JAN KALAB AND VITCHE MURAL IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

by Ariadna Zierold

For a week at the end of October, a number of Latin America’s best street artists converged on Arouche Square in the heart of São Paulo for the O.bra Festival. They brought with them some giant ideas, represented in sleek, abstracted paintings that climbed high into the clouds.

The best of the art has already gone viral on the Internet, including the inter-dimensional folk art of Jan Kalab and Vitche.

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MISS VAN WORKING ON A NEW MURAL IN DETROIT

by Ariadna Zierold

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In September 2015, Mural in the Market will turn Detroit’s historic Eastern Market District into the epicenter of the city’s burgeoning public art movement. The inaugural festival invites dozens of world-class local and international artists to paint murals that embody the spirit of Detroit and deepen the market’s cultural legacy by transforming it into a must-see public art destination.

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Part of the line-up this year is Miss Van. Originating from Toulouse, France and having spent most of her artistic life in Barcelona, Miss Van has travelled the world painting her instantly recognizable women on the streets, as well as on canvas. She has exhibited extensively for decades worldwide in Europe, USA and Asia.

Take a look at her progress so far painting her mural.

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All images via the artist.

COVERAGE: NO LIMIT STREET ART BORÅS, SWEDEN 2015 PT.2

by Ariadna Zierold

This is Pt. 2 of the coverage for No Limit Street Art in Borås, Sweden. No Limit is an outdoor art event inviting artists from around the world to participate in turning public spaces into an outdoor exhibition. The event is about all kinds of street art, from large scale murals to street art sculptures and installations.

7. INTI

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Muralist devoted to street art, specifically to graffiti, since age 15. In parallel he studied at the Fine Arts School of Viña del Mar. Despite criticism from detractors of artistic expression in public spaces, his works won a space on the streets and buildings of Valparaiso, first, and then in cities all over the world.  Based in Paris right now, he has established himself as a benchmark of street art, muralism and international graffiti, being constantly invited to festivals and exhibits related to avant-garde art in South America, Europe and the United States.

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Inti´s work is mainly inspired by pre-Columbian and Andean cultures, rescuing and redefining iconography and symbols that are both ancient and contemporary. Currently, we can find his mega murals in countries as diverse as Lebanon, Norway, Bolivia, Poland, Puerto Rico, France, Canada and others. The list keeps on growing with his frequent travels.

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After several days of work on his cherry picker, the Chilean street artist created this beautiful new piece which is entitled “Hand Labor”. Breaking away from his signature imagery, “Hand Labor” brings a new aesthetic to INTI’s style.

8. Laurence Vallières

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Born in Québec city in 1986 this young artist was discovered by the creation of large-scale sculptures in cardboard. She studied at Concordia University in visual arts before doing an exchange program in Los Angeles to further her knowledge in ceramics. It’s only after graduation and doing an artist residency in Russia that she appropriated the street art influence in her work. By using cardboard, material that she finds in abundance in the street she can create large work on the spot in every part of the world she goes. It’s in 2012 that her carrier started after she organized a show called Transmute for the Montreal’s winter Festival. This first step in the big league lead her to her first solo show at galerie d’art Yves Laroche in Montreal and to participate to multiple festivals in the city. In the past year, Vallières has spent much time outside of Canada, showing notably in The United States, France and Germany.

9. Curiot

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Curiot is a visual artist currently working in Mexico City. Curiot creates vibrant mythical beasts blending human and animal forms, which allude to Mexican handcrafts and folk art. The works are highly detailed, rich in color, symbolist and mystic. Inspired from Pre-Hispanic cultures, nature and urban contemporaneity, the artist explores the relationship between man and nature.

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He earned his B.F.A from the Universidad Michoacana de S.N. Hidalgo in 2008. His paintings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues including: Cirlcle Culture Gallery, Fecal Face, Thinkspace Gallery, Fifty24MX, BMW Museum, CCBorder, Scope Art Fair, Stroke, among others.

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10. Robert Proch

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A painter, muralist and animator born in 1986 Bydgoszcz, Poland. Proch was educated at the Akademy of Fine Arts (animation department) in Poznan where he also lives and works nowadays. He has an unique picturesque language which represents numerous stylistic expressions. His style is inspired by state-of-the-art animation, impressionism and modernist graffiti. He is not using photography and many times even avoids making a precise sketch for the painting. This makes painting process so interesting for him.

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11. David Zinn

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David Zinn is a self-taught artist living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His small-scale fanciful creatures, often including a stalk-eyed green monster and a flying pig, are generally improvised on the street using chalk, charcoal and found objects. These etherial drawings generally wash away in the rain, but photographs of them have endured on Street Art Utopia, The Guardian, Central China TV, the Instagram Blog, Colossal, La Republica, Upworthy and many other places.

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For years now, the Street-Art culture has been making its way through Sweden with positive embrace growing from both the public and politicians. While the “Zero tolerance” law remains in most cities, the discussion of the murals and the positive change it provides has been a hot discussion for many. From television, to radio, to newspapers and blogs, everyone in Sweden is now talking about it.

Borås, with its history in opening its doors to art (from the International Sculpture Biennal of Borås to its extensive exhibitions at the Borås Museum of Modern Art) the city has now opened its walls to this mural culture. This art movement, which began with artists painting murals illegally, is now being embraced by the public and is letting artists turn local cities such as Borås into beautiful public spaces that are blanketed by artwork of artists worldwide.

All images via No Limit and Henrik Haven.

COVERAGE: NO LIMIT STREET ART BORÅS, SWEDEN 2015 PT.1

by Ariadna Zierold

Sweden opened its wall to the Street-Art event No Limit for the second year 3-6th of September 2015. With about 10 new walls spreading across the city of Borås, the outdoor art event invited artists from around the world to participate in turning public spaces into an outdoor exhibition.

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Borås decided that the event had to remain authentic to the spirit of this movement and therefore did not ask the artists for sketches in advance. Instead, it made sure to accommodate them by providing large walls as canvases for them to paint whatever they chose. This of course is a controversial issue as nobody knew what the artists would create.

The 11 artists that participated this year are: Curiot, Daleast, David Zinn, Dulk, Inti, Joe Iurato, Laurence Vallieres, Logan Hicks, Pichi&Avo, Robert Proch and Tristan Eaton.

 

1. Tristan Eaton

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Born in Los Angeles in 1978, Tristan began pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from walls to billboards in the urban landscape wherever he lived, including London, Detroit and Brooklyn. After growing up on comic books, graffiti and skateboard culture, Tristan designed his first toy for Fisher Price at 18 years old and began working as an artist full-time. He has since become a driving force in the world of ‘Art Toys’, designing the Dunny and Munny figures for Kidrobot.

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Shortly after studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Tristan founded Thunderdog Studios, of which he was the President and Creative Director for 10 years. Thunderdog Studios regularly designs and consults for clients such as Nike, Disney and Barack Obama on projects that span the globe across all mediums.

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Painting on the streets of Boras, the Los-Angeles based artist quickly worked his way through this beautiful new piece which is entitled “Out Of Sight”. As usual with Tristan, he created some of his signature patchwork imagery which is featuring a myriad of different images and details.

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2. Logan Hicks

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Logan Hicks is a New York-based artist known for his photorealistic stenciled paintings. Studying at the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in the early 1990s, Hicks cut his teeth as a successful screen printer, before being inspired to branch into stencils. Hicks was inspired move to California to align with the Low Brow movement of the 90s, and concentrate on his fine art stencil work. Hicks relocated to Brooklyn in 2007 to continue his fine art.

no limit, street art, festival, sweden, boras, murals, the citrus report, upper playgroundCalled a painter with a photographer’s eye, Hicks’ work has largely focused on the perception of the environment, at times humanizing its architectural angles and structures, and at others using its vastness to explore self identity. With an old masters approach to lighting, Hicks sculpts ordinary architectural scenes into deeply metaphorical and contemplative imagery through stenciled aerosol. In recent years, the artist has delved further into his own metaphorical language, bringing in themes like water to create dream-like imagery that explores his own meditative contemplation on the world that surrounds us. Hicks has also translated a history of decorative and cultural patterns into his stencil pieces, furthering the obscured reality created by patterns by incorporating them into photorealist stencil.s To Hicks, patterns are an extension of light, hiding reality the same way trees cast shadows on the forest floor.

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Hicks’ introspective imagery is pushed from sullen to vibrant to enigmatic, with his expert use of color and meticulous control of the spray can. Over the years, Hicks has developed his impeccable photorealistic style using stencils, sometimes using up to 15 layers of stencil to achieve this precision. Working from his own photographs, subjects are translated to multiple layers of stencils, brought to bold dimensionality by blending colors through aerosol.

3. Pichi&Avo

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From Valencia- Spain, PichiAvo are one, fleeing from the self-centeredness of graffiti, united to create a single piece of work, two similar visions of the world are the result of their work, which is constantly evolving and taking them all around the world, like UK, Norway, Greece, Portugal, EEUU…  Stroke, signatures, collage… explosions of colors that invade the subconscious, precipitated by the personal rant of their artistic ideology and an aesthetic widely argued in the texts of Walter Benjamin.

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Pichi Avo recite a conceptually urban poetry, born from the artistic formalism of the street, using any artistic inventiveness that can be applied, transferring fragments of a wall to the canvas and vice versa in a personal version, viewers can expect a heady concoction of ancient and modern that remixes classics from art’s illustrious history and rewrites the rulebook in the process.

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Painting on the streets of Boras, the Spanish street art duo quickly worked their way through this trademark artwork showing several greek inspired statues against a graffiti background that really pops.

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4. DALeast

no limit, street art, festival, sweden, boras, murals, the citrus report, upper playgroundActive in the burgeoning Chinese graffiti scene since 2004, Daleast was a founding member of the Wuhan-based artist project group Chirp, one of the earliest groups in China to merge public art and graffiti. He studied sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts in his hometown, but quit the year before completing his degree after disagreeing with the school’s teaching methods. Moving to Beijing in 2009, Daleast began to focus more on what he sees as a public art rather than strictly graffiti practice, starting at this point to also produce fine art work for a more gallery based context.

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Daleast’s current practice, his three-dimensional, wire-like artworks, can be seen as a natural fusion of his illicit and institutional educations. Half-robotic and half-biotic, the contorted, large-scale, sculpturesque forms he produces reveal what lies beneath the surface, highlighting the foundational frameworks that hold the physical world together: He evokes a fantasy in which the natural and the synthetic become one, resulting in mongrel creatures that illustrate the beauty rather than the horror that can spring from such a union.

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Putting his art into public space so as to share his “experience and emotion with people,” not to tell them “about right or wrong,” Daleast thus attempts to confront the viewer on conceptual as well as spectacular levels, a pictorial synthesis of a half-mechanized, half-organic world.

no limit, street art, festival, sweden, boras, murals, the citrus report, upper playground5. Joe Iurato

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He uses layers of hand cut paper and spray paint to create texture and form – a modern adaptation of an old-fashioned printing process. His art is nothing more than the exploration and documentation of personal experiences. These are his stories and how he choose to tell them. The site-specific placements of the pieces often utilize the urban environment to complete their narratives.

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6. Dulk

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Dulk is a hungry and insatiable all terrain illustrator. Urban art, illustration and graphic design are his fields, his twisted imagination does the rest.

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He has shown his work all over the world in walls as same as exhibitions. His style is an explosive combination of influences like the surrealism or the obsessive detail brushwork of Flemish painting, all mixed with a bizarre, burlesque and affectionate touch that makes it compact, direct and very honest.

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Antonio enjoys creating compositions with lot of characters and stories based on his own dreams and everyday events, mixing fact and fiction.

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Stay tuned for Pt. 2.

All images via No Limit.

Upper Playground at Outside Lands August 9-13th!

Tickets to Outside Lands 2013 are sold out and we’re really excited to be in attendance this year. If you’re planning on going, search for us there! We’ll have a booth set up and would love to have you come by and say hello.

Here’s a great schedule of daily live painting at the triangle on the Polo field with many of our UP favorites:

Friday August 9th will feature Skinner, Sam Flores + N8 VanDyke, and Dabs + Myla

Saturday August 10th will feature Substance Mixed Media , Satyr, and Ricky Watts

Sunday August 11th will feature Chez, Apex, and Marcos LaFarga + Ken Davis

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Photos from www.sfoutsidelands.com

 

Video: Andreco + Ericailcane in Morocco

Ericailcane, who showed with FIFTY24SF Gallery in late 2010, just finished a collaborative piece with Andreco in the Sahara desert of Morocco. These types of things never, ever, get old. We are sure to see Mr. Ericailcane painting in the south of Italy this summer… always a pleasure to see FAME Festival festivities.

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Through the Whiskey Barrel: A Film About Surfing In Scotland

Showing at this week’s San Diego Surf Film Festival is this apparent gem, Through the Whiskey Barrel: A Film About Surfing In Scotland. The film will be shown on Saturday evening, May 12, but there is a ton of good programs happening all weekend long. Take a look at the link above…

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Bouncy Stonehenge by Jeremy Deller @ Glasgow Visual Arts Festival

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The kids need to learn somehow. One of the most recognizable manmade things in the world also happens to be one of the most unexplainable. We are talking about Stonehenge, which lies in Whiltshire in merry ole’ England. And Jeremy Deller has created an inflatable version for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts. You know, because you can’t just bounce around the real thing, now can you? (via)

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