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El Mac Brings Electricity to Creativity at Northeastern University

Posted on May 27, 2015

El Mac, the LA based aerosol Caravaggio has just illuminated a university wall in Boston with a portrait of his wife as alchemist, a glowing vision completed on the side of Northeastern’s Meserve Hall this month in time for Spring graduation.

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

“The meeting of art and sciences is key to this campus,” says Todd Mazer, who lives in the city and who spent a lot of time with the artist while he painted, shooting incredible photos of the process. The image based on a photo of Kim presents a perfect marriage of symbols for the university, but also may refer directly to the artists’ personal lineage, he confides.

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

“Mac’s father went to Northeastern and studied Engineering where he met Mac’s mother, who was an artist going to MassArt at the time,” he explains, “so the lightning, which is science, and the brush, which is art, just may represent his parents. In his distinctive style that includes scientifically chilling paint cans in a cooler with ice, El Mac renders an heroic, comely, and gentle figure even on this rough surface using a circular patterning that appears alternately mechanically digitized or smooth as a Vermeer, depending on your angle and distance from the work.

Even the starry sky may be a reference to his father, we learn, because of his father’s history with things astronomical. “Also the stars above could be of significance too because although Mac was born in LA he moved to Phoenix because his father was pursuing a career in the space program.”

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

On breaks from plowing through 150 or so cans of paint, El Mac also took time to see art at his dad’s Alma Matter, poking inside the Museum of Fine Arts, Todd tells us. “He mostly painted but since he was just across the street from the MFA it was on his mind and when he got some small windows of time he would head over there,” says Mazer.

“It was nice to see him get off the lift and put down the iced out cans and catch some inspiration from a different surface. I remember him with a pencil and a sketchbook in front of a sculpture and just like earlier in the day at the wall I got a sense he was somewhere he belongs.”

Our sincere thanks to Todd for sharing these images with BSA readers.

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

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Northeastern University (photo © Todd Mazer)

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

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El Mac (photo © Todd Mazer)

 

 

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Skount and Rone : Lady Lying Under an Amsterdam Bridge

Posted on May 26, 2015

Collaboration between artists can be fraught with peril; styles don’t mesh, egos don’t play nice, mismatched palettes produce nausea.

Here is an example when it works. Rone’s realist/pulp fiction figures wouldn’t normally dance with Skounts’ folk patterns and mystical symbols but here they are complimentary. Rone provides the girl, Skount gives her a dress.

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Skount . Rone. Amsterdam. May 2015. (photo © Skount)

Wonder what she thinks about when she opens her eyes and stares at the bottom of the bridge, listening to the traffic rumbling across it above her. The Australian artist Rone paints portraits of sexy women – not in a sexualized manner, just oozing with sexiness. Skount, who is from Spain but lives in Amsterdam takes inspiration from old masters and popular culture as well as from traditional ornamental geometry and illustration. This is an unusual pairing that works well as collaboration.

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Skount . Rone. Amsterdam. May 2015. (photo © Skount)

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Skount . Rone. Amsterdam. May 2015. (photo © Skount)

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Skount . Rone. Amsterdam. May 2015. (photo © Skount)

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Skount . Rone. Amsterdam. May 2015. (photo © Skount)

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Skount . Rone. Amsterdam. May 2015. (photo © Skount)

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Skount . Rone. Amsterdam. May 2015. (photo © Skount)

Mario Mankey: GO! GO! GO! BIG BIG DIG! in Valencia

Posted on May 25, 2015

Mankey is a Spanish artist now living in Berlin who is challenging himself to study and learn from artists and culture to find his own distinctive voice. Combining elements of comics, animation, primitavism, deconstructed graffiti, abstraction, Miro, Picasso, and Basquiat, the energy powering his assembled exploration is a professed desire to learn from and to talk to an audience.

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

“Going Big” is what a lot of street artists and muralists are doing today, and this title is probably as sarcastic as it is directive. Mankey questions the testosterone fueled impulsive behaviors of man, even while observing them in himself and this figurative raging stallion, powered by an electric abstraction in his loins is pushing out into your field of view and as far off the wall as it can get with fury and possibly fear.

His bio says Mankey contemplates social topics such as hierarchies, male chauvinism, anthropology, racism, and respect for the environment – it is interesting to see how those concerns are expressed in this aesthetic context.

He says the purpose of his work is to start a dialog through art. See if you can break it down.

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.24.15

Posted on May 24, 2015

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New York is bittersweet as we are welcoming summer this weekend and remembering those who served and who were lost in war as well (Memorial Day); amidst a changing political atmosphere where the country is tentatively beginning to seriously debate whether the US should have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan.

So it’s also Fleet Week in New York, which means a lot of sailors and marines and Coast Guard personnel are carousing the tourist spots and bars – sort of a military spring break and a chance for the local girls and boys to yell out “Hey Sailor!” – and  flash some flirty eyes. It’s also big weekend for movies, barbecues, beers, burping, suntans, rummage sales, bike rides, and of course spray painting empty trailers in cluttered lots. That’s why we start this weeks pack with a new stallion just sprayed on a trailer in Williamsburg by Cern. He’s running wild with a great view of the cityscape behind him.

Also, Kiss Me I’m Irish!

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Cern, Christos Voutichtis, David De La Mano, Din din, Dont Fret, DourOne, Iraq Veterens Against the War, Kuma, Mata Ruda, Miishab, Musketon, Pablog H Harymbat, Rebel, Smells, Sweet Toof, Temo & Miel, and Urma.

Top image above by Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Iraq Veterans Against The War (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mata Ruda in Jersey City, NJ for Savage Habbit. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mata Ruda in Jersey City, NJ for Savage Habbit. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Telmo & Miel new mural in Dortmund, Germany for 44309//Street Art Gallery. (photo © Courtesy of 44309 // Street Art Gallery)

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Smells . Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Musketon. It’s in the cloud… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DourOne new wall in Los Angeles, CA. (photo © Phil Sanchez)

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Artist Unknown. This has got to be one of the more elaborate ways we have seen to throw an insult. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Miishab (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dont Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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David De La Mano and Pablo H Harymbat in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © Harymbat)

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David De La Mano and Pablo H Harymbat in Montevideo, Uruguay. (photo © Harymbat)

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KUMA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Din Din (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Din Din (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rebel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Urma. New installation in Milan. (photo © Christos Voutichtis)

In case you thought that your uncle Ernie was the only one full of hot air, public artist creates this installation that attempts to capture the breath of the city. He tells us that in the end he decided his experiment was a good mix of architecture, Art, and postmodern French literature.

“I applied simple means to build parametric and temporary installations;

It is an open system, varying with steadily modifying environmental processes, but without completely changing its own structure.”

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Urma. New installation in Milan. Interior. (photo © Domenico Laterza)

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Untitled.  Manhattan fly over. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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