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.

SAID DOKINS NEW WALLS

by Ariadna Zierold

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The wall in Cadiz, Spain ‘Apuntes de la frontera’, was made when Said received the award for contemporary art 2015 in Cadiz called: IX Premio Iberoamericano Cortes de Cádiz de Creación Contemporánea ‘Juan Luis Vasallo’.

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In Mexico, Dokins worked with the mexican stencilart collective ‘Lapiztola’ and they made this mural for the conmemoration ‘One year later’, which is about the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. The mural was called: ‘El Abrazo ausente, Soles Robados.’

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And in Uruguay and London Said painted ‘Blacks Suns’ on the old streets of Montevideo and Hackneywick in London.

All images via the artist.

SEAWALLS ’15: SMITHE PAINTS MURAL IN COZUMEL, MEXICO

by Ariadna Zierold

Smithe leaves his mark by being part of this year’s line-up in Cozumel, Mexico for SeaWalls: Murals For Oceans. In his mural he displays the importance of preserving reefs and its fauna.

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His work varies from colorful and cheerful subjects to acid themes rendered through a rather gore tone. His self-taught training has led him to experiment with different techniques such as spray and acrylic paint, as well as digital media.

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The Mexican artist spent a few days working under the severe heat to create this epic mural showing a series of surreal deep-sea creatures.

Street Artists Team With Mexican Government to Paint 200 Houses for Community

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The “Germen Crew”, a youth organization of street artists who use graffiti as a means of activism and expression has teamed up with the government of Mexico to restore Palmitas, a town in the Pachuca district. The group painted 209 houses, equal to twenty-thousand square meters of facade, into one massive rainbow mural.

The ‘Germen Crew’ or “Germ Crew” makes an effort to create art for their community. See images and a video from this inspiring project below.

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New Mural by Smithe for Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival in Mexico

Smithe wrapped up this mural in Cozumel as part of Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival. The Mexican artist finished the wall this week for the Festival, which aims to protect the world’s oceans and endangered marine life via public art and activism.

Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival, presented by 1xRUN, Tony Delfino and WAD, is in Cozumel July 17-26th and features work from Fintan Magee, Phlegm, Curiot, Bicicleta Sem Freio and others.

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Muralist JAZ finished a wall in the festival Color Walk in Ciudad Juarez Mexico. The city marked by recent years of severe violence is trying to shed its infamy as one of the most dangerous cities in all of North and South America. This particular mural that JAZ finished is exactly about that political an social situation in Mexico and it reflects on the eagle myth with irony.   It is also supposed to be a tribute to the 43 students that went missing on Sept. 26th.
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Saving Whale Sharks and Manta Rays with El Curiot and Nosego at Isla Mujeres Mexico

This year, PangeaSeed in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, World Art Destinations and Juxtapoz Latin America organized “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans” – Mexico Expedition. The week-long mural festival took place in July 20-28 on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico with many acclaimed artists from all around the world.

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El Curiot and Nosego also participated in the special week long project where they had a chance to encounter these endangered animals and then produced individual murals about their experiences:

Nosego:

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El Curiot:

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