"Evenings' Kiss" by Willis Earl Beal

Music // Friday, May 11, 2012
Willis Earl Beal wandered through most of his 28 years on the planet without a steady job or much direction until his loneliness become so consuming that he began to sing. This animated graphite and charcoal video to Beal's 'Evening’s Kiss' and the song were both created by Mr. Beal himself.

Coachella 2012

Music // Friday, May 11, 2012
So we went to Coachella and forgot to post our photos like we were supposed to. Well, sue us. Without further ado... The Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival raged for two straight weekends this year in the California desert, taking on a different format but no less fantastic to experience. Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine made it to what was the GD outdoor sweat lodge of Weekend 2 amid blazing heats—the typical temps that bounced back from quite the opposite over Weekend 1.

Preview: Word To Mother "Can't Afford to be Broke" @ White Walls, SF

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Truth be told, I feel like Word To Mother never left San Francisco. Every morning, I see his tag, on my garbage bin, in the Lower Haight, from a show he had years before. Now, the London-based artist is back in SF with a new exhibition, Can't Afford To Be Broke, at White Walls. Preview and installation shots after the jump . . .

Interview: James Franco on "Rebel"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
In April 2011, MOCA approached Juxtapoz with a unique project that they were producing with James Franco: Rebel, a mult-facitated, mixed-media, collaborative art installation and project loosely based on the making and legacy of James Dean's famed film, Rebel Without A Cause. In July 2011, Juxtapoz published a cover story examining Rebel, interviewing James Franco, Harmony Korine, and Aaron Young, about how the project came about.

Treading Water and Surfacing by Sam Green

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Anytime we see St Martins College, we think of Pulp. Can't help it. Sam Green is an illustrator who attended said university, and he also creates these fantastic drawings that illustrate people surfacing out of water or treading water. What is left out makes the drawings that much more dramatic...

Kevin Cyr "In Praise of Rust" @ Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Kevin Cyr, who is featured in our June 2012 issue with a 12-page interview by fellow Brooklyn-based artist Dan Witz, is set to open a new series of his van portraits at Jonathan Levine Gallery on May 19, 2012. In Praise of Rust will feature Cyr's signature works: paintings of old vehicles seen on the streets of New York—"primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks—covered in graffiti, rust, scratches, scuffs, dents and other marks of distinction."

Where Things Come From by Hardy Seiler

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
An inspiring and charming motion graphic conceived by Hardy Seiler and executed with the help of his talented peers. Hardy Seiler is a creative in Hannover, Germany where he creates straightforward and compelling communication design. He specialises in corporate, editorial, graphic and design.

Life-Sized Nutcrackers by Jennifer Rubell

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
One of the highlights of the Frieze Art Fair in NYC last week was definitely Jennifer Rubell's "Life-Sized Nutcracker," which I was convinced was just for show until you actually saw that indeed, it was a working, Barbie looking life-sized nutcracker. Rubell had displayed the nutcrackers at the Dallas Contemporary in late 2011, but a nice bit of Frieze press has made these explode.

Sumo by Paolo Patrizi

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
This series starts with a great description: It’s the only sport where being obese is encouraged. That is probably pretty close to the case, but Japan-based photographer Paolo Patrizi's series is so much more than just documenting Sumo wrestling. It uncovers a bit of the myth, and puts a face to the behind-the-scenes life of a sumo wrestler, and their odd place in popular culture.

JR x Jose Parla: Wrinkles Of the City Havana, Cuba

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Fusing two distinctively different styles and mediums has been highly beneficial, and impactful for artists JR, and Jose Parla. The two are currently decorating numerous walls in Havana, Cuba for JR’s ongoing project The Wrinkles of the City that has visited multiple cities over the last year. Incorporating Parla’s work has changed the overall look of the project, bringing a refreshing esthetic.

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