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!

Saltworks by Motoi Yamammoto

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Japanese artist Motoi Yamammoto creates stunning installations with one simple ingredient: salt. The large-scale installations feature incredible detail and intricate patterns. When you attend a funeral in Japanese culture, sometimes salt is thrown over oneself as a cleansing act. Motoi's sister passed away at a young age and from this tragedy stemmed the idea of using salt in his work, creating what he calls labyrinths and mazes. Watch a video after the jump!

The #BrainSnap App by Patrick Sean Gibson and 99CentBrains

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
San Francisco based illustrator and designer, Patrick Sean Gibson recently announced and released a commercial for his #BrainSnap 2.0 app featuring 16 custom frame features and over 230 new illustrations!  The app was made to capture your friends as they really are, be it lurkers, b-boys, couch lockers or half-steppers, all you have to do is open the app, select or take a picture, pick an illustration, and let #BrainSnap do its thing! Scope out the commercial and screenshots from the app after the jump!

Hiroshi Tanabe's Modern Chic

Illustration // Monday, June 03, 2013
Born in Kanagawa, Japan, Hiroshi Tanabe graduated from Tama Art College with a degree in Graphic Design. In 1990 he studied at the Accademia Di Brella in Milan where he focused on fine art and sculpture, eventually also discovering illustration. Tanabe's distinct and vibrant images mirror the graphic line work of traditional Japanese woodcuts, and they have steadily evolved into more refined and layered drawings throughout his career. Though constantly changing, his fashion illustrations skillfully blend old-world elegance with sleek, modern style .

What's The Time?: Travis Millard's earliest Beastie Boys' memory

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
For the past month, we have been asking artists and friends to recount their favorite Beastie Boys' memories in conjunction with our special June 2013 issue. Today, Travis Millard shares a memory or two: "I bought this 45 at Ear'responsible Records & Tapes in my hometown of Olathe, Kansas around 1987. I also bought my Licensed to Ill tape from the same place, which disgusted Jeff who worked the register..."

In Process: Hannah Stouffer @ The Standard Downtown, LA

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Juxtapoz contributing editor, Hannah Stouffer, has made a homebase in downtown Los Angeles the past week working on a 40-foot mural on the 6th Street wall at the Standard Downtown hotel. She titled the mural, "E.P.S.T (Existence, Possibility, Space and Time)," noting that "I’ve been drawn to focusing on themes of metaphysical beingness, as of late. I’m still heavily engaged with our natural landscape, due to my upbringing and an an almost overwhelming admiration for that which we came."

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