"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

"Titanium Expose" Group Show

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 20, 2008
Anthony Lister (NYC), Blek Le Rat (Paris), Buff Monster (LA), Chris Ryniak (LA), Damon Soule (Portland), Dennis McNett (NYC), Henry Lewis (SF), Julian Duron (NYC), Henry Gunderson (SF), Joshua Petker (LA), Mars (SF), Matt Furie (SF), Maya Hayuk (NYC), Mel Kadel (LA), and Ryan Christian (Chicago) will all grace Fecal Face Gallery in San Francisco in a group exhibit titled Titanium Expose. Opening tonight, November 20th, this show seems more like a grouping of platinum artists rather than titanium, but we'll overlook all that and simply head over to check it all out tonight. More info on Titanium Expose at fecalface.com/gallery

Nos Cambiamos de Domicilio at Kurimanzutto in Mexico City

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 20, 2008
After nine years of the opening of Economia de Mercado/Market Economy (an event that lasted one day and joined the group of artists with which the gallery started for the first time,) Kurimanzutto in Mexico City has a new project in a new space: a twenty-two voice dialogue in a unique new exhibition Nos Cambiamos de Domicilio. The new space opens Saturday, November 29th in an old timber yard, built in 1949 in Mexico City, and restored by Mexican architect Alberto Kalach. The members of Kurimanzutto describe the new show in stating: “For this exhibition we have decided to evoke the testimony of an incidental – yet fundamental – protagonist: the bookshelf living in almost any artist’s studio. […] Around thirty industrial shelves have been disposed throughout the main plant of the gallery, conforming a grid over which an organized cosmos might unfold.” The show will run December 2, 2008 – February 15, 2009. Learn more at kurimanzutto.com

Primary Flight: Back to Basics During Art Basel

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Once again during this year’s Art Basel, graff writers and street artists will 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 features 40 of today’s most respected local and international graffiti artists, including Blek le Rat (Juxtapoz #95) David Choe (Juxtapoz #72) Retna, Revok, Reyes (all in Juxtapoz #78) Will Barras (Juxtapoz #91) 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 BOOKSIIII, Lynn Yohana Howard, Logan Hicks, and Anthony Spinello, Primary Flight will take off during Art Basel, December 4 – 7, 2008. Maps outlining the street installation will be available for download online at primaryflight.com and on location in the Wynwood streets.

Alex Pardee x GelaSkins

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 13, 2008
If you’re not yet familiar with GelaSkins, you should be- how else are you supposed to get all your electronic devices looking as fly as your carefully picked outfit? Thankfully, GelaSkins has picked up on the fresh flavor of Juxtapoz favorite Alex Pardee (Juxtapoz #79) by releasing new skins for everything from iPods to laptops to cell phones, featuring The Backpack (above) and Holy Matrimony (which may look a bit familiar to true Juxtapopz fans, as an eerily similar image graced our August 2007 cover.) Straight out of a technicolor nightmare, Alex’s mesmerizing and often grotesque subjects tell a tale of dark symbiosis yet, simultaneously showcase that twisted sense of humor we love about this artist. The Backpack and Holy Matrimony are wickedly deranged and will easily bring any of your devices some much needed awesome, so grab your skin now at gelaskins.com


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