In the Magazine: Hiro Murai

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 16, 2015
Over the last couple of years, Hiro Murai has emerged as a saught-after director for some of our favorite artists including Shabazz Palaces, St. Vincent and Spoon. More recently, Murai was behind Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar’s “Never Catch Me,” Childish Gambino’s “Sober,” and Earl Sweatshirt's "Grief." Whether it’s referencing hyperreal sculptor Ron Mueck or seeking to capture that “slippery, uneven feeling” of dreams, Murai gives us some insight into what feeds his imagination.

In the Magazine: Dabs Myla

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 13, 2015
It’s been a pleasure getting to know this artistic super duo over the past seven years, and I’ve just plain been impressed with them as people—and not just for their koala-jitsu skills. We recently sat down in my studio to catch up and got to talking about everything from the sets they’re designing for the MTV Movie Awards to traveling the world painting large-scale murals. I really can’t thank Dabs and Myla enough for saving me that day.

In the Magazine: Sarah Cain

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 07, 2015
I met the artist Sarah Cain in her studio in Los Angeles where she’s completing work for upcoming museum shows—at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh—plus a solo show at Honor Fraser gallery in LA. We had a rambling conversation about what inspires her work, how she manages her career and what it’s like to be a woman in the art world, all the while nibbling on fresh raspberries and dark chocolate with sea salt. It was just as incredible as it sounds.

In the Magazine: Trevor Wheatley Takes our Contemporary Language Outdoors

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 02, 2015
Trevor Wheatley is a good sport. Throughout the interview process, he entertained my urge to continually and playfully clown on various aspects of Canadian culture (to be fair, American culture got its share). In addition to acquainting me with “The 6,” taking me to eat some of the best phở I have ever consumed and guiding me to a better understanding of Canada’s passion for hockey, Trevor shared his imaginative world of graphic one-liners. 

Issue Preview: May 2015 with Chris Ware

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 01, 2015
The May 2015 cover story feels like a long time coming. A half-decade even, but it was worth it. Chris Ware is not only a cult-followed comic book artist who has transformed the genre with some of the most intricate, progressive storytelling styles we have ever seen. It started with the Acme Novelty Library series, to the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and recently grew to the incredible Building Stories graphic novel. This is what we want to document this month; a true American storyteller.

In the Magazine: Guy Bourdin's Son Sets the Record Straight

Fashion // Thursday, March 12, 2015
Guy Bourdin was a painter and legendary fashion photographer whose style has been pervasively appropriated in pop culture. Mentored by Man Ray, he avoided the limelight, focusing strictly on the creation of arresting pictures. Despite staging surreal mise en scènes for high-end brands like Vogue, fashion was the last thing on his mind. On the occasion of a current retrospective of Bourdin’s work, his son, Samuel, revealed the truth about his father, an artist who is legitimately known as one of the twentieth century’s best fashion photographers. 

Book Reviews: Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 12, 2015
In a roundabout way, we come to new the Phaidon collection, Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life; an “inspirational and practical guide on how to live a creative life written by the world’s most thought-provoking artists.” Abramović, Miranda July, Neo Rauch, and Olafur Eliasson are just a few of the artists who contribute tutorials on artistic processes for the book, and emphasize the creation of personal philosophy. A life book.

Tomoo Gokita: The Unexpected Story of the Wrestler

Vault // Thursday, March 12, 2015
Ahead of Tomoo Gokita's upcoming exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery in LA, we thought we'd share one of our favorite features from 2015, his interview in the March issue of Juxtapoz.

Sieben on Life: Stop and Smell the Sharpies

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 05, 2015
Working as a commercial illustrator for the past decade plus, I've designed hundreds of T-shirts for numerous companies, bands and individuals. But if I had to pick my very favorite shirt that I've ever designed, it would be the one you're looking at above these words. I drew this at my kitchen table when I was 12 years old.

Some Verbal Expressions Concerning the Painting

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 05, 2015
The painting considers this question: Where was the universe made? Fireworks: they are objects like ourselves. They have their existence in the shapes and colors they contain. But they are going to change when lit, as we will change at some moment in our lives, when we change from life to whatever comes next...
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