Japanther, an art performance/ band established by Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek, made its name with unique performance situations, appearing alongside synchronized swimmers, atop the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets, in the back of a moving truck in Soho, and at shows with giant dinosaurs and BMXers flying off the walls. And now they paint with skateboards. Matt Reilly adds paint to the wheels of his board and skates directly on to his canvas to create large, abstract paintings while putting on a live performance. The process is definitely an important part of the experience both for the artist and its audience, and the end result becomes more than just abstract color bands on a canvas. Take a look at their performance at Mana Contemporary and check out the resulting works from their recent show:
Daniel Firman’s fascinating sculptural works of conceptually challenging and humorous installations are worth a closer look. We examine his two elephant sculptures along with his recent works represented by the notorious Gallerie Perrotin:
Würsa 18,000 km above the Earth” 2006-2008 Elephant sculpture/taxidermy / Taxidermie d’éléphant 224 1/2 x 98 1/2 x 55 1/8 inches / 570 x 250 x 140 cm
“Nasutamanus” 2012 Fiberglass, polymer / Fibre de verre, polymère 90 1/2 x 207 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches / 230 x 528 x 123 cm
In 2007, after almost a decade of graffiti writing under various names and guises, Norwegian artist DOT DOT DOT (NO) took to stencil art with a passion. Since then he has become well known for his distinctive stenciled style recognized around the world. As someone schooled on the streets in Oslo’s Graffiti community, Dot Dot Dot drew inspiration from the worlds of contemporary art and politics and took full advantage of the social contexts as material for his work.
The show, While you slept , presents a body of work that combines both well known key works from his career with a series of original works created for the occasion. Dot Dot Dot’s clever angle on the contemporary art world and its politics is brought together finally in one place for a debut solo exhibition at Reed Projects and open to the public until June 28th.
Dot Dot Dot
While You Slept…
Skur 2 Skansenkaien, Stavanger, Norway.
Until June 28th www.reedprojects.no
Internationally recognized artist, Henrique Oliveira poses a poetic discussion of history of architecture, of shelters and caves of the past by a challenging installation occupying 1600 m² building with strong brand of modern sculpture Niemeyer at MAC USP, Brazil.
The giant snaking columns designed by the architect curve through the space creating caverns, pathways and obstacles for the audience. Transarquitetônica of Henrique Oliveira is not just an installation, but commands itself as a place, a route with multiple possibilities that ends where it began. It is a work of architecture that combines sculpture and painting, offering various stimuli that the visitor gets to go to work.
The exhibition remains until November 30, open to the public on Tuesdays from 10 am to 21 pm and Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 18 hours. Admission is free so be sure to check it out if you’re in Sao Paulo for the World Cup 2014:
Italian street artist RUN set up an installation for the Hang-UP Gallery Exhibition ‘Wall to Wall’ currently ongoing until April 27th. Here are photos of his latest work for the show and a time lapse video to peep:
Milan based artist/designer duo Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla work under the name of Carnovsky. Their RGB project explores the use of light, filters and primary colors to create RGB installations that transform under different lights.
Judith Ann Braun takes on a familiar method of child’s play to the next level of skillful craftsmanship. By using her own fingers dipped in charcoal as a brush to translate her visual strategies, she ‘feels’ her way through a given space, giving new meaning to the relationship between an artist and his/her canvas. The results are quite striking and one can’t help but admire the laborious achievement and its intricate aesthetic.
Trailer for street artist JR’s new documentary film “Inside Out” set to run on HBO:
This fascinating documentary tracks the evolution of the biggest participatory art project in the world, the wildly popular ‘INSIDE OUT’. Travel the globe with French artist JR as he motivates entire communities to define their most important causes with incredibly passionate displays of giant black and white portraits pasted in the street. We witness young and old taking ownership of walls that were previously restricted and in doing so testing the limits of what they thought was possible. In capturing the process, Alastair Siddons creates a glowing testament to the power of image and the role that art can play in transforming communities.
An official Documentary Feature Spotlight selection at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the film will premiere at the SVA Theatre on West 23rd Street, on Saturday, April 20th and debut exclusively on HBO on Monday, May 20th at 9pm ET/PT.
Klutch has been making a mess for over three decades. From his work with the early 1980′s hardcore punk scene and the legendary Skull Skates, to painting backgrounds for ads in Vogue, his work has appeared around the world on t-shirts, skateboards, city walls, magazines, and galleries. In 2005 the suite he created at San Francisco’s Hotel Des Arts was featured in Time magazine’s annual “Best Of” issue. Since then he has accomplished very little.
In Of Ice and Movement, Klutch builds and installation which is a sculptural representation of glacial rust, intended as a metaphor for the constant yet invisible to the naked eye process of personal growth. All work, over 125 handmade wooden columns, was produced over the past 6 weeks exclusively for this show, and this is the only time they will be shown or sold in Portland.
An opening reception for Of Ice and Movement will be held First Thursday, May 2nd 2013, from 6:00-10:00 PM. Show runs May 2nd – May 26th 2013.