David Choe movie set to have LA premiere June 21st…

Harry Kim’s highly anticipated documentary on street art’s favorite badass, David Choe, finally debuts Saturday, June 21st as part of the Los Angeles Film Fest at Majestic Crest Theatre.

Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe chronicles the life of this renegade artist’s triumphs, struggles, and self-described “bullshit life.” Los Angeles artist David Choe’s kaleidoscopic work can be playful, confrontational and sexually frank. His personal life is no less complicated, as revealed by close friend Harry Kim, who documented Choe’s life and crimes from 2000 to 2007. From the manic highs of commercial success and dinosaur hunting in the Congo to the self-destructive lows of Japanese jail sentences and bouts of self-doubt and depression, what begins as a gleeful portrait of a bad-boy artist slowly becomes a poignant celebration of one man’s journey, both artistically and spiritually, toward his own uncertain salvation.

Pictured above is one of our gems from Choe that we got from his last show at Gallery AD up in San Jose – “Party Hats and Double Dongs”. How can’t you love it with a name like that?!?!

To view the trailer go here.

Purchase tickets to the world premiere of Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe at http://www.lafilmfest.com/

Info courtesy of Juxtapoz.com

Vimby post video of Fifty24LA/UP opening…

Vimby just posted a nice video of the opening festivities from this past weekend down off skid row of the new Upper Playground store, Fifty24LA Gallery and Mr. Cartoon and Estevan Oriol’s new shops…

Check it out here: http://vimby.com/video/life/us/all/detail/6531

Get on down to 6th Street and check out the new show and the stunning front window installation from European street artist Armsrock. As I’ve been mentioning a good bit, get ready for his big show this December at thinkspace with NY street artist Elbow-Toe. Their show about to open next week at Ad Hoc Art in Brookyln, NY is almost sold out already. We’ve a few nice ones from Armsrock and Elbow-Toe in our ‘Available Artwork’ section… check ’em out. More to come soon from both.

Don’t miss Tiffany Bozic’s new show…

Don’t miss SF based artist Tiffany Bozic‘s latest solo show “Bedtime Stories” at Kinsey/DesForges over in Culver City. The gem above, “Namibia”, is the latest piece to join the Hosner Art Collection. There were only a couple of paintings left last I saw. She just gets tighter and tighter with each show. The show is up through June 28th, so be sure to swing on over to Culver City.

In this latest series, Bozic applies her trademark stains of acrylic washes to the natural grain of maple panel to render resonant stories based on observations in her travels and research while an artist in residence at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, where she helped establish their new Artist in Residence Program and exhibited in 2007.

Some really great shows are on view over in Culver City right now including Murakami at Blum&Poe, Joshua Krause at Cerasoli Gallery, and many more plus Scion has a new one opening this Saturday too… so more than enough reasons to head out to CC (assuming you didn’t swim up stream with the masses last weekend when it was ‘hip’ to be there).

Amy Sol sneak peak #2…

We’re happy to share the 2nd full sneak peak of a piece from “Karmic Magic” – look for details to follow on the release of her print in the coming days. We will be open early for the print sale, so watch for times and further details soon. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list if you haven’t already to get the news 1st.

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Fri, June 6th 8-11PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
New works from Bonni Reid and Cameron Tiede
(On view through June 29th)
www.laluzdejesus.com

Sat, June 7th 7-10PM
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art (see postcard above)
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood / 323.969.0600
“An Absolute Shower” – solo show from Will Barras
(On view through July 3rd)
www.carmichaelgallery.com

Sat, June 7th 8-11:30PM
Copro Nason Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T-5 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.398.2643
“Kiss of Life” with Dan May and Nathan Spoor, “Wonderland” from Brandi Milne and “Grand Re-Design” from Erik Alos
(On view through June 28th)
www.copronason.com

Sat, June 7th 8-12:30AM ($8 admission)
Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Monthly group show with featured artists Andy Haynes & Matt Zumberge
(On view through June 28th)
www.thehivegallery.com

Sat, June 7th 7-10PM
New Image Art Gallery
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood / 323.654.2192
“Ginger” featuring works from Tauba Auerbach, Sean Cassidy, Nico Dios, Kyle Field, Keegan McHargue, Devendra Banhart, Cleon Peterson, Leigh Ledare and Antti Laitinen + “Fake Indian” from Jim Brown in the project room
(On view through July 12th)
www.newimageartgallery.com

Sat, June 7th 5-8PM ($5 museum admission)
Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside / 951.684.7111
“Skullphone History Museum”
(On view through July 26th)
www.riversideartmuseum.org

Sat, June 7th 7-10PM
SCION Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave in Culver City / 310.815.8840
“The Haley Collective: Travel & Document” featuring new works from J. Shea (#9), Tanner Goldbeck, JRivas, Larry Mills, and Vanae Mary Rivera (aka Mary and the Machine)
(On view through June 29th)
www.scion.com/space

Sat, June 7th Noon-6PM (one-day only show)
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.297.0600
Special exhibit featuring Niagara in honor of her recent shoe line launch with VANS
www.billyshirefinearts.com

Coming up next weekend:
Fri, June 13th 7-11PM
thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“Karmic Magic” from Amy Sol + “Departing Flights” from Dan-Ah Kim in our project room and select works also on view from Brandi Read in our project room
(Both exhibits on view through July 4th)
www.thinkspacegallery.com

PLEASE NOTE: It’s always best to contact the gallery directly or visit their website to confirm all listings and to ask about possible cover charges or other restrictions we may have missed.

Hi Fructose to invade LA again…

HI FRUCTOSE set to invade Los Angeles again…

Huge group show coming up soon with:
Amy Sol * Anthony Ausgang * Attaboy * Brian McCarty* Brian Viveros * Chris Peters * Christopher Ryniak * Dan Quintana * Daniel Lim * Dave Cooper * David Stoupakis * Esao Andrews * Germs * Gris Grimly * Jeff Gillette * Jeff McMillan * Brian McCarty * Jeff Soto * Jim Woodring * Josh Keyes * Keith Weesner * KMNDZ * Kukula * Lola * Luke Chueh * Mark Covell * Martin Witfooth * Matt Dangler * Naoto Hattori * Nathan Spoor * Noferin * Oksana Badrak * Ray Caesar * Shag * Stella Im Hultberg * Tin * Travis Louie * Winston Smith * Xiaoqing Ding & many more.

Artist reception & opening party Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 8:00-11:30pm at CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Full details here.

Poets Of The Paste @ AdHoc…

If you are in NYC next weekend… DO NOT MISS “Poets Of The Paste” at AdHocArt out in Brooklyn.

The amazing Armsrock (who also has a sweet show currently on display at FIFTY24SF with D*Face that everyone should check out!) will be featured alongside fellow legends ELBOW-TOE, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster in a four-person show fittingly named Poets of the Paste. Opening Friday, June 13th at Ad Hoc Art, Poets of the Paste will unite these four figurative artists known for their striking images that comment on nature, contemporary society and the everyday lives we live. These artists transform public spaces to moments of private reflection with an emphasis on careful craftsmanship.

Armsrock, ELBOW-TOE, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster have left their marks on the urban landscapes, generously giving their talent to the public, time, and the elements. Now they bring their skills together at Ad Hoc through drawings, stencils, paintings, and block prints incorporated onto various media. For more on the show check out http://www.adhocart.org/.

To check out more on Armsrock: http://www.armsrock.blogspot.com/ (some amazing shots of his recent trip up to SF… just killed it up there)

For more on Elbow-Toe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/guy_on_the_streets/

For more on Gaia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pisacane/

And for Imminent Disaster: http://www.flickr.com/photos/disasterstrikes/

Get familiar with these names. They all have VERY bright futures ahead of them and Elbow-Toe and Armsrock will be taking over our gallery this December and we just can’t wait. Past that, both Gaia and Imminent Disaster will be invading in early 2008 as part of a special show that AdHocArt will be curating at our space… more on that huge show very soon.