The High Art 2015 Finalists

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The entry phase of High Art 2015 has concluded, and approximately 575 artists from 53 different countries submitted their designs in hopes of winning this year’s challenge. The crowdsource vote and panelist review has also concluded, and the field has been narrowed to the Top 30!  

Tom Sachs "Boombox Retrospective 1999-2015" @ Contemporary Austin

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 30, 2015
Well, we did get a bit arty in Austin after the music and BBQ during SXSW and stopped by Tom Sachs' "Boombox Retrospective" at the Contemporary Austin. The exhibition, which we ran through in 15 minutes before the space closed, is "an immersive, interactive assemblage of sculptures, objects, and audio elements riffing on the “boombox”—the 1980s pre-iPod, hip-hop street badge of honor, and a nod to Sachs’s love of the genre."

HuskMitNavn "Morning" @ V1 Gallery, Copenhagen

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 30, 2015
Morning. Top of the morning. Day break. Breaking sleep, comfort and spirit. Forcing yourself to perform with night and sleep in your blood and guts. Performing mundane morning rituals. Showering, toast, tea, teeth, coffee, kids… KIDS, clothes, packing lunch, packing kids, kids unpacking, keys, keys, keys. Transition, transit, traffic jam, walk, bus, metro, bicycle, road rage, type A and type B personalities in full conflict. A - Good morning B - what’s so fucking good about it?! Snowed in, crystal clear spring sky, coming home when the norm rises, newspaper, sunrise, first at work, morning swim, oatmeal and colleagues.

The Coldest City On Earth

Photography // Monday, March 30, 2015
With all of this harsh weather rolling into spring, it seems only fitting to reflect on how it could be worse. In the city of Yakutsk, Russia the average winter temperature is −30 °F but can reach −80 °F making it the coldest major city in the world. New Zealand photographer Amos Chapple decided to venture to the frozen landscape of Yakutsk and capture the harsh winter lifestyles that it’s inhabitants are forced to live. 

Two More Days to see Raul De Nieves “I’m in a Story” @ MaRS in LA

Fashion // Monday, March 30, 2015
MaRS (Museum as Retail Space) is a new art space in LA, and their inaugural exhibition featuring work by Raul De Nieves is open for just a couple more days until April 1, so head over there before you miss it. Besides 2D works, Nieves is showing some insane sculptures that take the shape of avant garde shoes and crossover easily into the world of fashion, which is part of the artist’s multi-layered output. 

Sanaz Mazinani @ Asian Art Museum, SF

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 30, 2015
Curator Marc Mayer invited artist Sanaz Mazinani to create a new, site-specific installation at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, on view through May 3, 2015. In the artist’s words, “I make large photographic collages that use images relating to the destabilizing effects of war to dissect and puncture our normative experience of the original source. In exploring visual language through a process-insensitive method of creating original patterns, I strive to make sense of media images and how they define our relationship to war.”

New Work by Agostino Iacurci in Rome

Street Art // Monday, March 30, 2015
Agostino Iacurci elevates the mural game once again with a banger of a piece in Rome, integrating the architecture and design of the building.

The Latest from HOTxTEA

Street Art // Monday, March 30, 2015
We’ve always enjoyed the work of HOTxTEA, a street artist who ditched spray cans for yarn who now creates beautiful images, often using color gradients mixed with his simple, graphic installations. The use of yarn is inspired by his grandmother, who taught him to knit. 

Amir Fallah "From the Primitive to the Present" @ Charlie James Gallery, LA

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 30, 2015
LA painter Amir Fallah was featured in our magazine last year and we always enjoy keeping up with his latest projects. For a new show at Charlie James Gallery, he created five large-scale paintings inspired by a family’s personal objects he collected from an estate sale in North Hollywood. Incorporating these objects into his imagery, he built a narrative around them through his investigation of the objects, including diaries and home videos, and the new series is the evidence of his process. We asked him a few questions about this new project.

EYES WIDE SHUT

Photography // Sunday, March 29, 2015
In her latest series “How We See” artist Laurie Simmons explores the notions of beauty, identity, and persona, by photographing close-up portraits of young women; evoking the tradition of the high-school portrait—when teenagers present their idealized selves to the camera. 

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