The Guardian Made a Brilliant Short Film on the Eighth Man ever to play Ronald McDonald

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
This is just way too good. The Guardian recently went to Las Vegas to visit with the "eighth man" to ever officially be Ronald McDonald. Joe Maggard was McDonald's mascot from 1995 to 2007, and in this short, you see him transform himself from a retired, pool swimming man to a spokesperson for a major corporation. There are so many subtle shifts here, from the Guardian hinting at a lonely existence, to Maggard's own change of personality when speaking about putting on the costume. Brilliantly shot with a most-interesting subject. This is the Chief Happiness Officer. 

Jean André "Mauvaise Réputation" @ HVW8 Gallery, Berlin

Illustration // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Jean André’s “gentleman art” balances saucy and minimalistic representations of women, creating images that read as both gentlemen’s pulp illustration and satirical tableaux. His influences range from Matisse to Gainsbourg to Drake as well as erotic magazines from the 80’s. On August 2nd, at HVW8 Gallery's Berlin space, Jean will open "Mauvaise Réputation," that will feature a collaboration with tattoo artists as well as work inspired by classic flash art.

Summertime Beaching with Hilo Chen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
We have absolutely no idea what beach Taiwanese-American artist Hilo Chen goes to create his larger than life hyperreal portraits of woman nude on beaches, but it seems like it could be a nice vacation spot... just sayin. Enjoy the summertime vibes from one of the more accomplished, if not slightly sexy photoreal artists in the world today. Hilo was featured in our Juxtapoz Hyperreal Book that we published in 2014. 

A Series of "Everyday" Illustrations by Eiko Ojala

Illustration // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
“Everyday” is a series of personal illustrations by Eiko Ojala studying simple objects in unexpected situations. We've previously shown you Eiko's fantastic paper cutting work, the Estonian illustrator and graphic designer works most digitally and draws everything by hand, combining consummate craftsmanship with a healthy sprinkling of wit.

Paintings by István (Étienne) Sándorfi

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Istvan (known as Etienne) Sandorfi was born in Budapest in 1948 and died in 2007. His father was director of the American company, IBM, in Hungary. Because of this association he served five years in Stalinist prisons during the Communist regime and his family was deported to an isolated Hungarian village. At the time of the 1956 uprising the Sandorfi family fled the country and became expatriates, first in Germany, then in France. Greatly affected by the violence of the revolution and by the aberration of political systems in general, Istvan took refuge in drawing, and then, at the age of 12, in oil painting.

Josh Keyes: The Artist in Evolution

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Keyes has always created work with almost apocalyptic visions of a world abandoned, where humans have left behind materialistic remnants of civilization. But recently, his life and art have markedly evolved. In almost striking similarities with his work, he has become rooted in the Pacific Northwest, with the lush environment now on each canvas. Gone are the dioramas, the signature white-background pieces that famously identified him; enter a more personal style, darker, and oddly, paintings suffused with humanity.

Paintings and Collages by Nadira Husain

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Our relation to images is conditioned by the various pictorial conventions of Western culture. Paris and Berlin-based artist Nadira Husain addresses them in her work, albeit decidedly not from a traditional Western male perspective. Her generally figurative pictures display the influence of both Indian miniatures and the feminist theoretical apparatus. 

HMNNTR Shred Art Show @ Underdog Gallery, London

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
HMNNTR showcases the shared passion of an international line-up of snowboarders and artists, coming together for the first time in a curated art show at the Underdog Gallery, London. After a successful stint at the ______ gallery in Seattle for the inaugural show, the two-stop tour is rolling through London, showcasing the work of some of the snowboard industry's finest, most prolific artists from around the world.

"Devotion" Group Show @ Fifty24SF Gallery

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
On August 1st, 2015 Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground will present "Devolultion", group exhibition featuring the work of Smithe, Tina Lugo, Lauren YS and Benjamin Constantine. 

Artists Paint the Vans US Open Bowl

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 27, 2015
Each summer, Vans curates a group of artists to paint the Van Doren Invitational bowl at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California. This year, Rich Jacobs, Jay Howell, Travis Millard, Nat Russell, and Sasha Barr were invited to participate.
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