The Land of Giants: Changing the Icelandic Landscape

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Leave it to Iceland to have serene beauty such as this. The design firm, Choi + Shine Architects, came up with this, The Land of Giants an attempt to transform "mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape by making only small alterations to existing pylon design." These designs were submitted as a competition entry in March of 2008 to Landsnet, Iceland national power transmission company who was working in collaboration with the Association of Icelandic Architects.

The Dark Knight Rises Official Trailer

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Look down the list of "summer blockbusters" each year, and you see a lot of studios just dialing in hundreds of millions of $$s praying that something sticks. Most of the time, we get some Green Lantern nonsense, but occasionally we get something that appears to have a good thing going for it. We are going to assume that Christopher Nolan's final chapter of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, will be entertaining enough and worth some popcorn and a jumbo soda pop, based off the official trailer...

New Remed & 3ttman Painting

Street Art // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
European muralists, Remed and 3ttman, were commissioned by the Spanish Embassy of Sarajevo to create a piece for a future reconstructed Vijecnica, which is a historical building purpose-built as the city hall.  In 1992, the building was hit by bombs, heavy artillery, and was burned during the Siege of Sarajevo. The two artists worked with the ideas of hope, unity, peace, and love based on the history of Sarayevo’s people.

Opening: Pedro Matos "Heritage" @ Ivory and Black, London

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Pedro Matos, whom we last saw showing at White Walls in San Francisco, just opened a new solo show, Heritage, at Ivory and Black in London this past weekend. “Heritage” features a new series of oil paintings on canvas and one site-specific installation, with each painting featuring unique layering consisting of different languages of painting, which combine texture, patterns, realistic figurative painting and text. Our London correspondent, Butterfly, made it to the opening...

Picasso, Dali, & Van Gogh: Dissected for MASP Art School Campaign

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
In a very clever campaign by advertising agency DDP of Brazil, they have created a great visual for MASP Art School with three legendary artists dissected to show their "true" insides. Picasso, Van Gogh, and Dali (say it like Adrien Brody in Midnight in Paris) are all exposed to show their insides match the iconic styles they made into worldwide textbook material. For art school, these seem quite on point.

Vote for Vans Custom Culture Finalists for a Chance to Win $55,000 towards their Art Programs by May 3

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Vans Custom Culture, the iconic shoe brand's nationwide art contest, wraps up the public voting phase of the program this Thursday, May 3, 2012 at midnight EDT. So cast your votes now to help choose the five schools that will win the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and participate in the final art showcase and chance to win up to $55,000 towards their high school's art programs.

Recap: Beau Staton's "Archaic Ornaments" @ Bold Hype Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
On view through Wednesday at Bold Hype Gallery in NYC is Beau Staton's "Archaic Ornaments" works explore abandoned 19th century sites around the greater New York City area, where Straton began by collecting photo references, cogs and gears from Staten Island's Rossville Boat Yard, and metal and glass from Brooklyn's Dead Horse Bay.

Ryan McGinley: Animals / Grids @ Team Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Famed NYC-based photographer Ryan McGinley is set to open two new exhibitions at TEAM Gallery in NYC on Wednesday, May 2: Grids and Animals. The latter will feature color studio portraits of live animals with nude models, and the former will feature a series of works on three huge grids that feature individual portraits of fans at concerts. These shows mark the first time a single artist has had simultaneous shows in both Team spaces.

Glimpses of Skin by Amy Martino

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
The minimal, abstractly rendered illustrations of Amy Martino have elements of softly romantic, fashion focused portraiture and strangely embellished accents. Hidden glimpses of naked flesh and almost accidental moments of skin peek through this New York based illustrator and art directors fashion drawings, as she creates her work for both commercial and personal use.

MADVILLAINY 2: THE MADLIB REMIX with Special 12-page Comic

Music // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
We are huge fans of all the art direction at hip-hop label, Stones Throw, and we are huge fans of all the musical identities of one super-producer, Madlib. Stones Throw and Madlib have just released a very special Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix box set, featuring a double LP with printed cover, MP3 download card, and, here is what we are excited about, a 12-page mini-comic.

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