February 2014 On Sale Now: Mel Kadel, F. Scott Hess, Olek + More

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Here we are, at another New Year, ready for 12 great months ahead. This particular year for Juxtapoz is a little different, as we are celebrating 20 years of independent publishing throughout 2014, and what better than kick off the calendar year with a cover by Mel Kadel and an issue appreciating the subtle details of contemporary art. From New Wave Handmade Art, classic pop surrealism, and DIY public art, February 2014 properly sends us into our 20th year... 

BOM.K "Confusions" @ Known Gallery, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Bom.k has always been one of a kind in France’s Graffiti scene. One only has to look at his drawings, canvases and walls to be convinced. Born and raised in Paris southern suburbs, self though by necessity, he developed his unique style in the streets and abandoned factories of his youth. Quickly, he set himself free from Graffiti’s traditional rules, to follow his own road and create a unique universe, full of distorted monsters, screaming flesh, hybrid sexual creatures, claustrophobic cities and hellish visions.

James Jarvis "Spheric Dialogues" @ Colette, Paris

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
One of our favorite covers and features of the past 5 years was the one with London-based illustrator and designer, James Jarvis, and his epic portrait of him running along the Thames River. The aritst just opened and covered the colette store in Paris with his drawings as part of his series, "Spheric Dialogues." Coinciding with the exhibition, Jarvis did a t-shrit with Norse Projects that you can purchase through colette. 

Johnson Tsang "Living Clay" @ Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
A Juxtapoz favorite, ceramic sculptor Johnson Tsang, opened a solo exhibition in Taiwan at the Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum last summer. "Living Clay," will be closing January 19th so if you are in Taiwan make sure you stop by and check it out! Tsang, the 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale Grand Prize winner, is a world-renowned ceramic artist who has earned an international reputation by winning competitions in Italy, Korea, and Spain...

New Paintings by Jen Mann

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Jen Mann is a Canadian artist from Toronto, Ontario. Mann's dreamy, acrylic paintings are inspired by illusions and memories of her childhood, she experiments with a variety of different effects with color combinations and saturation to capture innocence and beauty. "I am fascinated by the subconscious, the soul, identity, and the way they interact to form meaning and beauty, or nonsense everything and nothing... 

Photographs from 1969 of America's War on Drugs

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
With Colorado legalizing recreational Marijuana this year, we take a look back at the October 1969, LIFE cover story titled, "MARIJUANA: At Least 12 Million American Have Now Tried It. Are penalties too severe? Should it be legalized?" Fast forward 45 years and we are only now beginning to see real changes in the War on Drugs. 'Across 10 full pages, intermingling opinion, photography and reportage, LIFE took a hard look at pot smoking in the U.S., but waded deep into the debate -- already heated then -- of whether or not the country's Draconian marijuana statues were doing more harm than good.'

Bizarre Sculptures by Liu Xue

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Combining human and animal elements, Chinese sculptor Liu Xue creates strange, realistic, hybrid creatures. Whether its a man with tiny bat wings, a half-woman, half-chicken, or a fat frog-legged man pondering his predicament, you'll find it here...

Alex Lukas "Prints & Photographs; Copies & Concrete" @ Breeze Block Gallery

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Alex Lukas will be opening a solo exhibition, "prints & Photographs; Copies & Concrete," at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, Oregon this Thursday, January 9th, 2014. Lukas will focus on the involvement of printmaking practices in his ongoing investigation and recontextualization of the familiar American landscape...

New Work from Sagaki Keita

Illustration // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
An illustration favorite, Sagaki Keita has recently updated his portfolio with a few new works featuring his maddeningly intricate doodle-infested renderings of huge and notable works of art and architecture. This is art that combines the high and low, the part and particle, contemporary and classic. Spend some time with these pieces, they're well worth a long look!

Martin Woutisseth's 'Twin Peaks Illustrated'

Illustration // Monday, January 06, 2014
Twin Peaks is one of Martin Woutisseth's favorite TV series. In his re-creation of the television show, Martin needed to illustrate 33 characters. He speaks about the richness of the Twin Peaks universe, in terms of symbolism and detail, and wanted to be sure that nothing was lost in translation.

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