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

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.


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