We’re apt to agree that art really is The Best Medicine. Therefore, it makes sense that NYC-based painter Edie Nadelhaft wants to make sure we get our meds through her newest exhibition. The Best Medicine will feature oil paintings as well as a brand new sculpture, signaling a new direction for this well-known artist.
Her current work is an exercise in scrutiny. The imagery is taken from the natural world and distorted through photography and digital manipulation. The scale is altered and the perspective changes from close to extreme close-up as the subject evolves from a cow's face to a detail of that face culminating in a portrait of a greatly enlarged creature found roaming the landscape of the cow's furry hide.
Nadelhaft says, "My expectation is that dissection and magnification will ultimately lead to simplification and clarity. The reality is more like playing with Russian nesting dolls: further investigation reveals the same or an even greater level of complexity - a tiny universe within."
Make sure to get your dose of The Best Medicine starting Saturday, May 10th at Pearldaddy. Medicine will be made available through July 6th.
We’ve got a final few words on Chicago’s Version>08 Fest from our Illinois-based buddy, Leah Pietrusiak.
The Festival was celebrated in more ways than your 21st birthday, and Pietrusiak was able to hit up one of the closing parties for a last look at the art, the people, and uh… Lee Groban, hitting up the graff wall. More here…
We’ve been fans of Stones Throw Records for years, and their coolness factor just went up like, fifty notches after we heard from slam X hype that one of their newer artists, James Pants, will be releasing his debut album Welcome with all artwork done by Dutch artist Parra (Juxtapoz March ’08 cover.) Welcome is expected to be one of the more eclectic Stones Throw Record releases in years, but we’re already sold. Parra artwork on the album cover? Deal done.
It’s always fun to hear good news back from folks we’ve featured in our Reader Art section. This time around, we’re happy to share that Leslie Ditto, along with Sid Watters, Benji Williams, and Cynthia Tollefsrud, will be at Alcove Contemporary Art Gallery in Atlanta for their War and Peace group show.
Leslie Ditto will be presenting her new paintings and sculptures that explore a more personal and private part of war and how it affects the human psyche with her use of symbolism and strong imagery. Hit up Alcove May 16th for the reception, and let her know you first saw her awesome work on Juxtapoz!
Over 2 billion photos. That’s how many images the massively popular photo hosting site, Flickr, currently holds. Although a lot of them are no more than the pictures you took of your dog because "he’s just so cute," 2 billion is still a helluva lot of photos to occupy one site.
The New York Times recently published an article arguing that a new class of photography is emerging in light of the internet age of information: the Flickr school of photography. So what does this mean for the future of photography as an art form?
Virginia Heffernan of the NY Times states, “As art-school photographers continue to shoot on film, embrace chiaroscuro and resist prettiness, a competing style of picture has been steadily refined online: the Flickr photograph. […] Flickr’s creamy fantasy pictures, many of them ‘erotic’ (rather than sexy) portraits that have been forcibly manipulated with digital tricks, stand in contrast to the rawer and grainier 35-millimeter photography that's still canonized by august institutions like the International Center of Photography.”
Whether you upload every photo you’ve ever taken, or have never even been to the site, it’s hard to deny the impact Flickr has had on the photographic community. If it’s advancing or hindering the art form is a question you’ll have to answer for yourself, but we have to admit that in an age of digital inundation, it’s always refreshing to hold a real photograph that was printed in a darkroom with, you know, chemicals. Whatever your view, read the rest of the article by Heffernan. And then go check out the new photos I just uploaded on Flickr.
Oh Ron, thank you for continuously injecting your Popaganda into our lives. Pop art legend and propaganda master, Ron English has invaded Los Angeles with witty billboards and signs. We saw this hilarious image on Boing Boing, and have to admit, it’s a good look for McCain. Who wouldn’t want a little campaign help from Mr English?
Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall have an upcoming exhibit of their funky new paintings hitting 111 Minna Gallery this Thursday, May 1st. Never one to wait around for things, Juxtapoz took the opportunity to head straight to the Plock/Tunstall studio to take a behind-the-scenes look at what their show Circus, has to offer. Just as expected, they had us spinning in circles, sitting and begging for more.
Take a ride though the Circus over here…
Ready for a candid look at the back alleys of Los Angeles? Vyal One is curating a sweet photojournalism exhibition called Fotograff, opening this Saturday, May 3rd at Crewest. A respected artist himself, Vyal One attempts to offer insight into the actions and minds behind graffiti artists. One medium (photography) is used to explain another (graffiti.)
Most of the artists in this exhibit stumbled upon photography through the extensive documentation of their lives and endeavors. The camera is a tool for the graffiti artist – often carried wherever one ventures. It becomes a part of the artist documenting his work and illustrating what artists must overcome on a daily basis. The show enables the viewer to take a walk in their shoes and discloses the harsh realities that come with being a graffiti artist these days. The artwork will also be available for viewing during the Downtown Art Walk in LA on Thursday, May 8th. More info on Fotograff here.
Luba Drozd is a New York based illustrator with a little side project going during the night hours. (no, not that kind of night project!) Every night for the past 32 nights, Luba has been updating a daily blog with a new drawing of a detailed creature, or “lizardfish.”
Commercial work dominates her daylight hours, but at night she is able to find time to update her blog, with whatever pointy, slippery, or other “beauty injected horror” invades Luba’s mind.
If you’re the type that constantly needs new visual stimulation, take solace in her blog, Will I Deem Living Necessary.
Together, Johann Don-Daniel and Phillipp Gabriel make up Number 58. Number 58 is a collective of their combined artistic endeavors. Hailing from the UK and Germany, respectively, they both now live and work in Berlin.
Of their artwork, Don-Daniel simply says, ”We make a hell of a lot of trashy, disgusting, sometimes beautiful artwork in all kinds of shapes and forms.” They passed along this teaser, ciRkus, but you’ll want to check out more of their work at www.number58.com.