Juxtapoz // Monday, June 29, 2015
Creating an animated television series for Nickelodeon would seem to be a dream endeavor for any artist, and from what I gathered spending the day at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio with Sanjay and Craig creators, Jay Howell and Jim Dirschberger, it is as much fun as it looks. Jay and Jim have developed a special relationship, one that stretches beyond creative collaboration and into the friendship that is at the heart of their show...
Juxtapoz // Friday, June 19, 2015
Ben Venom is a badass quilter. I had the opportunity to visit his studio in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury and see his fine German threads, boxes of old leather jackets, and mountains of used jeans and T-shirts used to craft these massive quilts. Full of occult symbology, each one could be a cozy centerpiece for a satanic ritual. Venom earned his nickname as a teenager, and he is a self-taught, one-man show with a standard sewing machine, whose upcycled art represents his community and his subcultural interests...
Fashion // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
When you walk into the studio of Takashi Murakami on the outskirts of Tokyo, there is a meticulously arranged lineup of shoes that belong to the staff in the building. As is customary, visitors remove their shoes and wear a pair of sandals provided for them. To the left of the entryway, you are struck by a dozen or so pairs of classic, eggshell white Vans Slip-Ons. The owner of these is obvious: Murakami has a very particular taste.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Undeniably, the human form fascinates. It has caught the imagination like no other subject in recorded history. In his introduction to Drawing People: The Human Figure In Contemporary Art, Roger Malbert, senior curator of Hayward Touring at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London and contributor to many esteemed publications, writes, “Drawings give access to the obsessions, sense of humour, emotions and fantasies of their creator...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 27, 2015
There are two pivotal moments in FAILE’s career that stand out from the rest. The Times Square mural painted in 2013 was a reminder of the majestic size and overall collage aesthetic style their work can capture at its fullest, and the extent by which street art can be its most pop-centric. And, of course, Les Ballets de Faile installation at the New York City Ballet in 2013, a piece of art that was a literal monument connecting urban imagery with the high performance art that is the ballet. These two extremes perfectly define what FAILE is and has become; a balance between both outdoor and indoor presentations that reimagine the space they inhabit in a way that magnifies their art.
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.