Juxtapoz Presents: Neil Young "Special Deluxe"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Sometimes “special” is the only word that will do, and in the case of Neil Young’s “Special Deluxe” by Penguin Books , let’s agree that it is, starting with the artist’s observation that “being obsessive is not such a bad thing for creativity.” The book is an enchanting portrayal of the roots of Young’s appreciation for the ability to travel country roads and landscapes of the imagination. 

Best of 2014: Works by Ryohei Hase

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Based out of Tokyo, Japan, Ryohei Hase expresses a definite darkness in his illustrative and realistic works. He describes the theme of his work as sad and gloomy, but also beautiful and strong; he is working to express the darkness of the mind. The artist was featured and interviewed in the magazine in 2009.

Best of 2014: The Disturbing Sculptures of Dongwook Lee

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Dongwook Lee's works focus on the contradictions that are fundamentally inherent in human existence and life. Exquisitely hyper-realistic and surrealistically imagined renditions of his miniature human figures are staged in absurd situations in Lee's works, in which the bleak everyday life transforms into poetic horror....

Best of 2014: Olek in the February Issue

Vault // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It was nice to run into Olek this year in Miami during Art Basel celebrations. Kristin Farr interviewed her for our Feburary, 2014 issue, taking a break with her mid-crochet to talk about her work in Russia, art as a lifestyle, and public art...

More Calligraphy on Girls by Pokras Lampas

Erotica // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Calligrapher Pokras Lampas is back with another "Calligraphy on Girls" session. Typography meets erotica? Fine by us...

Andrew Schoultz "Blown to Bits" @ Hosfelt Gallery, SF

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Excited for this one: our good friend Andrew Schoultz's first solo exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery transforms 7,000 square feet of gallery space with an installation of sculpture, paintings and works on paper that charts a new trajectory in his work. After showcasing a new direction with his show at Ruttowski in Cologne earlier this Fall, we can't wait to see the (partial) homecoming of the now LA-based Schoultz. 

Stacey Rozich "Shrine" @ Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Stacey Rozich just opened a new body of work, "Shrine," at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle last weekend, and as we catch up on the post-Basel madness, this was one show that stood out. In the new body of work,  Rozich describes the the trappings and rituals of death, painting figures standing or laying near ornamental mausoleums and gravestones. They are joined by a cast of skeletal or animal demon spirits that comfort them, antagonize them, or stand guard as they begin their journey through death. Though they might be protective, they are also tricksters – dancing, drinking, and reveling in their non-corporeal existence in spite of ours.

The Moleskine Drawings of Kerby Rosanes

Illustration // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
We've looked at the Moleskine drawings of Kerby Rosanes before, and his newest update of work is his strongest to date. As his site states, "Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes works mainly with ordinary black pens to magically illustrate his “doodle” world. The 23-year old artist considers his art as a personal hobby which turned out to be his part-time freelance work after being recognized by various design blogs, international magazines and online communities."

Best of 2014: The Imagination Issue - Charlie Immer

Vault // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
In the next couple of weeks, as 2014 comes to a close we are digging through the year's issues and sharing some of our favorite features. We kick it off with Charlie Immer's interview from January's "Imagination Issue" curated by Alex Pardee. The interview begins with possibly our favorite opening line this year, "Imagine a candy-coated land full of violence, gore and mischief where paint doesn't exist and everything is funny." Enjoy...

Best of 2014: Drawings of Men Farting from the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868)

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
These images, taken from scrolls produced during the Japanese Edo period (1603-1868), depict he-gassen or "farting competitions." Yes, that's right, farting. According to the website Naruhodo, "Similar drawings were used to ridicule westerners towards the end of the Edo period, with images depicting the westerners blown away by Japanese farts." 

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