Swoon: Konbit Shelter in Haiti Project on Kickstarter

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
Brooklyn-based Swoon has spent a good deal of her art career working as a socially conscious, charity and project-based philanthropist, and in that time, become one of our all-time favorites. She just launched a Kickstarter for a project we fully back, the Konbit Shelter project in Haiti. Konbit Shelter is building creative, safe, beautiful, and sustainable homes for Haitian families in the continuing aftermath of the earthquake of 2010 and Hurricane Sandy.

Ed Templeton "Memory Foam" @ Roberts & Tilton, LA

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent photographs by Ed Templeton (featured in our February 2012 issue) in his fifth exhibition with the gallery. Templeton has long mined the middle ground between the public and the private, delving unreservedly into the human situation, creating photographs that are at once heartbreaking and outrageous, comical and sinister, his images, a visual litmus test of American youth culture in all its twisted luminescence.

Music History as Animated Gifs

Music // Friday, December 21, 2012
Well, these are a ton of fun. Josh, we will just call him Josh, of the band Old Monk Song creates these fantastic animated gifs of historical and fun moments in music history, including wonderful live performances, pivotal cultural icons, indie giants, and just plain cool music videos. Our favorite could be the Tupac gif... in prison, getting married, #1 hit? Legend.

Best of 2012: The Great Wall of Vagina

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
What we wrote on May 2, 2012: Winner of the Erotic Signature international sculpture prize, master of the art of bondage casting and creator of his most recent masterpiece 'Great Wall of Vagina', Jamie McCartney has caught the attention of art enthusiasts, sex enthusiasts and basically everyone enthusiastic about this extremely erotic, socially conscious installation that has been 5 years in the making.

Photorealistic Works by JKB Fletcher

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
JKB Fletcher is a working artist from the UK, living in Melbourne, Australia. "My hopes are for Australia to provide a new cultural influence to my work and a maturity only developed through experience. My paintings address questions of whether photorealism or hyperrealism is anything more than a photograph with oil based paint. Using ‘reality’ and sensuality, Surface, texture, contrast and form to provoke thoughts and sensations of physicality and beauty" he states.

Music Videos We Liked in 2012: Sigur Ros' Mystery Film Experiment by Ryan McGinley

Music // Friday, December 21, 2012
What we wrote on August 2, 2012: Nothing gets you feeling serene more than a girl barefoot skipping through Manhattan with sunshine golden hair while Sigur Ros' beautiful music is playing and Ryan McGinley providing the visuals. We think that pretty much covers it. From the looks of it, this is part of Sigur Ros Mystery Film Experiment, and it may be the most epic 8 minutes you spend today.

Cement People Suspended from the Ceiling, Prague

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
Was this what Lionel Ritchie meant? Oh, what a feeling... to be dangling/made of cement from the ceiling? You have to really say that quick to make it work. Inside the EBC office in central Prague, Czech artist Michal Trpák, created an installation of cement figures dangling from the ceiling in a piece called Slight Uncertainty. Is the uncertainty that they will fall? Stunning, in a very Kafka-esque sort of mundane bizarreness.

The Playful Illustrations of Kirsten Rothbart

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 21, 2012
'Hi, I’m Kirsten Rothbart. I’m an illustration and comic art student from Kassel, Germany— where I live and study at the School of Art And Design. My illustrations deal with today’s pop cultural life but also serve a certain emotional and mysterious aspect and longing for depth in life. After I sketch an illustration, I start inking it. Ink is my absolute favourite tool! Lately, I use the Pentel pocket brush most of the time. It’s a great, comfortable brush...

Neil Krug's Pulp

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Neil Krug is an American artist based in Los Angeles. Krug has photographed and art directed campaigns for such bands as My Chemical Romance, Ratatat, Justice, Devendra Banhart, Ladytron, The Horrors, Scissor Sisters, Tame Impala, White Flight and many more. Krug, in a creative collaboration with Joni Harbeck, founded PULP ART BOOK wherein his photography can be seen in limited edition prints, books, and films...

Gingerbread Brooklyn

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
We feel like we haven't even touched on fun Christmas art this year, but thank you to chef Renee Baumann for creating an edible Brooklyn city block, made entirely of gingerbread. Sugar glass windows, brownstones you can eat, this is definitely a perfect piece of holiday art.

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