Juxtapoz Projects is a multifaceted platform for emerging and established contemporary artists. Through bold programming and innovative collaboration, Juxtapoz Projects manifests its dynamic curatorial vision across three different arenas: a gallery space, a bookstore, and a residency program. An enterprise of internationally recognized art and culture magazine Juxtapoz, which has become a beacon for the underground art scene since its founding in 1994, this is the brand’s first permanent physical base.
Fostering a new generation of painters, sculptors, photographers and new media artists, Juxtapoz Projects Gallery is a space for progressive and inclusive programming. With guest-organized projects programmed for the majority of 2019, the space is a platform for a diverse range of curatorial voices.
New Works: Heather Benjamin and Justin Cole Smith
a two-person exhibition
January 5–26, 2019
Opening Reception: January 5, 6–10PM
Heather Benjamin (b. 1989) works primarily on paper, creating illustrative narratives of self-discovery and gender identity. Using bold romantic imagery to explore sexuality, feminine convention, and the traumas of womanhood, Benjamin’s works are also quintessentially punk. Adopting a nonconformist approach, Benjamin explores self-actualization and acceptance through her own practice and the DIY community within which it is situated. Her striking new works in pastel, ink, and graphite incorporate iconic and mythological figures from cowgirls to centaurs.
Justin Cole Smith (b. 1991) experiments with numerous mediums and styles. His latest series blends photography and painting, abstraction and representation, combining subtractive marks with the use of string and other materials. Drawing on a background in graffiti, Smith often employs imagery associated with DIY and punk aesthetics; his new series focuses on memory and nostalgia and memory.
Directly adjacent to the gallery is a bookstore and retail location. Stocking issues of the magazine, compendia, editions, and artist-made objects, the store features a wide array of independently published reading material and other products, functioning as a promotional platform for young artists, publishers, and book producers.
The artist-in-residence program, situated on the basement level of Mana Contemporary alongside Mana’s own artist tenants debuted in the fall of 2018. Rotating year-round, the residency is committed to promoting every kind of artist and establishing a space in which collaboration and inclusivity are valued.
(1) Jocelyn Tsaih Long, Walks, 2016. Digital print. 8 1/2 x 11 in. Courtesy of the artist
(2) Alicia Adamerovich, Predator, 2018. Acrylic and oil on wood panel. 24 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist
(3) Night Driver Press, Bodies of Water, 2015. Risograph book. 8 x 10 in. Unlimited edition. Courtesy of the artist
(4) Erin M. Riley, Them, 2018. Wool and cotton. 24 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist