The Work of Evelyne Axell

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 28, 2014
Belgian artist Evelyne Axell (1935-1972) invented a genuine proto-feminist perspective on Pop Art iconography in the 1960s and early 70s. Axell was an acclaimed theater and film actress and screenwriter, before she turned to painting, tutored by the Surrealist René Magritte. The female eroticism in Axell’s work constituted a challenge to art world conventions of her time.

The Work of Athi-Patra Ruga

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 28, 2014
'Athi-Patra Ruga is one of a handful of artists, working in South Africa today, who has adopted the tropes of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era. Ruga has always worked with creating alternative identities that sublimate marginalized experience into something strangely identifiable.'

Michal Pudelka: Girls, Girls, Girls

Photography // Sunday, July 27, 2014
Photographer Michal Pudelka’s portfolio reads as an amalgamation of the ‘girl clique.’ With references that range from The Virgin Suicides to Mean Girls (and any other nod to one of the multitude of teen-girl dramas in between.) Pudelka evidences a knowledge of the power of dressing and the connotations and significance it can hold to individuals from their childhoods.

An update with Gary

Graffiti // Sunday, July 27, 2014
When it comes to precision, simplicity, and cleanness, UK’s graffiti practitioner, Gary is sure to deliver. Here is a selection of new walls the spray samurai has recently painted.

Damon Casarez: Boomerang Kids

Photography // Saturday, July 26, 2014
Photographer Damon Casarez has researched the continuing struggle for independence faced by those aged 20 -30. Having finished College or University it is becoming increasingly common for these individuals to then move back to live with their parents as a result of financial pressures or competitive job markets, rather than by preference. 

Cai Guo-qiang: The Ninth Wave

Juxtapoz // Saturday, July 26, 2014
Cai Guo Qiang is opening a show through The Power Station of Art in Shanghai, titled The Ninth Wave from August 8th to October 26th. A monumental and impactful installation of a fishing boat from the artist’s hometown of Quanzhou carrying 99 fabricated animals down the Huangpu River. Tigers, pandas, camels and apes cover the tiers of the worn ship, appearing weathered and dreary as hunched figures in fatigue. Guo Qiang took visual inspiration from Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky’s 1850 painting, which illustrates survivors of a terrible shipwreck, hanging on for dear life with overt expressions of weary souls who battled the woes of nature and its unforgiveable forces, blatantly communicating human helplessness in the wake of mother earth’s blows.

Gloria Pizzilli's Curvy Characters

Erotica // Saturday, July 26, 2014
Gloria Pizzilli's character designs are sleek, sexy and right on point. Pizilli is a freelance designer based in Italy, and she has worked for several female collectives including GAIdesign and Oradaria Design. Her flair for capturing the female form makes her a perfect fir for our erotica section. Pizilla is very versatile, and says that she "loves to take care of the project from every side: from micro to macro, taking care of details, preserving a lucid overall view."  

Heiko Muller's Darkly Spiritual Drawings

Illustration // Saturday, July 26, 2014
Heiko Muller's art comes "from an urge to explore. I like the countryside. I like a good view." To imagine and express this fascination in the extended world, Muller likes to tap the lines linking religious icon art, renaissance painting and comic culture. "I am particularly thrilled by the kind of spiritual terror you find exressed in the paintings of the old Flemish masters," writes Muller. His work is full of mystery and a fun kind of darkness. Muller is based in Hamburg, Germany, but has shown work from Estonia to Chicago.   

Madlib Invasion: Jaylib "The Heist"

Music // Friday, July 25, 2014
We are nearly at the weekend, its the hottest day of the year in San Francisco, our office is a tad on the humid side, so let's just end to the week with another Madlib Invasion to mark the occasion of our special August 2014 cover story with none other than Madlib himself. Today we go with "The Heist" from the Dilla x Madlib project, Jaylib. This video is from the Stones Throw video contest, directed by Rory Gamble and Demetrios Katsantonis / Jimmy Joey & Frankie Productions.

Art Alliance Profile: Winston Smith

Vault // Friday, July 25, 2014
We announced this week on the site that Juxtapoz was lucky to be invited to participate in what will be a fantastic public art and exhibition in Chicago during Lollapolooza. Shepard Fairey has curated a "Art Alliance: The Provocateurs" in Chicago from July 31—August 4, 2014, featuring a fantastic roster of artists from all mediums and eras. Today, we look at one participating artist, Punk Art Surrealist, Winston Smith.

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