Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Picture Michelle Guintu rolling in R. Kelly’s private jet, draped in a pink mink, sipping Cristal to the sounds of “I believe I can fly” (obviously). This is most likely how she’ll end up. She just designed a T-shirt for Skrillex. Who knows what’s next? She paints throwback icons and celebrities, reminding us to show respect, while elevating their memory and paying tribute to their influence on young, malleable teenage identities worldwide...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 14, 2015
"How do you get started?" That question, or some version of it, is probably the most frequent subject of emails from younger artists. It's a valid question. However, the answer is remarkably simple: you just start. Now, I know that feedback probably sounds almost dismissive and/or naive. And I know that the underlying question is more, "How do you make money as an artist?" But the answer remains the same...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The colors of Cheech Marin are vibrant and multifaceted. Popularly recognized as half of the legendary comic duo Cheech and Chong, what many people don't know is that Cheech is arguably the most important collector of Chicano art in the United States, if not the world...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 16, 2015
Over the last couple of years, Hiro Murai has emerged as a saught-after director for some of our favorite artists including Shabazz Palaces, St. Vincent and Spoon. More recently, Murai was behind Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar’s “Never Catch Me,” Childish Gambino’s “Sober,” and Earl Sweatshirt's "Grief." Whether it’s referencing hyperreal sculptor Ron Mueck or seeking to capture that “slippery, uneven feeling” of dreams, Murai gives us some insight into what feeds his imagination.
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 13, 2015
It’s been a pleasure getting to know this artistic super duo over the past seven years, and I’ve just plain been impressed with them as people—and not just for their koala-jitsu skills. We recently sat down in my studio to catch up and got to talking about everything from the sets they’re designing for the MTV Movie Awards to traveling the world painting large-scale murals. I really can’t thank Dabs and Myla enough for saving me that day.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 07, 2015
I met the artist Sarah Cain in her studio in Los Angeles where she’s completing work for upcoming museum shows—at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh—plus a solo show at Honor Fraser gallery in LA. We had a rambling conversation about what inspires her work, how she manages her career and what it’s like to be a woman in the art world, all the while nibbling on fresh raspberries and dark chocolate with sea salt. It was just as incredible as it sounds.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 02, 2015
Trevor Wheatley is a good sport. Throughout the interview process, he entertained my urge to continually and playfully clown on various aspects of Canadian culture (to be fair, American culture got its share). In addition to acquainting me with “The 6,” taking me to eat some of the best phở I have ever consumed and guiding me to a better understanding of Canada’s passion for hockey, Trevor shared his imaginative world of graphic one-liners.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 01, 2015
The May 2015 cover story feels like a long time coming. A half-decade even, but it was worth it. Chris Ware is not only a cult-followed comic book artist who has transformed the genre with some of the most intricate, progressive storytelling styles we have ever seen. It started with the Acme Novelty Library series, to the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and recently grew to the incredible Building Stories graphic novel. This is what we want to document this month; a true American storyteller.
Fashion // Thursday, March 12, 2015
Guy Bourdin was a painter and legendary fashion photographer whose style has been pervasively appropriated in pop culture. Mentored by Man Ray, he avoided the limelight, focusing strictly on the creation of arresting pictures. Despite staging surreal mise en scènes for high-end brands like Vogue, fashion was the last thing on his mind. On the occasion of a current retrospective of Bourdin’s work, his son, Samuel, revealed the truth about his father, an artist who is legitimately known as one of the twentieth century’s best fashion photographers.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 12, 2015
In a roundabout way, we come to new the Phaidon collection, Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life; an “inspirational and practical guide on how to live a creative life written by the world’s most thought-provoking artists.” Abramović, Miranda July, Neo Rauch, and Olafur Eliasson are just a few of the artists who contribute tutorials on artistic processes for the book, and emphasize the creation of personal philosophy. A life book.