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Johannes Mundinger Painting in Mexico City for “Wall Dialogue II”

Posted on February 23, 2017

Berlin based Street Artist and abstract impressionist Johannes Mundinger just spent a month in Mexico City as part of WALL DIALOGUE II painting in collaboration with Blo and talking with other artists and the community mainly about the new president in the US and how it is affecting things in Mexico.

Johannes Mundinger . Blo. Tulum, Mexico. 2017. (photo © Johannes Mundinger)

Starting WALL DIALOGUE in Berlin in 2015, this combination of artist residency and cultural exchange aims to “feature international urban artists and bring their various forms of expression into an international dialogue and to create a physical space of exchange,” Johannes tells us.

The project is funded by Goethe Institute and IFA and is interested in “discussing city development and promoting an exchange between the independent scene of Berlin and Mexico City,” says the ATEA statement.

Johannes Mundinger . Blo. Tulum, Mexico. 2017. (photo © Johannes Mundinger)

The location this time was in the popular neighborhood of La Merced and included eleven artists from Europe, México and Argentina. The artists painted solo, collaborated, and all together for a wall painting jam in the independent art space ATEA.

Here are the walls Mundinger created so BSA readers can get a taste of the scene. Also participating were Pao Delfin, Libre, Vlocke, Said Dokins and La Piztola from Mexico, the artist couple Billy and Mernywernz from UK, Alaniz from Argentina and Nelio from France.

Johannes Mundinger . Mexico City. 2017. (photo © Johannes Mundinger)

Johannes Mundinger . Mexico City. 2017. (photo © Leda Fenix)

Johannes Mundinger . Mexico City. 2017. (photo © Oscar Sandoval)

Johannes Mundinger . Mexico City. 2017. (photo © Johannes Mundinger)

 

Rough.eq Creates Miniature Refugee Boats in Basel, Switzerland

Posted on February 22, 2017

As much of Europe is actually the recipient of refugees arriving in boats from war-torn countries, this image of a small boat filled past its capacity with people has a lot of relevance to people in Basel, Switzerland who spot them.

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Bernhard Chiquet)

The tiny concrete sculptures by a Street Artist who goes by the name of Rough.eq are usually attached via lock and chain near a body of water or stream or inlet, and a viewer can quickly begin making associations with the plight of people leaving home forever to go upon dangerous seas.

Other times the diminutive refugees are landlocked, or sitting in snow – giving perhaps an even greater sense of being adrift in unknown, unrecognizeable territory and the difficulty many people experience when trying to assimilate in what can be a strange and confusing society.

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Chihun Yang)

As frightening as the stories that immigrants and refugees tell of riding in overloaded and insecure vessels to escape war, poverty, persecution, they are increasingly in danger of not feeling safe in their country of destination, thanks to a rising xenophobic sentiment in some places.

The economic burden is not always easy to take on, and natives worry that the host culture will be changed in fundamental ways that they will not like. Some times the culprit is simply racism and fear of the “other”.

For Rough.eq, the response to his pieces has been quick, but it is hard to tell if it is supportive or the opposite.

“Three out of these four of my “Lock Ons” have already disappeared,” he tells us.

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Chihun Yang)

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Chihun Yang)

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Chihun Yang)

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Chihun Yang)

 

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Bernhard Chiquet)

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Chihun Yang)

Rough.eq. Basel, Switzerland. 2017. (photo © Bernhard Chiquet)

 



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BAST: “New Works” Are Vital, Animated at Allouche Gallery

Posted on February 21, 2017

Bast. Untitled Paper and Stuff 1, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The first full show of studio work by Brooklyn Street Artist Bäst in a gallery in about four years declares that the artist is currently running loose with an intoxicating freedom of gesture and brush strokes and character that reaches back to a creamy pastel abstractionist block party from mid-century, catching the eye of a neon neo-folk parade en route.

Bast. Untitled Paper and Stuff 2, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Insiders tell us that the brainy Coney chanticleer who blends many voices into one was not looking for a new exhibition, per se, but that he’s been prodigious in traversing new artistic neighborhoods and is glad to get the stuff out for people to see. You’ll be glad too.

In much the way that early-mid 2000s Street Art watchers became acquainted with his collaged pop-contorted figures and grocery store banner ad mocks, you’ll appreciate the opening up of space for new dialogue in his large canvasses, nearly balanced and reliably off kilter.

Bast. Nike-a-Tron, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With new sculptural inventions, misplaced punctuations, rhapsodic vibrations and materials that hit the jackpot with plain joy and tactility, there is always a feeling that nothing is off limits; it’s just a matter of scrappily side-eye capturing an unwinding story or furry element as it flies by and attaching it with purpose. This is the street, a happy chaos full of character and wit.

Bast. Farragut Fresh, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As if breathing air into the tight smaller pieces that are always densely rewarding, these newer larger roomy compositions allow him to stretch, and you think he’s going somewhere new, taking chances to discover. Of note for us is his technique of masking out the elements he decides are not necessary, a milky veiling that recalls “the buff” that wipes out graffiti and Street Art on city walls. In this case, it defines the composition and focuses the scene and feels like the artist is speaking directly to you.

While elements still peak through the partial opacity, these deliberate strokes are blotting out and re-defining with the resulting compositions as much a product of subtraction as addition and recombination – clarifying of what is vital and necessary.

Bast. Untitled 4, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast. Bubbledub, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast. Bubble La Rue, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast. Signora Alla Stazione Ferroviara, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast. Untitled 1, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast. Babooshka. Detail. Untitled 1, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast. Ceneri Tropico. Detail, 2016. Allouche Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bast New Works Solo Exhibition is currently on view at the Allouche Gallery

 

 

 

 

“NUART Aberdeen” Announced for April, BSA is There With You

Posted on February 20, 2017

|  FIRST ARTISTS ANNOUNCED  | NUART TALKS PROGRAM | BSA FILM FRIDAY LIVE |  LIVE ARTIST INTERVIEWS  |  KEYNOTE  SPEAKERS  |  FIGHT NIGHT RETURNS  |
| SPECIAL FILMS THROUGHOUT EASTER WEEKEND AT BELMONT THEATRE |

NUART in Stavanger Norway has been distinguishing itself as a top-notch series of events showcasing Street Art and graffiti culture with full respect to its antecedents while spotlighting some talents and movements from the current scene who have made the path by walking.

Robert Montgomery (courtesy Nuart )

This April Nuart becomes mobile and shines from Aberdeen, Scotland with a line-up of International artists that will be announced this week to bring new voices to this pivotal port city where the Dee and Don rivers meet the North Sea.

BSA has closely followed Nuart for 9 years and presented, participated, documented, and interpreted the programming, street and gallery installations we’ve experienced for readers of Brooklyn Street Art and The Huffington Post and we’re happy to announce we’ll be in Aberdeen with you in April.

Herakut (courtesy Nuart )

The artist roster is looking stellar including these first three veterans of Nuart during its previous incarnations, Robert Montgomery, Herakut and Julien de Casabianca. Included in the events are some of the erudite Nuart Talks with keynotes and artist interviews and a new edition of Fight Night, as well as BSA in person for BSA FILM FRIDAY LIVE at the Belmont Cinema where we’ll also introduce movies to Aberdeen Street Art fans throughout the Easter weekend.

Julian Casbianca (courtesy Nuart )

We’re excited to see the reliably inventive, visonary and resourceful Nuart team, the installations of new works by some of your favorite Street Artists, and hopefully we’ll get to meet many BSA readers in Scotland this April! More on this on BSA Facebook and Twitter as details emerge.

For more info go to:

Website: http://www.nuartaberdeen.co.uk/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nuartaberdeen

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nuartaberdeen

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