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.

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.