FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: OPIUM

Graffiti // Friday, May 24, 2013
Every Friday we feature someone old or new, traditional or unconventional, active or not, and so on. This week’s spotlight is on Opium.

Suggestivism Rome @ Mondo Pop Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 24, 2013
The third installment of Suggestivism, a critically acclaimed traveling exhibition curated by Nathan Spoor, takes on a new form under the wing of Mondo Pop Gallery in Rome. The exhibition hangs on two floors of the Roman Aquarium, a classical building which hosts graffiti installations regularly in the basement.

GIFs of Julie Mehretu's Meticulous, Multi-Layered Painting Process

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 24, 2013
Julie Mehretu's large-scale, mixed media paintings create a dizzying field of layered landscapes to construct colorful and complex and lines. Throughout her painting process Julie will add architectural and geometric sketches in ink, smudges of acrylic paint and then sand everything down to create a smooth finish. Someone has done us the pleasure of creating GIFs of this process from a PBS video segment called "Systems." See the GIFs and watch the video after the jump...

Wheatpastes by Lavalet

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 24, 2013
We are enjoying the fun, imaginative wheatpastes of French artist Lavalet. Lavalet began making the site-specific pieces around France last year, coming up with creative and entertaining ways for his characters to interact with their surroundings. He also just opened an exhibition at NUNC ! Grenoble if you are in France.

Photographs by Gavin Watson

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 24, 2013
By the time Gavin Watson was 14, he was fully immersed as a skinhead in the world of 2 Tone and documenting his friends and brother with his camera. The book, Skins, based on these early pictures has been widely popular and considered by many as the 'most important photographic record of this unique subculture.' Another series of photos, Neville, follows his brother through his teens into adulthood. This morning we look through some of these pictures and their raw and honest youthful energy.

The Art of Robert Beatty

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 24, 2013
Robert Beatty is an artist and musician. He plays music through his band Hair Police, his solo project Three Legged Race and contributions to C. Spencer Yeh's Burning Star Core. He also has crafted an enormous amount of cover art for various acts including ONeohtrix Point NEver, Peaking Lights and Real Estate. His art is reminiscent of airbrushed 1970s rock albums but he has utilized computer-manipulated collage and hand-drawn art to bring a modern touch to the style...

Alien-Looking "Kunsthaus Graz" Building Inhabits Historic Neighborhood

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 24, 2013
The historic center of the city of Graz is located on the River Mur in Austria is home to the Kunsthaus Graz, a building designed by Sir Peter Cook and Colin Fournier in 2003. The 2,500 square meter space is dedicated for changing contemporary art exhibitions, functions and events. The strange, blob-like, blue bubble blends with a heritage-protected part of the building and uses 930 computercon trolled light sources under the building's skin to create a 45-meter display that allows the building to communicate with its environment....

Juxtapoz @ Art Basel Hong Kong: Retna x Keith Haring

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 23, 2013
With a stunning backdrop, 79 floors above Hong Kong, we attended the special pop-up gallery show of Retna and Keith Haring tonight in Hong Kong during the Art Basel festivities. Featuring iconic Haring works mixed with new works by Los Angeles-based Retna, the works played in unison of a both an exploration of language and unique character construction.

Video: Survive - One Night Only in Detroit

Graffiti // Thursday, May 23, 2013
Previously exhibiting with great success for one night only in New Orleans, the organizers of Survive are taking their show to Detroit for another see it tonight or don’t see it at all kind of deal. Meaning, don’t sleep! Survive is a group of emerging artists from the Los Angeles-based graffiti crew, LTS and KOG, that includes Siner, Fishe, Dreye, Kyle Thomas, and Nathan Smith. 

The Vein x Dvein: "Magma"

Music // Thursday, May 23, 2013
Dvein (a collaboration between Fernando Dominuez, Teo Guillem, and Carlos Pardo) envisioned and produced this very cool new music video for "Magma" by The Vein. We highly recommend you take a few minutes out of your day to watch the swirling streams of liquid paint stream through deteriorating, screaming facial landscapes...

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