Favorite Music Videos of 2014: FKA TWIGS "Two Weeks" by Nabil

Music // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Nabil has been making some of the best cinematic music videos of the past few years, so we already knew the artistry that he brought to the table. But we would be lying if we didn't say that FKA twigs didn't grow on us this year, and this "Two Weeks" video is a spectacular and dark vision of a goddess or Egytpian Queen of the Future. Whatever it is, the sexually charged lyrics and stunning visuals made this an instant masterstroke. 

purienne.

Erotica // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We know, it seems a little pretentioius to throw around Henrik Purienne's name around like a Brazilian soccer star, but the book "purienne." is just sitting on our desk so we feel comfortable throwing that around. And the South African photographer uses a nice font for his name. Anyway, Purienne also seems to have created a fantasy world for himself, where he has transformed fashion photography into a behind-the-scenes endless summer of beautiful women, fantastic composition, in naturally appealing settings. As both a filmmaker and publisher of Mirage Magazine, he has his stamp on the fashion world. 

Alexis Hunter: The Model's Revenge and More

Photography // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We lost an important conceptual artist and feminist theorist this year in New Zealand born photographer Alexis Hunter. One of the few things I bookmarked in my researched this year was a fantastic obituary published by the Guardian at the time of her death, that does the artist way more justice than anything I can writer here. 

Illustrations by Manchester's Kemi Mai

Illustration // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We showed some of the digital portraits of Kemi Mai on the site before, but because we are going through the year, looking back at some of the new faces we met, we wanted to look at some of the updated works of the Manchester, UK artist. 

A Shrine to Circles and Dots, Squares and Rectangles

Design // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Today our continued obsession with typographic album covers has lead us to Project Thirty-Three, a collection and shrine to "circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the designers that make these shapes come to life on album covers." Maintained by Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl, the site also features other record related galleries that you can spend way too much time getting lost in...

Best of 2014: 78-87 London Youth by Derek Ridgers

Photography // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Taken in the streets, clubs, basements and bars of London between 1978 and 1987, photographer Derek Ridgers’s newest book is a stunning glimpse into the stylish British youth movements from this time. People dressing up and going out have always been central to Derek’s work from the first days of punk through to the fetish and fringe scenes of present day. 

The Work of Violeta Hernandez

Illustration // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We love the paintins and illustrations of Monterrey, Mexico-based artist Violeta Hernandez. A Graphic Design graudate, Violeta's work centers on feminine esthetics, subtle and sometimes charged with bittersweet romance. Randomly her graphic work transcends bidimensional formats to mold 3D art forms in the shape of art toys.

Best of 2014: Nick Cave in the May issue

Vault // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We spoke with the one and only (okay, one of two) Nick Cave on his birthday as he was about to open a show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Best known for his Soundsuits, Cave also talked to us about his childhood, chairing the graduate fashion department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and working on a project at the American Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

Chuck Sperry "Muses" @ Spoke Art, SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
San Francisco based print artist Chuck Sperry's solo show and retrospective "Muses" at Spoke Art and Hashimoto Contemporary will be closing this Saturday, December 20th. Reigning over the gig poster scene for well over a decade, Chuck has pulled a plethora of ultra rarities from his archives and flat files. The show will be broken up into two parts, with a new body of work consisting of wood panels and paper editions at Spoke Art Gallery and an extensive retrospective on display just a few doors down at Hashimoto Contemporary. 

New Video Of WEEDS Murals by Mona Caron

Street Art // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mona Caron, a beloved San Francisco muralist and illustrator, has created a gorgeous video of her newest projects in progress. Her WEEDS Murals grow before our very eyes in this gorgeous video set to beautiful music. This video is a must see for any and every art lover. Stay tuned for a full interview.

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