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.
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
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.
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…
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…
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.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Cheeseburger Sushi, a playful juxtaposition of forms and ideas, is a new collection of works by artist Brandon Hill. In this solo exhibition, Brandon infuses his funky style into a charged cross representation of the modern vs the traditional, the Eastern vs the Western, and the image vs its physicality. Touting the Cheeseburger as the “ambassador” food item of Americanism, Hill playfully asserts that it is comparable in that sense to the way Sushi is viewed with an association to Japanese-ism. The two, he explains, “serve the same purpose in their level of respective popularity as well as status.” This core concept is the underlying connection within his various works that all incorporate “a fun mix of ideas that could be considered traditional by one culture” and new to another. This show at Art Whino promises to be eye candy for everyone; incorporating 2D works, sculpture, designer vinyl, furniture art, light installation, and (of course) tasty treats, all in Brandon Hill’s unique and light hearted style. Cheeseburger Sushi opens October 4th, 2008.
Juxtapoz // Friday, September 19, 2008
Juxtapoz just launched a brand new “Registration” option to our website, thus allowing all you amazing readers, fans, and even haters to keep updated via occasional email on the latest goings on at the magazine, special deals in our shop, and more generally in the world of underground contemporary art! In honor of the new development, we have a special limited poster designed by Tunde, lead singer from TV On The Radio, as well a TVOTR poster, and the upcoming TVOTR album, Dear Science from DGC/Interscope, on vinyl before it’s even released this upcoming Tuesday, September 23rd! We’re giving away one of these massive prize packs to a random winner that registers with Juxtapoz in the next 24 hours! It’s easy: if your mom gave you a name and you have an email address, and you want a monthly update or so from your favorite Art & Culture Magazine, register now here! If you haven’t yet heard TV On The Radio’s new song Dancing Choose, stop what you’re doing and visit the band’s website, tvontheradio.com, to hear it now. Be prepared to dance your ass off. These awesome musical artists will also be performing tomorrow at San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival, so be the first in the crowd to know all their new songs before anyone else by entering to win your advance copy of Dear Science! Learn more on this contest, as well as TVOTR’s new Dear Science album drop. Details right here.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We’re very concerned. We always knew Alex Pardee (Juxtapoz cover #79) was a little “off” and simply helped him create his marvelously disturbed imagery (which we always just assumed was a product of his over-consumption of horror movies starting at a young age) but this new never-before-seen footage exposes a much more frightening possibility: Treeple! And you thought trees were safe? Such ignorance. Pardee has proven toxic trees seem to actually be the source of much of the bizarre behavior affecting many of the people in society today. Explains so much doesn’t it? Beware: Night Of The Treeple may just be coming to a town or forest near you, or (gasp!) as you read this warning, Treeple may even already be on their way to you!
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 15, 2008
Resulting from exhaustive research into the realm of religious mysticism and secret societies, Clocky is the invention of Mason Brown - Founder and Creative Director of Cardboard Robot. A fortune telling machine cloaked under the guise of a temporal device, Clocky is assumed to behold infinite wisdom and can predict future events. Ask Clocky a question, roll the icosahedra die provided, turn the pentagram dial the number of times determined by the die and the position of Clocky's wings will dictate your answer. Powered by the unknown, Clocky is marked by symbols emblematic of the occult including - but not limited to: owls, stars, checkers, moons, and the all seeing eye that eternally sits and watches over us all. Available in limited addition, you too can possess the key to unlocking the future. Do You Know What Time It Is? Clocky Does... Learn and see more on Clocky here.