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.
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!
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!
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.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Shanghai's "One City, Nine Towns" plan was a government project to build 10 satellite cities, each with it's architecture copied from a different European country. It has now become a trend, a 'national pastime' to build replica western cities. Bianca Bosker has dedicated a recent book to researching the Architectural Mimicry in detail. The copycat communities are often brick-to-brick copies of historical European buildings. While some of these cities are occupied, many, such as the replica Paris, are ghost towns. Watch a video after the jump...
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 06, 2013
As part of the book Do It: The Compendium, a colleciton of famous artists' instructions for art anyone can make, the celebrated Chinese artist, and one of our favorites, Ai Wewei has provided us with a tutorial on how to, well, spray one of those hard-to-reach surveillance cameras...
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 01, 2013
We've shown the work of Chinese artist Yue Minjun before. The artist's iconic smiling self-portraits always make us very happy and little creeped out at the same time. Minjun recently presented his first major european exhibition at the Fondation Cartier Pour L'art Contemporain in Paris through March of this year. The paintings are large, vivid, and sometimes grotesque, expressing 'an ironic and disillusioned vision of the social and political situation in contemporary china and of the human condition in the modern world.'
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 15, 2013
Guangzhou, China-based artist Wang2Mu uses typically only red and blue ballpint pens for is incredibly detailed illustrations. Many of his pieces explore both childhood nostalgia and the domestic culture of Ghuangzhou.
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.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 11, 2013
As part of his exhibition at Mass MoCA in Massachusetts, Chinese artist Xu Bing has contructed two 12-ton birds out of construction site debris among. Both nearly 100 feet long, the birds fill the museum's Building 5 and are illuminated via a network of lights built into the sculptures. The exhibition will be up through October 27th. Watch a video after the jump...