Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Boosted today announced an exclusive content deal with Los Angeles-based artist Amanda Visell offering its youth wireless customers an opportunity to own and experience a piece of artwork from the renowned artist on their Boost Mobile phone, for a fraction of the high gallery fees. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with talented artists such as Amanda Visell, and are leading in our efforts to differentiate this high quality content,” said Jeff Park, director of business development for Boost Mobile. “We are developing an intensive experience on the web that is consistent with the quality of the artist’s work and enables Boost customers to experience such art in a meaningful way.” Taking art to the third screen and beyond, Boosted collaborates with and provides opportunities for leaders in the pop art space. Working with artists such as Claw Money, Madsteez, Jim Houser, Retna, Revok, Saber, George Thompson and now Amanda Visell, Boosted enhances the careers of their artists partners in areas previously untapped and provides an additional support art in their current initiatives and projects. Amanda Visell’s brand of cartoon fantasy has won her acclaim far and wide. In support of our artist partners initiativeswe are proud to announce that Amanda will be having an art show on June 21st from 7-10pm at M-Modern. Beginning later this month, Amanda Visell’s custom designed wallpapers will be available for purchase to Boost Mobile and SprintNextel customers directly from their Boost Mobile phone via Boost Wireless Web or at www.boostedmobile.com for an expected price of $1.99. Boost Mobile’s strategic alliance with artists, such as Amanda Visell, opens an opportunity for a wider audience to get acquainted with some of the country’s most sought after artists.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 12, 2008
VIMBY has a sweet new flick on infamous Seventh Letter graff and fine artist Retna (Juxtapoz issue #78) From county jail to world-renowned artist, Retna takes some time to chat about his work, his crew, and why he feels art saved his life. More on Retna at digitalretna.com
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2008
Upper Playground LA, along with Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol's respective retail spaces, "The Last Laugh," will be celebrating their grand opening tomorrow, May 31st, from 1—8PM. Come down to Skid Row (125 E 6th Street) and enjoy all the unveiling fun. As well as the three retail spaces celebrating their grand opening, a fourth retail space, serving as a revolving concept space next door to UP LA and "The Last Laugh," will occupied by Roland Sands Designs. During the open house, it will feature a display of custom motorcycles from 1998 AMA 250cc Champion-turned motorcycle designer Roland Sands and limited-edition fashion pieces from designer and model Tony Ward's line, Six in the Face. As if it couldn’t get any better, Upper Playground LA will also be unveiling their FIFTY24LA Gallery, with an opening show featuring the works of Usugrow, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, San, Retna, Saber, Alex Pardee, Ron English, Doze Green, Slick, Armsrock and David Ellis. Want more? Hit up UpperPlayground.com.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 29, 2008
The tour may be over, but the art lives on. At least until this Sunday, June 1st. That’s right, we’re talking about Scion's Installation 4, It's A Beautiful World art auction. It's A Beautiful World opened in Los Angeles, the last of nine cities on the national tour, on May 10th. More than 800 people attended the opening night festivities, including most of the 34 participating artists (some of which are shown above, trying to take a group shot.) The innovative Scion Installation Art Tour launched its fourth installment last July and features a diverse array of some of the best contemporary artists from around the world, like: Andrew Pommier, Blaine Fontana, Blek LeRat, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Jeff Soto, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, RETNA, Ron English, Sam Flores, Sage Vaughn, Travis Millard, and more. The theme, It's a Beautiful World, was interpreted by each artist, in one of four mediums— painting, photography, sculpture, and collage, and will be on final view for the 3rd Annual Culver City Artwalk on Saturday, May 31st. The culmination of the tour is accompanied by a live auction where all of the artwork will be auctioned off to the public at the Scion Installation LA space in the Culver City Arts District on Sunday, June 1st, as well as online and on phone lines. The best part? 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward Art From Scrap, an organization encouraging creative expression in the arts and promoting a greater understanding of environmental issues. Details at www.scion.com/installation.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 22, 2008
SF-based apparel and art company Upper Playground, photographer and director Estevan Oriol, and artist Mister Cartoon are excited to announce the unveiling of a series of four one-of-a-kind retail establishments in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, offering customers a unique fashion and fine art experience. In celebration of the properties, the three entities will host a grand opening next Saturday, May 31st from 1-8pm that will feature a special art exhibit and appearances from some of the world’s leading designers involved in the project. As the pioneer of combining fashion and fine art, it seems fitting that Upper Playground will host a special art exhibit featuring the works of legendary artists: Usugrow, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, San, Retna, Saber, Alex Pardee, Ron English, Doze Green, Slick, Armsrock and David Ellis. Many of the featured artists on display also contribute designs to Upper Playground’s apparel line. In addition to Upper Playground, the new venture includes “The Last Laugh,” which will house the Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol retail experiences. Learn more about this exciting project, and get a peek at some new t-shirt graphics Upper Playground has ready for the LA store right here…
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 02, 2008
Scion’s Installation 4, It’s A Beautiful World, opens in Los Angeles, the last of nine cities on the national tour, on May 10th. The innovative Scion Installation Art Tour launched its fourth installment last July and features a diverse array of artists from around the world. The theme, It’s a Beautiful World, was interpreted by each artist, in one of four mediums— painting, photography, sculpture, and collage. The culmination of the tour is accompanied by a live auction June 1st, where all of the artwork will be auctioned off to the public, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward art-related charities. This year's artists include: Andrew Pommier, Andy Mueller, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek LeRat, Books llll, Caia Koopman, Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, Freddi C, J Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, Rammellzee, RETNA, R Grimes, Ron English, Sam Flores, Sage Vaughn, Skwerm, Tim McCormick, Travis Millard, and The London Police. Maybe you’ve heard of a couple of ‘em. They sure make purty stuff. The final tour stop and auction will be held in Los Angeles, at the Scion Installation LA space in the Culver City Arts District May 10 - June 1, 2008. Most all of the Installation 4 artists will attend the opening night of the show on May 10th, so we’d advise you to make sure your ass is in LA next weekend! More at www.scion.com/installation.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 23, 2008
To the cats out there thinking all urban art and culture lovers are a bunch of society-leeching fools: not only are you gravely mistaken, but you also have obviously not met The Citrus Report. The Citrus Report is fast becoming one of our favorite spots to keep up on all the latest political banter, as well as the most interesting new shows, books, music, and films out. As if that weren’t enough, this issue of The Citrus Report features interviews with some of our all-time favorites, like: The Date Farmers, Alex Pardee, Sasha Grey, Retna (shown painting,) Thomas Marecki, and Jim Fitzpatrick. We could go on and on about how cool its columnists are, and how refreshing it is to have a website with some backbone to it, but don’t just take our word for it. Get ready to stick a bookmark in The Citrus Report at none other than www.thecitrusreport.com.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Scion has done it again. Scion's Installation 4, It's A Beautiful World, opens in Minneapolis, one of nine cities on the national tour, this Friday, April 4th. The innovative Scion Installation Art Tour launched its fourth installment last July and features a diverse array of artists from around the world. The theme, It's a Beautiful World, was interpreted by each artist, in one of four mediums- painting, photography, sculpture, and collage. Some of this year's Installation artists include: Andrew Pommier, Andy Mueller, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek LeRat, Books llll, Caia Koopman (whose work is shown above,) Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, Freddi C, J Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, Rammellzee, RETNA, R Grimes, Ron English, Sam Flores, Sage Vaughn, Skwerm, Tim McCormick, and Travis Millard. More info at scion.com/installation.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Some of the world’s most epic graffiti has risen from the streets of Los Angeles. Graff guru, and Juxtapoz contributing editor, Roger Gastman has compiled an appropriately named new book, Los Angeles Graffiti, with Sonja Teri to preserve and celebrate this transient art form.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 10, 2008
Graffiti artist Retna made a name for himself on the streets of Los Angeles. Frequently inspired by images of females found in magazines and corporate advertisements, Retna is especially known for embellishing existing fashion advertisements overlaying a classic style that recalls Mayan and Egyptian hieroglyphs, and even Byzantine religious mosaics. This great short film by Boosted sheds some light on Retna’s process and the motivation behind his work. See more of Retna’s stuff online at DigitalRetna.com.