Ladybird's Requiem by Akino Kondoh

Illustration // Monday, August 12, 2013
Born in Chiba, Japan, Akino Kondoh is an artist and animator known for her striking minimalist compositions, often executed with nothing more than graphite and watercolor. Kondoh as exhibited internationally, earning grants from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, and has also received the support and collaboration of jazz musician John Zorn, who has used her art on his album covers. Her animated short "Ladybird's Requiem" made it to the top 25 list in the biennial showcase "YouTube Play" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Hayato Jome's Eyes of a Child

Illustration // Monday, August 12, 2013
Born in Akita, Japan, in 1955, artist and illustrator Hayato Jome graduated from the Masahino Art University in Tokyo with a major in oil painting. Currently working freelance, Jome's possesses an undeniable connection with the mind of the child, able to empathize with their troubled thoughts and boundless curiosities through his delicate and guileless illustrative technique.

Installations by Chiharu Shiota

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Japanese born Chiharu Shiota is an installation artist currently living and working in Berlin. She uses various everyday objects such as beds, windows, dresses, shoes and suitcases. She explores the relationships between past and present, living and dying, and memories of people implanted into objects. To these she adds intricate, web-like threads of black and red.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo's Haunted House

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Halloween is still a couple of months away but we're already working on our October issue so we’re starting to get in the mood early. The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo has a summer exhibition that looks like a lot of fun! Entitled, Ghosts, Underpants and Stars, the exhibition invites children to disobey normally forbidden museum behavior and interact with seemingly endless hallways, mirrored portraits, and other spooky illusions thought up by Torafu Architects.

Mirai Mizue's A Long Day of Timbre

Illustration // Monday, August 05, 2013
Mirai Mizue was born in 1981 in Tokyo and studied animation at Tama Arts University. He is representative of a budding generation of independent Japanese animators who are taking the artform into new territories of abstraction and eccentricity. With an unabating affection for cells and their strange microscopic behaviors, Mizue uses their mutative powers in every frame as they flow in and out of eachother in rhythmical patterns, eventually overtaking the screen in a strange and hypnotic cellular ballet.

Masahiko Saga's Old World Artistry

Illustration // Monday, August 05, 2013
Based in Kyoto, Japan, Masahiko Saga brings an old world sensibility to his contemporary computer generated works, stylistically fusing the art of ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints, with the modern technology of digital illustration. With one foot in the past and the other placed firmly in the present, Saga's vibrant and complex pieces employ traditional compositions and symbolism with a fresh twist, utilizing the crispness of detail afforded by programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance the sumptuous content of his work and essentially blur the lines between old world craftsmanship and present-day art-making methods.

The Dark Whimsy of Fuco Ueda

Illustration // Monday, August 05, 2013
Born in Japan in 1979, Fuco Ueda graduated from the Tokyo Polytechnic University of Arts Graduate School in 2003. Her fanciful and surrealistic paintings are rendered in acrylics and powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth, and wood, depicting sprightly young girls in fantastic abstract worlds surrounded by vibrantly colored flora and fauna of every shape and size. Her whimsical pieces seem to capture the chimerical sensations of a vivid afternoon daydream, where enigmatic visions are suspended in the floating spaces of the unconscious mind. Ueda has been showing her work in Japan and in the USA since 2000, and she is currently living in Tokyo, Japan.

The Work of Ikeda Manabu

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 02, 2013
Japanese artist Ikeda Manabu begins his process with a giant blank canvas, a small acryclic pen, and no iea what the final piece will look like. He can spend eight hourse a day, for years on a single drawing that spans an entire wall. The incredibly detailed drawings watch traditional Japanese architecture clash with treet roots, water, birds and fish!

The Work of Masami Teraoka

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A few months ago we took a look at Japanese artist Masami Teraoka's incredible Renaissance Remasterings where he put Renaissance painting and Japanese influence into violent contact with contemporary political issues in exapnsive, turbulent compositions. This morning we look back at some of his earlier work which is just as expansive and turbulent, referencing issues from gay marriage, censorship, privacy, AIDS, sexual preference, and many more social and political issues.

Watch: Tao Tajima's Animated Short "Night Stroll"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Japanese artist Tao Tajima created a fantastic animated short. Geometric shapes pop, spin, flash, and slide throughout nightime landscapes of Tokyo. We recommend you watch it full-screen and in HD...

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