Group Exhibition and Public Mural project

Wynwood Walls — 2516 NW Second Avenue, Miami FL

December 1—December 5, 2010, 12pm—7pm
Opening Event: Evening of Thursday, December 2, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (October 27, 2010) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is proud to announce its program during Art Basel-Miami 2010, Urban Alchemists—a group exhibition and public mural project presented in association with Tony Goldman, art patron and leader in the restoration and transformation of declining historic districts into thriving cultural destinations. Curated by LeVine, Urban Alchemists will occupy a 2,200 square-foot space within Goldman Properties’ Wynwood Walls—a project that began in 2009 as an open-air art park, which will expand its permanent exhibition this year with the addition of several new murals and museum-quality works of art. Located at 2516 NW 2nd Avenue, the show will run from December 1—December 5. Daily hours will be 12pm—7pm with an opening event on the evening of December 2, 2010.

Sharing Goldman’s long-held belief that public artwork can have transformative, revitalizing powers upon communities such as the Wynwood district of Miami, LeVine is pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to the project. Urban Alchemists features a strong selection of works by ten highly celebrated and Internationally recognized artists coming out of the contemporary urban-folk and street art scenes including: AJ Fosik, Dan Witz, Doze Green, Invader, James Marshall (Dalek), Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Judith Supine, Mario Martinez (Mars-1) and WK. In conjunction with having works in the show, Parisian artist Invader will create a mosaic mural on the fa├žade of the exhibition space in his signature pixel-based style, and Californian artist Jeff Sotowill paint a large-scale mural on an adjacent exterior wall.

Highlighting an assortment of captivating imagery, Urban Alchemists brings together a dynamic group of artists, many of which (in addition to their gallery installations) create commissioned murals and/or ephemeral work in public urban environments. Their connective thread is an aesthetic influenced by exposure to early generations of graffiti writers during their youth, and immersion into urban sub-cultures, which has informed their artwork in different ways. Sub-cultures of graffiti, skateboarding, hip-hop and punk were heavily related and extremely underground scenes in early years; comprised of subversive, non-conformist ideals. Whether driven by political activism or aesthetic improvement, graffiti and later forms of unauthorized art in public spaces address the ongoing discourse of freedom of expression, often in response to the increasing invasiveness of corporate advertising.

Graffiti of the 70s and 80s played a major role in pushing boundaries toward the development of today’s street art scene and laid the foundation for what has now become a widespread global movement. To capture the energy of a public intervention in an urban environment and translate it into exhibition format is a challenging transition, since audience and mode of communication can shift the context of an image. As the artists in Urban Alchemists have grown individually, their artwork has evolved to a point of refinement. Similarly, as un-commissioned public art has risen in popularity, practice and appreciation around the world, it has achieved an expanded definition and broader scope than that of its graffiti-related origins.

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Doze Green x Mars collaboration painting in progress....






Lower Haight Mural In Progress...

If you happen to be in San Francisco,I'll be on Haight and Laguna all week, working on a mural with
Doze Green, Roman Owski, David Choong Lee and Nome Edonna.



2008 XLR8R TV Episode 18: MARS-1






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Burning Man )'( 2010

The opportunity presented it's self recently,to collaborate with my fellow human artist's, Nome Edonna, Oliver Vernon, Damon Soule and David Choong Lee @this years 2010"Burning Man".

It was a ton of fun, but I am glad to be back on Earth!!!!!



Inside Out.....




Fecal Face Dot Com, the San Francisco based content-rich, multidisciplinary art and culture website, is pleased to announce the opening of its 10 Year Anniversary Show on Friday September 10, 2010 at The Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market St, San Francisco, CA) with a reception running 6-8pm. Original paintings from 25 mid career artists based out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London. A live music event and party will immediately follow a block away at Mezzanine (44 Jessie St) 9pm-2am.

Displaying paintings, illustrations, photographs and mixed media works, artists whose work will be exhibited include Corey Arnold (Portland), Tiffany Bozic (San Francisco), Kelsey Brookes (San Diego), David Choe (Los Angeles), Richard Colman ( Los Angeles), FAILE (New York), Jeremy Fish (San Francisco), Ian Francis (London), Matt Furie (San Francisco) , Mike Giant(San Francisco), Henry Gunderson (San Francisco), Maya Hayuk (New York), Jim Houser (Philadelphia), Jay Howell (San Francisco), Sylvia Ji (Los Angeles), Mel Kadel (Los Angeles), Anthony Lister (New York), Mars-1 (San Francisco), Travis Millard (Los Angeles), Ferris Plock (San Francisco), Albert Reyes (Los Angeles), Jeff Soto (Los Angeles), Damon Soule (New York), Kelly Tunstall (San Francisco), Aiyana Udesen (San Francisco), Oliver Vernon (San Francisco), and Megan Whitmarsh(Los Angeles)

In the 10 years since its conception, Fecal Face has occupied a unique niche online and in the "real world," by documenting and shaping the contemporary arts scene in the San Francisco and beyond. The first website of its kind, Fecal Face has launched the careers of many a creative and catalyzed a community of artists and personalities working in various mediums from around the globe. The 10 Year Anniversary Show will feature the works of 25 of these artists, chronicling a community and style that has been the backbone of Fecal Faces’ content for the last decade. The exhibit will be on display from September 10th to October 9th at San Francisco’s famous Luggage Store Gallery, with an opening reception for the public on Friday September 10th from 6-8pm. Many of the artists will be in attendance and complimentary wine served.

“Together these artists represent a visual history of what we’ve been doing here at Fecal Face for the last ten years,” says John Trippe, the website’s founder, “And we’re honored that Luggage Store Gallery is hosting the event. T heir 23 year history and influence in the San Francisco art scene is a huge inspiration.”

The after party at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St) beginning at 9pm is a short one block walk from The Luggage Store and will feature live music from Kelly Stoltz, Sonny Smith, and Ty Segall with DJ Ted Shred spinning records.. A suggested donation $8 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds) will get you a raffle ticket with a chance to win original artwork from artists such as Jeremy Fish and David Choe along with clothing donated by Upper Playground and other art related prizes. Slideshows of Fecal Face’s 10 yrs online will be displayed and patrons will be invited to participate in video and photo documentaries focused on Fecal Face’s 10 influential years.

More about Fecal Face

Friday, September 10, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm
The Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market Street @ 6th street, San Francisco
Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 12-5pm



San Francisco Chronicle



2010 (So Far)

We're about halfway through 2010 ,figured I'd post some of the work I've done so far..



young Atlas, helping Dad on a new painting!



Some flicks from the "FURTHER" book signing and after party

From left to right: David Choong Lee,Damon Soule,Oliver Vernon,Robert Hargrave,MARS-1,Tomokazu Matsuyama & Nome Edonna




Yuri's night bay area@ NASA Ames Research Center

Last weekend I had the pleasure of painting live with DJ Qbert again. This time @Yuri's night bay area!

Working on a new technique called "finish a painting in 45 minutes" yikes!

Highlight of the night for me was checking out Les Claypool preform.