Ryan McLennan: "From Fur to Bone"

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 28, 2008
Kinsey/DesForges is pleased to present Virgina-based artist Ryan McLennan in his first exhibition with the gallery, titled From Fur to Bone, which opens Saturday, April 5th. McLennan is part of a vanguard of young painters who have twisted the conventional, naturalist approach to depicting animals and environmental themes in mischievous ways to the serious end of drawing attention to environmental issues. In the tradition of great naturalist painters such as John James Audubon, McLennan has become both student and advocate: inspired by many hours spent in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, this VCU grad and Virginia native has undertaken an in-depth inquiry into the evolution and displacement of North America wildlife, and his understanding of changing patterns in their behavior, incurred as a direct result of changes and destruction to their natural habitats, is evidenced in his maturing body of work. Figuring prominently among the skeletal trees which serve as broken shelter to the smaller wildlife depicted in his paintings are fantastical plant-like bears in various repose—draped, hanging, prone and often torn, McLennan’s topiary bears serve not only as sustenance and shelter for playful groupings of elk and raccoons, moose and foxes, but pointedly appear to be the only greenery available to them. The bears, in being devoured, suggest a kind of symbiosis, but could also serve as effigies for a human society that has upset the balance of global ecology. More info at kinseydesforges.com.

"Dissociate" at D3Projects

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 25, 2008
D3Projects at Bergamot Station, is proud to present Dissociate, featuring the paintings and installations of Los Angeles based artist Vanessa Matthews. Highly prolific and with an incredibly honest and humorous tone, Matthews brings a new wind of creativity to the ever innovative Southern California art scene with a character-based aesthetic of graphic figures and hand-drawn typography. Initially, the artist built her body of work as a survival mechanism for the everyday routine of her life. Since tantrums are not an acceptable practice for adults (or at least most adults,) Matthews needed an outlet to express frustrations about what she perceived to be a ridiculous and unjust world. Characters were born out of this process of expressing the artist's pent up aggravation: parking tickets, road rage, traffic, inflation, ignorance, control freaks and the annoyance of being forced to comply with pointless rules sparked the lives of personalities who could speak her suppressed language. Dissociate features over 40 paintings on wood paper and an installation composed of over 150 handmade and painted, one-of-a-kind plush dolls, (developed with Nancy Mancini) which represent the characters that Vanessa Matthews created. Upon entering the space, the viewer is immersed in an incredible tridimensional world- and how could you not be down with tridimensional worlds? More info at 3dprojects.net.

How Many Critics Can You Fit in Your Mouth?

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 24, 2008
Have you ever had a critic in your mouth? Have you ever been a critic in someone else's mouth? What kind of a mouth do critics fit into? Joe Tully’s new video installation at PS122 Gallery, How Many Critics Can You Fit in Your Mouth?, answers these questions and more. Looking into a mirror with a video screen embedded into it, viewers see Tully’s mouth superimposed over their own mouths spewing critical comments. It feels, looks and sounds like someone is literally putting words in your mouth. The effect is both disconcerting and sensual. The words Tully is speaking come from a survey he conducted in Union Square Park. He recorded strangers as they commented on one of his large, evocative paintings. As Tully listened to criticism of his work, he discerned how often viewers struggled to verbalize their reaction to art. In How Many Critics Can You Fit in Your Mouth? Tully puts those recorded words into everyone’s mouth as viewers look into the mirror of his installation. Opening this Saturday, March 29th, How Many Critics Can You Fit in Your Mouth? will remain on display at PS122 Gallery thru April 20th. Details at www.ps122gallery.org.

Miranda July on VBS.TV

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Here’s a new VBS.TV short to watch instead of doing what you’re supposed to be doing, because Miranda July is a hilarious performance artist and that’s art too. Oh, and because we’ve always wondered where French buttons come from. 

"Every Time I Die" at AKO show at Metropolis Gallery

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 19, 2008
AKO’s recent show, New Works, at Metropolis Gallery attracted members from the heavy metal band Every Time I Die. The show, which opened March 7th, will remain on view thru March 30th. Here, Keith and Jordan Buckley of Every Time I Die, pose in front of AKO’s stunning installation wall. Details on the show at www.metropolis-store.com.

Gregory Lomayesva's "Bounce" at Ursa

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Ursa is proud to present a new exhibition by the highly acclaimed Santa Fe artist, Gregory Lomayesva. Titled Bounce, this new series is a tour de force of emotional catharsis for both artist and viewer. Laid out in Ursa’s expansive gallery space like a toy room of the grotesque, the presentation juxtaposes 3-D sculpture and 2-D paintings that mirror one another in a total gestalt of imagined and experienced emotional interior brought to life in art. The collection of paintings include images of dripping flowers along with a curious 9-panel painting of women’s shoes titled A Study of Your Love Affair with Christian Louboutin: Cinderella Complex. This work begs the question, “Who shall fill these shoes?” We'll let you be the judge of that. Details at ursasantafe.com.

Dr Steel on the Cover of Juxtapoz?

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 14, 2008
Dr Steel is a musician and artist planning on taking over the world, one loyal follower at a time. Fans of Dr Steel are known for their unwavering devotion, with members of his fan club proudly adopting “soldier” names and virtual uniforms. On that note, we were humored, but not surprised, when a passionate Dr Steel fan e-mailed us asking where they could purchase this Dr Steel issue. Only… it doesn’t exist! As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery!  And we always love being flattered. 

"Shades of Green: art Rescued, Recovered, Reworked, Repurposed"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 13, 2008
All art works turn “green” at River’s Edge Gallery in downtown Wyandotte for the next few months. Well, not literally, but their next show, Shades of Green: art Rescued, Recovered, Reworked, Repurposed is composed of artwork that has a green message. “Artists traditionally have brought the beauty of nature to the eye of the beholders through paintings, sculpture, photography and other mediums. Artists have also traditionally used natural elements or cast off objects to make their art. They have rescued the old and broken and recovered, reworked and repurposed them. They were the first recyclers,” states gallery owner, Patt Slack. This image is a handpainted found photo taken in the 1944 by Patricia Izzo, titled Don’t I Look Sweet and Innocent? The show runs from March 21st to May 12th. Details at www.artattheedge.com.

Mike Davis' "Solo Flight" at White Walls

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Saturday March 15th is the opening reception for the Mike Davis show, Solo Flight. This exhibition will represent his first solo show ever, and his third at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco. Davis will be showcasing 25 new works and some drawings that will be featured in his upcoming book titled Blind Man's Journey due out this year. Davis’ new work is about our journey through life, stumbling around in the dark finding our way through life experience and learning from our own mistakes. His work, surreal and random, is inspired by pre-WWII art, Mannerist art and most things Renaissance. Heavily inspired by early Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch and infamous Lowbrow painter Robert Williams, Davis’ work is full of symbolism. Everything has a purpose, everything means something. Details at www.whitewallssf.com.

Preview: "Labyrinth - And We Shall All Die Trying"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Labyrinth - And We Shall All Die Trying opens on Friday March 14th, at Strychnin Gallery. It features new works by Canadian artist Richard Kirk (whose ink on paper beauty shown is titled Searching for the Breadcrumb Navigator) and Belgian artist Raf Veulemans, as well as music composed by Joerg Huettner, who is part of Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer's production team in Hollywood. A preview of most of the work to be shown is now available online at www.strychnin.com/labyrinth.

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