Converse Wall to Wall Hong Kong: Buff Diss

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This past week, Juxtapoz took a trip to Hong Kong to both celebrate the inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong art fair, as well as spend time with the Converse team and their curated guest list of artists for their Wall to Wall Hong Kong project. Over the past few years, Converse has worked with artists from around the world to create over twenty Wall to Wall projects throughout Europe and North America. For Hong Kong, Converse brought artists from Berlin, China, Brazil, and France to complete the project. Today, we look at Melbourne-born, Berlin-based Buff Diss. 

Michael Johansson: "Real Life Tetris" Studio Visit + Exhibition

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This past winter, Michael Johansson, famous for his "real-life Tetris" public and museum installations, opened "Familar Abstractions" at Vigeland Museet in Olso, Norway. During the preparation for that show, our friend and contributor Henrik Haven caught up with Johansson at his studio in Malmø, Sweden. Even in his space, everything has a place, in its right place.

Preview: Oliver Vernon "Renegade Trajectories" @ Joshua Liner, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Renegade Trajectories, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Oliver Vernon. This is Vernon’s third solo show with the gallery, and the artist will be present at the opening reception on May 30. Combining elements of landscape painting, figuration, and abstraction, Vernon’s practice pushes all of these categories beyond easy distinction, creating a hybrid visual language all his own. “The picture plane is a continuum of give and take,” says Vernon, “where positive and negative space give way to each other in rhythmic intervals. Energy oscillates and migrates, initiating changes along the way. And color is a navigational tool to guide the eye through the chaotic scape.”

SFMOMA's Countdown Celebration Party

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
It's the final countdown to SFMOMA's building closure! Of course, they'll be closing their doors in style. Don't miss their Countdown Celebration, which will be kicking off with a festive party on Thursday, May 30! There will be DJs and live music by Semi Precious Weapons, food + drink, photo booths, a gaming lounge, and tons more fun.

Illustrations by Sean Lewis

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
We are enjoying Toronto-based artist Sean Lewis' illustrations of dangerous outlaws and criminals. Winning the gold medal at The Ontario Collge of Art and Design for the thesis work, Sean continues to put out expressive commerical and personal work on a regular basis.

Mark Webber Carves Giant Typographic Linocut Map of Paris

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
After two months researching in Berlin, nine months designing, and five months carving streets and districts backwards into a 3.4m x 1.7m piece of lino, Mark Webber finished his giant map of the German City. His most recent project is a similarly large map of Paris. So far he has spent two months carving a block of lino and is ready to find a printer who can accommodate it! Watch a timelapse after the jump...

Surreal Paintings by Till Rabus

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Even as Swiss artist Till Rabus' works are painted in an almost photo-realist style, his subject matter balances between myth and surrealism. He combines strange still lives with ordinary, discarded and even sometimes anthropomorphized objects. His latest work explores the human figure with tangled body parts!

The Art of Alex Gibbs

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This morning we welcome you back from a long Memorial Day weekend with the drawings and paintings of Alex Gibbs. Alex is currently doing a residency in Huangzhou china and has taken to working on materials like newspapers, hotel pads, Chinese exercise books and greaseproof paper. 

Photographs by Lieko Shiga

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Japanese photographer Lieko Shiga's Canary series combines personal stories from local myths with his own personal memories, feelings and experiences. His process involves floating the printed image in the darkroom just as it is appearing and before it settles, generating not easily recognizable, but incredibly fantastical and meaningful photographs. As FOAM magazine puts it, Shiga's "belief in the transcendent power of the photograph verges on the religious."

Together, Yet Apart by Milan Hrnjazovic

Erotica // Monday, May 27, 2013
In this series entitled "Together, yet apart," Serbian painter Milan Hrnjazovic explores a young couple's intimacy through distortions and scattered parts of their bodies, creating new, recognizable shapes, such as an egg or a silhouette of an embryo, that symbolize the procreative function of the sexual act. In addition to the bodies' gestural meanings, their twisted forms suggest  the kind of turbulent yet passionate relationship that has the potential to engender just as much profound happiness as it can bitter misery.

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