The Street Artist Returns to the Woods of Her Youth, Art in Hand
Vancouver based Street Artist Indigo works in emotion and poetry, and recently, the woods. Raised in a log cabin by artists and activists, Indigo knew the forest long before she knew fat caps and she returns to the childhood playground for this new series. A lifetime dancer who studies the human form, Indigo installs these languid pagan princesses among the mossy columns of the deep timber thicket. As a collection, they summon an enchanted forest in a way that most visitors have never seen.
With these new muses placed into this natural context our perception of public art hikes into unusual territory. With Indigo as the tour guide, the trip is more than a little magic.
This week Indigo is proud to present a group show she has curated with other artists who have worked in the Street Art and Graffiti scenes and whose work she admires for “Unintended Calculations” at the Becker Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver. The high caliber crew includes Augustine Kofie from Los Angeles, Jerry Inscoe from Portland, Remi/Rough from London and local Vancouver talent Scott Sueme.
Indigo spoke to BSA about her work and why she’s run to the woods for a while;
“What interests me is the idea of taking street art out of its usual locations, into spaces that are less populated – so that if the work is by chance seen in the flesh by human eyes, the experience for that one person becomes something intensely personal. We all expect to see street art in cities, alleys, on rooftops and billboards and walls. It’s been done, and I am searching for something that speaks to me – and potentially to others – on a deeper level.
As a child, the forest was my home, and I spent most of my days dreaming of elves and faeries hiding among the trees. After living in the city for over a decade, I think that part of me is trying to rediscover that sense of wonder – to find a connection to the old magic that still exists in places people rarely tread”
Winner of the Golden Chainsaw award for balls, the citizens of Los Angeles have been using circular saws (something that everyone clearly has lying around the house) to help themselves to a slab of Street Art attributed to that international man of mystery, Banksy. The Street Artist, who’s documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is nominated for an Academy Award this evening, has been attributed with the appearance of a number of pieces in the area in recent weeks.
Banksy Removal Instructions, Good Grief! Watch Yer Fingaz
In this video a man appears to be cutting along an invisible dotted line around Banksy Brown. No one can say for sure who put it up but why take chances, right? A piece quite similar to it appears on the Fine Art Buyer website.
Hadn’t heard of air-bending until this year. Sounds like a home competition among 14 year olds that involves farting. Anyway, here’s to all the awards show hot air you can endure and best of luck to all the nominees!
Image above a still from The Last Airbender from Nicolodean Movies.
With very special thanks to photographer John Carr for his on the spot Banksy photos. All copyrights John Carr.
The Orange Dot Gallery is pleased to announce; Coming In From The Outside, an exhibition of ten new silk screened prints by acclaimed New York street artist, Michael De Feo.
Widely exhibited around the world, this is Michael’s first solo exhibition in London and will feature for the first time, re-interpretations of his iconic flower image along with other new prints based on his drawings. All ten prints have been produced in small, signed and numbered editions on a variety of materials including maps and blueprint paper.
One special eleventh edition (signed and numbered) will be given away to visitors of the gallery on Saturday, March 12.
Michael’s new prints are collaborations with master printmaker, Gary Lichtenstein. The pair first worked together in 2008 when the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum invited Michael to produce an Aldrich Edition to benefit the museum. Gary is widely known in the field and is presently working together with Robert Indiana on his HOPE series of prints and canvases.
Best known in the street art movement for his ubiquitous flower image, De Feo has been creating illegal works on the streets of international cities for over eighteen years. Not limited to the streets as his canvas, his work has also appeared in galleries and museums around the world including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; MASS MoCA; Museo de Arte, Puerto Rico; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; the A3 Art Fair, Paris; Colette, Paris; Manifesta 7, Trento/Trentino, Italy; and The National Gallery, Bangladesh, amongst others.
Brooklyn and NYC are Getting Hit! – New stuff is being installed on walls this week from Nick Walker, How & Nosm, TesOne, Bask, Tristan Eaton, Gaia, Clown Soldier, Hellbent, Chris Stain, and more. It’s a hot week in late winter.
We interrupt our regular weekly program of new shots of the street with IN PROGRESS new shots on the street by Nick Walker and How and Nosm and Bask.
This week art fairs will draw huge crowds of collectors and fans, bringing a number of Street Artists with spray paint and brush and wheatpaste in hand to hit up walls with their new pieces. From Fountain to Scope to Volta to Verge to Independent , the city is poppin with new pieces and new installations by scheduled Street Artists, and most likely a fair amount that isn’t scheduled on the streets too.
As reported here Friday BSA was with Nick Walker this week as he installed “Anonymity” a brand new stencil in a couple bricked up windows in Brooklyn. While in New York he’s also hit up walls inside and outside the Cooper Square Hotel in Manhattan (see below).
As he worked he talked about the significance of this new piece:
Nick Walker: This piece is all about anonymity. When you are a graffiti artist some people play the anonymity card. But then there are those who play the anonymity card one minute and the next minute you see them on the Internet not playing the anonymity game. This piece reflects what I see around me and I see other artists doing. I think that if you are going to play the anonymity game you have to play it from the start and never slip up. For a lot of the artists that I see now is “on-off” thing.
Southern Street Art talents Bask and TesOne are braving the cold temps in Brooklyn right now to hit walls with How and Nosm and Tristan Eaton as part of Contra Projects, a newly formed alliance of Street Artists who will be traveling around the globe in 2011 lead by visionary Eaton and his equally dynamic brother Matthew.
Opening at Scope this week the roster includes the above with Mr. Jago, DFace, Thomas Thewes, Ron English, James Marshall and TrustoCorp. Before the big Scope opening some of these cats will be hitting walls in BK and here are here are the first progress shots of the wall by How and Nosm from yesterday. They don’t have a name for it yet – suggestions are welcome! Finally a shot of Bask as he traces out the new piece.
French Street Artist JR is in Los Angeles for a few weeks to wheat-paste twenty or more murals from “Wrinkles in the City”, a black and white portrait series featuring colossal visages of the mature angels in this city.
In a metropolis that famously avoids wrinkles, whether celluloid hero or not, plastering enormous creased and cratered kissers across architectural facades and rooftops is tantamount to vandalism. All of this seems perfect for the 28 year old former graffeur from Paris, who won the 2011 TED prize and who has previously installed portions of this project in Shanghai and Cartegena.
Intended to be visible from streets and freeways, the series continues the Street Artists’ previous work; photographs that pay gentle tribute to the daily lives of citizens, elevating the “everyday” to an outsized scale normally reserved for celebrity and sales.
LA-based BSA collaborator and enormously talented photographer Todd Mazer has captured some of JR’s recent installations here exclusively for you.
While Nick Walker is in town hitting up all kinds of fancy, he spent a little time with BSA to make this new stencil in The People’s Republic of Brooklyn, above. Coming from the printers to check on the progress of the new release tomorrow (see below), Nick and his merry cluster of “assistants” rolled through the BK to poke his head into a couple of windows. Full process pics and the installation come up Sunday on BSA’s Images of the Week.
Nick Walker will be releasing a print in collaboration with Opera Gallery, 115 Spring Street, New York, this Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at 3pm EST. A lottery has been set up making 50 prints available for collectors in the UK. In order to apply for a print please email email@example.com with New York TMA lottery in the subject box.
Nick Walker’s “Morning After New York” print release at Opera Gallery Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
The print will be a signed limited edition of 150 with 18 hand-finished Artists proofs.
Royce Bannon Catches Unusual Suspects at 17 Frost Tomorrow
Check out Abe Lincoln Jr. Celso, Chris RWK, Darkclouds, Infinity, Keely, Matt Siren, Moody, Nose Go, and Sno Monster, all curated by monster man Royce Bannon at this eclectic show in Brooklyn Saturday night. Read more and see images from the show HERE:
Please Support the Pantheon Show Across from the MoMA in April
This spring at the former Donnell New York Public Library across the street from MoMA Joyce Manalo and Daniel Feral will bring you PANTHEON: A History of Art From the Streets of NYC. This artist’s initiative is a 40 year history of New York Street Art told by the people who actually did the work. Run with volunteers, this show promises an erudite assessing of this moment in the timeline, and a look at how we got this far – and daily demonstrations in the windows. With your pledge to their Kickstarter campaign they will be able to afford to print catalogues and mount the show. Please throw them a buck! Click Here to see their KickStarter.
The debut solo exhibition of NYC-based artist Joseph Meloy.
A hieroglyphic graffiti-inflected take on the spirit of abstract expressionism, Vandal Expressionism is a veritable child of New York City, drawing as much from the Abstract Expressionists of the 1940’s and 50’s as from the hordes of graffiti taggers whose scribbles and scrawls wallpaper our streets.
The media is mixed, and the message might not be entirely apparent, but it’s this inkblot test ambiguity that makes Vandal Expressionism a trip to explore…
OPENING PARTY – March 3rd, 2011 7PM to 10PM
Le Salon d’ Art
90 Stanton Street
New York, NY EXHIBIT
March 3rd, 2011 – March 31st, 2011
Entitled Good Folks, this exhibition features an exciting line up of multi-disciplinary artists whose works express a concise cultural identity by conveying shared community values, aesthetics, and a delicate understanding of society and their place in contemporary culture.
While the artists in this exhibition can be linked to folk art, on a more one-dimensional level the name simply celebrates some Good Folks who have contributed to the successful and exciting journey of Show & Tell Gallery for the past two years.
Participating artists include:
Swoon, Monica Canilao, Jeremiah Maddock,
Derek Mehaffey, Felix Berube, and Troy Dugas
If you are interested in being added to the collector preview list for this show please contact the gallery.
¡NO HABLA ESPAÑOL! is El Celso’s most personal show to date. This new series of works was inspired by a recent trip to Peru where the artist became obsessed with posters made in the “chicha” style. These hand-made posters line city streets all over Peru and generally feature an eye-popping neon color palette and commercial graphics-inspired lettering. They are generally used to advertise working class concerts and other events. During a recent trip around Peru, in 2010, Celso began collecting discarded and out-of-date fragments of these posters – known as afiches chicha in Spanish – from the streets of towns such as Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Cajamarca and Lima (to name a few).
Further inspired by their look, he established contact with the esteemed Fortunato Urcuhuaranga at Publicidad Viusa (publicidadviusa.com.pe), the print workshop that originated this iconic DayGlo look back in the 1980s. (Urcuhuaranga is a former radio DJ and he originally created these posters to advertise his station’s musical happenings.) Based on the outskirts of Lima, in the suburb of San Juan, Ate, this renowned family-run studio has produced posters for countless local Peruvian acts, as well as visual artists and arts organizations around the world.
In collaboration with the Urcuhuarangas, Celso created a series of posters inspired by the Peruvian chicha style. However Celso’s posters are a wry play on the idea of the advertisement: event posters created for non-events. Since last year, he has installed dozens of these on the streets of New York and Miami.
His exhibit and installation at the Pandemic Gallery will feature these colorful pieces, as well as fragments of the original Peruvian street posters that inspired them. Also on display will be a series of intricate collages on wood that recreate the feel of the way these posters inhabit the street. Most importantly, the show will feature a diminutive discotheque – a free-standing structure that will feature light, sound and wild graphics. All of it will serve as a tribute to contemporary Peruvian nightlife culture.
Street Art can be a very singular activity, and if you desire, you can do your own thing without ever hanging with the crew. Royce Bannon has never been interested in the Lone Wolf approach, preferring to work with friends on projects. In fact, as part of the Endless Love Crew, he brought about the big “Work to Do” show in Soho a couple of years ago with a truckload of mostly New York Street Artists, all working collaboratively to pull off one of the most lively freeze-frames of the current scene, without attitude.
For “Unusual Suspects”, opening Saturday, the curator and artist invited some of these same artists to this nice open community space in Williamsburg with one important requirement; They all needed to collaborate on a piece with a least one artist in the show.
When asked why he wanted the artists to collaborate he explained that a lot of them work together in many shows but most of them have not painted together on a single piece. In a collaboration you are more cognizant of the working style of the other, and, while not losing your own identity, you are part of a conversation. The resulting work is something entirely different from what either one could have produced solo. The process here involved passing the work back and forth over a period of time with each artist adding his or her contribution. Instructed Royce “Do what you want – just make it look good!”
Most of these names are seen on the street and it is always interesting to see how the work translate to the framed pieces on gallery walls. Included in this offering are a number of individual pieces that span a wide range of styles and one can clearly see these Street Artists going forward in their personal explorations.