Juxtapoz // Friday, August 07, 2009
Investigating the details of Jesse Smith’s paintings and large-scale tattoo projects is like reading a story. These pieces are more than just snapshots of moments in time – they offer fish-eyed glimpses into some twisted-ass tales.
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 07, 2009
Chet Zar is one of the foremost artists in the Dark Arts sphere. Here, Chet gets deep in a long video interview where he discusses everything from his fine art, special effects work on films, the politics of art, and what he tries to say with his imagery.
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 20, 2009
Jeff Soto’s (Juxtapoz cover #99) intricate paintings are built of robotic figures and sprawling, organic landscapes. As a prominent member of the Lowbrow (or Pop Surrealism) art movement, the influence of graffiti, pop culture, and comics is quickly apparent. Watch the inspiring interview from The Run Up, available for the first time to the public for free, on Walrus TV.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, July 11, 2009
Travis Louie is more than an artist. He is a storyteller. Beyond mere subjects, his paintings feature characters with a life, a history, and dreams for the future—all of which he has written out in bio-form to accompany them.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 09, 2009
Artist/Musician/Producer Mike Shinoda announces his upcoming solo exhibition Glorious Excess (Dies) at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Following his highly-successful 2008 show, Glorious Excess (Born), Shinoda returns to the Museum to unveil his latest collection of paintings and digital works.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 04, 2009
Jeff Soto (Juxtapoz cover #99) is one of our all time favorite artists. Not only is he a talented painter, but he is also a nice and really down to earth guy. Soto has been busier than one of those furry mutant butterflies he paints, with a recent museum showing at Riverside Art Museum, a London solo show The Inland Empire on display now at Stolen Space, and (of course) a recent cover story with Juxtapoz for our April issue. All this exposure left us hungry for more about Jeff. The real Jeff. Get to hear the man talk in our Back Talk feature with Jeff Soto.
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 13, 2009
Master of the macabre, Chet Zar, has a new and very unique show coming Saturday, may 16th, 2009 titled When Worlds Collide. Unique because, “it will feature new works by myself and my pops (James Zar),” Chet explains. “It should be a wild show since his visionary/fantasy works are pretty much the opposite of my gloom and doom stuff! Anyway, I am super excited about showing with my dad and the new pieces I am working on are definitely my strongest and most detailed paintings to date.” Looks like talent runs in the family. More info on When Worlds Collide at limageriegallery.com
Juxtapoz // Friday, April 03, 2009
Artists hashing it out with one another always make for interesting listening. Hurley resident artist Jason Maloney (Juxtapoz #70) recently sat down with Greg 'Craola' Simkins (Juxtapoz #74) at his Torrance-based studio in Los Angeles for an in depth one on one interview. During the chat, you hear the two talk about painting, graffiti and the origins of his alter ego, Craola. Oh, and the two kids even complete a collaboration drawing together. Artists will be artists.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 30, 2009
Greg 'Craola' Simkins (Juxtapoz #74) has been making art ever since he got his sticky lil hands on crayons. At the age of 17, he linked up with a couple friends from high school and stepped into the world of graffiti. Fine art was a natural progression, and his paintings have gone on to be featured in galleries worldwide. Now Craola straddles many worlds as a father, husband, artist, and overall great dude. To see more of his work, check out www.imscared.com
Juxtapoz // Friday, March 13, 2009
Dabora Gallery and Phantasmaphile's Pam Grossman usher in the spring season with a group show, Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists, opening tomorrow March 14th, on view through April 12th, 2009. The show features fourteen of the most vital and visionary women artists working in the US today, including Carrie Ann Baade, Lori Field, Katy Horan, Tina Imel, Susan Jamison, Karena Karras, Fay Ku, Adela Leibowitz, Rene Lynch, Alexis Mackenzie, Lynda Mahan, Amy Ross, Judith Schaechter, and Madeline von Foerster. In literal terms, a fata morgana is a mirage or illusion, a waking reverie, a shimmering of the mind. Named for the enchantress Morgan le Fay, these tricks of perception conjure up a sense of glimpsing into another world, whether it be the expanses of an ethereal terrain, or the twilit depths of the psyche. The artists of Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists deftly utilize the semiotics of mysticism, fantasy, and the subconscious in their work, thereby guiding the viewer through heretofore uncharted realms - alternately shadowy or luminous, but always inventive. Make sure to mark tomorrow, March 14th on your calendar, as the opening reception will go down from 8-11pm with complimentary absinthe, courtesy of La Fée. Art and absinthe? Sounds like a perfect start to spring. More info at daboragallery.com/fata