Scene Report: Los Angeles

Graffiti // Friday, September 04, 2015
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Walter Yetman aka The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye delivers this week’s Los Angeles Scene Report.

An update with Dems

Graffiti // Friday, September 04, 2015
Dems has an undeniable thirst for the graffiti game and is churning out tons of new work all the time. Here’ a collection of some of his recent walls, which are all quality pieces.

The Work of Masumi Sakamoto

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
Osaka-born artist Masumi Sakamoto eliminates extra background in her paintings to emphasize the characteristics of the figures, striving to explore what lays beneath the skin. Posed like fashion models and pop stars, the androgynous children in her paintings are like the characters in fairy tales: far from reality. With her optimistic expressions, Sakamoto covers tough situations in modern society with beautiful colors and thoughtful compositions. We look forward to more work from this promising young artist.

‘Three-Planet Lifestyle’ by Stephan Doitschinoff @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
Three-Planet Lifestyle, a solo exhibition of new works by Stephan Doitschinoff, will open September 10 and be up until October 10, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery at 529 West 20th Street and 557C West 23rd Street, New York City. At first glance, Doitschinoff’s work appears to be a visual narrative infused with religious and esoteric references but closer examination reveals a process of appropriation and re-signification. He uses recognizable religious icons such as the altar, the procession and anthropomorphic characters but removes all mystic and ideological content, appropriating the imagery and adding contemporary symbols created from personal reflection and observation. In Three-Planet Lifestyle, sinking boats full of books, moons studded with flags and collapsing skyscrapers allude to the rupture of a strict system and the consequences of unintentional actions.

‘Airline Visual Identity: 1945-1975’ by Matthias C. Hühne

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
School just started so obviously it’s time to think about the next vacation. And in Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975 by Matthias C. Hühne, we get a delicious glimpse of vacations past. This beautiful large-format book explores the stylish examples of the best commercial art created by some of the best creative minds of the time, such as Ivan Chermayeff, Otl Aicher, Massimo Vignellli and Academy Award winner Saul Bass. Printed with a total of seventeen colors, five varnishes and two methods of foil printing and embossing, this book will give you a museum-like experience.

Paper Sculptures of Weapons by Li Hongbo

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
Beijing-based artist L Hongbo is well known for his evocative static paper and glue sculptures. We’ve talked before about his busts, made up of about 8,000 sheets of paper glued manually in a honeycomb structure and here he is again with another show that’s just as impressive. Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day is a large-scale installation on display at the SCAD Museum of Art. Covering the entire gallery, Hongbo’s work will be up until January 24th, 2016.

Paul Wunderlich's Surrealist nudes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 03, 2015
Paul Wunderlich was a German painter, sculptor and graphic artist. Influenced by the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements, his work showcases nudes which were siezed in the 1960s due to their indecent nature. This Surrealist series is brought together by pops of vibrant red in each piece.

Nuart 2015, Day 1 and Works in Progress

Street Art // Thursday, September 03, 2015
It's so good to be back. This is our fifth (maybe sixth, who's counting?) year at Nuart, and not only is this the festival's 15th year, but they have an outstanding line-up creating art around Stavanger, Norway with the topic of play and intervention at its heart. We just got into town, and the artists are all hard at work, so before the talks, the drinks, and the unveiling of all the tunnel installations, here is a look at some of the works in progress. 

Benjamin Shine's Fabric Sculpture Installations

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 03, 2015
Artist Benjamin Shine's latest installation in Canberra, Australia are composed of more than 2000 meters of tulle fabric. "I began playing around with the idea of dancers because it was something I'd been working on, and I wanted to use the tulle because it links to dance and ballet," he told the Canberra Times. "And it's the first time they've been suspended from the ceiling as three-dimensional pieces that are like sculptures, and it's the first time I've used lighting to back light them so it's entirely new territory."

Graphite Drawings by Melissa Cooke

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 03, 2015
Melissa Cooke specializes in graphite on paper and through her drawing she investigates the relationship between photography, performance and drawing in portraiture. Her process includes dusting thin layers of graphite onto paper with a dry brush and then augmenting the smooth surfaces by erasing in details and textures.
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