Music // Wednesday, May 27, 2015
On June 26th and 27th, 2015, Chris Johanson’s fifth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland will once again transform contemporary art space Disjecta into a tranquil cave of sonic serenity. Tuning in and zonking out are equally encouraged as this year’s line-up takes you through soft sets tailored to the festival’s ethos while you float on a sea of plush surfaces.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 09, 2015
Using a Dremel, Portland-based artist Jason Borders ornately carves each of these skulls by hand. Many of the characters that appear on his work are often repeated, fluctuating in style, motif, meaning and execution. The artists work "reveals the blurred line between imagination and reality, animal and human, life and death."
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Portland artist Kayla Mattes makes lush, shaggy textile work that puts us in a good mood. From her website: “Influenced by a blend of pop-culture, the internet, nostalgia and consumerism, she uses her background in textiles to create works primarily in tapestry, installation, digital painting and material experimentation.” Besides her wonderful, colorful weavings, she has a shop where you can buy colorful jewelry and a mini woven pizza. Mattes puts the fun in fiber art.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 08, 2014
This Wednesday, October 8th, Boxes of Death 5 will open at its second destination, Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco. Boxes of Death is an art exhibition where 50 artists are each given their own coffin to do with what they want. The idea spawned from Kane Quaye, a famous coffin maker from Africa. His philosophy was that a coffin should not just be a pine box, but something that represents the person inside and their life.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 07, 2014
With this new body of work I am continuing to focus on my fascination with animal/machinery hybrids. There are so many unanswered questions I have about them. Is this a not so distant future reality? A terrible road we should never go down? How do I make the Killer Whale a more efficient killer? Can the marlin and shark be even faster hunters, more dangerous...
Music // Monday, June 09, 2014
“The only festival where sleeping is encouraged,” artist Chris Johanson is pleased to present the fourth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland. The community listening experience celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low volume music honoring the quiet act of listening. The two-day event opens on Friday, June 27 and runs through Saturday, June 28, 2014 at local arts and cultural organization Disjecta and is made possible with support from RVCA.
Design // Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The following interview first appeared in our March, 2014 issue: The best way to stay inspired and current in any creative field is by keeping tabs on your peers. For any of you designers, Aaron James Draplin better be on the top of your list, and not because his name starts with the letter A. In addition to Aaron’s impressive list of clients he is also behind those cult-like notebooks you see being jotted in all over the world, Field Notes.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 27, 2014
Australian based artist Ornamental Conifer (Nico Sclater) was recently asked to custom paint 10 motorcycle tanks to be given away as awards at the fifth annual One Motorcycle Show. Known for his stunning, perfectly crafted, hand painted jackets, helmets, signs, motorcycles, murals and more, these lucky winners didn’t just get an award… they got a beautiful work of art.
Juxtapoz // Friday, February 14, 2014
Josh Keyes has been a favorite of many of our readers over the past half decade. From his original base in Oakland to his new studio outside of Portland, Keyes has become synonymous with a certain style of environmental awareness and approach, depicting animals in a post-apocalyptic world with humans but existing within the infrastructures created by us. The former cover artist just released a new series of paintings under the moniker, "The Far Side of the World—Old Ones", part of an ongoing series released on his site throughout 2014.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 06, 2014
We just ran into the works of Samantha Wall this morning, a Korean born, Portland-based fine artist who creates portraits of distress. One of her series, Partially Severed, "uses the female body as a site of struggle between subjective narrative and representations of women in Asian horror cinema." Like we said, distress.