Preview: Scott Scheidly “The Pinks” @ Spoke Art, SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco is pleased to present “The Pinks” a new exhibition of original paintings by Florida, USA-based artist Scott Scheidly. “The Pinks” explores the cultural and social implications of color and how the predefined notions that accompany these perceptions can alter one’s identity and subsequent world view. By incorporating either hyper-masculinized or historically infamous figures, Scheidly further drives the point home, making a mockery of his subjects though biting socio/sexual satire.

Harsh Park: New Works by Louis Schmidt @ TFR Gallery, Encinitas

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
.T.F.R. Gallery is pleased to present Harsh Park, a solo-exhibition featuring new works by Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and curator Louis Schmidt. The title “Harsh Park” plays with the collision between severity and tranquility, progress and disguised regression. Beginning with inspiration from current news events, Schmidt pushes towards more oblique observations and an abstracted consideration of our relationship to the space that our events occur in: psychological space, political space, geographical space, and especially historical space.

FUTURE BEAUTY: 30 YEARS OF JAPANESE FASHION @ Seattle Art Museum

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A great show we checked out earlier this week on a very quick trip up to Seattle... Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Seattle Art Museum. From the curator: "The tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers who have revolutionized the way we think of fashion today is the focus of this special exhibition, the first of its kind presented at SAM..."

The Work of Masami Teraoka

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A few months ago we took a look at Japanese artist Masami Teraoka's incredible Renaissance Remasterings where he put Renaissance painting and Japanese influence into violent contact with contemporary political issues in exapnsive, turbulent compositions. This morning we look back at some of his earlier work which is just as expansive and turbulent, referencing issues from gay marriage, censorship, privacy, AIDS, sexual preference, and many more social and political issues.

Embroidered Portraits by Maurizio Anzeri

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This morning we take a look at Italian artist, Maurizio Anzeri, who embroiders elaborate patterns upon found photographs, crating a beautiful combination of vintage and contemporary style. "The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge."

Paintings by Mitch Griffiths

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Mitch Griffith's first, but unexpected success came when he painted a portrait of the boxer Chris Eubank and sent it to his agent. Eubank ended up loving the portrait and commisioning Griffith to a series of pictures to promote his matches. His work ranges from commercial illustration to magazine covers and muals. The self-taught artist's highly detailed, figurative paintings are honest and direct, experessing in anxiety about modern life.

Narrative Portraits of NYC Subway Riders by Chris Russell

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
We used to spend a fair amount of time riding and commuting on the New York City subway and the routine can become pretty mundane. The cold or incredibly humid concrete city gets to people and the subway isn't usually where they are finding their joy. It is also a place where diversity and all the colorful characters of the fantastic city meet in a single confined space and we're pretty sure there is no better place to people watch. Chris Russell, over the course of 4 years, in 8 pocket-sized accordion books, has spent his commute drawing his fellow subway riders in an arrangement reminiscent of traditional Chinese landscape paintings!

Painting by Michael Alvarez

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
We are thouroughly enjoying the work Los-Angeles-based artist and graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Michael Alvarez this morning. 

"The Language of the Wall" by Brassai

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The desire to draw in public, carve your name into a wall or a park bench goes back pretty far. Lets just say forever, I mean, cave paintings? However, we do always find it interesting to see what kind of public/street art was going on throughout history. Brassai, a Hungarian sculptor, photographer and filmmaker who is best known for his nighttime photographs in Paris during the early 20th century spent three decades documenting wall carvings and markings which he titled "The Language of the Wall." Fascinating!

Mary Iverson Public Art on Marion Street pedestrian overpass, Seattle

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Juxtapoz friend and fantastic public artist (as well as fine artist) Mary Iverson has work up on the Marion Street pedestrian overpass near Coleman dock in Seattle. The 24-panel mural was created for the "Seattle Art Interruptions" public art project, "with funding from Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation."

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