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Summer 2022 #222
Summer 2022 #222
Summer 2022 #222

Juxtapoz is excited to announce our Summer 2022 Quarterly, featuring our cover story on Spanish artist ARYZ, his second cover with Juxtapoz. This Summer 2022 issue is themed around "movement" and the artists who create work both metaphorically and figuratively about movement.

The Summer 2022 quarterly is our opportunity to delve into movement as an evolving and elastic concept. Jenny Holzer, ever anti-authoritarian and the consumate representation of how and where we challenge power structures, is the epitome of moving language through our institutions and public spaces. Southern California’s Jaime Muñoz creates stunning airbrush works that feature his Toyoteria concept, highlighting social and economic inequality as he depicts migrants in Toyota trucks taking themselves to work each day, providing the lifeblood of our economy. The five Jewish Ethiopian artists who immigrated to Israel describe their exodus in stunning works that now appear in major contemporary art spaces, spurring more conversation about where and how we move. Designer Natalee Decker fashions self-described “fantasy mobility devices,” in speaking of liberation in their own practice and life. Alvin Armstrong’s majestically raw athletes pay tribute to sport and body in what he calls an attempt to evoke “rhythm paintings.” While John Fekner has moved throughout NYC as a street artist with bold aesthetics and streetwise poetry, ARYZ has reimagined the ancient ground of European churches, transforming them into a ballet of vividly colorful, contemporary energy. 

Perhaps that is the perfect way to think about movement in 2022, as an attempt and aspiration. Movement can be hope, empowerment, understanding, struggling, a search for freedom and an escape. And often, it's a desire and the implementation of change. This issue is our chance to look at how circumstances force us to examine ourselves and create ways to communicate, converse and take action. Here is where to begin.

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