Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Based out of Tokyo, Japan, Ryohei Hase expresses a definite darkness in his illustrative and realistic works. He describes the theme of his work as sad and gloomy, but also beautiful and strong; he is working to express the darkness of the mind. The artist was featured and interviewed in the magazine in 2009.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
These images, taken from scrolls produced during the Japanese Edo period (1603-1868), depict he-gassen or "farting competitions." Yes, that's right, farting. According to the website Naruhodo, "Similar drawings were used to ridicule westerners towards the end of the Edo period, with images depicting the westerners blown away by Japanese farts."
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 26, 2014
For all our friends in the Pacific Northwest... when your family comes to town for the holidays, go and check out the MR show at the Seattle Art Museum/Asian Art Museum in Seattle. Live On, which is organized by SAM, presents Mr.’s art of the past 15 years and is his first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum. Born in 1969, Mr. is a protégé of Takashi Murakami, internationally acclaimed icon of Japanese Pop art. He borrowed the name “Mr.” from “Mister Giants” (Shigeo Nagashima), the superstar clean-up hitter of the postwar Yomiuri Giants baseball team.
Design // Tuesday, November 18, 2014
During the mid-70s there was a series of posters in Tokyo that featured appropriations of iconic western icons and promoted proper subway etiquette. The posters ran from 1974 to 1982 and were the work of Hideya Kawakita, a graphic designer who had a huge imace on the image of Tokyo's subway.
TAKASHI MURAKAMI "IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW" @ Gagosian Gallery, West 24th StreetJuxtapoz // Wednesday, November 12, 2014
From the sounds of it, the new Murakami show is quite personal and a deep meditation on life and mortality in the face of the great earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. He recently told the NY Times, “I used to think of religion as something kind of false and hypocritical, but after the earthquake disaster, I realized in a time like that, religion and fairy tales and things like that are actually a necessity." His newest solo show, "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow," opened at Gagosian in NYC on November 10, and will be seen through January 17, 2015.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Japanese artist Kaneko Tomiyuki was born in Saitama prefecture, 1978. Since childhood, he has been particularly interested in Japanese folklore and the spiritual world. His interest has led him to study in the Tohoku prefecture, which was the birthplace of “Legends of Tono”...
Juxtapoz // Friday, October 03, 2014
Back really long ago, 2013 that is, famed international fashion house Comme des Garcons (who have probably the best store designs of anyone in fashion) teamed up with Nobrow and manga star Katsuhiro Otomo, author of "Akira." Even better, CDG asked Nobrow to mash Otomo's work with other Nobrow artists, creating a comic/manga collage effect that existed on the CDG site. Basically, it looked rad, and we want to show you.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 16, 2014
This morning we take a look at the Illustrations of Japanese artist Soga Kayoko. Soga describes her work as picking up feelings like a 'feeling of wrongness, a feeling of floating, and a feeling of being not cheerfull but not gloomy...'
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 28, 2014
We are enjoying the work of Japanese painter Masaaki Sasamoto this morning. Sasamoto graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1989 and has been exhibiting across Japan ever since.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 07, 2014
Artist Sayaka Ganz creates her sculptures using thrift store plastics. Both her Japanese roots and the Japanese Shinto belief that ‘all objects and organisms have spirits’ heavily influence Sayaka. With those as her starting point, she feels that art arise 'from the passion for fitting odd shapes together and a sympathy toward discarded objects.'