Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 17, 2015
For his third solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Stephen Ives dives into a raw purgative interpretation of death and fate on the personal as well as grand human scale. Drawing inspiration from the iconic equestrian figures of classical Europe, their heroic portrayal of Great Men and the symbiotic relationship with their mounts carrying them unwittingly onward, Ives attempts to create moments of truth expressing the corruption and purity of the human situation as well as the diminutive nature of our endeavours.
Illustration // Saturday, May 31, 2014
'James Jirat Patradoon (born 1985) is an Australian Artist/Illustrator. He creates character driven visual art, born of fictional worlds of borrowed imagery that act as distorted mirrors to our reality, mashed-up and remixed to create new stories. Inspired by the fashion and costume of black metal music, gangster rap, professional wrestling, sci-fi films, and superheroes, James' work is an irreverent take on the stoic nature of macho pop culture.'
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 21, 2014
Lionel Bawden constructs elaborate and fluid sculptures strictly with Staedtler pencils. As it is noted on the Australian artist's site, "Bawden’s core practice exploits hexagonal coloured pencils as a sculptural material, reconfigured and carved into amorphous shapes, mining the material’s rich qualities of colour, geometry and metaphor."
Illustration // Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Louise Zhang's brilliantly psychedelic abstractions are mind-numbing meditations on the vagaries of color. Great fields of purples and pinks gradate into intestinal tracts of neon viscerae, the cosmos and the microscopic all coming to mind in a candy-sweet cacophony.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 04, 2014
We love this series of faces composed of pieces of plastic toys by artist Freya Jobbins. Freya was born in Johannesburg, South Africa but grew up in West Sydney, Australia. She see's the toy assemblages as her humorous side and her print making as her 'voice.'
Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 28, 2013
Originally published September 19th, 2013: These fascinating photos come from archives of the Sydney police between 1912 and 1948. We are in awe at either the intentional or unintentional artistic sense of whoever the policeman/photographers were in the police department! One of our favorites is the man who refused to open his eyes...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Story via ArtDaily, as we have embarked on a plane journey to Miami: Australian psychedelic artist Martin Sharp, a founder of the controversial Oz magazine who designed posters for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, has died aged 71. His death on Sunday, after a long struggle against emphysema, was confirmed by artist and friend Garry Shead, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 20, 2013
This seemingly never-ending staircase titled Diminish and Ascend is the work of artist David McCracken. Part of Bondi, Australia's annual Sculpture by the Sea event, the installation is an optical illusion that plays with perspectives and from certain angles appears to continue endlessly into the clouds!
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The all-popular Mr. Potato Head gets a fantastic makeover with Melbourne-based artist Stephen Ives series of sculptures, "Mr. Dictator Head." The artist's other plastic toy figures are often humorous, sometimes disturbing (as re-assembled toys often are) and always imaginative and inspired.
Graffiti // Thursday, November 07, 2013
The 3-day graffiti and street art festival, Wonderwalls kicks off tomorrow in Wollongong, Australia. To no surprise, the event will feature many large-scale walls being painted, but also several artist talks (including Q&A) and an art exhibition. This will be the second year for the festival and they have put together a great lineup that includes artists such as Askew, Sofles, Vans the Omega, Roach, Twoone, Shida, Fintan Mcgee, Sirum, Treas and many more.