Amazing Charcoal Rope Series

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
'I chose imagery of knotted or twisted rope to help me describe the felt but unexpressed visceral world of the mind/body. These surrogate “bodies” seemed fitting metaphors for the tension, frayed nerves and entanglements that we inevitably experience as human beings. Use of distortion and exaggerated scale help evoke less pedestrian associations with my subject while enticing viewers to linger with the sensual qualities of surface and medium.' - Huguette Despault

Music Video: Liars "Brats" by Ian Cheng

Music // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
As we have stated on this site time and time again, the state of music videos, since the advent of this thing called the Internet, is in a quite strong place. Enter this fantastic new video by Ian Cheng for the band Liars (whose new album, WIXIW, is really quite good) and their new single, "Brats." An Elmer Fudd character, a Donnie Darko killer bunny rabbit, and an intense thunder dance beat make this a good wake-up call for your afternoon.

Mike Mills Posters for Commune Design

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Mike Mills, the filmmaker behind Beginners and Thumbsucker, and a designer and fine artist in his own right, has designed 5 new posters for Commune Design that our now available on their website. Paper Chase Press are the ones behind getting the limited edition posters printed, and Mr Mills (featured in the January 2010 issue) has some good words/phrases to say about, and written on, each poster.

Back Talk: A Conversation with Brett Amory

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Thinkspace is pleased to present Dirty Laundry, an exhibition of new work by painters Brett Amory and Adam Caldwell. Amory and Caldwell each mobilize their unique representational strategies to invoke the modern day disconnect between time and space, self and other, and present and past. Their shows open at Thinkspace this Saturday, August 4. Today, we speak with Brett Amory...

Beyond the Body by Imme van der Haak

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Dutch artist Imme van der Haak is behind the project, Beyond the Body, where "photos of the human body are printed onto translucent silk which will create the possibility of physically layering different body’s, ages, generations and identities." The results are a bit jarring, intriguing, especially in the video, where the dancing actors with the silk over their bodies confuses your perception of identity and, in our most honest assesment, the age of the performer.

Preview: Miss Van "Wild At Heart" @ Copro Gallery, Santa Monica

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Former Juxtapoz cover artist, and continually one of our favorite fine artists working today, French-born, Barcelona-based artist Miss Van is set to open a new exhibition, Wild at Heart, at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Internationally known for her poupées, the French word for dolls, Miss Van’s dreamlike narratives are filled with spontaneity and lightness. Yet they also reveal a darker side that has evolved from her experience as an acclaimed graffiti artist.

Plastic Garbage Guarding the Museum by Luzinterruptus

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Currently at the Gewerbemuseum in Winthertur, Switzerland is the exhibition, Oh, Plastiksack, an exhibition dedicated to the plastic bag as an everyday item and as a focus for art and design. This much-discussed plastic product is explored in the context of society and the environment and as a theme of contemporary artistic work in the fields of painting, photography, installation, performance, urban art and design. One of our favorite collectives of the moment, Spain's Luzinterruptus have made a significant contribution to the show...

Mixed-media works by Debra Hampton

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
There are endless possibilities in the universe of collage art, and we really like what Debra Hampton has done with this series of works. Combining ??magazine cut outs, watercolor, and ink on panel, Hampton reimagines, arranges, and removes most identifiable elements of the model or person she is borrowing from and turns it into a surreal firestorm.

Erin Smith's Typographical Images

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Look closely at Australian artist Erin Smith's images and you will see that they are comprised of very tiny letters. She extracts letters from journals of automatic writing, then digitally prints them, and hand draws it all onto paper. Erin's images are a fascinating mix of words and design and you can't help but be amazed at her intricacy.

Illustration by Jacques Floret

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Jacques Floret is a French illustrator. His use of flattened color is done well. Each scene is a stylized and simplified snapshot from reality. Many of the works capture inherently French scenery with anything from Parisian cafe life to French-flag face paint. Other works seem to be the artist's own humorous commentary, as with the fish wielding, bikini-clad female. Simple renderings, pleasant hues, and a bit of a chuckle are all helpful things on a Tuesday morning. Enjoy.

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