“L'Erba Cativa (l'an mor mai)”: A Collective performance directed by Andreco

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 13, 2015
“L'erba Cativa (l'an mor mai)” is a collective performance that draws inspiration from some timeless images and words, timeless because of their subversive power. These come from Aeschylus's Oresteia, and especially from the figures of the Furious Erinyes, “those baleful children of the night” that symbolize the impossibility of taming wild nature. Rebellious figures difficult to categorize. Presences as enigmatic and mysterious as the performers of the parade that burst into the Santarcangelo Festival 2015, on Saturday July 18th.

Cai Guo Qiang's Flaming Sky Ladder

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 13, 2015
Despite all life’s twists and turns, I have always been determined to realize it. My earlier proposals were either more abstract or ceremonial. Sky Ladder today is tender, and touches my heart deeply: it carries affection for my hometown, my relatives and my friends. In contrast to my other attempts, which set the ignition time at dusk, this time the ladder rose toward the morning sun, carrying hope. For me, this not only means a return but also the start of a new journey.

The Guardian Made a Brilliant Short Film on the Eighth Man ever to play Ronald McDonald

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
This is just way too good. The Guardian recently went to Las Vegas to visit with the "eighth man" to ever officially be Ronald McDonald. Joe Maggard was McDonald's mascot from 1995 to 2007, and in this short, you see him transform himself from a retired, pool swimming man to a spokesperson for a major corporation. There are so many subtle shifts here, from the Guardian hinting at a lonely existence, to Maggard's own change of personality when speaking about putting on the costume. Brilliantly shot with a most-interesting subject. This is the Chief Happiness Officer. 

Lucien Shapiro "Full Circle" @ RVCA VASF Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 17, 2015
Our friend and artist Lucien Shaprio (featured December, 2015) will be revealing his windown installation at RVCA SF this evening, Friday, July 17th with a live performance with Minka Sicklinger. The Full Circle windown installation and ritual performance will take place at 8:30pm.

The National's Matt Berninger on "A Lot of Sorrow" Box Set and the Art of Repetition

Music // Wednesday, July 15, 2015
On May 5, 2013, Brooklyn-based rock band The National proved not only that practice and repetition makes perfect, but also makes for poignant performance art. Collaborating with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson as part of MoMA PS1’s Sunday Sessions, the band played their three-minute and twenty-five second song “Sorrow” from their 2010 High Violet LP live on stage, repeatedly and continuously, for six hours. Not only did the tableau create a unique perspective on the concept of live performance, but it elevated the band to the fine art realm, as each note painted a veritable brushstroke that delivered contained, almost necessary improvisation. Simply, the project was called A Lot of Sorrow.

The Moss Men

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The backstory: " Since 1397, the so-called 'Moss Men' are walking around the small town of Béjar, Spain once a year." For this series, photographer David Vintiner and art director Gemma Fletcher documented the festival of 'El Hombre de Musgo', and found out, "Camouflaged, they then crawled through the surrounding landscape unseen by the lookouts on the city walls. 

Creatures Made From Old VHS Tapes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 09, 2015
Night forbade by a sunray. Not a bird to be heard, not a herd of grass to clench, no vengeful sun to pray. Mysterious, mesmerizing, onilyrical, the V monoliths, somber giants built by Phillip Ob Rey, shaped as monsters of calm flesh limbs, carved into the lumps of the subterranean, revolve around calm crepuscular sceneries, lunar horizons of a frostbitten Iceland, and question the depths of our unconscious on the After, future of the human race.

Andreco: "Flags Up and Tongues Sticked Out", New Year Eve 2015, Bologna

Street Art // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Since meeting Andreco during Nuart 2014, he has fast become one of our favorite street and public artists. The balance of interventions, performance, environmentally-focused art with just purely beautiful aesthetics makes the Italian artist one of our favorites (and soon to be featured in an upcoming issue). On New Year's Eve a few weeks ago, in Bologna, Italy, Andreco and friends staged "Flags Up and Tongues Sticked Out," a performance piece, with each friend asked to "paint one side of a flag and burn it with the burning sculpture Vecchione in the main square of Bologna for The New Year Eve."

Furniture Bondage by Melanie Bonajo

Erotica // Thursday, December 18, 2014
This work is so awesomely bizarre, we thought it would make for some great holiday dinner discussions, or at least some fun family charade time. As we have mentioned on the site in the past, "Melanie Bonajo's works are collages in real time, performative works that combine multiple eclectic elements in real space instead of the flattened world of two-dimensional images ..."

Body Painting by Pinpin Co

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Exceptional body painting by China-born, Tokyo-based artist who goes under the moniker of Pinpin Co. We don't often post or see a lot of body painting and art that we love, but this is some of the most innovative, stunning, and original work we have seen in quite some time. 
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