Pantone Swatches Make Classic Album Covers by David Marsh

Music // Friday, April 27, 2012
David Marsh must like a good Pantone swatch, because in order to digitally recreate classic albums with Pantone swatches, he had to use over 1,369 solid color swatches for each reference to the Smiths, or Nirvana, or Roxy Music, or Pink Floyd. Marsh created a nice series of album covers that puts him in the Venn Diagram space where the two circles intersect between graphic design nerd and Matt Pinfield.

The Photography of Howard Schatz

Erotica // Friday, April 27, 2012
Formerly an ophthalmologist, Howard Schatz has successfully turned his photography hobby into a full-fledged and distinguished career as a fine art and commercial photographer. Working alongside his wife and business partner, Beverly Ornstein, from their Manhattan studio, Schatz's photos have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, and he has received international acclaim for his work.

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Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Illustrating with Quentin Blake

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Beloved English cartoonist, illustrator, and children's author Quentin Blake demonstrates his illustration process step-by-step in this short video, "Ten Minutes of Illustration," filmed in 2003 by the National Gallery Company. It's an invaluable glimpse into the artist's creative practice, from the very first rough sketches to the finished drawing.

JR Instagrams in North Korea

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 26, 2012
A few things of note here. One, it is always impressive to follow a real photographer's Instagram. Two, it is always interesting to follow a professional photographer's Instagram when they are in a very foreign environment. JR, the famed French social activist, Public Artist, and photographer (plus cover of the May 2012 Issue of Juxtapoz) has been Instragramming straight from North Korea, with some incredible photos of everyday life and various cultural sites. And of course, beautifully composed.

Goorin Bros XO Collection by Victor Reyes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Goorin Brothers rolls out a new collection today, April 26, 2012, by Victor Reyes, titled the XO collection. A two-part party will begin at Goorin's Haight Street store near Ashbury from 5pm to 8pm, then move over to their Cassel Gallery for a special opening to feature Reyes' new "Hold On Tightly" works from 8:30pm to 11pm.

Barry McGee and others @ 1717 17th Street, San Francisco

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Barry McGee has become a name that any art novice or expert has come to know and respect. Any event or art exhibition tied to McGee's name is guaranteed to have art world's ears will perk up. This was absolutely the case for the show that was recently organized right here in San Francisco, titled Contemporary Arts Centre. McGee uses a very specific word to describe the exhibition and opening reception, simply a "happening."

Ian Francis "10,000 Years From Now" @ Lazarides Rathbone, London

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 26, 2012
We were very excited to see the title of Ian Francis' newest exhibition, 10,000 Years From Now. Obviously, his work resonates with this title perfectly. There seems to be this distant future mixed with familiar figurative elements in each Francis painting, a surreal, mystical experience that has a foundation of contemporary. Francis' latest body of work examines the "fragility of this lifetime in contrast to geological timescales."

Mathilde Roussel "Lifes Of Grass"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 26, 2012
An installation that grows with time... pretty interesting concept. French artist Mathilde Roussel created the pieces that would make up Lifes of Grass, to examined the "effects of transformation of the material as a metaphor of the transformation of the body. Time sculpts the forms, makes them change and then decay." The work went on display around the world, including the 2010 Crossing the Line FIAF Festival at Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn.

The Giant Rubber Duckie by Florentijn Hofman

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 26, 2012
What we especially like about the gigantic Rubber Duckie that floats around the world, the creation of Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman, is that there is no political message or grand scheme behind it. It was just made to make people feel better. As the artist states, "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them." We don't know whether to cry or call shenanigans.

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