Back Talk: A Conversation with Chris Johanson

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Chris Johanson remains one of our favorite enigmas in all of contemporary art, and we like to keep it that way. He will be opening a new exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery in New York City on September 14, 2012, and because that seems enough of an occasion to send one of our favorite artists a list of questions, we did just that.

The Works of Nat Russell

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This past March, we checked out the solo show of one Nat Russell at Mollusk Surf Shop in San Francisco, sans camera. That was not smart. Now on the eve of Russell's showing at Ed. Varie in NYC, we wanted to showcase some of the works of the Indianapolis-based artist. With wit and abstract graphic elements, his new show will feature large scale paintings, watercolor, and silk-screen works on paper, a multi-dimensional installation, and fine art lithography prints.

Martina Secondo Russo: "Tots With Tats" @ Sacred Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 13, 2012
In her strangley shocking new show, 'Tots with Tats', Martina Secondo Russo presents a new series of life-sized tattooed babies. She cuts the figures out of plywood and paints the skin tones in acrylic. She then applies all kinds of "tattoos" with enamel markers. Most of the "tattoos" are drawn from Traditional American Flash, but she also uses Halloween decorations, found images, or her own drawings.

Paola Pivi's "How I Roll" Site-Specific Installation in Central Park, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A six-seat airplane will continue to roll in a circular motion 24 hours a day until August 26th, 2012 in Central Park. Alaskan-based artist, Paola Pivi, created this site-specific installation with the help of New York’s public art fund. How I Roll is part of a series of sculptures Pivi has created from large machinery, making them move and function in ways not originally intended.

Kasia Domanska "Endless Summer" @ Gallery 532 Thomas Jaeckel, NYC

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 28, 2012
When we think of Warsaw, Poland, we don't always think of an endless summer, but Polish painter Kasia Domanska has created a powerfully bright series of oil on canvas works documenting a day at the beach that is currently on display at 532 Thomas Jaeckel in NYC through July 3, 2012. Each painting captures a fleeting moment of youth and light, works that capture a sense of innocent voyeurism.

Paintings for a Blind Man: The Work of Roy Nachum

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 26, 2012
This past week, as we would walk back to our hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, we were struck by a billboard that featured a gorilla roar juxtaposed (hey-o) with a little girl screaming. It was remarkably striking, and one of the reasons we loved it was that we knew it was the work of fine artist, Roy Nachum, who just wrapped up a solo show in NYC at Joseph Nahmad. What makes it even more remarkable is that the work is layered with Braille.

Shawn Barber "Memoir: The Tattooed Portraits Series" @ Joshua Liner, NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 25, 2012
Los Angeles-based fine artist and tattooist Shawn Barber is set to open a new body of work, Memoir: The Tattooed Portraits Series, at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC on Thursday, June 28. The exhibition comes in conjunction with Barber's new book of the same name, a documentation behind the scenes and into the personalities of contemporary tattoo. 

One Single Thread, One Portrait by Kumi Yamashita

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sometimes you have to sit and process what you are looking at. This is a portrait made from a wooden panel, nails, and one single piece of thread. That is right; one single piece of thread. The panel is painted white, and then the NYC-based artist wraps the black thread around the nails more and more to create the darker sections. Quite... incredible.

The Malicious Tattoo Work of Tim Kern

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 19, 2012
'Tim Kern is a rotten carny bastard. A seventh-generation twin, he was born in a state of Misery, half-cooked and with a lazy eye. Over the years he has developed a passion for human oddities, prestidigitation, and serial killers. Tim has been a tattoo artist since 1995, and works at Tribulation Tattoo in NYC. If seen, do not approach...'

The Work of David Cook

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I'm always enthralled and inspired by the intricate pattern work in David Cook's illustrations. The combination of his brightly colored snakes and skulls in fishnets, surrounded by rays of spirographic line-work are drawn with meticulous and repetitive perfection, creating strangely beautiful completed pieces by this New York based, colorblind artist.

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