Juxtapoz Hyperreal: Connection - Alyssa Monks

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 08, 2015
We need to feel like we belong to this experience, we need to know our place, we need to know where we fit. We need to feel that we're accepted for who we are. So the goal you may think is to, get a show, get press or to make money or to have fame. But it's not, the thing we all really want is to feel connected.

Artists Respond to Charlie Hebdo Attack

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 08, 2015
Over the last 24 hours publications, artists, illustrators, cartoonists, and journalists have responded and reacted to the tragic killing of our peers at Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by masked gunman. Here is a collection of those responses.

For Charlie Hebdo

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
We are deeply saddened and troubled by the news that most of us in the United States woke up to this morning: three masked gunman storming into the offices of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people – including two policemen. According to the Guardian, the attack occurred at "11.30am on Wednesday after the magazine’s staff had gathered for their weekly editorial meeting." How numbingly sad about it is to hear such news, watching this event be reported from some of our favorite newsrooms in the world. You feel a connection even though the publications are vastly different. These were journalists as targets, working in a country with free speech. Working under the pretense of free speech, controversial content is meant to spark debate, effectively and metaphorically define the tide of the times. It is meant to incite discourse, not violence. Today, we send our thoughts and respect to journalists around the world who continue to publish, driven by the power of free speech.

Opening Photos: Contemporary Psychedelic @ Ace Hotel, Downtown LA

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
We are trying to rush through Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice" book right now so we can go check out director Paul Thomas Anderson's take on the film that releases nationwide January 9, 2015. We were lucky enough, along with Slow Culture and the Ace Hotel, to be part of a special art show, "Contemporary Psychedelic," that featured art inspired by the film that opened at the Downtown LA Ace Hotel this week. Here are some photos from the opening!

Rebecca Nolan's "American Byways"

Photography // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Rebecca Nolan is a photographer and educator based in Georgia. Influenced by her wanderlust of America, her series American Byways explores the bypassed areas along US Highway 80 between Savannah, Georgia and eastern Alabama. 

LIFE Magazine Archives: Behind the Scenes at Disney Studios

Photography // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Going through the LIFE archives is one of the most enjoyable experience a human can have. Seriously. We came across this really amazing series from a 1953 article titled 'A Silver Anniversary for Walt and Mickey," (that's 25 years to you and I), which captured some behind-the-scenes moments at the Disney studios with animators and Mr Disney himself. 

Devin Troy Strother "Space Jam" @ Marlborough Chelsea, NYC

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Marlborough Chelsea is excited to present a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist, Devin Troy Strother. For his second show with the gallery, Strother will present new large scale paintings and sculptures. The exhibition’s title, Space Jam is taken from the hit 1996 film starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Toons. Conceptually Strother looked towards Space Jam as a sentiment, a film he grew up with, but also a play on words: “space” in relation to being challenged with Marlborough Chelsea’s large space, and “jam” as a verb meaning to do something quickly, art and growth in this case. 

Scene Report: Detroit

Graffiti // Wednesday, January 07, 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. German Friday delivers this week’s Detroit Scene Report.

"Preserving Human Dignity" by Ben Pawle: The One-handed Condom Wrapper

Design // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
A couple of years ago designer Ben Pawle created a simple design for the project “Preserving Human Dignity”. He successfully did just that, with a simple, awkward life moment that was made easier by a change in package design. As the phrase goes, “it’s the little things in life that make all the difference.” From the artist, “The project evolved from a healthcare project concerning Hemiplegia, a stroke of the womb with debilitating mental and physical effects, with particular focus on how indignity manifests itself when performing simple daily tasks; working to reduce or prevent these moments from occurring by providing an inclusively designed intervention.”

The Winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

Photography // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
National Geographic received more than 9,200 entries from over 150 countries for their 2014 photo contest. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic photographers John Stanmeyer and Erika Larsen, as well as Keith Jenkins, Nat Geo's General Manager of Digital. 

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