Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Van Arno x BOXeight

Van Arno is Los Angeles' quintessential post-classicist illustrator; tonight, he shares his best tricks in a Blue Rooster Art Supplies-sponsored workshop class. Hosted at fashion/art space BOXeight, the seven-hour crash course includes a live professional model, one-on-one instruction from Arno, and a catered lunch. Even if you're no Picasso (yet), Arno's promiscuous love of art-historical styles (from Caravaggio to Crumb), abidingly perverse sense of humor, and taste for political satire always make for an entertaining, enlightening experience.

when: Sunday, Oct. 5, 9am–4pm
where: BOXeight 1446 E Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
price: $150 / $100 advance

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Friday, September 26, 2008

This should be good....

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Augustine Kofie's new Zine

Compiled from a recent Summer trip to Kobe & Kyoto Japan, Shaseichou is a collection of field sketches, letter ways/ character studies, illustrations as well as collage. Shaseichou is ‘Notebook’ roughly translated in Japanese.

Technical details: - 14 pages - Edition of 50 - Cut & Paste/ Collage style set up (no photoshop) - All large fonts are Prestype 2 Rub On Letters: Bauhaus Demi Font - Signed & numbered - Found Hammermill Sentry security paper for front & rear cover -

Also includes a healthy bundle of new Baseball Card size screen printed Keep Drafting Stickers

$15 Domestic & International. Includes free shipping. Click on Kofie's link under Artists on the right and click on the "Store" on his website to order.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Two Sides to Every Boxcar: An Exhibition and Discussion with buZ blurr at Babylon Falling

When: Saturday, September 20 2008, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Babylon Falling
San Francisco, CA
(415) 345-1017

Babylon Falling presents 'Two Sides to Every Boxcar' -An exhibition and discussion with buZ blurr. buZ is driving up from his outpost in Arkansas (Surrealville, Principality of buZ) and heading to San Francisco for an exhibition of his artwork as well as an informal discussion here at Babylon Falling. The exhibition will be comprised of a selection of photographs, cut stencils, collage work, and buZ's famous artistamp portraits. buZ will lead a talk and Q&A about his introduction to and experiences with freight train boxcar art, the development of his style, his contribution to the Mail Art movement, the place of both boxcar art and Mail Art in the larger culture and what he's up to nowadays. In addition to very small runs of homemade books we will also be selling a very limited (edition of 24) t-shirt designed by buZ blurr exclusively for Babylon Falling. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 20th 2008 from 6-9pm. There will be drinks and music as always. The event is wheelchair accessible. The exhibition will run through October 19th.

About Russell Butler aka Colossus of Roads aka buZ blurr

Recognized by Swindle magazine as a cultural Icon in 2006 and enjoying status as a cult figure among contemporary freight train graffiti artists, Russell Butler aka Colossus of Roads aka buZ blurr considers himself, "a Life/Artist, documenting a non-art life with various media, primarily photography." Working as a brakeman for the railroad, for thirty years buZ obsessively dispatched his distinctive moniker on the freight trains passing through the yards, quickly becoming one of the most prolific, and well respected boxcar artists of all time.

Since discovering the Mail Art network in 1972 buZ has been a regular, active participant and has become famous for his meticulous artistamp portraits which document the various personalities he has encountered over the years at Mail Art conventions, hobo gatherings, and at his home in Gurdon Arkansas, where the most diligent of fans make the pilgrimage to pay their respects. Though retired from the railroad buZ told Logan Hicks in 2004 that he is, "Still doing the boxcar icon dispatch, as well as spraying through stencils, and even gluing big collage composites onto the railcars; plus doing more correspondence and mail art, since I have retired. Currently enjoying embellishing large ink-jet phantasy collages with watercolours, paintstiks, charcoal, and crayolas."

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Takashi Murakami Offset Lithograph Prints!!!

Edition 300, handsigned and numbered in the bottom corner. Takashi Murakami is one of the founding members of the Superflat movement whose pop art work has been exhibited around the world. His Kaikai Kiki workshop has spawned many younger talented artists including Aya Takano and Chiho Aoshima.

This item is currently in stock at Gian Robot. For pricing info and general inquires please contact webstore@giantrobot.com

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Jeff Soto's new book...

Jeff 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 Jeff'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.

This hard cover volume features 154 pages, specialty printing techniques and over 264 high-quality, full color images. Featured commentary provided by David Choe, Peter Frank (Senior Curator of Riverside Art Museum), Jeff Soto and Mark Murphy. The Riverside Art Museum and the James Irvine Foundation provided initial support, as they will be featuring Jeff in his first museum show in December of 2008.

Jeff Soto "Storm Clouds"
8" x 10" : Hard Cover : 154 Pages :
ISBN 0-9771430-8-2


Saturday, September 13, 2008

And I thought I was only Juju...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Living Legends x The Fillmore

West Coast indie-hoppers Living Legends are a lot of things: educational (Grouch), introspective (Scarub), and a little crazy (Murs). When they get together, the Cali boys are like your merciless older brother and his cutup friends: as entertaining as they are abrasive. Fresh off their latest effort, The Gathering, the eight-MC Legends gather tonight for a lyrically brolic throwdown. But if you think that your backpack and beanie spell immunity, you might be rudely awakened when Murs drops disses such as this nugget from "After Hours": "to all the hipsters, that shirt cost $60 and you just spilled catsup on it / Doesn't that suck?"


Price: $25
When: Monday Sep 15 (8pm)
Where: The Fillmore (1805 Geary Blvd), 415.346.6000

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Loving six years...

Last week on September 7th, Mona, Asha & I celebrated our 6th year anniversary. Time flies when you're having fun. We drove down to Temecula to have a brunch at the South Coast Winery. Not quite like Napa but still worth the drive. Here's some photos from that day...


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Barry McGee x Lydia Fong x Ratio 3

A Moment for Reflection: new work by Lydia Fong
September 5 - October 18, 2008
Ratio 3, 1447 Stevenson Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Opening reception: September 5, 2008, 6-8pm


MICHAEL GUIDETTI @ 415.821.3371

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Shepard Fairey x Digital Gravel

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Friday, September 05, 2008

How dope is Mike Davis...

Brand new zine from Mike Davis - "Some Other Things," 26 pages of black-and-white illustrations, logos, and other designs you might not have ever seen before. Each booklet is covered front and back with a slice of an authentic Burlesque test print, printed once more with the book title image. No two are alike!

Features lots of great design work for Rhymesayers, Spankrock, Melting Pot Music, Complex Magazine, Lyrics Born, and many others.

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