Ai WeiWei Releases Heavy Metal Music Video

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This morning rebel/activist/dissident/badass Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released a heavy metal single and music video on his website. The video and song, entitled Dumbass, features re-creations from his 81 days of detention. Also portraying the rock star fantasies he imagines his guards having, Ai Weiwei told the Guardian that his country was one of "crazy menace and inhuman conditions" and that the video shows an "inch-accurate" recreation of the cell, down to the wallpaper. "...stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker. The fields are full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere... Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible." - Dumbass

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons @ Walt Disney Family Museum, SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is one of those stories that is not bound by time, place, age or even nostalgia. Sendak's classic will be celebrating its 50 year anniversary at the Walt Disney Family Museum for the next six weeks. We visited the show last night and suggest that you hurry out to the Presidio to re-live the memories and see a very special collection of original drawings and illustrations for Wild Things and many of your other childhood favorites that you probably didn't realize he worked on.

768 Artists Will Re-Tell Katsuhiro's Akira using Simpsons Characters

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This morning, the World Wide Web is winning. Artist James Harvey has proposed and is organizing a project seeing the complete re-telling of Otomo Katsuhiro's manga classic Akira using characters from The Simpsons. Inspired by fellow artist Ryan Humphrey's drawings, James is enlisting the help of 768 people to each create 6 pages each of all six volumes. The submission period is almost over but you can see the huge array of awesome submissions on Tumblr and try and squeeze yours in before the deadline! See Ryan Humphrey's drawings after the jump...

Adrian Landon Brooks' Own Brand of Sacred Art

Illustration // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Adrian Landon Brooks' drawings are beautiful and nightmarish, utilizing the simple combination of gouache and pen on paper to create haunting illustrations of idols, icons and strange figures. Brooks is drawn to sacred art that emphasizes a "savior," and he speaks of his creative power as such, something that has brough him "freedom and redemption from everything that ails me." Brooks' handling of gouache gives his figures a glowing, almost lava-like appearance, propelling them through fields of dark space as if full of fire. These imaginings have a mysterious and powerful message, yet what that is feels slightly out of reach-- we recommend looking even closer, spending some time with these lovely drawings. 

Hypnotic Cloned Motion GIFs by Erdal Inci

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Erdal Inci is an Istanbul-based filmmaker, graffiti artist, and photographer who has been experimenting with cloned motion in video since 2004. He has been converting these videos into GIFs and posting them online for our viewing pleasure! Take a look at some of them after the jump...

Mustafah Abdulaziz' "Memory Loss"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This morning we take a look at a series of photographs by Berlin-based, New York City-born photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz. Memory Loss was captured throughout the United States and "explores the social identification and how our ideas of self representation create instances of cultural disconnect."

New Embroidered Portraits from Cayce Zavaglia

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cayce Zavaglia is back with some new and impressive embroidery work. Done in a hyper-realistic for with incredible layered detail, Cayce uses crewel embroidery wool and has taken the qualities of oil painting by mixing her thread colors to mimic brushstrokes. Amazing.

The work of Kiersten Essenpreis

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
We are enjoying the work of Kiersten Essenpreis this morning. Kiersten works as a freelance illustrator and gallery artist.

What's The Time?: David Kesting Presents Ricky Powell "NYC 1985 – Bushwick 2013"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Another Ricky Powell event just opened, in perfect timing with his feature in our Beastie Boys issue that is on newsstands now. David Kesting Presents "Ricky Powell", a collection of photographs from the artists archives reflecting the urban artistic and music references between these two times and cultures. Curated by Tono Radvany a longtime friend of Powell known for cataloging, exhibiting and printing Powell’s work.

Horfe Abstraction

Graffiti // Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This is by far one of our most favorite pieces we have seen Horfe paint yet. It resembles more of an abstract painting you would see on a canvas than graffiti in the street. 

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