Juxtapoz // Friday, April 03, 2009
Los Angeles based artist, illustrator, and designer Hannah Stouffer (Juxtapoz #76) is really something else. Her intensely intricate drawings of coiled snakes, fierce tigers, sexy women, and bejeweled foliage has graced everything from canvas to paper, snowboard decks to tote bags. This passionate artist creates work for pleasure but her colorful and detailed designs have landed her more commercial jobs than we can count. Hannah’s densely packed compositions consciously recall classical elements from our past and combine them with our modern attractions, creating cohesive yet opposing array's of imagery and embellishment. She focuses on the contrasts between periods in time, subcultures and social trends- and merges them together with a high regard for traditional decoration. No wonder she has been shaking the world of contemporary art. Get inside this lady’s head and read 20 Questions with Hannah Stouffer.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 02, 2009
Any fan of the amazing Liz McGrath (Juxtapoz #83) will be pleased to hear that the artist has announced new goodies, just in time for Easter. Now available in the Liz McGrath online merch store are new Anchor Bunny T-shirts, which is a limited shirt made in conjunction with Hairroin Salon, as well as new Anchor Bunny canvas tote bags and two limited-time Easter pins; Chickee and Stumpy. Check out the Liz insanity now at elizabethmcgrath.com
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Case, one forth of the legendary German graffiti crew Maclaim, will unveil his newest solo works in an upcoming show entitled Bekannter Fremder. “Without much fuss,” Case writes, “You’re welcome to my show next weekend the 27th of March in Dusseldorf at the Pretty Portal gallery, open reception at 7pm!” Case’s works are both meticulous and disturbing. Near photographic quality renderings of ethereal or distorted individuals beg viewers to consider personal notions of beauty and perfection. If you have yet to get to know this insanely talented (and nice) artist, do so now by reading our 20 Questions with Case now. More on Case at sexyartcase.com and www.myspace.com/casemaclaim
Juxtapoz // Friday, March 20, 2009
This month (April, issue #99) we feature the incredible graffiti and illustrative talent, Augor. This young rising star has recently been attacking the streets of LA with a fervor not seen in years, infusing a refreshing energy into a scene increasingly saturated in unoriginality.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We’ve really seen it all now: art from LED-light sporting sheep. Allow us to clarify: sheepherders strapped colorful LED-light vests onto their flock of sheep and trained their sheep dogs to herd them into specific formations to create insane art in the countryside of Wales. Woah, competition is getting intense out there: now you even have sheep making amazing art.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 16, 2009
Orlando, Florida’s Bold Hype Gallery just had a new Mythology themed mural show open. The gallery invited 10 artists to paint on the gallery walls and then hang pieces on top. Layers upon layers of work all over gallery walls? Our insatiable eyes always love a visual feast. If Florida is out of your reach, the gallery documented the whole process, which they have online at www.boldhype.net
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.
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…
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….
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.