Well, it’s been quite a week for me at least. Here’s what I wasn’t posting about while I was busy breaking up fights…
Tox has been jailed for an absolutely insane sentence of 27 months for writing graffiti. There are not words the express who screwed up that sentence is. The British Transport Police claim Tox’s graffiti caused passenger delays, but sending him to jail for 27 months just costs taxpayers a boatload of money. Graffiti writers should receive sentences of community service and/or fines. Not jail time.
Yesterday, David Choeposted photos of a newly finished painting(as RJ pointed out last night on Twitter, this isn’t a new painting but just one that hasn’t been seen online before) that Mark Zuckerberg (that dude who invented Facebook and is worth more money than God) commissioned Choe and artist George Thompson to make. Mark has been a fan of Choe for awhile; Facebook even hired him to paint directly on their walls (which is referenced in The Social Network apparently).
Best line from Upper Playground‘s post: “Real Digital G’s know what’s up. Paintings are the new Bentleys.”
It’s no secret Vandalog are big fans of David Choe. I love seeing his gallery work up close and was more than excited to see his work in the Leake Street Tunnel before the Hells Half Acre Show put on by Lazarides. Never stopping for a rest, Choe has a new print out on sale through Trapeze Editions. The print is entitled Tokyo Girl and was only on sale in Japan, but now it can be ordered stateside in two sizes. The larger one (44 x 44) is an edition of five, while the smaller (17 x 17) is an edition of 76 (at a much more affordable price tag).
I also thought I would post a mini-documentary of Choe’s time in Japan at Parco Factory with James Jean at the “Secret Space.” The video was posted back in October but I haven’t seen it yet, so I thought I would share it with you guys. It’s pretty funny. I am still wondering when the larger Choe documentary will be released on DVD, if ever. Soon hopefully.
Video found courtesy of Nuart. Photo courtesy of Trapeze Editions
Some friends came over today and we had a bit of a photoshoot for the upcoming line of Vandalog t-shirts. More about that in the next few days. Here’s a teaser of the shirts. So next week is going to be an exciting one on Vandalog. In the mean time, here’s what I wish I’d spent more time covering (it’s kind of Swoon and Retna heavy this week though):
This, I may actually write about again before the show opens and I’ll certainly be mentioning it after the opening: Street/Studio 2.0 at Irvine Contemporary in DC. It’s a group show in two venues with artists including Swoon, David Ellis, Gaia and José Parlá. The show opens on November 6th.
Last week I posted some photos of what David Choe and DVS had painted in London for the Hell’s Half Acre show. Here’s some more from that recent London visit, one wall on Leake Street and another in the Old Vic Tunnels off of Leake Street:
David is interviewed in this next video, so of course it’s NSFW:
David Choe and his partner DVS have been in London preparing for Hell’s Half Acre, the show we mentioned recently that Lazarides Gallery is putting on in the Leake Street tunnels. They also took some time out to paint a few pieces on the graffiti covered walls of Leake Street.
These are a few of my favorites, but Choe has a bunch more photos on his blog.
David Choe‘s monograph is set to be released on July 7th. Choe has done a few books before, but this looks to be his biggest one yet. For now, you can pre-order the book on Amazon and check out some preview images on Arrested Motion.
Nothing to Declare is a new zine coinciding with David Choe’srecent show of the same name. It features a story byJason Jaworski, based on various paintings by Choe. The zine is now available now through Lazarides’ Beverly Hills Gallery and is limited to a run of 187. Check out some of the pages below!
Upper Playground just put up some new extra footage from the documentary Dirty hands about David Choe on theirYoutube Channel – The video gives an inside look in to the unique technique and practice David goes through in order to create one of his masterpieces. A very interesting watch!