Illustrations by Marianna Madriz

Illustration // Thursday, January 15, 2015
Marianna Madriz creates the perfect balance of vintage inspiration and contemporary styling with her curious characters. We’re particularly enamored with a recent embroidery collaboration she created with her mother.

Baron Wolman's "Woodstock"

Photography // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Woodstock is one of the most widely recognized music festivals in Rock and Roll history with an attendance of 400,000 people and 32 acts (many of the most iconic musicians of our time played). A lot has been written on what had transpired over the course of those three days and there’s been some decent documentation of the events, however Baron Wolman’s photographs may be some of the best.

A look inside "Are Your Motives Pure?" published by Venus Over Manhattan

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Printed in conjunction with the exhibition “Are your motives pure?” at Venus Over Manhattan, this 102-page catalog is an action packed adventure filled with Raymond Pettibon’s comic-style big wave surfing and beachside culture artwork. Not actually a surfer himself, Pettibon’s imagery does not attempt to represent a real surfing scene or want to be classified as ‘surfer art,” but rather as Venus Over Manhattan puts it, “Pettibon is elevating the surfer to the top of his repertory of American icons, tracing the figure’s arc through the terrifying and chaotic ocean of life in a manner perhaps more evocative of Edward Hopper than The Endless Summer.”

Bjork Retrospective @ MoMA + New Album "Vulnicura" Out In March

Music // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
About 7 months ago, we already were in a bit of a rush to announce the MoMA's newly planned retrospective on the visual art and musical career of Bjork. Now it all is starting to make sense. Not only does the MoMA open Bjork on March 8, 2015, the Icelandic artist will release her new full length LP, Vulnicura, sometime in March 2015 as well. What do we know of the album? Venezuelan producer Arca worked on it (he worked with Kanye West on Yeezus and FKA twigs, so that is a good sign). The Haxan Cloak also contributed to Vulnicura. 

You Have Some Legos On Your Face...

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have spent most of the morning trying to figure out these Lego masks. As DesignBoom points out, "for London’s menswear AW 15 show, designers Agi & Sam asked UK make-up artist and beauty editor of ID-magazine Isamaya Ffrench to create LEGO masks like weird outgrowths on the models’ faces." For the most part, I'm trying to decipher if this is about the construction of human's DNA, a comment on consumerism, a way to save money instead of crazy elaborate masks, or maybe someone just likes Legos. It's the latter of the latter.

Design Process: Analog vs. Digital

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In the past few years of my professional design career I have often pondered over what it might be like to design without the modern tools I have been provided. Would I ideate, sketch, or build my concepts in the same manner? Would my way of thinking about a project be different because of the tools I utilize to create it? Would famed designers like the Eames or Le Corbusier have taken the same steps and been so dramatically influential if they were in a modern era?

David Molesky "Riot" @ the Fridge, Washington, DC

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
This winter, Fridge DC presents Brooklyn-based artist and frequent Juxtapoz contributor, David Molesky, for his second solo exhibition in the US Capital. Drawing from this past year’s widespread upheaval, Molesky has shifted his focus from the turbulence of natural elements to riots. In these recent works, Molesky paints the iron-willed who share supporting roles with crawling fire and billowing smoke. No oppositional force is present in any of the compositions; only a dark abyss appears to be on the receiving end of hurled stones and Molotov cocktails. These paintings are portrayals of humans and elements collaboratively expressing an intense longing for change.

Rainer Elstermann’s “Old Masters”

Photography // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In his series “Old Masters”, German artist Rainer Elstermann uses photography to recreate some of the most iconic portrait paintings from the past six centuries. From Da Vinci to Reubens, Elstermann draws inspiration from these classic works to breath new life into each painting through his photographic reinterpretations. 

The “Radiance” of Yellena James

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Yellena James just opened a new exhibition, Radiance, at LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland, CA where she’ll also be painting a new mural. Her seascape floral work is detailed, rich and delicate, with a colorfully luscious vibe. In her own words: "My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment... 

Lakwena Maciver @ Papillion Gallery, LA

Street Art // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Street artist Lakwena opens a solo show at Papillion Gallery in Los Angeles on January 17, 2015. Have a look at some of her recent murals and get pumped for the show, and stay tuned to see how her work transforms inside the gallery space. 

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