Thomas Prior and Jake Michaels document Santa Anita Park

Photography // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Coincidently both in Los Angeles at the same time and deciding that a collaboration was needed, photographer Thomas Prior and filmaker Jake Michaels took to the Santa Anita Park outside of Los Angeles over the course of three weekends. With Prior shooting stills of everything but the races and Michaels catching the various moments in between, the two captured a unique vision of cohesiveness with both video and photography.  

Lucy McLauchlan "Where Were You Before Now" @ Fluorescent Smogg, Barcelona

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
If you happened to get around to reading our wonderful August 2015 issue, which we dubbed the environmental issue, you may have come across a feature on the works of UK-based Lucy McLauchlan. She has always been on our radar for her fantastic installations, murals, and fine art works, and now she will be creating a site-specific installation at Fluorescent Smogg in Barcelona, as well as a series of limited editions of comprised of a sculpture, booklet and a linocut print.

Mike Pelletier's Trippy Nude Animation, "Coordinated Movement"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In this trippy animation, simplified nude humans swim and bounce around the screen, only to be remixed by apparent glitches in reality. Watch it. Mike Pelletier animated the piece with music by Robot Repair. Pelletier is originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada and now lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

South-African Loyiso Mkize's Romantic and Surreal Portraits

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In one portrait of a young South African boy, his head is haloed with a complex architecture of guns, syringes and screaming faces, the objects small enough that they appear parts of a larger ornament. In another, a man shoots himself in the head, his insides erupting into a woman’s face, machineparts, protesters, and the word “emancipation.” These portraits are part of what South African artist Loyiso Mkize labels his surreal work. 

Matthew Brookes' Portraits of Dancers

Photography // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Fashion photographer Matthew Brookes’ has completed a black-and-white photography portrait series on male ballet dancers of Paris. Taken over a year, Brookes’ brought the dancers into a space separate from their normal dance studios. The dancers were asked to interpret, through movement, the idea of birds falling from the sky. Brookes is publishing a book of the portraits, which is currently available for preorder and will be released in September, 2015. 

Joep Van Lieshout's Dirty Architecture Installation

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Joep van Lieshout has created a temporary built community, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," defined by its playful approach to sexuality and the body. The architecture is an installation for the annual Ruhrtriennale festival in Bachum, Germany, which offers music, theater, dance performance, and fine arts. The highlights of the installation include a bar shaped like the human digestive system—one end of the piece is an open mouth and tongue, the other an anatomically-correct anus; two buildings copulating; and restrooms designed to look like rusted silos.

Nicoloa Samorí's Ruined Paintings

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
We’ve posted before about Nicola Samorí. He creates Baroque-style paintings, marred and destroyed in various ways. One thick painting slides off of the wood on which it was created. Several are portraits with the subjects faces scraped or peeled away. The destruction itself is unsettling, poking at our instincts to preserve and protect art, especially art from past eras.

"Korla" Documentary Premieres in San Francisco

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hammond organs were big in the 50’s, and there were more than a few practitioners who smoothly played and rhythmically swayed. But not many performed the Trance Dance and wore jeweled turbans and kohl rimmed eyes. Fewer still would star in their own television show and say not a word. Korla Pandit, born John Roland Redd, a black man from Columbia, Missouri, under the tutelage of his Disney illustrator wife Beryl DeBeeson, took on the persona of East Indian swami as he embodied “divine consciousness.”

Lynn Saville's "Dark City" @ Pratt Institute's Photography Gallery, Brooklyn

Photography // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Dark City is a natural sequel to Lynn Saville's colour photographs in Night/Shift (Monacelli, 2009). Her work in that book made her, in the words of Arthur C. Danto, "the Atget of vanishing New York, prowling her city at the other end of the day, picking up pieces of the past in the present, just before it is swallowed in shadows." 

Cleon Peterson "Poison" @ Library Street Collective, Detroit

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Although a few weeks off, its never too soon to check in with past cover artist, Cleon Peterson, and his upcoming solo show at Library Street Collective in Detroit. Entitled Poison, the show sees the Cranbrook alum come back to Michigan and show a new body of work, as well as porcelain sculptures.


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