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 // Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Scion’s Installation 5 Art Tour will arrive in Minneapolis, MN on April 3rd on the heels of a successful tour stop in Phoenix, AZ. The opening reception will take place April 3rd from 7pm – 11pm at Rogue Buddha Gallery (owned by Nicholas Harper who is one of Installation’s featured artists). Artists J.Shea, Codak and Eye One will be in attendance along with music provided by DJs Jonathan Ackerman and Millions Billions.
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 // Friday, March 06, 2009
No, that's not a photo you see below; it's an oil painting by the lovely Natalia Fabia (shown above, center). Impressive, isn't it? Following her widely acclaimed 2008 exhibition, Hooker Safari, Fabia’s second solo show at Corey Helford Gallery solidified her role as a major player in the contemporary art game. Continuing her tales of seduction, Natalia's new works reveal forbidden desires and secret fantasies of her modern-day belle de jours in strikingly detailed paintings. From the long line of fans wrapping around the Gallery all night long to get a glimpse at Natalia's solo Hooker DreamEscape, it's safe to say that the artist hit a homerun on this one. Read and see more right this way...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 05, 2009
James Jean fans rejoice: World-renowned artist James Jean, in conjunction with Suru, will release his SWAN limited edition giclee print tomorrow, Friday March 6th. The Los Angeles based artist, has captured a world-wide audience through his incredibly distinctive and delicate style. His works have been featured in animation, large-scale installations, and fabric design The painting from which this giclee was created was originally exhibited as part of a sold-out solo show entitled, Kindling, at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York from January 10 – February 7, 2009. The original painting is 50” × 88”, oil and acrylic on linen on four separate panels, finished in 2008. The SWAN prints are 25” x 44”, limited to only 50 pieces, are hand numbered and signed, and will be available for purchase both at Suru in Los Angeles and online. More info on SWAN at www.suru-la.com
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, January 20, 2009
Jonathan LeVine Gallery was the spot to be for in New York for the openings of Kindling, the latest solo exhibition of new works by James Jean (shown above, left) and The Night Before, the solo exhibition featuring new works by Kenichi Hoshine (above right.) As you can tell from the photo below (yep, that's Keith Carradine and Susan Sarandon with Jean below) the opening evening attracted names large and small, all eager to get a first-hand glimpse of Jean and Hoshine's newest works. Surprisingly, this was the very first solo show opportunity for both these incredibly talented artists, and they showed the world what they've been slaving away at for months and years in truly breathtakingly beautiful collections of work. Jean's subtle yet suggestive themes of metamorphosis, mortality, and sexuality blend together seamlessly, bridging the gap between the real and imagined, creating a world we only wish we could actually inhabit. Hoshine’s intimate glimpses of fragmented figures result in enigmatic images that are penetrating yet subjective in content, and his subtle aesthetic leaves much open for interpretation. Enough about what we think though; take a look at more opening night photos (including quite a few of another one of our favorite artists, David Choe) from the Gallery right over here...
Juxtapoz // Sunday, January 18, 2009
Kindling, the latest solo exhibition of new works by James Jean, now on display at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York is stunning. Really, the work is extraordinarily kinetic and complex, and definiely well-worth the wait. The subjects, as the artist explains, glide through the tableaux, tracing a narrative of thwarted desires. His subtle yet suggestive themes of metamorphosis, mortality, and sexuality blend together seamlessly, bridging the gap between the real and imagined. If you have yet to see Jean's Kindling in person, get over to Jonathan LeVine Gallery before February 7th, 2009. The Gallery has also made available two limited edition James Jean prints of works from the show, including Ballad (shown above) and Toymaker. If you know what's good for you, you'll check it all out now at jonathanlevinegallery.com