Juxtapoz // Monday, July 28, 2014
Belgian artist Evelyne Axell (1935-1972) invented a genuine proto-feminist perspective on Pop Art iconography in the 1960s and early 70s. Axell was an acclaimed theater and film actress and screenwriter, before she turned to painting, tutored by the Surrealist René Magritte. The female eroticism in Axell’s work constituted a challenge to art world conventions of her time.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Swiss artist Felice Varini has painted curved strips onto buildings and streets in Hasselt, Belgium that create a picture of overlapping rings when viewed from a single vantage point.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 04, 2014
One of our favorite artists of the moment is Belgium's Brecht Vandenbroucke. In fact we have liked Brecht's work for years, but we are stirring something up with the artist at the moment, getting to know him better, and have been looking at his newest works and they are just fantastic. His exhibition earlier this year at Galerie Martel had a fantastic sense of both fine art and comic book sense of humor, a bit of New Yorker meets R Crumb style and wit. Get to know, and enjoy, Brecht Vandenbroucke.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 03, 2014
With our Juxtapoz Psychedelic book and psychedelic-themed March 2014 issue out over the past month, we have been enjoying our research and look into more new psych influenced artists from around the globe. Belgium's Ellen van Engelen is the newest to hit our radar, who creates work in the vein of late 1960's Beach Boys' album cover art.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 02, 2013
We are enjoying the work of Antwerp, Belgium-based artist Christiane Vleugels this morning. Christiane creates incredibly detailed oil paintings.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 29, 2013
This incredible sculpture of a Mercedes V12 engine is constructed from 53 different materials hand-forged from 35 master craftsmen around Morocco. Eric van Hove spent nine months dismantling an original Mercedes engine and creating reproductions of 465 parts and 660 bolts using everything from bone to wood and terra cotta. Amazing!
Juxtapoz // Friday, July 12, 2013
Belgian artist Phil Akashi is also know as the 'seal artist.' He uses the traditional East Asian Seal as a medium in his artwork to forge a new artistic language linking East and West, placing the past in the service of the present. Most recently he fixed a Seal to the knuckle of a boxing glove, dipped it in cinnabar paste and began punching a wall with the Chinese characters for 'freedom,' eventually forming a giant portrait of Nelson Mandela.
Music // Friday, July 12, 2013
In this rather fantastic video for Belgian star Stromae, a kid has a fake plastic dad and music and dance make things come alive but only for a short period.... The chorus, "Papa, où t'es?" means "Pa, where are you?" and we'd explain the rest of the lyrics to you if our French was better... The video is directed by Raf Reyntjens.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 11, 2013
This was a great thing to see this morning, some wonderfully nostalgic illustrations from Belgian artist, Anton Van Hertbruggen. They look like old LL Bean catalog illustrations, showing both outdoor and classic wilderness scenes that look straight out of a time machine. Come to think of it, if LL Bean was looking for an artist . . .
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 27, 2013
The last time we posted the work of Wim Delvoye he had intricately carved car tires. This time he is taken to laser-cutting decorative architectural structures in a Gothic style. A Gothic dump druck? We like it. Some of his works act as clean, smaller models for larger sculptural installations made from heavy and untreated steal that takes on a rusted, "aged" look.