China Re-imagined by North Korean Propaganda Artists

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Presented earlier this month at Beijing Design Week, The Beautiful Future, is a series of paintings made in Pyongyang, North Korea by a handful of propaganda artists. Commissioned by a pair of Beijing ex-pats who run a North Korean tour guide company, the paintings show contemporary China as it could have been, if it had continued with Maoist ideology. "North Korean artists are the best people at delivering a message without slogans." 

Paintings by Lui Liu

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
This morning we are taking a look at the paintings of Lui Liu. The Chinese artist possesses superb painterly techniques with his unique language finding a wide range of audience around the world. Through his paintings, Lui Liu creates a surreal world that transcends cultures and spaces.

Sculptures by Zhang Huan

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Chinese artist Zhang Huan has become well known for his performance art as well as his sculptural works. This morning we take a look through a collection of some of his sculptures including this 2011 piece titled Q Confucius No.2, a 'massive silica-gel, mechanical bust of an unclothed Confucius rests in a rectangular pool.' The sculpture's breast rises and falls as if the object were breathing!

Thrown to the Wind: 36 Feet of Garbage by Beijing's Wang Zhiyuan

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 11, 2013
Beijing-based artist, Wang Zhiyuan, creates towering tornado sculptures from hundreds of plastic containers discarded as trash. The artist’s intent is to create something visually appealing while highlighting the prevalence of litter and pollution in his hometown of Beijing. This particular outdoor piece is entitled Thrown to the Wind and is 36-feet high.

Happy Magic Water Cube, a Waterpark in Beijing

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
That isn't a screenshot from an underwater Pixar film, it is an actual water park in Beijing, China! It is located in the former home of swimming and diving events during the 2008 Olympics, the Beijing National Aquatic Center. Designed by Forrec Ltd., the colorful fantastical world sits in one of the few structures to remain in use and profitable following the event. 

Hyper-realistic Sculptural Installation by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 30, 2013
Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu's often controversial work examines on issues of 'perception, death and the human condition.' Previous installations have used human fat tissue and animals. Their most recent exhibition, If I Die, features giant gel and fiberglass manta rays carrying an old woman through the air followed by a swarm of colorful parrots!

Paintings on Glassware by Rui Gesicht

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 26, 2013
We came across these fun and creative paintings on glassware by Rui Gesicht of faces that look like they are trapped inside. We've been enjoying staring at the bizarre, distorted faces all morning and wishing there were more of them...

Naked Obese Sculptures by Mu Boyan

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 20, 2013
We don't know much about Chinese artist Mu Boyan other than that she paints naked fat men, sometimes very big and sometimes flying through the air. Boyan has a Masters from the Sculpture department at the the central Academy of Fine Arts in China and we are glad we happened upon her work this morning!

Stunning Paintings by China's Zhang Linhai

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 26, 2013
Chinese-based artist Zhang Linhai's paintings are surreal but politically charged pieces of art that take the anonymous, homogenous character and places them in either isolation or repetitive masses. The result is an unblinding support for an ominous power.

Man Builds Mountain Villa on Beijing Apartment Building

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 15, 2013
The story of a Beijing doctor spending the last 6 years building a mountain villa on the roof of his 26-story apartment building with no permission has been making its rounds on the web recently. We can't even begin to comprehend how he managed to get those materials onto the roof...elevators? The addition covers 1000 square meters of rooftop in artificial rocks, real trees and grass. After residents filed complaints for 6 years about leaks, heavy machinery, and noise, the government finally decided to intervene and give the man a whole 15 days to remove it.

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