Juxtapoz // Friday, October 31, 2008
The book release party for GK Editions' The Ulysses Guide to the LA River goes down November 1, 2008 from 6- 10 at Grime's Skull & Sword tattoo studio in San Francisco. The culture of Los Angeles flows -- both figurative and quite literally -- through its central vein: The River. This book is borne from a fascination and love that precedes the attention that has shifted back to this flow. Fathered by the late Ulysses Zemanova and further nurtured by its co-authors/editors, The Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River (UGLAR) moves beyond the overexposed culture of graffiti and misunderstood world of scientific discovery. UGLAR wishes to bring to light the authors' interest, if only to spawn more within its readers. UGLAR's first volume has two focuses: Biology and Art. Los Angeles-based artwork contributions from: Chaz Bojorquéz, ZES, Jack Rudy, Chuey Quintanar, Steve Martinez, Gregg Stone, Robert Meinhardt, Chris Brand, SinerLTS, Evan Skrederstu, Rob Sato, and more. Interviews with artists also included. There will be live painting by the authors at the release, as well as art from the book and free beer at Skull & Sword, so come out and join in the good times.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Raffaella Delle Donne is an amazing writer and activist that contributed the Faith47 feature to our current special African Art (November 2008) issue. Raffaella currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa and recently wrote about her experience of being charged with defacing public property for spraying “free art” on the bridges of “the Mother City.” It’s pretty crazy stuff. Raffaella explains: “A couple of years ago, in protest against the barrage of proposed by-laws that boasted a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to all our social ills by banning everything from graffiti to the homeless, a friend and I were charged with defacing public property for spraying ‘free art’ on the bridges of the Mother City. “Because we were middle-class whities and upstanding members of the community, our little escapade got lots of media attention (isn’t graffiti code language for gangsters?) and fuelled the debate around the shortsightedness of Draconian laws that threatened to turn two already marginalized groups into criminals: the youth and the poor.” The entire piece is enthralling, and provides a much-needed look at foreign government’s policies on graffiti and street art. If the up cropping of zero tolerance laws frustrates you, you’re not the only one. “Our protest wasn’t just about graffiti, we were demanding to know why our leaders aren’t providing viable, long-term solutions to uplift the communities that need it most.” Read Raffaella’s Selling(Out) the Revolution on her blog at mouth-of-word.blogspot.com Image from Raffaella’s blog courtesy Adbusters.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Nate Frizzell recently sat down with the cats from Sketch Theatre and allowed them to film him as he sketched this great piece. “I actually liked this sketch so much, I decided to paint it for my upcoming solo show November 8th at Cerasoli : Lebasse Gallery,” Frizzell told Juxtapoz. Woah, a super duper advance look at upcoming work. Sweet. Sketch Theatre describes Frizzell’s work by stating: “Using realistic rendering techniques juxtaposed with flat iconographic shapes, Nate creates a playful tapestry which dances around the line between commercial art and gallery work.” See what the deal is in the video of Nate Frizzell sketching here.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Miniature things are always more fun that regular sized; especially when you're talking about paintings that are only one inch across in size! Luckily, The Montalbán Gallery presents Small Miracles: The Paintings of Adele Lack, a solo exhibition of micro paintings by Berlin artist Adele Lack. For her West Coast debut, Lack juxtaposes dramatic narratives with delicate precision and detail, creating a stunning series of new works. Her skillfully rendered signature oil-on-panel tableaus are an exquisite study of intensity and mood, while only one inch in size. Woah, talk about focus. Small Miracles: The Paintings of Adele Lack will be on view at The Montalbán Gallery in Los Angeles (1615 Vine Street) starting tomorrow Wednesday, October 22 thru Sunday, October 26, 2008. And yes, magnifying instruments will be provided to view all of Lack's 27 teensy paintings.
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 20, 2008
Jeremy Fish designed a new Barbary Coast apparel line for Upper Playground. With fine leathers and exquisite fabrics inherent in the line, now you can look almost as good as Mr Fish does. Make sure to peep the entire line, which includes Barbary belts, hats, lighters, wallets, and even a sketch book to help you feel inspired to create your own masterpieces. Check out a tasty interview that our friends at The Citrus Report put together in their latest sit down with Jeremy. Read Jeremy Fish’s entire interview here.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Jonathan LeVine Gallery present Paris—New York, New York—Paris, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Xavier Prou, also known as Blek le Rat. For this show, he has created a new collection of large-scale paintings using pouchoir (stencil) techniques, and a video installation featuring his interventional street art pieces over the past 25 years. Blek le Rat returns to the gallery for Paris—New York, New York—Paris, marking a much-anticipated first solo show in New York for this celebrated artist (an artist that you may just see popping up in a future issue of Jux as well!) Paris—New York, New York—Paris combines historical references with social commentary through Blek’s iconic pop-culture and self-portrait based imagery. Adding a human element to his often politically charged messages by incorporating himself into his subjects, Blek uses his own likeness to represent the artist in all of us. Learn more on Paris—New York, New York—Paris and Blek le Rat right over here.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Kehinde Wiley’s next show, Down, hits New York’s Deitch Gallery November 1st, 2008. Wiley’s works reference specific paintings by Titian and Tiepolo, but he incorporates a range of art historical and vernacular styles in his paintings, from the French Rococo to the contemporary urban street. Collapsing history and style into a uniquely contemporary vision, Wiley plans to show seven massive new paintings (one of which is a whopping 25 feet long) in Down, proving he’s at the top of his artistic game. He describes his approach as “interrogating the notion of the master painter, at once critical and complicit.” He makes figurative paintings that “quote historical sources and position young black men within that field of ‘power.’” His “slightly heroic” figures, somewhat larger than life-size, are depicted in poses of power and spiritual awakening. Deliberately mixing images of power and spirituality, Wiley uses them as a filter in the portrayal of masculinity. More on Kehinde Wiley www.kehindewiley.com
Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 09, 2008
“Once you start living downtown, it can begin to feel like a big kids high school. It's like never-never land, a place where one can stay young forever. The taxis begin to feel like the school buses. The restaurants are like our cafeterias. The bars and clubs are like our school dances and the streets are like our high school hallways! But if downtown NYC were really a high school, what would it look like and who would the school body be?” This is the question, which spurred NYC resident and book creator Heron Preston to create The Young and the Banging (2008, O.H.W.O.W. Press.) Okay, it’s really more of an experimental yearbook/creative sociological exploration into the lives of inventive and active youth in Downtown NY. Which is exactly the whole point. Preston asked 15 girls to jump on board a project he had been conceptualizing for a few years, one that would document the electric lifestyle of burgeoning creative minds living and attending school in NYC. From stylists, photographers, painters, and design students to DJs, druggies, rockers, and the well-connected, The Young and the Banging serves as a visual narrative of life in the imaginative fast lane of NYC in 2008. Set up like a flashy high school yearbook, The Young and the Banging juxtaposes Polaroid photos of friends and acquaintances of the 15 young females who were asked by Preston to document their reality through images of their inner circle. The result is page after pink page of candid Polaroids, simply labeled with the individual’s name and occupation. Get to the center of the book, and you enter a glossy-paged section of photo collages, odes to the creators’ love of NYC, and their various artworks. It’s like taking an inside look at the developing artistic landscape of the City before these kids make a (possible) name for themselves. Dripping with enthusiasm, youth, curiosity, frustration, and idealism, The Young and the Banging serves as a visual and intellectual feast for anyone that sees NYC as the catalyst of artistic development-which should be a shit-load of folks. When George Bernard Shaw stated, “Youth is wasted on the young,” he obviously hadn’t been introduced to these kids, those that are young and are banging in Manhattan. Meet them for yourself in The Young and the Banging: New York City 2008. More info at oh-wow.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 08, 2008
If you missed the opening of Paper Monster's solo show Feast at Metropolis Gallery, too bad because Paper Monster’s new works really pop with depth and color. Paper Monster took a second to pose (above right) with Metropolis Gallery’s Angelo in front of a few of his new pieces. The exhibit runs October 3 – 31, 2008. Make sure to Feast your eyes on more art and exhibit opening photos now on Flickr.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Renowned cult art duo, Faile, is taking over an abandoned schoolhouse in Vauxhall November 6-16, 2008 for a major new 10-day project with Lazarides called Lost in Glimmering Shadows. Faile’s work takes the visual vocabulary of popular culture, urban decay, and consumer excess, and reworks them into new, exciting and sometimes troubling narratives for the viewer. Layers of posters torn away from walls or comic book-inspired remixes, Faile’s instantly recognizable practice refers to a visual culture that is sometimes disposable, yet demands serious attention. Lost in Glimmering Shadows features a new series of paintings and sculptures, which explore an ambivalent attitude to the hypermodern culture of today’s USA. As well as incorporating images and texts from the chaos of the modern urban landscape, the works use imagery, stories and patterns from Native American Indian culture. A metaphor of sorts emerges in this juxtaposition; the expanse of contemporary commercialism at the expense of society's connection with nature and spirit. Quite timely, given today’s economic downturn. Growing up in the southwestern U.S. exposed Faile to Native American culture from an early age. The area is steeped in history and examples are evident throughout the surrounding land and reservations. A recent trip back to the southwest inspired Faile to create this new series of works that highlight the amazing depth of this vanishing culture. Check out www.faile.net for more.