Cisco Jiménez's Vibrant Paintings

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 17, 2015
“Of course this painting is subversive.” Reads the text on a colorful painting that resembles the wall décor of a perverse cantina by Mexican artist, Cisco Jiménez. He presents an overload of imagery and text, an excessive amount of information for the viewer’s eyes and brain. The facts and fantasies of his paintings, the characters and the colors all join together to create the festive representation of a fragmented and troubled culture. 

In the Magazine: The WPA and How the Federal Arts Project Changed American Art

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Nature is an unruly place, forever getting in humanity’s way, regularly tamed but regressing back to the feral. As an aesthetic paradigm we admire its majesty, take pleasure in its picturesque and swoon at its beauty, but as a psychological fact, let’s face it; unless you’re Paul Bunyan, Daniel Boone or Johnny Appleseed it can quite rightly scare the shit out of you. And into this wilderness of overgrowth and undergrowth, impossibly daunting scale, tempestuous elements, natural predators and truly rugged discomforts... 

Surf Craft: Benefit & Auction Now Live!

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Surf Craft is now live and ready for bids! From now until July 29, 15 hand-painted surfboards will be available for auction at Paddle8, with all proceeds going to Waves For Water and their ongoing project to bring clean drinking water to places in need around the world. Bid on Swoon, Chris Johansom, Alicia McCarthy, Mary Iverson, Grotesk, West Rubinstein, Logan Hicks, Dan Witz, Beau Stanton, David Arquette, Zio Ziegler, Kevin Earl Taylor, Daryll Peirce, Ty Williams, and Brett Amory (Brett;s board will be available to bid on Friday). 

Beyond the Cover: Mary Iverson

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Mary Iverson is an exquisite landscape painter with a razor-sharp contemporary edge. On the surface, we see activism, her collages and paintings warning us of a dystopic future existence. But the truth is, this apocalypse is happening now. Through her paintings of rogue shipping containers invading precious, untouched vistas, she uncovers the gross excess and collateral damages of the shipping industry, and ultimately, commercialism.

Analogue by Zoe Leonard

Photography // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Analogue is a landmark project comprising 412 photographs conceived over the course of a decade.  Photographer Zoe Leonard documents the eclipsed texture of 20th century urban life as seen in vanishing mom-and-pop stores and the simultaneous emergence of the global rag trade.  The artist took her own neighborhood, Manhattan’s Lower East Side, as a point of departure in the late 1990s. 

"Summer Mixer 2015" Group Show @ Joshua Liner, NYC

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Most galleries like to pull off a good group show for the summer, and Joshua Liner Gallery has put together a solid one with "Summer Mixer 2015," featuring a group of artists we have really had our eye on recently. Of course, Mars-1 who has been on the cover of the magazine you may already know, but we love the direction Eric Shaw, Libby Black, Elise Ferguson, Kristen Schiele, and the others in this show have been going. Take a look at the gallery for some of our favorites in the Mixer that will be open now through August 21, 2015. 

Lithuanian Dance Clubs by Andrew Miksys

Photography // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Andrew Miksys is a Washington-bred photographer who currently splits his time between Seattle and Vilnius, Lithuania. His series DISKO explores the anomalies of small town Lithuanian discos. Discovered on just his second trip to the country in the late 90’s, Miksys's fascination with the clubs was instantaneous. Drawn in by the lingering signs of the country’s Soviet past mixing with new youth culture, Miksys captured a glimpse of a country in transition. 

Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 @ National Museum of Women in the Arts

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 16, 2015
If Earth is our Mother, for the sake of argument, why not go to the source and delve into an encompassing exhibition, Organic Matters – Women to Watch 2015. What’s special is that the National Museum of Women in the Arts embarked on a dedicated effort to seek ascending female artists from, not only enclaves within the States, but throughout the world. Ancient musings about our romanticism and fear of nature, as well as climate change and stewardship are explored at this show in Washington, D.C.

3cm's Portraits with Body Manipulations and Modifications

Photography // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Under the name 3cm, Yung Cheng Lin, a Taiwanese photographer, focuses on portraits of women with some kind of body manipulation—either literally or through the play of imagery. Many of her portraits seem intent to disturb, piercing the body with threads, tacks or nails. They also reference some of the often hidden elements of the female body: blood and fluids. 

The Psychedelic Marbles of Mike Gong

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Mike Gong hasn't lost his marbles. He's selling them. His intricate, pscychedelic designs, each a clash of bright colors, are embedded in tiny glass globes. These miniature glass art pieces range in diameter from about 13mm to 50mm, and as you turn them, the design shifts. They feature both abstract patterns and, in his Acid Eaters collection, the more direct: monstrous faces holding tabs of acid on their tongues. 

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