Ai WeiWei Releases Heavy Metal Music Video

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This morning rebel/activist/dissident/badass Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released a heavy metal single and music video on his website. The video and song, entitled Dumbass, features re-creations from his 81 days of detention. Also portraying the rock star fantasies he imagines his guards having, Ai Weiwei told the Guardian that his country was one of "crazy menace and inhuman conditions" and that the video shows an "inch-accurate" recreation of the cell, down to the wallpaper. "...stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker. The fields are full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere... Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible." - Dumbass

Photographs by Ren Hang

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 17, 2013
Beijing-based photographer Ren Hang's images are uncensored, erotic, dirty, raw, somewhat deranged... you get the point. His work is censored in China but he has a growling list of international shows. He's pretty badass and doesn't seem to have a limit, and the images we chose are even toned down a bit compared to some of the others on his website which you should check out. They cast light on an otherwise shadowy Chinese underground youth culture, where lust and indulgence run as rampant as anywhere else in the world

Caution: Penis Under Construction

Street Art // Monday, May 06, 2013
China’s position on censorship is undoubtedly strong on a range of serious and silly issues, so it’s surprising that the world’s largest penis is currently being “erected” there. Well, no purposely. Some scaffolding and a certain angle can create an interesting perspective when looking at the future headquarters for the Chinese newspaper, The People’s Daily. Predictably, photos of the building have been censored many places online, particularly in China. 

Illustrations by Siyu Chen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Chinese illustrator Siyu Chen. Currently living in Germany, Siyu works designing books, magazines, and newspapers after receiving her MFA at The School of Visual Arts.

The 30th Annual Weifang International Kite Festival

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Every year in Weifang, in the Shandong province of China, an international kite festival kicks off attracting worldwide attention. The festival has been hosted there by one of the three main kite-making schools in china since 1984. Chinese and foreign kite master perform stunts and spectacles to amuse thousands of visitors. This year will be the 9th 'World Kite Championships,' with teams representing dozens of countries participating. 

Preston Scott Cohen's "DaTong Library" is Under Construction

Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 20, 2013
Boston-based designer and architect Preston Scott Cohen's design for the Datong Library in China is currently under construction. The 'grand architectural gesture' is a book ramp, which ties four floors of books together. Aircraft design software was used to realize a complex skin that envelopes the 'dramatically soaring tectonic form.'

Huang Yan Paints Song Dynasty Landscapes on the Human Body

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 11, 2013
In his latest series, Chinese Landscapes, Beijing-based artist Huang Yan emulated traditional painting styles from the Song Dynasty on the human body. By using the human body as a canvas, Huang has reinterpreted a traditional practice and reinforced 'Taoist concepts that imply a sense of harmony between man and his environment.'

Watch: Li Hongbo Explains How He Makes His Flexible Paper Sculptures

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 25, 2013
We have posted Li Hongbo's amazing flexible paper sculpture before and were always curious how he made them. In this visit to his studio, we learn his original inspiration for the sculptures and get to see a few parts of the process. Video after the jump!

Book: Chinese Graphic Design in the Twentieth Century

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Scott Minick and Jiao Ping's book Chinese Graphic Design in The Twentieth Century presents a stunning exhibition of modern graphic design in China from posters and advertisements to book covers and magazines.  

More Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 08, 2013
We featured Chinese book designer Li Hongbo's incredible honeycomb-inspired flexible paper skull a few weeks ago. He has also been filling galleries with larger-scale, vibrant constructions fashioned from the same complex paper patterns.  

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