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.

David Rochkind's Photographs of Mexico's Drug War

Photography // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
David Rochkind's "Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit" project documents Mexico's seemingly never ending violent drug war. Speaking on the subject of documenting the violence, he says "when documenting this conflict it is important not to reduce what is happening to a series of nearly anonymous images of carnage that could be happening anywhere."

Andy Gilmore's Retinal Orchestra

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Rochester-based artist and wizard Andy Gilmore turns math into art, creating hypnotizing geometric patterns that are heavily influenced by patterns that abound in nature and music. These kaleidoscopic creations translate the mathematical abstractions that govern the organic, the aural and the visual, and it's no wonder he has received a lot of well-due attention for these brilliant works of art and equation.

Tim Armstrong "Avenues & Alleyways" @ Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles

Music // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present the first ever solo show by musician, songwriter, and artist Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, The Transplants), featuring never before seen artwork. The raw, hard-edged spontaneity in Armstrong’s art mirrors his approach to music making, exemplifying a “passion is more important than precision” aesthetic that speaks to the creative rebellion dwelling inside us all.

Freddy Sam paints massive Nelson Mandela tribute in johannesburg

Street Art // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Commissioned by the Maboneng precinct as a gift to the city in the memory of Nelson Mandela, South African artist, Freddy Sam, painted a 10-story portrait based on Bob Gosani’s iconic image of the nations prolific revolutionary figure. The massive piece took just four days to paint and was inspired by Mandela’s definition of “Ubuntu,” which translates to “You cannot be human all by yourself.”

Nathan Fox for SVA's NYC Subway Poster Series

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Our friends at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan just alerted us to their new curated poster series in the NYC Subway system with artist Nathan Fox. SVA has been commission this series for years, and have tapped the likes of Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser, Tony Palladino, Paula Scher, to name just a few, to participate. THe SVA alums' posters follow the adventures of "Tako, an artist who brings her creations to life and travels to imaginary places. Each bears the message "What's Your Story?"--to inspire commuters to realize their own ambitions." The posters are up through February, 2014.

Eyedrop Art by You Si

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
You Si, a Beijing artist, explores new possibilities of ink painting by using eyedroppers to deploy colors and ink onto a flat surface, a kind of Eastern Jackson Pollock. Chinese Art has a long history of ink painting, yet You Si is reinventing this centuries-old tradition by shifting his tools and technique. His works are bursting with dynamic forms, suggestive of flowers petals, cells, amoebas, jungles or supernovas. Titles include "The Passage Between Space and Time," "Evolving Garden" and "Wave in Outer Space," evoking a kind of psychedelic otherworld. He describes his paintings simply as "mental universes."

"The Beatles in Comic Strips": A Collection of Comic Book Apperances

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Beatles are ubiquitous. John Lennon may no longer be with us, but his voice still echoes on radios, CDs, record players, and computers across the globe. It's no wonder that the fab four have made a whole book worth of comic strip appearances, all of which are riddled with beautiful illustrations and imaginative adaptations of the pop music masters.

Fabian Oefner's "Disintegrating" and "Hatch"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner has previously appeared on the site for his beautiful high-speed photographs of spinning paint as well as his magnetic watercolor photos. Today we take a look at a series of six photographs that, like before combine art and science. His Disintegrating series dismantles and "explodes" classic sports cars, freezing their parts in space. The Hatch series sees the cars "breaking" from inside a shell.

The Third Eye of Emma Kunz

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Emma Kunz was a healer and visual artist who has only broken into the art world posthumously. Her images are reminiscent of Buddhist maps of the universe--mandalas--and many have noted that to see them correctly you must appraise them with "your third eye." Originally they were created to be placed on the floor next to the clients the artist was seeing; they functioned as therapeutic tools rather than pieces of art. Kunz was said to have been telepathic and even divine, and discovered a "healing stone" that is used today in herbal medicine. 

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