Josh Keyes "The Call I" Print Release

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Josh Keyes’ stunning piece, The Call I has been made available as a signed and numbered, limited edition of 750 print from Limited Addiction Publishing, 2009 at the David B. Smith Gallery site. Printed on archival giclee on embossed Hahnemühle Paper, this print measures 20" x 26.5" and may just be the perfect addition to your wall. This edition is now available for sale online, and the Gallery will not be taking any orders via phone, email or in person at the Gallery, and these prints just went on sale this morning, so get to getting yours now at www.davidbsmithgallery.com  

"Group Exhibition, Part 1" Debuts at the New David B. Smith Gallery

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2009
The David B. Smith Gallery (formerly known as Limited Addiction Gallery) is ready to open their newly named doors for their first show for 2009 (and the first show on site at the Gallery in Denver) simply titled Group Exhibition, Part 1. Group Exhibition, Part 1 was created to feature several of the Gallery’s key artists, including Gregory Euclide, Josh Keyes (work shown above) and Jason Thielke, all of whom come with new works after a successful show at the Aqua Wynwood Art Fair in Miami, Florida. These three artists will be in attendance at the opening reception on this Saturday, January 24, 2008 from 7 - 10 pm. The Gallery has also posted the online preview of Group Exhibition, Part 1 on their site, which w highly recommend taking a look at, as they Gallery proves without a doubt that they are ready to commence exploring a new (and improved ) era  in contemporary art. All in all, Group Exhibition, Part 1 will show works by: Emil Alzamora, Ala Ebtekar, Gregory Euclide, Amir H. Fallah, Josh Keyes, Kris Lewis, Kristen Schiele, Jason Thielke, and Oliver Vernon. Pretty sweet line-up, so mark your calendars for this Saturday. More info and preview images online at www.davidbsmithgallery.com

Limited Addiction Gallery to Become David B. Smith Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, November 21, 2008
Limited Addiction Gallery's director, David B. Smith, announced today the gallery's new name – David B. Smith Gallery, marking the beginning of a new focus for the Denver, Colorado-based gallery. David B. Smith Gallery’s inaugural exhibition will coincide with its participation in Aqua Wynwood, as part of the Aqua Art Miami art fair being held in Miami’s thriving Wynwood Arts District, December 4 – 7, 2008. If you check out the new website, www.davidbsmithgallery.com, the space’s "bare bones" minimalist approach to the gallery aesthetic is clear. The David B. Smith Gallery aims to shift the spotlight of the gallery back to where it should be- on the art and its possibilities. "We want the program to speak for the gallery," says Smith. "Let the artists do the talking." David B. Smith Gallery’s 2009 program will include solo exhibitions from represented artists. Three of those artists, Gregory Euclide (work shown,) Josh Keyes and Jason Thielke, will also be exhibited exclusively in Aqua Wynwood. The David B. Smith Gallery will kick things off with Group Exhibition, Part 1 opening January 24th, 2009 and featuring works by Ala Ebtekar, Gregory Euclide, Amir H. Fallah, Josh Keyes, Kris Lewis, Jason Thielke, Oliver Vernon, and others to be announced. Enough of our banter, check it out for yourself at www.davidbsmithgallery.com

"This is China" Explores Chinese Graffiti

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 20, 2008
This is China is a group exhibition featuring China’s most exciting and cutting edge urban and graffiti artists, presented by Red Star Press at BLVD in Seattle. This is China is an exploration of key issues affecting China’s economy, environment, and culture through the eyes of the people. The exhibit will showcase new artwork by 0528, Steel Dan, Soos, Cui Nan, Ha Shiyou, Zhang Qitian, Popil, Shen Jingdong, and Yang Jun. Graffiti is considered a serious crime in China, and violators incur harsh penalties from the government. Ironically, the Chinese government recently commissioned a number of public graffiti pieces during the 2008 Olympics to portray positive messages about China and the Olympic games. Local graffiti artists were outraged that their art form was used as a government propaganda tool and wanted to do something about it. This is China is a showcase of graffiti and urban art by Chinese artists without the influence of the Chinese government. The show will also feature special collaboration pieces between Chinese and non-Chinese urban and graffiti artists. Confirmed artists include Presto (Brazil), Pure Evil (UK), Josh Keyes (USA), Bast (USA), and SPQR (UK.) UK Based graffiti artist Pure Evil is no stranger to the Chinese graffiti art scene as he held a solo show in Beijing in 2007.  Pure Evil recently stated, "I visited Beijing in November and I was blown away…it completely surpassed all expectations I had.  China is at a tipping point now, and it’s a fascinating place to be…the art reflects this paradigm shift." Pure Evil will be collaborating with Chinese artist, Zhang Qitian, to produce a piece that addresses China’s economy. The exhibit will run from December 12, 2008 through December 20, 2009. Details at redstarpress.com

"Freak of Nature" at 111 Minna

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 30, 2008
Freak of Nature is the next show coming to San Francisco’s 111 Minna Gallery, which opens November 6 and runs through November 29, 2008. The artists of Freak of Nature adopt natural imagery as a central point of inquiry in their work. Expressions of human, plant, animal, insect life and landscape range from the realistic, mutated, beautiful, cliché, surreal, psychedelic, romantic and kitsch. This reflects a range of responses to the current sentiment of ecological disaster and genetic modification; including appreciation of the elegance of natural forms as well as disenchantment with environmentalist ideals. The use of visual references to science textbooks and commercial illustration are utilized to comment on the commoditization of natural life as an abstract entity to be manipulated. These artists investigate the interaction between humans and the environment, including both reverence and destruction of the natural world. This highlights the contemporary complexity of human response and interpretation of nature as well as global environmental crises. Many of the artists in Freak of Nature celebrate the inherent beauty of natural imagery as well as ask the viewer to consider the current implications of human lifestyle choices. In this context, the expression Freak of Nature serves both as a metaphor for the anomalous expression of nature as well as reference to consequences of human interference. Included in this exhibition are: Alison Kendall, Amanda Smith, Alexis Mackenzie, Henry Gunderson, Colleen Sanders, Casey Jex Smith, Christopher Russell, Matthew Hart, Andrew Schoultz, Hilary Pecis, Lisa Ostapinski, Hannah Stouffer, Scott Hewicker, Josh Keyes, and Jacob Tillman. More on Freak of Nature at 111minnagallery.com

Josh Keyes Print & Gregory Euclide at Limited Addiction

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 26, 2008
Limited Addiction just announced an upcoming print release from Josh Keyes, titled Thunder. These gorgeous prints (shown above) won’t actually go on sale until Tuesday, July 15th but we figure you needed some advance warning, considering all of Keyes’ past prints sold out quickly. Keyes’ Thunder was originally exhibited by Limited Addiction Gallery at the Red Dot Fair in New York this past March. The print will be his largest sized print to date, in an edition of 100, so bookmark limitedaddictiongallery.com now. Limited Addiction will also be closing Gregory Euclide’s exhibition (Falling on Schist from Rows of Growing Plains shown below) this Sunday, June 29th. If you haven’t had the opportunity to view his new work and impressive installation, we highly encourage you to check it out. Note that you can download the artist’s podcast tour through the ‘Interactive’ portion of the Limited Addiction site, in addition to viewing photos of the exhibition. Sweet.

Photos: Josh Keyes & Jeremy Fish at Joshua Liner

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 26, 2008
Josh Keyes’ Side Effects and Jeremy Fish’s Seasons of Change both opened this past weekend at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City. Both artists presented a wealth of new work that simply blew us away. Keyes’ fantastically altered landscapes provided a delightful contrast to Fish’s consistently clean-lined grinning skulls, body parts, hat-sporting worms, and umbrella-toting hearts. From Side Effects to Seasons of Change and back again, these two solo shows are exactly what the doctor ordered. See more opening night exhibit photos right this way…

Josh Keyes' "Side Effects" at Joshua Liner Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2008
Joshua Liner Gallery presents Side Effects, an exhibition of new paintings by the Oakland-based artist Josh Keyes in his first solo show with the gallery. Side Effects will run from June 21 thru July 26, 2008. Keyes’ fantastically altered landscapes reveal the intricacy of Earth as a natural system, and the complexity of our responses to it. Literally platforming nature, the artist’s satirical chunks of earth, sea, and space painted on white fields painstakingly depict the plant, animal, and human realms, all interacting and reacting. Deer, war memorials, grass, hyenas, street signs, whales, fast-food containers, and myriad other subjects are forced into intimate encounters atop these tiny stages, intensifying their real and symbolic interactions. Keyes’ platform strategy emphasizes the notion of Earth as a fragile “garden planet” floating in space. It also critiques the human fallacy that nature can be contained, a mythology of First World progress divorcing civilization from nature. Side Effects investigates the artist’s ongoing interest in animal myths and folk tales, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses and American Indian legends. Some of these stories convey cautionary lessons about the importance of respecting nature. Elsewhere, Keyes’ “interlock” series uses an ingenious visual analog to show how the built environment is directly linked with the natural world, also displaying the artist’s fascination with scientific and textbook drawings. Another central topic is Keyes’ speculative imaginings about a dystopian future, where the United States operates on the world stage as a political and environmental tyrant (whether these works are perceived as speculative or futuristic depends on the viewer’s point of view). Here, Keyes’ sculpture and objects serve primarily as “sketches” for thinking about form, space, and light in the execution of his paintings. The installation A Thousand Points of Light, a reference to the administration of George H W Bush, creates a new American flag revealing the United States as both predator and prey in the political and economic “oceans” of the world. Details at www.joshualinergallery.com

Preview: Inaugural Joshua Liner Gallery Exhibit

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 10, 2008
Unless you’ve been residing in a cave for the past few weeks, you already know that the highly anticipated opening of the brand new Joshua Liner Gallery in New York is going down this Saturday, April 12th. Celebrating contemporary art from all reaches of the globe, this inaugural opening will feature twenty-eight highly regarded artists. Gracing the walls of Joshua Liner Gallery this Saturday will include artworks from: Shawn Barber, Crash One, Mike Davis, Ron English, Jeremy Fish, Blaine Fontana, Futura, Robert Hardgrave, Naoto Hattori, Kenji Hirata, Zach Johnsen, Jessica Joslin, Josh Keyes, Koralie, Kris Kuksi, David Choong Lee, Travis Louie, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Chris Mendoza, Aiko Nakagawa, Pat Rocha, Greg Simkins, Damon Soule, Stash, Heidi Taillefer, Ben Tour, Mark Dean Veca, and Oliver Vernon (Temple Alps shown.) We dare you to come up with a hotter list of artists all in one gallery space. Take a look-see at the Joshua Liner Gallery website for more info, and to check out the stellar line up of future exhibits.  

Photos: John Casey and Josh Keyes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 07, 2008
John Casey and Josh Keyes recently had a phenomenal opening of their new works at TAG Gallery in Nashville. Quite a few cameras captured the entire evening on film. To see more photos of their opening, click here.  
Page 4 of 5

Vault

Full magazine features from Juxtapoz

visit the VAULT >