Arcade Fire "Afterlife" directed by Spike Jonze (Live at the YouTube Music Awards)

Music // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
The YouTube Music Awards premiered this past weekend, streamed live, and was so... well, random, that we couldn't quite pinpoint if we enjoyed ourselves or found ourselves waiting for a disaster. It didn't come, and we really did enjoy the Arcade Fire portion, where they played Reflektor highlight, "Afterlife", done in conjunction with Spike Jonze directing Greta Gerwig to dance. And dance she did. 

Andy Rementer x Case Studyo "PEOPLE BLOCKS"

Design // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
When real people won't play with you, turn to people as blocks. People Blocks is a new collaboration between Case Studyo (the makers of fine limited quantity artist "objects")and artist Andy Rementer. The limited series features four unique wooden characters entirely made and painted by hand. The individual pieces are interchangeable, allowing them to be re-assembled and stacked to create custom characters or abstract sculptures.

IN L.A.: Black Moon @ Sloan Fine Art

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
This past weekend we were invited to attended the opening reception of Black Moon, a very special two-day exhibition at Sloan Fine Art featuring new works by four amazingly talented Los Angeles based artists, Jessicka Addams, Camille Rose Garcia, Elizabeth McGrath and Marion Peck.  Photos and more after the jump…

Gale Force Wind to the Face by Tadao Cern

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Vilnius, Lithuania photographer Tadao Cern brought participants into his studio, blew a gale force wind right into the center of their face, and then took pictures of them as they looked like mutants. Seriously, that had to be the most fun you could ever have with other helpless humans.

Sculptures by Alexander Becherer

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
This massive, detailed sculpture by Alexander Becherer titled Paratropolis is constructed from hardened polystyrene, wood, metal, cement and spray paint. Consisting of words and icons, the sculpture mimics an architectural model of a city and comments on current trends of urbanization. 

Paintings by Philip Harris

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Philip Harris is an English artist specializing in realistic figurative painting and portraiture in oils or pencil drawing. Despite the extraordinarily technical approach to his work he is a highly personal and expressive artist whos paintings are sometimes disturbing and confrontational.

Paper-stack Photos by Aleksandra Domanović

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Berlin-based artist Aleksandra Domanović piles size A3 and A4 paper with photos printed on them in the 'border-less' print setting, coloring the ends of the paper and revealing an image when stacked! 

"Powidoki," Photographs by Pawel Fabjanski

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
We are enjoying these photographs by Pawel Fabjanski, Zuza Slominska, and RunRun this morning. Titled "Powidoki," the series features objects arranged in visually interesting patterns and compositions, sometimes digitally retouched in unlikely but almost obsessively compulsive ways.

"Vicious Cycle" by Broken Fingaz

Street Art // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Broken Fingaz recently painted this piece that resembles a postcard with the stamp at the top right and a large tag line that reads, “Escape through the bottlenesck! Vicious Cycle.” Death, illusion and reality.

Arcade Fire's "Reflektor": The Story Behind the Album Cover

Music // Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Over the past two months or so, Arcade Fire's return has been one of the highlights of the fall music release schedule. For us, we have always been huge Arcade Fire fans not just because of the music but because of the care and attention they put into their album art design and entire look for a tour and stage production. Whether having Spike Jonze direct a short in conjunction with The Suburbs LP,  or their new media experiments on their website, the Montreal-band pays close attention to art in relation to their music. Their newest LP, Reflektor, takes this care to a new level... 

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