Scene Report: New York

Graffiti // Thursday, May 29, 2014
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Ray Mock aka Carnage NYC delivers this week’s New York Scene Report.

Jeff Divine & Tom Adler @ Mollusk Surf Shop, San Francisco

Photography // Thursday, May 29, 2014
Mollusk Surf Shop is proud to present a solo exhibition by California-based photographer, Jeff Divine.The exhibit will showcase a series of rarely seen images, selected from a vast archive spanning 45 years of surfing history and is co-curated by the artists, longtime designer/maker partner, Tom Adler. Alongside the photographic works, Divine will present a slideshow-style talk offering detailed insight into some of his most iconic images documenting the rise of professional surfing in the late 1970s to early 80s.

Carved Paintings by Aimé Mpane

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 29, 2014
Mpane’s rough-hewn portraits explore the fundamental connection between place and personal identity. Using plywood glued in layers and finished with an adze – an edging tool that dates to the Stone Age – he produces topographies of the human face reminiscent of relief depictions on a map. This layering reveals contour lines over forms that allude both formally and stylistically to African masks, but also reference Cubism – rooted in an interest in Primitivism – by incorporating bright colors and bold patterns.

Jessica Harrison "Flash" @ LJ Gallery, Paris

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 29, 2014
The exhibition entitled "FLASH" in reference to flash tattoo, is a reflection on the tattoo as body modification imparting human skin (front and back) , from the writings of the philosopher Michel Serres speaking of the skin as a tapestry "tied" on both front and back. In his new series of porcelain figurines transformed entitled " The Painted Ladies "skin girls is entirely covered in traditional tattoos. Through another series of ceramics, more raw this time, Jessica worked imaging tattoo resuming its most symbolic motifs in 3 dimensions (heart, skull, rose, etc.)...

Rhys Cooper "Femme Fatale" @ Spoke Art, SF

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 29, 2014
This Saturday, May 31st, Spoke Art will present Femme Fatale, the debut solo from Australian based screen-print artist Rhys Cooper. With a brand new body of work, Rhys embarks on a portrait series of influential women from the world of popular culture. His ‘femme fatales’ come from all over, from childhood stories to comic books, these women are iconic in one prolific way or another...

Watch: Kara Walker "A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 29, 2014
This episode provides an in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY. Seated in her Manhattan studio, Walker explains how the molasses-covered space, along with her extensive research into the history of sugar, inspired her to create a colossal sugar-coated sphinx, as well as a series of life-sized, sugar and resin boy figurines. A team of artists and fabricators are shown constructing and coating the sphinx, which, as Walker says, gains its power by "upsetting expectations, one after the other." 

The Work of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

Street Art // Thursday, May 29, 2014
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is a Cuban-born artist who grew up in New Jersey. In college, he bacame active in the street art scene and helped found artist collectives whose focus lay in attacking billboards and utilizing guerrilla tactics to make their anti-corporate messages and frustrations known. His Identity series is composed of gigantic charcoal portraits of anonymous people scaling the walls of buildings in different cities around the world. These drawings question the controls imposed on public space, the role models that represent us and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory.

Mollusk Surf presents "Knost Split" by Jack Coleman

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 28, 2014
We don't know where you live, but here in the Northern portions of California, it feels a lot like summer at the moment. That has put us in a certain mood where watching the Mollusk Surf Shop produced short film, "Knost Split" by Jack Coleman just seems like a good way to relax and feel the lazy summer days ahead.

Blum & Poe present Murakami's "Jellyfish Eyes" @ Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Blum & Poe is pleased to announce the Los Angeles screening of Takashi Murakami's first live-action feature film, "Jellyfish Eyes" (2013), being screened at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles on Friday night, May 30, at 8pm. The film combines Murakami's trademark anime-inspired visual aesthetic with broader themes of social change and self-empowerment. Blending computer-animated graphics and live-action cinematography, Jellyfish Eyes recalls Japanese monster films of the 1950s. This coming-of-age tale embodies the promise of generational hope in a post-Fukushima world.

Kickstarter project for the late Artem Voevodin aka Afrika's Work

Graffiti // Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Some friends of the recently passed Artem Voevodin aka Afrika, are attempting to put together a mobile exhibition of his work and take it to the cities in which he had a strong presence in such as Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Dayton and Oakland. Aside from painting graffiti in a number of cities, Voevodin left behinda plethora of unseen photographs and drawings. 

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