Thursday, July 31, 2008
Doze Green reminds me of my first year in San Francisco. I moved here 8 years ago. The town has changed a bit in that time. I forget that part of the reason I'm so lame these days and don't go to see shows as much as I used to isn't just because I'm getting old and lame, but because I was so spoiled by the shows I went to when I first moved here. Imagine listening to Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, Apollo, Qbert and the like spinning at the Justice League (now called the Independent) while Doze Green paints live. Imagine the fattest beats, the best art and good vibes. The Future Sound Primitive shows at the Justice League are legendary and I was lucky enough to get to witness a few.
Don't even get me start on Storyville (now called Poleng Lounge) and the great free shows I saw. We're talking J5 and the Black Eyed Peas (pre Fergie). Damn, memories.
But I digress... Doze Green has a solo show coming up in October at Jonathan Levine Gallery. More details to come as the show gets closer.
I really need to get back into it. For a few years there I was pretty damn productive, but I really haven't made anything in over a year. This weekend I am motivated to get some shit done, so hopefully I'll have something new to share by the end of August. Until then here's a few pieces I've done in the last few years.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Then you have the art I love, outsider art, urban art, low brow art. This stuff speaks to the other part of me. The part that doesn't want to turn the chaos into order. The part that realizes the chaos is the best part. I live to vacillate between those two places, the order and the chaos.
Mark your calendars ! and Buy tickets online now.
Wednesday, August 6 - Saturday, August 9.
At the Victoria Theatre (Mission and 16th) and the Red Vic Moviehouse (Haight near Cole).
50 films from around the world, selected from more than 1100 entries! Nearly half of our films are from outside the US, representing 15 countries.
The 7 Film Mixes are programs of different genres and subjects. We like to see how films rub up against each other.
SF Shorts wants our audiences to be surprised in meaningful ways. We believe that entertainment can have human value.
Two great events:
Presented by the Onion
Wed, Aug 6, 6:30pm at the Victoria Theatre
$5 for films, raffle, and free beer from Lagunitas (while supplies last).
Sat, Aug 9, 9pm at the Victoria Theatre
You can't beat this:
$15 for films, free Lagunitas beer and Live Energy Drink, opening with Jelly D. the Rapping Donut and featuring Harmar Superstar (myspace.com/harmarstar) !
For more info and tickets, go to sfshorts.com
If you live in Florida and like urban art chances are you've heard of these guys. They have a show coming up in a couple of weeks in Orlando. If you're in the area check it out.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
So many ugly dolls, so little time. When these fabulous stuffed ugly dolls came out I fell in love. This is the toy I had wanted as a child and can cuddle with as an adult.
You can buy online here: http://www.shopatron.com/index/322.0
From the creative minds of two love struck artists David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim emerge the Uglydoll family! What started as a drawing of a playful orange character known as Wage has turned into a whole new world of fun! In 2001, when David's soon to be wife and creative partner Sun-Min had to return to Korea, he sent her many "I miss you" letters with his little Wage character drawn at the bottom.
Sun-Min sewed Wage into a push doll and sent him to David as a surprise gift. David asked Sun-Min to sew a couple more for the Giant Robot store in Los Angeles and they sold out in one day! A very excited Sun-Min sewed many more and those sold just as fast! Sun-Min and David then began to pull more characters from the Uglyverse, a universe where UGLY meant unique and special, to translate into plush Uglydolls. They both met again at their very first Uglydoll Toy Fair booth (a small 6x6 booth made of felt and wood) in New York, where they would go on to win Toy Of The Year 4 years later!
Insiders are artists who work so hard in front of their computers that they don’t leave their chairs long enough to hang their pieces on walls. More often, their art is found onscreen, in print, and on T-shirts. Adrian Johnson is an example from the U.K., with a retro drawing style inspired by children's books. The other Insiders are from Japan. Noriko Ashino runs the A Piece of Design firm, and specializes in a variety of disciplines including character design and graphics. Sometimes known as ZariganiWorks, the duo of Taro Mukasa and Yoshitane Sakamoto are responsible for the infamous Suicide Bomb Button, have created the Kore Janai Robo (which has gone from handmade wood figurines to vinyl characters with a TV show), and freelance design toys, characters, and products.
Outsiders include Space Invader, a street artist from Paris who makes his mark on walls around the world and calls each tiled piece an “invasion.” He painstakingly documents each one before it gets ripped down—either by city workers or collectors—and publishes his work in books and maps. Kami is revered as a graffiti legend in Tokyo and has successfully transitioned from the streets to art galleries. His pieces often resemble flowing water.
And then there's The Middle. The original work of Kyoto-based Shinya Yamamoto has been found in many exhibitions as well as the drum set of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. Part Basquiat and part left-brain madness, his style is free flowing and dreamy. Nao Harada, proprietor of the Wrecks clothing line, sketches, draws, and paints with no regard to the meaning of art. He rides around on his BMX leaving stickers and tags around Tokyo. The lone American in the group, Ed Trask, is from Virginia. He tours constantly as the drummer for the veteran punk band Avail. Through painting, he recalls and reinterprets the slices of Americana that he sees on the road.
Although there is no obvious correlation between the artists, they form a powerful cross-section of creative forces that are physically active with their art. They belie the image of the stationary artist and pose the question of how they will co-exist in a restrained gallery setting.
The opening reception takes place August 2, 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. at the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The show will run until August 23.
Dedicated to fostering independent artistic expression, the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery is a space that allows artists to explore their creative visions. The Scion Installation Gallery hosts art shows and art-related events for cutting-edge artists from across the globe. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and by appointment - 310.815.8840. For more information, visit www.scion.com/space.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Little Paper Planes is now based in San Francisco. They will be launching a new site mid August. Until then, check out some SF prints from Deth.
Update: I just got an email from Tiny Showcase with the news they will be releasing a new print from Deth P. Sun this evening at 7:30pm EST.