The Work of Tomoko Konoike

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Japanese artist Tomoko Knoike. Tomoko is a graduate of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts where he studied traditional Japanese painting. He came to prominence through Nihonga-styled surreal [paintings and installations that often feature wolves. He has also worked as a toy and furniture designer!

More Salt Sculptures by Motoi Yamammoto

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 05, 2013
This isn't the first time we have posted the incredible work of acclaimed Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. He has been on a roll lately, travelling around the world creating his labor-intensive salt installations. Prior to his two-week residency at the Monterey Museum of Art, he installed his Floating Garden project at the Mint Museum in North Carolina. Each project involves painstakingly pouring salt in patterns on the floor for several weeks.

Bonsai Treehouses and other Sculptures by Takanori Aiba

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 01, 2013
We like tree houses and we like Bonsai. Naturally, we love Bonsai tree houses. We are also down with Michelin man hotels. Japanese artist Takanori Aiba uses stone clay, epoxy putty, copper line, plastic, and resin among other things to construct these fantastic pieces. Aiba's background includes being an art director for architectural spaces and a maze illustrator. The sketches for the sculptures are also wonderful.

The Work of Meguru Yamaguchi

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 21, 2013
Raised in Tokyo, Japan by fashion designer parents and at the epicenter of the city's street culture, Meguru Yamaguchi was introduced by his parents to a good amount of pop art while also immersed in Japanese Manga. He is a "Digital Impressionist," using portraits of his friends on social media as inspiration, the artist samples elements of painting, collage, acrylics, and spray paint to create colorful and dynamic works "reminiscent of Hip-Hop samplings from the 70s."

Yasuaki Oishi's Negative Space "Reverse of Volume RG" Installations

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 20, 2013
Using translucent plastic sheets and hot black glue, Japanese artist Yasuaki Oishi shapes amazing floating sculptures. His process begins by draping the plastic over some sort of mold, whether it be cardboard boxes, or in the most recent case, a car. He then ties lines of string above the plastic and proceeds to drip the hot black glue down over the string to the plastic. When "mold" is removed, voila! Watch a video after the jump...

Teppei Kaneuji's Plastic Hair Assemblages

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This series by Japanese artist Teppei Kaneuji is entitled Teenage Fan Club. Known for his found-object assemblages, the artist uses plastic toys, scissors, helmets, and in this case, removable hair, gluing them together in bizarrely fascinating and colorful arrangements.

Nakamura Hiroshi's 1950s Protest Art

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 13, 2013
Born in 1932, Nakamura Hiroshi was trained by the Japan Art Alliance as a reportage painter. The Alliance was 'a postwar art group that advocated politically-themed realist painting.' By the 50s, Hiroshi was very involved in depicting protests against the rise of U.S. military bases. He saw himself as a 'reporter at the frontlines' of confrontations, brandishing sketchbook and pencil as opposed to a camera.

Saltworks by Motoi Yamammoto

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Japanese artist Motoi Yamammoto creates stunning installations with one simple ingredient: salt. The large-scale installations feature incredible detail and intricate patterns. When you attend a funeral in Japanese culture, sometimes salt is thrown over oneself as a cleansing act. Motoi's sister passed away at a young age and from this tragedy stemmed the idea of using salt in his work, creating what he calls labyrinths and mazes. Watch a video after the jump!

600 Mount Fuji Sunrises by Yu Yamauchi

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 31, 2013
Yu Yamauchi spent five months a year, for four years living in a hut near the summit of Mt. Fuji. Everyday for those five months he would get up at the crack of dawn to photograph the sunrise from the same location. The result is a stunning series of photographs, aptly titled Dawn, of the Earth waking up. What is most incredible about the series is how different one photo looks from the next. "This space, 'above the clouds,' exists far from the ground where we live our daily lives. It is also a space between the earth and the universe." We may have to watch the sunrise this weekend...

Photographs by Lieko Shiga

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Japanese photographer Lieko Shiga's Canary series combines personal stories from local myths with his own personal memories, feelings and experiences. His process involves floating the printed image in the darkroom just as it is appearing and before it settles, generating not easily recognizable, but incredibly fantastical and meaningful photographs. As FOAM magazine puts it, Shiga's "belief in the transcendent power of the photograph verges on the religious."

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