“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.

Kris Kuksi's "Churchtanks"

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 07, 2014
We are enjoying Kris Kuksi's latest series of Churchtanks. Kuksi is an American artist whose work has been shown at over 100 exhibitions worldwide including Art Basel, Pulse, and Scope. He has said that through his art he hopes to expose his audience to the awareness of the fallacies of man. "...much of mankind in the World today is elastic and fragile being driven primarily by greed and materialism."

Photographic and Sculpture Works by Yang Yongliang

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Chinese artist Yang Yongliang studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy before starting his career as an artist with the goal of "creating new forms of contemporary art." Yang has since created several series of incredible landscapes using photography and digital manipulation, commenting on the pace of urbanization in modern China.

Tuomas Markunpoika Creates Beautiful Vases Using Hundreds of Pencils

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 27, 2014
Finnish designer Tuomas Markunpoika has created a series of beautiful vases carved from hundreds of pencils glued together. The vases are coated lacquer and beeswax and epoxy resin to make them watertight.

Skeletal Sculptures by Monika Horčicová

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 25, 2014
We will forever have a strong connection to our bodies and the skeletal structures that maintain our human structure. Seeing it recreated is a fascinating spectacle, since we can’t see the ones we possess. Monika Horčicová, a Czech sculptor and installation artist prints 3D skeletal pieces to create very surreal juxtapositions with ligaments and backbones nakedly exposed. The repetitive cycling pattern presents itself as morbid mutations of our inner constructions leaving us looking back for more.

'Unity' and other Installations by Bohyun Yoon

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 17, 2014
We are enjoying the work of Virginia-based artist Bohyun Yoon this morning. In his installation entitled, Unity, Yoon suspends fragmented pieces of dolls, somehow creating shadows of a line of people in suggestive poses. See more of his work after the jump...

Tara Donovan @ Pace Gallery in Chelsea, NY

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 12, 2014
It is crazy how inorganic materials, when assembled in such a way, transform into organic shapes. Tara Donovan has famously wowed many with her innovative sculptures. Using ordinary objects in a repeated fashion, such as index cards and plastic rods, Donovan successfully emulates mountains, hives, and other natural configurations. Her self-titled show at Pace Gallery’s Chelsea, NY features two large-scale works which, “the artist continues to explore the phenomenological effect of work created through the accumulation of identical objects”

Takahiro Iwasaki Sculpts Scenes Out of Human Hair

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki creates urban landscapes using everyday objects such as duct tape, toothbrush bristles, bath towels, and now human hair. For this exhibition by Kawasaki City Museum and the Open Museum Project, Iwasaki recreated old industrial Kawasaki using cloth fibers, human hair, and dust.

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