Once Upon A Town | FALCO ONE

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One is currently painting in South Africa and his mission isn’t done yet. Follow his journey on Instagram.

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“The Bears” by Ben Critton

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Bears are fascinating animals, so when we saw this, we became simultaneously curious and excited.

“The Bears is a book about Bears. It was begat from a series of encounters that occurred in the neighborhood of Chelsea, New York between July, 2008 and December, 2010. The book seeks to present a notion of bearishness by tracing back the subculture to its western American roots in lumberjacking, motorcycling and frontiersmanship. Using as its jump-off points the California state flag, the constellation of Ursa Major, and the phenomenon of the so-called Bear Code, The Bears goes on to delineate its author’s relationship to the animal itself, to the representations of (and cultural references to) that animal, and to the individuals that have co-opted that animal’s designation (‘Bear’). Topics include the Bears themselves (I), the Chicago Bears (II), Smokey the Bear (III), bear markets (IV), Gummi Bears (V), bear hugs (VI), the Elvis Presley song “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” (VII), Paddington Bear (VIII), Bear Scouts (IX) and The Care Bears (X).
The Bears is a book by Benjamin Critton and was Risograph-printed in Brooklyn, New York by Jesse Hlebo. It was assembled by hand and published in an edition of forty. It is rendered in two colours, pink and blue. The paperback, belly-banded book includes a series of ten small foldout posters accompanied by ten brief texts and a sixteen-page saddle-stitched booklet entitled The Dead Bears.

Launch August 19, 2011, 5–7 pm
Printed Matter, New York”

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Photos and interview with Matt Hilvers

-I live in Chicago Illinois, born n’ raised!

– I take pictures of what I know, the life around me. If documentary and fine-art made out, married, and adopted a kid that resembled themselves? I don’t think I could have answered that any worse or more vague. However, right now I have been doing studio portraits with an 8

Why did Nelly Furtado, Beyonce, and 50 Cent perform for Gaddafi?

You got to wonder, why would a known tyrant and dictator get to pay for top hip-hop acts, and those acts are super willing to spend a New Years Eve with the Libyan leader on some island for a $1M? It just seems like this is going to come back and haunt you a bit when said dictator gets an overthrow push.

On the website HipHopandPolitics, we read a great essay on the subject

Others were quick to point out that singer Lionel Richie did a concert in front of Gadhafi’s bombed out home in Tripoli in 2006. Still others are asking about the private concerts given for Gaddafi’s son and the family overs the years that have featured luminaries like Beyonce, Jay-Z, 50 cent, Russell Simmons, Mariah Carey, Usher and numerous others. How can all these people pal around with a ruthless tyrant everyone seems to be asking?

There are no easy neatly packaged answers. Minister Farrakhan came out during his saviors day address and talked about his long friendship with Gaddafi. He’s been down with Gadhafi for almost 3 decades. But he’s not alone. In a recent article in the Root called Romancing Dictators they outline list of notables Black leaders from Jesse Jackson to former US senator Carol Mosely Bruan who have hung out with dictators. Are such folks in support of oppression? Hungry for power? Or caught up in the fanfare of being in the presence of folks who are the heads of state of their respective countries?

It could be plain old selfishness and shortsightedness on their part or there could something more. Each of those folks have to wrestle with why they hung or been friendly with leaders who we deem unsavory but so do many of us on smaller scales. For example, some of us reading this remain supportive and friendly with wife beaters, drug dealers, the neighborhood thug etc.. Some of us have adorned or supported artists who have named themselves after ruthless despots like Khadafy, Scarface, Noreaga, Gotti etc.. Would we name ourselves or support an artist who’s named himself after a Klan leader or Hitler?

Read the full piece by Davy D here.

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An Infinite Voyage and Everything In Between: A Traveling Art Project from Miami to Los Angeles

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This year at Art Basel Miami Beach, I had the pleasure of running into three traveling friends, Jason Jaworski, Saelee Oh and Sherry Wan. When I met them, the trio were bouncing around in the inflatable houses of Rainbow City, a large, city-block installation by Friends With You. Rainbow City is a magical place with minimal inflatable balloons reminiscent of a fantasy world filled with happy characters. One can see young kids and older folks alike all playing together in an ageless, bubbly world.

I had been in an orgy with Jason years ago and it was good to run into him again. Also, we didn’t realize this at the time, but Saelee and I had gone to Korean Camp together as kids. I’m not Korean; in fact, I’m Australian, but my dad fought in the Korean War and wanted me to be immersed in the culture. So he sent me off to Korea for a summer semester of fan dancing and rice cake making. After a bit of a catch up, they told me about their road trip, which is a traveling art project which will be documented at InfiniteWanderlust. Their concept is to travel while making art, all the while funding their travels with subscriptions to the art work which they’ve created along the way. They invited me to tag along as I was also on the same path of wandering and backpacking around the world. I’ve been to six out of the seven continents and numerous cross country trips, but every trip is a different experience and nothing is more enjoyable than being out on the open road.

Jason and I found our way to Rally’s, while Sherry slept and Saelee exercised. While I’m aware we’re in a city with some of the best cuisine in the world, my Austrailian clock was still ticking on lunchtime. Well aware of a full day’s exploration waiting for us the next day, we somehow ended up driving through the 9th ward with my belly full of fries at five in the morning. The moonless night made the darkness so much thicker, so it was hard to tell what the neighborhood might have looked like, but the houses near Flood Street were simple and small, while some were run down with nearby lots of emptiness and overgrown weeds. I’m guessing that the blocks were more dense with houses five years ago before the flood. I tried to imagine a past when rows of homes were made of fresh brick.

– Arnold Coludy

A three legged dog with red eyes and huge balls that you can't see in this picture.

Some random stranger in New Orleans wearing Upper Playground gear while Sherry fake-poses for a photo.

French Quarters architecture

Would that be buying or selling of gold teeth? $199 DNA tests sound like a bargain to me.

A house in the 9th ward that we saw while driving around at 4 in the morning.

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A List of Optimism

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In a day and age where we, yes, we, The Citrus Report, tend to be a tad negative almost all the time, we wanted to create a list of a few things that we actually feel quite optimistic about. Look, we know, 2010 has provided a lot of moments to make you say, “Fucking hell, I’m giving up caring, sharing, and wearing my heart on my sleeve.” Gulf oil spills, Tea Parties, unemployment and really poor cinema are all on the list of things to be upset about.

So, we decided here on the site, as we watched Ericailcane paint some incredible pieces in our neighborhood this week, to create a list of a few things that we are actually optimistic about right this second…

1) Jerry Brown in, Arnie out.

2) Conan is back on!!!

3) Did we mention we watched Ericailcane paint for two days?

4) Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” is the best book we have read in years.

5) Pulp is reuniting.

6) The Giants won the World Series, even though that still feels fake.

7) Fall means Delicata Squash, you don’t even have to peel those fuckers, just straight in the oven.

8) You can play the violin on your iPad.

9) Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford are back!

10) Ansel Adams or not, those photos are still pretty damn good.

11) Starbucks is lame, but damn, that one before the Grapevine off Highway 5, pure perfection.

12) You don’t have to use Facebook. You don’t. We like it, but you don’t need it.

13) Some grandparents don’t know what the Internet is, and they are like 80+ years old, and they are doing just fine.

14) Because of our Delicata squash push on this list, we will gain one new Citrus Report reader today.

15) Paul Newman, the greatest man to ever live, may not be alive, but his Newman’s Own charity  just hit over $300m raised, and you can still buy his cookies and organic popcorn.

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Barbara Kruger creates the 3rd Whitney site-specific installation

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Barbara Kruger has designed the third Whitney site-specific installation at 820 Washington Street on the corner of Washington and Gansevoort Streets in Manhattan. Remember, Tauba Auerbach created work at this space a few months back.

As ArtDaily reports, “Some of the statements are drawn from Kruger’s catalog of signature phrases like “YOU BELONG HERE” and “BELIEF + DOUBT = SANITY.” Other statements respond to the neighborhood’s shifting identity and address the changing industries that have inhabited it from meatpacking to fashion to art.”

We wish we were in Manhattan to see it.

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