The Twisted Reality of JoKa

Erotica // Monday, March 25, 2013
Based out of Philadelphia, JoKa's humorous and often unsettling acrylic paintings represent a pastiche of influences and symbolism, consisting of multiple layers of meaning that oscillate between the patently absurd and the deadly serious. His work skews and distorts the human body, obscuring faces to an almost depersonalizing degree, yet retaining a sense of surreal familiarity deeply rooted in the pop culture nostalgia of the collective unconscious. 

The Works of Mu Pan

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We can't believe we haven't put a gigantic spotlight on Brooklyn-based fine artist, Mu Pan in the past, but with a little Ralph Steadman influence and dark political satire, this is the kind of artwork to wake up to. The SVA grad mixes a bit of surreal, humans versus non-human battle scenes with a great insight to his sketchbook works. There is a ton of good stuff here... get lost. 

12 Paintings by Laura Owens @ Ooga Booga #2, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Definitely a show we are going to see in person if we can, because these stunning nearly 12-foot tall pieces look grand in the new Ooga Booga #2 space in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Ooga Booga has always been an epicenter of good art and culture in Chinatown, but this new space, especially with LA-based artist Owens' work in it, looks like it will be a great space for exhibitions in the months to come.

More from Christine Wu

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Christine Wu is an Los Angeles based certified practitioner of the arts and general awesome maker. Stylistically, her work is multi-layered with haunting and sexual undertones. She often depicts people in flux, capturing the vulnerability of self discovery.

Llyn Foulkes @ The Hammer, LA

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Among the many exciting things that happened in Los Angeles this past weekend, the Hammer opened its new exhibition featuring a retrospective of the works of Llyn Foulkes. The Hammer does a great job selecting high caliber artists that are not necessarily on everyone's radar, and this show is no exception to that statement. The exhibition features works from all stages of Foulkes' oeuvre.

Paintings by Winston Chmielinski

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 04, 2013
An admission—that I am a disorganized, impulsive person—reads more optimistically on canvas because the eye has glimpsed the edge. Therefore I paint, subjectively and impatiently, colliding impressions of points with interpretations of space (the accidentals are debris) so that the composition hangs, almost magically, in mid-air.

Sascha Braunig "Wrister, Blister, Plaster" @ Foxy Productions, New York

Juxtapoz // Saturday, January 26, 2013
Sascha Braunig's current solo show at Foxy Productions in New York will be on view until February 9th. This recent body of gouache and oil portraits combine figurative painting with op art that is worth a visit if either of these genres are of particular interest. This isn't the first time we have been mesmerized by these works this month...

"In the Shadow of Tomorrow: Neo-realism in the Netherlands" @ MMKA, Arnhem

Juxtapoz // Saturday, January 26, 2013
And in here we find the roots of much of the early Juxtapoz movements. What an amazing looking show going on in the Netherlands at the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem. In the Shadow of Tomorrow: Neo-realism in the Netherlands features an incredible group of works of early neo-realists working before World War II, all working under the guise of a threat of another massive, Europe altering war on the horizon.

The Works of Alberto Ybarra

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
My art is about life experiences, difficult moments, powerful emotions and thought provoking taboo ideas. Most of my paintings are figurative narratives, which explore sexuality, spirituality and human interaction. Art is a language. Painting is my primary language and it’s the best way I am able to communicate a story. It matters little if what is portrayed is true, only that the final piece is an extension of myself, my experience and unique outlook.

The Works Lukasz Wodynski

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 14, 2013
The works of Lukasz Wodynski are a a combination of the polemicizing process which every living creature undergoes. Wodynski is interested in the horizontal system of the axis of birth, life, death and defecation of a human organism.

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