AI WEIWEI "NEVER SORRY": Official Trailer and #RaiseYourFinger Initiative

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
"Freedom is a strange thing." A perfect sentiment, spoken by one of the most famed, controversial, political, and influential contemporary artists in the world today, China's Ai Weiwei. Over the past few years, no artist has gained the international attention as Weiwei, both for his continually outstanding work, but for his arrest and imprisonment for phantom charges in China last year. First-time director Alison Klayman has captured the artist at his height in the documentary, Never Sorry.

Preview Studio VIsit: Patrick Martinez "Lovely Day" @ Known Gallery

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Los Angeles based fine artist Patrick Martinez, known for his neon works and paintings of contemporary urban youth, is set to open a new solo show, Lovely Day, at Known Gallery this Saturday, June 16. Todd Mazer stopped by Martinez' studio for some beautiful shots of both inspiration and process.

Star Trail Photos by Astronaut Don Pettit

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
By no means do we want to be conspiracy theorists here on the site, but when you see incredible photographs by astronauts in space, in this case Don Pettit and his recent shots of star trails aboard the International Space Station, do you ever wonder if all space photos are just really incredible photoshop jobs and staged? Because these are just too amazing to be real...

Everyday Fingerprints by Kevin Van Aelst

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Who knew mustard could be such an identifier. Kevin Van Aelst, who has been on the site before for his transforming and reimagining everyday objects into something new entirely, just finished a series where he created fingerprints with everyday objects, including mustard, yarn, cassette tapes, and the topper, cat s#$t.

The Shadow by Brigitte Zieger

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Brigitte Zieger’s created this fantastic outdoor installation for the Les Environnementales Biennial of Contemporary Art at Tecomah, an environmental studies school outside of Paris. She created The Shadow, the impression of an aeroplane flying overhead... only in her work, the shadow is permanent.

The Monstrous Portraits by Korea's Spunky Zoe

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Korean artist Spunky Zoe (Seungyea Park) creates her surreal large-scale portraits using only ball point pen and acrylic paint. Her works are based on her theory of psychological duality, where two monsters - one that lives inside her and one that lives outside - are constantly at odds with one another. 'My paintings are like battlefields in which these monsters are struggling.'

The Work of David Cook

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I'm always enthralled and inspired by the intricate pattern work in David Cook's illustrations. The combination of his brightly colored snakes and skulls in fishnets, surrounded by rays of spirographic line-work are drawn with meticulous and repetitive perfection, creating strangely beautiful completed pieces by this New York based, colorblind artist.

Tattoos by NORM

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 13, 2012
For over a decade now, the name “NORM” has evolved throughout the art world. His passions have become his life, constantly moving forward, and thinking bigger. A true precisionist, Norm has also ventured into tattoo machine building, creating uncanny tools of the trade used the world over by renowned artists.

In L.A.: Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography @ Subliminal Projects

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
We stopped by Subliminal Projects this past weekend to check out the opening of “Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography” an exhibition curated by Tom Hazelmyer with music by members of the Melvins, Hammerhead, Halo of Flies, Chrome and Husker Du.  Photos and more after the jump…

Back Talk: A Conversation with Sarah Joncas

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Toronto-based fine artist Sarah Joncas is set to open a new body of work in Between Wind and Water, a show at Thinkspace Gallery that also features the work of Caia Koopman. The show opens on Saturday, June 16 in Culver City. As a child, Joncas loved to draw dinosaurs and lizards. Things have since changed for the recent graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design's BFA program.

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