Ron English Interview From "The Run Up"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 13, 2009
We just can’t get enough of good old Ron today. How could we? He’s friggin awesome. Luckily for us, Mister Ron English sat down for an interview with Walrus TV, where he talks about his strong views on censorship and commercialism and its relationship to public space. You can also hear from the man himself about getting sued, spending weekends in jail, his move from billboard to canvas, and how that has all shaped his incredible work. “I don’t mind going to jail for the weekend; I rather enjoy it,” English states in the interview. “It’s like a big bowl session and you start realizing that like, everybody in here is black and everybody is in here for selling fucking pot. You know, which shouldn’t even be a crime. I think it gives you another view of your society that a lot of people aren’t exposed to. They’re criminalizing a certain behavior just to keep down a certain class of people.” Preach on, brotha. Preach the fuck on.

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 06, 2009
111 Minna Gallery is kicking off ’09 in presenting a stellar group show, entitled First Things First. An exhibition showcasing both well-established and emerging talents, First Things First will open this Thursday, January 8, 2009 with many of the artists in attendance. “Our aim is to present a number of promising young artists side by side with established talent that have both been underexposed in the Bay Area,” states The Gallery. “The collection has been assembled by 111 Minna Gallery Curator Gabe Scott, 111 Minna Associate Curator Jay Howell and former Upper Playground Associate Curator Lainya Magana. A fresh perspective on two-dimensional creations will be represented from the United States, Brazil, Germany, Slovenia and Australia and will encompass painting, collage, architectural design as well as street installations.” First Things First will feature work by: Ryan Bubnis (Portland, OR), Robert Hardgrave (Seattle, WA), Clynton Lowry (San Francisco, CA), Nicole Hagen (San Francisco, CA), James Blagdon (New York, NY), Taska Cleveland (Los Angeles, CA), Kelly Ording (San Francisco, CA), Mario Wagner (Cologne, Germany), Rafael Sliks (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Sarah Spitler (San Francisco, CA), Jacob Magraw (Los Angeles, CA), Yellana James (Portland, OR), and Rene Almanza (Oaxaca, Mexico). Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to check out some great work by established artists Ryan Bubnis (work shown above) and Robert Hardgrave (below left) and Taska Cleveland (below right) along with pieces by the rising artistic talents you may be seeing much more of in the future. Details on First Things First at www.111minnagallery.com

Photos: David Choe Signs "Choe Gal"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 30, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) has got to be one of our all-time favorite artistic bad-boys, but he proved he's got a softer side as well when he created the doll Choe Gal. Mr Choe took the evening to sign Choe Gal at GR2 in Los Angeles last week, attracting fans from all over to get their sticky hands on one of the limited 1,000 pieces available for sale. Choe Gal is his first wood figure: extremely detailed, totally hand painted, and featuring a head that rotates to expose three facial expressions (to express whatever mood your bi-polar ass may be in that second.) If you couldn’t make it out to LA to get your own doll signed, take a peek at what you missed in photos right over here…

Aurel Schmidt's Six-Foot Tall "Supernatural"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Get a look at this large-scale, 6-foot tall poster by Aurel Schmidt. That’s like door-sized. Supernatural, completed in 2006, marks the artists entrance into the prestigious Dakis Joannou Collection. The Foundation recently allowed the hip cats at O.H.W.O.W. to reproduce this seminal work in print form for your enjoyment. Kathy Grayson, of Deitch Projects writes: "Supernatural greeted me when I arrived to do my first studio visit with Aurel and might still remain for me her greatest accomplishment. The piece was a life-size bizarro-world portrait of the artist as a young woman; as shy and unassuming as Aurel first seemed, her drawn alter-ego betrayed the fierce and wild woman that I would come to know later. That is not to say her boobs are be composed of snakes and maggots, but rather that her spirit is in touch with elements of the natural and the all-too-human in a way far more sophisticated than her twenty-five years should allow." See more of this 34-inch wide by 72-inch tall wonder now here.

Photos: "These Predicaments" by David Stoupakis

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 23, 2008
These Predicaments by pop surrealist David Stoupakis recently opened at Los Angeles' 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. C'mon, getting stuck in a house definitely counts as an unexpected dilemma, no? 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. This new series marks a new direction for the artist, as Stoupakis employs a brighter color palette than before and unveiled his largest piece to date at the exhibition, which attracted a wealth of fans to its reception. Couldn't make it out? No worries, we've got your opening night photos right over here...  

Win a Free Copy of Ryan McGinness' "Works"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We just snagged an advance copy of Ryan McGinness’ book, Works. We think it has something to do with this art master’s vast range of work. Chock full of paintings, sculptures, sketches, drawings, installations, editions, and other stuff, McGinness proves his skate-punk aesthetic isn’t just for skaters or uhh…punks. Incorporating carefully rendered personal iconography, contemporary semiotics, and layered neo-baroque compositions, McGinness successfully bridges the worlds of art and design in the beautifully composed Works. Lucky for you, we have a shit-load of books in our office, so we’re offering this beauty up to a lucky reader that signs up for our super fantastic newsletter. Hop on and sign up! REGISTER for the Juxtapoz NEWSLETTER now!

Ron English: "Mythographic Vicissitudes"

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 19, 2008
Before Banksy, before Shepherd Fairey, there was Ron English, the catalytic figure in the advancement of street art away from traditional eighties wild-style lettering and into clever statement and masterful trompe l’oeil based art. For years, English has been hijacking public space worldwide for the sake of art, so we’re happy to announce his next gallery show, Mythographic Vicissitudes, coming to the lower level of FIFTY24SF Gallery from January 8 - 29, 2009. For Mythographic Vicissitudes, English has created a series of paintings based on variations on modern mythologies. Applying a sense of reverence to his patented mash of religion, history and art, English gives equal weight to all mythologies, from Jesus to Bigfoot to Expressionism. You know, typical English shaking thing sup just a little bit. Learn more on Ron English’s Mythographic Vicissitudes right this way…

KRink Interview: The Man Behind the Drips

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.

David Choe Signing his "Choe Gal"

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

SUPER NOTHING MAYBE NEVER! by Numskull

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

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