Once Upon A Town | FALCO ONE

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A Labor of Love – Falko One extends beauty, joy and pride into these small South African villages with majestic elephants blending flawlessly into natural landscapes.

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Once Upon a Town is a project conceptualized by Falko One in 2010 and first executed in Darling, South Africa in 2011. One says the idea of the project is to identify villages and homes that can benefit from tourists being attracted to these murals.

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The environmental street art found in Cape Town and surrounding villages, conceptualizes graffiti (specifically elephants) as an extension of its infrastructure. A positive force of light and love that gives its citizens bragging rights while also honoring their existence and ancestral homeland. Staying true to his name, Falko One’s work captures the Oneness of humanity, bridging the gap of economical oppression with an influx of art and purpose to invigorate economic growth with the agricultural communities that are the “backbone” of the country.

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One is currently painting in South Africa and his mission isn’t done yet. Follow his journey on Instagram.

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The Future is Now | CHEMA64

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Chema64 is an artist from Mexico City, bringing the past and the future to the only time we can experience it, NOW.

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Instead of reliving old patterns, Chema64 “recycles obsolete technology and ephemera” creating visually pleasing aesthetics in multimedia art.

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You may recognize familiar sculptures, video viewing screens and even the Gameboy that was a 90’s one-hit wonder gaming device. But the intersection of obsolete technology and short lived wonders combined, make for the joy and “newness” that resonates with these images.

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Chema64’s funky tunes can be found here.

ILLUSTRATIONS OF FILM ICONS BY NAN LAWSON

Nan Lawson is a self-taught illustrator from California. Nan enjoys drawing quirky and nerdy things and characters, which are often inspired by hipsters, cult television shows, and flea markets.nan lawson, illustrations, film icons, star wars, star trek, illustrator, california, upper playground, pop art, artist, art, drawing, game of thrones, x-files (6)nan lawson, illustrations, film icons, star wars, star trek, illustrator, california, upper playground, pop art, artist, art, drawing, game of thrones, x-files (2)

Featuring a range of Wes Anderson’s characters, popular figures from fandoms such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, X-Files and Harry Potter, Lawson’s artwork mimics cartoon characters from Japanese culture.

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AUDIENCE INTERACTION HELPS CREATE THESE MILKY PORTRAITS BY BEN TRICKLEBANK

Filmmaker and photographer, Ben Tricklebank explores the humanistic need for control through its illusory existence in technology. Endec, his current exhibit at the Gazelli Art House in the United Kingdom, is comprised of two installations, one of which is a new series of photographic prints featuring a female figure partially submerged, yet fully coated in marbled, milky-white fluid.

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The swirls of black dye ripple around her body and simultaneously controls, and is controlled by, the motion of a light reflecting pool where audience members can effect the speed and direction of the ripples. This symbiosis of struggle and accord between the figure and the liquid allows the creative process to shape the unexpected outcome of each ‘canvas.’ As one image on display states: control is an illusion and illusion is control.

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The second installment of the two-part exhibition is also named, Endec, and will be a short film deriving inspiration from the installation and photographic series to follow. Alongside Tricklebank’s solo exhibition, concepts of control, surveillance and security will be examined in a group show featuring artists working with VR (virtual reality) technology in their practice. Displayed on the first floor, this show within a show will introduce the new medium for the first time within the gallery’s context, surveying ways in which the Summer 2016 release of Oculus Rift might influence trends, commercial and institutional engagement and artists working in this field. A full list of artists as well as contributing partners will announced shortly.

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Endec will be on display May 13th- June 25th, 2016 at the Gazelli Art House UK

Photos and Story: Gazelli Art House

POST-IT ART WAR IN NYC

You had me at “HI.” Post-It Wars broke out in NYC office buildings last week, creating a collage of Post-It street art on a battleground of creativity. What started as a simple, “Hi” message sparked Manhattan’s ad agencies and window gazers to bring on a Post-It Art War showdown on Canal Street.

Creative minds used words, pictures and images from famous pop culture influencers to out-do each other across high rises. Some big ad agencies like Havas Worldwide, Horizon Media, Cake Group, Biolumina and Harrison, Star, and Getty Images are reportedly involved. Havas Worldwide won a Post-It War contest by being the first company to post an image of the Clio Award, granting them access to a table at the awards show.

The hashtags being used to keep up with this contemporary form of street art on Instagram and Twitter: #postitwars #canalstreet #canalnotes

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Post-It recreations of famous art pieces by artists Keith Haring and Mark Rothko.

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Photos: Instagram

Unreleased Photos from New Documentary “Blue Velvet Revisted” by Peter Braatz

Blue Velvet is celebrating its 30th birthday this year coinciding with Peter Braatz’s release of Blue Velvet Revisited – never before seen photos and footage depicting the making-of. Director, Filmmaker and Transcendental Meditator, David Lynch asked German-born Braatz to come out to North Carolina to “observe him direct.” Braatz shot 70 reels of Super 8 film and took nearly 1000 photos. The behind the scenes look encapsulates the world of Blue Velvet and David Lynch like a fly on the psychedelic wall of the 1985 set. Photos of Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and of course, Mr. Lynch himself. 

“David was producing every piece of art,” Braatz says. “He’s writing, he’s creating props, he’s making set decoration. You see him in my film working on each piece himself. So it’s not just a portrait of Blue Velvet, but a portrait of David in 1985 as an artist.”

“Beneath that appearance there are so many things happening,” says Lynch in Blue Velvet Revisited, and this making-of piece will take its viewers there. The documentary is being released along with a soundtrack just out from Crammed Discs.

“Sound is so important to him [Lynch], he adds so many things in postproduction,” Braatz says. “Ants crawling under a glass or—how do you call it in English?—a match that goes on fire. These things are mostly related very closely to the sound of the picture.” Angelo Badalamenti composed the original movie’s soundtrack and went on to create many more musical masterpieces with Lynch on projects such as Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks.

Now Braatz has made an homage to Blue Velvet, sensual, provocative and true to the eccentric, dreamy vibrations of what is now a voyeur classic. A “meditation,” he calls it.

Braatz hopes the documentary will have a film festival premiere this year.

Photos: Peter Braatz Blue Velvet Revisited 

David Lynch

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

 

SFMOMA is Back in Business

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art got a major facelift in the last 3 years it has been closed for expansion. SFMOMA reopened on May 15th, 2016 boasting 7-stories of exhibition space, thousand of new works and a total of 10-stories of architectural delight. The museum is now the largest in the Bay Area with 460,000 square feet dominating the land, and the largest modern and contemporary art gallery in the nation.

The expansion started with 1,100 works loaned by the famous Fisher family who founded Gap. The museum now holds over 4,000 new works including artists Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Diane Arbus and Robert Rauschenberg. You’ll also find your old favorites like Matisse and Rothko from the Permanent collection.

Grab a ticket and explore the wonders of the new SFMOMA.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

SFMOMA Interior

SFMOMA

Photos: SFMOMA

Airport In Security by Tirtzah Bassel

Tirtzah Bassel’s “Airport In Security” was a large-scale installation made entirely of duct tape that explored the relationship between public space and private, vulnerable encounters. It focused on airport passengers hypnotized by their smartphones, and cringeworthy, uncomfortable TSA body and bag searches.

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Bassel, who was originally trained as an oil painter, utilized duct tape on the walls of galleries and buildings to break the limitations of canvases and traditional mediums.

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security

Picasso’s Muse is 94 and Paints Every Single Day

“Women, especially pretty ones, often expect doors to fly open”, Françoise Gilot says. “The only way to reach the top strata of the art world—or any profession—is to ‘work like hell’ and have a unique vision. Are you capable of inventing something new?” she asks. “That’s where it starts.”

French artist Françoise Gilot, even at 94, is a force to be reckoned with.

The muse to Pablo Picasso when he was 61, and she, a mere 21 years of age, became not only the inspiration to his work and romantic life for a decade, but the mother of two of his children, Claude and Paloma.

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot

And don’t get it twisted, Gilot was not a woman who lingered in Picasso’s shadow of art or fame; she built her own legacy as a stand-alone artist with over 5,800 pieces of work to show for it. Currently, Gilot can spend up to 20 hours a day working in her studio/home apartment in New York.

Also, a best selling author of the intimately revealing Life with Picassothat caused Picasso to denounce any relation to her or anyone who favored the book, Gilot continues to express her experiences with her newest book on the demands, dilemmas, rewards of womanhood,  About Women: Conversations Between a Writer and a Painter. 

 

Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso by Robert Capa via International Center for Photography

Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso by Robert Capa via International Center for Photography

Françoise Gilot portrait

Françoise Gilot portrait

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot, Zeus

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot, Windmills on the Hill

Françoise Gilot self portrait

Françoise Gilot, self portrait

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot

El Mac’s New Mural and Aerosol Art Show in Mesa, AZ

Miles “El Mac” MacGregor was commissioned to paint a two story mural at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona in honor of the museum’s 10th anniversary.
photo credit: Lynn TrimbleEl Mac’s second mural in Arizona is devoted to longtime friends, Karen and Ariel Bracamonte who are expecting their first child May 11th. Mac will be their son’s godfather. The expected birth of the child comes two days before the May 13th opening of his show also featured at the museum,
“EL MAC: Aerosol Exalted.”
The 35 foot mural portrays Karen Bracamonte looking down upon a red rose held between her hands. The artwork surrounding the top portion of Karen’s head was painted by local Mesa tattoo and graffiti artist, Mando Rascon. In standard El Mac fashion, the mural is more than just a beautiful image of a woman, it represents the deeper layers of humanity found in Karen, who immigrated from Guatemala 10 years ago, and in recurring issues of immigration in the US, and Arizona in particular. “I painted an image of an immigrant who’s participating here and adopting aspects of American culture,” says El Mac.  Staying true to his roots, in 2015, Mac traveled to Cambodia with artist, David Choe’s foundation “Igloo Hong” where his mural of a local seamstress who hand makes traditional Cambodian tapestries, caused controversy and immediate removal by the Cambodian government. Though the mural was painted over quickly afterwards, the image and symbolism made an impact on Cambodian citizens demanding the freedom of artistic expression.
The portraits of Aerosol Exalted stay true to Mac’s intention and unique graffiti style of providing a voice to people and places often silenced or ignored. The show inside the museum, Aerosol Exalted, features the artist’s latest body of work that originated at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 2015. 

EL MAC: Aerosol Exalted

“It’s all about love. And Phoenix needs all the love it can get.”