Juxtapoz // Friday, February 08, 2013
In most places the manhole cover is tasked with preventing us from falling into the sewer. In Japan, they are also works of art. While the general style and color of the covers remain the same, the imagery and symbols will change depending on which region of Japan you're in.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 07, 2013
Ever dream of having a giagantic Transformers snow fort? Japanese toy maker Takara Toy does. They are building a 65ft x 426ft x 131ft Transformers sculpture made entirely of snow for the the city of Asahikawa's annual winter festival. The structure is made from around 6,000 truckloads of snow and took 250 workers a month to finish.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 05, 2013
For those lucky people in Tokyo, check out Geoff McFetridge's show My Head Disappears When My Hands Are Thinking with Heath Ceramics at Playmountain this week. It runs through this Sunday (17th). Heath is a Sausalito, CA based artisan pottery manufacturer and McFetridge is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and graphic designer whose work has been featured on products from Nike, Stüsy, Patagonia and in Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are.
Juxtapoz // Monday, February 04, 2013
We’ve seen some crazy installations this past year, but this one might be the best yet. Japanese artist Tadsahai Kawamata went all out for the fourth annual Abu Dhabi art fair. Kawamata, created a round tower formed out of thousands of chairs. The piece, entitled Chairs For Abu Dhabi, is a twenty-foot tall sculpture that took five days to complete.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 06, 2012
Amazing illustrative work by the Japanese artist Mika Nitta that I know nothing about. However, with this kind of intricacy, attention to detail and the solid composition and palette that she portrays in her work, all you need to know is that it speaks for itself. Beautiful new find, keep it up young one.
Graffiti // Monday, November 26, 2012
Japan painted this DE crew spell out that says “Death’s Embrace,” accompanied with The Misfits skull logo.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 15, 2012
This past weekend, we made it out to Blum & Poe for a special exhibition by Kishio Suga, one of the leading figures of Mono-ha (School of Things), a group of artists who radically redefined Japanese art during the late 1960s and early 1970s. This is Suga's first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in North America.
Graffiti // Thursday, November 15, 2012
Take this small piece of valuable advice and “Destroy Evidence.” Painted by Japan and Reps of the DE crew.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Japanese illustrator ONEQ melds Japanese and American art styles in her manga-inspired works. Her hyper-saturated portraits of voluptuous women take a cue from a number of influences, from Japanese pop artist Rockin' Jelly Bean to American comic artist Simon Bisley. ONEQ lives and works in Kumamoto, Japan.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Hi (aka Xhxix) is a Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo. "Painting" all of his images digitally on the computer, Hi creates haunting technicolor portraits of men with sullen gazes, dripping skin, and bloodshot eyes. Despite his dreamlike palette and impeccable technical ability, his images feel like excerpts from a trippy nightmare: sad, dark, and ominous.