FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: HENRY CHALFANT's Photographs

Graffiti // Friday, April 12, 2013
Every Friday we feature someone old or new, traditional or unconventional, active or not, and so on. This week highlights the photography of Henry Chalfant, particularly his work from the ‘80s surrounding graffiti culture in New York.

New Work by Seaungyea Park (aka Spunky zoe)

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 12, 2013
Being big fans, we have posted the work of Seungyea Park (aka Spunky Zoe) before. Born and raised in Seol, Korea, Park addresses the topic of 'Monstrousness' caused by fear in our inner world. She says, "Monsters are everywhere. At the moment 'I' within me faces the 'I' outside of me they try to avoid, conceal, and deny each other, considering the other a monster."

Laura Bacon's Nest-Like Sculptures

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 12, 2013
Nest-like forms inspire British artist Laura Bacon’s sculptures and they are often nestled in trees, on the sides of buildings, and riverbanks. "Whilst the scale and impact varies from striking to subtle (sometimes only visible upon a quizzical double take), I relish the opportunity to let a building 'feed' the form, as if some part of the building is exhaling into the work." 

Fashionable Prosthetics from The Alternative Limb Project

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 12, 2013
Prosthesis designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata has launched The Alternative Limb Project, a studio that has begun creating unique, sometimes strange, but always eye-catching prosthetic limbs. Choosing from three options: realistic, surrealist, or unreal, the customer can merge real-life and imagination. They designed a Crystallized leg for Viktoria Modesta who played the Ice Queen at the London 2012 Paralympic Closing ceremony.

Andres Guzman's Grimy Lines

Illustration // Thursday, April 11, 2013
Andres Guzman's illustrations are grimy, graphic and endlessly fun to look at. Guzman spent most of his youth in Denver, Colorado but is originally from Lima, Peru. Guzman studied illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Guzman calls himself a "creature of the night," and enjoys "eating large quantities of food whenever possible." Guzman translates the world around him into dynamic, raging forms of line and color, drawing influences from graffiti, cartoons and cinema.   

Teaser: ARYZ @ FIFTY24SF Gallery, SF

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 11, 2013
ARYZ will be opening a new solo show, Style Is The Limit, at FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco next week, April 19, and we got a few teaser shots from the gallery of the Spanish artist's studio space. The January 2013 cover artist has much anticipation with this show, a lot of the attention focused on the rare occasion the young artist has shown in a gallery setting. More to come... 

Clare Rojas @ Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 11, 2013
Our friend Henrik Haven stopped by the new Clare Rojas exhibition at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen this past weekend. As we have seen in a past exhibition at PRISM in Los Angeles, the San Francisco-based artist has moved away from her more figurative folk works into more abstract, minimalist explorations in color and shape.

"Jaque Mate" by Escif

Street Art // Thursday, April 11, 2013
Escif continues to comment with his art in the streets on the current economic situation and politics in his country of Spain. This new piece is entitled “ "Jaque Mate"  which means “Checkmate” in English.

Incredible Anamorphic Portrait Composed of an Entire Room of Objects

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 11, 2013
French artist Bernard Pras's latest installation is a portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate. It is anamorphic, meaning it is an illusion that can only be viewed from a specific vantage point. Pras used clothes, paint, wood, rubber, and other objects to fill the entire room and the portrait is only clearly visible through the lens of his camera.

Incredible Wood Carvings by Sculptors Aron Demetz and Shan Hur

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 11, 2013
A collaboration between Italian sculptor Aron Demetz and Korean sculptor Shan Hur has produced a fascinating series of pieces entitled, The Tainted. The two artists were able to explore the human figure and by contrasting both smoothly and harsh surfaces with incredible skill.

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