Wall Therapy 2013 - Part 3

Street Art // Saturday, July 27, 2013
As the clouds generously give cover from the glaring sun here in Rochester, NY, many artists finalize their walls, while some ambitiously attempt to squeeze in another before they depart. We began the day by walking some old dead train tracks where we caught up with ROA who was painting a baby chick on the side of two abandoned siloes. From there we set off across town to photograph walls painted by a number of artists that includes Lady Pink, Smith, Wise Two, Bile, Range, Change, Pose2, Binho, Ever, Jessie, Katie and St. Monci. More reports from Wall Therapy tomorrow you ask? Yes indeed. Check back then!

Art by Rad Sechrist

Illustration // Saturday, July 27, 2013
Rad Sechrist is working on a comic about a gang of skateboard kids kicking around the city and, uh, skateboarding. What's outstanding about Rad's work is the intuition he has for shape and pose through simple, sketchy lines. The comic will be in black and white, giving emphasis to light and value in these urban settings. .

Ian Strange (Kid Zoom): "Suburban" @ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Juxtapoz // Saturday, July 27, 2013
SUBURBAN is a multi-faceted photography, film and installation exhibition created by artist Ian Strange. Over a two-year period Strange worked with a film crew and volunteers in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film eight site-specific interventions incorporating suburban homes. The recording of these interventions through film and photographic documentation forms the basis of a new solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria this July and a short-film which will be released in late 2013.

Polaroids by Chloe Aftel

Erotica // Saturday, July 27, 2013
We are in the waning days of summer, about a month to go, and we think a good way of celebrating comes in the form of the polaroid photography of various women clothed and not so-clothed by fashion and commercial photographer Chloe Aftel. Chloe has a great resume of editiorial shoots for Levi's, Google, and Nintendo, but perhaps a little nudity would never hurt anyone... 

Thank You X @ Known Gallery, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Saturday, July 27, 2013
THANK YOU X became known on the streets of Los Angeles a few years ago, largely in part to his large Warhol stencils and wheat pastes around the city. Signing THANK YOU X underneath was a gesture of anonymous gratitude for Warhol’s aesthetic of rebellious integrity, the name accidentally became the artist’s identity. He has since been traveling all over putting his stamp all across America and even London and France. I met his a year or so ago and was introduced to his by his Government name and thought he was a nice guy. 

WILL EISNER: FATHER OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL @ Cartoon Art Museum, SF

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present Will Eisner: Father of the Graphic Novel, an exhibition of the master storyteller’s work from July 27 to November 10, 2013. This exhibition features artwork from seven of Will Eisner’s most celebrated graphic novels as selected by exhibition curator Denis Kitchen of The Denis Kitchen Art Agency. Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American artist, comics writer, teacher, and entrepreneur. He is considered one of the most important contributors to the development of sequential art...

WALL THERAPY 2013 - PART 2

Street Art // Friday, July 26, 2013
On our second day in Rochester, NY for Wall Therapy, we got hold of a bike and hit the streets under the beaming summer sun (Making photographs extra difficult FYI). We made our rounds to some of the walls and in between witnessed a diverse city of culture and class, with plenty of waves of “Hello!” in between. We saw the immediate impact one of the pieces being painted by Baltimore-based artists, Jessie and Katey, had on the locals. There were friendly remarks of encouragement, inquisitive questions and friendly dialogue from passerbys. Since they began their mural, a group of young kids had been hovering around...

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: SMASH 137

Graffiti // Friday, July 26, 2013
Every Friday we feature someone old or new, traditional or unconventional, active or not, and so on. This week’s spotlight is on Smash 137.

The Paintings of Victor Rodriguez

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
Taking a wander around the world wide web this morning, taking notes and checking names, and we stopped at the work of Brooklyn-based, Mexico City-born fine artist and portrait painter Victor Rodriguez. We like the mix of styles and surreal-additions to his portraits, which at first appear to be simple hyperreal depictions but upon closer looks have dream-like, cinematic qualities to them. 

The Gruesome Works of Naoki Sasayama

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
We aren't normally showing gruesome paintings on this site (okay, sometimes there is a little blood and guts, but not car crash stuff). But when we came across the dark, bloody, accident portraits of Naoki Sasayama, we couldn't help but feel a little intrigued and grossed-out all at the same time. Which we guess means they are causing a "reaction." And in that reaction, we sort of want to let everyone know we don't like blood, just in case you were wondering... 

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