Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 19, 2014
We recently featured Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang and his solo exhibition The Ninth Wave with a boatload of 99 fabricated animals on the Huangpu River. On August 8th the show opened with a bang – quite literally. His other pieces are an explosive series of gunpowder drawings titled Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Each representing a season, they are porcelain reliefs decorated with gunpowder then ignited at an event by Cai, which created a large gathering of spectators. A contemporary take on traditional Chinese motifs, beautiful details of nature emerged from the explosions and smoke highlighting delicate and intricate details made by the artist and the natural process taken.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 19, 2014
"Artist Louise Despont uses architectural stencils to create intricate pencil-on-paper drawings in her home and studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Working between a small desk and her bedroom floor, Despont’s daily practice, with a limited set of tools, yields surprising discoveries...
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 17, 2014
We are enjoying the drawings of Stockholm-based artist Oskar Korsár this morning. Oskar's female figures occupy commonplace settings awkwardly. His style and imagery reference his own experiences between the ages of 8 and 16 living in a Mongolian yurt in the forests of Northern Sweden.
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2014
Based out of Portland, Oregon, Jason Graham works full time as a tattoo artist at Grizzly Tattoo. However, inbetween zapping people and enjoying delights the city has to offer, he hides away to paint and draw stunning compositions with eccentric juxtapositions (usually with Frasier on loop). Using solely India ink on watercolor paper, his pieces evoke a flash tattoo style utilizing bold black lines and integrating geometric patterns.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 27, 2014
We always enjoy checking in with New York artist Aurel Schmidt. Her highly detailed quirky, dirty, and disturbing yet humorous works always make us smile. Banana dick? Cabbage vagina? Ginger foot? That is such a pretty head of pineapple hair!
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 23, 2014
Jake Scharbach grew up in the woods of Washington State without electricity. With his sister, they passed their time creating, making and enjoying art, so it’s no wonder he grew up to be as prolific as he is.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Lis Kula aka Alek Morawski is a Bay Area native creating fantastically whimsical illustrations. SInce graduating California College of the Arts he now lives in Poland, focusing mostly on illustration and mural paintings he is inspired by Eastern European cartoons he used to watch as a kid. Painting imaginary worlds and translating dreams to painted pictures he entertains with eccentrically quirky figures throughout his portfolio...
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 19, 2014
This morning we take another look at Matt Rota, an award-winning illustrator based in New York and an instructor at institutions that include the School of Visual Arts and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Matt paints almost exclusively in watercolor, creating complex and engaging narrative landscapes.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Those who know Kurt Vonnegut as one of America's most beloved and influential writers also know that his doodles and drawings were often included throughout his books, our favorite being The Breakfast of Champions. When he wasn't writing, he doodled. Compiled by his daughter, this book brings together the finest examples of his funny, strange, and moving drawings in an inexpensive, beautifully produced volume for every Vonnegut fan.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Fiona Tang is a talented Vancouver-based art student who creates large trompe l'oeil optical illusion drawings. "Despite my parents disapproval, I have stuck to and fought for my art. I love sketching, to the point where I will catch myself looking at my surroundings as sketches. Art is not only my passion, but also my outlet and therapy; it always manages to cheer me up."