Paintings and Performance Art by Olivier de Sagazan

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Congo-born, France-based artist Olivier de Sagazan integrates painting, photography, sculpture and performance into a very unique hybrid practice! His existential performance series, "Transfiguration," involves the artist building layers of clay and paint onto his face and body and then shedding them to reveal "an animalistic human who is seeking to break away from the physical world." 

Shrink-wrapped People by 'Photographer Hal'

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 11, 2013
In Tokyo-based photographer Hal's "Flesh Love" series, couples are blanketed in a plastic sheet to create a vacuum-sealed pack of love. As the result of probably seeing too many Law & Order episodes where victims are either discovered in plastic bags or murdered using one, these photographs are making us feel a bit uncomfortable...or maybe we just have a deep fear of suffocating.

Syncretism by Cesar Santos

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 07, 2013
Can you combine Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Hello Kitty? Cesar Santos can. The Cuban-American artist weaves together complex and divergent art forms into single paintings. "In a suggestive and theatrical way I seek to raise questions, to entice one to probe the imagery that I present and attempt to decipher its meaning."

"Risqué {dirty little pictures}" @ Long Beach Museum of Art

Erotica // Friday, September 20, 2013
The curatorial child of artists Jeff McMillan and Nathan Spoor and museum director Ron Nelson has been born today at the Long Beach Museum of Art in the group exhibition, Risque {dirty little pictures}. After over two years of gestation out popped an incredible collection of erotic/perverse works by 40 artists who were  invited by the trio to create works within a 8x10 format. A gorgeous catalog and T-shirt by RVCA with Glenn Barr's image commemorates this gathering of artistic vision.

Eric Yahnker "EBONY & BENGHAZI" @ Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 11, 2013
One of the most interesting, irreverent, humorous, and talented artists working in galleries today has to be Eric Yahnker, who controls a colored pencil and critique of pop culture better than anyone. The May 2011 cover artist just opened a brilliant new show, Ebony & Benghazi, at Ambach & Rice in Los Angeles, featuring both massive colored pencil works on paper, installation pieces, and apparently, a naked woman hanging out in the gallery. 

Fore-Edge Painting, Scenes Painted on the Edges of Book Pages

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Fore-edge painting is 'a way of hiding a painting on the edge of book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out.' Dating back to the 1650s, it is demonstrated in these wonderful GIFs showing the edge of an 1937 book titled Autumn. Some books even have double for-edge paintings, with different ones appearing depending on the directio you flip the pages!

A Ballerina Dances with Daggers on Her Shoes

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 28, 2013
This video performance by Javier Perez features a ballerina whose shoes are extended by a set of sharp kitchen knives. She dances and twirls until reaching exhaustion, fighting to maintain balance on the lid of a grand piano. "The ballerina appears as an eerie figure expressing effort, sacrifice and pain in her strive for perfection. Both fragile and cruel..."

Underwater Photographs By Wayne Levin

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 26, 2013
Wayne Levin shoots beautiful black and white film photographs of all things underwater and aquatic. From surfers to incredible schools of fish, Levin captures an eerie and mysterious underwater world. 

Forgotten and Abandoned Monuments in Former Yugoslavia

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 16, 2013
Photographer Jan Kempenaers toured the countryside of former countries that made up Yugoslavia and documented old, forgotten monuments. Many of the monuments are WWII and concentration camp memorials commissioned by president Josip Broz Tito in the 60s and 70s. Following the fall of socialism they were and remain abandoned and forgotten.

Update: Anatomical Surrealism of Valerio Carrubba

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 02, 2013
If Salvador Dali lived today and really wanted to get into the medical profession but wanted to keep his artistic chops, we get a gut feeling that his work could possibly go in the direction of Milan, Italy's Valerio Carrubba. We have always wanted to coin a term such as "Anatomical Surrealism," but now we sort of want to call Carrubba's work "Anatomical Surrealist Landscape" painting.

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