Photos: Todd Bratrud "Half Assed"

Juxtapoz // Sunday, September 09, 2007
Photos from Half Assed, Todd Bratrud's solo show at Fifty24SF in San Francisco, CA. The exhibit opened Thursday, September 6th. Isaac McKay-Randozzi brings us another set of delightful photos and a mini-review of the show.

David MacDowell joins AMF Gallery & Thinkspace

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Some say artist David MacDowell is bringing back the spirit of the original lowbrow painters through his work, while adding his own unique voice to the mix. Whether this is true or not, MacDowell definitely has something and people are starting to notice. MacDowell (originally seen in Juxtapoz Reader Art 06 August 07) has signed on with AMF Gallery in NYC, hoping to expose his work to a wider audience. Concurrently, MacDowell has signed on with Thinkspace Gallery in LA for a solo in their project room in 2009. With several group shows already being planned in the meantime, MacDowell seems to be well on his way. "I saw this strange mix of lowbrow tradition and comically rendered celebrities, and I knew I had found something special," said Andrew Michael Ford of AMF Gallery. "I decided work with him after seeing him in the Juxtapoz Reader Art. His work has already begun to sell and garner some major interest." For more information, you can contact AMF Gallery and/or Thinkspace Gallery. {moscomment}

Art:21 - Season Four

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 04, 2007
PBS's award-winning series Art:21's new season premieres October 28th and November 4th, 11th, & 18th at 10 PM (EST) on PBS. Check local listings for air dates & times, and visit local exhibitions by Season 4 artists in your area. The 17 featured artists demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice in the United States today. Each one-hour program is loosely organized around a theme—Romance, Protest, Ecology, and Paradox—that can help audiences analyze, compare and juxtapose the artists profiled. Previews of this series are now online at www.youtube.com/art21org. {moscomment}

Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book

Juxtapoz // Sunday, September 02, 2007
These days a lot of the headbangers and thrashers out there are reaching an age where they're starting to have kids. This poses an interesting conundrum: how do you get your kids into metal? The answer is finally here in the form of the Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book. Now you can introduce your little ones to the mark of the beast in a way that's fun for the whole family! Now you can spend quality time with your kids coloring Danzig or learning to spell with the Black Metal word scramble. There's even a heavy metal Sudoku for mom and dad (it's all 6's). The book comes rife with all the darkness and anger that you've come to know and love and are ready to pass on to the next generation of lot-rocker. It comes to us from Aye Jay, the accomplished author of The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book, and is available from Last Gasp Books. Get yours now before your three year old starts getting into Kenny G. www.lastgasp.com {moscomment}

Daryll Peirce "Gets Exposed"

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 27, 2007
Get Exposed! winner Daryll Peirce sent us a link to his photos from the Suite Jesus Gets Exposed party that we held on Friday, August 17th at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. Thanks Daryll! www.artderailed.com {moscomment}

Double Vision: Jon Huck / Day 19: Polaroid Project

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 24, 2007
Continuing in our odd fascination with photo series of two juxtaposed images, we came across another photographer with a proclivity for duos. LA-based photog Jon Huck has two great sets of photos on his site that feature pairs. The first, "Breakfast," features headshots of various individuals combined with a shot of what they eat for breakfast. It's just one of those mundane facts about people that most of us never think of, but it can speak volumes about the kind of person they are. His second series is titled "Couples," and displays shots of 100 different couples who Jon was at least loosely acquainted with. He began the project with a cynical intent since the group of friends that he ran with all inter-dated but never stayed together very long. During the process, Huck realized that many of the couples really loved each other and the focus of the work took on a different feel. The strange thing is that several of the couples share a lot of the same facial features. Are we basically attracted to others who look like ourselves or do we mutate over time? Maybe both! www.jonhuck.com Another photo studio creating, beautiful, intimate portraits is Day 19 with their Polaroid Project. The team of Jeremy and Claire Weiss have been collecting shots of all the people in the world that they think are doing good, creative things. The rules are simple but strict, each person is shot once by Jeremy, once by Claire - no make-up, no special lighting, no retakes. You'll see some familiar faces and some not so familiar, but each picture provides a clear window into the personality of the subject. www.day19.com/polaroidproject Wow, we just realized that this post is about two photo projects, so another double comes into play. Pairs are everywhere, man. It's eerie. {moscomment}

Phantasmagoria

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 22, 2007
This Friday night, August 24th, The Adapta Project, takes over the Buzz Clothing Warehouse for a group show called Phantasmagoria, new works by local San Diego and Tijuana-based artists Michael James Armstrong, Brian Dick, Foi Jimenez, Becky Scheer, and Jorge Tellaeche. The Adapta Project claims unused spaces for the purpose of showing and viewing art. Phantasmagoria opens Friday night, but will also be open for viewing on Saturday, August 25th from 12p - 7p, and on Sunday, August 26th, from 12p - 5p, with Artist Talks from 3p - 5p. Full details here. {moscomment}

Photos: Scab on My Brain

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 02, 2007
Photographer J. E. Manso brings us her photos and a review from the Scab On My Brain group show curated by Jordin Isip at Space 1026 in Philadelphia. The exhibit is up through August 6th.

Koren Shadmi

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 30, 2007
Child prodigies are few and far between in any discipline and the ones that are discovered are usually warped by being exposed to an adult world far too soon. That's why Gary Coleman beat up that woman in a mall. But somehow Israeli-born, now Brooklyn transplant, Koren Shadmi managed to avoid the seedy underbelly of being a young prodigy. It could be that art occupied enough of this focus that he could ignore the wine coolers and blow. Whatever the reason, his talent wasn't squandered and after graduating from the School of Visual Arts he now makes a living doing freelance illustration. His illustrations are great, but they're just the appetizer in the portfolio. They provide a delicate tasting of his delicious comics style. Shadmi uses intricate line-work on top of brilliantly utilized watercolor washes. This perfect union of the two mediums is nowhere more apparent than in his comics. Coupled with excellent composition of each panel, his well executed style makes a one-two punch to leave you dizzy and breathless. www.korenshadmi.com {moscomment}

The Street Art Film Festival

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 12, 2007
The Street Art Film Festival, put on by our friends at Albus Cavus, happens this August in Trenton, NJ. It will showcase films about artists and artwork that transforms streets into galleries and changes established ideas about art in public space. Featured artists and filmmakers include Craig Noble (Canada), Pose 2 (USA), Chor Boogie (USA), Joshua Mays (USA), Tats Cru (USA), BigFoot (USA), Above (USA), JR (France), Peat Wollaeger (USA), Wayne Horse (The Netherlands), Martin Zet (Czech Republic), Charles Westerman (USA). The films featured in the Street Art Film Festival were carefully selected to assure that the audience will get a unique and intimate view into life of contemporary street artists and their artwork. Preserving artwork on film or video is a crucial part of street art. In many instances, the artwork lasts only a few hours before it is damaged, removed or becomes part of the environment. The audience gets a very rare look at some of the greatest pieces of contemporary art, many of which are no longer in existence. Graffiti and street art are not only a new form of contemporary art, but also an innovative art movement tightly connected to our neighborhoods and communities. It is time to alter public art policies and recognize the new ideas and innovative approaches for refreshing our cities. It is not about physical walls and pedestals, but rather about connections and relationships among people. More info: www.albuscav.us/filmfest {moscomment}

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