Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Japanese photographer Lieko Shiga's Canary series combines personal stories from local myths with his own personal memories, feelings and experiences. His process involves floating the printed image in the darkroom just as it is appearing and before it settles, generating not easily recognizable, but incredibly fantastical and meaningful photographs. As FOAM magazine puts it, Shiga's "belief in the transcendent power of the photograph verges on the religious."
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Generally funerals in Japan are a black and white affair, with any color or deviation considered disrespectful. I&S BBDO, a Tokyo-based ad agency was commissioned by Nishinihon Tenrei funeral home to create an unconventional ad. And that they did! "Creative director Mari Nishimura decided to create a real-size human skeleton made from pressed flowers."
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 13, 2013
On Friday night, we stopped by the opening of famed Japanese artist and Juxtapoz cover artist, Yoshitomo Nara's newest body of work at Pace Gallery. Featuring his iconic girl characters, presented in sculpture, painting, and sketches, all spaced wonderfully in three large rooms, Nara continues to be one of the most appreciated contemporary artist in the world.
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!
Graffiti // Thursday, May 02, 2013
In Japan, instead of Section 8 housing for the low-income residents there is Sect housing. Waka waka.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 25, 2013
New York-based, Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama spent his childhood between Japan and America, bring up questions about his national and individual identity. This is reflected in both the style and subject of many of his paintings as he draws influences from both modern art and Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 18, 2013
We're not sure we would want to stand under this installation of 7000 wooden cubes held together by 36,0000 screw-in hooks by Architect and Professor Ken Yokogawa. Fascinated by the way metal chain armor retains its shape and form, Ken spent two years researching and building his structure, that he calls an inverted question-cube, at Nihon University of Science and Technology.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 16, 2013
We weren't quite sure what was going on here until we saw a few different angles of Japanese design studio YOY's latest 'canvas,' two-dimensional-looking hanging furniture pieces. Each piece is constructed out of wood and aluminum and then covered with screen-printed elastic fabric. The 'canvas' is then leaned against a wall and stretches when weight is applied to accommodate the user.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 10, 2013
We love these vintage Japanese magazine ads from the 60s and 70s. The Japanese blog That's Eurobeat has been scanning the vintage pieces since 2007 and has amassed a collection of over 5,400!
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 08, 2013
Musashino Art University on Shodashima, one of the five islands in Japan, celebrated the Triennial Setouchi Art Festival be constructing a mammoth entirely from rice straw donated by local farmers. Displayed in 2012, the straw art is one of the most popular parts of the festival where artists and local residents collaborate on large-scale sculptures.