Juxtapoz // Monday, September 08, 2008
“Artistic luminaries poured into Jonathan LeVine Gallery on Friday for a VIP preview of Camille Rose Garcia's Ambien Somnambulants running along side the Panoramic Project III curated by artists Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens,” writes George Koroneos. Yes, the highly anticipated exhibit from Camille Rose Garcia (Juxtapoz cover #62) and group show entitled Panoramic Project III finally opened their doors this weekend. Juxtapoz contributing photographer George Koroneos hit up the gallery, and reports back from new York City on all the night’s events. More here…
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 02, 2008
If you’re like us, every time you see a Hummer on the road you cringe, speed up to see what idiot could be behind the wheel of such a monstrosity, and then hope they look over at you and see your angry face. Well, the kids with Albus Cavus just returned from this year’s Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert and created a better use for a Hummer. Peter K and Pose2 of Albus Cavus had the opportunity to represent their skills in a great project conceived by Myk Henry. Titled Bummer, this sculpture was an installation at Burning Man 2008, which was themed American Dream. It took the crew over two weeks in the harsh desert to build this house. The tires are even real tires from a mine truck. Okay, if we saw this Hummer, they’d our happy look, not the “why are you ruining our world by depleting all oil reserves so you can feel cool” look. More here.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 02, 2008
A spectacular new mosaic mural has been unveiled on the outside wall of the Treatment Rooms in the west London suburb of Chiswick to raise awareness of African-American men confined in America’s notorious Angola prison in Louisiana. The artwork, which took four months to create with help from a dedicated group of activist artists, decorates The Treatment Rooms, home of street artist Carrie Richards, aka The Baroness, and her partner Mr. Spunky. The mosaic is inlaid with 3D ceramic pieces and tiles depicting the so-called Angola 3: Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King, all men wrongfully convicted of murder at Angola prison in the 1970s and who subsequently spent decades in solitary confinement. Read and see more here…
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 02, 2008
One of our favorite downtown San Francisco spots, 111 Minna, presents Golden: work by Serena Cole and Tahiti Pehrson. Golden opens with a reception this Thursday, September 4th, 2008. Tahiti Pehrson creates intricate and beautiful paper cut-outs with such astounding detail, you need to see it to believe it, while Serena Cole’s (work shown) method of creativity is drawing saturated in social commentary. “In today's Western society, I see no real heroes or idols to emulate. […] We have replaced our idols with pop culture,” states Cole. “In my work, I use images of attractive figures from fashion magazines to illustrate the haunting themes beneath our worshipped fantasies. In many images, there is layer of beauty and seduction, which leads the viewer to desire something. Upon deeper inspection, however, these models are often sickly, androgynous, or posed as if they have been beaten or are half dead.” Take that fashion world. Make sure to mark your calendar for this Thursday, September 4th to check out Golden in person, and hell, if nothing else, to hit up one of 111 Minna’s two bars. See? It’s a win-win situation here people. Details at 111minnagallery.com
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 26, 2008
A somewhat overlooked Cans Festival 2 hit London this past weekend, serving up a much-needed follow up to the massively successful Cans Festival, organized by legendary stencil artist Banksy, that hit London earlier this year in May 2008. The Cans Festival 2 delivered exactly what we’d expected: a fresh batch of some of the dopest work out today in the world of street, stencil, aerosol, and urban art. NoLionsInEngland took some amazing photos of all the work which currently graces the tunnel on Leake Street in London. He writes, “Leake Street tunnel re-opened this morning to reveal a lush kaleidoscope of freehand spray graffiti and ensemble of burnt out cars…" [more here] That particular car (seen above) was painted by the lovely Lucy McLaughlan (Juxtapoz #89) What we wouldn’t give for a joy ride in that sweet whip… On top of all that, Cans 2 also offers a fun lil twist for dedicated viewers in the form of a treasure hunt of alphabet letters. (Hopefully UK-based street artist Eine doesn’t mind folks hitting up his signature letter theme!) NoLionsInEngland reports, “Cans 2 presents a teasing little treasure hunt for us…an alphabet ‘learner’ (‘A is for ATG’, ‘K is for Kool School’) of letters sprayed at various points in various styles…" [more here] There are only 23 letters though! We’re no alphabet-ologists, but last time we checked, there were supposed to be 26. Hmmm… looks like the E, the F and G peaced out. J may actually be for J Star, but we like to think it could also be for Juxtapoz. Just let us have our dreams, okay?
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 15, 2008
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation presents Mamás Adolescentes: NYC 2006-2007, a photo exhibition that chronicles two years in the lives of Mexican American teenage mothers in Brooklyn, NY. Documenting a situation of a world that is largely hidden, the photos in this exhibit are windows into a reality photographer Erin O’Brien found both significant and underexposed. O’Brien met with five Mexican American teenage girls on a regular basis and photographed them during their pregnancies, and for up to a year after their babies’ births. A striking commentary on youth, motherhood, and modern society, Mamás Adolescentes: NYC 2006-2007 tells a story far too often overlooked. The opening reception will take place tomorrow, Saturday August 16 at Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery. Simmons’ Corridor Gallery is a core program of The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation founded in 1995 by Russell, Danny and Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons. Since 1996, the Brooklyn based gallery has been a cultural outlet serving their audiences with a unique vision and voice. More info at corridorgallerybrooklyn.org
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 14, 2008
The preview for Limited Addiction Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Neighbors with Matt Curry and Robert Hardgrave is now available for viewing online. Both artists are known in and outside the visual art community for their colorful, bold, gestural work that appears not only in galleries but also on shoes, bags, skateboards, and record covers. Abstract energy runs through Robert Hardgrave’s work conveying emotion and spirituality through freedom of line and color. Using acrylic, inks and rice paper on canvas, Hardgrave’s boldly defined anthropomorphic silhouettes are filled with intricate patterns and designs of collage-like texture. Matthew Curry’s (Sammael 2 shown) ornamental graphic style takes inspiration from audio and multimedia sources that are transcribed onto the visual plane. His illustrations are meditative yet fluid with characters and cityscapes delivering a narrative that encourages a dialogue with the viewer. Curry’s work balances the technical with the natural, organic gestures juxtaposed with geometric precision. Make sure to view their works online at limitedaddictiongallery.com and hit up the opening on Saturday, August 16th.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art presents You’ve Been Wasting Your Time, a group show featuring the emerging young street artists Flip (Brazil), Hush (UK), and Other (Canada.) Employing expansive color palettes and innovative techniques, the trio collides to contribute an eclectic range of paintings, drawings, screen prints, works on wood, and mixed media collages inspired by their diverse cultural backgrounds. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 16th. The exhibition will be open for viewing through Sunday, September 14th, 2008. The depth and command of the artwork of Flip, Hush, and Other both challenges and seduces the viewer. Fascinated by the portrayal of the female form in art, Hush builds up and tears down layers of paint and images as he works, “letting the canvas and marks take their own path.” His stylistic fusion of the East and West is enriched by his interpretation of the inherent power play in graffiti and street art. Flip, too, draws inspiration from Asia in his new body of work. Observing the relationship between human beings and nature, he plants a tranquility of communion beneath his passionate explosion of Japanese brushstrokes. A similar dichotomy prevails in the work of Other, who both provokes and calms in pieces that were composed within rattling train carriages and buzzing coffee shops. The ideas and characters he coaxes out of hiding “come from blotches of paint and wet drips on paper…sort of like ink blots in psychology.” Details at carmichaelgallery.com
Juxtapoz // Monday, August 11, 2008
Jeff Soto has a new zine now available titled Brain Decay. Composed of drawings and painting experiments from late 2007-2008, many are rare sketches for new paintings Soto is working on. At 24 pages, this blue beauty comes sealed in a bag with two mini buttons, and is a signed and numbered edition of 500. This is one of our favorite pages, but see more (and grab a copy) at jeffsotoart.blogspot.com
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 07, 2008
Kevin Earl Taylor’s exhibit, Symbiotica, opens Saturday September 6th at San Francisco’s Gallery Three. Taylor’s recent paintings have a symbiotic theme showing organisms, animals, and humans all coexisting. Whether parasitic or beneficial, the common thread behind his oil on wood paintings is that these strange creatures all exist together- similar to our own reality. His fascination with animals, environment, and human relations has led him to turn animals into humans in an anthropomorphic figure. The collective consciousness that makes us aware of other being in the planet is incorporated in his paintings to tell a story of life, and this thing we call death. Taylor’s abstract narratives are dream-oriented in a playful yet dark ma-cob similar to the theme of Where the Wild Things Are. With humor, harmony, morphology, genealogy, symbiosis, and just not taking himself too seriously, Kevin Earl Taylor attempts to expose the animal within. See more of Taylor’s work at kevinearltaylor.com