Swell Move

On March 29th, Juxtapoz, UNIV and Chandran Gallery are putting on a special auction and exhibition benefit for Waves For Water, an organization on the ground in the Philippines, mobilizing an urgent clean water disaster relief initiative in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Here’s a look through the benefit boards.

‘Massimo’

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A print based off of the centerpiece of VIZIE’s recent show is now available for sale online

Keepin’ It Crude

Jacob Ovgren is one of the main artists behind Polar Skateboards in Europe. In his current show SEX (Sick Emotions X-ibit) at Beach London, he extends his graphic drawings onto paper and explores awkward moments of humanity in his own fun way.

Work available here

Tonight.

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Erik Brunetti & Jesse Edwards in a show presented by Vito Schnabel & PM Tenore at 43 Clarkson Street. Opening reception from 6-9pm.

Printables

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Christo by Barbara Rose

He wrapped monuments, government buildings, coastlines, islands. Now the artist is preparing for possibly his most ambitious projects to date, including what may be the biggest art structure in the world.

Morning Dose of Balance

Wes Anderson // Centered

Flash Us: Daniel Albrigo

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For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Daniel Albrigo sent us the above. Daniel tattoos out of Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn, and you can follow him here.

Zio / @zioxla

Painting Letters in a Word Store

Stephen Powers at The Strand

Book signing and Q&A on March 25th

Be Captain of the Party Boat

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RVCA’s ESPO Crash snapback

Installation View: FAR OUT!

This group show featuring Peter Saul, Erik Parker and Jamian Juliano-Villani is on view at Marlborough Chelsea through March 22, 2014.

Printables

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Art World Places Its Bet by Carol Vogel

Oscar Murillo Keeps His Eyes on the Canvas

Gentlemen of Letters

A Dublin Sign Painting Film

Who Gets What? A Hypothetical Situation Involving Rappers at Ben Eine’s Art Show

 
Not sure why I am considered one of the preeminent scholars for hypothetical rapper scenarios, but I seem to get paid a decent amount of money to write about what I think rappers would and wouldn’t do within certain hypothetical situations.

So when I was asked to guess which rapper/singer would buy which of these amazing pieces of hand painted typography I found it was a lot harder than I thought. Since the artist didn’t do one that said “YOU DONT GOT THE ANSWERS SWAY” I had to actually use my own brain power to figure out this turnt up typographical conundrum in a timely manner.
 
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Ben Eine’s “Heartfelt” is on view at Judith Charles Gallery in NYC through March 16th

Modern Toss: A Decade in the Shithouse

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Modern Toss are brilliant, so supporting this 560-page “ball-breaking hardback collection of timeless classics and exclusive unseen cartoons” is a must.

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Graphic Reality: Rafael Grampá’s Art Comes to Life in His Collaboration with Absolut

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For #NEXTFRAME, Absolut Vodka collaborated with Brazilian graphic novelist Rafael Grampá on an innovative, interactive project that transformed select ideas from the brand’s online community and translated them into film. From 2D concept to 3D completion, Grampá worked closely with Absolut, and Red Knuckles—the UK animation studio that brought the Gorillaz to life back in 2005—to realize the project. Now complete, the film and an accompanying exhibition of drawn works from the graphic novel will be on view this month (March 2014) at the MADE space in the heart of Berlin. Here, we speak with the artist about his background and the process of turning dreams into reality.
 

With Absolut’s Next Frame project, you’ll essentially be co-writing a story with online users, then turning it into an animated film. How did this collaboration come about?

Absolut invited me to take part in the global campaign, and during our first conversations they already told me that they had the idea of doing collaborations with artists on special projects. Next Frame emerged after a lot of meetings, and during that whole time Absolut always stressed that this project would be completely my own, as author.
 

 
How has working with a large brand like Absolut helped push your work forward?

When you do a project of this scale with a lot of talented people involved from many different places, an artist can’t help growing in his craft.
 
Can you explain the process of your work? How do you come up with the ideas for your characters and their appearance?

That’s exactly what this short animation is about: where ideas come from. I think people are the instruments of their ideas, that we’re the servants of those ideas in this world. Just as the purpose of a spade is to dig holes, ours is to bring our ideas to life in this world. But a spade doesn’t dig a hole on its own; it needs a strong arm to use it.

This film asks the question: Are the ideas that we have really our own or are we merely instruments in the hands of unknown forces? The name of the film, DARK NOIR, makes reference to Plato’s Theory of Forms, which says that our reality is merely a dark shadow of an intangible reality made up of ideas. From that starting-point, I created Vincent Black, a mysterious guy who has the gift – or the curse – of seeing the beings that live in this other reality, the World of Ideas. These beings are the Daimons, who plant ideas in humans’ minds, using us to carry out their whims in the material world. And in the end, the film ends up being a metaphor about the creative process and each character represents an element of that process.
 

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Lunchtime Laughter

The Anti-Corporate Student Art Class

Morning Dose of The Comic That Frenches Your Mind

Bruce Bickford

Never a Dull Moment

The art of Mort Künstler

It Felt Like a Kiss

By Adam Curtis

Put some headphones on and immerse yourself.

“The story of America’s rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and Amercia pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the world and in peoples mind.”

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