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Jeff Soto: Headed to the Big Apple

Written by Jeff Soto   
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 03:39
Jeff prepares for his big solo show at Jonathan Levine in NYC that opens next week.

The Muthaship is away. Wow it was heavy. Don't know how we got it on the truck. My show (Storm Clouds- New work by Jeff Soto. Sept. 8 through Oct. 6 at Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYC) is in less than two weeks and I can't help but get a little nervous. When you do a big solo show you're sort of putting yourself out there to have your work judged. Will people like the work? Will it be a good show? Will each piece relate to the next to make it a cohesive viewing experience? Will the show's theme come through?

In the end none of that really matters as long as it feels right to the artist. That's how I try to look at it. The real question is, Is it up to my own standards? I think so. I've worked hard and it's been both physically and mentally draining but I feel good about each piece. I feel like I broke new ground and discovered some new ideas. The work is evolving which is a good thing.

I'm leaving for NYC in a week. NYC is awesome, huge, mindblowing, and at the same time can be boring and cold (not talking about temperature). Maybe I've been there too many times. Maybe I'm jaded by it all. I think today I'm just tired. As my work comes to an end all I feel like doing is sleeping and being lazy and watching movies with Jennifer. New York awaits and I am indeed looking forward to it, but here's more work to do setting up so it's gonna be far from a vacation.

I'm really looking forward to seeing Jim Houser's work for his asobviousasaskull show. Jim is the real deal man. If you're in NY, come out and say hi to us both.

Besides my solo there's another show I'm in- actually two, next week. First is "Fighting 4 Dreams" a one night art show at at 111 Minna Gallery. My friend and longtime graf buddy Maxx242 has organized it along with Real and Juxtapoz. I have a few pieces on paper in the show. I wish I could make the opening but I'll be in NY. Check it out if you're around.

The other show is Scion Installation- "It's A Beautiful World" A travelling group show with a bunch of artists. It will be opening in NYC September 7th, the night before my opening and I'll be coming by to say hi.

Just had Shannon's birthday party... 2 years went by at lightspeed. Damn. The party was fun and we got a jumper, mexican food and tons of sweets.

Shannon getting all New Wave on us...

Nacho is handsome even though he has slightly googly eyes...

Alright, New York here I come. I'll make sure to take lots of photos...

Gimmie five on the downlow...

Did some drawings for Aaron Mason's group show...

I'm also in a show curated by Marsea Goldberg (of New Image Art) in London's Leonard Street Gallery. The show is called "Those Bloody Yanks" and it's a group show coinciding with The Date Farmer's solo show. Some of my favorite artists are in this show, I wish I could get out there. London looks awesome. Maybe a good city for my next solo show....

Here's my painting for the exhibit-
"California Dreaming" 18" x 24" acrylic on wood panel, 2007.

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