Sori Yanagi: The Butterfly Stool

Design // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Emerging from a post war climate, Japan began to establish itself as a modern design stronghold in the 1950’s. With influence of Western culture becoming highly prevalent in art, architecture, and design, the traditional Japanese approach began to blend with modern technologies. The Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi is comprised of merely two pieces of bent plywood, a stabilizing rod, and two screws. The profile, as its name is derived, appears to mimic a butterfly in flight. The simplistic form is also reminiscent of the gateways of Shinto Shrines known as Torii.

Marilyn Minter: PLUSH

Erotica // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Marilyn Minter has long been one of the most talented and alluring of hyperreal painters, and her depictions of the female form are almost surreal in their finished state. Now, well, she has focused her attention on pubic hair, both in painting and photography, and we mean lots of pubic hair, in a new book called "Plush," for which there were only a limited edition of 500 printed with 10 deluxe copies, published by Richard Prince's Fulton Ryder book shop. 

Rebecca Szeto's Paintbrush Portraits

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Rebecca Szeto's Paintbrush Portraits play with notions of re-forming beauty and value, offering a critique on consumerism, women's work, and a curious entanglement of class dynamics in Leisure & Labor - Trash & Treasure. She uses humble, end-of-life, mass-produced materials inspired by her experience as a faux finisher and initially by Velázquez's 17th century painting, Las Meninas. The paintbrush is self-referential, acting as both subject and object. It refers to the history of painting, through the medium of paint, using its own tool.

"La Familia" Celebrating a decade of Thinkspace @ Thinkspace Gallery

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
This Saturday, January 10th, Thinkspace will be celebrating its ten year anniversary with "La Familia," a group exhibition featuring over 120 small works, and huge talent, by the gallery's permanent roster and extended family. Co-presented with Trekell, each artist will produce a 10"x 10"work on panel to commemorate the gallery's fortuitous milestone, and to commend the creativity of all those who have built the foundations for its future. 

Lucy Glendinning's Feather Children

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Lucy Glendinning is a sculptor and installation artist, who works in a contemporary British sculpture tradition. Here, different aesthetic expressions are brought together under one central entry point: the human body as a semiotic medium. For Glendinning, art is the primary tool for investigating psychological and philosophical themes. Her work is thus permeated by a conceptual content, superior to the value of aesthetics. That does not imply that the artistic performance is lacking, on the contrary, she is seducing the observing eye by emphasing subtle expressions and presenting a stunning craftsmanship.

Ski-Ffy, a Collection of Science Fiction Book Cover Art

Design // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Being lovers of book cover design, and especially vintage book cover design, and even more so vintage science fiction book cover design, we were pleased to come across Ski-Ffy, a blog that features just that.

New Paintings from Aleah Chapin's "Aunties Project"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Aleah is renowned for her ongoing ‘Aunties Project’, which comprises figural depictions of a group of the same women she has known all her life, capturing them unashamedly nude with a playful, exaggerated and Rubenesque figural style. Her new exhibition is centred around a theme that derives from several schools of thought, but predominantly Neopaganism, where each stage in a woman’s life cycle is symbolized. Her new works therefore are multi-generational, observing the female body at differing stages of life, both as separate phases and as part of a larger and necessary whole.

An Interview with Tim Burton & the "Big Eyes" Screenwriters

Vault // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
With Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" now in theaters nationwide, we thought we would share our interview with him and the screenwriters of the film from our December, 2014 issue. "Tim Burton wrote his poem The Girl With Many Eyes years before screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski approached him about Margaret Keane’s story, which has all the Shakespearean elements of history, tragedy and comedy.

American Steel Forever

Graffiti // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Tre has love for the American railroad system and he is doing it justice by painting quality work amidst all the garbage.

Taylor Curry's Camera-less Photography

Photography // Monday, January 05, 2015
Taylor Curry is a photographer currently based in Savannah, Georgia. Using a process called cliche-verre, Curry produces his images without the use of a camera. "The items are placed directly onto a 4x5 or 8x10 glass plate. 

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