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.

BOOK REVIEW: "SIGN PAINTERS"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
We have been anticipating the release of Sign Painters, a new book by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, since we first heard from our friends at New Bohemia Signs (Who are featured) of its production in 2010. Documenting many of the older and emerging hand-lettering fiends, this book accurately displays the beauty and passion of the craft. The book notes and we have seen for ourselves, that there has been a resurgence in traditional sign painting.

Music Videos We Liked in 2012: alt-J "Breezeblocks"

Music // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wow, this was an amazing video. Just when you think you know what is going on, just when you make your assumptions about the characters, and just when you thought you saw every single version of the falling backward video, director Ellis Bahl created a mini-drama of darkness and horror for British band Alt-J's outstanding track, "Breezeblocks." Just when your stomach begins to turn, the story takes an even more sinister mood.

Best of 2012: Hyperreal Paintings by Diego Gravinese

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
What we wrote on January 8, 2012: Argentinian-painter Diego Gravinese creates hyperreal oil on canvas and acrylic paintings that at first we thought were a series of photographs. The works are highly detailed, capturing both mundane and bizarre scenes in photo realistic style.

“The Moleskine Project II” @ Spoke Art, SF

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco just opened the Moleskine Project #2, a group exhibition that features a spread page taken from the sketchbooks of more than 50 artists from around the world. It brings together a broader network of sketchbooks from renowned illustrators, concept artists, oil painters and more. Knowing how much our readers love Moleskine and process works, we HIGHLY recommend checking this out.

RIME & TOPER "Snap Back..." @ Klughaus Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Snap Back – Dangerous Drawings About New York, is the name of the new exhibition of Brooklyn natives RIME (Jersey Joe) and TOPER. The show features a series of drawings, illustrations and paintings that portray the artists’ personal experiences about living in New York City... and there is a story behind each piece.

Tank Man

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Humor is a much needed and often neglected ingredient for public murals. This parody of the classic photo “Tank mMn” from the Tiananmen Square protests was painted by the collective artist group, Captain Borderline Crew, in Cologne, Germany.

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