"The Night Before" from Kenichi Hoshine

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 25, 2008
The Night Before, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Kenichi Hoshine, will hit Jonathan LeVine Gallery this January. For the artist’s first solo show, he has created a series of original mixed media paintings on wood panel. In The Night Before, Hoshine’s pluralistic sensibility combines disparate influences. Elements of heightened realism appear obscured through cloudy forms that echo the organic shapes and spontaneity of abstract expressionism. Working in layers of graphite, charcoal, paint, wax, and tea, Hoshine creates glimpses of fragmented figures in varying levels of focus. The resulting effect appears as partially concealed faces, hands, and other fractioned sections of the body, seemingly emerge from beyond—or withdraw into—a fog-like atmosphere. The Night Before opens at Jonathan LeVine on January 10th, 2009, alongside James Jean’s Kindling. Learn more on The Night Before and Kenichi Hoshine in more info here….

James Jean

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 25, 2008
Kindling, a solo exhibition of new works by James Jean, comes to Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. For his first show at the gallery, Jean has created a collection of original large-scale mixed media paintings and drawings on canvas, linen, and paper. Kindling will be Jean’s debut solo fine art exhibition, marking a highly anticipated event for this remarkably accomplished and acclaimed young artist. Jean’s subtle yet suggestive themes of metamorphosis, mortality, and sexuality blend together seamlessly, bridging the gap between the real and imagined to create simply stunning work. Kindling opens January 10th, 2009. Learn more on Kindling and the artist right this way…

David Choe Signing his "Choe Gal"

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

David Choe x Burlesque Design: "Exodus From the Land of Play"

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

Win "Fables: Covers by James Jean"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Fables: Covers by James Jean is the newest book out from this incredibly talented artist. We recently snagged a copy and cannot stop flipping through the beautiful 208-page book. Every page includes different stages that each piece undergoes, from quick sketches to the final product, offering a rare behind-the-scenes feel to the entire collection. Definitely a must-have for any James Jean fan. Fables comes out right before Jean’s upcoming solo at Jonathan Levine Gallery, opening January 10, 2009. Knowing Jean, he’ll be taking it to the next level (again) in this show. If you can’t wait around for this show to get a peek at Jean’s work, grab his book or enter to WIN your copy for FREE from us by by signing up for the Juxtapoz newsletter!

WIN a FREE Copy of the Juxtapoz Illustration Book!

Illustration // Friday, October 10, 2008
In case you haven’t already nabbed our sick Juxtapoz Illustration book, here’s a rare chance to get a copy for FREE! Yep, we’re offering a copy of our Illustration book to a lucky Juxtapoz fan that registers for our new newsletter! In this first volume, Juxtapoz Illustration, artists such as MODE 2, KozynDan, Mike Giant, James Jean, Evan Hecox, Grotesk, Alex Pardee, Jeremy Fish, and Morning Breath are profiled and allowed the space to let their artwork do the talking. You can always buy a copy, but winning stuff is so much better. It’s simple, SIGN UP HERE and then cross your fingers (and toes of you’re double joined or something) that you’ll be our lucky winner!

Upper Playground New York Opens with David Choe Mural

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.

Photos: David Choe Paints UPNYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 22, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) has been busily covering the walls of the upcoming new Upper Playground New York with some of his dope imagery, which will remain part of the future store

Signing Prints with David Choe in SF

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 19, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) just stopped by the Upper Playground headquarters in San Francisco to sign and number two of his brand new prints, so we decided to stop by and kick it with this legendary street and fine artist for a minute. Hey, we figured he may want some company; signing and numbering a total of 400 prints isn’t exactly the highlight of an artist’s career (the numbering part was more of a challenge- wouldn’t you lose count after print number 176?) Literally in SF for 10 hours before jetting back to NYC to prepare for yet another exhibit, Choe laughs as we ask him how all the traveling has been treating him. “Shitty,” he said. “I threw up on the plane over here and I have to get back on another flight in a couple hours.” Hell, for a guy that’s been jailed for months in Japan, shot steroids in their arm to run across the border, hitch hike to Alaska, swim in a river in Africa, and paint with their own blood, what’s another cross-country flight? Nuthin’ that’s what- especially when you’re a badass like Choe. 

Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe T-Shirt

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 20, 2008
As if there wasn’t already enough hype surrounding the world debut of Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe, Upper Playground has created an exclusive t-shirt for the premiere of the flick, which goes down tomorrow at 9:45 pm at LA’s Majestic Crest Theatre. If you’re a Choe fan, and how could you not be, pick up your Dirty Hands t-shirt at the LA Film Festival this weekend. Upper Playground is also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner to see the premiere tomorrow night. Yeah, free stuff is always good. Check out the Upper Playground blog for details and we’ll see you tomorrow night for some serious Choe action.

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