by Ariadna Zierold
by Ariadna Zierold
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.
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.
“DEVOLUTION“, a group exhibition featuring the work of Smithe, Tina Lugo, Benjamin Constantine and Lauran YS opened at Fifty24SF Gallery on Saturday. Presented in association with Upper Playground, the show brings together a group of artists who create unique characters presented in surreal dream-like forms. “DEVOLUTION” is on display at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco through mid September.
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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.
Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground presents “Devolution”, group exhibition featuring the work of Smithe, Tina Lugo, Lauren YS and Benjamin Constantine. “Devolution” Opens August 1st 2015, 7pm at Fifty24SF Gallery.
About The Artists:
Benjamin Constantine: Benjamin is a predominantly self taught artist living and working in Brisbane, Australia. In his pieces, casts of anonymous characters interact, in states of anxiety or elation, elements within or around them often becoming involved and synonymous. Constantine’s work has appeared in VICE comics, the Fantagraphics’s publication ‘Beasts!2’ and in ‘Secret Prison’ amongst others.
Tina Lugo: Tina’s work expresses a sexual and often tongue-in- cheek humor fueled by cartoons, animation and early 90’s television. The use of enamel and plexiglass in her work is to suggest that the smooth, hyper-gloss finishing of a world that allures us will always be beneath a transparent barrier we can touch but never enter-a replication of the voyeuristic qualities we all posses. Her style references and pays homage to her variety of modern influences which include: Takashi Murakami, Toshio Saeki, Hanna Barbera, Japanese animation, and Henry Darger. Tina Lugo was born and raised in the Bronx and recently moved to Portland. She studied at the School of Visual Arts.
Smithe: Born and raise in Mexico City, Smithe begain drawing around age 12. Influenced by the local graffiti artists in his neighborhood, Smithe would walk the city and look at the graffiti on the walls. He was intrigued by how quick you could get a message out. Smithe’s art has opened many doors for him as he has traveled the world showing his work, with shows in England, Belgium and Germany.
Lauren YS: Lauren YS is a Bay Area based fine artist, illustrator and muralist. For “Devolution,” Lauren has collected a host of her characters in states that play off her interpretation of the word: entanglement, malaise or playful struggle. YS graduated from Stanford in 2013 and showed her first artworks at FIFTY24SF. She has since completed a residency in Vienna at Rabbit Eye Movement and painted at several international mural festivals.
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.
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.
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 a goal to creatively raise awareness for the conservation of the ocean and the need to protect whale sharks and manta rays off the Yucatan peninsula, internationally acclaimed contemporary artists were invited from every where. Curiot, Saner, Nosego, Shark Toof, Tristan Eaton, Celeste Byers, Meggs, Cinzah Merkens, Tatiana Suárez, Hannah Stouffer, Smithe, Aaron Glasson, Yoh Nagao, Vexta and Pelucas attended the festival.
And in turn, inspired by their personal animal encounters, the artists created a series of 14 large-scale ocean-themed murals on Isla Mujeres to help educate and raise greatly needed awareness within the local and tourist communities for the plight of these animals and oceans.
members of the art, science, and environmental activist communities. PangeaSeed is dedicated
to raising public awareness and education surrounding the conservation and preservation of
sharks and other marine species in peril.
Through volunteer activism, research and the various mediums of art, music, film and
photography, PangeaSeed aims to create a sea change within the global community and
develop an understanding of the need to preserve and protect the world’s oceans.
Upper Playground and Fifty24sf Gallery is pleased to announce a Holiday Print Show: “Playground Legends” opening Sat. Dec 14th, 6pm. The show includes limited edition prints from Brian Flynn, Craola, Dora Drimalas, Estevan Oriol, Herbert Baglione, Jayde Fish, Jeremy Fish, Mars-1, Miss Van, Morning Breath, Munk One, Nate Van Dyke, Pez, Sam Flores, Saner and Smithe. Join us on Opening Night!