A Star-Studded Debut of "Become a Microscope

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Why were Aaron Rose, Syd Garrison, The Date Farmers, Kanye West, Money Mark, and Lenny Mesina recently at LA’s Hammer Museum? To catch the debut of Become a Microscope – 90 Statements on Sister Corita, the innovative new short by Beautiful Losers director Aaron Rose (shown above with Lenny Mesina) with music by Money Mark and Becky Stark. The short was also featured alongside the World Premiere of PSST! 3 and two new NASA music videos. Needles to say, the evening attracted big names eager to be the first to catch the freshest in the world of film and music. See the night unfold in photos here…

Interview with Harry Kim, Filmmaker of "Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe"

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 13, 2009
“Harry Kim, director of Dirty Hands and David Choe's (Juxtapoz cover #72) longtime friend, is in San Francisco to attend the screening of his film at the Castro Theatre on Saturday night, and I caught up with him Friday morning at his hotel in Japantown,” writes Jeremy Hatch.   “He’s a great guy, always ready with a huge laugh, and for almost half an hour we talked about other things completely, starting with cars that can drive themselves ('If you die at the wheel,' he said, 'it'll just drive around the block making right turns'), which led to Ray Kurzweil, Kevin Kelly's One Machine concept, artificial intelligence, WALL-E, whether androids would form religious cults, and if they did, what would a robot god be like? (Also discussed: an albino hooker he met in the Congo, and why a jetpack would be ideal to search for living dinosaurs.) At some point we got around to discussing his film.   Read the entire interview with Harry Kim on Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe.

HUSH Sings a "Hymn to Beauty"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 11, 2009
UK-based artist Hush recently debuted his latest solo show, Hymn of Beauty. Hush's large-scale work has been described as a sensory assault of shape, color, and character. Inspired by the portrayal of the female form in art, the artist builds up and tears down layers of paint and images as he works, "letting the canvas and marks take their own path." The result is an enigmatic synthesis of anime, pop-infused imagery, graffiti, and graphic design that exposes the conflict between power and decay, innocence and sexuality, and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture. If you can’t make it out to see his new work in person, take a visual tour of the show through the lens of Arrested Motion and then see more of his work at www.studio-hush.com  

MSK X AWR: Send Lawyers, Guns, & Money Video

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 06, 2009
Augor, Aloy, Bert Krak, Dame, Ewok, Jersey Joe (Rime), Krush, Norm, Pose, Risk, Retna, Revok, Saber, Tyke (The Witness) and Zeser all got together for a dope showing of their studio work in an exhibit titled Send Lawyers, Guns, & Money at Canvas in Los Angeles. As predicted, the night cranked out a massive showing of fans, which many of the artists chatted, tagged, and hung out with. See it all go down in this video of the opening evening, and then peep the real artwork, on display now through the month.

Opening Night Insanity: Send Lawyers, Guns, & Money: AWR MSK Group Show

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 03, 2009
In case you didn’t make it out to the opening of the AWR / MSK group exhibit Send Lawyers, Guns, & Money this weekend at Canvas in Los Angeles, you missed out on a stellar night. No, make that an insane night, as crowds lined the block, eager for a chance to see the latest studio work from some of our favorite graffiti artists from The Seventh Letter, AWR, and MSK including featuring original works from Augor, Aloy, Bert Krak, Dame, Ewok, Jersey Joe (Rime), Krush, Norm, Pose, Risk, Retna, Revok, Saber, Tyke (The Witness) Zeser, and more. See the night’s debauchery documented in photos over here…   

Pose 2 x Chor Boogie Paint Dubai

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 26, 2009
In October 2008, Pose 2 and Chor Boogie painted a series of murals in Dubai. Despite the heat and humidity, they worked tirelessly and produced some of freshest walls the United Arab Emirates has seen. This particular mural was commissioned by MTV Arabia. Talk about art being used as a unifying tool!

Lola's "Natural Beauties" & "Superschool" Group Showing at Copro Nason

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 26, 2009
The lovely Lola has been quite the busy bee lately. Fresh off her recent solo exhibition The Wondermental at Corey Helford Gallery, she now has another solo, Natural Beauties, slated at CoproNason Gallery. The Natural Beauties exhibition finds Lola exploring the unique worlds of supposed 'outcast' elements in nature. These intricately rendered paintings provide a rich context for the artist to pursue the truly soft and gentle essences of these shy creatures. Along with her solo exhibit, Lola worked closely with the gallery to curate a group exhibition called Superschool. The exhibition boasts an impressive array of master painters in the new contemporary style, including: Travis Louie, Gary Baseman, sas Christian, Chet Zar, Day May, Amy Sol, Mia, Nathan Spoor, Heiko Mueller, Martin Wittforth (work shown below), and more. Impressive. Both shows open to the public on Saturday, Match 7th, 2009. Grab more info at www.copronason.com

HUSH's "Hymn to Beauty"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 25, 2009
HUSH will be gracing Los Angeles’ Carmichael Gallery with a new collection of works in his first US solo show entitled Hymn to Beauty, opening Thursday, March 5th 2009. Hush's work has been described as a sensory assault of shape, color, and character.  Inspired by the portrayal of the female form in art, the artist builds up and tears down layers of paint and images as he works, "letting the canvas and marks take their own path."  The result is an enigmatic synthesis of anime, pop-infused imagery, graffiti, and graphic design that exposes the conflict between power and decay, innocence and sexuality, and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture. Hush continues to evolve his style with this latest batch of pieces, which merges his early anime and pop-art influenced graffiti technique with an exploration of Romanesque iconographic imagery. The new works are bigger, deeper and richer than anything he has produced to date. The show will run thru March 26th, 2009. More on HUSH at www.studio-hush.com More on Hymn to Beauty at www.carmichaelgallery.com

Back Talk with REVOK

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 24, 2009
REVOK may seem intimidating, but one look at this hilarious photo and it’s clear that (1) REVOK is awesome (2) he’s a sweetheart and (3) you need to learn more about him.   Naturally we anticipated your desire to get to know one of the most elusive, famed, and respected graffiti artists the world has to offer, so we got him to share his dirty lil secrets by answering our Back Talk Questions.   Okay, not all his secrets are dirty, but he does spill details about how he dodged getting caught by LA’s finest while working on a piece one crazy night. See what we’re talking about by reading Back Talk with REVOK below.

A Talk with Nouar in Anticipation of "You Look Good Enough To Eat!"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Noir Nouar is a dark haired girl, with dark subliminal meanings and jolly palatable paintings. For example, you might think a robust shiny tomato lady is an enticing marketing icon; but three eager worms approach, their phallus shaped noses glowing red with excitement. A Bob’s Big Boy cameo also fits nicely in the genre of American advertising. But in the nude, he is a blatantly repulsive mascot for Fatty Happy Lard.   This is the precarious imagery that Nouar delivers in neat packaging, awaiting responses of repugnancy and giggles. She explores the nuances of food advertising, desire, anxiety, and good ol’ American tradition in all the glory of genetically engineered produce and milk fed veal. The contradiction between Nouar’s nauseatingly cheery characters and their imminent slaughter is at once silly and disquieting, a dilemma that has divided vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters for all time.   But don’t lose your appetite quite yet. After all, Nouar’s paintings are delightfully polished and gay. This Saturday, Jonathan Levine Gallery serves up a juicy solo-show platter that is sure to tickle your palate and spark some unusual after-dinner conversation. Kirsten Incorvaia snagged the lady of the hour for a quick interview, and found her humor noir to be just as sassy as Hot Diggity Dog.

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