Every Now And Then

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Can’t stop, won’t stop. The art fiends at the Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art just keep dishin’ out new shows! Good thing we have an insatiable artistic appetite. Carmichael Gallery announces Every Now And Then, a group exhibition featuring both national and international artists, including: Thaїs Beltrame, Jonathan Edelhuber, Josh Heilaman, Chad Mount aka tribalbot, and Mehgan Trice. In new works by these five artists, color and medium function as clues to the vast spectrum of human emotion. Exhibited works include acrylics and oils on canvas and wood, pen and ink on paper, and mixed media pieces. Thaїs Beltrame and Josh Heilaman will be in attendance at the opening reception on Saturday, May 24, so make sure to mark your calendars in permanent ink, no penciling-in allowed. More info at www.carmichaelgallery.com. 

The Work of Christopher Ilth

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Continuing our coverage of Chicago’s annual massive art and music event, Version>08 Fest, Juxtapoz tracked down some photos of Christopher Ilth’s latest works, which will grace the walls at Reversible Eye Gallery tonight. If insane texture and virtually obsessive collage work appeals to you, do read on…

Emerging Artist: Pamela Johnson

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 11, 2008
Mmm… cupcakes. Who doesn’t like the sweet goodness that is a cupcake? Not only is Pamela Johnson fascinated with cupcakes; she’s also quite interested in waffles, pop tarts, and other foods that have shaped American appetites for the past century. Chicago based painter Pamela Johnson is currently working on a new series of paintings commenting American culture.  Her new work will be showing in the upcoming Artist Project, the portion of Chicago’s annual Artropolis focused on independent artists. Her current series of work focuses on the overindulgence, insatiable appetite, and mass consumption of American society.  Based on traditional paintings’ history of using food as a subject matter, her work updates this notion to mirror our current culture.  As such, the paintings are larger than life heaps of junk foods. Overbearing scale and gluttonous quantities are juxtaposed against foods that can be both tempting and comforting, as a result questioning American ideals and way of life. See more of Johnson’s amazingly life-like, massive junk food paintings at www.pamelamichellejohnson.com.

VBS.TV's "Art Talk" with John Kessler

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 14, 2008
        VBS this week hangs out with Williamsburg artist John Kessler on the show Art Talk! No, it's not a whiney piece on gentrification. It's just looking back fondly at the ole neighborhood and how he shaped his NYC experience into his work. It's about how the guy from Joe's Busy Corner Deli once held a knife to John's throat on North 7th and the only thing that saved John was that he recognized him as his sandwich maker. What was rent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn like 20 odd years ago? Oh like 150 bucks a month for a building. A whole freaking building. Luckily for John he found the perfect space to house his insane and poignant sculptures and multi media pieces. Check out the boat piece in Part 2 (below.) Thai food just has not been the same. See more at VBS.TV.      

Photos: The Dirty Show '08

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Dirty Show is an annual event held in Detroit to celebrate erotic art in all forms. Created by Jerry Vile, The Dirty Show was held on two separate weekends this year: the weekend of February 7th and the 14th (how appropriate for Valentine’s Day)! Vile was kind enough to pass along some photos by Michael Spleet of the event. Trust us, we needed photographic proof of some of the insane goings on at the show! More here…

Lie-ins and Tigers

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The website Lie-ins and Tigers doesn't give much away about the three geniuses behind it. What we can determine is that they are three British illustrators/animators/dudes named Samuel Kerr, Walter Newton, and Russell Weekes who are all what we like to call "clever bastards." Their work is funny, and weird, and doodly. We spent the better part of an hour looking at everything they had to offer and giggling quietly. What more do we need to know? Nothing, that's what.

Kirk Hiatt

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 15, 2007
We're slowly coming to terms with how insanely colorful art has become recently, even if our eyes still burn a little from all the neons. That's why we can tell you about Philly artist Kirk Hiatt. Kirk recently graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, apparently with a degree in bright-ass markers. He's just dropped a new site and some new samples of his loud and blobby work to sear your retinas with. Put on your aviators and check out www.kirkhiatt.net.

Photos: James Naccarato at Corey Helford

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 25, 2007
Photos from the October 13th opening of James Naccarato's The Inevitable March Into Madness at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, CA. "For his first solo show at the gallery, Naccarato unveils a series of oil paintings about man's insatiable thirst for the very marrow of life. It is about humankind

22 Flavors Update

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 16, 2007
Lifelounge has gotten into full swing with their 22 Flavours project. The site has been updated with all but three of the artist submissions (saving that secret Porous Walker for last, eh?) And, it's better than we could have hoped, which is insane because our hopes were already sky high. It's fast approaching the release date for all the tees (exactly when that is, we cannot reveal... because we don't know). If you sign up for their mailing list, you could be the first one on your block to have a t-shirt other people will try to stab you for. Your Kevlar vest might hide most of it, but they'll still know it's there. Just like grandad said, you gotta protect your flavor. {moscomment}

Photos: N8 Van Dyke & Usugrow

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 08, 2007
A few photos (and a couple videos) from N8 Van Dyke and Usugrow's shows, Learn Of Light By Defining A Shadow and Premeditated Insanity respectively, at Fifty24SF's two gallery spaces in San Francisco. This is the debut show for the renovated lower-level gallery which was partially-destroyed earlier this year by a wayward station wagon. Both shows opened on Thursday, August 2nd and will be on display throughout the month.

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