Issue Preview: July 2013 "Comic-Con" Special with Skinner, Gentle Giant, Ben Jones, Alex Pardee, and WETA

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
We are in the our summertime mood, putting together a few special issues this season with school out and galleries getting ready for their summer breaks. After our special June Beastie Boys issue, today we are happy to show you a preview of our new July 2013 issue, Comic-Con: Past + Present + Future. We asked our friend Skinner to contribute to the cover, and interviewed a range of Comic-Con staples like Gentle Giant Studios, Sir Richard Taylor and WETA Workshop, Robert Willliams, Kenny Scharf, Ben Jones, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen, Last Gasp, Esther Pearl Watson, Jackie Estrada, a survey of Zine Culture and a full Comic-Con guide by Alex Pardee. 

James Dive Fits Entire Amusement Park in a Cube

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
James Dive of The Glue Society recently squished, crammed, and compacted an entire amusement park including rides and prizes into a 4-meter cube. Entitled Once, the piece is on show at Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark. Up until July 1st, "The project is about the finality of a missed moment," says Dive. "Creating [it] was undoubtedly the most violent process I've ever embarked upon."

Heatherwick Studio's UK Pavilion @ Shanghai Expo 2010

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
We were browsing the interwebs (we do a lot of that) and happened upon a photograph of Thomas Heatherwick's UK Pavilion from the Shanghai Expo 2010. This led us to discover many of Heatherwick studio's other projects as well! So, this morning we bring you a collection of their work and a video about the very cool looking UK Pavilion.

Skull & Crossbones Sugar "Cubes" by Snow Violet

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Sometimes the idea of sticking a another boring cube into our coffee gets us down. Luckily, a designer by the name of Snow Violet created these brilliant skull and cross bones cubes so we can make our morning routine of staring into our coffee cup a bit more sinister... (if we can figure out where to get some)

Installations and Public Art by Clemens Behr

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
This morning we take a look at he work of Berlin-based artist Clemens Behr. Clemen's process "begins with space, which acts as a basis for planning." According to the artist, "the space defines the colors and shapes, as well as any fixing or mounting possibilities and the dimensions of the piece." Once he has an idea or composition visualized, he usually begins by painting cardboard and screwing together a wooden frame to fix the cardboard to.

Studio Visit: Gris1 in Lyon, France

Graffiti // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
One of our European contributors, Butterfly, recently heading out to the studio of graffiti artist Gris1 in Lyon, France to see what the artist have prepared for the rest of his 2013 calendar year. From the looks of it, he has lots of trains, spraycans, post-its, paintings, sketches, and notes coming into fruition. We have covered Gris1 a ton on our site and in our Graffiti Department in recent years, as well as a bunch of French writers, and we were very appreciative that Gris let us into his space. 

Music Video: Breakbot "Baby I'm Yours" watercolor extravaganza

Music // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Music videos have become a prominent part of what we do here on the Juxtapoz site because a ton of artists we know and enjoy have been getting work in animating, stop-motiong, or directing some of the best videos out there. We haven't seen a good watercolor video this year, or ever, but this video for Breakbot's "Bay I'm Yours" single is comprised of over 2000 individual watercolor paintings, composed by Irina Dakeva at Wizz Productions. For you counting at home, 2,000 is more than a lot. 

Scott Bakal Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Since 1993 when he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Scott Bakal has been creating art for print and exhibition. His work is beautifully comprehensive, communicative and creative. He received a Masters of Art from Syracuse University and also received an MFA from the Illustration program at the University of Hartford. Some of his clients have included the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Vancouver Opera, Discover Magazine, The New Republic and Penthouse Magazine. Bakal is also on the Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.    

Music Video: Vampire Weekend "Diane Young" directed by Primo Kahn

Music // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Vampire Weekend just released their new LP, Modern Vampires of the City, and over the weekend, we were quite surprised at how subtle and well-arranged the whole affair was. Aesthetically, the band has held their image very close to their sleeve through 3 albums, with smart design and humour. The video for "Diane Young" keeps in the same theme; guest appearences from friends in the Dirty Projectors, Walkmen, Santigold, Sky Ferreira, and masks and bare-chested men. Enjoy. 

Melting Disco by Rotganzen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The idea of the melting disco ball, or the overall concept of "the last days of disco" is exactly what Netherlands-based collective Rotganzen is going for in this awesome series of sculptures. The work has been in their exhibitions before, but most recently found its way in an exhibition at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. Some of tried to revive disco, a la Daft Punk's new Disco wave album that was just released, but mainly, we like the party melting away. 

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