IN L.A.: The Seventh Letter Flagship Store Opening

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
The Seventh Letter’s flagship store and gallery opened last week, we stopped by the grand opening and it was quite the event. As you may know from our past with the Seventh Letter crew and brand, we had an entire issue dedicated to them in July 2007, and have extensively covered exhibitions at Known Gallery in LA over the years. That said, this store is long, long overdue, and we are so happy they got the flagship up and running!!! Hope you enjoy the photos.

Grotesk x Case Studyo “6ft 6in” Lamp "Black & Royal Blue Edition"

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
Maybe you noticed that we covered Grotesk and the design agency he is part of, Doubleday & Cartwright, in the November 2013 print edition of Juxtapoz. We have also, in the past, shown you the former cover artist's awesome “6ft 6in” Lamp made in conjunction with Case Studyo. The past colorway was in the traditional Chicago Bulls red/black, and today, Case Studyo and Grotesk release the new "Black & Royal Blue edition" for collectors of all things Michael Jordan and the Nike Air Jordan 1. 

Paintings, Sign Paintings, and Murals by Sam Meyerson

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
We recently got introduced to the works of NYC-based Sam Meyerson, who has done work with Steve Powers' ICY Signs crew and had paintings on exhibit at Joshua Liner Gallery a few months back. Today we take a look at a bunch of different styles and works Meyerson has completed in recent years, including murals, sign paintings, paintings, sketches, and other various projects... check it. 

Sculptures by Ishibashi Yui

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
Tokyo-based artist Ishibashi Yui's sculptures are unsettling and beautiful. Her figures seem to have submitted to the plants and branches protruding and growing from their bodies, as if they have accepted their fate and are not sure if they even have the ability to fight or prevent the inevitable.

Susanna Majuri's Underwater Worlds

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
Photographer Susanna Majuri builds mythical underwater environments and then photographs female models swimming in, above, and through them. "The water is most remarkable," Susanna says. "It carries bodies. Water is color. The shimmer and the deep green. My challenge is to see the reality in a non-traditional light. When I am shooting pictures, I have a premonition that something strange is about to happen."

Humberto Casas Junca's School Desk Drawings

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
Artist Humberto Casas Junca draws on classic school desks, combining his detailed drawings of violent events in Colombia with Norwegian black metal logos. Maybe if our drawings were this good when we doodled and carved our desks in school we wouldn't have spent so many recesses in time out....but maybe not.

Another Look: Paintings by Lu Cong

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
We came across some beautiful works by fine artist Lu Cong this morning, and although the majority of the work focues on the faces of the subject, this one piece of the floating women caught our attention the most. Cong was born in Shanghai in 1978, and he moved to the US when he was 11, and interestingly, graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Biology and Art in 2000.

The Work of Athi-Patra Ruga

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
'Athi-Patra Ruga is one of a handful of artists, working in South Africa today, who has adopted the tropes of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era. Ruga has always worked with creating alternative identities that sublimate marginalized experience into something strangely identifiable.'

Jason Ratliff's Walking Shadow Series

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
In this series entitled Walking Shadow, designer and illustrator Jason Ratliff shows us that even a long, dark shadow can be transformed into something more visually interesting, like these bright patterns of stimulating colors. Ratliff combines traditional, detailed illustrations with abstract, mosaic silhouettes. Elderly folks, musicians, and animals find themselves accompanied by a shadow made of bold, solid blocks of color...

An Update with Nemco

Graffiti // Sunday, December 15, 2013
Today we catch up with the graffiti writer, Nemco, who has recently been painting a variety of entertaining pieces with varying humorous concepts 

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