Best of 2013: Ben Jones, July 2013

Vault // Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The Best of 2013 print edition takes us this Christmas morning to the works of Ben Jones, an artist who has blended a bit of digital art, comics, fine art, installation and animation into one of our favorite art careers going today. Having shown at Deitch Projects, done officially projects with The Simpsons, shown at Transmission LA at MOCA, and done work with Adult Swim, we were lucky to catch Jones at such a pivotal and busy point in his career. 

Merry Christmas From Creepy Santas

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Sitting on an overweight stranger dressed in a big red jump suit with a fake beard's lap in a mall can be a little disconcerting sometimes. We understand why these kids are upset. Merry Christmas!

Mark Ryden's Holiday Spirit

Illustration // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Mark Ryden, a past cover artist, is widely considered the "god-father of pop surrealism," and his ouevre is nothing if not diverse in subject matter. His work is inspired by objects, figures and myths that evoke mystery and nostalgia, therefore it stands to reason that Santa would make an appearance (along with Jesus, every now and then). To get you into the holiday spirit we've assembled Ryden's more wintry works, replete with imagined arctic animals, religious ephemera, and even an underwater St. Nick. 

Best of 2013: Bruce Davidson, June 2013

Vault // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Another look into the archives of our print edition in 2013 brings us to one of our favorite issues of the year, the June 2013 Beastie Boys issue. We covered the history behind the iconic album covers and artwork that help create the visual identity of the band, and one of the most unlikely but profound covers was 1994's Ill Communication shot by Magnum photographer, Bruce Davidson. Shot years before, the ADRock loved Davidson's work, and chose this image of the man speaking into the intercom... the rest is in Davidson's words.

Artist Interview: Raymond Lemstra

Illustration // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Inspired by primitive art, Raymond Lemstra focuses on using the most basic components of drawing to evoke a visceral human response. The world Lemstra continues to build with every drawing is both subdued and wonderfully rich, full of mystery and totemic power. "I would happily embrace any comparison to how a kid starts drawing," says Lemstra in our interview, in which he expands on the primitive technique, being an illustrator, his childhood in the Netherlands and hanging out with Moebius.

Joan Salo's Pen Drawings on Canvas

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
We are enjoying the vibrant pen work of Spanish artist Joan Salo. Joan works out of Barcelona and Berlin, creating rich works on canvas solely using pen and ink.

Best of 2013: When Dog Grooming Goes Too Far

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Originally published on June 25, 2013: These photos by Ren Netherland of dogs at a grooming competition leave us at a loss for words. Poor dogs. But, wow.

Best of 2013: Kim Keever's Water Tank Diorama Photography

Photography // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Originally published on June 20, 2013: Kim Keever shoots large-scale photographs of incredibly detailed landscapes in a 200-gallon tank of water. The tank is filled with water or dry ice and lit with gel-covered lights to transform the strange world into a hazy, fantastical world. The behind-the-scenes is just as fascinating as the photographs themselves!

New Book Carvings From Guy Laramée

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Throughout the last year we have posted many different artists who have been using old books as a medium for their art. By carving, slicing, gluing, stacking, and collaging the pages and spines of books, the artists have been creating incredible works of art from otherwise discarded and forgotten about printed materials. One of these artists, Guy Laramée, recently took a 24-volume set of the now discontinued Encyclopedia Britannica and transformed it into a mountain range. The piece, titled Adieu, is inspired by the announcement that the company would cease printing of the book sets.

Converse Wall to Wall: Buff Monster in Brooklyn, NY

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
An emerging force in the art world, Buff Monster painted an enormous wall in Williamsburg -- graced with his passion for characters and pink -- for the new Converse Wall to Wall, featured on the back cover of the December, 2013 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.

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