Juxtapoz // Monday, August 13, 2012
Yamamoto Motoi hails from Hiroshima Japan where he worked in a dockyard until he decided to commit full-time to art production at 22-years-old. Based on his "Return to Sea" project alone, it seems that Motoi has made a good choice. After his sister had passed away from brain cancer, Motoi made a series of installations that quite literally flatten the patterns and channels within the brain by rendering them in poured salt.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Getting things for free is always fun, and its always fun to get things for free that go to a good political cause/protest. Iconic Japanese artist, Yoshitomo Nara (a 2x Juxtapoz cover artist), has granted his fans the opportunity to download his NO NUKES girl work and use it in protest of the Japanese governments decision to restart two nuclear reactors at the Oi power plant in Fukui Prefecture.
Juxtapoz // Friday, June 29, 2012
We are on a kick of fantasy art at the moment, and we have long been fans of the work of Japanese great, Tiger Tateishi, a surreal master who depicts hidden and mysterious frameworks in each of his works. Although he passed away in 1998, the artist left behind an imaginative body of work that would make our founder, Robert Williams, proud.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 27, 2012
We have been fans of Japan's Hideaki Kawashima for years, and his standout exhibition, Turning, at Richard Heller Gallery last year had some stunning works. Of course, when we read that the artist had studied under Nara for a few years and had also spent a two years as a Buddhist monk, the intense and focused serenity and influence in the works made us enjoy Kawashima even more.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 26, 2012
There is a mutal consensus between ourselves and the readers of Juxtapoz; we love sketchbook viewing. But rarely do we get something that blends sketchbooks and a bit of optical trickery. Not only does Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki show you his sketchbooks, he creates a 3D effect that is a simple but exciting illusion.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 14, 2012
Spanish muralist, Liqen, who was featured in our printed April 2012 issue, traveled to Okinawa, Japan last month leaving traces of his handy work around the island. One mural done with a roller depicts a tiny atomic cloud in the palm of a hand and in another part of Okinawa faces were painted on a collection of cinder blocks.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Dioramas of any kind really make us pay attention, and perhaps that is because it brings out the grade school in all of us. NYC-based Yumiko Matsui has made the grandest of dioramas, an entire Japanese city created in a mini-paper version. Not only does she create the busy advertising and bustling skylines, she even creates the illuminated night billboards.
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 25, 2012
The work of Japanese artist ? (Hi) is nothing short of mesmerizing. The illustrations and completed works are rendered digitally, leaving dreamy, ill looking young men, clad in an explosion of pastel geometric fireworks, bruises and pattern work- as if stuck in some bizarre dream state after waking up from a beautiful plague induced coma. Gore-gous.
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 14, 2012
Incredible visuals in the Sumida River in Japan. As part of the inaugural Tokyo Hotaru festival a few weeks ago in Japan, the festival was kicked off with this awesome display of 100,000 LED lights, made to resemble fireflies (aka, hotaru). The Sumida River runs through central Tokyo.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
This series starts with a great description: It’s the only sport where being obese is encouraged. That is probably pretty close to the case, but Japan-based photographer Paolo Patrizi's series is so much more than just documenting Sumo wrestling. It uncovers a bit of the myth, and puts a face to the behind-the-scenes life of a sumo wrestler, and their odd place in popular culture.