Photos: Primary Flight at Art Basel

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 11, 2008
During last week's Art Basel, graff writers and street artists hit the Wynwood streets in Miami’s second installment of the internationally acclaimed, site specific, street level, mural installation Primary Flight. This year’s exhibition featured 40 of today’s most respected local and international graffiti artists, including WK Interact (work above, who also may be appearing in a future issue of Juxtapoz!), Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz #82, shown working below with a cop eyeing him) Blek le Rat (Juxtapoz #95) David Choe (Juxtapoz #72) Retna, Revok, Reyes (all in Juxtapoz #78) and many more! Graffiti has come a long way, from the back seats of police cars to gracing the walls of the world’s greatest collections and museums. Primary Flight’s original concept and purpose is to provide these artists with outdoor, concrete wall space, allowing them free reign to install their art as they see fit - back into graffiti’s original environment - in what is arguably its most appealing format. Curated by Logan Hicks, BOOKSIIII, Lynn Yohana Howard, and Anthony Spinello, Primary Flight took off with flying colors during Art Basel, December 4 – 7, 2008. Maps outlining the street installation are available for download online at primaryflight.com and on location in the Wynwood streets, but take a visual tour of the whole outdoor show in the many photos Logan Hicks passed our way...

Solidified by SlamXHype presents the Bailout Group Art Show

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Solidified by SlamXHype presents the Bailout Group Art Show opening tonight, December 11th at Continental Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. Solidified by SlamXHype brings together contemporary artists together for one main purpose - to showcase their art and ideas under one roof. The show’s main theme is based around the oh-so familiar term, “Consumerism.” A great roster of talent will be featured, including: Jeff McMillan, Steven Daily, Ekundayo, Jon Dragonette, Michael Leon, Rob Abeyta Jr., Anthony Lister, Kevin Lyons, Andrew Pommier, Misery,Butcher Block and Joe Hahn who will all be showcasing their paintings and sculptures at Bailout. It’s Thursday night; you know you’re going out anyways. Why not make it the hottest event in Los Angeles? Hit up Bailout or be sorry when everyone else is talking about it. It all goes down from 7 – 10pm at Los Angeles’ Continental Gallery. Details at slamxhype.com/solidified

Photos: Sick Boy's "Stay Free"

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 08, 2008
Sickboy refuses to play by the rules of the mainstream art industry. Turning down offers by auction houses and galleries, the British artist stays true to his ‘outsider’ roots – as evidenced by the caged heart installation he dropped outside The Tate Modern recently in response to the corporate backing of a graffiti show held there. Therefore, his highly anticipated and first major solo show, Stay Free, has understandably been a big hit in the UK and beyond. For Stay Free, Sickboy transformed a Victorian Grade II listed building in East London into a 3D creative playground, bringing in inspiration from the children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Packed with color, humor and satire, the show is a culmination of the alternative reality Sickboy has created over the years. See more in exhibit photos here.

Sylvia Ji's "Blue Rose"

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 08, 2008
Sylvia Ji (Juxtapoz #80) just released this stunning new limited edition print of her painting Blue Rose. In her art, Sylvia explores themes of beauty, sexual provocation, and social notions of femininity juxtaposed against the dystopian reality of modern cities to create highly charged paintings of women. Some of her paintings are symbolic reflections of herself, portraits of people she knows or just nameless faces set in a landscape of fleeting beauty. Grab your bit of Sylvia Ji’s fleeting beauty now at www.theartprint.net.

"These Predicaments" by David Stoupakis

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 05, 2008
These Predicaments by pop surrealist David Stoupakis is the next showstopper to hit Corey Helford Gallery. For his second solo exhibition at the Gallery, Stoupakis parlays his talent for the supernatural and macabre into dramatic narratives that reveal symbolic turning points and unexpected dilemmas. A delicate balance of childhood innocence and haunting imagery, the series of oil-on-panel paintings and graphite drawings recounts grim fairytales of the decadent and demure. These Predicaments opens next Saturday, December 13 and will remain on display until December 31, 2008. More on These Predicaments by David Stoupakis here.

"Explorers of the Past and Future" from abstract:groove

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 02, 2008
abstract:groove is an integrated creative, production and design studio based in Milan, Italy composed of creatives, designers, directors, animators, editors, musicians and visual FX artists, all focused on reshaping the standards of the human sense of perception- something they have done very well through their fantastical projects. abstract:groove recently won the gold medal prize for their online movie Explorers of the Past and Future at Epica Awards 2008 in the Interactive category. This web exclusive retro-futuristic short movie was created by abstract:groove for  Diesel Kid, and it’s pretty awe-inspiring. So enter their world of winged horses, vintage fantasy space bikes, and imaginative intergalactic galleon contraptions and let the kids take you on a space-race to find the treasure in the strangest of strange space-scape you ever did see. More on abstract:groove at www.abstractgroove.com

Regino Gonzales, Dee Dee Cheriel, and Henry Gunderson at White Walls Gallery

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 02, 2008
White Walls Gallery in San Francisco presents a joint show featuring Regino Gonzales, Dee Dee Cheriel, and Henry Gunderson opening Saturday, December 13th and running through January 3rd. Using strong metaphors, heavy imagery, and a touch of dark humor to explore personal narratives, Regino Gonzales takes his graphics beyond common tattoo art, evolving them into multi-dimensional compositions with a style all their own. Like Gonzales, Dee Dee Cheriel also explores personal narratives. Although in her art she stresses the human need and desire to connect with each other and with the world. Drawing from her oppositional influences, Cheriel infuses Pacific Northwestern creatures within natural landscapes draped in textiles that speak of traditional Indian patterns and splashes of punk rock neon. Finally, Henry Gunderson is inspired by juxtapositions such as, people vs. animals, nature vs. man-made human perception, music vs. silence, and of course skateboarding. Focusing on the process more than the outcome in his work, he allows the piece to evolve over time into something man-made but also natural. Details at www.whitewallssf.com Learn more on all three artists over here…

Artists 11

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 02, 2008
In an effort to generate awareness of prostate cancer (a disease that will affect 1 in 11 men) Artists 11 will feature the appropriate number of 11 internationally renowned urban artists to create commissioned works to be auctioned as part of Bonhams’ Urban Art Auction on February 24th, with proceeds from the works going to The Prostate Cancer Charity- the UK’s leading charity working with people affected by the disease. The reputable artists including D*Face, Dan Baldwin, Eine (Juxtapoz #95) Pure Evil, Gerald Laing, Andrew McAttee, Blek Le Rat (Juxtapoz #95) Mr Jago, Nick Walker and Xenz are reaching out to the younger generation to highlight the issue through the broad appeal of urban art, as well as giving something back to the wider community. Prior to the auction, an exhibition will be held at The Truman Brewery from February 12 - 17, 2009 in order to preview the huge works. Reaching 175 x 60cm, the dimensions of the canvases are those of an average man; the life size work emphasizing this very real life problem. Take the opportunity to learn a bit more about the artists participating in Artists 11 over here…

Photos: Shag & Calma at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Los Angeles-based artist Shag (above) and Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff aka Calma (below) took Manhattan’s Jonathan Levine Gallery by storm in the recent opening of their respective solo shows, Voyeur and Novo Mundo. Both artists were in attendance, and needless to say both talents (and, we suppose, their incredible artwork) attracted some of the most influential and fun-loving folks of the Big Apple and beyond. Take a look for yourself in the photos our buddy George Koroneos shot right over here…

Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff Book Signing

Juxtapoz // Friday, November 21, 2008
In conjunction with his upcoming solo show, Novo Mundo, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery opening this weekend, Saturday November 22nd, Stephan Doitschinoff, aka Calma has a new book coming out, tited Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff. This collection documents the emblematic and spiritual paintings and murals that the painter has emblazoned on houses, churches and walls in rural villages in his South American homeland. The title Calma is not only Stephan Doitschinoff‘s alias as a graffiti writer, but also the abbreviation of “con alma” (c’alma) in Latin, meaning “with soul”. His emblematic metaphoric imagery feeds off Afro-Brazilian folklore, pagan and alchemistic symbolism and contemporary pop culture. Doitschinoff composes spectacular murals and applies his extraordinary talent to emblazon houses, churches and walls in rural cities in his South American homeland. The 160 page, full color, hardcover book also features texts by Tristan Manco and Carlo McCormick. Join in for a special book-signing event for the new book, Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff this Saturday, November 22nd from 6-7pm.  The opening reception for Stephan's solo exhibition, Novo Mundo, will immediately follow. Details at jonathanlevinegallery.com

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