ICY Signs + Steve Powers "Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra" @ Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
If you have read Juxtapoz in print or online over the past few years, you know we have great affection with sign painitng. Seeing that we have headquarters in San Francisco and a Brooklyn outpost, we have been surrounded by great artists bringing back the tradition of sign painting, with none more strong than Steve "ESPO" Powers and the ICY Signs Shop in Brooklyn. This Thursday, Ocober 24, Joshua Liner Gallery will open an exhibition of works from the ICY Signs crew, entitled "Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra." 

Supreme x Vans Bruce Lee Collection (+ Supreme x Bruce Lee Capsule)

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Just in time for... well just in time for the next pair of shoes you want, Vans has teamed up with NYC skate/fashion powerhouse Supreme on a special collection of Bruce Lee sneakers, with Supreme taking the Lee theme further with a full jacket, crewneck sweathshirt, long sleeve and short sleeve tee collection. The Vans collection will feature a "series of Sk8-Hi and Authentic silhouettes printed with Bruce Lee graphic." The collection will be released this Thursday, October 24. 

Michael Wolf's "The Architecture of Density"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Michael Wolf's photographic study of Hong Kong, "The Architecture of Density," features photos of the city's buildings photographed without the horizon. "...By using this stylistic solution by eliminating the sky and horizon you give the feeling of unlimited size, because you have no idea how big the building is. It could be 100 stories or 200 stories, it could be a mile long. This illusion of unlimited size really conveys what we experience in megacities."

Pieter Hugo's "There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This morning we take a look back at one of our favorite photographers, Pieter Hugo's series There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, a series of close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom call South Africa home. Through a digital process of converting colour images to black and white while manipulating the colour channels, Hugo emphasizes the pigment (melanin) in his sitters' skins so they appear heavily marked by blemishes and sun damage.

Portraits Made from Thousands of Tiny Objects

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
London-based artist Joe Black's portrait of Barack Obama uses thousands of black and white toy soldiers. His other portraits use everything from small toys and chess pieces to nuts and bolts depending on the subject and the message he is trying to portray. The toy soldiers in the Obama piece, titled Shoot to Kill, "could indicate the ethos of good and evil, or right and wrong that is embedded in America's dealings with Eastern nations."

Vintage Photos From Baseball's Early Days

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Just in time for the start of the World Series today, we happened upon these vintage photos from the beginnings of baseball. Part of a collection at the New York Public Library, the photos were collected by A.G. Spalding, a former pitcher and entrepreneur who was a major force in the professionalization and commercialization of baseball in the 19th century. "You get some funny instances, these baseball players essentially before a backdrop of a Victorian garden, the sort of humorous fakery of a ball suspended on a string."

Drawings by Ruby Amanze

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze is a brooklyn-based artist of Nigerian birth and british upbringing. She has come to, not only accept this reality, but to ultimately find empowerment in the authenticity of the hybrid. Her drawings have been influenced greatly by textile processes, print-making, architecture and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi that emphasizes the beauty in that which is transient.

Cath Riley's Touchy Drawings

Erotica // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Cath Riley does for graphite what Bernini did for marble.  ”The drawings are part of an on-going evolutionary process of exploration and development," the artist writes, "and thus serve only to mark and represent a particular stage in my abilities and understanding. Current on-going experimental ‘drawing’ includes very large scale drawing, based around the human figure, which are very different in character from the pencil portrait and ‘flesh’ figure drawings which are featured here. Some of the new work is abstract in nature.” 

Swoon and Friends "Dithyrambalina-Musical Architecture for New Orleans" on Kickstarter

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Swoon has always been one of our favorite artists, especially when it comes to her public art projects and site-specific works, and now she needs your/our help. This is the lowdown: Two years ago New Orleans Airlift and the artist Swoon launched the Kickstarter campaign that funded The Music Box, their prototype for an ongoing musical architecture project they call Dithyrambalina. Now, with the Music Box closed, they want to evolve the project: what was once going to be a single musical house designed by Swoon and brought to life by collaborating artists has turned into an even bigger dream—an evolving musical village created by many, many more hands, ideas, and influences.

Hard Case Crime in Focus: The Illustrative Works of Michael Koelsch

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Our November 2013 issue is on newsstands now, featuring a cover story on publisher of hardboiled crime, pulp noir novels, Hard Case Crime. HCC has brought back the classic crime detective series, and in doing so, have hired illustrators to recreate the vintage look of the great pulp genre. The results are both refreshing and a perfect ode to one of the great eras of commercial illustrations. Today, we look at the works of Michael Koelsch, who not only did the cover of the upcoming title Borderline for Hard Case Crime, but whose work is the cover of the new Juxtapoz. 

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