Parra "And Wait for Something to Happen" @ Ruttkowski 68, Cologne

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Always a favorite in the Juxtapoz office, Parra just opened a new solo show at Ruttkowski 68 Gallery in Cologne, Germany, titled And Wait For Something to Happen. The show features 11 paintings, 11 drawings, and porcelain editions made in collaboration with the great Case Studyo. The work again shows the Amsterdam-based Parra's bold, powerful, confident, and simply elegant work, and playful subject matter.

An Absurd Swiss Army-Type Knife from 1880

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 03, 2013
We recently visited the Swiss Army Knife factory and saw their collection of vintage knives. We have also seen the ridiculousness that is the Wenger 16999. This "multi-tool' though tops them all. Created by John S. Holler in Germany around 1880, the knife has 100 functions including shears, an auger, saws, a lancet, cigar cutter, pens, straight razor and piano tuner. And yes, that is a fully functioning .22 caliber five-shot pinfire revolver you see there.

Fabian Oefner's Magnetic Watercolor Photographs

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 27, 2013
Earlier this year we showed Fabian Oefner's vibrant series of high speed photographs of spinning paint. This morning we are taking a look at some of this other projects including his equally vibrant Millefiori series where he uses a magnetic solution called ferrofluid mixed with watercolors. The iron particles of the substance form black channels separating watercolors from the ferrofluid...

The Photography and Performance Art of Claudia Rogge

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Not quite sure why everytime we see a group of people in dark clothing and masks we immediately think Eyes Wide Shut, and the fantastic, mass-oriented, fine art photography of Claudia Rogge does just that to us. The German photographer shoot individual subjects, and then digitally arranges them to create a sense of mass participation and performance. 

Morphogenetic Freehand Drawings by John Franzen

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 16, 2013
When working on what he calls morphogenetic freehand drawings, German artist John Franzen starts with begins with one straight line and then one by one another right next to it. Over time, the tiny, inevitable imperfections in his otherwise straight freehand lines become amplified as he continues to add them. The series and project is called "One Line One Breath." Watch a video after the jump...

Wood Carvings by Mario Dilitz

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Mario Dilitz is avery talented sculptor who combinestraditional sculptural knowledge and technical skills with contemporary issues, Mario manages to both manifest and unite contradictions that occur in human nature. His life-sized sculptures are created through a process of destruction and then construction, giving the high quality laminated wood a 'new form of stability, which wouldn't have been possible in its natural condition."

Agostino Arrivabene "To Pathei Mathos" @ Panorama Museum, Badfrankenhausen, Germany

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Agostino Arrivabene "To Pathei Mathos" retrospective exhibition at the Panorama Museum in Badfrankenhausen, Germany is composed of 125 works, mostly paintings (miniature to large) and drawings, etchings and sketchbooks. During the opening, Arrivabene guided visitors through the chronological layout, giving explanations of ideas, symbols, themes, and techniques. The thorough instruction on the works was rich with interesting anecdotes.

12,000 Toy Soldier Peace Sign by Ole Ukena

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 17, 2013
German conceptual artist Ole Ukena creates humorous and intriguing works of art, interweaving a variety of media including text, video, photography, drawing and sculpture. They could be described as bound by a common thread of complex simplicity. From his peace sign constructed of 12,000 toy soldiers to his bench made of nails and reading "trust," Ole's work frequently uses language, whether it be symbols or actual text, to build riddles 'that await completion in the viewer's mind.'

Edward Steichen's "The Family of Man" To Go Back on Show in Luxembourg

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Edward Steichen's post-war 1955 exhibition "The Family of Man" was seen by more than 10 million people and changed the world of photography. Steichen gathered 503 photographs from 273 different photographers around the world at a time when a lot people didn't have access to TVs or magazines. "It was like seeing the world for the first time." Now the exhibition will go back on show in a castle in Luxembourg after nearly three years of renovation.

The Work of Gerhard Mayer

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Nuremberg-based artist Gerhard Mayer creates large-scale paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures, and wallpieces. His wallpieces are creating using China ink and his own unique mathematical rules. Having been interested in elementary particles and physics for a long time, his work is made following strict regularities. 

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