Laguna Art Museum“In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor”
Laguna Art Museum / 307 Cliff Drive / Laguna Beach, CA 92651
June 22 - October 5, 2008
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor was an exhibition that presented the work of 150 artists and posited that there has been a huge, but unacknowledged art movement taking place in this country for the last 40 years. Since 1994, this ground swelling of lowbrow, surrealistic, pop, figurative, narrative work has coalesced and found a voice in the pages of Juxtapoz magazine published in San Francisco. This rag has become the most widely read art magazine in the US. It is an influencing force on the aspiring artists of Generation Y and the Millennials, who are now enrolling in art schools in numbers never seen before.
Juxtapoz magazine was founded by Los Angeles-artist Robert Williams. The Juxtapoz aesthetic or lowbrow art is almost always figurative, and is inspired by movies, TV, advertising, black-velvet painting, psychedelic posters, pulp porn, sci-fi and horror, carnival art, comics books and all things lower- and middle-class. The Magazine has and does provide a voice and validation for a brand of artist, like Williams, who has not been accepted traditionally by the typical art-world infrastructure of collector, curator, and critic. However, since its founding, it has been the clear focal point for having been the inspiration for the creation of its own infrastructure that supports Juxtapozian art with galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York, collectors, followed by critical attention, followed by museum exhibitions at adventurous institutions. With it’s growing success Juxtapoz has been a major contributor to the reemergence of painting again as a valid practice for artists since the mid-1990s, running counter to forty-years of art-school canon that focused on the Conceptual practice of context, collectivization, and dematerialization of the art object.
For the last decade the art establishment (collector, curator, and critic) has argued that the idea, or construct, of an art movement is outmoded. The exhibition explored the idea of a Juxtapoz Factor. Is it an organized movement operating under a singular manifesto? Or is it a wave of talented overlooked artists who decided to reach out to the public and create their own canon?
This exhibition was organized by Laguna Art Museum and curated by Meg Linton, Director of the Ben Maltz Gallery and Public Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalog with essays by the curator and Laguna Art Museum director Bolton Colburn.
Artists Included: Ray Martin Abeyta, Van Arno, Kevin Ancell, Anthony Ausgang, Glenn Barr, Gary Baseman, Becca, Peter Beste, Sandow Birk, Tim Biskup, Chaz Bojorquez, Tiffany Bozic, Andrew Brandou, Nathan Cabrera, Ray Caesar, Thomas Campbell, Enrique Chagoya, Sas Christian, Clayton Brothers (Rob and Christian), Wayne Coe, Sue Coe, Lynn Coleman, Coop, R. Crumb, Timothy Cummings, Dalek, Henry Darger, Mike Davis, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Emek, Ron English, James Esber, Richard Evans, Neck Face, Shepard Fairey, The Date Farmers, Carlee Fernandez, Tony Fitzpatrick, Jim Flora, AJ Fosik, Llyn Foulkes, Phil Frost, Ernst Fuchs, Gajin Fujita, Helen Garber, Camille Rose Garcia, Os Gemeo, Gregg Gibbs, Jeff Gillette, Doze Green, Alex Grey, Rick Griffin, Alex Gross, Moira Hahn, Don Ed Hardy, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Seonna Hong, Jim Houser, Michael Hussar, Anya Janssen, Sylvia Ji, Dean Karr, Mike Kelley, Frank Kozik, Charles Krafft, Bari Kumar, Paul Laffoley, Edgar Leeteg, Matt Leines, Zhi Lin, Laurie Lipton, Liza Lou, Jason Maloney, Chris Mars, Paul McCarthy, Barry McGee, Elizabeth McGrath, Michael C. McMillen, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, Takashi Murakami, Scott Musgrove, Wangechi Mutu, Caleb Neelon, Niagra, Irving Norman, Manuel Ocampo, Estevan Oriol, Gary Panter, Marion Peck, Savage Pencil, David Perry, Raymond Pettibon, Patricia Piccinini, The Pizz, Gail Potocki, Spain Rodriquez, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Mark Ryden, Saber, Isabel Samaras, David Sandlin, Jorge Santos, Judith Schaechter, Kenny Scharf, Kathy Staico Schorr, Todd Schorr, Andrew Schoultz, Andres Serrano, SHAG, Jim Shaw, Gilbert Shelton, R. K. Sloane, Joe Sorren, Jeff Soto, Craig Stecyk, Fred Stonehouse, Jon Swihart, Swoon, Stanislav Szukalski, Masami Teraoka, Vince Valdez, Jeffrey Vallance, Mark Dean Veca, Cristina Vergano, Nicola Verlato, Von Dutch, Kara Walker, Adam Wallacavage, Eric White, Robert Williams, Kent Williams, Suzanne Williams, S. Clay Wilson, Jerome Witkin, Joel-Peter Witkin, Basil Wolverton, Thomas Woodruff, Miriam Wosk, XNO, Kenji Yanobe, Chet Zar, Peter Zokosk.