Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 17, 2008
One of our all-time favorite artists and all-around crazy dudes, David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) will be releasing a new 18-coior screen print called Exodus From the Land of Play (shown below) printed by Burlesque Design (shown above with Choe) tomorrow, December 18th. All these prints are one-of-a-kind, as Choe painted and drew on each and every one of them; luckily for him (but perhaps not so lucky for you) the prints are limited to an edition of 76. Lucky for all of us, Burlesque documented the whole process in the video below. Exodus From the Land of Play will be sold exclusively on the Burlesque Design Website starting tomorrow, 2pm Central Time. Here's how Mr. Choe himself describes his print, Exodus From the Land of Play: "...in the land of play, the skies rain fried cheese bread, there is non-stop fun and unlimited freedom, children are encouraged to commit acts of vandalism, fight, drink beer out of unicorn horns, smoke cigars that turn into Bubblicious, and gamble and never lose. “Nuns show you their shaved vaginas and preach, up all night, sleep all day, where everyone plays and never works, where a kid can be a kid, and also where a man can behave like a kid... “I won't tell you what happened, but everyone has to leave immediately, get the fuck out now! So our heroine and androgynous vamp, donning royal robes and Axl Rose gear, lead a parade of donkey-eared miscreants and n'er-do-wells armed with customized Super Soakers filled with gummy worm juice and milk from Cocoa Krispies..." Woah, sounds like our kind of place. More on David Choe at www.davidchoe.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be participating in Art Miami, from December 4-7th, with some very exciting exhibits at both Scope Art Fair and Aqua Art Fair in the Wynwood Art District. At Scope, a solo exhibition by Shepard Fairey promises to bring the crowds to booth 370, and at Aqua Ray Caesar, Xiaoqing Ding and Adam Wallacavage will grace Booth 7, while WK Interact will have Booth 8 all to himself. Learn a bit more on all participating artists right here…
Juxtapoz // Saturday, November 15, 2008
Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) will release the third collaborative project with legendary photographer Al Rockoff tomorrow, Monday November 17th. This print is entitled Duality of Humanity 4 and is, of course, part of the Duality of Humanity (DOH) Series, which examines the many and, at times, conflicting facets of the human psyche. This beauty is an edition of 450, selling for 50 bucks at obeygiant.com/store
Juxtapoz // Monday, November 03, 2008
Hey, did you know there’s this little election thing going on tomorrow? Yeah, we’re voting on some important stuff, like the next President of our country.
Juxtapoz // Friday, October 17, 2008
We love Shepard Fairey’s book, E Pluribus Venom, so much that we decided to give our special copy away to a lucky winner that signs up for our new newsletter! In case you’ve been living under a rock, Shep’s newest book recently dropped and is chock-full of his massive body of work, which was showcased at Jonathan Levine Gallery in the summer of 2007. The title, E Pluribus Venom, literally means, “Out of many, poison” and is derived from “E Pluribus Unum” (out of many, one) which also appears on all US currency. Shepard is drawing attention to the notion of a collective becoming one, and the overall loss of individual power and autonomy in favor of homogeny. Basically don’t become a sheep, folks. Following in that vein, don’t buy your copy of E Pluribus Venom- just win one for free and SIGN UP with Juxtapoz now!
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 01, 2008
The day has finally arrived: Upper Playground just opened its newest retail space doors in New York’s new East Village at 437 East 9th Street. UP has collaborated with many NY icons from the art and fashion worlds, so it makes sense the Big Apple finally welcomed UP to the neighborhood. Today is the spot’s first full day open, after its debut yesterday, and along with all the dope new threads, one of the biggest attractions is definitely the massive permanent art installation shown below from fine artist and NYC resident David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72.) Can't make it to the East Coast to check it out yourself? Don't worry, we got you covered. Peep more UPNYC and Choe installation photos here.
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 22, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) has been busily covering the walls of the upcoming new Upper Playground New York with some of his dope imagery, which will remain part of the future store
Juxtapoz // Friday, September 19, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) just stopped by the Upper Playground headquarters in San Francisco to sign and number two of his brand new prints, so we decided to stop by and kick it with this legendary street and fine artist for a minute. Hey, we figured he may want some company; signing and numbering a total of 400 prints isn’t exactly the highlight of an artist’s career (the numbering part was more of a challenge- wouldn’t you lose count after print number 176?) Literally in SF for 10 hours before jetting back to NYC to prepare for yet another exhibit, Choe laughs as we ask him how all the traveling has been treating him. “Shitty,” he said. “I threw up on the plane over here and I have to get back on another flight in a couple hours.” Hell, for a guy that’s been jailed for months in Japan, shot steroids in their arm to run across the border, hitch hike to Alaska, swim in a river in Africa, and paint with their own blood, what’s another cross-country flight? Nuthin’ that’s what- especially when you’re a badass like Choe.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 18, 2008
Watch Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) as he fully explains his artistry, his show Duality of Humanity currently up at White Walls and the Shooting Gallery, and why San Francisco is his second favorite bombing city. “I was doing a spot that you could see from the 101 freeway. All of a sudden, the whole building is surrounded by police, except for one corner. […] There was a pole about 6 feet away from the edge of the building, so I just went for it. I just jumped from the edge of the building to the pole, caught it, slid down the pole two stories, and got away from 6 cop cars,” Fairey confesses. Shepard is still hitting the streets hard after all these years, and San Francisco looks all the better for it, if we do say so ourselves. The difference between the focus of this exhibit and previous ones is Obama. Shepard Fairey has long been a political artist, but this new crop of work truly exemplifies how he feels about our political situation and his unrest with the current regime. Watch the video, then check out more of Shepard Fairey’s stuff at obeygiant.com
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 15, 2008
In case you’ve been dwelling in some sort of underground cave for the past few weeks, you know one of the most prolific street and gallery artists working today, Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) opened his most recent solo show, Duality of Humanity at White Walls and the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco this Saturday. As expected, both gallery spaces were packed with fans eager to take a first-hand look at Shepard’s newest contributions to the world of art. A departure from his previous work in that this new crop of work is far more political, Duality of Humanity takes a close look at the changes facing our country in light of the upcoming election. “The difference between this show and the previous ones is that now the optimism of a potential Obama presidency is in the mix,” Shepard stated. Sketchypad’s Mike Lin attended the opening and writes, “Pieces in the show include the now famous Obama ‘Hope’ image, hand painted multiples (on paper, wood and album covers), rubylith collages, stencil collages on canvas, silkscreen on paper, and screenprints on metal. The fact that the majority of the work sold before the opening speaks volumes about Shepard’s popularity and influence on popular culture.” If you’re lucky enough to be in San Francisco, make sure to stop by White Walls and the Shooting Gallery on Larkin Street, as this show is surely one to go down in history. Plus, the work is simply breathtaking in person. More here.