Oct
4
  • DATE: Thu. Oct. 4, 2018
  • TIME: 7:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

KEALEBOGA TLALANG

Visiting Artist Residency + Exhibition

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is excited to present the work of South African artist Kealeboga Tlalang in his first U.S. solo exhibition. Working in mixed media collage, Tlalang creates beautiful textural portraits that link puzzle and play to synthesize his love for mathematics, science, and art.

Kealeboga Tlalang: on view at the JXTA Gallery from September 24 through November 10

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00PM
Gallery Hours & Location: Monday–Thursday 10:00AM–4:00PM; 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
RSVP on Facebook

About the Artist & Residency:

Kealeboga Tlalang‘s focus is the expressiveness of the human face. Fascinated by the ability for the face to tell many stories–stoicism, melancholy, joy–Tlalang’s work expresses a deep curiosity for human subtleties. Art for him is akin to biographical writing, where each collage allows him to represent different movements and shifts in his own observations of the world around him.

In addition to the exhibition, Tlalang will also work with youth in the JXTA Labs in an art-making workshop where he will share his creative process with young artists at JXTA. Apprentices will have the opportunity to explore paint, collage, and other multimedia techniques with the artist during this residency.

Sep
29
  • DATE: Sat. Sep. 29, 2018
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

KEALEBOGA TLALANG

Visiting Artist Residency + Exhibition

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is excited to present the work of South African artist Kealeboga Tlalang in his first U.S. solo exhibition. Working in mixed media collage, Tlalang creates beautiful textural portraits that link puzzle and play to synthesize his love for mathematics, science, and art.

Kealeboga Tlalang: on view at the JXTA Gallery from September 24 through November 10

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 6:00PM–8:00PM
Gallery Hours & Location: Monday–Thursday 10:00AM–4:00PM; 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
RSVP on Facebook

About the Artist & Residency:

Kealeboga Tlalang‘s focus is the expressiveness of the human face. Fascinated by the ability for the face to tell many stories–stoicism, melancholy, joy–Tlalang’s work expresses a deep curiosity for human subtleties. Art for him is akin to biographical writing, where each collage allows him to represent different movements and shifts in his own observations of the world around him.

In addition to the exhibition, Tlalang will also work with youth in the JXTA Labs in an art-making workshop where he will share his creative process with young artists at JXTA. Apprentices will have the opportunity to explore paint, collage, and other multimedia techniques with the artist during this residency.

News // September 18, 2018
BY: JXTA

We are stoked to have partnered with Dangerous Man Brewing Co. to create a limited-edition, custom-brewed JXTA Golden Ale! Brewed in a small batch, the golden ale’s flavor profile of lemon, turmeric, and ginger was developed by JXTA Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings and the crowler (a 750ml can of beer) label was designed by JXTA youth apprentices in the Graphic Design Lab. For every beer sold during its limited run, Dangerous Man generously donates $1 to help fund our forthcoming Skate-able art plaza. Read on to learn more about the process, our collaboration with Dangerous Man, and a quick interview with the lead apprentice on the project, Patricio De Lara. Plus, check out photos from the event here!

THE COLLABORATION

This summer, the folks at Northeast’s Dangerous Man Brewing Co. approached us to collaborate on a JXTA-themed brew. As part of Dangerous Man’s commitment to giving back to their community, the brewery identifies and seeks out opportunities to create one-of-a-kind limited-edition brews with organizations that provide valuable goods, services, and programs to the Twin Cities area.

“We choose our community partners that are providing positive impact programs to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area,” says Hilari Bandow, former Operations Manager and Events and Volunteer Coordinator at Dangerous Man who initially reached out to us about this project. “The $1 kickback program is a way to raise funds for an organization by giving a dollar from every beer sold in the taproom to the nonprofit. This program runs for the entire duration of the beer’s life on tap.” As part of this collaboration, $1 of every JXTA Golden Ale sold will go towards programming the skate-able art plaza we’re building on the corner of Emerson and Broadway (read more about that here).

THE PROCESS

After Dangerous Man reached out to us, we worked with their team to develop the brand and flavor of the beer. JXTA Chief Cultural Producer and co-founder Roger Cummings sat down with DM Brewer John Leingang to sample brew types and flavor add-on options. Taking inspiration from his daily morning tea routine, he settled on a golden ale with the healthy combination of lemon, ginger, and turmeric. All three flavors were well-suited to lend a bright color profile to the golden ale, and the addition of turmeric was an exciting one for the Dangerous Man team as they had never brewed with it before.

Next came the designs. Several of the Graphic Design Lab apprentices produced a number of concepts, each with a distinct look and feel. All of them were informed by the JXTA brand as well as the beer’s flavors and color scheme (check out a few of the runners-up below). The final designs for the crowlers and the accompanying merchandise were chosen by Roger Cummings. With these designs, a limited run of t-shirts were printed by JXTA’s Textiles & Screen Printing Lab. These limited t-shirts were available for purchase at the beer’s release event, in addition to buttons and stickers.

Concept design by Graphic Design Lab apprentice Avahnii L.

Concept design by Graphic Design Lab apprentice Malee V.

The final design, created by apprentice Patricio D.

THE RELEASE

On Wednesday, September 12, Dangerous Man hosted a party to celebrate the beer’s release. Visitors had the chance to try the beer on tap, buy limited-edition t-shirts, buttons, and stickers, and learn about JXTA from our apprentices. We shared drinks, created buttons, and made new friends. Check out photos from the event here (photos by Riché Effinger).

Get to know the designer: Patricio De Lara

JXTA apprentice in the Graphic Design Lab since August 2017.

What was the process like designing the JXTA Dangerous Man beer label?
It was challenging, nerve-racking, and incredibly fulfilling. All of us who worked on concepts for the label wanted it so badly, so we were all extremely passionate and driven to go and get it. Greta (the Graphic Design Lab Lead) had us follow a strict design process where we would start out with 15-20 sketches, and then eliminate the ones we didn’t feel as strongly about. Once we had a full presentation deck, we played the waiting game to see which label would be approved.

How was it different from other projects you’ve worked on?
We were given a ton of creative freedom to explore different stylistic approaches and really interpret what JXTA would look and feel like when applied to something like a beer label.

How many designs were submitted?
There were a total of 15 INCREDIBLE designs. My colleagues and I really raised the bar for the quality of work that JXTA can produce. Truthfully, any one of those designs could’ve been chosen.

What narrowed it down to yours?
I think I showed the artistic and free-flowing aesthetic that JXTA has included in its creative toolbox for so long. At the same time, I was able to modernize it and make it uniquely mine.

What was the most challenging part?
Surprisingly, the chosen design was the last one I worked on, but I knew it was different than the rest of my concepts. I tried hand-lettering, which is something I’m less comfortable with. That process was interesting; I didn’t know if my risks would pay off or not, but I’m glad they did.

What was the most fun?
Being able to share this experience with the young creatives around me and learning so much along the way. We’ve cultivated a passionate and dedicated culture in the Graphics Lab, and I’m so proud of that.

What was it like to show off your stuff at the beer release event?
It made me believe in how much I can do. Being able to design all the branding for an event like that was ridiculously fun and satisfying. This is just a small step for what I will accomplish down the road, and I am so thankful that JXTA is giving me the tools I need to do bigger and better things.

Special thanks to our partners and friends at City of Skate and Young Joni for their support in making this event a huge success.

Photos by Riché Effinger.

Sep
12
  • DATE: Wed. Sep. 12, 2018
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Dangerous Man Brewing Co.

JXTA Golden Ale Release Party

JXTA + Dangerous Man

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) and Dangerous Man Brewing Co. have partnered to create a special-edition JXTA Golden Ale, available for a limited time only! Brewed by Dangerous Man, the golden ale’s flavor profile of turmeric, lemon, and ginger was developed by JXTA co-founder and Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings, and the beer’s label and tap handle were designed by JXTA Graphic Design youth and young adult artist apprentices. $1 of the proceeds of each beer sold will help fund programming for JXTA’s forthcoming skate-able art plaza on the JXTA campus.
Join us for the release party on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:00PM–10:00PM at Dangerous Man Brewing Co. (1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Stay tuned for additional information, and RSVP on Facebook for updates.

News // August 29, 2018
BY: JXTA

Upcoming Exhibit

KEALEBOGA TLALANG
Visiting Artist Residency + Exhibition

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is excited to present the work of South African artist Kealeboga Tlalang in his first U.S. solo exhibition. Working in mixed media collage, Tlalang creates beautiful textural portraits that link puzzle and play to synthesize his love for mathematics, science, and art.

Tlalang’s focus is the expressiveness of the human face. Fascinated by the ability for the face to tell many stories–stoicism, melancholy, joy–Tlalang’s work expresses a deep curiosity for human subtleties. Art for him is akin to biographical writing, where each collage allows him to represent different movements and shifts in his own observations of the world around him.

In addition to the exhibition, Tlalang will also work with youth in the JXTA Labs in an art-making workshop where he will share his creative process with young artists at JXTA. Apprentices will have the opportunity to explore paint, collage, and other multimedia techniques with the artist during this residency.

Kealeboga Tlalang: on view at the JXTA Gallery from September 24 through November 10

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 6:00PM–8:00PM
Artist Talk: Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00PM
Gallery Hours & Location: Monday–Thursday 10:00AM–4:00PM; 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
RSVP on Facebook: Opening Reception / Artist Talk

About the Artist:

Kealeboga Tlalang was born in 1991 in the Northwest province of South Africa in a small village called Gopane. His love for art developed around the age of seven from observing his uncle–an artist–Utukile Lucas Tlalang. During his years in school, Tlalang would draw pictures for his school-mates and teachers so that he could buy lunch since his parents didn’t have enough money for food. During this time, he fell in love with something else, something he discovered he had a talent for: numbers and mathematics. He completed matric at Ramotshere High School and was awarded a sponsorship to pursue his studies in mathematics.
Tlalang moved to Johannesburg from Zeerust in 2012 to study mathematical science at the University of Johannesburg. During his second year, he felt incomplete; his love for art was consuming him and he wondered if he had pursued the wrong career. That same year, he knew something had to be done: either continue with mathematics or return to art-making. He felt fulfilled by both, but knew he had to choose just one.
Ultimately, he chose art, because in his artwork he is able to incorporate his love for mathematics and numbers. As his career as an artist was put into motion, Tlalang joined the Living Artist Emporium platform where he was given opportunities to exhibit with well-known artists in prestigious galleries. He received recognition in magazine features, television interviews, and art fairs. Tlalang now has his own studio in Johannesburg, sharing a building with some of the most prominent South African and African visual artists.

Aug
23
  • DATE: Thu. Aug. 23, 2018
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: 1108 Space

Help us celebrate students who have completed our VALT Summer 2018 session! Stop by 1108 W Broadway Avenue on August 23 to see the culmination of work created by young artists during this session. Students have worked on self-portraits, perspective drawing, and other introductory visual art skills, and will be showcasing their work during this open house. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, August 23, 6:00-7:00PM
Where: JXTA VALT space, 1108 W Broadway Avenue
Cost: Free
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About VALT:

Our Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program provides a comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth ages 12-21. This cost-free program is a prerequisite for young artists who wish to apply for a paid apprenticeship at JXTA in one of our five creative development studios. Learn more at juxtaposition.org.

Aug
17
  • DATE: Fri. Aug. 17, 2018
  • TIME: 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

Tending The Soil: Black August

Tending The Soil: Black August

Please join the apprentices of Juxtaposition Arts’ Tactical Urbanism and Contemporary and Public Art Labs for Black August 2018, a month-long meditation on the past, present, and future of Black revolutionary struggles. Black August’s origins lie within the organization and activism of incarcerated peoples in California. This year at JXTA, we aim to continue this tradition of unification against prisons and mass incarceration through a series of community dinners co-hosted by community organizer Roxanne O’Brien, local non-profit Better Futures, and printmaker Ricardo Levins Morales. Tending The Soil: Black August also includes an exhibition of original artwork dedicated to Black August principles created by JXTA apprentices from Contemporary and Public Art Lab.

All Black August dinners free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30PM to 8PM.

August 3 – with Roxanne O’Brien and Better Futures
August 10 – with Ricardo Levins Morales
August 17 – with Juxtaposition Arts Apprentices

About the Exhibition

Tending The Soil: Black August features work by youth and young adult apprentices in Juxtaposition Arts’ Contemporary and Public Art Lab that explores the ideas of seed harvest and change. They write:

The seeds are our ideas, thoughts, and concepts that can grow into something larger, such as changes and movement. The exhibition is rooted in the idea that the soil–our social environment in which dreams and ideas are planted–must first be tended to. By investigating and then unpacking the narratives surrounding issues such as police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the ethical treatment of prisoners, and imagining a future without police within our communities, we have the power to shift the conditions in which these seeds grow. We have the power to cultivate our own soil, a more balanced soil, for healthier growth.

Exhibition features work from these JXTA Contemporary and Public Art Apprentices:

Cameron Downey
Cecilia Andrade-Vital
Daria Harris
Jesús Vega
Justice Jones
Kachina Henry
Kylia Porter
Makeda Parrish
Maria Romansov
Rondell Jackson
Salem Murre
Savitri Mann
Treon Jones
Tyreke Morris

RSVP on Facebook

Aug
13
  • DATE: Mon. Aug. 13, 2018
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Surly Brewing Co.

Surly Non-Profit Monday
With Juxtaposition Arts, Twin Cities Business Peer Network, and Harvard Club of Minnesota

When: Monday, August 13, 2018; 6:00-9:00PM
Where: Surly Brewing Company
Cost: FREE with RSVP – 1 complimentary drink provided by Surly Brewing

On Monday, August 13 from 6-9PM, Juxtaposition Arts alumni and members of Twin Cities Business Peer Network and Harvard Club of Minnesota are invited to join Surly Brewing’s Non-Profit Monday! The evening will include networking opportunities, speakers, and interactive art; panel discussions will address the intersections between art, community, business, and policy. Attendees will be encouraged to engage and mingle with other guests and moderators while enjoying a complimentary drink provided by Surly and access to a cash bar throughout the evening.

Are you a JXTA alumni? Click HERE to RSVP!

Aug
10
  • DATE: Fri. Aug. 10, 2018
  • TIME: 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

Tending The Soil: Black August

Tending The Soil: Black August

Please join the apprentices of Juxtaposition Arts’ Tactical Urbanism and Contemporary and Public Art Labs for Black August 2018, a month-long meditation on the past, present, and future of Black revolutionary struggles. Black August’s origins lie within the organization and activism of incarcerated peoples in California. This year at JXTA, we aim to continue this tradition of unification against prisons and mass incarceration through a series of community dinners co-hosted by community organizer Roxanne O’Brien, local non-profit Better Futures, and printmaker Ricardo Levins Morales. Tending The Soil: Black August also includes an exhibition of original artwork dedicated to Black August principles created by JXTA apprentices from Contemporary and Public Art Lab.

All Black August dinners free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30PM to 8PM.

August 3 – with Roxanne O’Brien and Better Futures
August 10 – with Ricardo Levins Morales
August 17 – with Juxtaposition Arts Apprentices

About the Exhibition

Tending The Soil: Black August features work by youth and young adult apprentices in Juxtaposition Arts’ Contemporary and Public Art Lab that explores the ideas of seed harvest and change. They write:

The seeds are our ideas, thoughts, and concepts that can grow into something larger, such as changes and movement. The exhibition is rooted in the idea that the soil–our social environment in which dreams and ideas are planted–must first be tended to. By investigating and then unpacking the narratives surrounding issues such as police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the ethical treatment of prisoners, and imagining a future without police within our communities, we have the power to shift the conditions in which these seeds grow. We have the power to cultivate our own soil, a more balanced soil, for healthier growth.

Exhibition features work from these JXTA Contemporary and Public Art Apprentices:

Cameron Downey
Cecilia Andrade-Vital
Daria Harris
Jesús Vega
Justice Jones
Kachina Henry
Kylia Porter
Makeda Parrish
Maria Romansov
Rondell Jackson
Salem Murre
Savitri Mann
Treon Jones
Tyreke Morris

RSVP on Facebook

Aug
3
  • DATE: Fri. Aug. 3, 2018
  • TIME: 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

Tending The Soil: Black August

Tending The Soil: Black August

Please join the apprentices of Juxtaposition Arts’ Tactical Urbanism and Contemporary and Public Art Labs for Black August 2018, a month-long meditation on the past, present, and future of Black revolutionary struggles. Black August’s origins lie within the organization and activism of incarcerated peoples in California. This year at JXTA, we aim to continue this tradition of unification against prisons and mass incarceration through a series of community dinners co-hosted by community organizer Roxanne O’Brien, local non-profit Better Futures, and printmaker Ricardo Levins Morales. Tending The Soil: Black August also includes an exhibition of original artwork dedicated to Black August principles created by JXTA apprentices from Contemporary and Public Art Lab.

All Black August dinners free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30PM to 8PM.

August 3 – with Roxanne O’Brien and Better Futures
August 10 – with Ricardo Levins Morales
August 17 – with Juxtaposition Arts Apprentices

About the Exhibition

Tending The Soil: Black August features work by youth and young adult apprentices in Juxtaposition Arts’ Contemporary and Public Art Lab that explores the ideas of seed harvest and change. They write:

The seeds are our ideas, thoughts, and concepts that can grow into something larger, such as changes and movement. The exhibition is rooted in the idea that the soil–our social environment in which dreams and ideas are planted–must first be tended to. By investigating and then unpacking the narratives surrounding issues such as police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the ethical treatment of prisoners, and imagining a future without police within our communities, we have the power to shift the conditions in which these seeds grow. We have the power to cultivate our own soil, a more balanced soil, for healthier growth.

Exhibition features work from these JXTA Contemporary and Public Art Apprentices:

Cameron Downey
Cecilia Andrade-Vital
Daria Harris
Jesús Vega
Justice Jones
Kachina Henry
Kylia Porter
Makeda Parrish
Maria Romansov
Rondell Jackson
Salem Murre
Savitri Mann
Treon Jones
Tyreke Morris

RSVP on Facebook