David Molesky "Riot" @ the Fridge, Washington, DC

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
This winter, Fridge DC presents Brooklyn-based artist and frequent Juxtapoz contributor, David Molesky, for his second solo exhibition in the US Capital. Drawing from this past year’s widespread upheaval, Molesky has shifted his focus from the turbulence of natural elements to riots. In these recent works, Molesky paints the iron-willed who share supporting roles with crawling fire and billowing smoke. No oppositional force is present in any of the compositions; only a dark abyss appears to be on the receiving end of hurled stones and Molotov cocktails. These paintings are portrayals of humans and elements collaboratively expressing an intense longing for change.

Rainer Elstermann’s “Old Masters”

Photography // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In his series “Old Masters”, German artist Rainer Elstermann uses photography to recreate some of the most iconic portrait paintings from the past six centuries. From Da Vinci to Reubens, Elstermann draws inspiration from these classic works to breath new life into each painting through his photographic reinterpretations. 

The “Radiance” of Yellena James

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Yellena James just opened a new exhibition, Radiance, at LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland, CA where she’ll also be painting a new mural. Her seascape floral work is detailed, rich and delicate, with a colorfully luscious vibe. In her own words: "My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment... 

Lakwena Maciver @ Papillion Gallery, LA

Street Art // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Street artist Lakwena opens a solo show at Papillion Gallery in Los Angeles on January 17, 2015. Have a look at some of her recent murals and get pumped for the show, and stay tuned to see how her work transforms inside the gallery space. 

Nudes by Owvbics

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
These aren’t your everyday nudes. These bodies are strange, mutated, and yet somehow retain their freakish appeal. Owvbics is a mysterious NYC artist who caught our eye on Instagram and we’ve been exploring his fantastic weirdness this week, which includes a range of works on paper. 

“Bound and Unbound,” Sculptures by Judith Scott @ the Brooklyn Museum

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Judith Scott was an artist who was part of the Creative Growth Art Community in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her mixed media fiber sculptures are a wild and tangled thing of beauty. Don’t miss the current exhibition of her compelling sculptural work on view at The Brooklyn Museum through March 29, 2015. 

Kayla Mattes: Tactile Textiles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Portland artist Kayla Mattes makes lush, shaggy textile work that puts us in a good mood. From her website: “Influenced by a blend of pop-culture, the internet, nostalgia and consumerism, she uses her background in textiles to create works primarily in tapestry, installation, digital painting and material experimentation.” Besides her wonderful, colorful weavings, she has a shop where you can buy colorful jewelry and a mini woven pizza. Mattes puts the fun in fiber art. 

Asger Carlsen for Resort Fashion

Photography // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
NY Mag’s The Cut recently made the wise decision of sending a shipment of Resort Fashion over to New York-based artist Asger Carlsen and gave him complete creative control to interpret the clothes how he felt fit. Inspired by African masks, Carlsen manipulated and sculpted the models to his instantly recognizable style producing a stunning body of images. 

Mathieu Bernard-Reymond’s “Intervalles”

Photography // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Through the use of multiple exposures, photographer Mathieu Bernard-Reymond creates a visual survey of human movement in his series “Intervalles”. By taking multiple photographs of the same scene from the same viewpoint, Bernard-Reymond is able to combine the figures in each individual photograph into one. 

Hudson Marquez "Rhythm and Shoes" @ La Luz de Jesus, LA

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Hudson Marquez is famous to you and me because he is one of the main men behind Cadillac Ranch, the amazing public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. And he is going to be even more famous to you and I by having a feature in an upcoming issue of Juxtapoz as well as his current exhbition, Rhythm and Shoes, at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles. Says Marquez, "Ike Turner… Little Richard… Papa Lightfoot… Freddie King… Johnny Ace… Blaze Starr… Candy Barr… Lili St. Cyr. They all connect here in this series of paintings. Having heard tales of the RnB stars of the past, I’ve brought some to life. True Stories… Maybe."

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