Happy Magic Water Cube, a Waterpark in Beijing

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
That isn't a screenshot from an underwater Pixar film, it is an actual water park in Beijing, China! It is located in the former home of swimming and diving events during the 2008 Olympics, the Beijing National Aquatic Center. Designed by Forrec Ltd., the colorful fantastical world sits in one of the few structures to remain in use and profitable following the event. 

Kehinde Wiley "World Stage: Jamaica" @ Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
Former Juxtapoz cover artist Kehinde Wiley will be bringing his continuing series "The World Stage" (this time Jamaica) to Stephen Friedman Gallery in London this fall. Opening October 15, the exhibition features Jamaican men and women assuming poses taken from 17th and 18th century British portraiture, the first one in the "World Stage" series to feature portraits of women.

3-Ton Aerical Mosaic of Johanessburg by Gerhard Marx

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
From a distance this enormous sculpture appears to be an aerial photograph blown up and mounted. However, as you look closer you will find that it is a huge mosaic made from natural stone, red brick, ceramic elements and glass! The 56-panel sculpture weights almost three tons and was created by artist Gerhard Marx and Spier Architectural Arts for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair.

Photocopy Machine Erotica: Lieve Prins

Erotica // Friday, October 04, 2013
"The photocopy machine and scanner has become an iconic informal meeting place in offices throughout the world, a universal grey box suited only for talk around or over. But for more than 20 years, Lieve Prins has refined an ability to speak with and through this humble office-bound device, transforming a mundane reproducer of 2-D documents into a gorgeously expressive medium capable of capturing..."

IN L.A.: Xara Thustra "THX" @ NEW IMAGE ART

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 03, 2013
Yes, that picture is amazing right there of Xara Thustra and Jeffrey Deitch, doing a hangout session outside of Thustra's THX exhibition at New Image Art Gallery in LA last Saturday night. Maybe it wasn't just a show. It was more of an event, with live music, projections, and a little slice of some San Francisco thrown in the mix. Through a mix of graffiti, Mission School aesthetics, activism, and plain old art invasion of a gallery, we recommend checking out THX. 

Seth Armstrong "Lovin’ Thy Neighbor" @ Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 03, 2013
Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Los Angeles based painter Seth Armstrong: Lovin' Thy Neighbor. Armstrong’s paintings feel cinematic and theatrical, delighting in the jarring minutiae of a surrealist’s penchant for unexpected details. Looking to the absurd moments in the every day, the artist creates works that capture the recognizable and the familiar, as punctuated by fantasy and surprise. 

Pete Fowler "Theme From Boat Weirdos (extended version)" @ The Book Club, London

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 03, 2013
The Book Club is happy to present an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Pete Fowler. Known for his psychedelic character design, Fowler’s work has over the years, taken to a wide variety of media – most notably toy designs, print making, large-scale acrylic paintings, sculpture, custom synthesisers and music videos for the likes of The Horrors and Super Furry Animals. Fowler is also one half of the cosmic yacht rock musical duo, Seahawks.

IN L.A.: Studio Visit With Mercedes Helnwein

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 03, 2013
Mercedes Helnwein’s latest exhibition opens this upcoming Saturday, October 5, at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles, and for the occasion,  we were invited to stop by Helnwein's studio for a preview of what she has been working on for the past few months. Photos and more after the jump..

An Absurd Swiss Army-Type Knife from 1880

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 03, 2013
We recently visited the Swiss Army Knife factory and saw their collection of vintage knives. We have also seen the ridiculousness that is the Wenger 16999. This "multi-tool' though tops them all. Created by John S. Holler in Germany around 1880, the knife has 100 functions including shears, an auger, saws, a lancet, cigar cutter, pens, straight razor and piano tuner. And yes, that is a fully functioning .22 caliber five-shot pinfire revolver you see there.

Sculptures by AJ Fosik

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 03, 2013
Using locally sourced lumber grown in Oregon, AJ Fosik creates his signature and ever evolving sculptural work. The wonderful figures and anthropomorphized fantastical creatures are built using a complex process involving arranging hundreds of pieces of individually cut and varnished woods which are then painted vibrant colors and patterns.


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