Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Unless you’ve camped out under a rock for the past few months, you already know that Jeff Soto’s first museum exhibition, Turning In Circles, opened with a reception this weekend at Southern California’s Riverside Art Museum. This exhibit marks a major feat, for not only for our friend Soto but for the entire world of contemporary art, as being awarded such a major showing rarely happens in the ever-expanding and fiercely competitive world of museum art for “pop surrealist” painters. This ain’t no small gallery space, this is the real museum deal. Soto graces the Riverside Museum walls with approximately 20 new paintings and a large 50-foot wall installation, transforming the exhibition space into his signature colorful and surreal fantasy land. Fellow artist Nathan Spoor attended the opening and passed some photos of the evening and Turning In Circles our way, which you need to see right here.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 20, 2008
Jeff Soto will soon have you Turning In Circles at the Riverside Art Museum. In his first museum exhibition, on display December 2, 2008 - February 21, 2009, Soto will show off his paintings from the last 12 months. With approximately 20 new paintings and a large 50-foot wall installation, this promises to be an exhibit that will rock the Southern California town of Riverside. Learn more on Turning In Circles at riversideartmuseum.org More on Jeff Soto at jeffsoto.com
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Jeff Soto’s new book is finally available, and it’s safe to say this hardbound beauty was worth the wait. Soto's second installment, Storm Clouds, features paintings that evolve beyond the robotic characters featured in the sold out Potato Stamp Dreams. Storm Clouds captures new painted territory that record the artist’s concerns for the well-being of his family, the fragile condition of politics, the changing forces of nature, and moments for personal exploration and experimentation. Featured commentary provided by artist David Choe (X-rated of course,) Peter Frank (Senior Curator of Riverside Art Museum,) Jeff Soto (the dude who created the artwork,) and Mark Murphy (who put out the book.) The Riverside Art Museum and the James Irvine Foundation provided initial support, as they will be featuring Jeff Soto in his first museum show in December of 2008! There will be a Storm Clouds book signing with Soto at the Laguna Fine Art Museum this Sunday, September 14th. Grab a copy at the Museum or at murphydesign.com but first check out a couple pages from the inside of the book…
Juxtapoz // Monday, August 11, 2008
Jeff Soto has a new zine now available titled Brain Decay. Composed of drawings and painting experiments from late 2007-2008, many are rare sketches for new paintings Soto is working on. At 24 pages, this blue beauty comes sealed in a bag with two mini buttons, and is a signed and numbered edition of 500. This is one of our favorite pages, but see more (and grab a copy) at jeffsotoart.blogspot.com
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sharing a booth with Murphy Art Books, Jeff Soto will be signing copies of his brand new book, Storm Clouds, as well as his new zine Brain Decay at San Diego Comic Con. Soto will also have some special sold out prints and originals on paper available this weekend. On top of all that, he will be taking part in the Superhero show tonight in San Diego at Warehouse Space, showing this great piece, The Purple Star. Beautiful, as always, Mr Soto. For more SDCC info, hit up jeffsotoart.blogspot.com
Juxtapoz // Friday, July 18, 2008
Jeff Soto just released this disturbingly beautiful giclee print, the Beast Within. A signed and numbered edition of 50 prints and 4 artists' proofs are available. (Paper size of each print is 17'' x 17'' while the image area is 14'' x 14''.) In addition, Soto will be saving ten of these hairy bits of political commentary that will be available at the San Diego Comicon July 24-27. Grab your Beast Within at potatostamp.com
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 17, 2008
Jeff Soto delivers his second fine art collection, Storm Clouds. The book, Storm Clouds, represents Jeff’s evolution beyond his signature robot vs nature motifs and features work from his politically charged solo exhibitions, Supernova, Cold Ice Age, and Storm Clouds created over the past three years. The Riverside Art Museum, with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, generously contributed the introduction to the book written by RAM’s senior curator, Peter Frank. Also includes essays by Jeff Soto, David Choe, and Mark Murphy. Storm Clouds features a hardbound, archival edition that matches the size and format of the sold out, Potato Stamp Dreams,” with over 154 pages. The standard edition features specialty printing on the cover and the Limited Edition will feature a custom printed box, signed book, with 4 archival prints and special touches. Available late July 2008. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Jeff Soto has updated his portfolio site with new work from 2006-2007. If you somehow missed his big NYC solo show in September, Storm Clouds, and all the group shows he's been in, here's your chance to catch up. During the past two years, Soto became a first-time father and his art has reflected that experience. While his earlier work addressed environmental and technological dangers in perhaps a more glib and pessimistic tone, he now focuses more specifically on his role in protecting and preparing his daughter for her future. He addresses political instability and the fears that cause us to try to dominate nature rather than respect it, but his irreverence has turned to optimism and his tone is a little more urgent. Jonathan LeVine Gallery has an interesting and more thorough write-up about the metaphors and meanings in Soto's paintings, online here. Give that a read and you may find it easier to not only read Soto's messages in his paintings, but cultivate your own. www.jeffsoto.com/art.html
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 17, 2007
Photo by George Koroneos Jeff Soto just posted a blog about his well-rounded trip to NYC a couple weeks back; including a visit with David Choe, gallery installation shots, tender moments in the park, dining, young girls, the adorable Jim Houser, a visit to Scion's Beautiful World exhibit, quality time at Max Fish, the Met, getting inked at Invisible, shots from the opening, shots from going out to see AFI (shown), and general romping around New York. Peruse here, jeffsotoart.blogspot.com.
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 10, 2007
Photos from Storm Clouds, new works by Jeff Soto, and asobviousasaskull, a solo show and installation by Jim Houser in the project room, both at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. The shows opened Saturday, September 8th to the public and both will be on exhibit through October 6th.