rotates to expose three facial expressions. This piece is strictly limited to 1,000 pieces and a mere $45. Details at giantrobot.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 17, 2008
One of our all-time favorite artists and all-around crazy dudes, David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) will be releasing a new 18-coior screen print called Exodus From the Land of Play (shown below) printed by Burlesque Design (shown above with Choe) tomorrow, December 18th. All these prints are one-of-a-kind, as Choe painted and drew on each and every one of them; luckily for him (but perhaps not so lucky for you) the prints are limited to an edition of 76. Lucky for all of us, Burlesque documented the whole process in the video below. Exodus From the Land of Play will be sold exclusively on the Burlesque Design Website starting tomorrow, 2pm Central Time. Here's how Mr. Choe himself describes his print, Exodus From the Land of Play: "...in the land of play, the skies rain fried cheese bread, there is non-stop fun and unlimited freedom, children are encouraged to commit acts of vandalism, fight, drink beer out of unicorn horns, smoke cigars that turn into Bubblicious, and gamble and never lose. “Nuns show you their shaved vaginas and preach, up all night, sleep all day, where everyone plays and never works, where a kid can be a kid, and also where a man can behave like a kid... “I won't tell you what happened, but everyone has to leave immediately, get the fuck out now! So our heroine and androgynous vamp, donning royal robes and Axl Rose gear, lead a parade of donkey-eared miscreants and n'er-do-wells armed with customized Super Soakers filled with gummy worm juice and milk from Cocoa Krispies..." Woah, sounds like our kind of place. More on David Choe at www.davidchoe.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 01, 2008
The day has finally arrived: Upper Playground just opened its newest retail space doors in New York’s new East Village at 437 East 9th Street. UP has collaborated with many NY icons from the art and fashion worlds, so it makes sense the Big Apple finally welcomed UP to the neighborhood. Today is the spot’s first full day open, after its debut yesterday, and along with all the dope new threads, one of the biggest attractions is definitely the massive permanent art installation shown below from fine artist and NYC resident David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72.) Can't make it to the East Coast to check it out yourself? Don't worry, we got you covered. Peep more UPNYC and Choe installation photos here.