Ben Tolman “Civilized” @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 23, 2015
Ben Tolman creates densely rendered ink drawings depicting multi-tiered dramas of urban life. Reflecting on patterns of behavior within our constructed environments, he explores a wider view of the extraordinary systems that shape our society.

Dan McPharlin's "Analog Miniatures"

Music // Monday, February 23, 2015
We've previously admired Australian artist Dan McPharlin's incredible science fiction album covers (Prefuse 73, Pretty Lights). This series of sculptures by the artist are his attempt to pay tribute to early synthesizers and analog recording equipment. Rather than replicating existing machines, the focus was on creating a revisionist history where analogue technology continued to flourish uninterrupted. Each piece was hand-made from framing matt-boards, paper, plastic sheeting, string and rubber bands.

The Rehearsal of Space & the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite

Photography // Monday, February 23, 2015
In this beautiful series of photos, Portuguese photographer and author Edgar Martins documents over 15 separate facilities of the European Space Agency located across the world. Unlike NASA or CERN, ESA does not have an artist residency program so it is the first time in their history that they have granted an artist exclusive access to all of their facilities, staff, programs, and technology. 

WWI Warships & Razzle Dazzle Camouflage

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 23, 2015
Primarily used during WWI, Dazzle Camouflage was used on Ally warships to make it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed, and heading. Consisting of complex patterns of gemoteric shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and interseting each other, the technique attracted the notice of artists, including Picasso who notably claimed cubists had invented it.

Reflect Upon This: Nudes in Mirrors by Alva Bernadine

Erotica // Monday, February 23, 2015
These female nudes are of friends, acquaintances and volunteers from the internet. I often trawl charity shops and stores that sell cheap kitsch because I sometimes come across objects and trinkets that may lead to ideas for photos. I came across some small mirrors in a £1 shop. They were selling them for £1 for two. I bought six not knowing what I would do with them...

Erik Johansson's Escher-Inspired Photomanipulations

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 23, 2015
We've always enjoyed Erik Johansson's surreal photo-manipulations. Here is a collection of his Escheresque "paradoxical geometry" optical illusions...

Taboo: Ukiyo-e & the Japanese Tattoo Tradition

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 23, 2015
As one of the oldest forms of body modification, ritual scarification and tattoos have been found on mummies dated to the 2nd millennium BCE. In Japan, irezumi (the insertion of ink into the skin) existed as long ago as Neolithic times. Over the centuries, the practice has assumed multiple forms and carried with it a myriad of meanings...

Aline Smithson’s Monograph Kickstarter

Photography // Sunday, February 22, 2015
Until March 5th, California-based photographer Aline Smithson will be raising funds through her Kickstarter campaign to publish her first significant monograph of portrait photography. The book will contain over 100 photographs from 18 different bodies of work and contain both color and silver gelatin printed works. 

"Men & Cats" by David Williams

Photography // Saturday, February 21, 2015
New Yorker and photographer David Williams began his Men & Cats project back in 2009, in order to break the “crazy cat lady” stereotype. “I wanted to show that regardless of gender, many people have found the joy that cat companionship can bring,” he told Time Out NY magazine in an interview not too long ago. 

video: Silk and Mavel Underground

Graffiti // Saturday, February 21, 2015
Minnesota writers Silk and Mavel escape the snowy grounds of the Twin Cities and lay down some pieces in a storm drain tunnel.

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