"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

Preview: "Raw Skies" at Carmichael Gallery

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art presents Raw Skies, a group show featuring seven diverse artists from the US, Canada, Brazil, and South Korea. Gaia, Imminent Disaster, Jana Joana, Kay2, Labrona, Produkt, and Vitché, each of whom is gaining international recognition for their innovative and inspiring urban artistry, have each used a wide variety of media to contribute exciting new bodies of work to this group exhibition, which is sure to blow the kids away in style and quality. The opening reception for Raw Skies will be held on Saturday, October 4th, 2008 and will be open for viewing through Sunday, October 26th, 2008. Make sure to learn about all artists participating in Raw Skies! More here.

On the Streets with Swoon

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Despite global recognition, Swoon never stops staying true to the streets. What we love so much about this maverick is that she puts just as much time in to her transient wheatpastes as she does in to her gallery work. “I know that people respect the extreme commitment that I put into my work. It’s sometimes hard for people to understand how I can spend so much time on a piece and then put it up on the streets where it can be gone so quickly. “At first, I was precious about everything and wanted my work to be permanent. And because I knew that it wasn’t permanent on the street, I wasn’t putting all I had into my work. But then something happened where I stopped caring about permanence and started putting everything I had into the work. At that moment, everything changed for me,” stated Swoon in an interview with Swindle. “And when I finally finished it, I put it up on the street and never felt happier. And the amazing thing I learned was that the work that I put the most into seemed to last the longest.” Using the city as a canvas, Swoon has been hitting New York with her trademark portraits full of raw emotion, and this piece is no exception.

Video: Ron English, Swoon, JetSet Graffiti x Santa's Ghetto

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 07, 2008
Check out this footage from Banksy’s Santa’s Ghetto Exhibition in Bethlehem. Ron English, SWOON, and JetSet Graffiti donated artwork to Santa’s Ghetto and traveled there to paint on the Apartheid Wall and work in solidarity with the elusive British artist Banksy. The effort was made to raise awareness of the horrible reality that faces the Palestinian and Israeli people on a daily basis. Using art as a catalyst for change, these brave artists ventured into a live war-zone to create their unique and distinctive form of street art and make a statement to the world about the horrors of oppression and marginalization of minorities in modern society. The exhibition raised 1 million dollars for the children of Palestine. For more information or to make a donation to the Santa’s Ghetto project, visit www.santasghetto.com

Photos: "Trespass Alliance: Inside Urban Art"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 25, 2008
If you’re American, you might have seen this image and thought “Yum, McDonald’s.” Of course, if you’re from anywhere else, you probably turned your nose at such a heinous form of food and wondered, “Why is an art magazine like Juxtapoz promoting unhealthy junk food?” Okay, hopefully cultural stereotypes like that never cross your mind, but hey, we can make fun of America because we’re based in San Francisco. And everything about SF is far superior to the rest of the country. We drive Hybrids and banned plastic bags to prove it. Seriously though, this piece from Laura Keeble is titled The Glass Supper and is part of the awesome group show Trespass Alliance: Inside Urban Art at Andipa Gallery in (of course) London. Featuring a wealth of work from internationally renowned urban artists, including: Swoon, Jose Parla, Judith Supine (Juxtapoz issue #90) D*Face, and more, Trespass Alliance proves urban art can thrive on the streets, as well as in galleries. Check out more photos from Trespass Alliance: Inside Urban Art right this way…

Swoon, Chris Stain, and The Polaroid Kidd

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 01, 2008
What do Swoon, Chris Stain, and The Polaroid Kidd all have in common? They’re all super talented artists that have been in the game long enough to know that YouTube movies featuring them without words can totally rock. This lil’ movie is of their recent show together in France at Galerie LJ Beaubourg. Sit back, get down with the artsy beats in this short, and watch masters as they prepare for a show.

SWOON at New Image Art

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 14, 2008
New Image Art is pleased to announce the first Los Angeles solo exhibition by SWOON, Drown Your Boats, opening Saturday, February 16th. Partially inspired by Angela Carter's Burning Your Boats, this show, and much of SWOON's work is not only a momentary glimpse in contemporary life; her work speaks of tales, legends, and variations on mythic themes, sparked by great vitality, inventiveness, and a deeply macabre imagination. Having recently participated in an armada of sorts SWOON along with other fellow Pittsburgh "boat punks" constructed their own flotilla and sailed down the Hudson and Mississippi Rivers! For this new exhibition SWOON will be executing a canoe as her central installation piece that will later become part of a Deitch Projects show this Fall. SWOON's worlds are often populated by realistically rendered, and evocatively cutout street people, often her friends and family. You've probably encountered SWOON's work before: she has been covering the streets of New York with her signature cutouts for several years. Often found in beautiful states of decay, her wheat-pasted cut outs "collaborate" with the street to create a time-based public artwork that we simply can't get enough of! More info at New Image Art online. Images courtesy Josh White.

Santa's Ghetto

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 03, 2007
As an artist, the most you can hope for from your work is to create change, be it social, political, or personal. The Santa's Ghetto project that has happened in London the last couple of years is about trying to change art from something separate and elite into something for everyone to enjoy, something that's part of the world, not apart from it. This year, Santa's Ghetto is going even further, conceptually and physically, all the way to the holiday source: Bethlehem. Nestled in one of the most war-torn cities on Earth, the store will exist only as a positive force for change, with all the proceeds going to help local youth projects. The distance is prohibitive for those of us who can't just jump on a plane to the Middle East, and the city is not without its hazards (in general, you run less of a risk being blown up by a suicide bomber while buying art in London), but that just means that the buyers will be more dedicated to the love of art and creating change. This year the roster of contributing artists includes 3D, Abdul Rohman, Elmzyen Adam, Koukoudakis Aiko, Ayed Arafah, Banksy, Bast, Ben Turnbull, Blu, Conor Harrington, Eine, Erica il Cane, Faile, Gee Vaucher, James Cauty, Jonathan Yeo, Karim Dabbah, Kelsey Brookes, Lucy McLauchlan, Mark Jenkins, Antony Micallef, Paul Insect, Sir Peter Blake, Peter Kennard, Kat Phillips, Ron English, Sam 3, Sickboy, Souleiman Mansour, Swoon, and Yousef Katalo. That is a heavy, heavy list. Even if you can't afford the art, or the plane ticket, you can check out the Santa's Ghetto website, www.santasghetto.com, for photos of the available works as well as the various paintings that some of the artists are making around the city, including the heavily guarded wall that surrounds the city on three sides. If nothing else, let this project remind you that you don't have to give gifts just to people you know. There are thousands of worthwhile charities that can benefit from your donations as much as, or more than, your nephew needs an XBOX. And they won't get tired of it after 30 minutes.

Swoon, Faile, + David Ellis

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Photos from The Burning House, a group show with art and installation by Swoon, David Ellis, and Faile at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Opening night was Saturday, January 20th and the show runs through February 24th, 2007.
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