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.

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.

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