"Bank (Bench) rescue" by Escif

Street Art // Saturday, December 22, 2012
Spanish muralist, Escif’s most recent piece depicts two riot police officers carrying a bench. The artist posted a photo of two riot police carrying a protester to accompany this wall. Recent protests during nationwide strikes in Europe and local strikes in Spain against austerity have resulted in massive violent clashes between protesters and police.

The Double Exposure Paintings of Pakayla Rae Biehn

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 22, 2012
We have shown a bunch of double-exposure photography techniques on the site this year, and we are fans of the double exposure styled paintings of Pakayla Rae Biehn. Having shown at Thinkspace in the past, we were familiar with the work, but having seen that we showed you a few double-exposrure bodies of work this week, we wanted to showcase Biehn's paintings.

Bles x Phable in 1996

Graffiti // Saturday, December 22, 2012
This was a golden era in San Diego when the yards were filled with top-notch graffiti from all over. Bles and Phable has a lot of great work in these yards.Beautiful graffiti even by today’s standards.

ESPO for Kurt Vile

Music // Saturday, December 22, 2012
In promotion for fellow Philadelphia resident musician, Kurt Vile’s newest album, Steve Powers aka ESPO, has created a mural in the City of Brotherly Love. The album titled “Waking On a Pretty Daze” will incorporate artwork from this mural into it’s packaging (Good choice Kurt Vile!) and will be released on Matador Records. Check out the mural off Front Street in Philly to see it in person.

Mark Mulroney: Carved Women

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 22, 2012
On a lighter note, some carved wooden sculptures of women, in every shape and size from New York based artist Mark Mulroney (featured in July 2011). In his artist statement, he explains, “People don’t want to die, and they want to have sex.” In regards to this, Mark states, 'I think almost all art is about looking at death and trying to defy it somehow. Having sex is a way of defying death. I make work about these things because they are what interests me...

Nature Disasters by Steve McGhee

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 22, 2012
As a digital artist focusing on art that reflects The End of Days and natural disasters, Steve McGhee has this to say about his images, 'My work reflects a personal interest in things human beings have little or no control over. We walk through life feeling like we’re indestructible, while in reality, we’re just the opposite...

Teaser: James Jean "Parallel Lives" @ Jack Tilton, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
Sure, we get excited about the holiday season, but we are already getting excited about 2013. One reason is that Juxtapoz has something cooking with James Jean, and we are extremely excited about his new exhibitiion, Parallel Lives, opening at Jack Tilton Gallery in NYC on January 9, 2013. James sent us a little teaser this morning as a little good holiday gift for us, and of course, for you our readers. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks...

Swoon: Konbit Shelter in Haiti Project on Kickstarter

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
Brooklyn-based Swoon has spent a good deal of her art career working as a socially conscious, charity and project-based philanthropist, and in that time, become one of our all-time favorites. She just launched a Kickstarter for a project we fully back, the Konbit Shelter project in Haiti. Konbit Shelter is building creative, safe, beautiful, and sustainable homes for Haitian families in the continuing aftermath of the earthquake of 2010 and Hurricane Sandy.

Ed Templeton "Memory Foam" @ Roberts & Tilton, LA

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent photographs by Ed Templeton (featured in our February 2012 issue) in his fifth exhibition with the gallery. Templeton has long mined the middle ground between the public and the private, delving unreservedly into the human situation, creating photographs that are at once heartbreaking and outrageous, comical and sinister, his images, a visual litmus test of American youth culture in all its twisted luminescence.

Music History as Animated Gifs

Music // Friday, December 21, 2012
Well, these are a ton of fun. Josh, we will just call him Josh, of the band Old Monk Song creates these fantastic animated gifs of historical and fun moments in music history, including wonderful live performances, pivotal cultural icons, indie giants, and just plain cool music videos. Our favorite could be the Tupac gif... in prison, getting married, #1 hit? Legend.

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