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.
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
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 20, 2008
One of our favorite NY-based artists, Dave Ellis, will be hitting Roebling Hall this Thursday, May 22nd, in his first solo show with the gallery, titled Dozens. The title of this exhibition, taken from the slang "playing the dozens" to describe good-natured verbal sparing, is more than just a piece of poetic musing. David Ellis does, in fact, make trash talk, or at least makes it sound funky and he uses language and cadence as integral parts of his art making. Weaving rhythm, cultural landscape, conceptual art, a variety of collaborators and a myriad assortment of materials, Ellis' art evokes both the participatory spirit of Allan Kaprow- watch and see what happens- and the mechanical wonderment of Jean Tinguely. Read more on Dozens right here…
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 19, 2008
Joshua Liner Gallery played host to two stunning shows that opened this weekend, May 17th. Robert Hardgrave’s Compounded and Koralie’s Après la Pluie ("After the Rain") will remain on view thru June 14th, but contributing Juxtapoz photographer George Koroneos made sure to hit up the opening and snagged some great photos, which you can browse through right this way…
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 16, 2008
World-renowned Japanese photographer Yasumasa Yonehara, better known as Yone, hits Los Angeles with a new solo show, LA Confidential: Yone Solo Photography Exhibit from the folks at House of Cassette and X Mighty Printing. Opening tomorrow night, Saturday May 17th, at Cassette 523 in Los Angeles, LA Confidential will showcase Yone’s deliciously erotic photography. Often portraying young Japanese women in provocative poses, Yone’s sexy vision and rock-solid technical talent has cemented him a cult following across the globe. Learn more on LA Confidential at houseofcassette.com.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sami Pennanen decided to try something “real” in his fourth solo exhibition, Sami Pennanen Or Something at Galleria Huuto Helsinki Finland. Pennanen, a Finnish artist, created an intriguing mix of an installation, a cluster of fragmented imagery, juxtaposed styles, cross-referencing paintings, drawings, and photos. He states, “The works draw on a range of influences, as they have been made with a range of methods, to fulfill a range of intents.” Learn more on Pennanen’s work at www.galleriahuuto.net and see more photos here.
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 09, 2008
Young British painter Miranda Donovan really hit the ground running in her first solo show Lost World of Innocence. Donovan uses vintage newspaper clippings of urban crime victims with “lost world” scenes from 17th century paintings, and then adds a modern splash of her own graffiti to create a surprisingly interesting outcome that forces the viewer to reflect on issues within our modern society. Make sure to check out more photos of her opening this way…
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 05, 2008
Jonathan LeVine Gallery presents The Artist In You, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Tim Biskup. The artist returns for his second solo show at the gallery, having created a series of new paintings on canvas and wood panel. In conjunction with The Artist In You, Biskup will also release a limited edition book by the same title, in which he verbally explores the ideas presented visually in his new collection of work. The Artist In You expands on Biskup’s well known graphic style and decorative aesthetic, yet also reflects a new direction—his recent analytical exploration of themes surrounding the complexities, contradictions, and separations within the fine art world. Developed through experimental exercises and multiple studies on a subject, the female portrait in his Asylum series and the skulls in his Doom Loop series are taken through cubist, minimalist, florally decorative, and other such variations to achieve subtle manipulations of feeling through transformation and the dissection of form. Statements made in Biskup’s paintings are further elaborated upon in his writing for the accompanying book, a collection of intimate essays and poems, which expose the extremes of his creative process. Read more on The Artist In You here...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 01, 2008
Curators and public interventionist artists, Shoshana Brand and xtine, have been working on a project they call Knocking On Bricks, Artists vs Institutions. Basically, Knocking On Bricks is an art and belief project that challenges mainstream ideas, explores social issues, and empowers artists from all reaches of the globe. Sounds sweet so far. Shoshana Brand and xtine state, “First we composed absurd proposal letters and mailed them to different national institutions and well-known public personas. Shortly after the expected rejection letters arrived, we extended ourselves into an individual creation of two-dimensional artwork. Our next step was mentoring, curating, and promoting a group of visual artists to create artwork addressing the absurd proposals, which had already been rejected. The final step includes essays written by well-known visual artists, commenting on the topic of rejection and personal success in the art arena.” In shifting the power away from institutions and people that traditionally dictate what defines art, and who deserves to display it, Knocking On Bricks creates a powerful shift in paradigm. While communicating with international artists, Brand and xtine’s roles changed from artists who submitted proposals to anonymous institutions, to administrators who orchestrated artists from all over the world. This image embodies a project called Homeless in Los Angeles, from Chinese artists Yu Ji and Deng Ye Min. Brand and xtine requested that Verizon give free cell phones to the homeless in LA as a form of community outreach and potential career help. After this outrageous proposal was sent, and Ji and Min created an artistic response to directly point out the realities of social inequality, as well as the absurdity of much legislation and outreach. (The homeless may want a home first, before a cell phone.) Knocking On Bricks points out social ills while reclaiming power in the face adversity, all in an artistic manner. If you’re like us, you’re about to spend too much time checking out all the other amazingly witty and innovative Knocking On Bricks projects. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Baltimore’s art and music event, Nothing But the Breaks, has become an outlet for an emerging subculture of street and graffiti artists, and lovers of soul and funk music in the area. Full of heart, and a lot of soul, Nothing But the Breaks is symbolic of not only an underground class of kids, eager to find a platform for their passion, but a vibrant home for positive creativity. Take a look at photos from the most recent Nothing But the Breaks here…