Greg "Craola" Simkins on Vimby

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

Welcome Spring with "Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists"

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  

Mike Shinoda Joins Known Gallery

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 12, 2009
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda is the latest member of The Known Gallery, which got its name featuring the incredible talent of The Seventh Letter (Juxtapoz #78) members.  “I spend a lot of time painting and working on the computer to create pieces that capture something about the strange experiences I've had while working and traveling,” says the artist. “In the past few years, I've been able to show my stuff at a number of great galleries, and had the pleasure of collaborating on pieces with SEEN, Gary Baseman, Dalek, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Mr. Hahn, and Jeff McMillan.” Get to know Mike’s artwork now at www.knowngallery.com  

Jeff Soto's "Turning In Circles" Exhibit Closing & Painting Demo

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The ever-busy Jeff Soto has his hugely popular museum show, Turning In Circles at The Riverside Art Museum, extended until Saturday, March 7th, 2009. In honor of his explosive show, Soto will grace the Museum with one last special event: a painting demo. Sweet. “I have one final event at RAM; it is a bit of a late addition,” Soto writes. “I'll be doing an impromptu painting demo this Friday, March 6th. I'll be bringing a few panels to work on and I'll be there to talk and answer questions. This will be a very informal event; basically I'll be sitting in the gallery hanging out and making art.” It goes down from noon to 4pm this Friday at RAM. Do what you have to do to be there because what with Soto consistently working on new paintings and expecting his second baby in a few weeks (“she has an Easter egg belly by now” Soto lovingly tells us), this may just be the last you’ll see of the prolific artist for a bit. That is until you see him on our next cover that is.   

"Pop makes the Pop:" Review of "In The Land of Retinal Delights" Show Catalogue

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 27, 2009
Francesco D'Isa aka Pornpope hit us up for a copy of the show catalogue for In the Land of Retinal Delights and wrote a thorough review on his blog. “At a first peek into the volume, my impression was something like ‘How many great artworks!’; it was exactly what I was looking for, so I was already quite satisfied,” D’Isa writes. “But the book is more than that: there are some interesting introductory texts by Robert Williams, Meg Linton and Bolton Colburn which give the reader a good insight about the subjects. The whole book is something like the definitive consecration of Lowbrow Art as an art movement,” he continues. “Because it is an art movement.” Read the whole review here. And then grab your own copy in our online shop!

Stephan Doitschinoff aka Calma: Book Signing & Film Screening

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The incredibly talented Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff, aka Calma, will be signing copies of his new book, Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff as well as screening Temporal, the short documentary film about Doitschinoff's work, this Saturday, February 28th from 6-7pm at Los Angeles' Scion Installation Gallery. Sweet. We love Calma because he creates deep and varied paintings on anything from canvas to wall, paper to sculpture, all while exploring religion as a matter of socio-cultural issue. Creating such striking visual narratives is no easy feat, but Calma does so with a fluid and beautiful style (which compliments his choice of alias!) The book signing and film screening will go down right before the opening reception for SÃO PAULO, the group show curated by Choque Cultural Gallery, featuring fellow Brazilian artists Carlos Dias, MZK, Ramon Martins, Silvana Mello, Speto, Titi Freak and Zezão. Three events, one night? We’re there. More info on SÃO PAULO at www.scion.com/space

Morning Breath & Cycle Plus Nathan Lee Pickett & Bonnie Durham Come to Brooklyn

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This Friday, February 27th from 7-10pm, artists Morning Breath (work above) and Cycle will show off their newest projects in a show called Oddities in the front gallery, alongside works by Nathan Lee Pickett (in the project room) and Bonnie Durham (in the alcove). All of these artists will be descending upon Brooklyn, NY for the new exhibition, which will open at Ad Hoc Art this Friday and will remain on display thru March 22nd, 2009. Learn more on each artist here….

HUSH's "Hymn to Beauty"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 25, 2009
HUSH will be gracing Los Angeles’ Carmichael Gallery with a new collection of works in his first US solo show entitled Hymn to Beauty, opening Thursday, March 5th 2009. Hush's work has been described as a sensory assault of shape, color, and character.  Inspired by the portrayal of the female form in art, the artist builds up and tears down layers of paint and images as he works, "letting the canvas and marks take their own path."  The result is an enigmatic synthesis of anime, pop-infused imagery, graffiti, and graphic design that exposes the conflict between power and decay, innocence and sexuality, and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture. Hush continues to evolve his style with this latest batch of pieces, which merges his early anime and pop-art influenced graffiti technique with an exploration of Romanesque iconographic imagery. The new works are bigger, deeper and richer than anything he has produced to date. The show will run thru March 26th, 2009. More on HUSH at www.studio-hush.com More on Hymn to Beauty at www.carmichaelgallery.com

This Week Only: 25% Off All Juxtapoz Prints

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 24, 2009
For one week only, we’re offering a nice 25% off on all Juxtapoz prints! We have exclusive prints from the likes of Shag, Dalek, Mike Giant, Sam Flores, Reyes, Craola, Ben Tour, Alex Pardee, Jeff Soto, and more- so you’re sure to find something perfect to spruce up your wall. All our prints are high quality screen-printed on heavy stock paper and measure 18” x 24”. All of them are available at 25% off from Tuesday, February 24th through Monday, March 2nd. Just type in promo code PRINT25 for 25% off and look forward to some brand new art coming your way!

The End of The World Came and Went Without Mr. Jones Noticing A Single Thing

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Armsrock (Juxtapoz #95) is concerned. Why? Because The End of The World Came and Went Without Mr. Jones Noticing A Single Thing. Woah, poor Mr. Jones. What an idiot. Armsrock agrees, as that just so happens to also be the title of his next solo show at Andenken. Opening March 6th, 2009, Armsrock will show off his complex works on paper and canvas, forming a strong visual dialogue that always proves thought provoking. This artist has been busier than ever exhibiting all over the globe, so grab this domestic chance to see his latest.   More on Armsrock at armsrock.blogspot.com

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