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.
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.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 19, 2008
Yeah, that caught your dirty little eye, didn’t it? Okay, we’re not much more pure, as we just came across this errr… arousing new illustrative work by the incredible James Jean (Juxtapoz issue #73) commissioned by AIDES, a European (ah, that explains it!) HIV/AIDS NGO as part of a safe sex campaign. Well, one thing’s for sure: the sex part is definitely well represented. Embodying the theme “Explore. Just protect yourself,” this piece is part of a pair by Jean that recently won a bronze medal at Cannes. See the other piece here (when you’re away from your office desk!) and try not to get turned on. Then go home and uhh, “Explore.” Just be safe about it.
Juxtapoz // Monday, June 16, 2008
Hey, all you David Choe fans out there- have you snagged tickets to the premiere of Harry Kim’s new documentary Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe yet? Kim filmed the artist's “life and crimes” from 2000 to 2007, a period coinciding with Choe's rise to fame and fortune in the art world as he matured from a street artist bombing underpasses and illustrating porn magazines to a respected muralist, painter, and graphic novelist. Trust us, shit gets intense. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend, you better hurry up and get your tickets to the world premiere of Dirty Hands on Saturday, June 21st at the Majestic Crest, as part of the LA Film Festival. There are only three showings going down at the festival, so if you want to be the one telling people how dope Dirty Hands is rather than hearing about from everyone else, hit up lafilmfest.com to get tickets now. See the trailor and get more info at dirtyhandsmovie.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Harry Kim’s highly anticipated documentary on street art’s favorite badass, David Choe, finally debuts Saturday, June 21st as part of the Los Angeles Film Fest at Majestic Crest Theatre. Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe chronicles the life of this renegade artist’s triumphs, struggles, and self-described “bullshit life.” Los Angeles artist David Choe's kaleidoscopic work can be playful, confrontational and sexually frank. His personal life is no less complicated, as revealed by close friend Harry Kim, who documented Choe's life and crimes from 2000 to 2007. From the manic highs of commercial success and dinosaur hunting in the Congo to the self-destructive lows of Japanese jail sentences and bouts of self-doubt and depression, what begins as a gleeful portrait of a bad-boy artist slowly becomes a poignant celebration of one man's journey, both artistically and spiritually, toward his own uncertain salvation. Note: If the above video gives you a lovely "This video is no longer available" message, YouTube is lying. Just refresh and click on the bottom play button, or go here. Purchase tickets to the world premiere of Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe at www.lafilmfest.com.
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 02, 2008
Scion’s Installation 4, It’s A Beautiful World, opens in Los Angeles, the last of nine cities on the national tour, on May 10th. The innovative Scion Installation Art Tour launched its fourth installment last July and features a diverse array of artists from around the world. The theme, It’s a Beautiful World, was interpreted by each artist, in one of four mediums— painting, photography, sculpture, and collage. The culmination of the tour is accompanied by a live auction June 1st, where all of the artwork will be auctioned off to the public, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward art-related charities. This year's artists include: Andrew Pommier, Andy Mueller, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek LeRat, Books llll, Caia Koopman, Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, Freddi C, J Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, Rammellzee, RETNA, R Grimes, Ron English, Sam Flores, Sage Vaughn, Skwerm, Tim McCormick, Travis Millard, and The London Police. Maybe you’ve heard of a couple of ‘em. They sure make purty stuff. The final tour stop and auction will be held in Los Angeles, at the Scion Installation LA space in the Culver City Arts District May 10 - June 1, 2008. Most all of the Installation 4 artists will attend the opening night of the show on May 10th, so we’d advise you to make sure your ass is in LA next weekend! More at www.scion.com/installation.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Scion has done it again. Scion's Installation 4, It's A Beautiful World, opens in Minneapolis, one of nine cities on the national tour, this Friday, April 4th. The innovative Scion Installation Art Tour launched its fourth installment last July and features a diverse array of artists from around the world. The theme, It's a Beautiful World, was interpreted by each artist, in one of four mediums- painting, photography, sculpture, and collage. Some of this year's Installation artists include: Andrew Pommier, Andy Mueller, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek LeRat, Books llll, Caia Koopman (whose work is shown above,) Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, Freddi C, J Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, Rammellzee, RETNA, R Grimes, Ron English, Sam Flores, Sage Vaughn, Skwerm, Tim McCormick, and Travis Millard. More info at scion.com/installation.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 05, 2008
The super cool folks at Grass Hut in Portland are having a major show, Balls Out, opening this Friday, March 7th to break in their new space! Right next door to the old Grass Hut space, this new spot is much larger to accommodate all the art lovers attracted to the consistently cool work gracing the walls of Grass Hut. With over 60 artists contributing to this show, Grass Hut is going to need all the extra room they can get! Bwana Spoons of Grass Hut passed along snazzy preview images of some of the work they have in store for Balls Out. Take a peek at more preview photos here…
Juxtapoz // Friday, February 29, 2008
The amazingly talented and consistent David Choe opened his first UK solo show, Murderous Hearts, last night at a packed private viewing at Lazarides Gallery in London. Of course, Juxtapoz was there and is pleased to share some opening night photos with you right here...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 28, 2008
Upper Playground has landed in London along with two members of our extended family. Fine artists David Choe and Saber will be exhibiting their solo shows at Lazarides Gallery and UP London, respectively, in the month of March. David Choe, who has exhibited at UP's FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco and has collaborated with the brand in the past, will be exhibiting at the Lazarides Gallery in both London and Newcastle through March. Saber, who is currently collaborating with Upper Playground, will be painting in-store at the UP London location the day of February 29th, and exhibiting throughout March at a guerilla space at a nearby location. Those lucky Brits! Take a peek at Choe and Saber’s work here…