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.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, September 13, 2008
In an ongoing effort to secure Democratic hopeful Barack Obama's presidential bid, Upper Playground and Digital Gravel, the online store for urban apparel brands, have partnered to produce a limited-edition line of Obama t-shirts featuring selective artwork from the Upper Playground x Barack Obama print series. The Upper Playground x Digital Gravel t-shirt collaboration will showcase the sold out poster designs created by The Date Farmers, Munk One (shown,) Sam Flores, Alex Pardee, Grotesk, Morning Breath, and Ron English via Upper Playground. Approximately 300 t-shirts were made for each graphic, and the retail price for each t-shirt is a mere $20. All proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts will go directly towards creating new promotional projects in support of Obama's bid for President up until the election in November, so show your support and hit up DigitalGravel.com now!
Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 11, 2008
Yes yes ya’ll, the day you’ve been waiting for arrives tomorrow: the opening of Duality of Humanity by Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) Fairey, the man behind the OBEY/Giant street art campaign and now infamous Obama "Hope/Progress" posters, will open his highly anticipated one-man show of new and recent original works at White Walls and The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, opening tomorrow, September 13th, 2008. This is definitely going to be one of those shows that goes down in history, so make sure to get all info and see some preview pieces over this way...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 11, 2008
Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) the one-man art movement behind the nearly 20 year OBEY/Giant street art campaign and the equally ubiquitous Obama "Hope/Progress" posters, is currently in San Francisco in preparation for his solo show, Duality of Humanity, at White Walls and The Shooting Gallery, opening this Saturday, September 13th. In true Shepard form, this street maverick did what he knows best: got up on the streets. Watch him work his magic in this dope video, and uuh… pardon the SF homeless- they’re friendly (usually!)