Thomas Cian's Moleskine Sketchbooks

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 09, 2014
We're always fascinated with the sketchbooks of artists and Milan-based Thomas Cian's were no exception. His dedicated "Friendsbook - a mole for my friends" is filled with wonderful pencil drawings of those close to him.

Adrian Esparza Reweaves Serape Blankets into Geometric Patterns

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 09, 2014
Taking Mexican serape blankets, Texas-based artist Adrian Esparza deconstructs and reweaves the threads into beautiful and colorful geometric patterns. Esparza sees the work as an evolving self-portrait. The serape blankets represent a tradition and cultural identity, displaced from its site of origin, and an object he encountered regularly as a Mexican-American raised on the border. The geometric patterns that he creates are also reminiscent of Macramé and other handcrafts from his childhood.

Portraits Made From Collaged "Specimens"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 09, 2014
Taking hundreds of tiny photographs, gelatin capsules, vials, insect pins, and other "specimens," artist Michael Mapes collages his own interpretation of renowned dutch portraits. Using the paintings of Rembrandt, Nicolaes Eliasz PIckenoy, and others, Mapes recreates the work in painstaking detail using the tiny fragments and pins. 

LEGO "The Simpsons" House Set

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 09, 2014
Next month you will be able to purchase a Simpsons-themed LEGO set depicting their house and complete with LEGO Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Homer, Marge and Ned Flanders! A LEGO-themed episode The Simpsons, now in its 25th season, will also air in May.

Ryan Ady Putra "Permanent Vacation" @ Deus Ex Machina, Bali

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Artist Ryan Ady Putra’s solo exhibition “Permanent Vacation” opened this past weekend at Deus Ex Machina in Bali. Staying in the south area of Yogyakarta, Ryan Ady Putra is now completing his studies at the Institute Art of Indonesia. The man who was born in Jakarta in 1990 is a young artist who is currently busy pursuing his career in the local art scene as well as internationally. His interest in drawing is growing since he lived at Magelang, the city in the north area of Yogyakarta. At that time, he began to know about skateboard scene and music, specially punk.

The 3rd Annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational @ Spoke Art, SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Spoke Art is pleased to present the Third Annual Supersonic Invitational, a group show dedicated to highlighting emerging as well as established artists in the New Contemporary art movement. Zach Tutor, curator of Supersonic Electronic, has invited 41 artists, including Juxtapoz favorites Brett Amory, Alex Pardee, Jen Mann, Aaron Nagel, Conrad Roset, and more. 

Wood Sculptures & Illustrations by Merijn Hos

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 08, 2014
This isn't the first time we have shown both the personal and commercial works of Utrecht, the Netherlands-based artist Merijn Hos on the site before, but we came across a beautiful series of China ink drawings from 2009 and wanted to showcase them alongside other more colorful works. Some many styles, so much to look at.

Music Video: King Krule "A Lizard State"

Music // Wednesday, January 08, 2014
One of the Juxtapoz offices favorite album of 2013 was King Krule's brilliant 6 Feet Beneath the Moon from XL Recordings. Not only does the 19-year old singer/songwriter have one of the most unexpected voices in contemporary music, but his songs are like mini cinematic escapes, a unique brand of storytelling. Director Jamie-James Medina takes this quality to heart and transforms Krule's jazzy "A Lizard State" into a Hitchcock showcase.

Saber "The Ugly American" @ The Outsiders, London

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Down south, by popular demand. Saber took over The Outsiders Newcastle space this past Fall, and now he will bring his "The Ugly American" exhibition down to The Outsiders London. Saber's exhibition features a wide range of paintings, created with his signature technique of blending unforgiving aerosol art with exquisite abstractions in charcoal and oil. The works aim to be an aesthetic reflection on American society, just like the 1963 movie The Ugly American starring Marlon Brando.

Kohei Nawa's "Foam" Installation

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Using amorphous bubbles, Japanese artist Kohei Nawa constructed this giant cloud-like installation at the 2013 Aichi Triennale. Titled Foam, the installation makes perfect sense in relation to his other work exploring cellular forms.

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