Juxtapoz // Monday, August 18, 2008
In the tradition of pairing contrasts in order to create new mediums of expression, ISM: a community project presents, SK8OLOGY an exhibition that combines skateboard counter culture with the world of fine art. On Saturday August 23, 2008 the ISM: gallery will host the opening exhibition, showcasing over 150 creative deck canvases from some of the most poignant and significant active artists (including Amy Sol, Audrey Kawasaki, Chet Zar, Craig Stecyk, Erik Otto, Ken Garduno, Jason Maloney, Joshua Clay, Mike Shinoda, Munk One, Patrick Martinez, and more) and professional skaters. The show will then travel to San Diego September 4-6 for the Action Sports Retailer (ASR) Trade Show and off to Florida September 12-14 for the Surf Expo. Contributing artists and professional skaters are donating their creative deck canvases to raise awareness and resources in an effort to support Now That You Know, a non-profit organization that helps to provide ambitious girls from developing countries a secure environment for learning and growth. Proceeds will also contribute to benefiting the youth of our society through the artistic enrichment of our community. For more info and to rsvp for the opening reception, visit www.ISMcommunity.org/vip Also beginning on Saturday, August 23 you will be able to place your bid for these skate decks in the online auction at www.ISMcommunity.org
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Two extremely talented urban artists, Patrick Martinez and Munk One, will grace the new Upper Playground Fifty24LA Gallery spot in downtown Los Angeles in a two-man show opening tomorrow, Thursday, August 14th. The show will feature brand new works by Martinez and Munk One and will remain on view through October 4th. If you know what’s good, you’ll be sure to hit up Fifty24LA and take in some ill new art.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 19, 2008
The new issue of Lost | Graffiti in the City of Angels, a book featuring over a decade of documenting graffiti and Los Angeles visual culture, is now available. Lost was designed and published by Eyeone, with a forward by Ian Lynam, and includes seminal LA writers such as Tempt, Hael, Cab, Atlas, Yem, and more. Chock full of some of the dopest work we’ve seen in a while, from cats like Keyn (7th Letter,) 7Dee (UCA,) Envy (OTR,) Tempt (STN,) Patrick Martinez, and a gang of others, Lost definitely fulfills our craving for SoCal graff… at least until they come out with the next issue. Grab a copy at lost.seekingheaven.com
Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 26, 2008
Eyeone from the Seeking Heaven crew is curating Lost Ten Years, an exhibit and book release of the same name, celebrating ten years of graffiti in the City of Angels. Going down May 3rd at Meltdown, Lost Ten Years will feature some truly talented Southern California writers and artists, including: Adikt, Asylm, Atlas, Cab, Codak, Friend, Geoff Oki, Iker, Jorger, Kara Marks, Kozem, Luna, Modem, Neo, Panic, Patrick Martinez, Precise, Rick Rodriguez, Sherm, Swank, Tommy Ruets, Unit, Vyal, Worth, and Yem. Check out the book Lost Ten Years at lost.seekingheaven.com, and make sure to hit up Metdown May 3rd if you’re the type that’s down with the sickest graffiti in Los Angeles.
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 21, 2008
Patrick Martinez recently put a spin on his tight Army Set installation concept. In case you missed his first set of bagged army figurines, Martinez placed faux toy soldiers in random department stores all over the Los Angeles area, with labels that read, “Includes: Poor and Middle Class People 18 Years +” The complete set of 50 signed and numbered action sets were left for unassuming people to find, and hopefully ponder. Because the first set of politically charged plastic goodness was so successful, Martinez is releasing a remix on the Army Set idea; this set “Includes one special limited edition rich gold soldier!” Martinez says, “They will be hitting the stores this weekend and ‘til the end of the month. The remix has a gold soldier and all races, so it’s more of a general package, approaching it from the class system perspective.” When asked about the reaction to his first installment, Martinez simply replies, “Everyone had positive feedback. I got a couple pieces of hate mail but that’s fine... nothing new, it means I’m doing my job. Not the first time its happened.” Guess that’s what it’s all about: shaking things up, and making folks think. See more of Patrick Martinez’s work at patrickmartinez.com.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 05, 2008
A Jux favorite, Patrick Martinez, has come up with one of the coolest political art statements we’ve seen in a while. As part of the LA vs WAR exhibit opening next week, Martinez will have this print/product on display, making a bold testimony about his views on American government spending and military ethics. “The piece is inspired by inner city youth, youth of color, and poor people that don't have many options. [They] turn to the US military for a way out, money for an education, or various other reasons,” Martinez tells Juxtapoz. The packaged toy soldier installation pieces, labeled with comments like, “Bonus! Includes one special limited edition rich white soldier” and “Army Set Includes: brown, black and poor people 18 years+” are also coming to a store near you, if you’re in the Los Angeles area that is. Martinez explains: “On top of that, I will be installing them in various department stores- specifically the toy sections across Los Angeles. So when mothers and fathers are shopping for a new toy with their child they get a little something else, sort of a reality check, or reminder. So if you find one or two, you can keep them because the department store I install them in won't have a clue where you got it from; it wont be in their systems. There are only 50 packs and they are all signed and numbered on the back.” Before you rush to your nearest Target to scour the shelves for Martinez toys, check out more pictures of his street-wise art project here…
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Juxtapoz just got some fancy new threads in our store! Featuring t-shirts exclusively designed for Juxtapoz by Van Dyke, Cycle, Mike Maxwell, Guillame Wolf, Travis Millard, Patrick Martinez, and Mearone, these shirts are available for both guys and gals. Be the first to show off your Juxtapoz pride and sport an awesome and exclusive new design by your favorite artist- so stop by our store now!
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 08, 2007
ISM, always active in supporting the arts, teamed up with the Action Sports Environmental Coalition and Glue Network for a big group mural project/auction. The theme for the murals was "Green 4 Green", representing the arts and the environment in gigantic format. The murals themselves are multi-paneled and come out to 16' x 8' total so if you want one you had better be prepared to clear some space. The slew of artists that were drafted for the project is a mighty list featuring Bigfoot, Brandon Francis, Brent Harada, Brent Sandor, Dave Ross, Ekundayo, Eric Trine, Jay Steiner, Jesse Kerr, KMNDZ, Joshua Clay, Kelli Murray, Marco Zamora, Mark Murphy, Matt Stallings, Mear One, Mike Maxwell, Patrick Martinez, Plasticgod, Scott Henning, Seizer-One, Tommii Lim, and Zoso. That's a lot of heavy talent throwing down with a surprisingly low starting price tag. Bidding starts for each mural at $5,500 and they are worth way more for sure. Each piece represents a decade like 1970+, 1980+, 1990+, and 2000+. Place your bids now so you can own a work of art big enough to build a small house out of.