The Work of Igor & Marina

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 23, 2014
We are loving the work of Russian-born husband-and-wife team Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova. 'Characterized by a remarkable fusion of seemingly discordant elements: past present, figurative and abstract, traditional and avant-garde,' their work together features Renaissance-era figures floating over backgrounds of cryptic text and pattern 'while areas of intricate, realistic detail coexist with expanses of layered color.'

Images From Russia’s First Fashion Magazine

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 03, 2014
In addition to luxurious illustrations and advanced Constructivist models, the magazine offered an overview of current European trends, in which the Soviet control system saw “vestiges of capitalism.” The fashion magazine’s first issue was its last. If not for the excesses of Soviet censorship, Russia would now have its own Vogue and Harpers Bazaar all rolled into one.

The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 12, 2014
This unique archive documents Russian criminals' tattoos and their coded meanings. Included in the collection are more than three thousand tattoo drawings made by Danzig Baldaev during his time as a prison guard between 1948 and 1986. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society...

Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters from the 1920s—60s

Design // Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The Soviets were really good at making poster art in the form of propaganda, so good that even the most horrible messages had a begrudgingly nice look. But we have to say, when the Soviet graphic artists wanted to tackle anti-alcohol subjects, they make it damn effective.

It's Not Milk Paintings by Ivan Alifan

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 07, 2014
This series is an exploration of the modern gaze; of ambiguous figurative paintings that are revealed and transformed within the act of the individuals' views. These portraits are not an attempt to render physical characteristics but rather create a language of underlying sexual subtexts. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewer's exploration of their psyches and provokes self awareness...

Valeriy Klamm’s Window into Everyday Russian Living

Photography // Monday, February 24, 2014
In 2009, Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm created an online webspace and blog where over 60 Russian photographers ranging from photographic dabblers to award-winning professionals could post their own images capturing the true essence of everyday living throughout Russia. The project, which is titled “Moles on the Map”...

“(Non-traditional) Matryoshka Dolls” by Alex Chowaniec

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 10, 2014
I first met Alex Chowaniec 4 years ago when we were both showing in a pop-up gallery in San Francisco. Now both in NY, we swapped studio visits on a winter afternoon. I was excited to hear about her project questioning cultural traditions in contemporary Russia.

Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen @ GRAD, London

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The 1920s saw the advent of new and radical graphic design created to advertise silent films across the Soviet Union. Film posters of this era have become masterpieces in their own right, produced at a time when innovative on-screen techniques were being incorporated into the design of advertisements. Some 30 works will be on display at the Gallery for Russian Arts and Design in London from January 17th to March 29th, 2014.

The Works of Valery Barykin

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 05, 2013
We are quite sure we don't fully understand what the texts say in these illustrations of Valery Barykin, but something we do understand, and something we are fascinated by are the odd pseudo 1950's situations and poses in which the Russian artist shows the women in his works. Add the camera phones with a series of works that are highly influenced by the communist posters of former Soviet Union, and it just get weirder.

DIY Camera Rig Captures Close-ups of Snowflakes

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Using a board, screws, some tape, a piece of glass and an old lens from a Russian camera, photographer Alexey Kljatov created an inexpensive DIY camera rig to capture beautiful close-ups of snow flakes!  
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