Juxtapoz // Friday, December 19, 2008
KRINK aka KR (Juxtapoz #80) is the mastermind behind the dope dripping inks we love to play round with on anything from notebooks to city streets, shoes to...people? Yep, Krink Ink has become a staple of the graffiti and overall contemporary art movement. What makes this guy so revolutionary? Not only has he been able to popularize a product he created for the sole purpose of his personal graffiti endeavors, but that he's been able to expand the concept to a global market, all while staying close to the subculture and scene that originally got him noticed in the first place. “Just do this and let it be what it is. […] What I grew up in was not about following the rules,” says KR. “Graffiti, it was like, people stole their paint and went out and painted illegal pieces and took matters into their own hands.” Learn more about KR and trace his upward trajectory from graf kid to ink mogul in this video from Current.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 18, 2008
David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) Choe Gal will be sold at GR2 in Los Angeles with a special treat: Mr Choe himself will be present to sign his limited edition wooden doll from 6-8pm! Raised on comic books, affected by street art, and inspired by crime, women, and music, Choe has developed a unique and restless style that is effortless yet meticulous and focused, and (or course) dirty. Choe Gal is his first wood figure: extremely detailed, totally hand painted, and featuring a head that rotates to expose three facial expressions. This piece is strictly limited to 1,000 pieces and a mere $45. Details at giantrobot.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Back in the day, everyone was supposed to get their 15 minutes, but nowadays, it seems as if everyone is famous- on MySpace, Facebook, your friend's blog, and hell, even eBay- or at least that's what Sydney, Australia-based Numskull tells us in his recent exhibit, SUPER NOTHING MAYBE NEVER! Watch the in-action video of Numskull prepping wood for his pop-infused imagery, and then take a look at more of his work in SUPER NOTHING MAYBE NEVER! at www.funskull.com
Juxtapoz // Monday, December 15, 2008
Juxtapoz curator and Copro Nason Gallery owner Greg Escalante sent us over this photo of him with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt this weekend at the opening of Good Samaritan’s group art exhibition. Escalante and Dirnt stopped to pose in front of Nathan Spoor’s The Arrival. See more artwork from this show and the concurrent Like Giving a Kid a Loaded Gun by Matthew Bone at www.copronason.com
Juxtapoz // Friday, December 12, 2008
The Shooting Gallery presents Architeuthis by Skot Olsen. Opening tomorrow, Saturday December 13th, 2008 from 7pm - 11pm Architeuthis will be showing through January 3rd, 2009. In this new collection, Olsen continues his focuses on the sea and the creatures that inhabit its depths. Olsen says, “Inspired by 19th-century maritime artwork and my love for giant squid, this show focuses on strange and often perilous encounters humans have with the sea and the things that dwell there. From maritime disasters to the commercial harvest of sea monsters to Poseidon himself, this show gives a glimpse of things many people wouldn’t and didn’t live to tell about. If you find yourself in the San Francisco area this December, be sure to stop by the Shooting Gallery, no life-jacket required.” You heard the man, hop on board and hit up San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery tomorrow night. Online preview of Architeuthis can be found at shootinggallerysf.com
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...
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
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.
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.
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.