Balk Talk with Monica Canilao

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 13, 2009
She’s been described by Swoon as a “rising star,” even as “a natural.” San Francisco Bay Area based Monica Canilao (Juxtapoz #93) creates layered, deep, and intellectually challenging pieces. One of the hardest working artists around, Monica spends her days experimenting with new mediums, planning work dates (“because it brings me a lot of joy to be working around others and skill sharing whenever possible”), and taking the craft of handmade artistry to new levels.   Learn more about this insatiable artist and why she claims “eating sandwiches and inventing rap” was the best things she’s done to breakthrough as an artist.

Opening Night Insanity: Send Lawyers, Guns, & Money: AWR MSK Group Show

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 03, 2009
In case you didn’t make it out to the opening of the AWR / MSK group exhibit Send Lawyers, Guns, & Money this weekend at Canvas in Los Angeles, you missed out on a stellar night. No, make that an insane night, as crowds lined the block, eager for a chance to see the latest studio work from some of our favorite graffiti artists from The Seventh Letter, AWR, and MSK including featuring original works from Augor, Aloy, Bert Krak, Dame, Ewok, Jersey Joe (Rime), Krush, Norm, Pose, Risk, Retna, Revok, Saber, Tyke (The Witness) Zeser, and more. See the night’s debauchery documented in photos over here…   

Gaia: Pushing Intellectual Boundaries Through Art

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Though still in school, Gaia is not only one of the most inspiring street artists creating from the East Coast, but also one of the most intelligent. Obviously inspired by classes and readings, Gaia parlays inspiration into profound wheatpastes that really get you thinking. Take, for example, this piece he just sent us. “I just pasted up this piece last night, just in time before an insane blizzard hit Baltimore,” Gaia wrote us. True, it’s a stunning wheatpaste, but the underlying message left us shaken, for better or for worse. Why? The symbolism involved is rooted in deeper references to the feminine, power relations, and gender roles. No wonder he named it Hegemony. See more pieces Gaia sent is that he recently got up in New York over here….

A Talk with Nouar in Anticipation of "You Look Good Enough To Eat!"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Noir Nouar is a dark haired girl, with dark subliminal meanings and jolly palatable paintings. For example, you might think a robust shiny tomato lady is an enticing marketing icon; but three eager worms approach, their phallus shaped noses glowing red with excitement. A Bob’s Big Boy cameo also fits nicely in the genre of American advertising. But in the nude, he is a blatantly repulsive mascot for Fatty Happy Lard.   This is the precarious imagery that Nouar delivers in neat packaging, awaiting responses of repugnancy and giggles. She explores the nuances of food advertising, desire, anxiety, and good ol’ American tradition in all the glory of genetically engineered produce and milk fed veal. The contradiction between Nouar’s nauseatingly cheery characters and their imminent slaughter is at once silly and disquieting, a dilemma that has divided vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters for all time.   But don’t lose your appetite quite yet. After all, Nouar’s paintings are delightfully polished and gay. This Saturday, Jonathan Levine Gallery serves up a juicy solo-show platter that is sure to tickle your palate and spark some unusual after-dinner conversation. Kirsten Incorvaia snagged the lady of the hour for a quick interview, and found her humor noir to be just as sassy as Hot Diggity Dog.

10 Things in Michael Sieben's Studio

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 13, 2009
Michael Sieben (Juxtapoz cover #81) kindly obliged our homies over at Slap when they asked him about what the hell he keeps in his studio. This Austin-based artist spends his days designing skate graphics, running a gallery, working on freelance projects, skating, and being an all-around awesome dude. Michael’s style is raw and scratchy but remains surprisingly accessible in its aesthetic. He keeps a lot of cool and random stuff in his studio, one of which is a hilarious birthday card (below) from Porous Walker (Juxtapoz #96), who Michael says, “is one of my favorite artists and over the years he's sent me an insane amount of original drawings. This is a birthday card he sent me in 2006. I'm pretty sure it wasn't even close to my birthday.” Not surprising. See what else Sieben keeps in his artistic cave in Slap’s 10 Things in Michael Sieben's Studio.

New York Comic Con 2009

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 13, 2009
In case you need a chuckle on this Friday afternoon, take a trip to the New York Comic Con 2009 in this great video from GLK Creative. These conventions are always insane, and this footage proves that Halloween isn’t the only day of the year people come out dressed to impress. Woah.

Back Talk with Herakut

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 30, 2009
One of our favorite artist duos working today, Herakut (Juxtapoz #97) kindly took some time out of their incredibly busy schedules to play a little game of 20 questions with us (it's like that game you played as a kid, but better.)   Hopefully you have already read the grossly intriguing feature interview with them in our current February 2009 issue, so now you can learn a bit more about this pair that has been described as "schizophrenic in their creative process" who notice "quirky and humorous occurrences mere mortals would overlook."   Not only are they insanely talented, but they're funny too. Enough about what we think of them; read what they have to say in Back Talk with Herakut

Reader Art: Troy Gua

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 30, 2009
Title: The Boy King of Pop, resin-coated acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36" x 1.5" Artist: Troy Gua

FREE "From the Streets of Brooklyn" Show Posters for 20 Juxtapoz Fans

Juxtapoz // Sunday, January 18, 2009
In case you haven't heard, the recent opening of From The Streets of Brooklyn at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles was insane. With due reason: this massive group show highlights work from the best of the best from the streets of Brooklyn. Considering those streets are literally teeming with talent, that's a pretty impressive line-up. In celebration, our friend Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace has offered up 20 of his limited edition show posters to lucky Juxtapoz readers. It's simple: sign up for our newsletter and we will ask the first 20 respondents to send us an address so we can get your own 11" x 17" show poster headed your way! Now that's a sweet Martin Luther King Jr. Day deal.

Zap-Masters: Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, S. Clay Wilson & Robert Williams at CoproNason

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 15, 2009
Shows of this breadth and magnitude don’t come along too often. The old school Zap-Masters, Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin (work below), S. Clay Wilson, and Robert Williams (work above) will share their insanely detailed comic and illustration work of days past in this incredible group showing at Los Angeles' CoproNason Gallery. These guys are the real deal: artists that evolved from the underground art movement of the 1960s and authors of Zap Comix, the most famous underground art comic of the time. In the latter half of the 1960s the hippie movement in America was engaged, to a greater or lesser extent, with protests against the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights struggle, anarchism, Women's and Gay Liberation. Add to this an interest in the spiritual value of taking drugs and of 'free love' and you had a thriving 'counterculture' against traditional values. For this reason, these new comics became known as 'comix' to set them apart from mainstream comics and to emphasize the "x" for x-rated. Yeahhh. These bad boys were definitely at the forefront of this countercultural movement, so get a taste of history and take advantage of the rare opportunity to see Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, S. Clay Wilson, and Robert Williams' work in person. Zap-Masters runs from January 17 - January 31, 2009. Details and preview work available at www.copronason.com

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