In Session // Friday, February 27, 2015
As a young girl in Turkey, Eda Kaban immersed herself in French children’s fantasies ranging from Tintin and Asterix to The Little Prince. And so, despite years devoted to other pursuits, it’s not surprising she’s returned to her first love: the magical, whimsical visuals that frame stories for kids...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I’m not gonna lie and say I was prepared for the overwhelming visual barrage I experienced stopping by Mary Boone Gallery on a frigid New York winter day early last year to see the work of Tomoo Gokita. For the past week leading up to my gallery visit, unfamiliar images of electrifyingly monochromatic and faceless characters infiltrated my daily social media feed. I recall a bewildering sensation, comparable to being left out of a secret—how was I not familiar with this artist’s work?
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Juxtapoz was lucky enough to visit the Ponte City construction site in Johannesburg, South Africa with Magnum photographer Mikhael Subotzky back in 2008 as he began what would become this book collection—scratch that, this is so much more than a book: it’s an immersive archival box set of found documents, photography, essays, truly a visual history of what publishing house Steidl calls both a “ dreamland and dystopia.”
Juxtapoz // Friday, February 06, 2015
Raoul and Davide Perre, aka How and Nosm, have, over the course of their careers, had their passports stamped excessively, producing a plethora of meticulously detailed murals (including the famed Bowery Wall), and illegally painting countless passenger trains and walls. Being identical twin brothers may be one of the keys to their prolific output and achievements, but good ol’ fashioned hard work is really the defining trait of their success.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 05, 2015
Bill Plympton needs no introduction. He has directed ten feature films, seven of them animated, and has received two Oscar nominations for his short films Your Face and Guard Dog. Plympton went first to his audience on Kickstarter to bring to life his latest animated project, Cheatin’, which opened in Los Angeles in August.
Photography // Thursday, January 29, 2015
Among my all-time favorite photographs have always been Ed Ruscha’s aerial landscape shots of Los Angeles parking lots and stadiums. Flying high in commercial airplanes merely teases at the intricacies and structure that man has bestowed on earth, the geometric balance and spatial suburbanization of Southern California. That is what makes this book, Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age, so stunning and historically relevant.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 28, 2015
For nearly a decade, Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair has been one of the most celebrated annual events focusing on the growing and dedicated community of artists, curators, editors, and publishers in the art book world. From January 29 – February 1, 2015, the third edition of the LA Art Book Fair opens at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and director Shannon Michael Cane and coordinator Jordan Nassar are behind one of the great art events of the year. Print does matter, and these guys set the stage.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Legally blind until age seven when he got his first pair of glasses, Mothersbaugh started fashioning his own version of the world at the outset and has not stopped. Though best known as frontman for Devo (of “Whip It” fame), collaborating with filmmaker Wes Anderson, and building soundtracks for children’s shows like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Yo Gabba Gabba! and Rugrats, Mothersbaugh is first and foremost a visual artist.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2015
“Out of a riot comes a dream.” After the collective pain of the LA Riots of ’92 sparked by the Rodney King trial, Nick Cave felt depressed: “I remember thinking that my identity is really only protected in the privacy of my own home. That the moment that I leave this space, I could be just another profile. Then I was thinking about myself as a black male, and that on top of art, on what I’m trying to be as an artist…
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Through an arched window, I watched twilight fall softly on the surrounding viking bay and smooth granite islands until a door hinge creaked from across the cavernous room. Momentarily breaking my enchantment, a set of double doors opened slowly and poured forth a fluorescent glow. A floating head emerged from the beams and materialized into an angelic face whose gaze pierced the air before slipping back into retreat, closing the doors again.