Ari Marcopoulos for Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail"

Music // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
We aren't even sure what a Magna Carta Holy Grail is supposed to be, but it sounds like its competing with whatever a Yeezus is. If you have a Samsung Galaxy, maybe you are preparing for your July 4, 12:01am listening session with Jay Z's new LP of both religious and democratic implication (and for the record, we got thrones, yeezuses, Magna Cartas, and Indiana Jones over the past 18 months from Jay and West), but for the rest of us, we have to wait for the 9th of July. In the meantime, we can verify that indeed, street, skate and fashion photpgrapher Ari Marcopoulos has shot some of the imagery for Jay's album. 

The Illustrations of Sam Taylor

Illustration // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Sam Taylor's artwork is not for the polite of heart. Drawing from the lumpy, brash aesthetic of cartoons like The Simpsons and Ren and Stimpy, Taylor presents critical and often tongue-in-cheek subject matter in a deceptively childish style. Fittingly, Taylor often illustrates for Vice and mastheads art collectives like Simpsons Drawing Club. Taylor was born in Leicester, studied in Camberwell and lives in London currently. 

Music Video: The Pixies "BAGBOY" directed by LAMAR+NIK

Music // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
No Kim Deal is a big DEAL, but the Pixies will live to see another day, mainly through a huge fanbase and the talents of Black Francis. So here comes a new Pixies track, "Bagboy" and a brilliant odd video of teen angst and summer suburban fun. It feels a little stadium rock, but the Pixies version. And Kim's vocals basically make this a fun romp. Oh, and the video is really well done, directed by Lamar+Nik. 

The Paintings of Frank Gonzales

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
We have seen the work of Frank Gonzales with Thinkspace Gallery earlier this year, but we love his entire series of birds and nature. Frank says of his work, "My work is about taking forms in nature and making them my own. What I do is nothing new, but by using the language of color, composition, fragmentation, and representation my aim is to speak about these known elements and present them from a different perspective."

Hu Shaoming's Upside-Down Metropolis

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Chinese sculptor Hu Shaoming used steel components from everyday life: buttons, metal collars, handles, utensils and other random pieces to construct this incredible upside-down city entitled "Umbrella." There are around 2,000 separate buildings in the piece and each structure features its own architecture. "...Though Shaoming reflects on the loss of traditional Chinese culture as a whole. The parasol being a symbol of the past, the buildings grow further from it whith time."

The Abstract Wall Murals of Gerhard Mayer

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
We wrote about the works of Gerhard Mayer last month, but today we look at more of his abstract, large-scale ink drawings: Nuremberg-based artist Gerhard Mayer creates large-scale paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures, and wall pieces. His wall pieces are creating using China ink and his own unique mathematical rules. Having been interested in elementary particles and physics for a long time, his work is made following strict regularities.

Do you know the Can Man?

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
His or her name is My Dog Sighs, and does something fun with street interventions in the vein of OakOak, Slinkachu, and EVOL: take something in the environment, in this case liter, and transform it into a playful piece of interactive art. Well, in this case, interact with it, keep it, or please place it in the recycle bin.

Jerry Hsu "The Observable Universe" @ Family Bookstore, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 02, 2013
A quick note to all our Los Angeles readers. Photographer and friend of the family, Jerry Hsu, will opening a photography exhibition at the Family Bookstore on Fairfax opening tonight, July 2 through August 1, 2013. Considering the show is called The Observable Universe, we can only assume that said show will feature observations of the universe. 

Preview: Joram Roukes, Adam Caldwell, Ekundayo + Rodrigo Luff @ Thinkspace, Culver City

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Thinkspace is pleased to present Reflections of a New Generation, featuring new work by Ekundayo, Joram Roukes (featured in our April 2013 issue), and Adam Caldwell. These three distinct artists are unified by a painterly approach to their subject matter and by a tendency towards the surreal. Each works from a unique set of influences and introjects a personal dimension into that of the cultural. Gleaning inspiration from subculture, personal experience, and art history, each has developed a style entirely their own that speaks to a complex locus of coexisting cultural sensibilities.

Sam3 and Brad Downey @ PUBLIC ART HORSENS, Denmark

Street Art // Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Our good friend and contributor Henrik Haven just passed along image from a new public art festival in Denmark, Public Art Horsens, a festival that includes murals, sculptures, performance and installations created during the past week by artists Escif (Spain), Sam3 (Spain), Pøbel (Norway), Brad Downey (USA), Thomas Dambo (Denmark), and the Danish/Icelandic duo Örnduvald plus a bunch of local artists. Today, we have works by Sam3 and Brad Downey. 

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