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Issue 16 of Hi-Fructose Magazine features an interview I conducted with UK-based artist, James Roper. I encourage you to pick up a copy but in the meantime, here’s a snippet:

“…to grasp the complexity of Roper as a creator is to know him first and foremost as a thinker. If the viewer were to act as archaeologist peeling back the surface layers of paint, gesso, and canvas, he would find the core of the work to be built upon a conceptual framework of organized philosophical thought aimed at exploring the most fundamental of mankind’s musings: who and what we are.”

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The literary and visual arts are intersecting in New York’s Lower East Side, thanks to independent curators Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Franklin Evans who have assembled an intricate group show based on the popular LES detective novel “Lush Life” by Richard Price.  The eponymous group show utilizes nine Lower East Side galleries as geographical correspondents to scenes that take place within the novel.  For more on the intricacies of this endeavor, click here.

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Isabel Samaras "Wize", Oil on wood

The 5 Year Anniversary show at Jonathan Levine Gallery runs through the end of March. I was checking out the work online and just happened to catch the fact that Jonathan, his artists, and a run down of the street art genre was featured in a New York Times article. It’s a nice first attempt to bring the work of some worthwhile artists into the minds of the mainstream art establishment. Written by someone who I presume is completely outside the circle of artists he’s writing about, in terms of taste and life experience, the article does its best to define the work and give the group a nod of approval. Somehow, it still manages to rub me the wrong way, but that’s not difficult to do these days – especially when it comes to art and its criticism. I guess I just wish that the genre weren’t still in a stage of having to fight for recognition. Maybe “fight” isn’t the right word. It isn’t as though any of the artists referenced by the article are all that concerned with appealing to the snooty art establishment anyway. I guess to me, the piece just feels like a handout when it could have just been written about in terms that presented it as a capable art scene that’s been standing on its own two feet for a while now. It seemed the author was still validating it in some way. The name dropping at the end of the article didn’t help. And trying to re-define the entire genre as “pop pluralism” just sounds ridiculous. Whatevs.

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In the recent Winter issue of Colors Magazine, there is an article on the art of surveillance that is quite intriguing. The featured work belongs to Hasan Elahi who, in 2002, was stopped by the FBI at the Detroit airport and questioned about his whereabouts on September 11th. (more…)

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I conducted an interview with the very talented artist Travis Louie for the September issue of Juxtapoz Magazine. We had a chance to discuss his early influences, the foundation of his aesthetic, as well as the stories behind his intriguing characters. It’s on newsstands now!

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I just picked up the current issue of Art on Paper which featured an article on the work of Czech artist, Zdenek Kosek, written by Lyle Rexer. Kosek was a typographer and cartoonist who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at about the age of forty. The work (more…)

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I have a couple of pieces in the latest issue of Hi-Fructose. The first is an introduction for the interview Annie Owens did with Michael Page and the second is a book review on Joe Ledbetter’s new book, Creatures of Habit. Issue 12 of Hi-Fructose is on newsstands now.

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