Smithe Keeps it Coming....

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
After seeing Mexico City based Smithe's awesome new mural with Nychos in Brooklyn, and another standout piece in Brooklyn, we went and checked out his newest works on his site that he has completed since he was in the magazine this past January. Again, the works are some of our favorites being made, a mix of analog and technology, and classic illustrative styles... 

Music Video: Portugal. The Man "Modern Jesus" dir AG Rojas

Music // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Portugal. The Man have been making great videos for years, but this recent gem from director AG Rojas for the track "Modern Jesus" may be our favorite to date. Just kind of watching the world go by in all its beautiful destruction and almost drug-fueled banality. Love this clip... 

Ink Drawings by Eugene Andolsek

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Using graph paper, a straight edge, a pair of compasses, and self-mixed colored inks, Eugene Andolsek created these wildly colorful and detailed geometric drawings. A stenographer during the day, Andolsek was untrained as an artist and would draw to escape the monotony of daily life while sitting at the kitchen table with his ailing mother. "The release was cathartic and pretty soon he was getting lost in the intricacies of his work and the geometric worlds he created, drawing and coloring for hours on end in a trance." Andolsek passed away in 2008.

Masquerade Photographs by Phyllis Galembo

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Phyllis Galembo's portraits of masquerade reflect the ritual adornment and spirituality of the tradition. Galembo spent twenty years photographing the rituals and religious culture in Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Halloween in the United States.

Natsuki Otani's Feast of Color

Illustration // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Natsuki Otani's illustrations are described in colour and realized in detailed design. Bold, vibrant color forms the basis of working practice that seeks to unite dreams and reality. Otani tries to give the viewer a feast of color and complexity, adding surreal touches to counterpoint childlike subjects. Otani was born in Tokyo and works in England in a number of different mediums, fashion illustration and editorial predominantly. Otani hopes to make people happy "if just for a moment" through her artwork.   

Aki Inomata's Plastic Hermit Crab Habitats

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Inspired and influenced by the architecture of major cities, Japanese artist Aki Inomata constructs intricate plastic habitats for hermit grabs. As hermit crabs grow they require larger shells and will exchange them with other crustaceans, so the habitats resembling the skyline of new york or a tokyo house become shelter for the crabs!

Douglas McDougall's Charcoal Drawings

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Scottish artist Douglas McDougall uses charcoal, scalpel blades, erasers, and sandpaper to create his portraits. "By carving into the paper in a particular way, one can feel the power and the magic and luck...Portraiture is my way of encapsulating and understanding the ongoing museum of human experience, to show who we really are, body and spirit."

Kotaro Chiba's Girlish Innocence

Illustration // Monday, August 19, 2013
Kotaro Chiba is a professional freelance illustrator, designer, and animator based in Niigata, Japan. Her work is clearly heavily influenced by her home country, containing elements of traditional Japanese art as well as anime and manga, showing lithe young women with long delicate necks and soft features in a variety of natural landscapes.

Hajime Sorayama @ AISHONANZUKA, Hong Kong

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 19, 2013
AISHONANZUKA is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of japanese legendary illustrator Hajime Sorayama (1947-) in Hong Kong. Sorayama graduated from Chubi Central Art School in Tokyo in 1969 and first spent some time working with an advertising company. Since 1972 when he became a freelance, he has been a legendary artist armed with his astounding reali metallicity stic techniques. His works of female images, pursuing of robot and eroticism are well known both inside and outside of Japan. 

"Higher Planes" @ The Tate Gallery, Sydney

Street Art // Monday, August 19, 2013
This Wednesday, August 21st “Higher Planes” will open featuring new paintings and sculptures by Shida at The Tate Gallery in Sydney, Australia. “Arabesque figures coil amidst deciduous branches, as fluid, mountainous panoramas reflect Shida's painterly dynamism. Through Higher Planes, Shida continues to experiment with visual space and landscape painting. Contrasting his traditionally fluorescent palette with phthalo blues, Shida uses layered brushstrokes to create shuffling, otherworldly scenes.”

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