Vintage Erotic Bookplates

Erotica // Friday, January 23, 2015
We're enjoying this fantastic collection of vintage erotic bookplates (ex libris) from a whole host of countries and decades, though beware, many of the illustrations can be very nsfw...

How and Nosm @ PAUL MESAROS GALLERY, West Virginia University

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Our good friends How and Nosm are currently at West Virginia University for both a Deem Distinguished Artist Lecture in the School of Art and Design and tonight's (January 22) opening reception for the exhibition at the school's Paul Mesaros Gallery. Jacob Lewis from Pace Prints and now his own namesake space in NYC is an alumnist and active at WVU, and helped bring this show to the campus. For those of you in the Morgantown area, go see it!

Photographing Miners With Mining Materials

Photography // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Taking artistic immersion to another level, photographer Sean Hawkey photographed Peruvian mine workers with glass plate negatives using the same silver nitrate used in the mining process. The wet collodion method of photographing that Hawkey used required incredibly heavy equipment including a large format camera and over 30 pounds of glass used for plates. 

INSA's Space GIF-ITI: Probably the World's Largest Animated Gif

Street Art // Thursday, January 22, 2015
INSA has been doing some crazy great animated gif work in recent years, what he has dubbed "Gif-Iti." Well, the UK-based painter has taken it to a new level: Space Gif-Iit. That's right, an actual animated painting you can see from space, live from Rio. Let's take a gander... 

Music Video: Viet Cong "Silhouettes"

Music // Thursday, January 22, 2015
We have mentioned it before on this site, especially with the Viet Cong track "Continental Shelf" video we posted a few months back: we are really happy the Canadian bands self-titled debut LP is out now. This is the Brook Linder-sci-fi weirdo adventure video for the track "Silhouettes" that should get you equally excited about the Viet Cong album.

Weston's Westons

Erotica // Thursday, January 22, 2015
We saw this series back in 2009 at Danziger Gallery in NYC, some stunning iconic and rare Edward Weston prints from the Cole Weston Trust. The balance of nudes and nature, the shadows of sand formations versus the model's bodies make for some striking pairs. From the gallery,"Focusing on Weston's obsession with sensuous form, the show gets to the heart of Weston's work and his passion. As Huntington Curator of Photographs Jennifer Watts has written: 'Weston never cropped his photographs. He's really about finding the form and honing in on it in a clear, concise, framed way'."

Watch: Bruce Riley's Psychedelic Resin Paintings

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Chicago-based painter Bruce Riley's creates amazing resin paintings by dripping and mixing layers of paint on a black canvas. This beautiful video documents his process, watching him drip, blow, brush, and smearing his paints while reflecting on his life, intent, mistakes, and improvisation.

Book Reviews: "Epitome" by Nick Cave

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2015
“Out of a riot comes a dream.” After the collective pain of the LA Riots of ’92 sparked by the Rodney King trial, Nick Cave felt depressed: “I remember thinking that my identity is really only protected in the privacy of my own home. That the moment that I leave this space, I could be just another profile. Then I was thinking about myself as a black male, and that on top of art, on what I’m trying to be as an artist… 

Jen Ray's Fantastical Female Warriors

Illustration // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jen Ray’s drawings are militantly detailed filigrees of judicious line and colour; the artist’s hand enunciates sparring Amazonian women, who inhabit decaying, semi-surrealist and strangely beautiful wastelands. These female warriors, resplendent in their sexualized uniforms, are often seen violently charging with bellicose flags, warring amid apocalyptically upturned vehicles and phantasmagoric architecture. Their un-patriarchal world tumbles smoke from its underbelly, and serrated fantastical mountains appear as bejeweled apparitions, sharply erupting towards a de-pigmented sky.

Hyperreal Process: Graphite Drawings by Monica Lee

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 22, 2015
One of the things that puts a good hyperreal drawing in context is a process photo. I think most of the time, myself included, think that perhaps an artist may be pulling some digital trickery in their amazing illustrations, and Malaysia-based artist Monica Lee does these fanastic graphite drawings, but also shows her process along the way. 

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