The Work of Masami Teraoka

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A few months ago we took a look at Japanese artist Masami Teraoka's incredible Renaissance Remasterings where he put Renaissance painting and Japanese influence into violent contact with contemporary political issues in exapnsive, turbulent compositions. This morning we look back at some of his earlier work which is just as expansive and turbulent, referencing issues from gay marriage, censorship, privacy, AIDS, sexual preference, and many more social and political issues.

Embroidered Portraits by Maurizio Anzeri

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This morning we take a look at Italian artist, Maurizio Anzeri, who embroiders elaborate patterns upon found photographs, crating a beautiful combination of vintage and contemporary style. "The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge."

Paintings by Mitch Griffiths

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Mitch Griffith's first, but unexpected success came when he painted a portrait of the boxer Chris Eubank and sent it to his agent. Eubank ended up loving the portrait and commisioning Griffith to a series of pictures to promote his matches. His work ranges from commercial illustration to magazine covers and muals. The self-taught artist's highly detailed, figurative paintings are honest and direct, experessing in anxiety about modern life.

Narrative Portraits of NYC Subway Riders by Chris Russell

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
We used to spend a fair amount of time riding and commuting on the New York City subway and the routine can become pretty mundane. The cold or incredibly humid concrete city gets to people and the subway isn't usually where they are finding their joy. It is also a place where diversity and all the colorful characters of the fantastic city meet in a single confined space and we're pretty sure there is no better place to people watch. Chris Russell, over the course of 4 years, in 8 pocket-sized accordion books, has spent his commute drawing his fellow subway riders in an arrangement reminiscent of traditional Chinese landscape paintings!

Painting by Michael Alvarez

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
We are thouroughly enjoying the work Los-Angeles-based artist and graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Michael Alvarez this morning. 

"The Language of the Wall" by Brassai

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The desire to draw in public, carve your name into a wall or a park bench goes back pretty far. Lets just say forever, I mean, cave paintings? However, we do always find it interesting to see what kind of public/street art was going on throughout history. Brassai, a Hungarian sculptor, photographer and filmmaker who is best known for his nighttime photographs in Paris during the early 20th century spent three decades documenting wall carvings and markings which he titled "The Language of the Wall." Fascinating!

Mary Iverson Public Art on Marion Street pedestrian overpass, Seattle

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Juxtapoz friend and fantastic public artist (as well as fine artist) Mary Iverson has work up on the Marion Street pedestrian overpass near Coleman dock in Seattle. The 24-panel mural was created for the "Seattle Art Interruptions" public art project, "with funding from Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation."

In L.A.: Dark Beach @ New Image Art

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
This past weekend we stopped by New Image Art for the opening reception of “Dark Beach” a group show curated by Innocents. Inspired by more dramatic elements within surf culture, Dark Beach is an exploration of themes, individuals, and emotions that exude grittier qualities of aesthetic within the scope of contemporary surf art. Photos and more after the jump...

Herbert Baglione paints abandoned psychiatric hospital

Street Art // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
By painting haunting and eerie silhouettes on the floors, walls and ceilings,Herbert Baglione has gaurenteed that anyone who steps foot in this abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy will be spooked tenfold. The ghostly figures are part of the artist’s ongoing 1000 Shadows project and are brilliantly juxtaposed with the vacant wheelchairs in these photos.

Tomáš Libertíny's Honeycomb Sculptures

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Last week we took a look at a sculpture made entirely by bees (aka 3-Bee printing). This morning we take a look at Slovakian artist Tomas Libertiny's Beeswax, Steel, Glass, Plastic, and Resin sculptures that are then placed in a transparent case with thousands of bees who over time turn it into a honeycomb structure. Awesome.

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