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.
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.
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.
One is currently painting in South Africa and his mission isn’t done yet. Follow his journey on Instagram.
The renowned 886 Geary Gallery, along with its apartment units, are for sale in San Francisco. This Geary Street mixed-use property is asking just under $3.2 million for occupancy. On the ground floor exists the 7 room gallery space with lots of natural light, cement floors and high-rise ceilings. On the second floor resides two one-bedroom, one-bath crash pads, and on the roof, a private party or relaxation deck. The outside of the 882 building adorns graffiti art and urban resonance near the Tenderloin.
Pretty good line-up set for Street/Studio 2.0 at Irvine Contemporary opening November 16th in Washington D.C., featuring David Ellis, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Rostarr, Chris Mendoza, and Dalek among others. There was a Street/Studio last year at the space, so Irvine is making this a series.
A little press:
Street/Studio 2.0 showcases the multiple practices of artists who work across a continuum of sites and mediums that include street mural works, studio works in all mediums, gallery and museum exhibitions, digital production tools, and documentation and distribution on the Web. The artists’ works–in any medium and wherever they appear–form a dialog with the city and engage us with responses to the energy, conflicts, and joys of urban life.
You can see from the lineup, Aiko, Indie184, Martha Cooper, Queen Andrea, and Koralie that the show is going to be good, and you can head over to Crewest Gallery this Thursday, July 8th for opening night. Sweet Things is curated by Indie184 and Queen Andrea, again, solid.
The work that I create is the line of demarcation between traditional art techniques and digital graphic design. From graffiti art and illustration, to vector graphics and raster images, the fusion of these contrasting elements are a direct representation of my surroundings and how I see them.