The Works of Jason Graham

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2014
Based out of Portland, Oregon, Jason Graham works full time as a tattoo artist at Grizzly Tattoo. However, inbetween zapping people and enjoying delights the city has to offer, he hides away to paint and draw stunning compositions with eccentric juxtapositions (usually with Frasier on loop). Using solely India ink on watercolor paper, his pieces evoke a flash tattoo style utilizing bold black lines and integrating geometric patterns.

Wooden Works from Jarmila Mitrikova & David Demjanovic

Illustration // Thursday, May 29, 2014
Together, artists Jarmila Mitrikova and David Demjanovic create strange and complex images on wood. The pair use a unique technique involving soldering and staining wood pieces. Jarmila and David have worked separately, each with a different focus in art...

Documenting 11 Years With Obesity

Photography // Thursday, May 29, 2014
In 2002, Jen Davis began creating a series of self-portraits documenting her struggles and emo-tions relating to her obesity which struck at an early age. Through her photographs, Davis cap-tures the moments when she feels the most vulnerable, lonely, and insecure and transforms them through her use of light and color into beautiful and captivating images. 

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.

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