Cai Guo-qiang: The Ninth Wave

Juxtapoz // Saturday, July 26, 2014
Cai Guo Qiang is opening a show through The Power Station of Art in Shanghai, titled The Ninth Wave from August 8th to October 26th. A monumental and impactful installation of a fishing boat from the artist’s hometown of Quanzhou carrying 99 fabricated animals down the Huangpu River. Tigers, pandas, camels and apes cover the tiers of the worn ship, appearing weathered and dreary as hunched figures in fatigue. Guo Qiang took visual inspiration from Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky’s 1850 painting, which illustrates survivors of a terrible shipwreck, hanging on for dear life with overt expressions of weary souls who battled the woes of nature and its unforgiveable forces, blatantly communicating human helplessness in the wake of mother earth’s blows.

Takayuki Ogawa's 3D Oral Alphabet

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 25, 2014
Horrific, eerie, frightening, and strange Takayuki Ogawa freezes the alphabet in time with oral expressions as three dimensional clay moldings. Oral:phabet is grotesquely and disturbingly realistic displaying mouths, teeth, lips, and tongues but revolving around the portrayal of each letter uniquely. Ogawa designed the English alphabet with inspiration from emotions, as was the motivation for his graduating thesis from Tama Art University. 

Wire Sculptures by Robin Wight

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 23, 2014
One of the most magical elements to the creative process is being able to conceptualize your imagination. Robin Wight does a spectacular job capturing this in his Fantasy Wire sculptures. Depicting a struggle between fairy and dandelion, the ironic scenario of such a delicate and fragile plant against a magical creature is beautiful to behold. Done with superb craftsmanship and displayed in its rightful natural environment, Wight creates dazzling masterpieces that are blissful to enjoy.

Katsumi Hayakawa "Void and Solid"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa explores diverse notions related to space and perspective in VOID and SOLID, a new way of world making, his first solo exhibition in Spain. Hayakawa’s architectural sculptures, made out of varying paper densities, represent the human-made structures covering earth's surface. His attention to detail is apparent in the cuts and folds.

Ai Weiwei @ National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Ai Weiwei just opened a sculpture exhibition at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. The work, entitled Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, was seen in the past in front of the Plaza Hotel by Cenral Park in NYC. The twelve bronze sculptures have been around the world, but  for the first time they have made their in Mexico.

The Cloud: An Interactive Lamp and Speaker System

Design // Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user's presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement.

Sculptures by Edoardo Tresoldi

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 08, 2014
These meticulously woven sculptures of wire depict a frozen moment in time. Edoardo Tresoldi returns us to emotional moments almost like referencing a photograph, but with life-sized and larger meshed figures. So ephemeral they place a ghostly stamp on the places we’ve been and the situations we’ve experienced.

“Liberty Leading the People”

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 08, 2014
At the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) 2014 Annual Student Exhibition in Beijing is this hand-painted larger-than-life plaster sculpture. A graduate student of CAFA, studying figurative sculpture, created this piece in reference to the notable painting ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by French painter Eugene Delacriox commemorating the July Revolution of 1830. Relative to history, this pop art and kitschy piece heightens our awareness as consumers of the media in any society. This is a universal problem so…July Revolution of 2014?

Ren Ri Sculpts with Bees

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Based out of Beijing, Ren Ri is an artist and beekeeper. Titled ‘Yuansu II’, his series features sculptures he collaborated on with bees. Cleverly using a method of chance, Ren rolled a die to determine the next position for the transparent plastic boxes every week. This guaranteed spontaneity and mystery in both party’s actions. Inside at the center of every structure, the queen bee resides while the worker bees build around her. A beautiful collaboration with nature while referencing the biblical concept of creation, Ren pushes the third dimension to ethereal heights.

Surreal Work by Pedro Friedeberg

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 07, 2014
Apart from being an artist, Pedro Friedeberg has also invented several styles of architecture, one new religion and two salads. He was born in Italy and now lives in Mexico where he works to criticize the absurdity of things through his paintings, sculpture, design, furniture and architectural fantasies. Pedro was featured in the December 2011 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.

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