ORGANIC APPROACH BY KLONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Klone currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Influenced by his childhood emigration from the Ukraine to Israel, Klone’s initial practice of tagging and graffiti were personal challenges to themes of diaspora. This urban tradition allowed him to take ownership of his surrounding and localize an often hostile and alienating environment, making his foreign settings, more familiar.

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Using characters, symbols, and regional iconography Klone’s work borrows from existing linguistic traditions in hope of providing a bridge to communicate. This organic approach appeals in its attempt at universality without erasure, without requiring a blank slate mentality. Each installation and drawing, attempts to create an environment that will connect with the observers primal feeling, placing him or her as part of the setting and context of the work.

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MURALS AND PAINTINGS BY TELMO AND MIEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Artistic Duo, Muralists and imagemakers Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann started working on their creative abilities from a very young age. Working together seamlessly, they both enjoy working in realistic styles. With loads of contrast in subjects. Technique and style have a high priority in the artwork of Telmo & Miel, true craftsmanship is what they want to produce. They work separately on ideas for murals and come together with the sketches to see if combinations can be made. The result is usually very surrealistic, with attention to detail. They always work on the same piece together and are able to switch places when ever wanted or needed.

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PERSONAL TRUTH BY FAITH47

by Ariadna Zierold

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Faith47 is an internationally-acclaimed visual artist from South Africa who has been applauded for her ability to resonate with people around the world. Through her work, Faith47 attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.

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Using a wide range of media intended for gallery settings, her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate, including found and rescued objects, shrine construction, painting, projection mapping, video installation, printmaking and drawings.

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BOYLE HEIGHTS’ ESTRADA COURTS MURALS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Murals became popular during the Chicano Movement of the 1970’s, when artists began telling their unique stories on walls throughout the Eastside. Chicanos at this time lacked representation in public life, with neither a strong voice in elections, nor elected representatives. Murals became a way to communicate community concerns about police brutality, immigration, drugs, gang violence and other difficulties of a life of poverty.

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At the Estrada Courts housing project in Boyle Heights, the walls are time capsules of the Chicano art movement. Mexican-American artists began emblazoning drab cinder-block and stucco walls with brightly colored murals, which represented the dreams, aspirations and cultural pride of a population that might have otherwise felt trapped in their environs.

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The streets of Boyle Heights are like an art gallery, with walls that act as canvases. Images of brown pride and indigenous symbols tell stories from the past, and the now faded colors of decades-old murals still brighten the community.

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via Boyle Heights Beat.

MURALS BY EVER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nicolás Romero Escalada aka Ever is an Argentinean street artist born in Buenos Aires in 1985. He began as a letter-based graffiti writer on the streets of his hometown in the 1990’s. Additionally, he turned towards portraits and developed a style that is more typical for paintings found in fine art galleries.

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A five-month long study trip to Paris helped him to develop his own signature style as he spent hours in such art spaces like the Musée d’Orsay looking at works by Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon and other widely recognized artists. He is also inspired by Mexican muralists, especially the way their art reflects the people and their social consciousness.

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SURREALISTIC BESTIARY BY HELL’O MONSTERS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hell’O Monsters, a collective of Belgian artists, started by using exterior walls as their canvas, but it was within the walls of their studio that the uniform and homogeneous identity of the duo was forged.

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Quite rapidly the strict aesthetic codes that they established based on mastering the line and graphic leitmotiv, were applied to designs, paintings, sculptures and installations. The creative approach is characterized by an extremely conventional freedom paired with meticulous execution. Their universe is inhabited by a surrealistic bestiary of mysterious animals, hybrid characters, architecture and badass geometry.

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Natural Instincts | DAVID RICE

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter.

Follow his multi-medium journeys on Instagram: @d_j_rice

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (8)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (9)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (10)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (11)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (12)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (13)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (14)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (15)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (16)

Muddy Waters Mural in Chicago | KOBRA

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago.

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago. (1)

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago. (2)

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago. (3)

Brazilian street artist and muralist, Eduardo Kobra continues to electrify cityscapes with vibrant, geometrical and extremely detailed images. Just last May, Kobra and his team, who are known for painting cultural icons, hit downtown Chicago to honor one of its natives and incredible bluesman, Muddy Waters. The 10-story mural of Waters brings energy to the streets of quintessential Chicago as a high profile addition to the Wabash Arts Corridor campaign beautifying blank walls in Chicago. (4)
 

Graffiti Art Gentrifying Real Estate and Marginalizing Skid Row

New York and Los Angeles are two of the biggest cities in the United States with lots and lots of traffic. Yes, the kind of traffic that keeps you stuck on the 405 freeway, that causes mild road rage and also grants you a traffic ticket, unless you’re a physics genius and can prove your innocence and the officer’s warped perception of reality using the laws of acceleration and deceleration.

But, I digress.

I’m talking about the financial traffic that overtakes our cityscapes with high rises, huge shopping complexes, graffiti murals and mini golf courses. Huh?

Meet Los Angeles based artist, Rosten Woo, who will have you looking at the city very differently in 2017. Woo is a a designer, writer and educator that produces civic scale artworks and also contributes as a collaborator to grassroots and non-profit organizations. Recently, Woo was awarded $50,000 from the Mike Kelley Foundation of Arts Grant in 2016 to fund his current project with the LAPD called, The Back 9, a 9-hole mini golf course running through Skid Row’s History and Museum and Archive, addressing current and historic zoning issues in downtown Los Angeles, Single Room Occupancy housing supporting Skid Row, to the potential implications and dangers of Skid Row residents (which is currently home to 6,000 homeless residents, originating as an open air sanctuary for the disenfranchised since the early 1900’s) due to the city of Los Angeles’ new recode initiative. In order for visitors to understand the contents and design of the exhibition, Woo will lead free workshops with members of the LAPD, artists who work and live in Skid Row and company members will also create a huge theatrical performance on the golf course as their stage.

“The holes will require a certain type of decision making,” says Rosten Woo. “There will be multiple ways to get through the course. As players navigate through the course, they will also run through the history of zoning in this area.”

Getting back to New York traffic, artists Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida, are raising awareness about how street art can be used as a tool of the real estate market, sometimes unbeknownst to the artists themselves, to increase property value and gentrify poor neighborhoods. Their project is called, Month2Month, and it’s also a grassroots public arts event initiative taking place in the homes of NYC residents about how class, wealth and social mobility affect people’s ability to thrive in the city.Meet Los Angeles based artist, Rosten Woo, who will have you looking at the city very differently in 2017. Woo is a a designer, writer and educator that produces civic scale artworks and also contributes as a collaborator to grassroots and non-profit organizations. Recently, Woo was awarded $50,000 from the Mike Kelley Foundation of Arts Grant in 2016 to fund his current project with the LAPD called, The Back 9, a 9-hole mini golf course running through Skid Row's History and Museum and Archive, addressing current and historic zoning issues in downtown Los Angeles, Single Room Occupancy housing supporting Skid Row, to the potential implications and dangers of Skid Row residents (which is currently home to 6,000 homeless residents, originating as an open air sanctuary for the disenfranchised since the early 1900's) due to the city of Los Angeles' new recode initiative. In order for visitors to understand the contents and design of the exhibition, Woo will lead free workshops with members of the LAPD, artists who work and live in Skid Row and company members will also create a huge theatrical performance on the golf course as their stage. Via news.upperplayground.comMeet Los Angeles based artist, Rosten Woo, who will have you looking at the city very differently in 2017. Woo is a a designer, writer and educator that produces civic scale artworks and also contributes as a collaborator to grassroots and non-profit organizations. Recently, Woo was awarded $50,000 from the Mike Kelley Foundation of Arts Grant in 2016 to fund his current project with the LAPD called, The Back 9, a 9-hole mini golf course running through Skid Row's History and Museum and Archive, addressing current and historic zoning issues in downtown Los Angeles, Single Room Occupancy housing supporting Skid Row, to the potential implications and dangers of Skid Row residents (which is currently home to 6,000 homeless residents, originating as an open air sanctuary for the disenfranchised since the early 1900's) due to the city of Los Angeles' new recode initiative. In order for visitors to understand the contents and design of the exhibition, Woo will lead free workshops with members of the LAPD, artists who work and live in Skid Row and company members will also create a huge theatrical performance on the golf course as their stage. Via news.upperplayground.com

Meet Los Angeles based artist, Rosten Woo, who will have you looking at the city very differently in 2017. Woo is a a designer, writer and educator that produces civic scale artworks and also contributes as a collaborator to grassroots and non-profit organizations. Recently, Woo was awarded $50,000 from the Mike Kelley Foundation of Arts Grant in 2016 to fund his current project with the LAPD called, The Back 9, a 9-hole mini golf course running through Skid Row's History and Museum and Archive, addressing current and historic zoning issues in downtown Los Angeles, Single Room Occupancy housing supporting Skid Row, to the potential implications and dangers of Skid Row residents (which is currently home to 6,000 homeless residents, originating as an open air sanctuary for the disenfranchised since the early 1900's) due to the city of Los Angeles' new recode initiative. In order for visitors to understand the contents and design of the exhibition, Woo will lead free workshops with members of the LAPD, artists who work and live in Skid Row and company members will also create a huge theatrical performance on the golf course as their stage. Via news.upperplayground.comGetting back to New York traffic, artists Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida, are raising awareness about how street art can be used as a tool of the real estate market, sometimes unbeknownst to the artists themselves, to increase property value and gentrify poor neighborhoods. Their project is called, Month2Month, and it's also a grassroots public arts event initiative taking place in the homes of NYC residents about how class, wealth and social mobility affect people's ability to thrive in the city. Via news.upperplayground.com

Photos: David McNew, Henriette Brouwers, Rosten Woo, Month2Month