In the Magazine: Dan Witz

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 08, 2014
The first time I actually met Dan Witz was on a ferry boat ride touring the magnificent fjords of western Norway. At the time, like most people interested in the broader emerging art world, I knew of Witz as the Brooklyn-based painter who created an indelible series of mosh pit paintings...

Spoon Frontman Britt Daniel on a Career of Album Covers

Music // Monday, December 01, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Spoon has been riding high for almost two decades as one of the great American indie bands. With cult classic albums like Girls Can Tell, Kill The Moonlight, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and the newly released 2014 LP They Want My Soul, Spoon has been both prolific and critically acclaimed. But one of their most underrated qualities has been their exceptional selection and curation of album artwork and covers, fostering the tradition of creating a visual landscape to surround the music produced in the studio.

Anthony Burrill: The Sun Shines Here Everyday

Design // Friday, November 28, 2014
Anthony Burrill is the good communicator. In a world of stealthy signs, slogans and messaging that relentlessly try to convince you to commit to certain lifestyles, Burrill has stripped down graphic design to its simplest form with profoundly straightforward phrases that can mean everything and something at the same time...

Sieben on Life: 'Sounds Good, Now Write it Down'

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 27, 2014
One of the best pieces of advice that I wish I'd been given as a younger illustrator is this: Don't start a job without a contract in place. Of course, the younger me would have scoffed at that advice and said something stupid, like, "Contract? What am I, some kinda business?" At which point I wish an elder illustrator could have stepped in, slapped my tender, pimply face, and said, "Yeah, dipshit. You are." But enough reminiscing about shit that never happened. 

In the Magazine: Hajime Sorayama

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hajime Sorayama's work has always seemed ahead of its time. Since the 1970s, echoing an aura of futuristic seduction, his half-human, half-robot gynoid figures reflect a vision of fantasy, predicting what lies ahead. His range of achievements are equally spectacular, with unprecedented recognition from major museums and a variety of collectors, clients and experiences so vast that they too seem otherworldly. However, like many defined creatives, Sorayama possesses a heavily weighted level of self-criticism and drive to fulfill the highest levels of personal expectation...

In the Magazine: Michelle Blade

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 20, 2014
To quote a Baths song, “It takes a lot of courage to go out there and radiate your essence.” Michelle Blade’s essence glows for miles and days; her work is packed with light and energy, and it evolves frequently. She maintains a consistent quality as she radiates her essence to better understand existence, an exploration made visible in her prolific output...

In the Magazine: Keith Haring - Legacy of a Lifetime

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 10, 2014
Time, never especially kind to the living, can be particularly cruel to the dead, hastily ushering most into historical obscurity and bestowing on the few a posterity that rarely resembles the truth of their being. Keith Haring was a thief of time, stealing so much from it in his sadly abbreviated life, managing more with his work than most and somehow accomplishing even more with his idle time...

Juxtapoz Presents "Gone Again" @ Olympia Film Festival

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 04, 2014
It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 10 years since I started production on my documentary film, The Treasures of Long Gone John, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2006. Prior to making the film, I had heard legions of stories about Long Gone John, but he remained a mysterious figure, vitally connected to the Lowbrow art world but not particularly enamored of attending openings or social events

Influences: Égrégore @ Yves Laroche, Montreal

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Starting his namesake gallery in 1991, Yves Laroche has become one of the preeminent ambassadors of what is an international art movement of outsiders turned definers. Illustrating its vast historical perspective and contemporary foresight, the Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art will open Égrégore on October 30, 2014 with a massive group show that not only tells the story of Pop Surrealism, but of contemporary art itself. 

In the Magazine: Alex Roulette

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 24, 2014
Artists often emulate their interests, and when Alex Roulette mentioned his affinity for the depth of emotion that can be conveyed in a short story, there was an obvious parallel with his work. I already wanted to read a book that could tie his paintings together. His work could easily accompany a New Yorker fiction piece, and yet it transcends illustrative nature. The paintings are the meat of the story.
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