"Second Chance: Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life" @ Vertical Gallery, Chicago

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Vertical Gallery in Chicago is presenting "Second Chance: Found Objects Repurposed For A New Life," opening today, June 1st and on display through the 29th. Featuring 10 artists taking every day small-scale objects, many of which are usually disposed, and use them as the art medium, or within context of the work. Featuring: Ben Frost, My Dog Sighs, C215, Simon WG Butler, Kim Alsbrooks, Joseph Martinez, Dont Fret, Pixel Stud, Audrey Heller, and Maria Krouglianskaia.

The Work of Gerhard Mayer

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Nuremberg-based artist Gerhard Mayer creates large-scale paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures, and wallpieces. His wallpieces are creating using China ink and his own unique mathematical rules. Having been interested in elementary particles and physics for a long time, his work is made following strict regularities. 

Illustrations by Le Gun

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
The illustration collective Le Gun was founded by Neal Fox, Chris Bianchi, Bill Bragg, Robert Rubbish, Matthew Appleton, Alex Wright and Stephanie von Reiswitz. The graduates of Royal College of Art produce a magazine and work on commissioned projects. They recently designed an installation and a print for an exhibition opening at London's V&A Museum.

"Hundreds and Thousands" @ Vivid Sydney 2013

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Thousands of LED lights cover a walk-through tunnel at Vivid Sydney 2013. The installation, created by Designworks and Australian charity, The Benevolent Society features individually controlled lights that respond to visitors on the ground interacting with them. They are also controlled by Tweets! The more people that share their "hopes" via the ground or Twitter, the more dynamic the LED effects become.

The Performance Art Photography of Jaimie Warren

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Jaimie warren is a Kansas-based performance artist and photographer. Jaimie creates elaborate homemade sets, reworking art scenes from everything from Ancient Egypt to Easy E. Drawing from Dada, Tumblr, Midwest DIY, feminism, and pop/high culture, Jaimie brings us some truly bizarre, entertaining, and interesting photographs. The photographer is also the co-director/co-creator of a traveling variety show for kids and adults called "Whoop Dee Doo."

Watch: Silk Pavilion built with the help of 6,500 silkworms

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Beginning with a CNC machine to lay down a primary structure of silk threads, the Mediated Matter research group at the MIT media lab then released a swarm of 6,500 silkworms at the bottom of the scaffold to spin non-woven silk patches to reinforce the gaps across the structure. The geometry of the base structure was created using an algorithm influenced by the silkworm's ability to generate a 3-dimensional cocoon. Watch a video after the jump!

Paintings on Photographs by Charlotte Caron

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
We are enjoying the paintings of French artist Charlotte Caron this morning. She took a very simple idea, with a nice effect, involving the humanization of animals, and animalizing humans. The artist says of the series, "This series of paintings, photographs, are trying to respond to a form of duality... ultimately creating an osmosis between the two mediums, between the animal and the portrait."

The Fine Lines of Emmi-Riikka Vartiainen

Illustration // Sunday, June 02, 2013
Emmi-Riikka Vartiainen is a young illustrator and graphic designer currently living and working in Lahti, Finland, where she is attending the Lahti Institute of Design with an emphasis on graphic design. Very much an illustrator at heart, Vartiainen's work combines the elegance of finely applied lines and subtle pastel colors with imagery that is both whimsical and macabre,  conveying a sense of surreal drama as if in an unfolding dream. In her personal life she has two cats, many game consoles, and a passion for horror and drawing animals, especially little bunnies.

Collage Portraits by Derek Gores

Erotica // Sunday, June 02, 2013
Born in New York in 1971, Derek Gores is a collage artist based in Melbourne, Florida, and an alumni of The Rhode Island School of Design. Through recycling ephemeral fragments of magazines, labels, data, and assorted analog and digital materials, Gores creates loosely figurative works on canvas, teasing the viewer with fleeting details suggesting the outlines of a body or the pink curves of a woman's lips.

Nekst @ The Station Museum of Contemporary Art

Graffiti // Sunday, June 02, 2013
Hometown Houston hero, Nekst was honered at The Station Museum of Contemporary Art by Vizie, with this stunning piece to greet you at the beginning of the exhibit. 

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