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!)
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 02, 2008
We love how Shepard still keeps it real. Check out this great video from imeem of Shepard Fairy chatting about getting busted in Denver last week. Famous? Yes. Still down with the streets? Same answer.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 26, 2008
In celebration of the Democratic National Convention, The Manifest Hope Gallery in Denver is now open, and internationally known artist Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) took a minute to explain his work included in the Gallery. Upper Playground along with partners Shepard Fairey, MoveOn.org, and Evolutionary Media Group have partnered to showcase both established and emerging artists and present the most widely recognized pieces seen throughout the 2008 presidential primary campaign, as well as newly commissioned works and previous works on loan from some of the United States’ top artists. Housed within the Andenken Gallery (2990 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205) and an additional adjacent warehouse, the gallery is open now through Thursday, August 28, 2008 from 10am–5pm daily.
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 22, 2008
Yes yes ya’ll, the day you’ve been waiting for is almost here: the opening of Duality of Humanity by Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) Fairey, the one-man art movement behind the nearly 20 year OBEY/Giant street art campaign and the equally ubiquitous Obama "Hope/Progress" posters, will be having a highly anticipated one-man show of new and recent original works at White Walls and The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, opening 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 four preview pieces right over here…
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Fine artist David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) is the latest artist to partner with Upper Playground to produce not one, but two Barack Obama prints. Choe has designed and produced apparel, adidas sneakers, comic books, movie posters, album covers, fine art books and toys, among many other projects. David Choe’s Barack Obama posters are part of an ongoing series from Upper Playground of artist collaborations in support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Upper Playground has endorsed Obama's campaign by creating posters featuring artwork from Grotesk, The Date Farmers, Munk One, Ron English, Alex Pardee, Morning Breath, Mac, Sam Flores and Mear One, in addition to printing t-shirts with Shepard Fairey's Obama graphics to help support the campaign. There were only 200 prints made, which are signed and numbered of each design, and each poster retails for $200. The limited-edition 18"x24" prints are available exclusively online: here (poster seen above) and the other (not shown) is available right here. All proceeds from the sales of the posters will go directly to creating more campaign t-shirts, posters, and stickers by other artists in support of Obama's bid for President. Please note: the prints will not ship until October 15, 2008.