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

Jeanyves Lemoigne is a Genius

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 15, 2009
To hell with cupcakes, the work of Jeanyves Lemoigne literally makes us salivate. This incredibly talented and visionary photographer launched his new website this month and we’re happier than a pervert in a porn shop because Lemoigne’s new work is simply insane. Today’s wish (for that genie we always try to get into contact with): to come back in our next life as Jeanyves Lemoigne. Need we say more? www.jeanyveslemoigne.com

Snagging Banksy

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 13, 2009
How do you get your own piece of Banksy magic? You take a chainsaw and cut away the section of city wall containing his original imagery. Duh. Well, at least that’s what some clever cats in Jamaica did to get their paws on one of Banksy’s Balloon Girls. Considering how much Banksy’s stuff has been going for at auction, we’d say these Jamaicans are pretty damn clever and we know Banksy would be right behind them, cheering them on. Read the back-story online here.

Photos: Alex Pardee's "Letters From Digested Children"

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 12, 2009
Bummed you missed the opening of Alex Pardee's (Juxtapoz cover #79) Letters from Digested Children at FIFTY24SF Gallery? You should be. That ish was insane. Like, really insane. There was a massive line out the door, monster cookies to be eaten, and dope artwork to be viewed. Oh, and if you were patient, Alex took the time to sign autographs, and even draw personal monster sketches, for each and every loyal fan. Now that’s rad. Enough of how amazing it all was, the show will remain on view through January 29, 2009 but if San Francisco is out of your reach, take a look-see at some opening night shots over here…    

"MiniaTurk" aka Insanely Detailed Models of Infamous Structures

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 08, 2009
Cool, some photos of legendary buildings…oh, but wait. That person to the left seems to be rather large in comparison. Either we’ve entered a land of giants or those buildings aren’t really buildings but miniature models. “Görmeyenler için Türkiye'nin minyatürü: MiniaTurk appears to be a Turkish hobby of building impressive, large, and highly detailed models of famous buildings,” writes Juxtapoz curator, Greg Escalante. “This appears to be some installation of their projects.” A huge and visually arresting installation, to be exact. Just check out that detail, we can’t even imagine how long is must take the creators of these structures to complete this work. “I'm bumming that Google Translate won't do Turkish,” Greg continues. “They do Latvian and Slovenian but not Turkish. Sup wid dat?” Good question. In any case, further photos of the models here don’t need much translation; they’re simply awesome.

High Heeled Ice Room by INSA x Ben Rousseau

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 08, 2009
Taking their collaborative work to a whole new level, INSA (Juxtapoz #96) and designer Ben Rousseau have recently returned from 3 weeks in the arctic circle, where they were invited to create one of the artist suites in the legendary Ice Hotel in Sweden. In a continuation of their shared love of high heel aesthetics, the room's main feature is two huge snow legs descending from the ceiling, wearing a pair of gigantic ice heels. Sexy. Each heel, at over six feet high and two tons in weight, was hand-carved from pure natural ice harvested from the Torne River. Between the legs is the bed, crowned by an ecclesiastical arched window featuring an engraving of one of INSA's signature line patterns. The rest of the room resembles something between a house of worship, gallery, or boutique with more iconic arches housing smaller heel sculptures and other symbols of commercial wealth. In temperatures as low as minus 35 degrees and taking just under 3 weeks to complete, this suite, along with the other amazing rooms at the Ice Hotel, is now open for guests to check out. Bring your jackets or a really, really hot date to check out the frosty room; or just take a peek at more photos the pair passed our way here…

Studio Visit with Alex Pardee in Preparation for Letters From Digested Children

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 02, 2009
Our homeboy Alex Pardee (Juxtapoz cover #79) recently allowed us to come crash his studio and get a sneak peek at his newest work (one of our favorite pieces is shown below) for his upcoming solo show at FIFTY24SF Gallery, affectionately titled Letters From Digested Children, which opens this Thursday, January 8, 2009. Not only is Alex extremely talented and intelligent, but he’s also super nice and down to earth. Just our kind of artist! We made our way from our hometown of San Francisco over to his studio and Zerofriends art collective compound in Novato, California, which is about 30 minutes north of SF. Upon entering his studio, we were immediately greeted by typical Alex goodness: crazy masks, huge murals, colorful paintings, and oh yeah, the artist himself. Do join us on a journey through the world and mind of Alex Pardee in our studio visit with him over this way…

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