You Have Some Legos On Your Face...

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have spent most of the morning trying to figure out these Lego masks. As DesignBoom points out, "for London’s menswear AW 15 show, designers Agi & Sam asked UK make-up artist and beauty editor of ID-magazine Isamaya Ffrench to create LEGO masks like weird outgrowths on the models’ faces." For the most part, I'm trying to decipher if this is about the construction of human's DNA, a comment on consumerism, a way to save money instead of crazy elaborate masks, or maybe someone just likes Legos. It's the latter of the latter.

Design Process: Analog vs. Digital

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In the past few years of my professional design career I have often pondered over what it might be like to design without the modern tools I have been provided. Would I ideate, sketch, or build my concepts in the same manner? Would my way of thinking about a project be different because of the tools I utilize to create it? Would famed designers like the Eames or Le Corbusier have taken the same steps and been so dramatically influential if they were in a modern era?

David Molesky "Riot" @ the Fridge, Washington, DC

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
This winter, Fridge DC presents Brooklyn-based artist and frequent Juxtapoz contributor, David Molesky, for his second solo exhibition in the US Capital. Drawing from this past year’s widespread upheaval, Molesky has shifted his focus from the turbulence of natural elements to riots. In these recent works, Molesky paints the iron-willed who share supporting roles with crawling fire and billowing smoke. No oppositional force is present in any of the compositions; only a dark abyss appears to be on the receiving end of hurled stones and Molotov cocktails. These paintings are portrayals of humans and elements collaboratively expressing an intense longing for change.

Rainer Elstermann’s “Old Masters”

Photography // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In his series “Old Masters”, German artist Rainer Elstermann uses photography to recreate some of the most iconic portrait paintings from the past six centuries. From Da Vinci to Reubens, Elstermann draws inspiration from these classic works to breath new life into each painting through his photographic reinterpretations. 

The “Radiance” of Yellena James

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Yellena James just opened a new exhibition, Radiance, at LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland, CA where she’ll also be painting a new mural. Her seascape floral work is detailed, rich and delicate, with a colorfully luscious vibe. In her own words: "My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment... 

Lakwena Maciver @ Papillion Gallery, LA

Street Art // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Street artist Lakwena opens a solo show at Papillion Gallery in Los Angeles on January 17, 2015. Have a look at some of her recent murals and get pumped for the show, and stay tuned to see how her work transforms inside the gallery space. 

Nudes by Owvbics

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
These aren’t your everyday nudes. These bodies are strange, mutated, and yet somehow retain their freakish appeal. Owvbics is a mysterious NYC artist who caught our eye on Instagram and we’ve been exploring his fantastic weirdness this week, which includes a range of works on paper. 

“Bound and Unbound,” Sculptures by Judith Scott @ the Brooklyn Museum

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Judith Scott was an artist who was part of the Creative Growth Art Community in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her mixed media fiber sculptures are a wild and tangled thing of beauty. Don’t miss the current exhibition of her compelling sculptural work on view at The Brooklyn Museum through March 29, 2015. 

Kayla Mattes: Tactile Textiles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Portland artist Kayla Mattes makes lush, shaggy textile work that puts us in a good mood. From her website: “Influenced by a blend of pop-culture, the internet, nostalgia and consumerism, she uses her background in textiles to create works primarily in tapestry, installation, digital painting and material experimentation.” Besides her wonderful, colorful weavings, she has a shop where you can buy colorful jewelry and a mini woven pizza. Mattes puts the fun in fiber art. 

Asger Carlsen for Resort Fashion

Photography // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
NY Mag’s The Cut recently made the wise decision of sending a shipment of Resort Fashion over to New York-based artist Asger Carlsen and gave him complete creative control to interpret the clothes how he felt fit. Inspired by African masks, Carlsen manipulated and sculpted the models to his instantly recognizable style producing a stunning body of images. 

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