Converse Debuts the Chuck Taylor All Star II

Fashion // Thursday, July 23, 2015
Today in Boston, on the waterfront nearby their brand new Boston World Headquarters, Converse debuted the new Chuck Taylor All-Star II. The first major update to the sneaker in the the 98-year history of the company, the Chuck Taylor II has been updated with several new features to deliver increased comfort and wearability while not departing from the classic, simple and recognizable original.

"Surf Craft" Benefit for Waves for Water: Live Auction Through July 29 on Paddle8

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
Now through July 29, our annual Surf Craft benefit auction, featuring 15 original surfboards painted on and designed by contemporary artists, is live on Paddle8. This year, we invited artists Chris Johanson, Dan Witz, Swoon, Logan Hicks, Grotesk, Mary Iverson, Brett Amory, Alicia McCarthy, WEST, Zio Ziegler, Kevin E. Taylor, David Arquette, Daryll Peirce, Beau Stanton and Ty WIlliams to contribute original work on surfboards. The online auction on Paddle8 is running now through July 29, 2015.

FAILE "Savage/Sacred Young Minds" @ Brooklyn Museum

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
We finally got a chance to look through all of our Faile photos from the opening days of their phenomenal "Savage/Sacred Young Minds" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum that runs through October 4, 2015. As you may remember in our June issue, we did a studio visit of the works in progress for the show, and today, we want to share the shots that Joe Russo took for us at the museum. 

In the Magazine: Chuck D of Public Enemy, the Earthist

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
First thing you notice when speaking with Chuck D is that voice. It has the command of someone who has spent over 30 years as one of the most important MCs and intellectuals, not only on the subject of hip-hop, but of music and culture as a whole. Leader of the seminal musical force and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Public Enemy, Chuck is also an accomplished artist who earned his degree in graphic design at Adelphi University and became one of the originators of fusing logo work and art into hip-hop.  

Peter Gronquist "All of the Above" @ Soze Gallery, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
Soze Gallery is pleased to present new works by Portland based artist Peter Gronquist. All of the Above marks Gronquist’s first solo exhibition at Soze with a focus on his recent painting and sculptural explorations into color, form and depth. You may have seen his set-up for the installation on our Instagram this past week. 

Your planet Nekst!

Graffiti // Thursday, July 23, 2015
After a brief departure in presence of Neks  from this wall where he was abducted and replaced, he has since returned from another planet to sit on the throne. 

“This Is and This Isn't My Family” by Kalen Na'il Roach

Photography // Thursday, July 23, 2015
This Is and This Isn't My Family is a series by American photographer Kalen Na'il Roach Working with Polaroid images taken by his father at family gatherings, Roach explores the concept of how people, especially those we know, are perceived through photographs. Adding paint, glitter, and other embellishments, Roach transforms the attitude of family portraits, perhaps adding in his own impressions and observations.

Lola Rose Thompson's Dissolving Watercolor Portraits

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
Los Angeles artist Lola Rose Thompson's watercolor portraits mirror the quirkiness of the humans portrayed. At times her images simply dissolve into abstraction. Thompson says she "wants to create unlikely empathies, and unearth the improbable similarities shared between distant things, for example the president and the world’s tallest woman, magic and big government, or physics and psychics." 

Rebecca Chaperon's Ethereal Crystal Paintings

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
We've posted about Rebecca Chaperone's surreal landscapes before, but wanted to update on her latest series of Acrylic paintings of crystals. The crystals are simple geometrically but hold within them a tumult of complex colors. She uses a similar palette as for her landcapes: a pastel-candy-colored selection that suggests diffused light. Although the colors bleed into each other, Chaperone retains a crisp clarity of geometry in her figures.

Meticulously Embroidered Temari Balls from Japan

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
Temari balls are a handball that originated in China, and were introduced to Japan in the 7th century. The balls were originally toys, made from old scraps of kimono, but their creation has evolved into an elaborate folk craft. This series was created in Japan by a 92-year-old woman, the images made public by her granddaughter, NanaAkua, who updates her flickr account with her grandmother's creations. Her grandmother has crafted more than 500 temari balls

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