News // November 15, 2018
BY: JXTA

#ShopJXTA

This holiday season, shop unique ceramics, screen-printed textiles, and other hand-crafted items made by youth and young adult apprentices at Juxtaposition Arts. Support the next generation of local artists. #ShopJXTA.

Buy handmade gifts directly from our apprentices at the JXTA Gallery pop-up shop during business hours in December!

JXTA Gallery Pop-Up Shop  (2007 Emerson Avenue North)

Hours:

Saturday, December 8: 10AM — 4PM

Saturday, December 15: 10AM — 4PM

Monday – Thursday, December 3  — 20: 10AM – 4PM

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Shop ceramics, hats, baby onesies and bibs, t-shirts, hoodies, and more!

News // November 15, 2018
BY: JXTA

From November 15 – January 2, buy a 🚗 at Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru and they will donate $300 to Juxtaposition Arts per car sold!

Visit Morrie’s location at 12520 Wayzata Blvd in Minnetonka and check out our first curated exhibition of work created by youth apprentices in our Graphic Design Lab. The work displayed is a curated mix of original works and work our apprentices have created for clients with guidance from our teaching artist staff. Hats off to our talented youth apprentices.

#JXTASharesTheLove #MorriesMTKASubaru #ShareTheLove

RSVP on Facebook.

Thank you to Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru for their generosity.

Nov
15
  • DATE: Thu. Nov. 15, 2018
  • TIME: 6:00 am
  • LOCATION: GiveMN

We’re raising $10,000 for a new mural! Read about the project here.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on November 15 for updates, and donate on GiveMN.org to help us reach our goal!

News // November 1, 2018
BY: JXTA

Animation by JXTA Graphics Lab apprentice Lilian Donahue.

#PopOut4JXTA

Help us raise $10K on Give to the Max Day on November 15 for JXTA’s new mural!

Too often, people on the Northside of Minneapolis don’t see themselves reflected positively. We’re changing that. For this year’s Give to the Max Day, we’re asking you to help us reach our goal of $10K to create a new mural which will capture the people and energy of one of the Twin Cities’ most vibrant communities. This is the next step in a legacy campaign that will develop JXTA and the Northside (learn more about that project here).

Donate on GiveMN and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #PopOut4JXTA.

Donate now or on Give to the Max Day November 15!

 

A digital rendering of what the skate-able art plaza will look like. The plaza is set to be built and debuted in Spring 2019. Money raised during Give to the Max Day will fund the production of a new mural to decorate the wall behind the skate lot.

JXTA mural work example: Black August mural, completed 2017.

JXTA mural work example: Who We Are mural, completed 2016.

Why bubbles?

For this Give to the Max, our theme is BUBBLES. We’ve been blowing bubbles off the roof of 2007 Emerson Avenue North for over 10 years. Roger Cummings, JXTA’s co-founder and Chief Cultural Producer, started this tactical strategy by blowing bubbles out of his apartment window in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District in the 1990s. Now, we use the Bubbletron on JXTA’s roof to indicate our location and to demonstrate our long-time commitment to creative placemaking. So, to tell our story for #GTMD18, we’re using bubbles, illustrated by JXTA Graphics Lab apprentice Lilly. Read on to learn about her process in creating the illustrations.

Behind the Animation: Interview with Graphics Apprentice Lilly

Your name, age, and grade:

Lilian Donahue, 17, 12th Grade (Senior in HS).

What year/session did you start at JXTA?

I started at JXTA in Summer 2017 and started working here in the fall.

How did you get involved at JXTA?

I took the VALT program for the experience, was offered the chance for an interview, and jumped at the opportunity.

Tell us a little bit about the process for creating the animations for Give to the Max Day. Where did the inspiration come from? How did you storyboard/illustrate them?

I took inspiration from the GiveMN logo, and bright, fun, modern motifs. I drew representations of each moment, added notes for smaller, cuter animations. I also made sure to include patterns and colors.

Did you face any challenges? If you did, how did you problem-solve?

It was a struggle to make the movement of the bubbles look natural.

What was the most fun part?
Creating color palettes and creating the stop-motion effect.

Tell us about another project you’ve worked on in your time at JXTA:
I’ve done various other animated “Thank you’s” and logos similar to this. Examples include an animation for FLOW 2018 and a Cartoon Network bumper exercise.

Stay tuned for more at GiveMN.org! 

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.

Ideas // October 2, 2018
BY: JXTA

Contemporary apprentices Justice Jones and Kachina Henry (left and center, respectively) interview visiting artist Kealeboga Tlalang. Photo by Riché Effinger.

Contemporary Studio apprentices interview visiting artist-in-residence Kealeboga Tlalang

This month, South African mixed media collage artist Kealeboga Tlalang is here to lead an artist residency and to partake in his first U.S. solo exhibition (on view in the JXTA Gallery through November 10). In addition to the exhibition, from September 20 to September 27, Kealeboga led an artist-in-residency with the apprentices in the Contemporary Art Lab. Under Kealeboga’s instruction and by following his lead as he created his own large-scale collage portrait, apprentices explored multimedia collage techniques.

Using a single portrait photo as a reference point, they all began their work by sketching outlines in charcoal. To add texture and depth, they ripped up (all local) newspapers and used paint to add splashes of color and produce their own interpretations of the portrait. The result was a varying range of work, every piece showcasing each apprentice’s style and flair while also adhering to a unique art-making approach.

During this residency, Contemporary apprentices Kachina Henry and Justice Jones sat down with Kealeboga to ask him a few questions about his work and life. Read the full interview below, and if you’re interested in learning more, don’t miss Kealeboga’s artist talk on Thursday, October 4th at 7PM in the JXTA Gallery, 2007 Emerson Avenue North. The event is free and open to the public.

The following interview was recorded and edited for clarity and accuracy.

JXTA Apprentices: Who are you? Where are you from?

Kealeboga Tlalang: I’m Kealeboga. I’m from South Africa. I’m based in Johannesburg.

J.A.: This is your first solo U.S exhibitio; what are you most excited about?

K.T.: What is exciting is that this is my first-ever solo show.

J.A.: How did you get connected to JXTA?

K.T.: I think it was through a friend, her name is Erica. Erica came to South Africa. I think she came for a business tour and she came across a homeowner magazine because she was looking for interior designers. There she saw my work and said, “You know what, I want to find this guy,” and came looking for me. We met and she wanted to buy a piece of art from me. Unfortunately, I had no pieces for sale back then, so she decided to commission art for herself. Ever since then she’s been getting calls from friends that love my work. She then introduced me to both Roger and DeAnna Cummings and Kevin Winge and we all came up with the idea of my visit to the U.S. for an exhibition and residency.

Photo by Riché Effinger.

Photo by Riché Effinger.

J.A.: That’s awesome. So how long have you self-identified as an artist?

K.T.: I would say I was very young , around three years old, when I discovered my talent. Lucky for me, I have an uncle who does sculptures. I watched him and that’s how I fell in love with art. From there I started doing my own sketches and drawings.

J.A.: Tell us about your creative process.

K.T.: First of all, I need a reference to work from. Then, I sketch a picture with charcoal. After that, I cut small pieces of newspaper and use this as the base for the collage-work. From there I paint over the charcoal and newspaper.

J.A.: Do you teach often? What has the residency with JXTA’s Contemporary Art Lab been like for you?

K.T.: I’ve never taught anyone how to draw or collage ever in life. I never had the time. I spend most of my time in my studio; like 14 hours a day, Monday to Sunday. I never have time to teach so I’m blessed to be here now. I’ve gotten to learn from some of the apprentices because they’re really talented. I’d love to take this opportunity and experience back home and go to schools and talk to students about how to create something out of nothing.

Contemporary Arts Lab apprentices works-in-progress. Photos by Riché Effinger.

J.A.: You’ve talked about a connection between art and math in your work. How is it visible?

K.T.: It’s still a work in progress. I’m working on some pieces now to show how they correlate.

J.A.: What has been the most surprising thing about your visit to Minnesota/the United States?

K.T.: There’s no difference from me being here and back home in South Africa. The people have been amazing. It’s been great working with the apprentices. I can do this more often.

J.A.: Anything else you want to tell us?

K.T.: Next year I have 2 solo shows. I’m going to France and I’m going to the UK. I’m super excited. I want to give back and tell people they can make a living being creative.

Photo by Riché Effinger.

RSVP to Kealeboga Tlalang’s Artist Talk on Thursday, October 4 at 7PM HERE. “Kealeboga Tlalang” will be on view in the JXTA Gallery (2007 Emerson Avenue North) until November 10.

News // October 1, 2018
BY: JXTA

Earlier this summer, we sat down with Graphic Design Lab Junior Art Director DJ Bryant to talk about his experience as an intern at Target Corp.

Name: DJ Bryant

Age: 18

Lab: Graphic Design

Title: Junior Art Director

How long have you been in the Graphic Design Lab at JXTA?

I’ve been in Graphics for three and a half years.

When did you complete VALT [Visual Art Literacy Training]?

I went through VALT when I was thirteen; I actually started here through Free Wall [intro to aerosol course] and through Free Wall I learned about VALT.

What brought you to JXTA?

The thing that brought me to JXTA was my interest in community development. And my mom’s friend is a friend of Roger’s, so she put me in touch with this diverse and community-driven program, and I said “hey that sounds pretty cool, let’s do that.”

What’s your favorite part about working at JXTA?

I really like the collaboration aspect. When I first started my art career, I wanted to be a freelancer, but being in a studio space has shifted that to a more collaborative path where I can talk to artists, get feedback, and instantly have conversations with other artists.

Tell me about a project you’ve worked on.

I recently finished the Morrie’s Subaru project. It was a vinyl mural to jive up their kids room. The mural spans an approximately 9 foot x 8 foot wall; don’t quote me on that, but it’s pretty big. It was a lot of illustrative work, so it was definitely a really fun project because I do kids stuff at Target, too. I do designs for the youth brand Cat & Jack.

What do you think is the most important thing you’ve learned in your time at JXTA?

I’ve learned a lot of important stuff, but I’d probably say collaborating and communicating with clients in a professional manner and not underselling my skills when it comes to client projects. Also, doing business with clients in general as an artist because it’s very different than doing business with another business when you’re already a business.

DJ & his supervisor, Senior Textile Designer in Cat & Jack (boy) Tommy Hatfield

Now I want to talk about Target!

Yes I was working in product design and development as a Design Intern.

How did you land this internship?

Jared [Hanks, Head of Business Development] put me into contact, submitted my portfolio, and put a good word in for me at Target. Jared came through.

Have you worked with Target [through JXTA] in the past?

No, the biggest client I’d worked with before Target was 3M. I worked on their sustainability report cover. [Check out that project here.]

So tell me a little bit of what you’ve worked on at Target.

I’ve worked on graphic illustrations for the 2019 summer line for Cat & Jack. I can’t say much about it—you know, NDAs, I don’t wanna get hit with a lawsuit.

How has your time at JXTA helped you prepare for this internship?

I think it’s prepared me in terms of teaching me how to conduct myself professionally in a studio space and not act like a complete fool; to act like I know what I’m doing, which questions to ask, and to know how to respond to feedback and critique appropriately. And also how to ask my higher-ups questions if I am lost or need assistance.

Anything else we should know?

I just want people to know that Target is a really good company to work for and work with; even if you’re not at the headquarters, Target is really about inclusivity and pushing for diversity. They really encourage individuality in the workplace so you don’t have to come all dressed up every day; you bring yourself how you are and you’ll be treated well because Target is full of great people. They even have a training where they teach you how to go about interacting with a coworker that’s more introverted than extroverted. They try to cater to your personality type which is very interesting in the workplace.

What’s next?

Next I’m going to college at Hamline, double-majoring in drawing in digital media arts so I get the best of both worlds.

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.