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.

"From the Streets of Brooklyn" Group Show in LA from NY

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 07, 2009
We’re so hyped on this show. From The Streets of Brooklyn is a wide survey of the many street and graffiti artists who call Brooklyn their home. Opening this Friday at Thinkspace, From The Streets of Brooklyn is a massive undertaking, curated by Andrew Michael Ford of Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn (duh.) From internationally renowned street artists such as Bast and Swoon to hardcore graf writers such as Kuma and Rate, this show features almost 50 artists (including AIKO, Dan Witz [work shown above] ELBOW-TOE, Gaia, Imminent Disaster, Josh MacPhee, Maya Hayuk, and more) from every walk of street art and graf art life. 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. A photomontage by street art photographer Luna Park is included in the show as well as great installations in the gallery by Gaia with Rachel Lowing (front entry area) and Imminent Disaster (project room area). Also, be sure to check the area around the gallery for the incredible chalk shadows of Ellis G. dotting the sidewalks and enhancing the mundane city landscape, even if only until the next rain. Take a preview look at some of the works that will grace Thinkspace Gallery in From The Streets of Brooklyn, opening this Friday January 9th and get more info right over here…

New Image Art Celebrates 15 Years

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 05, 2009
New Image Art will be celebrating 15 years of exhibiting some of the best contemporary art the world has to offer by exhibiting more art by some of the best contemporary artists working today. Good idea, huh? Opening Saturday, January 24th, 2009 New Image will showcae an exhibit offering works by such seminal artists: Ed Templeton, Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, Deanna Templeton, Judith Supine, Shepard Fairey, Cleon Peterson, Jim Houser, Matt Leines, Swoon, faie, David Ellis, Neckface, AIKO, The Date Farmers, Anthony Lister, Os Gemeos, Jeff Soto, Kime Buzzelli, Geoff Mcfetridge, and more. If you can get a more rock solid grouping, we’d like to know because this exhibit is pretty close to diamond status. More at newimageartgallery.com

"Brooklyn Block Party" & "Junk Store"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Brooklyn Block Party, a group showing from Richard Mock, Swoon, David Ellis, Mike Houston, Martin Mazorra, Dennis McNett, Judith Supine, ElbowToe, Gaia, c.damage, and Imminent Disaster comes to Ad Hoc Art on Friday, December 12th, 2008. Brooklyn Block Party will showcase both wood and lino hand-cut original blocks (get it…Brooklyn Block Party) along with the prints pulled from each block created by these prolific artists. On top of all that, C215 (work shown) will grace the project room with his solo show, Junk Store. With so many sick artists in one place, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a spot more crackin’ on December 12th than Ad Hoc in Brooklyn, New York. Both Brooklyn Block Party and Junk Store run December 12th, 208 - January 4th, 2009. More at adhocart.org

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