Skull & Crossbones Sugar "Cubes" by Snow Violet

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Sometimes the idea of sticking a another boring cube into our coffee gets us down. Luckily, a designer by the name of Snow Violet created these brilliant skull and cross bones cubes so we can make our morning routine of staring into our coffee cup a bit more sinister... (if we can figure out where to get some)

Installations and Public Art by Clemens Behr

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
This morning we take a look at he work of Berlin-based artist Clemens Behr. Clemen's process "begins with space, which acts as a basis for planning." According to the artist, "the space defines the colors and shapes, as well as any fixing or mounting possibilities and the dimensions of the piece." Once he has an idea or composition visualized, he usually begins by painting cardboard and screwing together a wooden frame to fix the cardboard to.

Studio Visit: Gris1 in Lyon, France

Graffiti // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
One of our European contributors, Butterfly, recently heading out to the studio of graffiti artist Gris1 in Lyon, France to see what the artist have prepared for the rest of his 2013 calendar year. From the looks of it, he has lots of trains, spraycans, post-its, paintings, sketches, and notes coming into fruition. We have covered Gris1 a ton on our site and in our Graffiti Department in recent years, as well as a bunch of French writers, and we were very appreciative that Gris let us into his space. 

Music Video: Breakbot "Baby I'm Yours" watercolor extravaganza

Music // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Music videos have become a prominent part of what we do here on the Juxtapoz site because a ton of artists we know and enjoy have been getting work in animating, stop-motiong, or directing some of the best videos out there. We haven't seen a good watercolor video this year, or ever, but this video for Breakbot's "Bay I'm Yours" single is comprised of over 2000 individual watercolor paintings, composed by Irina Dakeva at Wizz Productions. For you counting at home, 2,000 is more than a lot. 

Scott Bakal Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Since 1993 when he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Scott Bakal has been creating art for print and exhibition. His work is beautifully comprehensive, communicative and creative. He received a Masters of Art from Syracuse University and also received an MFA from the Illustration program at the University of Hartford. Some of his clients have included the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Vancouver Opera, Discover Magazine, The New Republic and Penthouse Magazine. Bakal is also on the Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.    

Music Video: Vampire Weekend "Diane Young" directed by Primo Kahn

Music // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Vampire Weekend just released their new LP, Modern Vampires of the City, and over the weekend, we were quite surprised at how subtle and well-arranged the whole affair was. Aesthetically, the band has held their image very close to their sleeve through 3 albums, with smart design and humour. The video for "Diane Young" keeps in the same theme; guest appearences from friends in the Dirty Projectors, Walkmen, Santigold, Sky Ferreira, and masks and bare-chested men. Enjoy. 

Melting Disco by Rotganzen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The idea of the melting disco ball, or the overall concept of "the last days of disco" is exactly what Netherlands-based collective Rotganzen is going for in this awesome series of sculptures. The work has been in their exhibitions before, but most recently found its way in an exhibition at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. Some of tried to revive disco, a la Daft Punk's new Disco wave album that was just released, but mainly, we like the party melting away. 

Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts recently organized a major group exhibition of new works by five mixed media artists from around the world who sculpt, scrape, bend and carve to create astonishing compositions using books. On view through July 6th, the exhibition features work from Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Guy Laramee, and Frecesca Pastine. 

Toyin Odutola "My Country Has No Name" @ Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Nigerian-born, Alabama-based artist Toyin Odutola received her MFA from the California College of the Arts last year and is currently celebrating her second show at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC. Growing up in the south with no access to galleries or museums, the Internet became Odutola's ticket to people and art. Because of thiss, Odutola has been frequently updating her Tumblr, providing her fans and those interested with a look at her process, something that is traditionally hidden from those viewing art in a museum. Her exhibition, "My Country Has No Name" takes on race, nationhood, and identity and is on view through June 29th.

Interactive "Firewall" Installation by Aaron Sherwood and Mike Allison

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Aaron Sherwood and Mike Allison's "Firewall" installation uses a stretched sheet of spandex as a membrane interface sensitive to depth. People can push the spandex and create fire-like visuals as well as play music. Watch a very cool video after the jump!

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