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SpiderTag Traces Electric Geometry on the Swedish Waterfront

Posted on October 16, 2017

The Argentinian Street Artist named Spidertag has freed his work from the wall these days and prefers to trace geometry in the air.

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 5. (photo © Spidertag)

Using a relatively new glowing fluorescent chording that emulates his previous yarn compositions Spidertag spent a week in Helsingborg, Sweden experimenting and creating one new artwork every day.

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 7. (photo © Spidertag)

The installations on the ground, on walls, on ship docks and piers, and levitating in the air were not always simple to achieve, he tells us, and he required the help of three assistants and a car lift.

“I´m super glad of the result, the effort and the levels that I pushed myself to during this amazing week,” he says, of the multiple configurations that lit the night during Artweek, curated by Peter Erikson for Kulturhotellet. Every day at nightfall his temporary, installations suddenly lit up hidden places, many in concert with the beautiful views of Helsingborg.

The images here show the works in situ, some from multiple angles, without photo manipulation. As his electrified tags and geo-webs continue to evolve, one can imagine more complex pieces developing into the future while Spidertag tests the limits of the medium and his imagination.

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 1. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 2. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 3. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 4. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 4. Detail. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 5. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 5. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 6. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 6. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 6. (photo © Spidertag)

 

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.15.17. ONO’U-Raiatea Special

Posted on October 15, 2017


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Raitea, or more correctly, Ra’iātea, is the second largest of the Society Islands, after Tahiti, in French Polynesia. A 50 minute plane ride from where we spent a week in Tahiti for the ONO’U Festival, the organizers treated us and some of the artists and documentarians to an additional few days on this island this week.

The experience in this down to earth environment deepened our understanding and appreciation for the history, the sacred sites, and people here – many who have not previously had any interest in so-called Street Art or graffiti- or the current iterations of it anyway. The mainly port town is lush in vegetation with modest architecture, a lot of fresh produce, bare feet, a number of impressive tattoos, coral reefs, brightly colored schools of fish, vanilla beans, pineapples, black pearl farms, and now, murals from Street Artists from New Zealand, Paris, Madrid… Yes, we had the conversations about colonialism, cultural imperialism, hip hop culture, western culture, respecting traditions, giving and receiving. We’ll probably need more.

In the end, the artists thought perhaps more carefully about their work here than usual, sensitive to the audience, wanting to share. It’s this attitude of cultural exchange that inspires us to share them with you as images of our week. With gratitude to the organizers Sarah Roopinia, Jean Ozonder, Sarah’s kind parents, people of Tahiti and Raitea, and to you the loyal BSA reader here are some of the scenes that Jaime shot this week.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Akimbo, Charles & Janine Williams (Phat1 and Lady Diva), Kalouf, Marko93, Okuda, and Soten.

Top image: Kalouf. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kalouf. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Kalouf. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kalouf. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kalouf. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marko93. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marko93. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marko93. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marko93. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marko93. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marko93. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Akimbo . Okuda. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Okuda. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Okuda. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Okuda. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Okuda. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Okuda. Martha Cooper modeling the new pair (0nly pair available at the time) of Okuda sunnies. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Okuda. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Okuda. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Akimbo. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Akimbo. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Akimbo. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Akimbo. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Akimbo. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Phat1. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Phat1 . Lady Diva. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Selina Miles)

Charles & Janine Williams. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Selina Miles)

Soten. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Soten. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Soten. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Soten. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Soten. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Soten. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Selina Miles)

Soten. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Selina Miles)

SOT for short. Soten. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lady Diva. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lady Diva. ONO’U Tahiti 2017. Raiatea Edition. French Polynesia. October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Miquel Wert Brings Awkward Family Dynamics From the Shadows in Barcelona

Posted on October 14, 2017

Have you ever seen those awkward family photographs that some brilliant editors have periodically culled together and presented in books or websites?

Which one is your favorite? Mom, Dad, and five siblings dressed in identical cowboy/cowgirl outfits in front of a sunset? The family of nudists gathered in the kitchen with dad holding a bowl of bananas strategically? Or perhaps the studio photo of smiling conservative mom in a flowery office blouse posed with two angry punk teen daughters who look like they have given their souls to Satan. There are many voyeuristic hours of entertainment just waiting for you if you start Googling them.

Miquel Wert. Life In Shadows. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

In most family photos the interpersonal dynamics are more subtle, but a close reading of posture, body language, and facial expressions all give unconsciously a lot of information about the true nature of the relationships officially on display.

Street Artist Miquel Wert has just painted a nostalgic family portrait for his new Barcelona wall with the 12 + 1 Project, and he points to exactly this kind of revealing moment when interpersonal dynamics are painfully on display. He calls the new work “Life in Shadows”.

Miquel Wert. Life In Shadows. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

He says his work pretends to be an open window to a “typical family” intimacy. It looks like a relaxed scene but the male looks defiant, burning two holes through the camera. Is he reacting to something just said by his aunt? Is he angry at the picture taker? Did he just sit on an open mouse-trap? Is he simply counting the minutes until this insufferable dinner visit with his beautiful wife, child, and his gossipy manipulative emasculating mother is over?

If you find this old photograph in a shoe box at a garage sale you might not give it much thought. When it is translated to a large painting in a public space you can see that it makes people a little uncomfortable as they walk by, not quite sure how to address the tension. Not even sure what is bothering them actually.

Miquel Wert. Life In Shadows. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

Mr. Wert says that he defines his work as “a research about quotidian life’s theatricality, questioning how we represent the collective subconscious, trying to avoid a purely nostalgic aspect – the image is treated as a scenography, full of anonymous actors who are acting in front of the curtains of an imaginary theatre. Often, these actors are coming from some documents I inherited, or are the result of a difficult selection in several files.”

 

The Spanish-Swedish painter has been building a body of work since finishing fine art studies in 2000 at Barcelona University, and he has exhibited his works at festivals and in galleries nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows. About this wall he says the name of the mural comes from a classic and forgotten Spanish drama film and it’s also a reminder of the shadows described by Russian writer Maksim Gorki in 1896, when he had his first cinematographic experience.

 

“Last night I was in the Kingdom of the Shadows”

Miquel Wert. Life In Shadows. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

For more on Contorno Urbano and the 12 x 1 Project please click HERE. 

For more on Miquel Wert please visit HERE.


 

BSA Film Friday: 10.13.17

Posted on October 13, 2017

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1. Swoon: Fearless

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BSA Special Feature: Swoon: Fearless

Using existing and new footage of Street Artist Swoon and selected interviews with people in her orbit, director Fredric King presents and hour long documentary that looks over two decades of art making. The stories told and the insights that Calendonia Curry aka Swoon presents while en route to her next adventure illustrate the fluidity with which she pursues the creative spirit, whether on the street, on a vessel down a river, or installing in a museum. An integrated explorer, Swoon brings you into the fold to go on this journey that always feels like its just begun.

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