DATE: 03/01/2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OX-OP ARTS PRESENTS:

The Juxtapoz Annual Group Show 2006

Artist Receptions € 2 Opening Nights € Many Special Guests in for shows!

Friday, March 24th @ Soo Visual Arts Center 7-10pm
Saturday, March 25th @ OX-OP 7-10 pm
The actual art show is free & open to the public at both venues.
Each Melvins show is $10 per night.

At Soovac:
the Melvins show is at 7pm SHARP!
(The art show will open after the concert.)
For tickets, please stop by SooVAC at
2640 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone/email is: 612-871-2263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At Ox-Op:
The Melvins are playing at Grumpy’s Bar at around 11pm after the art show.
If you’re in the Twin Cities area & want to purchase Melvins tickets please come to Grumpy’s Downtown in person
1111 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
For those out of town, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In a major coup, OX-OP Arts and Soo Visual Arts Center (Soo VAC) have snagged what is likely to be 2006’s most groundbreaking group art show. Featuring 70-plus internationally-acclaimed artists who epitomize the most current trends in fine art, this show is so big it takes two galleries to display it all! The show opens Friday, March 24th at Soo VAC, and Saturday, March 25th at OX-OP, and will be on display at both galleries throughout the month.

To those in the know, Juxtapoz Magazine is the authority on what’s cutting edge in the fine art world. As the first ever Juxtapoz show ever to be held outside of L.A., San Francisco or New York, this is an unusual and extraordinary opportunity for those of us in “Flyover Country” to get a crack at a major international art show, and the Twin Cities are incredibly lucky to have it in their midst thanks to the hard work of OX-OP’s Tom Hazelmyer and Soo VAC’s Suzy Greenberg.

According to the L.A. Weekly, “Something remarkable is happening just beneath the surface of the art world. Its makeup has been shifting — slightly and subtly at first, but with a recent torrential surge that may have put it on the verge of a sea change. Rich new collectors are buying up strange artworks from a host of until recently fringe-dwelling galleries, and the guardians of high culture are being forced to sit up and take notice.”

Both OX-OP and Soo VAC have been in early on the Lowbrow movement, which makes them the perfect venues for this monumental show. Juxtapoz Magazine, founded by artist Robert Williams (who coined the term “Lowbrow” to describe his own gutter surrealistic paintings) has been around for 11 years and is close to eclipsing Art News as the number-one art magazine.

As further elaborated in a recent L.A. Weekly article, “Lowbrow Art is the loose amalgam of excluded visual culture ranging from tattoos, underground comix and custom hot rods, to slick post-graffiti street-art campaigns and immaculately glazed pop-surrealist oil paintings. Once relegated to small galleries on the fringe, it has emerged from its scrappy underworld beginnings and is finally getting the respect it has always craved.” In fact, museum spaces have begun programming Lowbrow in earnest. A trend that is certain to continue.

Bottom line? This March, displayed between these two galleries, will be a body of work created by names that will be remembered as the pre-eminent artists of the early 21st century. Wouldn’t it be nice to say that you were there?

OX-OP is open to the public
Tuesday through Friday 4-8pm
Sat 1-5pm, or by appointment
New shows opening the first Saturday of every month.

OX-OP
1111 Washington Ave S.
(Behind Grumpy’s Bar)
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Ph. 612-259-0085
www.ox-op.com

SooVAC
2640 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Ph. 612-871-2263
www.soovac.org

 

 

AsLike usual there will be a limited edition exclusive 7" available at these shows:
A Side: PIGSKIN
B Side: STARVE ALREADY

Pigskin is the Melvins. Starve Already has King Buzzo on guitar with Haze XXL and Grant Hart on Bass & Drums. Both songs are sung by King Buzzo and are over 2 minutes on each side, both are "rock songs".

Tom Hazelmeyer wrote: 2 different sleeves (one for each night of the event).
There will be a 1000 pressed. 500 clear vinyl / 500 black.
Just to be a bastard - probably get only the black ones signed by the band and sell those on the website.
The exact numbers of what will be sold show nights, what will be available via AmRep site, and what the band is getting has yet to be determined.

Test pressings have already been showing up on ebay.

Also The Melvins will be doing a book signing and toy signing at Robot Love at 2-5pm Sat. Mar 25th. (It’s next door to SooVAC). They’ll also have copies of the LP version of their newest collaboration with Jello Biafra which is signed by all band members and cover artist Camille Rose Garcia.

The official show poster is on sale at burlesquedesign.com for $50.

The 7" set is being sold for $20 at amrep.

 

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