Paintings by Ruben Pang

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
We are enjoying the paintings of Singaporean artist Ruben Pang this morning. Pan describes his paintings as "projections of his psyche, which reflect on notions of prospect, arrival, and transformation." His process evolves and gradually builds up with each brushstroke and layering of paint.

Unusually Beautiful Japanese Funeral Home Ad

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Generally funerals in Japan are a black and white affair, with any color or deviation considered disrespectful. I&S BBDO, a Tokyo-based ad agency was commissioned by Nishinihon Tenrei funeral home to create an unconventional ad. And that they did! "Creative director Mari Nishimura decided to create a real-size human skeleton made from pressed flowers."

Frieze Week Highlight: Fay Ku w/Eight Modern @ Pulse

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
One of our favorite artists we saw this weekend in NYC for Frieze and surrounding fairs was Fay Ku at the Eight Modern booth in Pulse. Eight Modern, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, had a few strong pieces from the Taiwan-born Ku, who has built a body of work on paper that "recalls the callousness and lack of empathy of children, who have not yet learned the customs and niceties adults use to mask society's true savagery."

Gallery View: Needles & Pens 10 Year Anniversary Show

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
Needles and Pens is currently having their 10-year anniversary show at the Luggage Store in San Francisco. We stopped by on Friday night for the opening reception of the massive group show, featuring over 70 participating artists, a book release, and live bands! Party! The show will be on display through June 8th so if you are lucky enough to be in the bay area, we recommend you check it out!

"Yoshitomo Nara" @ Pace Gallery West 25th Street, NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
On Friday night, we stopped by the opening of famed Japanese artist and Juxtapoz cover artist, Yoshitomo Nara's newest body of work at Pace Gallery. Featuring his iconic girl characters, presented in sculpture, painting, and sketches, all spaced wonderfully in three large rooms, Nara continues to be one of the most appreciated contemporary artist in the world.

Watch: Becky & Joe's Man Ray-Inspired Music Video for Delicate Steve

Music // Monday, May 13, 2013
We are on a music video kick this morning, Becky & Joe are back again with another great handcrafted music video! We loved their psychedelic plasticine collage video for Tame Impala's "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." This time, inspired by Man Ray, they used drawing, scratching, and mark making on actual Super 8, 16, and 35 mm film and acetate sheets for their video for Delicate Steve! Watch it after the jump!

Aaron Ansarov's Photographs of Portuguese Man O' War

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
Former Navy photographer and Florida-based Aaron Ansarov's photographs are not digitally edited abstract mirrored photography but actual photographs of Portuguese Man O' War. Our minds are blown...

Watch: "Blown Minded," New Music Video for Young Galaxy by Carine Khalife

Music // Monday, May 13, 2013
Young Galaxy's latest music video for their 2011 track Blown Minded was produced, directed, and animated by Montreal-based visual artist Carine Khalife using only oil paint on glass. Explaining her technique, Khalife says, "I would paint on the glass with oil so that it wouldn't dry, and I could play with it for hours. A camera, fixed overhead above the animation table and plugged in my computer, would capture my paintings frame by frame and create the animation..."

Anonymous Artist Leaves Behind Incredibly Detailed Styrofoam Cup Doodle

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
A Redditor recently came across a pretty impressive Styrofoam cup doodle. The cup was left behind at a car dealership in Norman, Oklahoma and is covered in intricate doodles, inside and out. Patterns, text, characters, and cartoon character from The Simpsons, Smurfs, Dilbert, and Beetle Bailey appear on the cup and the inner rim reads: "If you look deep within a piece of art you will find a piece of its creator."

Nonotak Studio's Installation Hypnotizes and Traps Vistors in a Light Prison

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
The light installation Isotopes v.2 by Nonotak Studio hypnotizes visitors with moving lights, attracting them to the center of the installation. Then, the rhythm and the intensity of the lights continually become more aggressive until they generate immaterial barriers: "it's easy to get in but neigh impossible to get out." The catalyst and inspiration for the project is the Fukushima nuclear disaster and it is meant to echo the way humans approach nuclear power. Watch a video after the jump!

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