Scrolling through the arts section of one of my favorite online news sources, The Conversation, I came across an article on Jeff Koons! Jeff Koons has been one of my art loves (lets face it, it’s far more than a crush) for years, not only for transformation of low culture kitsch objects into luxury high art sculptures, nor for his Orange Balloon Dog selling for $58.4 million last year (the most expensive work ever sold by a living artist), but because his work constantly surprises me.
The article, Jeff Koons – a spectacle on the way to respectable, discusses his current retrospective being held at the Whitney Museum in New York. It’s also a great article for those who don’t know much about Koons or his production technique. Yes, he employs a number of assistants (approx. 128) and is very much so compared to Warhol in regards to producing art. However, he does have different standards of quality/aesthetic to what Warhol produced. His sculptures are limited edition, and prized as a type of “commodity fetish”.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a sculpture titled “Play-Doh”, which Koon’s has been working on for more than two decades. Oh what I would do to see it!
If you are able to go to New York before October 19, I couldn’t recommend going to the retrospective enough. If you’re like me and can only dream, check out the articles online...
Photographers and photography lovers here is your chance to back a great magazine and end up with a copy. Take Magazine currently has a pozible campaign going so they can print their 4th issue. Always comprised beautifully showcasing a range of breathtaking images, this is a mag worth collecting!
Yok and Sheryo spent two months riding motorbikes in a small village in Java, Indonesia while making these one off works on fabric. Showing a selection of their Batik work this Friday night at Krause Gallery, everything is hand-made and each one is completely unique. Head down on August 1st from 7 - 9pm and take a look what they've been up to this year. 149 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, NY.
Jerusalem is Israel's capital city and one of the oldest cities in the world. We honestly had no idea what to expect from the local graffiti scene, yet only a few minutes after stepping out of the central train station, we were greeted with an assortment of tags and roller pieces. Being a massive tourist destination and religious hub, the theme of graffiti in this city varied from local political statements to international visitors leaving their mark.
When heading towards the Old City, we caught eye of a mural down a small lane, this led us to the largest concentration of work that we had seen so far in Jerusalem. The murals rolled through the narrow street and very appropriately ended at a back alley bar called Uganda, a hang out for many local writers.
This week's art crush goes to Russian born Lora Zombie for her bright, beautiful watercolour paintings with subtle political undertones. I love the way she uses subtle messages in her imagery on political statements and war in some of her work, while others are fun, bright and just make you smile. Head to her website to see more of her work including her exhibitions and collaborations.
Folks! I'm thrilled to let you know Just Another has it's first ever event in Berlin happening this week! Painting On Air is a live music and painting event featuring a range of local open air djs and local, national and international artists. Sponsored by none other than Australian paint giants Ironlak. The buff of the first, 9 story wall has begun with much more to follow on Saturday!
We are always on the hunt for awesome spaces that support artists and the community. That strive to make a difference and The Chop Shop seems to be just that! Opening in an abandoned warehouse in the heart of Braddon (Canberra, Australia) for 4 months, with a total of 26 weekends of events, running up to the New Year. It's billed as a place to support the arts, music, fashion, and the fringe culture; but without the wank. An independent community based house of fun. Want to find out more? Well head on over to VNA and check out the interview done with Damo or show your love and check out their kickstarter fund!
The Boywolf Den is a hot spot in freezing cold Melb’s winter. Last week, I dared to say out loud "hey this winter is not being so bad!" and now... but last Friday night I was lucky enough to be in the right place to share the coldness and warm up with some real hot art. Hot indeed as the live performance of Hernan Lopera and his assistant making a wax sculpture out of cotton fabric, socked in liquefied paraffin and then placed on top of Hernan’s body where he ‘simply stayed put' until the paraffin went solid making his body a sculpture.
The opening of ‘build’ a pop-up show had a lot of character and charm. Right behind mass-produced Swiss design and top meatballs store IKEA, ‘build’ showcased 8 local artists and is so worth a check out!
Some of my highlights also include Petra Nicel with her bee wax sculpturesthat reminded me a lot the "Rorschach" or an inkblot test but in a 3D wonderful wax, delicate cloud version with a sensual femininity and flare to it. A hint of nature by Driftwood Dahlia that kind of transports you to Wonderland and so much more for you to discover.
It’s been so long since I last meet such a good looking bunch of people, had as many good chats and enjoyed a live performance art. From the art to the staff this place is damn hot. Super recommended! One-week only show.
- Erika Siabatto (JAPS Staff)
Numskull is a Sydney-based artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture, illustration and large-scale murals. 'Bright Lights' silhouettes of headless beings are devoid of any distinctive personality, anonymous and statuesque. Their bodies are jolted by the blows of arrows piercing their skin as they float amongst a wreckage of irregular patterned objects. Are these creatures under attack, and if so, by whom? What is the reason for their undoing? This is avant-garde story telling. Through suggestion, provocation and disguise Numskull turns us upon ourselves to question notions of expectation, influence and the longing for perfection.
Opening Friday 1st of August and on display until the 10th, at Backwoods Gallery.
Built on the slopes of mount Carmel is the city of Haifa. Even though it is the largest city in Northern Israel. With a population of just under 300,000, Haifa has a sleepy, small town vibe. Haifa may seem like a quiet city, yet it has a bustling street art and graffiti scene. At the heart of the graffiti community is The Warehouse, Haifa's one and only graffiti store. Located in central Haifa, this shop is a hub for pretty much every local writer and creative. The ground floor serves as the paint shop, with the upper level being home to a modest screen printing setup.
We were only in Haifa for a few days, yet the shop owner and several of the local artists were so welcoming, we spent a large part of our time, just sitting out the front, chatting, exchanging photos and stories about our respective graffiti communities. Its places like this that make you feel at home, no matter where you are in the world.