Converse x Juxtapoz: Wall To Wall Toronto featuring Troy Lovegates

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
Over the past year, Juxtapoz and Converse have teamed on a unique project, Wall to Wall, where we invite an artist in a city in North America to create a semi-permanent mural based around the artist's interpretation of the iconic Converse star. Today, we look back on the mural created in Toronto, Canada by artist Troy Lovegates. Lovegates, who you may know as OTHER, went with his signature multi-colored figurative style, adding a dreamlike, colorful addition to the Wall to Wall project.

The Works of Alberto Ybarra

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
My art is about life experiences, difficult moments, powerful emotions and thought provoking taboo ideas. Most of my paintings are figurative narratives, which explore sexuality, spirituality and human interaction. Art is a language. Painting is my primary language and it’s the best way I am able to communicate a story. It matters little if what is portrayed is true, only that the final piece is an extension of myself, my experience and unique outlook.

The 2nd Annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational @ Spoke Art, SF

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
Only a few days remain to check out the 2nd Annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational at Spoke Art in San Francisco. What is a 2nd Annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational you may ask? Curator Zach Tutor has compiled a group of 32 contemporary artists, including Audrey Kawasaki, Erik Jones, Joao Ruas, Soey Milk, Conrad Roset who blur "the lines between multitudes of genres into a single, pluralistic whole."

Ai Weiwei @ Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
Ai Weiwei's first major survey of his work in the United States? Need we say more? Go to the Hishhorn Musuem and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC and see the work of one of the most important contemporary artists today. It is on view until February 24th.

Air Drive by Renaud Marion

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
French photographer Renaud Marion has taken the wheels of a classic automobiles in his new series, Air Drive. Although we find this series maddening because of the absence of floating cars in the world today, with most futurists getting this all wrong (we will probably have to wait until 2030 or something), Marion's series gives these cars a new look, a fresh vantage point, and an appreciation for how well-designed some of the silhouettes really are.

Marc Quinn: "Planet" @ Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
Recently, we did a walk down memory lane at Marc Quinn's incredible Planet bronze and steel sculpture,  displayed at the Beyond Limits exhibition in the gardens of Chatsworth House in the UK in 2008. Last week, we did a walk down 90 degrees near the equator in Singapore's Gardens By The Bay complex and saw the installation process of ... guess what... Marc Quinn's Planet sculpture. The sculpture was donated for permanent display at the Gardens by the Bay.

Escif: Austerity

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
The exceptionally talented and conceptual muralist, Escif, appropriately titled this mural of equestrian horse jumping Austerity. “Show jumping is a discipline which is a timed event judged on the ability of the horse and rider to jump over a series of obstacles. This discipline is one of the most popular sports and equestrian riders most used today, and is the most modern specialty equestrian sport that has come to turn the classic sport of riding in a spectator sport” says Escif relating to this particular piece.

The Skull Ice Cube

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
In our continuing series of trying to find ways to make your Super Bowl/Valentine's/weekend parties just that much more interesting, we have to applaud Gama-Go and their Skull Ice Cube. On the heels of the LEGO Ice Cube Tray, we think its just as classy, if not classier, kids, to have your Scotch on the rocks. With a skull. Just a skull.

Illustrations by Denmark's Troels Carlsen

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 24, 2013
Danish artist Troels Carlsen is inspired by the human condition and his work often revolves around our historical and biological heritage. Through a wide range of media, collage and illustration, he explores our relation to the animal world with, often times through scientific anatomical illustrations. His multi-level pieces combine elements of landscape, science and portraiture, and are arranged an a near poetic way.

Shortology: The Beatles and other Things Explained in 20 Seconds

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 23, 2013
As part of a book from Rizzoli, Shortology is a graphic collection of 101 mini-stories for "those who have no time to lose." Aka, using almost restroom iconography, creative studio H-57 has created this simple graphics to explain complex cultural icons and films. Did you know it only takes two graphics to explain Lord of the Rings? And only 20 seconds to explain the Beatles? It is, in fact, that easy.

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