"Animals With Sharpies": Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 16, 2014
We can't believe this book release slipped through our grasp last year, as one of our favorite art series of the past few years is Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber's "Animals With Sharpies." Drawn & Quarterly, a great Montreal-based publisher, released the series in book form last year. As the press release states, each painting depicts "an animal holding a sharpie, ostensibly writing a message. These messages are varied in nature: they are political and religious tracts, confessions, recipes, arithmetic problems and more..."

Graced With Light At Grace Cathedral

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 16, 2014
To celebrate 100 Years of Music at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, their 2013 Artist in Residence Anne Patterson has adorned the space with her beautiful Graced With Light installation. Patterson envisioned it as "a series of light pathways, connecting heaven and earth, manifest as ribbons. The ribbons carry our prayers, dreams and wishes skyward, and, in turn, grace streams down the ribbons to us."

Martin Hill's Environmental Sculpture Photography

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 16, 2014
Communications designer, environmental artist, and photographer Martin Hill has won awards for his design work and has been featured in galleries all over the world. His environmental sculpture photography has been featured in many magazines and websites, on posters and books since 1995. 

Thomas Dworzak's Collected "Taliban" Portraits and Hashtag Books

Photography // Thursday, January 16, 2014
Magnum Photos' Thomas Dworzak's series, "Taliban" is a collection of photographs of Taliban fighters he found in a photo studio in Kandahar, Afghanistan while on a trip there in 2001. "They [the Taliban] chose to look like that. It's like selfies. There is something very revealing." More recently, Dworzak's obsession with found photos has taken him to Instagram where he has been collecting and curating a series of limited-edition books based on hashtags...

Chewbaaca Shares Amazing Behind-The-Scene Pics

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 16, 2014
Peter Mayhew, otherwise sometimes known as the man behind Chewbacca, has released some pretty epic behind-the-scenes pics from Star Wars on his Twitter account.

Allison Schulnik's Clay-Mations

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 16, 2014
We are in awe of Allison Schulnik's latest animation. Her use of stop-motion oil painting and incredible clay-mation alongside a haunting soundtrack makes for yet another breathtaking short. 'Although a haunting sense of foreboding, discomfort and unease is palpable, a sense of understanding, compassion and hopefulness for her cast of characters is still evident...'

Illustrations and Collages by Bjorn Copeland

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 16, 2014
We are enjoying the work of Bjorn Copeland this morning. 'Copeland guts and recombines found materials into psychotropic Pop assemblages. Having founded the experimental noise-rock band Black Dice while studying at RISD, Copeland's artistic and musical careers have developed simultaneously. A crossing of audio and visual ways of thinking have become almost second nature to him; when conceiving of Pop, it is with Paolozzi-style collages, DIY record covers, 50’s rock-and-roll and pop-electronic beats in mind.'

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... 

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