Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Show TONIGHT

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On the way to the amazing Dabs Myla show last night I swung through to check out the progress of tonight’s big Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Show and say hey to the crew down from SF… all I can say is do all you can to get down there tonight to catch this one-night only event. Below are some sneak peek images of this massive event coming together…

TONIGHT – Sat, November 14th 7-11PM
Factory Place Arts Complex
1308 Factory Place in downtown Los Angeles (just off of Alameda off the 10)

An epic Thomas Campbell triptych - bid now at charitybuzz.com
An epic Thomas Campbell triptych - bid now at charitybuzz.com

This year, 2009, Juxtapoz is celebrating their 15th Anniversary. To help celebrate, Juxtapoz decided to put together a huge group show and have teamed up with Powerhouse Project in Detroit to help raise money to buy homes in abandoned neighborhoods in order to regenerate one of the symbols of American middle class cities.

To help make this event as big as possible, Juxtapoz reached out to some of their favorite galleries and asked for their help in curating this milestone event.

Robert Williams, Ausgang, David Stoupakis, David MacDowell (bid on these beauties at charitybuzz.com)
Robert Williams, Ausgang, David Stoupakis, David MacDowell (bid on these beauties at charitybuzz.com)

Artists featured in the auction on behalf of Thinkspace include:
Anthony Clarkson, Dabs Myla, L. Croskey, Cherri Wood, Tran Nguyen, Brett Amory, Erik Siador, Nathan DeYoung, Anthony Pontius, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Sarah Joncas, Dan-ah Kim, Catherine Brooks, Kelly Vivanco, David MacDowell, Ekundayo, Brandi Milne, Tony Philippou, and Joshua Mays

Anthony Lister & Charlie Isoe
Anthony Lister & Charlie Isoe

Besides our gallery, others that helped bring the show together include Shooting Gallery, Copro Gallery, White Walls, Subliminal Projects, Jonathan LeVine, Show & Tell, and Fifty24SF. Nice company to say the least. We are honored to have been asked to help curate this special charitable auction and can’t wait for all to see this amazing collection of work this evening.

The lot outside will be filled with amazing lowriders and much more...
The lot outside will be filled with amazing lowriders and much more...
AJ Fosik looms in the darkness... this piece is just MASSIVE in scale.
AJ Fosik looms in the darkness... this piece is just MASSIVE in scale.

Independent of the above galleries, Juxtapoz has also secured works from the likes of Matthew Barney, Kehinde Wiley, Robert Williams, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Craola, Todd Schorr, David Choe, Todd “Reas” James, WK Interact, Robert Williams, “Big Daddy” Roth, Thomas Campbell, Estevan Oriol, Mister Cartoon, Paul Insect, Jeremy Fish, Sam Flores, Alex Pardee, Saber, David Ellis, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Skinner, Haze, San, Dan Witz, D*Face, Andrew Schoultz, Richard Colman, Aaron Horkey, Saelee Oh, Lucy McLauchlan, Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Ron English, Josh Keyes, Monica Canilao, Shawn Barber, Kenji Hirata, Jay Howell, Vhils, Eine, Jeremyville, Augor, Herbert Baglione, Liz McGrath, Kelsey Brookes, Charles Glaubitz, Dennis McNett and many, many more. A simply STUNNING lineup of artists taking part in this awesome show.

The Date Farmers
The Date Farmers
Breaking out the big guns for the amazing lighting show in the rafters above...
Breaking out the big guns for the amazing lighting show in the rafters above...

For full details go to:
www.juxtapoz.com/auction

And place your bid now at:
http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/juxtapoz/catalog_items

Recommended openings for this weekend…

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Fri, Nov. 13th 7PM-2AM ($10 donation for Heal The Bay at door)
BOXeight
1446 E. Washington Blvd. in downtown Los Angeles
“ARTBOX” – a special exhibition benefiting Heal The Bay curated by Warren Brand and featuring work from a vast array of local artists as well as select works from Thinkspace, Gallery Nucleus and The Ronin Gallery + a live DJ set from Biz Markie, cash bars, and much more – group show features such names as David Flores, Crash, Augustine Kofie, Angry Woebots, Stella Im Hultberg, Audrey Kawasaki, Mike Brown, Thomas Han, Brian M. Viveros, Joao Ruas, Peekaboo, Asia Eng, Joseph McSween (aka 2H), Tony Philippou, Allison Sommers, Brett Amory, Emmeric Konrad, Tran Nguyen, Emek, Yosuke Ueno, Kelly Vivanco, Michael Pukac, Mear One and many more plus live painting from Mear One and Michael Pukac – valet parking available at lot next door
www.healthebay.org
www.boxeight.com  

Fri, Nov. 13th & Sat, Nov. 14th 7-11PM both nights ($10 admission / 18+ only)
City Center Hotel
1135 West 7th Street in Los Angeles
“Dirty Show” – world famous erotic art show – over 100 artists offer a scintillating display of modern erotica
www.dirtyshow.org  

Fri, Nov. 13th 7-10PM
De La Barracuda
7769 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
“I Hate Everyone But You” featuring new works from Tim Biskup, Matt Goldman & friends
www.barracudashop.com  

Fri, Nov. 13th 6-9PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
Book signing event with Lisa Petrucci for “Kickass Cuties” and Isabel Samaras for “On Tender Hooks”
(Special one-night only event)
www.laluzdejesus.com  

Fri, Nov. 13th 7-10PM
LeBasse Projects
6023 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.558.0200
“Natural Wonders” featuring new works from Kevin E. Taylor, James Roper and Jeremy Lynch
www.lebasseprojects.com  

Fri, Nov. 13th 8-11PM
New Puppy Gallery
2808 Elm Street, Unit 1 in Los Angeles
“Golden Age” featuring new works and a massive installation from Dabs Myla and a group show featuring works from Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Luke Chueh, Jersey Joe, Persue, Logan Hicks, Paul Chatem, Anne Faith Nichols, Jacob Arden McClure, Peekaboo, Daryll Peirce, Peat Wollaeger, L. Croskey, Asylm, Buff Monster, Josh Hart, Phil Lumbang and many more
(On view through Nov. 22nd)
www.dabsmyla.com  

Fri, Nov. 13th 7-10PM
Ronin Gallery
1924 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
“Urban Audio Manifesto” featuring the sculptural found object work of Mikal Hameed (aka MIIX)
www.theroningallery.com  

Sat, Nov. 14th 7-11PM
Cactus Gallery
4534 Eagle Rock Blvd in Eagle Rock / 323.256.6117
“Observations” featuring new works from Patrick Haemmerlein
(On view through Nov. 30th)
www.eclecticcactus.com  

Sat, Nov. 14th 7-11PM
Factory Place Arts Complex
1330 Factory Place, Bldg. A in downtown Los Angeles
“The Big Payback – Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Auction” – official party for the 15th Anniversary Auction that Juxtapoz is putting on to help benefit the Power House Project of Detroit, MI – DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT – featuring works from over 140 of the movement’s hottest artists. A definitive who’s who of the landscape of things going into 2010. Many artists are anticipated at the opening, so this is going to be one for the ages
To see a full list of the exhibiting artists and check many of the works in the show go to: www.juxtapoz.com/auction
To bid now on works in the show go to: http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/juxtapoz/catalog_items  

Sat, Nov. 14th 7-10PM ($10 admission)
Gallery Nucleus
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
Dr. Sketchy’s Los Angeles live figure drawing event
(One-night only event)
http://drsketchyroadshow.wordpress.com/
www.gallerynucleus.com  

Sat, Nov. 14th 6:30-10PM
GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.445.9276
“Please Be Brave” featuring new works from Deth P. Sun including 200 5”x5” paintings
(On view through Dec. 2nd)
www.gr2.net  

Sat, Nov. 14th 8-11PM (hosted by Jason Lee)
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“East Of Eden” featuring new works from Mercedes Helnwein – exhibit sponsored by WeSC
(On view through Dec. 19th)
www.mkgallery.com

Sat, Nov. 14th 5-10PM
Orange Coast College – Frank M. Doyl Arts Pavilion
2701 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa / 714.443.5102
The Art of Alex Grey – selections from Grey’s “The Sacred Mirror” series including more than 300 self-portraits spanning over 40 years and much more – a do not miss exhibition
(On view through Dec. 18th)
www.orangecoastcollege.edu  

Sat, Nov. 14th 7-10PM
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.297.0600
“American Animals” featuring new works from Liz McGrath + new works also on view from Charlie Immer, David Anderle, and Gail Potocki
(On view through Dec. 5th)
www.billyshirefinearts.com  

Sun, Nov. 15th – Fri, Nov. 20th
MOCA Grand Avenue & The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Both Museums open their doors to the public for free during the huge opening week of “Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years” – open for free during museum hours only courtesy of Ovation TV. Also open extended hours on Thursday from 5-8PM courtesy of Wells Fargo
Check the site for full details – www.moca.org

An interview with Dabs Myla

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An interview with Dabs Myla

Dabs is a prolific illustrator and graffiti artist who spent his teenage years growing up in Melbourne in the Early 90s. The graffiti scene influenced him greatly in his style and technique. These days his characters come to life in more contextualized environments than ever before, whether they are painted on walls in the streets, or on canvases in the gallery.

Myla was also raised in Melbourne where she was obsessed with detailed painting and drawing from an early age. Throughout her life she continued to develop her artistic ways, and now concentrates on detailed cities and landscapes. Three years ago, along with Dabs, they combined forces to solely collaborate on their works together.

They currently live in Hollywood, spending everyday working on artworks, painting walls and being influenced by the wonders of their new city.

I recently had the pleasure of swinging by their studio as they prepared for their big ‘Golden Age’ show opening this Friday. While there I also got to catch them finishing up a nice mural on the streets just off of Hollywood Blvd near their studio/apt. In addition to that, pics are also included below from the mural install at New Puppy coming together.

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Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your work and how you go about starting a piece, seeing as you work on a collaborative level together.
Our artwork is a fusion of a lot of different influences and styles that come from the two of us. Elements of our graffiti backgrounds, fine traditional illustrative techniques and our love of classic cartoons is all rolled together to make one chaotic bundle of fun!

We usually start our paintings from an idea that one of us has. We then build it into a drawing, slowly building up the characters and finding the right street scenes, landscapes or signs to photograph for the reference. Then we start painting. We paint on each picture together (a lot of the time at the same time!) and work on finishing the whole piece to look as harmonious as we can make it. Building a relationship between the two styles.

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What are your earliest memories involving art or creating art?
MYLA: I think any memory I have from when I was very young, like 2 or 3, involved me at home drawing. My mom would lay out big sheets of paper on the kitchen floor and I would spend all day drawing on it until there was no space or time left!

DABS: I was totally obsessed with Disney cartoons as a kid. All the drawings I did when I was young was of Disney characters. My uncle is a huge collector of animation and comic art and I would spend my time at his house looking though books and watching cartoons.

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If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you two look to bring to life?
If time isn’t an issue and an unlimited budget? To be given access to a small city or town and to paint the whole thing top to bottom! Every car, every sign, every building, every house and a little face on every spoon in every restaurant! The whole shit!! Sure, it would take the rest of our lives, but it would really be something to see and a lot of fun!!

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How did you two meet and what sparked the current direction of photorealistic buildings/cityscapes (by Myla) intermixed with the detailed character work (by Dabs)?
We met each other at art school about 6 years ago…by the time we had finished school we had fallen in love!! Originally we were working on our own paintings and would do collaborations here and there. But after time we found ourselves enjoying the collaborative work a lot more. That’s when we decided to combine powers and become one.

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Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
We always listen to music while we work. Just a couple of days ago we made a playlist that was 346 songs long…and we listened to it over 2 days! Sometimes we feel sorry for our iPod! Poor little bastard never gets a break!! More recently Ween have been getting a lot of play, as well as the most recent Cage album…and we have been seriously revisiting an old long lost favorite ‘One Foot in the Grave’ by Beck.

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Please name your three favorite things about Australia.
Aussie Rules Football, The Platypus and Australia’s all round awesomeness.

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In your opinions, what are the two major differences between Australia and the US?
Australia has less guns, but American has more candy bars!

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Please name three artists from Australia that everyone should check out.
Meggs (www.houseofmeggs.com)
Dvate (www.myspace.com/dvate11)
Brett Whitley (www.brettwhiteley.org)

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What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
It might sound cheesy, but on the real….each other!!

What have you got coming up in terms of shows in the coming year?
We are having a show called ‘Golden Age’ which opens this Fri, November 13th at New Puppy Gallery (2808 Elm St, Los Angeles 90006). We will be painting an installation on the walls and be exhibiting brand new works. Included in the exhibition will be a group show that we are curating. Its going to be a lot of fun!! We will also have some work in a show coming up in December at Thinkspace and more throughout 2010 with Thinkspace (watch for details soon).

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Since living in LA, what have you found to be your favorite thing to do when not creating together?
There unfortunately isn’t much of that, but we do find the time to get away from our desks occasionally…and when we do, we love to go for a hike up through Griffith Park then balance that out with some In-N-Out burger delight!!

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‘Golden Age’
Featuring new works and a massive installation from Dabs Myla
+ a great group show curated by Dabs Myla and Dan Levy (see details on postcard image below)

THIS Fri, Nov. 13th 8-11PM

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New Puppy Gallery
2808 Elm Street,Unit 1
Los Angeles,CA 90065
On view through Nov. 22nd

Studio visit with Audrey Kawasaki

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Had the pleasure of swinging by Audrey Kawasaki‘s home recently to take a look at the works for her upcoming debut NYC solo show set to take place at Jonathan LeVine Gallery this December. Audrey has already completed 15 beautiful new works for the show and will also be completing some drawings and smaller works in time for the show. The new works are by far her strongest yet and really build on the narrative and feature some new elements which are sure to be a big hit with her loyal and ever-growing following.

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Audrey Kawasaki
“Hajimari – A Prelude”

Dec. 12th, 2009 – Jan. 9th, 2010
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor in NYC