Artist David Choe’s big new show Nothing to Declare opens today in Los Angeles at a pop-up gallery in Beverly Hills. It’s the first of four shows that will be hosted in an 18,000 square foot space on North Beverly Drive by the London-based Lazarides Gallery. I’ve been working with him on a monograph of his work that Chronicle will be releasing soon and was lucky enough to be invited to the preview last night. So obviously I’m a fan, but the show is amazing!
There’s a lot of work in the show—new watercolors, paintings, and some inflatable creatures.
The front of the space is set apart from the street by a screen of rugs and blankets featuring tigers, deer, Hannah Montana, and the occasional bit by David.
The gallery also includes work in what looks like a former changing room area, including spray paint on the mirrors.
I think—thanks Google—that the space used to be an Anthropologie, can any L.A. folks confirm? I’ve never been to an opening quite like this before, much less in L.A.—check out all the valets!
The watercolors are in the back area.
It’s great to see the detail in the work in person.
Among the friends/supporters/fans there whom I recognized were the Giant Robot guys, Martin and Eric, artist James Jean, and Harry Kim, the filmmaker behind the great documentary Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe. And David’s proud parents (that’s David in the middle).
The monograph that we’ve been working on—well really that David has been working on for the past 10 years—is almost 300 pages, written and designed by David himself. It’s out soon and I’m dying to see what people think. We’re super proud of it. We’ve posted a preview here, and until June 17th we’re offering a 30% discount plus free ground shipping on the monograph plus the postcards and sketchbook we’ve done with David. Use promo code CHOE at checkout.
The show runs from April 23rd through May 23rd. If you go, try to time your visit to coincide with one of the weeklong screenings of the world premiere of a whole new cut (with new music) of Dirty Hands playing April 30th through May 6th at the Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood. Check it out! Also be on the lookout for the May issue of Juxtapoz Magazine. David played a big role in this issue, which is sure to become a collector’s item.