The Work of Hiroshi Manabe

Illustration // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Hiroshi Manabe (1932-2000) was a Japanese illustrator who created these surreal images from the 2001 retrospective book 'Stroll Into Imagination'. Manabe is one of the most famous illustrators of the postwar period. He was extremely prolific as a book cover designer, illustrating the covers for many sci-fi novels for writers such as Shin’ichi Hoshi and Yasutaka Tsutsui, and was outspoken on various issues, authoring numerous of his own nonfiction pieces.

Hair Drawings and Installations by HONG CHUN ZHANG

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
China-born, Kansas-based artist Hong Chun Zhang has a fascination with hair, whether large format charcoal drawings of hair that extend to the floors of a gallery, or her Hairy Object series that puts hair in absurd situations, the work is both well-rendered and fascinating. Some people feel repulsed by a clump of hair, and Zhang embraces it.

The Work of AMTK

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
'As two artists working together, we attempt to keep a practice which allows a shifting and challenging exchange for each of us. Processes of negotiation, cooperation and sabotage lead to paintings which are nudged in certain directions but ultimately take a form of their own. These are things that neither of us would make alone, which seem to arrive through accidental intersections of our intentions..'

Andy Gilmore's Retinal Orchestra

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Rochester-based artist and wizard Andy Gilmore turns math into art, creating hypnotizing geometric patterns that are heavily influenced by patterns that abound in nature and music. These kaleidoscopic creations translate the mathematical abstractions that govern the organic, the aural and the visual, and it's no wonder he has received a lot of well-due attention for these brilliant works of art and equation.

Alberto del Pozo's Saints of Santeria

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Alberto del Pozo's "Oricha Collection" depicts the principal gods and goddesses that comprise the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria in lavish, stunning detail. The Orishas can be traced back to the 19th Century slave trade, when thousands of Nigerian citizens were taken from their Yoruba homes to be sold as slaves in the new world. In Cuba, the slaves were introduced to Catholicism, resulting in a new blend of Yoruba and Christian beliefs. The Yoruba gods were then identified with Catholic saints, and allowed many generations of slaves to practice their religion under the guise of Christian liturgy. This new religion came to be known as "Santeria," or "way of the saints."

Eyedrop Art by You Si

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
You Si, a Beijing artist, explores new possibilities of ink painting by using eyedroppers to deploy colors and ink onto a flat surface, a kind of Eastern Jackson Pollock. Chinese Art has a long history of ink painting, yet You Si is reinventing this centuries-old tradition by shifting his tools and technique. His works are bursting with dynamic forms, suggestive of flowers petals, cells, amoebas, jungles or supernovas. Titles include "The Passage Between Space and Time," "Evolving Garden" and "Wave in Outer Space," evoking a kind of psychedelic otherworld. He describes his paintings simply as "mental universes."

"The Beatles in Comic Strips": A Collection of Comic Book Apperances

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Beatles are ubiquitous. John Lennon may no longer be with us, but his voice still echoes on radios, CDs, record players, and computers across the globe. It's no wonder that the fab four have made a whole book worth of comic strip appearances, all of which are riddled with beautiful illustrations and imaginative adaptations of the pop music masters.

The Third Eye of Emma Kunz

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Emma Kunz was a healer and visual artist who has only broken into the art world posthumously. Her images are reminiscent of Buddhist maps of the universe--mandalas--and many have noted that to see them correctly you must appraise them with "your third eye." Originally they were created to be placed on the floor next to the clients the artist was seeing; they functioned as therapeutic tools rather than pieces of art. Kunz was said to have been telepathic and even divine, and discovered a "healing stone" that is used today in herbal medicine. 

Benjamin A. Vierling's Mythical Portraiture

Illustration // Monday, January 13, 2014
San Francisco born artist Benjamin A. Vierling's works are created using egg tempra and oil pigments mixed together, a method employed by masters of the 14th and 15th centuries. Benjamin specializes in mythical portraiture and his works are collected around the world.

Aimei Ozaki's Painted Succulents

Illustration // Monday, January 13, 2014
This series by Aimei Ozaki entitled Baudelaire is likely named after French Poet Charles Baudelaire who's most famous work Les Fleurs Du Mal translates to 'The Flowers of Evil'. Her pieces capture the subtle beauty in the color spectrum which succulents produce.

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