Surreal and Absurd History by Paco Pomet

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 15, 2015
The histories that Paco Pomet paints are absurd, bizarre, surreal, and humorous. Just when you think you are looking at a simple realistic painting, you notice that the man in the background has a woman's legs and is posed a little too sexy for his early 1900's facial hair. The Grenadian artist just posted a bunch of new works that were painted in 2012, and we got a kick out of each one.

Update: The Work of Tenmyouya Hisashi

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 15, 2015
Tokyo-based artist Tenmyouya Hisashi began his career as a contemporary artist after working as an art director at a record label. He calls his work 'Neo Nihonga,' meaning Neo Japanese Painting. This comes from his bringing together of traditional Japanese art with Western learning and Hip-Hop influences.

Laura Krifka's Seduction and Punishment

Erotica // Monday, June 15, 2015
Laura Krifka explores the subject of transgression and punishment through painting, film, sculpture and video. Her most recent exhibition at CB1 Gallery, Reap the Whirlwind, was a show wrapped in the language of seduction, beauty and the sublime, set against a backdrop of a classic American landscape.

The Photographs of Noah Jashinski

Photography // Sunday, June 14, 2015
The work of Noah Jashinski focuses on intimacy and emotional authenticity. He is interested in imperfections and keeping them and “happy accidents” in his images. He uses primarily black and white film and does not use digital retouching techniques. Jashinski attributes the inspiration of his work to 60s French New Wave cinema, especially the films of auteur Jean-Luc Godard.

video: Have A Nice Night

Graffiti // Sunday, June 14, 2015
Mine, Enem, Tase, and Kode bring some larger than life handstyles to the streets of Oakland with a huge fat cap.

Found Vernacular Ping Pong Photographs by Alec Soth

Photography // Saturday, June 13, 2015
One could argue that Magnum photographer Alec Soth is as well known for his images as he is for is love of ping-pong. In a collaborative effort with writers and fellow ping-pong aficionados Geoff Dyer and Pico Iyer, Soth combines dialogue between the two with a selection of collected vernacular ping-pong photographs from the Little Brown Mushroom Library. 

Pimp My Ride With Guns

Graffiti // Saturday, June 13, 2015
Guns has been giving a fresh coat of paint to some cars on the street giving them that extra appraisal value when you're ready to go down to your local dealership to trade your old car in for a new whip!

Welcome to the World, Athen B. Gallery

Juxtapoz // Saturday, June 13, 2015
Tonight marks the opening of Athen B. Gallery in Oakland, California, curated by photographer and gallerist Brock Brake. With a nice line-up for their "Housewarming" exhibit, we're looking forward to see the future of this new space unfold. 

Porous Walker, Ferris Plock and Cornhole: Tonight!

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
Artists and best buds Porous Walker and Ferris Plock took a road trip down to Santa Monica to curate a new show at Daniel Rolnik Gallery opening tonight in Santa Monica. There will be a cornhole championship game, free drinks on Mr. Rolnik, and a star-studded artist line-up, featuring some of our favorite people and a few mysterious new friends. 

Beyond the Cover: Takashi Murakami

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
In Japan, there is a right way to do everything. It applies to the way you eat ramen, how you cross the street, do business, and definitely how you bow. I’m told there is even a right way to paint. As my translator is explaining to me about an hour after landing in Tokyo, my initial breakdown of this concept was that there was an “efficient” way to do everything in Japan, but I was missing the point. There is a strict adherence to the right way here, to perfection; the guidelines are so complex that I planned, for the rest of my trip, to ask a thousand questions and presume the answers were going to be a bit confusing. But there is a correct way for everything here, and I’m suddenly self-conscious in front of a bowl of miso ramen.

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