Ryan Bubnis’ Where The Good Thoughts Grow opened earlier this month in Arizona, featuring new paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations. We couldn’t make it to the show in person, but you can check out his show photos on Flickr here.
This exhibit marks a shift in Bubnis’ focus. The Portland-based artist says, “To find solace in an unjust world I have found myself much more connected to thoughts with a positive and/or spiritual focus. This new body of artwork is 3-dimensional brainstorming--a physical manifestation of my stream-of-consciousness thought process.”
Chicago’s Version>08 Fest officially opened last Thursday, April 17th, and will remain in action for eleven days of show stopping fun, through April 27th. For those of you who have never heard of Version, it’s an annual art fair that showcases the hottest emerging and established trends in art, as well as the great minds behind all the creativity we seem to live and breathe.
Juxtapoz swung by to see what all the fuss is about, and we’re happy to report that kids in the Windy City know how to rock an art festival. Take a peek at some of the sick photos snagged here…
Andrew McClintock is a photographer with a penchant for bedroom mystique. At least that’s the conclusion we drew from the looks of his upcoming show, Bedrooms. This solo exhibit of large-scale color photography opens Friday, May 2nd at San Francisco’s Bluesix Acoustic Room.
Although obviously posed, the subjects in McClintock’s photographs have a charmingly candid aura about them, as if they saw McClintock approaching while in their bedrooms and jumped up, managing to strike a pose before McClintock could catch them in their relaxed positioning. If you’d like to see more of his photos, you’ll have to settle for the old-fashioned, in-person route, as McClintock has confirmed he has no website! Take a glance at one more of his Bedroom photos here…
Patrick Martinez recently put a spin on his tight Army Set installation concept. In case you missed his first set of bagged army figurines, Martinez placed faux toy soldiers in random department stores all over the Los Angeles area, with labels that read, “Includes: Poor and Middle Class People 18 Years +” The complete set of 50 signed and numbered action sets were left for unassuming people to find, and hopefully ponder.
Because the first set of politically charged plastic goodness was so successful, Martinez is releasing a remix on the Army Set idea; this set “Includes one special limited edition rich gold soldier!”
Martinez says, “They will be hitting the stores this weekend and ‘til the end of the month. The remix has a gold soldier and all races, so it’s more of a general package, approaching it from the class system perspective.” When asked about the reaction to his first installment, Martinez simply replies, “Everyone had positive feedback. I got a couple pieces of hate mail but that’s fine... nothing new, it means I’m doing my job. Not the first time its happened.” Guess that’s what it’s all about: shaking things up, and making folks think.
See more of Patrick Martinez’s work at patrickmartinez.com.
Artist and photographer Jamie Hewitson recently started a new project, where awesome art and good intentions come together to bring you something beautiful that'll also look good on your walls!
Hewitson’s new online gallery, Art of Dana, features personal art and photos available for sale, with 20% of the profits benefiting item-specific causes! So, the next time you want an ill surf photo, you can simultaneously donate to the Surfrider Foundation! We love this collage of edgy, black and white street scenes that also benefits the Give Back A Smile group. We dare you to come up with something cooler than art with a message that also gives back. Check it all out at www.theartofdana.com.
Since 1991, Los Angeles’ Copro/Nason Gallery has been at the forefront of exhibiting artists that embody what the “lowbrow” art movement is all about. Although this particular book hit stores a couple months ago, we recently spent some overdue time with it, and thought we’d remind you of what a well-done book it truly is.
Copro/Nason Fine Art: A Catalogue Raisonné from Last Gasp is a large hardcover book nearly 300 pages, with over 450 full color images of skulls, cherubs, Tikis, monsters, pin up girls, and more frightening faces than we know what to do with.
Aside from the incredible wealth of imagery, the book boasts some of the best art essay’s we’ve read in quite some time by the likes of: Robert Williams, Shag, and Sandow Birk. If you really want to get to know the roots of pop surrealism and the genre affectionately known as “lowbrow art,” this book is definitely a great 101 refresher course. More at www.copronason.com.
The kids over at Deeda in Sacramento have a sick photography show coming up, featuring new works by seven photographers, including two that have photos included in our special May photo issue, Dylan Maddux and Ken Goto. Titled Never Heard of Yah! (something that will hopefully change soon) this show opens Saturday, April 26th, exhibiting a range of works from Amanda Lopez, Dylan Maddux, Ross Farrar, Dustin Aksland Ken Goto, Austin McManus, and Jai Tanju. More info on Deeda's MySpace.
One of our favorite street artists to come out of Greece, The Krah, has been doing it pretty big in the UK, where he now lives in London. His tags and little creature drawings can be seen all over the globe doing weird, and at times obscene, things. The Krah has a couple exhibits coming up as well at London’s Pure Evil, Limited Press, and the Foundry. If you’re lucky enough to be in the UK, you may want to stop by and check out The Krah’s amazing work in person. If you can’t make it across the Atlantic, you’ll just have to settle for the work on his Flickr account.
Fred Camargo really knows his way around Photoshop- so much so that the folks over at Advanced Photoshop have asked him for a tutorial and he’ll also being doing shows as a Creator in Photoshop Creative. We can see why, from the looks of this piece, Mercy. If you need to see more, hop over to check out his work on Pangaeaa, where he’s also got prints of his artwork available. In his own words, “My art is about intense feelings,” and we’re digging those feelings!
Our buddy, artist Jason Maloney, was recently interviewed by Southern California’s Inland Empire Weekly, complete with a sweet mention of Juxtapoz and our upcoming exhibit at Laguna Art Museum.
We haven’t hyped the show much yet, but now seems like the perfect time to introduce our group art exhibit, In the Land of Retinal Delights: the Juxtapoz School, opening this June. A 15-year retrospective of some of the best-featured artists since our inception in 1994, the show will feature 150 of the most influential contemporary artists we’ve come to know and call friends.
Maloney will be one of the contributing artists that made the cut, and with good reason: his art rocks. Read the whole article here; and for all you eager beavers out there, more info on In the Land of Retinal Delights is online here.