THIS IS JOSEPH MARTINEZ

Posted February 21, 2014
THIS IS JOSEPH MARTINEZ

Joseph Martinez recently opened his solo show entitled “Steady Hands, Blurry Vision” at SOZE Gallery in LA last January 31, 2014. The show featured Martinez’s signature miniscule paintings on match books and canvases. Mostly rendering in a realistic style, the artist produced artworks that feel like photographed memories. An interesting part of the collection is…

THIS IS ERU AND EMU, HAMADARAKA

Posted January 17, 2014
THIS IS ERU AND EMU, HAMADARAKA

Hamadaraka transports you in a world of delightful confusion. Their art is a realm where animals, mutants and random everyday objects populate a world of dreamy color washed landscapes. Forms and figures familiar yet out of place interact in a festive atmosphere. The wild imageries reach levels of madness that could easily stir up bewilderment…

THIS IS CHASE

Posted November 12, 2013
THIS IS CHASE

I have always theorized that skateboarders make really good street artists. In skateboarding one learns to look at things with various perspectives which are often alien to others. It is an inherent attitude amongst skaters to see multiple creative possibilities in what others might see as mundane spaces. It’s a fact that skaters have a…

MEET GIULIO VESPRINI

Posted October 4, 2013
MEET GIULIO VESPRINI

There has been a wave of progression in the graffiti and street art scene for the past few years. As if some unseen force is nudging contemporary artists to push the boundaries of what is possible in the streets. One of the most fascinating recent developments in the street art visuals are the deconstructive and…

THIS IS CHRISTIAN REX VAN MINNEN

Posted July 29, 2013
THIS IS CHRISTIAN REX VAN MINNEN

Art that comes with a challenge, for me, is good art. This is art which sets into light questions instead of obvious answers. This type of art triggers a contemplative reaction and stirs intrigue within, forcing one to exercise critical thinking. It’s substantial. Christian Van Minnen’s art is definitely the type which challenges the audience….

THIS IS GREG ‘CRAOLA’ SIMKINS

Posted May 20, 2013
THIS IS GREG ‘CRAOLA’ SIMKINS

What gravitated me towards Craola’s works are his modifications of nostalgic images and skillful juxtaposition of elements that are often absurd at first glance. He regularly uses images of iconic cartoon characters from our youth and presents them in bizarre situations that are accented with various kinds of horrors. It’s as if the artist discards…

THIS IS BASIK

Posted May 16, 2013
THIS IS BASIK

As we have mentioned over and over, DOZE exists to inspire and promote a culture of creativity. We try to do this by featuring artists who we find interesting. We delve into what drives them in their artistic pursuit so that people can connect to their art on a deeper, and perhaps even on a…

THIS IS JANNE SAARIO

Posted March 22, 2013
THIS IS JANNE SAARIO

Nothing beats skating real streets. I’m sure most people who are into skateboarding will agree with me. The sound of grinding concrete, the satisfaction of finding a random thing to do tricks over, the exhilaration of bombing a good hill, doing lines in traffic all the while merging with the city’s energy; all these things…

THIS IS 2501

Posted January 23, 2013
THIS IS 2501

2501’s paintings are erratic whimsical thoughts leaning towards the unsettling. Figures are rendered with hint of realism and then distorted by a wash technique which gives the pieces an almost expressionist appeal. Mostly having monochromatic schemes, the artist’s allow the limited range of color bleed all over the canvas. This creates a sense of softness…

MEET ADAM FACCIOLLA AND CARAVAN SKATEBOARDS

Posted January 4, 2013
MEET ADAM FACCIOLLA AND CARAVAN SKATEBOARDS

I’ve always valued the creative aspect of skateboarding. For me, the amount of creativity involved in it is what separates skateboarding from any other *sports. Skateboarding has nothing to do with rules and with this freedom a skater’s creativity is nurtured/encouraged. Skateboarders are generally creative individualistic creatures and I guess this is why the skateboarding…