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.

Photos: Saturday at Fusion 5 Festival in Cannes

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The Fusion 5 Festival in Cannes officially opened this Saturday. 20 artists and 15 musicians and DJs from five continents took over the 3.14 Hotel for one unforgettable event. The entire show was captured on film, so check out more photos right here…

"Extreme Paper" at Woodward Gallery

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 10, 2008
Talk about patience- Deborah Claxton takes paper collage to the extreme! In her latest exhibition, Extreme Paper, at Woodward Gallery in New York City, Claxton fearlessly navigates the journey from millions of cells of cellulose to thousands of hand-cut bits of paper to a fate-map-directed, vision of nature. The scientific, almost clinical, approach Claxton self-imposes is remarkable in order to achieve her unprecedented vision. Not simply a work on paper, each “paper painting” is performed under a large magnifying glass to precisely isolate the tiniest paper fragment. Claxton surgically sculpts groups of paper cells into a distinct new form in her artistic operation. Considering this piece, Rodeo, is 30”x24,” such extreme accuracy takes a kind of diligence and love that reminds us of why we love art so much in the first place. See more at www.WoodwardGallery.net.

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