Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 26, 2008
When Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Retna's work first appeared in the mid-nineties, what made it stand apart from the rest was its unique layering. His color palette was so intricate, so carefully chosen, his pieces often looked to have been daubed on with a paintbrush. Quite the achievement when you consider he was painting on walls, trains, bridges, and freeway overpasses in the black of night. Frequently inspired by images of females found in magazines and corporate advertisements, Retna is especially known for embellishing existing fashion advertisements overlaying a classic style that recalls Mayan and Egyptian hieroglyphs, and even Byzantine religious mosaics. Since first making his name in 1997, Retna has found himself in popular demand, especially in the music world. R&B artist Usher is a big fan (Retna-fied paintings of Marvin Gaye, Sade and Miles Davis hang in his home). Retna's art has also appeared in pop videos for Kylie Minogue and Will Smith, and he appeared alongside Metallica at the American Music Awards, creating one of his signature pieces live on stage. "Looking at pop culture and adapting it to a more classical style is what I am known for as an artist," he says. "It's something I learned to do on the street and I'm proud to now incorporate in my paintings."
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Although The Seventh Letter is also having an exhibit opening January 19th at the Robert Berman Gallery, across the yard from the Alex Steinweiss show (below), we think Seventh Letter is so tight that it deserves its own post entirely. Will Rise, curated by Brett Aronson, will feature the work of an elite crew within The Seventh Letter known as Angels Will Rise (AWR). As some of LA’s most influential graffiti artists out there, the show will consist of a floor-to-ceiling mural installation constructed by AWR members Pusher, Ewok, Sever, Skrew, Reyes, Retna, Revok, Saber, R, Krush, Rime, and Zeser.
Juxtapoz // Friday, December 14, 2007
On December 7th, 2007, NIKE in conjunction with NADA and ANP Quarterly presented RE-RUN Miami, a contemporary installation that celebrated the renegade spirit and energy of running in the 1970s. More...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 13, 2007
Master of spray paint, Logan Hicks, hooked us up with our own set of Jeremiah Garcia's photos of the Primary Flight live outdoor mural installation at Art Basel last week. More...
Juxtapoz // Monday, November 05, 2007
Day 14: For the final diary entry on the East Coast leg of Sparks' IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour, photographer Jon Dragonette brings the trip to a close with some sweet shots from (and at) Boston, Mass. More...
Juxtapoz // Sunday, November 04, 2007
Day 13: Photographer Jon Dragonette shows off some of the art as the the East Coast leg of Sparks' IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour rolls into Boston.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, November 03, 2007
Photographer Jon Dragonette reports from Burlington, Vermont on Day 12 of the East Coast leg of Sparks' IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour with David Choe, Saber and Retna.
Juxtapoz // Friday, November 02, 2007
Day 11: Photographer Jon Dragonette plays chauffeur on the road through Vermont with David Choe, Saber and Retna on the the East Coast leg of Sparks' IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 01, 2007
Day 10: Photographer Jon Dragonette brings pics from New Haven, Connecticut as David Choe, Saber and Retna sample Ivy League college-town life on the East Coast leg of Sparks' IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.