Jeanyves Lemoigne is a Genius

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 15, 2009
To hell with cupcakes, the work of Jeanyves Lemoigne literally makes us salivate. This incredibly talented and visionary photographer launched his new website this month and we’re happier than a pervert in a porn shop because Lemoigne’s new work is simply insane. Today’s wish (for that genie we always try to get into contact with): to come back in our next life as Jeanyves Lemoigne. Need we say more?

Snagging Banksy

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 13, 2009
How do you get your own piece of Banksy magic? You take a chainsaw and cut away the section of city wall containing his original imagery. Duh. Well, at least that’s what some clever cats in Jamaica did to get their paws on one of Banksy’s Balloon Girls. Considering how much Banksy’s stuff has been going for at auction, we’d say these Jamaicans are pretty damn clever and we know Banksy would be right behind them, cheering them on. Read the back-story online here.

Photos: Alex Pardee's "Letters From Digested Children"

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 12, 2009
Bummed you missed the opening of Alex Pardee's (Juxtapoz cover #79) Letters from Digested Children at FIFTY24SF Gallery? You should be. That ish was insane. Like, really insane. There was a massive line out the door, monster cookies to be eaten, and dope artwork to be viewed. Oh, and if you were patient, Alex took the time to sign autographs, and even draw personal monster sketches, for each and every loyal fan. Now that’s rad. Enough of how amazing it all was, the show will remain on view through January 29, 2009 but if San Francisco is out of your reach, take a look-see at some opening night shots over here…    

"MiniaTurk" aka Insanely Detailed Models of Infamous Structures

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 08, 2009
Cool, some photos of legendary buildings…oh, but wait. That person to the left seems to be rather large in comparison. Either we’ve entered a land of giants or those buildings aren’t really buildings but miniature models. “Görmeyenler için Türkiye'nin minyatürü: MiniaTurk appears to be a Turkish hobby of building impressive, large, and highly detailed models of famous buildings,” writes Juxtapoz curator, Greg Escalante. “This appears to be some installation of their projects.” A huge and visually arresting installation, to be exact. Just check out that detail, we can’t even imagine how long is must take the creators of these structures to complete this work. “I'm bumming that Google Translate won't do Turkish,” Greg continues. “They do Latvian and Slovenian but not Turkish. Sup wid dat?” Good question. In any case, further photos of the models here don’t need much translation; they’re simply awesome.

High Heeled Ice Room by INSA x Ben Rousseau

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 08, 2009
Taking their collaborative work to a whole new level, INSA (Juxtapoz #96) and designer Ben Rousseau have recently returned from 3 weeks in the arctic circle, where they were invited to create one of the artist suites in the legendary Ice Hotel in Sweden. In a continuation of their shared love of high heel aesthetics, the room's main feature is two huge snow legs descending from the ceiling, wearing a pair of gigantic ice heels. Sexy. Each heel, at over six feet high and two tons in weight, was hand-carved from pure natural ice harvested from the Torne River. Between the legs is the bed, crowned by an ecclesiastical arched window featuring an engraving of one of INSA's signature line patterns. The rest of the room resembles something between a house of worship, gallery, or boutique with more iconic arches housing smaller heel sculptures and other symbols of commercial wealth. In temperatures as low as minus 35 degrees and taking just under 3 weeks to complete, this suite, along with the other amazing rooms at the Ice Hotel, is now open for guests to check out. Bring your jackets or a really, really hot date to check out the frosty room; or just take a peek at more photos the pair passed our way here…

Studio Visit with Alex Pardee in Preparation for Letters From Digested Children

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 02, 2009
Our homeboy Alex Pardee (Juxtapoz cover #79) recently allowed us to come crash his studio and get a sneak peek at his newest work (one of our favorite pieces is shown below) for his upcoming solo show at FIFTY24SF Gallery, affectionately titled Letters From Digested Children, which opens this Thursday, January 8, 2009. Not only is Alex extremely talented and intelligent, but he’s also super nice and down to earth. Just our kind of artist! We made our way from our hometown of San Francisco over to his studio and Zerofriends art collective compound in Novato, California, which is about 30 minutes north of SF. Upon entering his studio, we were immediately greeted by typical Alex goodness: crazy masks, huge murals, colorful paintings, and oh yeah, the artist himself. Do join us on a journey through the world and mind of Alex Pardee in our studio visit with him over this way…

Mini Retro Synthesizers by Dan McPharlin

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Anything miniature is always better than its normal-sized counterpart. Take, for example, these mini retro synthesizers by Australian illustrator and designer Dan McPharlin. Not only are they tiny, but they’re retro, and shockingly accurate. Created entirely of paper and cardboard, they kind of remind us of when we attempted to fashion an entire dollhouse, complete with furniture, out of index cards because a parent (who shall remain nameless) refused to purchase us a real dollhouse. Yeah, tough (yet creative) times. Uhh anyways, we’ll give Mr McParlin a bit more credit, as his mini synthesizers feature insane detailing, right down to the switches, knobs and wires all part of the life-sized equipment. As an old, and very brief, college roommate used to say (who shall also remain nameless), that's "just precious." See more mini retro synthesizers, and other goodness, now at

Augor & The Seventh Letter Do Art Basel Miami Beach

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The Seventh Letter (Juxtapoz #78) was definitely well represented at this year’s Art Basel, as Revok, Reyes, Saber, Krush, Augor, Retna, and Mac all got some sick work up on the walls of Miami. One of our favorites is this piece by Augor. This guy’s style just keeps getting better and better. As if his illegal billboard ad-busting work wasn’t dope enough, it’s insane to see what this cat can accomplish given more time and an environment free of the fear of arrest to really show off what he can do with aerosol. 


Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 02, 2008
São Paulo, Brazil is known as one of the roughest and most vibrant cities in the world, and it’s reputation as a global epicenter for some of the most up and coming artists grows daily. To prove it, take a look at this insane video Retna posted on his blog of local Brazilian graf kids covering massive buildings in pixação, a type of graffiti lettering native to São Paulo. Scaling ledges stories above city streets as onlookers gape in awe? Damn, these guys don’t mess around.

Studio Visit with Jeremy Fish in Anticipation of Ghosts of the Barbary Coast

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Mr. Jeremy Fish (Juxtapoz cover #71) calls San Francisco home, so it makes sense that this 'City by the Bay' should serve as the inspiration for his newest (and arguably most exciting to date) exhibit, Ghosts of the Barbary Coast, opening next Thursday, December 4, at Fifty24SF Gallery. Juxtapoz caught up with Fish at his studio in San Francisco's North Beach, a neighborhood steeped in both diverse history and energy. After an almost 5-hour visit and talk about the rich SF history that spurred the creation of Fish's newest collection, we came away with not only a new appreciation for the city that both Juxtapoz and the artist call home, but also for Fish's incredible new work. The paintings, sculpture, and installation work that Fish completed for Ghosts of the Barbary Coast truly takes a bold step away from past work by the artist...and we like it. Complete with sculptures carved in Indonesia and paintings inspired by the harlequin days of old-school San Francisco, it's safe to say that Jeremy Fish has truly stepped it up (another) notch in Ghosts of the Barbary Coast.


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