Artist Beth Cavener explores the extremes of human emotion and psychology through the articulated forms of animals. The twisting shapes of oversized predatory cats, foxes, goats, and other animals are meant to depict the internal and external human struggles of fear, anger, love.
“On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension, but beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.”
The latest addition to Copenhagen is a brand new mural by RETNA.
Painting in the district of Aldersrogade, the Los-Angeles based artist created yet another beautiful artwork showing some of his signature typography-based imagery.
“I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”
Retna has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language.
Ron English spent the last few days on his cherry picker to work on a new piece in Manhattan for The Lisa Project.
The American pop-artist brought to life one of his signature “Temper Tot” which is a cheeky play on The Incredible Hulk and a wink to his kids Zephyr and Mars. This new Temper Tot was painted on the same wall where the Green version was made a few years ago.
If you are in the area, you’ll be able to find them on 114 Mulberry Street in Little Italy.
With the new school year finally underway, it’s time to give some well deserved attention to your Visual Education department. For the first time ever, Upper Playground is making its entire book catalog on sale for the first week of October. Don’t be tardy, many of these titles are down to the last few copies. This 25% off sale ends at midnight on October 7th. Use promo code: Bookshelf25
Creepy and dark beautiful giants have risen on Iceland’s frozen landscapes. These faceless figures seem like the stuff of nightmares, but take a closer look and you’ll see they’re actually made of a material we’re all once familiar with: VHS tapes.
Artist Philip Ob Rey created the “V” HS Project, an installation/photography project made from discarded and tangled webs of VHS tapes. The haunting creatures were partly inspired as protest against plastic pollution and mass media.
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Ben Eine has been in Chicago this past week to open his show, “The Great Western” with Sickboy and Word To Mother. While in town he’s been busy, getting up a giant mural in the city’s Wabash Arts Corridor’ while also finding time to do a few shutters.
For the massive mural on East Congress Street Eine chose “HARMONY”, which is fitting as the show opened the same weekend as the Lollapalooza music festival.
North Korea is often depicted as an Orwellian police state, with no shortage of photos depicting a cold, gray, concrete-filled landscape taken by tourists to the capital Pyongyang. It looks a little different this time in this photo series by French photographer Hélène Veilleux, all thanks to a warm-tinted filter.
Titled 38th Parallel North, Veilleux’s postcard-like images capture the forbidding, typically Communist-era architecture designed to belittle the individual and emphasize the might of the collective. However, with the warm saturation of the images, there is a certain sense of a sickly sweetness to the scenes, enhanced by the cotton candy-like clouds and the cityscapes with little to no people present.
Nychos is currently in Northern California where he just finished working on a giant piece on the streets of San Francisco.
The Austrian surgeon brought to life a super-sized bat in his signature style showing the beast’s insides and bones structure. The bat is about to prey on a grasshopper which has also been dissected by Nychos. Go and have a look at Howard Street.