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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 Paris—New York, New York—Paris combines historical references with social commentary through Blek’s iconic pop-culture and self-portrait based imagery.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.

Kehinde Wiley

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

The Young and the Banging: NYC 2008

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

Photos: Paper Monster at Metropolis Gallery

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.

Get "Lost in Glimmering Shadows" with Faile

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.

Scion Installation Art Tour 5: Self Portraits

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 03, 2008
Because we’re nosey and impatient, we asked Patrick Martinez to send us over an advance look at his portrait for Scion’s fifth installment of its Installation Art Tour, titled Installation 5: Self Portraits. Obviously, the theme of this year’s tour is self-portraits, and Martinez really killed it with his rendition. Creating a self-portrait can pose a particularly unique challenge to an artist, but if the rest of the work in Installation 5: Self Portraits is anywhere near as dope as Martinez’ mixed media painting, we expect all of you to hit up the tour’s first stop tonight, October 4, 2008, in Detroit at C Pop Gallery. Installation 5: Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world, including: Andy Howell, Blek le Rat, Jeff Soto, David Choe, Patrick Martinez, J. Shea, French, Kelsey Brookes, Sage Vaughn, Kofie, RETNA, Ron English, Saber, Usugrow, and many more. The tour will visit nine cities including: Detroit, Miami, Phoenix, Washington DC, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, San Jose, and Los Angeles. You’ve got nine chances; do what you gots to do to get to at least one. Details at scion.com/installation

PaperMonster's "Feast" at Metropolis

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 02, 2008
PaperMonster's upcoming solo show Feast opens tomorrow Friday, October 3rd at Metropolis Gallery in Lancaster, PA. The show will feature some incredible stencil art pieces- all playing around with a combination of negative space and powerful imagery. In Feast, PaperMonster explores the broad and multifaceted spectrum of emotions, from anger and distress to love and desire, and its effects on the intricacies of female facial expressions. In this new body of works, he draws inspiration from people both real and fictional as well as the iconic poses fashioned by comic artists of the 1950s-60s era. "With each new piece there is a level of experimentation, which leads towards growth and it allows a very natural shift in direction," states PaperMonster. His visually exciting work allows viewers to dive deeper into exploring the complex stories within, preventing onlookers from merely taking the intricate work at face value. If you are in the Pennsylvania area, make sure to hit up Metropolis Gallery and Feast your eyes upon PaperMonster’s newest collection. Feast runs October 3 - 31, 2008. Preview the show on Flickr here. 

New Ludwig Van Busts by Frank Kozik!

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 02, 2008
Collectible toy master Frank Kozik just stopped by the Juxtapoz headquarters to sign our 50 brand spanking new Ludwig Van busts! Juxtapoz got dibs on this sweet exclusive Gold colorway of the Ludwig Van Beethoven - a la A Clockwork Orange - bust. This is an extremely limited release of just 50 pieces, all 14" tall vinyl, signed by Frank Kozik. Available now in our online shop! Whether you love Beethoven, A Clockwork Orange’s Alex DeLarge, or vinyl guru Mr Kozik, it’s plain to see you need to add this gold bust to your collection. After all, this bust is totally “horrorshow” (okay, you gotta be hip to nadsat talk to get that one…) Take a closer look at the creator and his creation this way…

Preview of Captain and Commander: Henry Lewis and Keli Reule at 111 Minna

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 30, 2008
111 Minna Gallery presents Captain and Commander: Henry Lewis and Keli Reule, a show featuring works by two established San Francisco Bay Area talents. Subtle epiphanies and chance encounters are some of the factors and themes examined by Henry Lewis in his most recent body of work currently on exhibition with studio-mate Keli Reule. This presentation provides a new angle for Lewis' long running study of his view of the human condition. A sensitive and impressionable individual, Lewis' ability to draw strength, an existential purpose and inspiration from his love for the meaningful, random experience is on full display within this exhibit. A slew of street encounters with cab drivers and other urban prophets has provided a significant and positive counterbalance to a dependency on familiarity for guidance. In Captain and Commander, Keli Reule has chosen to focus on her relationship with the sea and how it relates to internal emotional losses and maintanence of one's passionate energy. She has set herself adrift into deep, dark water in order to contemplate the effects death, emotional defeats, personal loss and the re-generation of self. Reule's sparse palette has been further reduced in order to aid in the alienation of a didactic representation, giving way to a slowness depicted in her blurred imagery. Captain and Commander: Henry Lewis and Keli Reule will be on view from October 2-November 1, 2008. Peep preview images of Henry Lewis’ work for Captain and Commander here…

Kill Audio Vinyl Toy by Claudio Sanchez

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Claudio Sanchez, singer/guitarist for the rock group Coheed and Cambria has long been a comic book author; now he can add 'toy creator' to his resume as well! Kill Audio, a 7 1/2” self-caricature vinyl toy, began as an online comic strip earlier this year that follows the antics of lead character, Kill Audio, a humorous, immortal little troll who seeks his purpose in life. Asked how the whole idea came about, Sanchez explains, "The idea for the doll actually came first. I wanted to do a 'likeness doll', but not just a doll with a guitar in his hand. It had to have more personality and stand alone as a vinyl figure," Sanchez continues. "I played around with the name Kill Audio and ended up with a character who is not only being constantly killed himself, but later in the story finds hidden meaning in his namesake. The whole idea just snowballed from there. I couldn't be happier with the way it came together." The story will continue as a print comic book in 2009. Kill Audio drops from DKE Toys October 1st If all that blood and gore turns your sensitive tummy, there will be two types of the toy available: a “Bloody version” and gore-free “non-Bloody version.” Check with your local designer toy store for purchase.