Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction: Monica Canilao

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Bay Area-based artist Monica Canilao (Juxtapoz #93) graciously donated a stunning acrylic and burned wood piece for the Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction, “The Big Payback”. Learn more about this organically inspired creator by reading a recent conversation with friend and fellow artist, Swoon.

New Swimming Cities Project: Down the Ganges

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 01, 2009
The Swimming Cities collective (including the likes of Jux favorites Swoon, Monical Canilao, and more) is planning a new project for mid March 2010 on the Ganges River in India to coincide with the Kumbh Mela festival, the largest human gathering on the planet.

Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction: Joey Garfield

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 27, 2009
Our next stellar contributing artist featured in the Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction is Joey Garfield. Photographer, documentarian, music video director, writer, artist; Joey seems to have done it all. And continues to do so with style.

Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction: Swoon

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 24, 2009
Things have been very busy around the Juxtapoz offices, largely in part due to our upcoming 15th Anniversary Art Auction. A benefit presented by Upper Playground in collaboration with Power House Project of Detroit, the art auction will help raise funds to purchase and renovate foreclosed and abandoned homes in the Detroit area.

NuArt Festival to Hit Norway

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Nuart, the annual international street art festival based in Stavanger on the West Coast of Norway, will run this year from the first week in September for a month. An international team of street artists, including Swoon, David Choe, and Judith Supine, will start to leave their mark on the city's walls and contribute to a one month long Nuart static show.

Dave Schubert in The Backroom Gallery at Dirtypilot

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2009
“What can we say except we are stoked to have acquired an amazing collection of work by Mission Based Photographer Dave Schubert,” writes Dirty Piltot. “15 amazing images including shots of artist friends Dash Snow, ?Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson and more.” It’s all part of their Backroom Gallery, A Group Show 24/7.

Balk Talk with Monica Canilao

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 13, 2009
She’s been described by Swoon as a “rising star,” even as “a natural.” San Francisco Bay Area based Monica Canilao (Juxtapoz #93) creates layered, deep, and intellectually challenging pieces. One of the hardest working artists around, Monica spends her days experimenting with new mediums, planning work dates (“because it brings me a lot of joy to be working around others and skill sharing whenever possible”), and taking the craft of handmade artistry to new levels.   Learn more about this insatiable artist and why she claims “eating sandwiches and inventing rap” was the best things she’s done to breakthrough as an artist.

Swimming Cities of Serenissima Benefit from Swoon

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 02, 2009
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima is a fleet of three intricately hand-crafted vessels that will navigate the Adriatic Sea from Slovenia to Venice, Italy this May to crash the Venice Biennale. Two of the vessels navigated the Hudson river in 2008 and the project is descended from the Miss Rockaway Armada, which navigated the Mississippi River on junk rafts in 2006 and 2007. The vessels are made of found materials and run on recycled car engines and biodiesel. In order to provide continued funding for this incredible project, a benefit exhibition hosted by Glowlab will take place in New York City during Armory Show week, March 5 – 8, 2009. Participating artists include Swoon, Maya Hayuk, The London Police, Martha Cooper, Monica Canilao, Dennis McNett, Imminent Disaster, Eric White, Tod Seelie, Molly Crabapple, C. Damage, Elbow Toe and many more. This is an event anyone even close to the East Coast should try to swim out for, as The Swimming Cities will be sailing away soon after. More info on the project at swimmingcities.org

Swoon's Swimming Cities of Serenissima Benefit

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima is a fleet of three intricately hand crafted vessels that will navigate the Adriatic Sea from the Karst region of Slovenia to Venice, Italy in May of 2009. Designed by the visual artist SWOON, the floating sculptures are descendants of the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (Hudson River, 2008) and the Miss Rockaway Armada (Mississippi River, 2006 and 2007). SWOON's boats are inspired by dense urban cityscapes and thickly intertwined mangrove swamps from her Florida youth. The Swimming Cities of Serenissima are built from salvaged materials, including modified Mercedes car motors with long-tail propellers. The boats' crew is made up of 30 collaborating artists from the United States. In order to provide continued funding for this incredible project, a benefit exhibition hosted by Glowlab will take place in New York City during Armory Show week, March 5 – 8, 2009. Participating artists include Swoon, Maya Hayuk, The London Police, Martha Cooper, Monica Canilao, Dennis McNett, Imminent Disaster, Eric White, Tod Seelie, Molly Crabapple, C. Damage, Elbow Toe and many more. This is an event anyone even close to the East Coast should try to swim out for, as The Swimming Cities will be sailing away soon after. If you can’t make it out, Todd Chandler shot a film called FLOOD aboard the vessels of the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, which is currently in post-production. Peep a teaser clip from the film below and then snag more info on the project at swimmingcities.org    

Opening Night: "From The Streets of Brooklyn" at Thinkspace

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 15, 2009
From The Streets of Brooklyn, the wide survey of the many street and graffiti artists who call Brooklyn their home, opened to a packed house last weekend at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Curated by Brooklyn's Ad Hoc Art (represented above by co-founder Garrison Buxton, center, and director Andrew Michael Ford, right, with Thinkspace's Andrew Hosner, left.) This show features almost 50 artists, including AIKO, Dan Witz, Swoon, ELBOW-TOE, Gaia, Imminent Disaster, Josh MacPhee, Maya Hayuk, and more. Yeah, they went all-out on this one- just get a load of that wall below. Does that even look like Thinkspace? Wheat pastes, stencils, murals, installs and (of course) tags and piece ups are all recognized and included in this incredible examination of what is currently going on and staying up in the streets of Brooklyn, New York. See more opening night magic captured on film here on Flickr.

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