Learning from the Best: Steven Assael

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 10, 2009
Meet Steven Assael. Assael’s work caught the eye of art student Heathir Blackwell, who writes: “You can feel the texture with your eyes. The hair looks smooth and light, the skin fleshy and real. The way he renders his figures gives them a certain glow, as if the light is emanating from under their skin and shining out towards the viewer.”

David Choe Siamese Twins

Juxtapoz // Sunday, August 09, 2009
Is it any surprise David Choe likes Siamese twins? (No, not like that, you weirdo). “The Siamese twins are back!” proclaims Choe. “And bigger and badder than ever.”

Scion’s National Art Tour Installation 5: Self Portrait Arrives In Portland, OR

Juxtapoz // Sunday, August 02, 2009
Scion’s Installation 5 Art Tour, which will benefit Creative Capital, arrives in Portland, OR in August.

Comic Con 2009 with David Choe

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 31, 2009
“Here’s to another year of Star Wars dress-up and comic book signings,” reports Trina Calderon.  ”Comic Con 2009 hosted up to 200,000 fans in San Diego’s Gaslamp District this summer.” Among attendees were art superstars David Choe and Travis Louie, both of whom Trina caught up with amidst all the Comic Con debauchery.

Exclusive David Choe Tee at Comic Con

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Unless you have been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know ComicCon kicks off tomorrow in San Diego. If you’re heading down, stop by the Upper Playground booth where they’ll be selling a Comic-Con exclusive tee featuring the art of David Choe.

David Choe Speaks on "Spark"

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.  

David Choe Overtakes China

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.

Scion Installation Five: Self-Portraits To Come to Minneapolis

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.  

Interview with Harry Kim, Filmmaker of "Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe"

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.

Artist Interview with 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…

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