Mu Pan's Illustrations of Plague and Battle

Illustration // Wednesday, June 17, 2015
We've discussed illustrator Mu Pan's work before. His dark work implies stories, not simply static images. They show dismal battles, fantastical for their participants who are often animals and imaginary creatures. 

Paintings by Alexandra Rubinstein

Erotica // Wednesday, June 17, 2015
From a series titled "Celebrity Cunnilingus" which combines "men women potentially view as sexy with an under-represented sexual act" to a series of paintings of un-cropped stills taken from vintage porn films made during the Golden Age of Porn that was launched with the well-known "Deep Throat," Alexandra Rubinstein questions progression in sexuality and value placed on female pleasure as pornography become more accessible and mainstream.

Takumi Kama's Portraits of Schoolgirl-Animals

Illustration // Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Japanese artist Takumi Kama has used his fear of schoolgirls as inspiration for this series of portrait illustrations. The portraits depict schoolgirls in typical poses, but with animal heads and bodyparts.

Tomohide Ikeya's Underwater Portrait Series, Breath

Photography // Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tomohide Ikeya just released a photography book of his recent exhibition and series, Breath. It's composed of underwater portraits, people struggling or embracing underwater. 

Tomer Hanuka's Stanley Kubrick Poster Series

Illustration // Wednesday, June 17, 2015
We are working on something special in the coming months with former Juxtapoz cover artist, Tomer Hanuka, but in the meantime we wanted to share his poster series for Stanley Kubrick films. 

Faber-Castell Presents "My Super Power: Valerie Mayen"

Illustration // Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Check out this video from our friends at Faber-Castell on how their PITT Artist Pens and Graphite Pencils are making a differene in Valerie Mayen's designs.

My Havana Experience by Robbie Conal

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
My wife Deb and I just got back from a week in Cuba, touring the 12th Havana Biennial Art Exhibition with a group of "art professionals" from the U.S. This year the theme was, "Between the Idea and Experience." Indeed!. I'd never been to Cuba, but it's always been on my mind—at least since 1959. Both my parents were socialists (to say the least about the most), and union organizers in New York City. I'm what is, sometimes affectionately (sometimes not so much), called a "red diaper baby." And I love Afro Cuban music to death. To put those two concepts together for you, Ry Cooder once told me, "Robbie, you have to go to Cuba for the music and to breathe non-capitalist air." He might as well have added, "Before it's too late." (At least for that air.)

Interview: Murakami x Vans Vault

Fashion // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
When you walk into the studio of Takashi Murakami on the outskirts of Tokyo, there is a meticulously arranged lineup of shoes that belong to the staff in the building. As is customary, visitors remove their shoes and wear a pair of sandals provided for them. To the left of the entryway, you are struck by a dozen or so pairs of classic, eggshell white Vans Slip-Ons. The owner of these is obvious: Murakami has a very particular taste.

David Benjamin Sherry's "Earth Changes" available through Morel Books

Photography // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
David Benjamin Sherry’s new book Earth Changes is now available through Moral Books and just the cover with the spiral comb-binding alreadylook impressive. Sherry’s approach to the medium challenges categorical ideologies and the question of photographic truth. It could be argued that no photograph can be completely detached or objective, but the distinction concerning a photographer’s intent seems to divide directives: aesthetic or objective.

Stephen ESPO Powers for PS3 @ NADA Art Fair

Graffiti // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
It’s been a while since we last checked in on what Stephen “Espo” Powers has been up to. Unsurprisingly, the prolific artist has been busy beautifying walls across these great lands one witty punch line after another and various other surfaces like a giant semi truck trailer. Painted for PS3 at Nada Art Fair, Powers knocked out one of his signature styled collage pieces based around the ever-important topic, education.


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