The Works of Michael Swaney

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
We came across the work of Michael Swaney a few times since the new year, as the artist is set to show at a few galleries we love in Europe, Blokker in Madrid and Krets in Malmo, Sweden. Swaney is part of a great group of Canadian painters, Neil Farber comes to mind, who have transitioned from character-based work to abstract paintings. Definitely keeping an eye on Swaney in the coming years...

"The Simpsons" Honor Japanese animator/director, Hayao Miyazaki

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Crazy to think the venerable television mainstay "The Simpsons" is 25 years old, even though most of us on staff can't think of a time when the show wasn't part of global pop culture (pretty sure a few people on this staff actually never lived in a world of Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie, but we digress) In a recent episode of the show, the creators made a homage to Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, the man behind beloved animation films like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Totoro.

New Works of Dean Monogenis

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
One of our favorite artists we discovered last year was Brooklyn-based painter Dean Monogenis, an artist who can create wonderful architectural settings that balance on the edge of futurism and surealism. Not only did the artist have a busy 2013 with a ton of new paintings, he is currently showing in a group show at Walter Maciel in Los Angeles... 

Paco Pomet "Scapelands" @ Richard Heller, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Richard Heller Gallery is pleased to announce, Scapelands, a new collection of paintings by Spanish artist, Paco Pomet. The exhibition kicks off the new year for the Santa Monica/Bergmot Station gallery, with Pomet's new work opening January 11, 2014. 

Amir H Fallah "THE COLLECTED" @ The Third Line, Dubai

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
An artist and curator we have truly appreciated over the years is Los Angeles-based painter Amir H. Fallah (also the man behind the great art brand Beautiful/Decay). Over the past few shows he has had as a fine artist, we have increasingly been impressed with his work, a mixture of psychedelic, surreal commissioned portraits, with his recent work currently on display at The Third Line in Dubai. 

Interview: Land, October, 2013

Design // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
With an enthusiastic email off to our editor a few months ago I suggested doing a piece on who I thought was "Work By Land" based somewhere in the North West. A few months later I've come to know the dynamic design team Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes who together make LAND, who are actually based in Austin, Texas. Being a not-so-secrete admirer of LAND I could not have been happier to grab their ear for a brief moment in their hectic schedules. 

Hair Drawings and Installations by HONG CHUN ZHANG

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
China-born, Kansas-based artist Hong Chun Zhang has a fascination with hair, whether large format charcoal drawings of hair that extend to the floors of a gallery, or her Hairy Object series that puts hair in absurd situations, the work is both well-rendered and fascinating. Some people feel repulsed by a clump of hair, and Zhang embraces it.

The Work of AMTK

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
'As two artists working together, we attempt to keep a practice which allows a shifting and challenging exchange for each of us. Processes of negotiation, cooperation and sabotage lead to paintings which are nudged in certain directions but ultimately take a form of their own. These are things that neither of us would make alone, which seem to arrive through accidental intersections of our intentions..'

John Crawford's Aerial Nudes

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Auckland based John Crawford's portfolio of commissioned and uncommissioned works is diverse in subject matter and mood, yet unmistakeable in its use of light and its natural, simple style. John says his aim is to capture images that have a high degree of interest and contrast, don’t look too technical, and are easy to look at and enjoy- like his series of Aerial Nudes!

Realistic Wood Carvings by Randall Rosenthall

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
At first glance the artwork of Randall Rosenthal seems to be piles of old magazines, newspapers, and boxes of money. Look a little closer and you will (maybe) notice that they are actually carved wood painted in impressive detail! Using only acrylic paint and a single piece of Vermont White Pine, Rosenthal is able to create a realistic looking sculpture solely from his imagination.