Streets 2k7

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Streets 2k7 is a public art project that coincided with the Raritan River Art Walk in New Brunswick, New Jersey on May 12-13, 2007. Albus Cavus, an active local art collective worked with the New Brunswick Arts Council on the Art Walk - a two mile long path located on the waterfront in New Brunswick. Local residents and artists transformed a neglected path of the city into an extraordinary outdoor gallery of public art. This project is part of a larger experiment in an innovative approach to the revitalization of neglected public space. They envision art to be the driving force in changing an abandoned bike path into a space that will become widely used by the community for social interaction and recreational purposes. Everyone was invited to participate in the event as artists, volunteers, or audience. In the end, more than 150 artists came together to paint the retaining wall along the waterfront bike path. More info: www.albuscav.us/streets2k7. Photos: www.flickr.com/groups/raritanwall. {moscomment}

Nick Daum's Dordles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Nik Daum has manifested another collection of weird and funny illustrations. Dordles (not quite drawings/not quite doodles) are the spiritual successor to his famous office sketches (both collections are published books.) "Each mark of lacerating genius is thoughtfully recorded in the margins of advertising briefs, discarded printouts, or the company stationary. The turds are then scanned, colored, composed and polished on computer. Hopefully, this preserves the playfulness and stupidity of the drawings while giving a bit more depth." His website has a nicely organized list of his many creations, www.nikdaum.com. {moscomment}

Dalek, Mars-1, 16th Annual Swap Meet

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 04, 2007
New York City's Jonathan LeVine Gallery was the place to be for art lovers on March 31st. Not only did the gallery open two highly anticipated solo shows for Dalek (Desperate, Rejected, and Angry, and Mars-1 (Aerodynamics for Psychonauts, LeVine went for the trifecta by simultaneously opening a third show, The 16th Annual Swap Meet, in his recently acquired Project Room. The Swap Meet hosted works from 14 established and emerging artists: Xiaoqing Ding, Ron English, Catalina Estrada, Erik Foss, Andrew Foster, Gibby Haynes, Foi Jimenez, Josh Keyes, Jack Long, Tara McPherson, Nouar, Daniel Peacock, Mark Dean Veca, and Damian Weinkrantz. All three shows are on view through April 28th.

Face2Face Project

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 08, 2007
JR and Marco are the awesome guys behind the Face2Face project. Face2Face juxtaposes giant photographs of people from Israel and Palestine who do the same job (a farmer, a taxi driver, a teacher, etc.) to show that they are not so different after all. The photos are blown up to enormous proportions and wheatpasted "face to face" in unavoidable places, on both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides. The Israeli side was completed March 4th, and they just finished the Palestinian side yesterday, March 7th. A book and a film about the project are also in the works. There's a video trailer introducing the concept and some of the participants, give it a moment to load, it's worth it. www.dailymotion.com/video/x1bsn0_face-2-face-trailer-by-jr-and-marco More information and back stories on the two authors at the project's website, www.face2faceproject.com. !INSPIRE! has an excellent Flickr set of the pastes going up: www.flickr.com/... {moscomment}

David Stoupakis

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Photos from Sheep Will Follow, David Stoupakis' solo show at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City/LA CA. The exhibit opened February 24th and runs through March 17th, 2007.

Team Macho

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 07, 2007
"Team Macho is a collaborative illustration and fine art effort composed of Lauchie Reid, Chris Buchan, Nicholas Aoki, Jacob Whibley, and Stephen Appleby-Barr. They currently occupy a large studio in Toronto, Canada where their joint efforts are divided equally between illustrating for very fine clients and preparing gross quantities of highly imaginative artwork for galleries in Canada and abroad." Yes, that is from their About page, but we couldn't have said it better ourselves. Their art is imaginative. Check out the Work section of their new website, www.teammacho.com. Online store coming soon... {moscomment}

purpose 4: hiver 06

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 12, 2007
The latest issue of arty French webzine "purpose" is online now. This issue's theme is landscapes. There are three sets of gorgeous photographs in bizarre realms, presumably somewhere on Earth, though several could be mistaken for another planet because they're so stark and freaky. Chris Dent contributes his pen drawings of urban landscapes. Benoit Grimbert presents photos of neighborhoods in Normandy - where there are apparently many cars and buildings but virtually no people. Yves Arcand shows the coldness of Quebec in his series "Side Effects". Chen Shaoxiong has 27 pages of casual ink drawings of the boring intimate landscapes we pass by in daily urban life. And, Jürgen Nefzger's series "Valdecaballeros" is a spooky bunch of photos of a town in central Spain that was once a bustling town where families lived in the shadow of a nuclear reactor and is now completely abandoned. Crazy stuff. www.purpose.fr {moscomment}

Gavin Nolan Unnatural Selection

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 09, 2006
Unnatural Selection, a solo exhibition of recent portraits by Gavin Nolan, opened with a private viewing on Wednesday, November 9 at London's Sartorial Contemporary Art. On display were six paintings, ranging in size from 60cm x 50cm to 185cm x 145cm. Nolan, whose work has been described as "Velasquez meets Bacon," was on hand for the event, as was model Sam Alis who sat for "Pam V." Unnatural Selection will be on view until December 1. Photos by Chris Osburn

Hard Light Preview

Juxtapoz // Friday, November 03, 2006
Hard Light, new works by Robert Hardgrave and Warren Dykeman, opens next Friday, November 10th at BLVD Gallery in Seattle, WA. Robert Hardgrave's current work deals with death in an positive light. They are ideas about reincarnation and life beyond death, often reflecting about the cadaveric donor and the life he leads on borrowed time. Robert's work has been informed by his own health issues. In 2003 he received a new kidney from a cadaveric donor which soon after developed Lymphoma due to medication complications. Discovering six months of chemotherapy were necessary, he decided that if he was able to plow through this obstacle, he would treat himself to making art full time. In November of 2003, Robert was considered in remission and today he is living the life disease awakened. Regarding his work, Robert quotes Carl Jung, "As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being." A fascination with merging industrial textures, illustration, street art and commercial art compels Warren Dykeman to paint. An avid cyclist, his paintings and drawings are combinations of imagery are culled from his rides through trainyards, hand-lettered signs seen on the road, his sketch books and snippets of conversations heard in passing. Warren's recent work incorporates a kind of coded visual language reminiscent of the "Hobo" art that is seen on the sides of boxcars, a language that was developed to communicate locations or situations that could either harm or benefit other rail enthusiasts in plain view. There's a preview of the art on the gallery's website: www.blvdart.com. {moscomment}

Nunca

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 23, 2006
Recent work by Brazillian artist Nunca. Information online about Nunca is scarce, and we left our copy of Graffiti Brasil at home today, so we don't have a lot left to say, except apparently he lives in Sao Paulo and he's pals with Os Gemeos. Here's a train he painted. Click More... for detail shots. From Graffiti Brasil: "Nunca, meaning 'never' in Portugese, started painting in 1992 and is now one of the rising stars of Sao Paulo's graffiti scene. His latest work juxtaposes urban and native cultures by combining the geometric patterns and colours found in indigenous South American artwork with the linework of pichacao. The resulting portraits of indigenous South Americans serve as a reminder, he says, 'that people in Brazil are also descendants of indigenous South Americans, and not just African and European people'"..."Globalization is an underlying issue in his work. His indigenous characters sometimes sport a spoof brand name &emdash; 'Naique', which is the local pronunciation of Nike. In homage to indigenous South American cultures, he has even adopted carving techniques in his graffiti..."

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