Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Today we present to you the painting donated by talented artist Josh Keyes, one of our favorites around the office, for the Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Auction. Read on as Josh gives some insight on the methodology behind his striking pieces, including “Roar”, the painting that you, Juxtapoz reader, will have a chance to bid on this November.
Juxtapoz // Monday, August 10, 2009
Josh’s work brings to mind the detail and complexity of natural history dioramas, and the color and diagrammatic complexity one might find in cross section illustrations from a vintage science textbook. His work has developed over the past years into an iconic and complex personal vocabulary of imagery that creates a mysterious and sometimes unsettling juxtaposition between the natural world and the man made landscape.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, August 01, 2009
We love it when the streets respect talent. Alex Pardee just shared this photo of a Josh Keyes piece. “I leave walnut Creek for 2 years and come back to see a Josh Keyes mural!” he writes.
Juxtapoz // Friday, March 06, 2009
Continuing our coverage of this year’s SCOPE Contemporary Art Fair in New York City, we snagged some photos of some of our favorite artist’s and their work, including Camille Rose Garcia (shown setting up for her Jonathan Levine showing), Jeff Soto, Juan Francisco Casa, AJ Fosik, Barry McGee, Josh Keyes, and more. See some of our favorite pieces here…
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 02, 2009
Denver, Colorado based David B. Smith Gallery will be exhibiting at SCOPE New York, the invitation only art fair in Manhattan's famous cultural icon, Lincoln Center. This year, the Gallery will be featuring Gregory Euclide (work below), along with AJ Fosik, Josh Keyes (work above), Kris Lewis, Kristen Schiele, Jason Thielke and Oliver Vernon. All artworks will be located in Booth B-21. The fair opens on Wednesday, March 4 and will continue through March 9, 2009. If you cannot attend the real event, take advantage of the wonderful internet and view the exhibition online at www.davidbsmithgallery.com.
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
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
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
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
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