Scene Report: Los Angeles

Graffiti // Friday, August 28, 2015
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. Walter Yetman aka The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye delivers this week’s Los Angeles Scene Report.

Gianluca Franzese "Reflective Radiation" @ K. Imperial, SF

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 28, 2015
Franzese’s meticulous process incorporates traditional gilding techniques and a variety of mediums. Initially, Franzese covers the entire panel with aluminum, creating his blank canvas. With precision, Franzese engraves his geometric patterns directly into the panel creating an outline for the application of color and metal leaf. Reflective Radiation explores the notion of light and illusion while each painting plays with the viewer’s perspective with various grades of shimmer illuminating the space.

The Lonely Island and Matt Ritchie "Bay Area Toile" @ Athen B. Gallery, Oakland

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 28, 2015
The Lonely Island will be presenting a one night solo exhibition "Bay Area Toile" by Matt Ritchie (aka Matt136) at Athen B. Gallery in Oakland, CA. For the show, The Lonely Island comissioned wallpaper that will pay tribute to the Bay Area. Inspired by a "Brooklyn Toile" created by Mike D of the Beastie Boys, the wallpaper will feature Alice Waters, Angela Davis, Joe Montana, E-40, Too $hort, Mac Dre and many more of your favorite Bay Area icons.

Björn Griesbach's Hollow Children

Illustration // Friday, August 28, 2015
German illustrator Björn Griesbach knows how to give you haunting dreams. One of his more recent series, "Hollow Children," features grinning children with dark smudged faces that, to be honest, are pretty terrifying. Griesbach primarily works on commissioned illustration projects for novels and other literature but also finds time for personal projects when he can.

Erynn Richardson "Sacred & Haunted" @ Bermudez Projects, LA

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 28, 2015
Call her “The Re-Animator.” In her new show at Bermudez Projects in Downtown Los Angeles, Erynn Richardson brings back to life the deer that hunters across America stalk, kill, stuff, and display; and turns them into nigh-religious icons. Richardson, who earned her MFA at California State University, Long Beach, says, “In my artistic practice I explore how people use objects to tell stories about themselves. Objects often become metaphors for power and class; owning or displaying them weaves a narra

Sand "Castles" Like You've Never Seen

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 28, 2015
Matthew Kaliner, a Harvard University lecturer uses the "drip method" that we all learned as kids on the beach to create otherworldly sculptures on the beach. In an interview with The Atlantic, Kaliner says that he is "motivated entirely by the sheer joy of playing on the beach, and making something out of what I can find that day." Although he enjoys watching the castles get swept away, Kaliner aims "to make make my castles more resilient to waves by using sticks, anchored by elaborate braces I dig underground," the sand architect explained. "Watching the castle rising above the waves is a real treat—and that's always when they look best.”

Recap - Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans

Street Art // Friday, August 28, 2015
Last month PangeaSeed hosted his second annual mural festival “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans” in collaboration with 1xRUN, Tony Delfino, and World Art Destinations. This ground-breaking street art project beautified the Caribbean island of Cozumel, Mexico, while brought education, connection, and inspiration to the community.

Watch: Jansport #LiveOutside San Francisco

Street Art // Thursday, August 27, 2015
If you live in San Francisco or have visited here recently, it is likely that you traveled down Market Street and encountered a wonderful addition to the city's public art. Our friend and local bay area artist Lauren YS teamed up with Tatiana Suarez and Caratoes to paint a beautiful mural at Market and South Van Ness as part of Jansport's #LiveOutside campaign. We stopped by a couple of times to catch their progress, but for those of you that weren't able to or aren't able to see it in person, follow Jansport's video series document the 5-day process of painting a 55-foot wall!

Cathie Bleck "Avance" @ Firecat Projects, Chicago

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 27, 2015
Cathie Bleck will be opening a new exhibition, "Avance," at Firecat Projects in Chicago this evening. The new pieces (over 30 paintings, journals and stone lithographs) are part of an ongoing series that explores the vulnerable nature of the human spirit and its immense resilience in the face of adversity," Bleck told us. "We continually pose questions like, “Now what? What will be? What will I do? When will it happen?" These questions articulate a moment in time when a transition is taking place, when the world inside us changes

Laura Callaghan for Anonymous Sex Journal

Illustration // Thursday, August 27, 2015
We've written about Laura Callaghan's illustrations before, the London-based artist recently worked with Anonymous Sex Journal on their new "The Solo Issue or Sex For One" issue which compiles anonymous submissions and stories about, well, you get it...
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