Michael Johansson: "Real Life Tetris" Studio Visit + Exhibition

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This past winter, Michael Johansson, famous for his "real-life Tetris" public and museum installations, opened "Familar Abstractions" at Vigeland Museet in Olso, Norway. During the preparation for that show, our friend and contributor Henrik Haven caught up with Johansson at his studio in Malmø, Sweden. Even in his space, everything has a place, in its right place.

"Mobile Mirrors" by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 20, 2013
Thought your disco ball was cool? Artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen created a series of four mannequins decked out in shards of mirror for her exhibition Mobile Mirrors at Christian Larsen gallery in Stockholm, Sweden. "The mirror surfaces of the mannequins turn our gaze back onto ourselves, forcing us to become aware of our own bodies and consumption habits..."

Mercedes-Benz and the new CLA's "Untamed" Installation, Paris

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 17, 2013
Countless Instagram photos are created every second. Photos that reflect particular points of view in the life circumstances of different people.But which motifs are really unique? Mercedes-Benz and the new CLA were looking for Instagram photos with that uniqueness. That are new. “Untamed”. Users from all over the world were asked to take part and upload their extraordinary views from their personal Instagram photo stream in sets of three. The idea behind this: the #Untamed Score showed how distinctive the style of the user’s photos was compared to those of others.

Watch: Sonic Water by Sven Meyer & Kim Porksen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Some pretty trippy stuff happens when you add mystery substances to water in a speaker... Media artists Sven Meyer & Kim Porksen latest Sonic Water installation sees water in small containers act as flexible 3D sculptures that "translate sounds into kinetic imagery through the use of light and speakers. The water containers produce wave patterns that "react like forces of nature, reproducing identical vibrational patterns found in the tones of the solar system." Woah.

Nonotak Studio's Installation Hypnotizes and Traps Vistors in a Light Prison

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
The light installation Isotopes v.2 by Nonotak Studio hypnotizes visitors with moving lights, attracting them to the center of the installation. Then, the rhythm and the intensity of the lights continually become more aggressive until they generate immaterial barriers: "it's easy to get in but neigh impossible to get out." The catalyst and inspiration for the project is the Fukushima nuclear disaster and it is meant to echo the way humans approach nuclear power. Watch a video after the jump!

Jane Alexander "Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)" @ The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 09, 2013
Juxtapoz will be headed to NYC this week for all the festivities around Frieze and the surrounding art fairs. But one thing we will definitely be checking out is Jane Alexander, cover artist of our Contemporary African Art survey in November 2008, and her installation work with Museum for African Art that is residing at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue.

A Steamroller Music Box and Knitting Machine by Dave Cole

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 09, 2013
Dave Cole re-appropriates existing "tools "gives them a new purpose. For his The Music Box piece, the artist dismantled a 22,000 lb. steamroller, refabricating more than 80% of it and converting it into a fully functioning music box. Watch a video after the jump of his Knitting Machine piece. Helping two excavators knit an American flag looks like a tedious, long process. And don't miss his jackhammer orchestra…

Barbara Kruger, November 2010

Vault // Wednesday, May 08, 2013
News broke last week that NYC-based fashion staple, Supreme, was suing women's fashion line, Married to the Mob, for a copyright infringement based around the logo/graphic "Supreme Bitch." What many in the art world already understood is that Barbara Kruger, now a professor at UCLA and world renowned conceptual artist, was, and we say this gently, robbed of her style by Supreme with their now iconic logo. Kruger would never go on record saying she created the idea of a red box with Futura Bold Oblique look, but, well, she did. This is our cover story with Kruger from November 2010. 

Assault Rifle Graphic Illusion Made From Ping Pong Balls

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Michael Murphy's latest optic illusion- type installation titled Damage is made from 1,2000 hanging ping pong balls, painted black and must be vewed from a specific angle. When viewed from the correct angle, the hanging balls resemble an assault rifle. The artist is known for his optical illusion-type works that, when viewed from the correct angle, stap into place. "Guns are fetishized in the U.S.," the artist says, "Many, many Americans love guns. I'm creating a giant gun. I just want people to keep talking about guns [and] why we should have guns. Communication is necessary because I don't see any sort of solution being proposed."

Watch: "Zigzagging" Pattern and RGB Light Installation by Carnovsky

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 06, 2013
In addition to the RGB Fabulous Landscapes (which we posted earlier) where specially printed digital frescos changed depending on whether natural, red, green, or blue light was applied, Carnovsky was also commissioned to create a installation for Missoni. Titled, Zigzagging, the installation uses geometric motifs, and fantastic patterns with similar, changing, flashing RGB lights. We suggest you don't watch the video if you're epileptic…

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