Best of 2013: Kohei Yoshiyuki's "The Park"

Photography // Saturday, December 21, 2013
Originally published on April 25th 2013: This morning we take a look at Japanese photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki's series of black-and-white photographs from the 1970s. Using a 35mm camera, infrared film, and flash, Kohei documented people who gathered in several of Tokyo's parks at night for romantic rendezvous and the many spectators that lurked in the bushes to watch and sometimes participate. The photos are raw, voyeuristic and uncomfortable...

Best of 2013: Meticulously Constructed Sculptures by Takahiro Iwasaki

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 19, 2013
Originally published on February 26th, 2013: From delicately carving rolls of tape into detailed landscapes to building towers out of loose towel threads and constructing intricate structures out of toothbrush bristles, Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki takes everyday objects and transforms them into amazing sculptures.

Sculptures by Ishibashi Yui

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
Tokyo-based artist Ishibashi Yui's sculptures are unsettling and beautiful. Her figures seem to have submitted to the plants and branches protruding and growing from their bodies, as if they have accepted their fate and are not sure if they even have the ability to fight or prevent the inevitable.

Update: Paintings by Japan's Ai Shinohara

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 12, 2013
Nothing like a pinata girl or fishes that like to immerse themselves in your chestal cavity to get you through the week. That is what we are dealing with in the dreamy, surreal universe of Kagoshima, Japa's Ai Shinohara, works that show the uncomfortable relationship between humans and nature. Beautiful results ensue with a few new paintings from the artist, we're hoping for more!

Rough Sketches Turned into Real Furniture

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 12, 2013
For his senior thesis exhibition at Tokyo University of the Arts, student Daigo Fukawa created this collection of "rough sketch products," a very clever set of furniture that, well, look like scribbles of...furniture! At first glance they look like digital renderings but they are actual, probably fairly uncomfortable, chairs, tables, and couches.

"Where We Find," Andrew Pommier @ Diginner Gallery, Tokyo

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 11, 2013
RVCA Japan presents a solo art exhibtion of RVCA ANP (Artists Network Program) artist Andrew Pommier. His first solo show in Japan, "Where We Find" opened on Wednesday, December 11th and will continue through December 13th at Diginner Gallery in Tokyo.

Entrance Yourself With RRRRRRRRolling GIFS

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 09, 2013
A mysterious group of super awesome friends in Japan have once again come up with some intoxicating animated gifs. Photographed during their regular routines, these beautifully unhectic gifs hypnotize.

The Light Art of Tokihiro Sato (Correction)

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tokihiro Sato is one of Japan's best known artists working in photography. Trained as a sculptor, he has been using photography since the late 1980s to express his ideas about light and space. In an ongoing series that he describes as "breath graphs" or "photo respiration," tiny points of light or illuminated lines record his movements through space. 

The Work of Japan's 非 (hi)

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 25, 2013
The work of Japanese artist 非 (hi) are rendered digitally, leaving dreamy, ill looking young men, clad in an explosion of pastel geometric fireworks, bruises and pattern work. Mesmerizing...  

Update: The Work of Tenmyouya Hisashi

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 24, 2013
Tokyo-based artist Tenmyouya Hisashi began his career as a contemporary artist after working as an art director at a record label. He calls his work 'Neo Nihonga,' meaning Neo Japanese Painting. This comes from his bringing together of traditional Japanese art with Western learning and Hip-Hop influences.

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