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All About Surf Films: Straend Festival in Berlin

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The second installment of the Straend Festival is going down in Berlin this weekend. They call it a day at the beach with friends.. Not only surf films will be shown, but also some art, music, DJs and a sweet miniramp provided by our local favorites Iriedaily are rounding up what you would claim to be a really nice event which is all about summer vibes. And the forecast for the weekend is looking pretty legit!

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Evan Hecox, ‘Far’ — New Show at Joshua Liner Gallery

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Evan Hecox is one of those artists who are incredibly good at what they do and how they progress, like Geoff McFetridge for example. One of JB.‘s all-time favorites now has a show coming up this week in NY’s Joshua Liner Gallery with amazing new work on paper, wood panel, and canvas, employing numerous combinations of acrylic paint, ink, gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil.

“Continuing an exploration and documentation of unfamiliar cities, the artist broadens his horizon in Far, drawing inspiration from trips to New York, the remote Mojave Desert, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Experimenting with representational depictions of cityscapes and remote towns paired with abstract geometric forms, Far incorporates a collection of vastly different scenes, unified by Hecox’s attention to detail, and fascination with landscape.”

May 7 to June 6, 2015 at Joshua Liner, New York
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Fresh New Mural by Stephen ESPO Powers

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Been following the progress of Stephen ESPO Powers’ new mural he painted in Miami Beach just a few weeks ago. He was Poet-in-Residence at The Carlton Hotel, provided with “sweet sweet creative freedom to spray some Espoetry”. Powers is selling a screenprint of the rough composition he made for the mural Looking and Telling for $50. Maybe there are still a few copies left, you better be quick!

“Miami, a destination and destiny. I was working inside the service industrial complex, so a lot of what I wrote was about the everyday life of the hotel, and what people get from the hotel experience. I like that its a box of sin and a place of peace, that its always in a state of change but maintains stability, like the tides a block away.”
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Fresh Art: Michael Bennett

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Artist Michael Bennett creates these beautiful abstract and minimalist paintings. Michael was born in England and currently lives and works in Berlin. He has been working on something with our friends recently – the art publishers Draw A Line.
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Photography: Bruce Gilden — Brighton Beach, NY

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Nothing beats the facial expressions of protagonists in Bruce Gilden‘s photographs. The surreal setting, caused by a nasty flash light Gilden is literally shooting into people’s faces, the high contrast and the fast moving, is something that is instantly identifiable in his images. Here is a series he shot in Brighton Beach, NY, a predominantly Russian neighborhood.
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Show Opening: Julie Oppermann

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Our friend Julie Oppermann, the silent star of our group show is currently residing in sunny LA and created some rad new pieces for her upcoming show at Mark Moore Gallery in LA. The opening is tomorrow, Thursday 19th of February. If you’re out there you should definitely see her mesmerizing work and say hi for us!
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New Pieces by Boris Tellegen

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New stuff by Boris Tellegen aka Delta Inc. Do I have to say anything about it? Head over to his FB page and check out his stream of images with his most recent work. He has a new show at Backslash Gallery in Paris starting next week.
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Deadbeat Club: ‘Mentally Retired’ Exhibition

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The group show of Deadbeat Club is still running a few more days. If you happen to be way out west, check out Slow Culture LA to see real good photography work by Nolan Hall, Cheryl Dunn, Devin Briggs, Andrea Sonnenberg and others. Our featured artist Ed Templeton (in JB. issue #03), who also contributed a print to our group show, is on the line-up, too.
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‘Yer So Bad’ by Parra — New Show in NY

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Parra is at it again with a new show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Yer So Bad is a series of new works on canvas and paper by the Amsterdam-based, Dutch artist. Titled after the Tom Petty song, Yer So Bad, which tells the story of a girl who marries a “yuppie” and takes him for all he’s worth. Check out his skateboard company Tired, too!
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Release Date: JB. Magazine Issue #03 in December

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JB. Magazine #03 — Release — 12/12/2014

We are happy to announce the release of our upcoming issue: JB. Magazine #03. What had been cooking on a low temperature for ages is finally set to be released.

The new issue is bigger than ever: 52 pages plus an exclusive supplement, and between all blacks and whites it’s going to be fully colored – as our lives are! Filled with stunning artworks and stories from a number of incredible artists. Among them the photographers Boogie, Ed Templeton or Joel Meyerowitz, painters from street culture to neuro-scientists as Andrew Schoultz, Erosie, Leslie Shows or Julie Oppermann, plus a bunch of artist friends, all sharing their creative/collaborative bit to make this an awesome issue.

A list of all featured artists will be published next Monday!

Release date: Friday, 12 December, 2014 here in Berlin. Stay in the loop for any kind of event on that day!

We will be on Friends With Books — Art Book Fair Berlin at Café Moskau the same weekend (13-14 December, 2014) with our freshly printed issue and a couple of photo zines, sharing a table with our friend, the artist Sergej Vutuc.

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Boogie Becoming Instant

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Our fave photographer Boogie from Belgrade finally got hooked on instagram. He’s already addicted as he told us. We are about to release a big feature with him on three double page spreads, all in our issue #03. Stay tuned for that, it’s a really good piece! More news on the release of JB. #03 coming up in the next few days…
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Ian Johnson @ Park Life, SF

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JB. fellow artist Ian M Johnson has a show at Park Life, SF right now. It will be up until Nov 9th in their store in the Mission. With Stars That Shine Darkly, Ian is presenting a new body of paintings and drawings. By the way, he will be featured in our upcoming issue JB. #03 that we are already announcing since forever. But yeah, these projects need time and careful fostering, it’s the slow food among the stale sludge. We’re getting there!

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Andrew Schoultz @ Ruttkowski;68, Cologne

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Andrew Schoultz is an LA-based artist (we spoke about him earlier and his responding works to Paul Klee) who has his roots in graffiti, went to art school in San Francisco, Juxtopoz cover artist, familiar with the skate scene, who creates some of his best works when anger is involved, he says. This week on 10. October 2014 he is opening his show at Ruttkowski;68 Gallery in Cologne.
Andrew also has another print in the works with our friends from Draw A Line after he created Last Hand past May. If you’re around in the West of Germany around the city of Cologne you might consider going there on Friday, but the show will be up until 16.11.2014. It’s really great art.
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John Severson’s Book “Surf”

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John Severson is a founding father of American surf culture and started the first major magazine dedicated to wave riding, Surfer. He just published a book simply called Surf, published by Damiani/PUKA PUKA which covers his life as a painter, photographer, filmer and publisher. He founded Surfer magazine in 1960 which became the first mag to celebrate the art and sport of surfing.
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Photography: Garry Winogrand

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It was long overdue to feature his work on JB.: one of the most intriguing photographers of all time to me is Garry Winogrand (1928 – 1984), he was so radical in is habits as a photographer, you can feel blessed if you have the option of visiting a show of his. There is a show during this summer at the MET Museum of Art in New York. Winogrand was born in the Bronx, often associated with Diane Arbus or Lee Freidlander, he shot a couple million photographs in his career. There is a Lee Friedlander & Pierre Bonnard show in Cologne right now including a couple portfolios that can be reviewed on the second floor with one of Garry Winogrand among others.
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Jeremy Fish Exhibition

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This Friday you can join the opening of Jeremy Fish’s exhibition Yesterdays And Tomorrows at FFDG if you are in SF. To us he’s already a classic and it’s still a shame he and Scott Bourne don’t create The Unbelievers skateboards anymore. Anyway, you should definitely review the series of Juxtapoz X Adobe who realized Jeremy’s animation project under the same name as his show. Awesome!

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Photography: Boogie Launches New Website

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Street photographer Vladimir Milivojevich aka Boogie sent us a link the other day to leave a few words about his new website that just went live. And what can we say? It’s a mass of photos he presents there and it works rather as an archive than a showcase. As an artist, he created a signature style and is fully living it, shooting rolls and rolls of film. And in this plethora of images you are still able to read a single image. So good!
We have an interview with Boogie in the works for our printed issue #03. You should be excited as we are because it will be pretty rad. Here are a few photos from his recent experiment called Demons with a wet plate collodion technique, a progress completely opposed to his usual street photography.
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Thomas Campbell at Joshua Liner Gallery, NY

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Filmmaker and artist Thomas Campbell is one of the most creative squirrels out there. Following only his instagram stream is pure inspiration, this guy seems to have eternal power and creativity. He has been part of the Beautiful Losers and is constantly contributing artworks for Element while he is also running his own company um yeah arts just to name a few. Today starts his solo show Ampersand at Joshua Liner in NY. Wish I could go… I lifted some pics of his progress off of his instagram.
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032c Summer Issue #26 / 2014

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Two brilliant cover designs of the ever winning 032c magazine.

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Jean André at HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles

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Here is a little review about my short visit at the excellent gallery HVW8 in LA last month. We will soon post about the new show by photographer Janette BeckmanRebel Cultures – that just started past week. HVW8 is a great little gallery space in West Hollywood founded by Tyler Gibney. I follow their work since a long time as they hosted a number of shows including artists like Geoff McFetridge, Kevin Lyons, Parra, Cody Hudson or Lisa Leone. I dropped by on a nice Sunday afternoon and met some of the HVW8 crew and got to chat with Nikolai (to the left in the picture) and the gallery’s intern Matthew.

Jean André — Gauloise
Probably known to some of you by his graphic design work for Ed Banger (music label from Paris), Jean André‘s solo show Gauloise is all about his black and white paintings and illustrations, mostly female portraits and pin-ups. He actually gets sent all these pictures from women all over the world via email, asking him to make drawings of their photos. You should follow his Instagram for keeping yourself posted about this series, it’s just funny and great. He’s rounding up the whole thing with a mural in the backyard, of course in black and white.
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New Works by Chris Ballantyne

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Found a couple of fresher works on Artsy by that one favourite artist Chris Ballantyne.
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It’s 3D, Well It’s Not: Ron van der Ende

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Amazing wall mounted sculptures that look like huge three-dimensional pieces which are in fact bas-reliefs by photorealistic sculptor Ron van der Ende. And what is looking like detailed paintings is instead a very skillful puzzle work with found wood. (Jux has been at it again…)
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JB. Store Sale — 25 % Off!

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Thank you for giving up with us in 2013!

Thank you for celebrating the amazing 10 3/4 Years of JB. party last summer. For all the support by liking our features and posts in our online magazine. For a good time on Miss Read with our Sergej Vutuc X JB. stand. A big thank you to all who are wearing our Just Give Up. T-shirt with style. And also a big, big thank you to all the artists that we had the chance to meet, talk and work with over the past year.

That’s why our sweet T-shirts are NOW FOR SALE ’til the end of the year. Get yours, or purchase the most awesome present for your beloved ones in our online shop on jbmagazine.bigcartel.com

A new print issue of JB. Magazine is already in progress. Of course we are going to install another club event. The recently created division JB. Paper is about to grow with new zine and photo book projects.

Much love! Enjoy the now and just give up…
Your JB. team

/ In the photo above you can see our friend Vince from the band Foool. Photo © by Jenne Grabowski

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Nature Of Language by José Parla



Here is a video feature about artist José Parla who is talking about his mural Nature Of Language that he painted at the North Carolina State University. With this painting on a flat wall in a modern architectural building with a lot of curves and dimensions, he is reflecting the history of language, dealing with “the mark-making humanity creating something” as he says.

Parla: “This is a written painting for and about the nature of language, an abstract landscape of words, phrases, names, and poetic thoughts inspired by drifting through Raleigh while on walks and visiting unexpected places through a playful survey that eyed various historical resources on a psycho-geographical exploration of the city. The painting is a reflection of my awareness – a diary of these experiential observations that form the syntax of its visual vocabulary.”

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Juxtapoz, Tom Waits Issue

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Holy Juxtapoz! What an amazing magazine cover this is. Can it get any better than this? The paragon of radness Tom Waits in conversation with John Baldessari. Plus a special of Anton Corbijn, 34 years of photographing Tom Waits (they released a photo book earlier this year).

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