Blek le Rat's First US Solo Show at Subliminal Projects Gallery

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 05, 2008
A pioneer of graffiti writers in Europe, Blek le Rat was one of the first people to use stencils to make public art on the street using icons instead of writing his name. 
He was first exposed to graffiti in 1971 in New York, but didn’t start making his own until ten years later in Paris. Inspired by a stenciled portrait he saw of Mussolini amongst some WWII ruins during a trip to Italy, he created a stencil of a life-sized silhouette of a rat running along the streets. Thus, Blek le Rat was born. Subliminal Projects Gallery is proud to announce, Art Is Not Peace But War, a solo exhibition by Blek le Rat. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, a historic event! The inaugural exhibition also marks the celebration of the new locale, an expanded Subliminal Projects Gallery in Los Angeles' Echo Park. Art Is Not Peace But War offers an unprecedented collection of new works, including original screen prints, paintings, and a site-specific, three-dimensional installation. Blek le Rat will also exhibit several original large-scale paintings featuring his iconic character, an archetypal traveler who walks through walls, discovering the world. Sybille Prou, a photojournalist and the artist’s wife, will exhibit her stunning, digital photos of le Rat’s street work for the first time in a gallery setting. This will be a rare opportunity to view both artists’ works together, and we’re as giddy as a pack of schoolgirls about it all!

"Another Green World" at Little Bird Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 29, 2008
Little Bird Gallery in Los Angeles is pleased to present a new series of works by Sarajo Frieden,  Another Green World, that showcases her talents as a scavenger of resonant cultural images. Combining elements of fine, folk and decorative arts, Frieden uses a variety of mixed media to layer and juxtapose imagery that invites us into unfamiliar folktales, untold histories and enticing internal worlds. Collaborating with Frieden on several pieces is artist and embroiderer Marci Boudreau. Frieden and Boudreau engage in a back and forth dialogue of thread, color and collage that allows room for surprise and the cultivation of delight. See more of Frieden’s work on her website.

Lori Earley Artwork Stolen

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 28, 2008
Art is supposed to be about beauty, not thievery! Unfortunately, a piece of artwork by Lori Earley has been stolen from her current show Fade to Gray at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. It was stolen last night, Wednesday, February 27th at approximately 5pm. The particular drawing stolen, shown above, is the only piece in the show untitled. It is in a white frame and measures 14”x16” framed, or 8”x10” unframed. Earley told us, “I just found out about it and I'm extremely upset and disappointed. I want to apologize to those of you who are planning on seeing the exhibition (up until March 22, 2008) and will have to see it with one less piece in the show.” If you or anyone you know has any information as to who might have stolen it, or where it could be, please contact Lori Earley at lori@loriearley.com. Stealing art is just lame.

Emerging Artist: Sam Branton

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 28, 2008
UK-based artist Sam Branton combines classical portraiture imagery with a cartoon style we can’t get enough of. Although the pictures are abjectly grotesque, many of the subjects’ faces appear cute, kitsch and innocent. It’s this combination that creates a sinister mood, and the abnormalities and perversions of the creatures are more effectively offset. By replicating the pastoral settings and austere poses one associates with traditional English portraiture, there is an implication of pride, and this lends the pieces a kind of comic pathos. Branton’s current work is strongly influenced by the late Renaissance and Baroque art. Check out Sam Branton’s website, or take a peek at a few more of this pieces here…

Photos: Mike Maxwell at The Shooting Gallery

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 25, 2008
Mike Maxwell has a wonderful collection currently on display at San Francisco's Shooting Gallery. Titled Supernatural Selection, the show will be on exhibit through March 8th, the wonderful photographer Isaac McKay-Randozzi snagged some shots of Maxwell's work, and gives us a piece of his mind right here...

Photos: "The Prison Project"

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 22, 2008
Jolene Torr reports back for Juxtapoz on the exhibit The Prison Project at Intersection for the Arts, a show displaying inmate artwork, aiming to expose how the prison system affects all of society. More photos and the entire story right here…

Photos: "Demimonde: The Art of Molly Crabapple"

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 11, 2008
The fun and frisky Molly Crabapple recently opened her exhibit, Demimonde: The Art of Molly Crabapple at Arena Studios in New York. Juxtapoz had a couple friends, Kristopher Monroe and Arian Camilleri, at the opening to capture the night in its entirety. See what went down here...

Karen Caldicott Likes Clay Heads

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 07, 2008
Karen Caldicott shared with us her funky sculptures; these in particular were commissioned by New York magazine. Caldicott created a weekly slot for a different person for an entire year- 52 different heads, with each one in six or seven poses adds up to… uh, a lot. These of Howard Stern cracked us up, but she has also fashioned sculptures of The Simpsons and the New York Yankees, among countless other famous faces. View more of her work at Karen Caldicott’s website here.

New Work by Alex Pardee

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 14, 2008
Artistic talent Alex Pardee shot us a preview of his most recent work with Swedish heavy-metal giants In Flames. Pardee has been working with the group for the past couple of months on their new album, A Sense of Purpose. Not only did Pardee do the album cover artwork, which was revealed today (shown), but he also created a 20 page fully illustrated booklet to compliment the album! "I chose to combine watercolor, guache, pen and ink, and digital illustration to create all of the artwork because In Flames had an extremely specific vision for the look of this album, and because they stressed how unique they wanted it, there was nothing to really compare it to or to draw from as inspiration, so I knew there was going to be some changes during the creative process because I wanted to make sure that their vision was translated perfectly. And with utilizing digital art in conjunction with traditional art, it allows me to change, push, pull, and in a way, sculpt the artwork until it fits their vision, without having to re create an entire painting from scratch with each change. Approaching this project was very intimidating because I had a lot to live up to, as they are metal veterans and this is their 9th or 10th full album, plus their last album was designed and illustrated by one of my major influences, Derek Hess!" The album will be released in April. See more of Alex Pardee’s illustrative genius on his website.

Bwana Spoons at Giant Robot NY

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 10, 2008
Giant Robot is proud to present How to Dig a Hole, Bwana Spoons’ first solo show in New York, opening Saturday, January 12th. Spoons is a Portland-based artist whose freewheeling style developed under the influence of underground comics, '60s rock posters, and Japanese rubber monster movies. Starting out with stapled-and-folded zines like My Friend the Micronaut and Ain't Nothing Like Fucking Moonshine in the early '90s, Spoons has become a regular in the Northwest street art and indie music scene. Endangered animals caught in mid-thought, kung fu wizards with gravity-defying eyebrows, and swirling psychedelic backgrounds are only some of the elements found in the well-composed anarchy of his paintings and sculpture. He is also involved in the Grass Hut art collective and gallery. Although the show is called How to Dig a Hole, the new paintings, illustrations, and sculptures by Spoons actually address how to get out of one. “What do I fill it with?” he asks. “Blood, guts, tears, dirt, love, and paint.” See more of what Spoons has to offer here.

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