Juxtapoz is going to make a field trip today to a show that we are really exicted about, but seeing that it comes down on Saturday, we think you need to head over as well if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul Mavrides, a member of the influential Zap Comix! underground comic collective and longtime resident of SF's Mission District, has a show up at Steven Wolf Fine Arts. This is Mavrides' first show in 10 years, and is a collection of found object wood paintings.
Upper Playground's new collection, the San Francisco Heritage Preservation Society, teamed up with famed American cartoonist Bill Griffith to present a very limited edition Zippy the Zippo®. Paying homage to San Francisco’s historic cartoon culture (including R Crumb, the late Spain Rodriguez amongst many) and one of its most legendary comic strip icons, the Zippo is made in a very-limited quantity of 100. We want one.
Grin-inducing raconteur and Zap Comix' alumnus, Jerry “Spain” Rodriguez, passed from this temporal world yesterday. Driven by his passion on behalf of the working class , disdain for social artifice, and unapologetic lust for life, Spain’s drawing and painting matched his appetites. Our condolences go out to his wife and daughter who were with him at the end. His stories and images won’t be forgotten.
May 2014 - Issue #160
All year long, Juxtapoz is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by showcasing the pivotal figures in contemporary art over the past two decades. Some artists are blue chip, some are underground heroes, others are behind-the-scenes legends. This month, we honor one of the great artists from Los Angeles during our existence, Alexis Ross, who has been monumental in various landmark exhibitions including "Street Market" at Art In the Streets. From working with ESPO, TWIST, and REAS, or working on his own paintings, Ross' story is one of history, frankness, and colorful nostalgia.