Gianluca Franzese "Reflective Radiation" @ K. Imperial, SF

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 28, 2015
Franzese’s meticulous process incorporates traditional gilding techniques and a variety of mediums. Initially, Franzese covers the entire panel with aluminum, creating his blank canvas. With precision, Franzese engraves his geometric patterns directly into the panel creating an outline for the application of color and metal leaf. Reflective Radiation explores the notion of light and illusion while each painting plays with the viewer’s perspective with various grades of shimmer illuminating the space.

Watch: Jansport #LiveOutside San Francisco

Street Art // Thursday, August 27, 2015
If you live in San Francisco or have visited here recently, it is likely that you traveled down Market Street and encountered a wonderful addition to the city's public art. Our friend and local bay area artist Lauren YS teamed up with Tatiana Suarez and Caratoes to paint a beautiful mural at Market and South Van Ness as part of Jansport's #LiveOutside campaign. We stopped by a couple of times to catch their progress, but for those of you that weren't able to or aren't able to see it in person, follow Jansport's video series document the 5-day process of painting a 55-foot wall!

"Korla" Documentary Premieres in San Francisco

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hammond organs were big in the 50’s, and there were more than a few practitioners who smoothly played and rhythmically swayed. But not many performed the Trance Dance and wore jeweled turbans and kohl rimmed eyes. Fewer still would star in their own television show and say not a word. Korla Pandit, born John Roland Redd, a black man from Columbia, Missouri, under the tutelage of his Disney illustrator wife Beryl DeBeeson, took on the persona of East Indian swami as he embodied “divine consciousness.”

The Lifers Project "Seasons Collection" @ NWBLK Gallery, SF

Photography // Thursday, August 06, 2015
Philladelphia-born, Denver-based photographer Matt Albert will be exhibiting his The LIFERS Project "Seasons Collection" this evening at NWBLK Gallery in San Fracisco. For this particular series Albert partnered with Cadillac and hit the road in two Escalades with his Airstream and mobile darkroom in tow to shoot portraits of Danny Way, Ray Barbee, Steve Berra, Lance Mountain and more.

"Devolution" Group Show @ Fifty24SF Gallery

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
On August 1st, 2015 Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground will present "Devolultion", group exhibition featuring the work of Smithe, Tina Lugo, Lauren YS and Benjamin Constantine. 

Opening: Swampy "NBD" @ Chandran Gallery, SF

Pop Life // Monday, July 27, 2015
This past Saturday, Chandran Gallery in San Francisco hosted an exhibition and book release for Swampy, both titled NBD. The elusive artist had been quiet for a few years until starting an Instagram account earlier this year, and in the process, worked and created a new book of photos, essays, and stories around new train-hopping travels and documenting parts of rural North America.

'Rising Sun' by Erik Otto

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 24, 2015
Erik Otto's show Rising Sun will be up for just a few more days at Luna Rienne Gallery in San Francisco's Mission District. Otto has a passion for creative exploration and balances his time between painting and design, blending multiple influences into one distinct style that has been presented in distinguished galleries, film/theater sets, street corners, and even a parklet. The show Rising Sun represents Otto’s latest perspective on the increasingly challenging times artists face in a city undergoing very apparent transition, and depicts a new chapter that hopes for a brighter future. Competing forces, reinvention, and renewal play a role, and are all connected to a larger story of survival. This collection builds on his last body of work, Rising Tides, which centered around the concept that turbulent times invoke a need to make peace through acceptance.

Pablo Cristi “From The Margin” @ Campfire Gallery, SF

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The show will include a series of paintings on canvas and paper as well as mixed media. Exploring the role of dominant cultures and how power, politics and economics impact the voice of historically marginalized communities is a continuing interest for Cristi. A son of immigrant parents from Chile, growing up in predominantly Mexican-American East Los Angeles and eventually pursuing a formal arts education in the Northwest and Bay Area, has given him a unique perspective on questions of cultural identity especially for those outside dominant cultures.

Lucien Shapiro "Full Circle" @ RVCA VASF Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 17, 2015
Our friend and artist Lucien Shaprio (featured December, 2015) will be revealing his windown installation at RVCA SF this evening, Friday, July 17th with a live performance with Minka Sicklinger. The Full Circle windown installation and ritual performance will take place at 8:30pm.

Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Salted caramels and bitter chocolate tantalize not only our taste buds but our imaginations. Salvador Dali painted melting clocks and Walt Disney portrayed backward clocks and relentless watches in his animated Alice in Wonderland. Both men possessed the knowledge and ability to harness the sweet and sinister in the 1940’s. This outwardly odd-coupling was destined to become their joint venture Destino, which travelled its own labyrthine path until its release in 2003.


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