Juxtapoz // Friday, April 10, 2015
Takahiro Hirabayashi, a traditionally trained Japanese painter, uses age-old techniques in his contemporary portraits while combining a morbid sci-fi element in his breathtaking work. Hirabayashi’s whimsical characters seem to be barely surviving in a beautiful post-apocalyptic world.
Illustration // Friday, April 03, 2015
A couple of years ago Japanese twitter user @Kya7y was looking through her father's attic and found an incredibly detailed maze that her father had created 30 years prior. She pressed her dad, Kazuo Nomura, a Janitor at a public University, for details and he explained that it ook him 7 years to draw the 33" x 33" maze. Now, after some pleading from his daughter, Kazuo has begun drawing another maze.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 01, 2015
We have been doing a ton of research in lieu of our trip to Tokyo, and we were looking into aritsts of the Nihonga style, and ran across the contemporary artist Ikenaga Yasunari that we have writting about. From our last post: Born in 1965, artist Yasunari's serene and soothing portraits of modern women evoke a dreamy nostalgia through their faded golden hues and elegant floating poses.
Juxtapoz // Friday, March 27, 2015
The Floating Flower Garden is an installation of over 2,300 living flowers taht float up and down in relation to the movement of people in the space. "When a viewer gets close to this flower-filled space, the flowers close to the viewer rise upwards all at once, creating a hemispherical space with the viewer at its center...
Erotica // Friday, March 20, 2015
Its Friday. Maybe you had a long week. Maybe you have been at SXSW on the party circuit and need a glass of water. Maybe you are in NYC and looking for Spring. Maybe you just want to see some classic dark and erotic photography from Japanese artist, Yoshihiro Tatsuki. All of the above, the former, the latter, and enjoy.
Juxtapoz // Monday, February 23, 2015
As one of the oldest forms of body modification, ritual scarification and tattoos have been found on mummies dated to the 2nd millennium BCE. In Japan, irezumi (the insertion of ink into the skin) existed as long ago as Neolithic times. Over the centuries, the practice has assumed multiple forms and carried with it a myriad of meanings...
Design // Thursday, February 12, 2015
One of the most well-known, influential, and transcedent artists of post-war Japan, Tadanori Yokoo has one of the best styles of psychedelic, meets graphic design, meets poster art, meets traditional printmaking you will ever see. He has had numerous retrospectives over the years, and recently was shown at the Iwate Museum of Art in Morioka, Japan.
Juxtapoz // Friday, January 23, 2015
We've shown you the work of Japanese sculptor and woodworker Yoshitoshi Kanemaki before. We checked back in recently and found that she has shared some photos of her process, from giant trunk of tree to girl with 12 heads... enjoy.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tokyo-based florist-artist Azuma Makoto, who previous project included lifting a 50 year old Bonzai into space, has created an exhibition that observes the changing life of flowers than have been frozen in water. With a wide assortment of plants, Makoto places the frozen blocks in different environments. As the ice begins to melt the flower blossoms will change shape and a glowing effect takes place.
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.