Juxtapoz // Friday, July 25, 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

Chet Zar's "Ugly American"

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 25, 2008
Chet Zar’s catalog from his show Ugly American is now available for purchase! Okay, “catalog” may be what we’re supposed ot call it, but it’s areally more of a book. At 64 pages in 4/4 color, Zar’s Ugly American catalog-book-thing features all of the work from his stunning Ugly American show, as well as some past works. Also included is a foreword from Adam Jones of Tool. Grab your copy at chetzar.com

"Holla At The Bay" by FANEE

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The Shooting Gallery and Gallery Three present Holla At The Bay by FANEE (Shannon Hugley.) Opening Friday, July 18th, Holla At The Bay will showcase FANEE’s deliciously explicit artistry ripped straight from the pages of good ol’ porn magazines. Combining classic pornographic poses with modern images of tattooed girls sporting clown faces, FANEE’s mixed media on paper creations are sure to turn more than a few heads. Holla At The Bay will show through August 16th. Check out a preview of the work here.


Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 03, 2008
Continuing our exposure of cool artsy happenings across the globe, we’re happy to introduce you to our new favorite zine called Cliché run by graphic artist UBIK out of Dubai. Simply put, Cliché is an A1 sheet that covers experimental urban and underground art from around the world. They feature two artists every issue, with an in-depth coverage of their work. UBIK says, “Cliché is printed in a limited run of 500 and distributed to galleries and design houses in Dubai, and also to our subscribers. We just had our first ever show this summer, and now we're working on two more concepts.” UBIK then really blew us away, reminding us of why we love art so much when he continued, “In Dubai there's practically no underground art zine and as such, the mass out here is really in the dark when it comes to the lowbrow culture. Their idea of it is limited to graffiti and the associated vandalism, but they don’t realize the transition of most of these greats from the walls to the gallery. So thru Cliché we're trying to inspire and educate the mass here and make people understand what urban and underground art is all about. “We regularly drop by the art colleges here to talk to the students and expose them to the works of artists based in the Bay Area (California) and so on. Now they've started to realize that there's a whole new possibility out there other than just sticking to the idea of a normal 9-5 advertising job.” That’s what it’s all about, people. Past issues of Cliché have featured Archan Nair, {ths} (German graphic artist whose Cliché page is shown above,) Rinzen, Turf One, Tommy Kane, Pete Harrison, and more. Now you only have one thing left to do: hit up whitespace-designs.blogspot.com now and see Cliché in the digital for yourself.

Ape Escape/The Bronx Zoo from Ghettogloss

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Yeah that caught your freaky lil’ eye didn’t it? Well, it caught ours too. And then we got really excited because it means the launch of Ape Escape is almost here! Ghettogloss presents The Bronx Zoo on Saturday afternoon from 2-8pm all damn summer long starting June 28th. Ape Escape happens every hour on the hour where four to six bikini clad ladies sporting ape masks will be released for a round of poses and drawing on the back patio of Los Angeles’ La Cita. Holy shit we love summer. And girls. And ape masks. And drawing (or course.) So, if you love live drawing, girls, drinks, or just really think apes are sexy, join Ghettogloss at La Cita for The Bronx Zoo every Saturday this summer. It’s gonna be a hot one. Details at ghettogloss.com/events

The Home of Anne Faith Nicholls & Jacob Arden McClure

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 06, 2008
Ever wonder how your favorite artists decorate their personal space? Well, if you’re any bit the voyeur that we are, you’ll be happy to hear that the new LA home of Anne Faith Nicholls (Juxtapoz issue #86) and her boyfriend Jacob Arden McClure has been exposed to the world by the folks at Apartment Therapy. Just as we’d hoped, their place is full of gorgeous furniture and funky decorations (and tons of Nicholls’ beautiful paintings) that reflect this artist-couple’s style. A “curiosity shop meets mid-century modern” loft space, Nicholls and McClure have only lived in the space four months, but it already looks like a cozy home. Break in to their home at apartmenttherapy.com.

Meet Yogendra Kumar Purohit

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 06, 2008
We always jump at the opportunity to showcase artists from areas that, for some reason or another, don’t get the love they deserve. Take Yogendra Kumar Purohit from Bikaner, India, for example. His artwork really blew us away, and has been shown extensively across India but has yet to be exposed in venues outside of his native country. If you love checking out new artists as much as we do, then definitely head over to Purohit’s website and spend some time with his unique artistic view. Don’t miss the installation section either- we never knew cow shit could look so beautiful.

Matthew Palladino

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 05, 2008
Matthew Palladino's paintings allude to influences by early Mission School artists: colorful, flat, and almost folksy. From there his work diverges. His subject matter is raw, sexual, and violent- inspired by current media events and the rough edges of everyday society. His shockingly honest portraits of American life expose all too real events in his ongoing narrative that tie his current works together. Come see this young native San Franciscan’s in person at his exhibit opening next Friday, June 13th at Park Life. Details at parklifestore.com

Jason Atomic Sketching Rockin'JellyBean

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 03, 2008
English artist Jason Atomic recently made a trip over to Japan and took the time to sketch the enigmatic masked artist Rockin' JellyBean at his Osaka based secret hideout. “First I sketched him for a portrait (oil version currently in progress) then I challenged him to a sketching duel where we faced off, sketched each other, and then both quick sketched my model/muse Manko,” Atomic told us. The "round one" video of the first portrait sketch is now online at myspace.com/ jasonatomic. We love the half-way point in the video where Atomic starts sketching in overdrive. And man, Rockin' JellyBean can really hold a pose.

Jeremy Fish's "Seasons of Change" at Joshua Liner Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2008
Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Seasons of Change, an exhibition of new work by the New York-born, San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Fish in first solo show with the gallery. Seasons of Change opens Saturday, June 21st (alongside Josh Keyes’ Side Effects in Gallery II) and will remain on display thru July 26th. “Somewhere between full-blown, howling death and a basket of newborn kittens exists a climate where malice and mirth can mingle,” writes hip-hop artist Aesop Rock about the work of his friend and sometime collaborator, Jeremy Fish. By fusing the cuddly and the macabre, Fish creates a unique urban folklore replete with grinning skulls, body parts, and hat-wearing worms, all carefully depicted with a clean, voluptuous line. The artist pulls inspiration from a grab bag of folk and pop-culture sources, including Balinese fairy tales, Goth jewelry, children’s book illustration, tattoo and biker culture, Mexican muertos, tramp art and other craft traditions. Across all is an exaggerated depiction of innocence and its loss. Seasons Of Change features drawings, paintings, and sculpture that tell a personal tale of physical and emotional transformation. Through quirky symbolism, Fish builds a coded narrative that is both grim and gentle. The four seasons are evoked to represent the phases of life, as well as motivations and moods (i.e., seasonal depression, “spring fever.”) Objects, animals, architecture, and the human body merge into dynamic hybrids. In works with hand-carved frames, for example, painted images of human hearts sprout wings, worms, personalized cityscapes, plumbing, and umbrellas, all superimposed on a silkscreened ribcage and ringed in carved skulls—it’s a “dance of death” viewed through the lens of Richard Scarry or Dr Seuss. The beautifully carved frames and sculpture were created in Indonesia from Fish’s designs by the Balinese artist Nyoman Sedayatana. Details at www.joshualinergallery.com


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