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Juxtapoz Magazine – Gillian Laub “Southern Rites” @ Asheville Art Museum

Gillian Laub has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. In Southern Rites, Laub engages her skills as a photographer, filmmaker, and visual activist to examine the realities of racism and raise questions that are simultaneously painful and essential to understanding the American consciousness.

In 2002, Laub was sent on a magazine assignment to Mount Vernon, GA, to document the lives of teenagers in the American South. The town, nestled among fields of Vidalia onions, symbolized the archetype of pastoral, small-town American life. The Montgomery County residents Laub encountered were warm, polite, protective of their neighbors, and proud of their history. Yet Laub learned that the joyful adolescent rites of passage celebrated in this rural countryside—high school homecomings and proms—were still racially segregated.

Laub continued to photograph Montgomery County over the following decade, returning even in the face of

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DANA KELLEY: The entertainment bubble

Back in February, a few days after U.S. Steel broke ground on its $3 billion facility in Osceola, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that moved a $3 billion NFL stadium closer to fruition.

The similar dollar amount serves to showcase the vast difference between the two projects, and their cultural and economic implications.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of steel as a foundational component to, well, almost everything.

Try to imagine a world without it, and vast aspects of life as we know it would vanish. Cars and trucks are mostly steel; so are trains. Modern buildings, including schools, hospitals and manufacturing facilities, require steel. Computers, phones and the entire telecommunications network apparatus is steel-dependent, as are most utilities. Agriculture is a steel-saturated industry, the armed services even more so. Steel is integral to clocks, appliances, utensils, keys, cans, plumbing fixtures, even bedsprings.

A day without steel would

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Bring Sports Into the Art Room With the Help of Uni-Watch’s Paul Lukas

People may have been surprised when baseball pitcher and five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson announced his second career as a photographer. Or, when actor Terry Crews shared that he relied on selling paintings to get by financially while bouncing between teams in the NFL.

In reality, art and sports have always been intertwined. Johnson’s photography logo pays homage to his infamous bird incident. The Oakland A’s commissioned 50 local artists to paint statues of their mascot, Stomper, and hid them around Oakland. With murals, sculptures, memorabilia, and more, people love to honor athletics through art.

The tie between art and sports is most evident in the world of sports design. From countless articles ranking Serena Williams’ on-court looks to accusations of Olympic logo plagiarism, sports design is an essential part of both the world of art and the world of athletics. Few people know

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Juxtapoz Magazine – Tyler Cross: “what part of the whale” @ pt.2 Gallery, Oakland

pt.2 gallery is pleased to present “what part of the whale”, Tyler Cross’s first solo exhibition, the show consists of four large paintings on shaped panels, four small diptychs, and five small bronze wall sculptures.  The genesis of this body of work can be traced to a whale carcass that washed up on the beach at Point Reyes National Seashore in 2019.  Tyler visited the carcass every few months over a two year period.  

The four small diptychs made from two 8 x 11 canvases give an expansive and zoomed out experience despite their size.  These paradoxical paintings appear to show us grand scenes, possibly landscapes or something colossal, far away and at low resolution.  They feel like polaroids capturing some rare event, but we are kept from ever really knowing what.  

The bronze wall sculptures, which could fit in your flattened hand were cast from plywood.  These wooden forms

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