Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 26, 2009
The lovely Lola has been quite the busy bee lately. Fresh off her recent solo exhibition The Wondermental at Corey Helford Gallery, she now has another solo, Natural Beauties, slated at CoproNason Gallery. The Natural Beauties exhibition finds Lola exploring the unique worlds of supposed 'outcast' elements in nature. These intricately rendered paintings provide a rich context for the artist to pursue the truly soft and gentle essences of these shy creatures. Along with her solo exhibit, Lola worked closely with the gallery to curate a group exhibition called Superschool. The exhibition boasts an impressive array of master painters in the new contemporary style, including: Travis Louie, Gary Baseman, sas Christian, Chet Zar, Day May, Amy Sol, Mia, Nathan Spoor, Heiko Mueller, Martin Wittforth (work shown below), and more. Impressive. Both shows open to the public on Saturday, Match 7th, 2009. Grab more info at www.copronason.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 25, 2009
HUSH will be gracing Los Angeles’ Carmichael Gallery with a new collection of works in his first US solo show entitled Hymn to Beauty, opening Thursday, March 5th 2009. Hush's work has been described as a sensory assault of shape, color, and character. Inspired by the portrayal of the female form in art, the artist builds up and tears down layers of paint and images as he works, "letting the canvas and marks take their own path." The result is an enigmatic synthesis of anime, pop-infused imagery, graffiti, and graphic design that exposes the conflict between power and decay, innocence and sexuality, and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture. Hush continues to evolve his style with this latest batch of pieces, which merges his early anime and pop-art influenced graffiti technique with an exploration of Romanesque iconographic imagery. The new works are bigger, deeper and richer than anything he has produced to date. The show will run thru March 26th, 2009. More on HUSH at www.studio-hush.com More on Hymn to Beauty at www.carmichaelgallery.com
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 24, 2009
REVOK may seem intimidating, but one look at this hilarious photo and it’s clear that (1) REVOK is awesome (2) he’s a sweetheart and (3) you need to learn more about him. Naturally we anticipated your desire to get to know one of the most elusive, famed, and respected graffiti artists the world has to offer, so we got him to share his dirty lil secrets by answering our Back Talk Questions. Okay, not all his secrets are dirty, but he does spill details about how he dodged getting caught by LA’s finest while working on a piece one crazy night. See what we’re talking about by reading Back Talk with REVOK below.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Noir Nouar is a dark haired girl, with dark subliminal meanings and jolly palatable paintings. For example, you might think a robust shiny tomato lady is an enticing marketing icon; but three eager worms approach, their phallus shaped noses glowing red with excitement. A Bob’s Big Boy cameo also fits nicely in the genre of American advertising. But in the nude, he is a blatantly repulsive mascot for Fatty Happy Lard. This is the precarious imagery that Nouar delivers in neat packaging, awaiting responses of repugnancy and giggles. She explores the nuances of food advertising, desire, anxiety, and good ol’ American tradition in all the glory of genetically engineered produce and milk fed veal. The contradiction between Nouar’s nauseatingly cheery characters and their imminent slaughter is at once silly and disquieting, a dilemma that has divided vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters for all time. But don’t lose your appetite quite yet. After all, Nouar’s paintings are delightfully polished and gay. This Saturday, Jonathan Levine Gallery serves up a juicy solo-show platter that is sure to tickle your palate and spark some unusual after-dinner conversation. Kirsten Incorvaia snagged the lady of the hour for a quick interview, and found her humor noir to be just as sassy as Hot Diggity Dog.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Lawyers, guns, and money. Sounds like some shit is going down. Luckily, it’s an upcoming AWR and MSK group art show at Canvas, featuring original works from Augor, Aloy, Bert Krak, Dame, Ewok, Jersey Joe (Rime), Krush, Norm, Pose, Risk, Retna, Revok (shown working on the collaborative print, left, that will be released at the opening) Saber, Tyke (The Witness) Zeser, and more. It all goes down next Saturday, February 28th, 2009. See these graff masters in a setting other than the street. They may be the sickets artists in the concrete jungle, but they can also kill it in a studio setting. See what they have to offer and hit up Canvas LA next weekend. And remember to send some lawyers, guns, and money while you’re at it. Someone always needs a lawyer and money is also nice.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The next opening to grace Subliminal Projects is John Van Hamersveld's career retrospective, Post-Future, opening Friday, March 6th. Like an acid trip in ink on the paper of space and time, John Van Hamersveldʼs graphics have transcended the psychedelic ʻ60s and become classic images that are as futuristic as they are vintage. Post-Future features many of Van Hamersveldʼs classic works juxtaposed with re-imaginings of those images, recent retro-styled pieces and a never-before-seen series of drawings connecting past and present. Best known for his legendary poster for the 1964 blockbuster surf ﬁlm The Endless Summer and his album covers for the Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour), The Rolling Stones (Exile on Main Street), Jefferson Airplane (Crown of Creation), the Grateful Dead (Skeletons in the Closet), Kiss (Hotter Than Hell) and Blondie (Eat to the Beat), among others, as well as the mind-bending concert posters he created while operating the Pinnacle concert production company, Van Hamersveld has built up a wide-ranging body of work over a career verging on its sixth decade. Through the show, Van Hamersveld creates a lens through which the past can be seen and the future can be sourced, where imagery melts into a pool that is both the source and the destination of creativity. More info on John Van Hamersveld's Post-Future at subliminalprojects.com
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Watch out, Cupid. You've got competition as Ron English will make a rare appearance at Dr. Sketchy's this Valentine's Day at The Slipper Room in New York City. Dr. Sketchy's, our favorite life-drawing cabaret art school, will pay tribute to the legendary street artist Ron English by having burlesque queen Amber Ray pose as the subject of Ron's most famous paintings in a Popaganda-inspired set. In Dr. Sketchy's class experiences (and they truly are experiences!) artists draw glamorous, scantily constumed underground performers and compete in contests, win drinks, and prizes in sessions hosted by artist Molly Crabapple. Ron English will be in attendance signing books for this special session this weekend, so book your spot early, as it is sure to sell out. Further info at www.drsketchy.com
Juxtapoz // Monday, February 09, 2009
The Hammer Museum and Flux present a quarterly screening series featuring innovative short films, music videos, features, filmmaker retrospectives and the most visual work from around the globe. Now in its second year, the Flux Screening Series will debut the World Premiere of PSST! 3, a collaborative new film project featuring shorts by a worldwide network of designers, directors, animators, and composers. PSST! founder and curator Bran Dougherty-Johnson will be in attendance to present the films and the evening will also include the Premiere of two N.A.S.A. videos from its highly-anticipated new release The Spirit of Apollo: "Gifted" featuring Kayne West, Santogold and Lykke Li, directed by Three Legged Legs and "A Volta", directed by Logan in collaboration with The Date Farmers. The NASA videos were spearheaded by filmmaker Syd Garon who will be presenting the new works along with Casey Hunt, Greg Gunn and Reza Rasoli of Three Legged Legs and Alexei Tylevich of Logan. A courtyard after-party will follow the film screenings. It all goes down at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles starting at 7pm on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. Admission is free, RSVP is suggested. Visit flux.net for more information.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 05, 2009
Scion’s Installation 5 Art Tour will arrive in Phoenix, Arizona tomorrow, February 6th after completing a successful stint in Miami during Art Basel in December. The Phoenix event is set to be equally momentous as it takes place during Phoenix’s First Friday art walk and will expose Installation 5 to the over 12,000 art lovers that this monthly event attracts. The opening reception will take place from 6 – 10pm at Perihelion Arts with artists Kofie and Skypage in attendance and music provided by D-JR. Installation 5: Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world and will visit nine cities in total including Miami, New York, Portland, Minneapolis, San Jose, and Los Angeles. For Installation 5 each artist was asked to create his or her literal, or non-literal interpretation of the theme 'Self-Portraits'. Video art will be included for the first time in the tour’s five-year history, alongside painting and photography. The tour kicked off in Detroit and will culminate at Scion’s Installation L.A. gallery space where all artwork will be auctioned off to the public, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward art-related charities and non-profits. Last year’s Installation 4 tour raised over $50,000 on behalf of Art From Scrap, an organization encouraging creative expression in the arts and promoting a greater understanding of environmental issues. For more information on the tour, the artists, the artwork and details from past tours please visit: www.scion.com/installation
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 03, 2009
“New York Comic Con is coming up this weekend, and for the first time ever, my clothing/art company, ZEROFRIENDS, will be there slanging goods on the cold-as-Christian-Bale East Coast,” writes artist Alex Pardee (Juxtapoz cover #79). You heard the man: listen up you New Yorkians: Alex and his artwork will be coming to your spot, so snag this chance to hang out with one of our favorite weirdoes and cop your very own exclusive limited fine art print of a painting inspired by his love for Alan Moore's Watchmen graphic novel. “In so many ways, this recent painting that I did is perfect for a New York Comic Con exclusive limited fine art print,” Alex states. Why is that? “Looking back now, a lot of things from Watchmen stuck with me,” he writes on his blog. “I always said my first tattoo was going to be a Rorshach test. I have always looked at owls as lonely but heroic animals. I BELIEVED that when you teleported, you vomited, so much so that I called bullshit on Seth Brundle in The Fly. I never saw anything wrong with Dr Manhattan’s work ethic and his complete disregard for the rest of the world and his relationships. I subconsciously adapted his work ethic, which is probably a bad thing. I kept sugar cubes in my pocket when I worked at the credit card processing company in sacramento. I liked the 12 monkey's movie marketing because it reminded me of ‘who watches the watchmen?’ and I even repeatedly dreamt of going to Mars for a day. In fact, I still do." Hit us up when you go, brotha. We’ve had similar dreams ourselves. Grab more info on the dream (and, we suppose, the actual print) now on Alex’s blog.