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Jeff Soto: Taking a Break

Written by Jeff Soto   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 03:39
Jeff blogs up Regino Gonzales & Henry Lewis's show @Corey Helford in LA and discusses the state of the "scene".

Regino's and Henry's show was pretty fun and well attended. I had a good time and got to talk to some old friends. Here's some pictures.

RG and I...

Crowd shot...

RG, Baseman and Jan...

Some art...

RG and Henry showing off their B-Boy skillz when the show closed..

I am taking a break from this blog for a while. Don't cry. I'll be back some day. I love writing and showing hopefully interesting glimpses into my little world of art (and occasional family adventures). This blog takes up a good day of my time when I decide to do it, especially if there's many photos. So it's time to stay away a bit. I'll return from time to time if some fun stuff pops up, but for now more important things are on the horizon.

When it comes to art, and in particular this "scene", change is in the air. Can you feel it? What was once known collectively as "The Juxtapoz School" is splitting into several unique genres. In years past you would find "street" artists showing alongside "lowbrow" artists, showing alongside illustrators and somehow it was accepted and it worked- not so much these days. This genre, whatever it was, is beginning to branch outward into distinct art sub-movements (is that a word?). Nothing wrong with that, I think it's a good thing.

Of course there's a lot more to all this change- art schools pumping out 1000's of "illustrator-artists" every year (hey I was one of them!), the U.S. economy is on a down slide which I'm sure has art world impact, the UK art market is hot, the Holy Grail for the genre- Juxtapoz has changed (I like it the same but many dislike it), general unoriginality, neverending cliche imagery (can I never see that graphic diamond icon again!), and of course galleries that are not developing their stable of artists. There's a lot of issues and I don't necessarily know what my opinions are but no one can deny there is a change going on.

As for my own work, those who know me are aware that I've been exploring for the past year or two. I'm trying to find where I fit in but I don't think I really want to know. My work and my whole outlook on art has been transforming somehow. Not quite sure where I'm headed but trying not to worry about it either. I'm just trying to make good art with integrity....

Jeff (jeffsoto.com) {moscomment}

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