RECAP: juxtapoz 18th anniversary group art exhibition | 3.24.12

26Mar12

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Happy 18th anniversary, Juxtapoz magazine! Thanks to your group art exhibition (runs until April 14, 2012) at Copro Gallery this past Saturday, I found a few new artists that I am almost obsessed with – namely the highlighted artist of the event, Leslie Ditto, along with Charles Wish and  Tiffany Bozic.

The place was packed and the human traffic made it nearly impossible to enter/exit the gallery without a 15-30 minute wait time. Free wine RIGHT NEXT to the entrance didn’t help this situation either. I have a love and hate relationship with art openings because it usually means it will be super crowded. Unless you don’t care too much about the art, go to openings ONLY because that’s the most fun you’ll have during the run of the exhibition. If you enjoy art and especially personal space while staring at a painting, skip the opening and visit another day when it is guaranteed to be less crowded. Photos from the successful opening night after the jump…

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Before entering the gallery, we encountered a band with various costume heads rocking out like nobody’s business. I didn’t catch the name of the band but they frequently shouted out “cheesehead” while a guy wearing a cheesehead costume ran around with his arms flaring out in all directions. It was quite entertaining.

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The obvious star of the show was Leslie Ditto, who covered two walls within the Copro Gallery with her oil on canvas paintings. If I didn’t have bills to finish off paying, I would immediately invest my dollars on her very much affordable art. This particular “Riding the Dragon” solo show is rooted in Chinese culture, which explains why I was immediately drawn to her work. Beautiful, soft dragons painted alongside Chinese people who are giving life to this fierce animal.

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I love her use of colors and technique with bold and soft finishing touches. The above painting is called “Hoisting the Dragon,” which sold for $1,050.

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Here’s a painting of traditional headpiece that Chinese women used to wear and if they were getting married, there would be a heavy emphasis on the color red. Ditto’s work should be a good enough reason for you to check out this art exhibition.

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Another artist who caught my attention was Charles Wish with this piece of work. There are a lot of things going on in this painting, which is something that usually appeals to me. It’s on some psychedelic sh!t.

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Luke Chueh’s paintings (and toys) don’t usually grab my attention but I thought this particular piece was amusing.

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But seriously. I thought this Tara McPherson piece was magnificent. The photo does not do the painting justice. Please go see it in person.

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A highlighted piece in the exhibition was this Marion Peck painting called “Patty.”

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This Tiffany Bociz “Waking Up” drawing was one of my top favorites of the night. I have a photo in the below gallery of a closer look.

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Hilarity. Wish I took note of the artist. If you know, please drop info in the comment section.

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Along with free wine, they were also giving away free Rat Fink posters and a special Juxtapoz 18th anniversary issue. And if you were wondering, I didn’t stay long enough to eat the anniversary cake.

The rest of the recap photos can be found in the gallery/slideshow below. The posted ones were the highlights of the event, in my opinion. Enjoy!

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