Liqen's New Work in Okinawa, Japan

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.

Mini Japanese Paper Cities by Yumiko Matsui

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.

The Work of Japan's ? (Hi)

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.

100,000 LED lights down the Sumida River, Japan

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.

Sumo by Paolo Patrizi

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.

Preview: Kenji Nakayama @ Woodward Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 04, 2012
The Lower East Side’s Woodward Gallery will open Kenji Nakayama’s first New York solo exhibition by the Japanese Boston-based artist, simply titled “Kenji Nakayama.” This widely anticipated exhibit of new works will be the most extensive showing of his art to date, featuring photorealistic, hand-cut stencil, spray enamel, acrylic, and mixed media paintings.

Essu @ Look Gallery

Graffiti // Wednesday, May 02, 2012
On a recent trip to Japan among all the visual bombardment of lights and advertising, the stickers of Essu were a definite standout walking around. Detailed and ornate, there isn’t much like it in Tokyo.  Well, Essu is having a show tonight at Look Gallery and if your there, go!

PEZ: Magic Box in Harjuku, Tokyo

Juxtapoz // Sunday, April 22, 2012
The universal language of this video, produced by Mountain Dew in Japan and involving a Magic Box event going on in Harajuku, Tokyo this weekend, is skateboarding and the artwork of former Juxtapoz featured artist, PEZ. The SF-based graffiti artist has his famed pyramids and color style animated for each skater to navigate around.

Sand Sculptures @ Tottori Dunes, Japan

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 12, 2012
Focusing on the theme of “Great Britain” in preparations for the London Olympic Games, a team of talented artists created a massive sand sculpture exhibition at the Sand Museum located in the Tottori Dunes of Japan. Many of the sculptures represent themes such as Shakespeare and Sir Isaac Newton, English pubs, London taxis, and Big Ben and Westminster.

Back Talk: A conversation with Fumi Nakamura

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Fumi Nakamura was born in December 1984 in a small town called Shimizu outside of Shizuoka, Japan. Fumi grew up surrounded by beautiful mountains and the ocean and this environment has had a lasting effect on her work. She will open a new exhibition, Our Hands Will Eventually Destroy Everything Beautiful, at Thinkspace Gallery this Saturday, March 31st.

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