CONEY ART WALLS: 34 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO CONEY ISLAND RIGHT NOW

by Ariadna Zierold

Presented by Thor Equities and curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt, Coney Art Walls is an outdoor museum of street art featuring the work of 34 celebrated artists including legends such as Lady Pink, Crash, Daze, Futura and Kenny Scharf, leading artists of the next generation including Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk and How and Nosm, and exciting emerging artists like Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Lauren Halsey. You can have a look at all 34 new pieces by a respectable range of artists spanning four decades and a lot of New York street culture history.

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These are murals completed by artists who are street artists, graffiti writers, fine artists and contemporary artists. In the middle of an amusement park, these are commissioned works that respond in some way to their environment by 34 local and international heavy hitters, and a few new kids on the block, comprising a 40+ year span of expertise.

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It should come as no surprise that it is the dealer, curator, perennially risk-taking showman Jeffrey Deitch who is the ringmaster of this circus, or that the genesis of this cultural adventure is perplexing to some who have greeted his newest vision with perplexity and derision.

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These multicolored and monochromatic murals illustrate a wide and balanced smorgasborg of their own; examples of myriad styles are at play with some engaging in activism and local politics and Coney Island history. From original train writer Lady Pink to aerosol drone sprayer Katsu, from eL Seed’s lyrical Arabic calligraffiti to Retna‘s secret text language to graffitist-now-collagist Greg Lamarche, from Shepard Fairey‘s elegant Brooklyn salute to polluters and consumerism to Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s spotlight on current Coney Island neighbors, from urban naturalist ROA’s monochrome marginalized city animals to How & Nosm’s eye-punching and precise graphic metaphors, you are getting a dizzying example of the deep command Deitch has of this multi-headed contemporary category that is yet to settle on a moniker to call itself.

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The Deepest Depths of the Burrow: Film Premiere and Q & A with NYCHOS

San Francisco’s Castro Theatre hosted the final US Premiere of ‘The Deepest Depths of the Burrow’ on Wednesday. The film, which follows the experiences of internationally known artist Nychos and his crew Rabbit Eye Movement, was followed by a Q & A portion with the artist and director Christian Fischer.

The Castro Theatre premiere was the final stop on the US Tour of the documentary. Presented by 1XRun, the film previously screened in Atlanta and Los Angeles before coming to San Francisco. “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” is a first-hand look inside the the lifestyle of a contemporary street artist and features interviews from Shepard Fairey, Smithe, Ron English and a list of established and up-and-coming urban artists.

Nychos and Christian Fischer (Director) answer questions from the crowd, following “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” Premiere at Castro Theatre.

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The Deepest Depths of the Burrow: Nychos Documentary Coming to Castro Theatre in San Francisco

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RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT and world-renowned graffiti artist Nychos will bring the highly anticipated documentary “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” to San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on July 1st, 2015. Following a successful world premiere in Vienna, Austria, Nychos and director Christian Fischer begin a tour of the United States. The film, presented by 1xRUN, will show in Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco this summer.

“The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” gives the viewer a first-hand look inside the lifestyle of a contemporary street artist, following Nychos through the experiences that come with traveling the world painting walls, exhibiting in galleries and gaining international acclaim as an artist. Featuring interviews from Shepard Fairey, Smithe, Ron English and a host of other established and up-and-coming urban artists, the documentary is an authentic perspective on the street art phenomenon.

Check out information on the San Francisco premiere and see the trailer for “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” below.

“The Deepest Depths of the Burrow”
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
July 1, 2015 8:00pm
Purchase Tickets: deepestdepthsoftheburrowsf.brownpapertickets.com
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New works and installations by Dan Witz & Olek, Alo, ONUR & WES21 and CANVAZ in BerlinFinal

Window Installations at Urban Nation Project M/6 curated by Jonathan Levine Gallery

“Horsepower” New mural in Sao Paulo, Brazil by NYCHOS

Photographer Søren Solkær launches ‘SURFACE’ A Worldwide Exhibition and Portrait Anthology on Street Artists

Danish photographer, Søren Solkær, creates ‘SURFACE’, a portrait anthology focusing on some of the most significant street artists on the contemporary scene, as well as pioneering street artists. Solkær’s ‘SURFACE’ already has six exhibitions announced for 2015, and the internationally renowned photographer will release a 240-page hardcover book featuring portraits of 135 artists.

Solkær has spent the last three years portraying artists all over the world. “I felt that this was the perfect time to portray the people behind one of the most powerful and prevalent art movements of our time. This took me on an incredible journey to roof tops, back alleys, train stations, studios and walls across the world”, said Solkær.

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This expansive collection includes Shepard Fairey, Blek Le Rat, Seen, Ron English, Swoon, Faile, Space Invader and Vhils amongst many others It will be published by Gingko Press and distributed worldwide. The book launches in Australia: February 23, 2015, Europe: March 15, 2015, and USA: April 25, 2015.

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Six exhibitions announced for 2015:

February 23 – March 5: Art Equity, Sydney, Australia

March 10 – March 21: NKN Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

April 25 – May 23: Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, USA

April 27 – May 12th (Opening party on May 2nd): Allouche Gallery, New York, USA

June 12 – end of July: Øksnehallen (in collaboration with V1 Gallery), Copenhagen, Denmark

August 2015: The Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, Canada

To see more portraits, behind-the-scenes shots and photos from the world tour, follow SURFACE on Instagram @surfaceproject and Facebook.

New Mural by Shepard Fairey at Urban Nation Berlin

Famed founder and creator of the OBEY Giant Movement, Shepard Fairy, is in Berlin completing a new mural sponsored by Urban Nation.  The wall themed and styled in signature Fairey colors, states ” Make Art, Not War”, “Eyes Open”, “Mind Open” with a symbolic Rose at it’s center.

Photographer Henrik Haven sends us the latest photos with more coverage to follow of this year’s Urban Nation 2014:

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Shepard Fairey x Faile x Invader releases limited edition Tees for BNE Clean Water Project

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Invader, FAILEShepard Fairey and BNE have teamed up to help solve the world water crisis. Three limited edition, organic cotton tees will be released on Thursday, 3/13, 10AM PST at BNE.org. Tees are made in the USA and limited to 100 per artist. $7 from each tee will be donated to charity:water, a New York based non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet.

Water Changes Everything. from charity: water on Vimeo.

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Reminder (As if you need it): Go Vote!!!!

We don’t think you need a reminder, but go educate yourself on the propositions, state and national rep and Senate races, and of course, the Presidential election and use the best right you have in voting. (art  by shepard fairey)