"Lucid Stead" in the California Desert by Phillip K. Smith III

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 25, 2013
Deep in the Joshua Tree National Forest, in the deserts of California, artist Phillip K Smith III has created a stunning installation/optical illusion called "Lucid Stead." As Bustler notes, "With some mirrors, LED lights, custom built electronic equipment, and Arduino programming, Smith transformed a 70-year-old homesteader shack into an architecture piece that complements and contrasts with its peaceful environment throughout the entire day."

Photographs of Abandoned Toy Factories

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 14, 2013
Who doesn't like photographs of old, abandoned factories and what's creepier than decaying children's dolls and boxes of plastic limbs? This collection of photos features various abandoned toy and doll factories from around the world. Get your fill of disembodied doll heads and decaying buildings after the jump...

Watch: Mark Wagner "Money is Material"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 14, 2013
We've featured the currency collage work of Brooklyn-based artist Mark Wagner before. Wagner sees the dollar bill as "the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America." Using his well known collage skills, the artist has created some intricate and fantastic currency collages using the dollar bill. This morning we take a look at this beautifult video of the artist by The Avante Garde Diaries...

Tom Waits & John Baldessari, October 2013

Vault // Thursday, October 31, 2013
Seeing that it is Halloween, and Tom Waits dressed in a mask for our October 2013 cover story, and he played his first concert performance in a half decade this past weekend at the Bridge School Benefit in the Bay Area, we wanted to share the October 2013 cover story conversation between Tom Waits and John Baldessari. Their talk did have its own mysteries, own storylines, so it seems absolutely appropriate to read this story today. 

Digital Art by Zeitguised

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Established by American sculptor and fashion designer Jamie Raap and German architet Henrik Maule, ZEITGUISED pushes their own rules onto computer aided by art by creating a dense universe parallel to motion graphics, drawing heavily from fashion photography, sculpture, installation and architectural set design. In the twisted worlds of ZEITGUISED, surface phenomena are the content and unstable structures of color, shape and spatial motion become narrative and protagonist at the same time.

Pieter Hugo's "There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This morning we take a look back at one of our favorite photographers, Pieter Hugo's series There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, a series of close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom call South Africa home. Through a digital process of converting colour images to black and white while manipulating the colour channels, Hugo emphasizes the pigment (melanin) in his sitters' skins so they appear heavily marked by blemishes and sun damage.

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.

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