February 2013

YZ Brings Classical Beauties to Streets of Berlin

Early celluloid startlets dripping with liquid opulence meet classical greek heroines draped in clinging peplos with these quietly elegant wheat-pasted pieces by French Street Artist YZ in Berlin. Bringing her vintage view of high culture to sometimes very decayed and mottled walls of neglect, the contrast creates a vibrational effect for the passerby, who might wonder how they got there. The black ink on silk paper creations are hers, but the images are archetypes from the popular imagination about women and their perceived role in society as decorative objects.

“The images are meant to be of alternately fatal, dreamy or provocative women that challenge our stereotypes,” says YZ, “Women are beautiful, strong, and confident. They are capable of changing the world, as they proved during the last century.”

YZ (photo © Yseult – YZ)

YZ (photo © Yseult – YZ)

YZ (photo © Yseult – YZ)

Special thanks to Guillaume Trotin of Open Walls and the artist for sharing these exclusive images with BSA readers.

 

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Cartwheel Art Presents: “Street & Outsider Art Spring Pop-Up” (Hollywood, CA)

WHAT: Hollywood newcomer PROJECT Gallery hosts CARTWHEEL’s Second Annual Pop-Up Art Show. This is an exciting opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts to view and purchase unique works by eight stand-out street, outsider, assemblage, surf, and new contemporary artists primarily from the art fair circuit who are new to or emerging within Los Angeles. Along with the four day exhibition of art and installations, there will be a series of special interactive events occurring with artists daily including live music and painting, a family day gathering of fun to coincide with the Hollywood farmers market, and much more to be announced.

  • Corey Hagberg: A mural artist from Rockford, Illinois who works with paint and screen prints on both canvases and walls; his taboo topics are presented with optimism
  • Evo Love:  A Miami multi-media artist who creates unique altar-like assemblages and installations that focus on personal and universal symbols of belief
  • Greg Haberny: A New York artist who builds complex installations and assemblages that are part of prestigious public and private U.S. and international collections
  • Lydia Emily: An acclaimed L.A. street artist that makes her prints and paintings from a foundation of profound social responsibility and a duty to stand up and speak out
  • Lyle Carbajal: Images associated with childhood – comics, monsters, machines, and animals – draw on this Portland, Oregon artist’s affinity for the popular and primitive
  • RADICAL!: At only 21, with detailed illustrative work based on social observations, this young Albany artist has exhibited in New York City, Boston, and Copenhagen
  • Roy Gonzalez: This icon in the Orange County extreme sport industry’s art and design circles creates some of the most definitive images of the surf, skate, and music industries
  • Scott Michael Ackerman: An outsider artist from Woodstock, New York who receives acclaim for colorful paintings on found objects

WHERE:            PROJECT Gallery

1553 N. Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood, CA 90028

323-462-1100

WHEN:            Wednesday, March 20 7pm – 9 pm; Private preview

Thursday, March 21 7pm  – 10pm; Open to the public reception

Thursday, March 21 – Sunday, March 24; gallery hours; 10am – 7pm

http://www.cartwheelart.com/projects/cartwheel-events/press-release-cartwheel-street-outsider-art-spring-pop-up-at-project-gallery

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“Self Destruction” and How & Nosm in San Francisco

In San Francisco right now are How & Nosm, the Brooklyn based artists doing some work in a neighborhood known for serious drug related problems and violence. Tova Lobatz and Lauren Napolitano have invited the artists to participate in B.I.G. Projects, and the gents share these photos of their installation with us and with BSA readers.

The twins have said in the past that graffiti and their dedication to their art probably saved them from drugs, so they’re not passing judgement on people who have been caught up in the harmful cycles of addiction. The mural, entitled “Self Destruction”, is dedicated to the Tenderloin and was completed over the course of four days.

How & Nosm “Self Destruction” (photo © How & Nosm)

How & Nosm “Self Destruction”. Detail. (photo © How & Nosm)

How & Nosm “Self Destruction”. Detail. (photo © How & Nosm)

How & Nosm “Self Destruction” (photo © How & Nosm)

Learn more about B.I.G. Projects here

 

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Studio Visit with MRKA : Graffiti and Branding

Studio Visit with MRKA : Graffiti and Branding

“Graffiti and branding are the same thing; One is legal and one is illegal.”

BSA Contributor Rosanna Bach visited MRKA for a studio visit and they talked about the intersections of the street, the Internet, branding, commercialism, and graffiti. Here is what she found:

At 23, New York based Lucas Benarroch (MRKA) is like a lot of artists who started out writing in the streets – in his case the streets of Madrid. Often he collaborates with San Francisco based Nicolas Linares (NKO) and in 2010 they formed a duo called Pillasbros (or Pillas) and they have worked together on projects for “Secret Wars” in Brooklyn and in Wynwood, Miami. MRKA crisscrosses all mediums and medias as an outlet, whether it be his murals, graphic artwork or branding projects allowing his shapes, symbols and ideas to evolve organically.

“Machine Fun” by MRKA for Pillas. Wynwood, Miami. 2012 (photo © MRKA)

I arrive to his apartment/studio on a sunny morning and he opens the door fresh out of bed, but immediately gets into action mode. “I want to show this and this, and what if we take the photo over here? What do you think?”  I laugh. Inside the rather generic “cookie cutter” apartment I find a world of prints, paintings, and stickers…

Rosanna Bach: You work on the majority of your murals with NKO. Can you describe that working relationship?
MRKA:
 I like to work with someone because there are two opinions. There are always two heads thinking about where to put the next shape or where to draw the next hand or tree. Our styles are completely different; He is more into characters and I’m more into texturing and geometries and the balance of the whole — and that’s what creates Pillas. I’m going a little more abstract, Nico keeps me more focused. He’s a serious man and I’m a little more distracted, so it’s a nice conjuncture of two styles. In terms of MRKA I don’t know if it’s a brand or just a lovely percussion instrument. I don’t know what it is yet. For now I’m just doing the projects I think are worth doing like the project for the Wutang Brand or the “Pillas Submarine” I painted with NKO in Miami last summer.

“Pillas Submarine” by Pillas (MRKA & NKO). Wynwood, Miami. 2012 (photo © Victor Alarcon)

Rosanna Bach: What makes a project worth doing?
MRKA:
 You have to think about if you’re motivated for it, if you’ll enjoy it or if it will be a pain. The relationship with the person you do the deal with is very important. I just put a MRKA on the cool shit that I do even if it’s commercial. Doing collaborations with commercial brands doesn’t bother me — That’s how the world works and you’ve got to eat. But you choose which brands you do and don’t want to work with. I mean why not? As long as you keep it personally artistic and you do what you want and not strictly what the brand wants, you’re good.

Rosanna Bach: Tell me, what’s the Maraca (MRKA) about?
MRKA:
 Just like people who have put their logo or their symbol or their icon all over the place — like “BNE” for example — it’s just a way to get attention from people. And then you can do whatever they want with it; in his case he built a water foundation.  The MRKA is used the same way. You see it on a coffee package or on a mural or on the Internet. It’s like a hashtag on Instagram — a way to link all your works. I mean I feel like social media stole tagging from graffiti…. basically it’s branding.

MRKA “His House”. Detail. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Rosanna Bach: But branding for what exactly?
MRKA:
 Consciously or unconsciously you brand yourself little by little. It’s great when they find out your work is not just little stickers and little tags. It could bring you an exhibition with five screens or a mural in the Bronx. Graffiti and branding are the same thing; One is legal and one is illegal. I’m not sure which is which anymore since everything in this world crosses over these days. I’m mixing it. One guy told me today you have to focus, so I did the opposite. That is what a MRKA is. If you open it you’ll see all the sand inside, those grains are my ideas and my exhibits and the mailboxes I tag and all the things I wish to do. They just move around and shake and suddenly some of them get together to make a bigger noise…and that’s when the joy comes because something is born.

Rosanna Bach: So what would you say your work is about?
MRKA:
 It’s about seeing a final physical product of my idea (He smiles). I love seeing that physical thing after I had a dream or a thought and two days or a couple of months, maybe years later, it’s there. You make your own little world you try new techniques new materials. It’s like having a physical Facebook.

MRKA “His House” (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Rosanna Bach: Street or gallery? Does it matter?
MRKA:
 I don’t think much — just do what you feel like doing that day. Because if you obsess over street or gallery, artist or designer, matte or glossy — you end up doing nothing at all. Don’t think too much, just shake well.

Rosanna Bach: Some use it as a chance to cast an opinion outward into the world.
MRKA:
I don’t do that. Mine is straight art, I just do it in the street. Because it’s pure art. It’s not street art as something profound or subliminal. It s more related to graffiti as here I am and it s related to the fine art here I am but I m not just fucking up your wall I’m doing it here instead of on a canvas and I m going to share it with you. The street is cool because you can go huge and you don’t have to move it. There’s no secondary intention apart from this is what I do I hope you like it call me if you need anything.

Rosanna Bach: It is just as simple as that?
MRKA:
 It comes from inside. It comes from the desire to do things well and just doing in general. It’s a reflection of how I like geometry and balance and branding and graffiti and how I put it all together. It’s about making a shape recognizable. It could be a circle or a square, it could be anything, but it’s how you use it where it can become something good. How high can you get this symbol? – not in the sense of fame but in the sense of how much can it involve? I do all sorts of things within the same realm under this umbrella. My MRKA is as simple as that.

MRKA (photo © Rosanna Bach)

New drawings (in process) by Pillas (NKO + MRKA) (photo © Rosanna Bach)

MRKA. Jack and Queen from Royal Flush Series. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

MRKA (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Links:

http://www.emerreka.com/

http://minimaldose500mg.com/

http://pillasbros.blogspot.com/

http://vimeo.com/mrka

 

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A Nice Gesture: HANDS Project In Barcelona

A Nice Gesture: HANDS Project In Barcelona

With the international banking crises continuing to force everyday citizens to suffer, Spain is one of the more recent “developed” countries being forced to cut programs and services for its people. Just this past Saturday tens of thousands of Spaniards marched through cities across the country to protest deep austerity, the privatization of public services and political corruption. With tens of thousands of closed businesses and an economy in severe retraction and cuts to education and health programs, the pain hits the youth particularly hard as 55% of people under the age of 25 are unemployed.

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

To reflect this environment on the streets, four artists have begun a Street Art installation in Barcelona that highlights the human aspect of the economic crisis using sculptures of hands strategically placed in the public sphere. The results of HANDS are subtle but effective, and many passersby interact with them, take photos of them, pose with them, stand and discuss these gestural conversation pieces. Poignant and pointed, the installations aim to help people draw the connection between the crisis and those who ultimately are responsible.

All involved in the field of visual arts, the artists who have a hand in HANDS are Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia.  You may now applaud if you like.

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. “HANDS”. January, 2013. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Pau Garcia Sanchez)

Go to HANDS for more about this project.

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The Seventh Letter Presents: #Art Share LA (Los Angeles, CA)

The Seventh Letter presents #ARTSHARELA
Opening reception: March 1, 2013 | 8 – 10pm
Show runs: March 1 – April 7, 2013

Art Share LA
801 E 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013
info@knowngallery.com

A celebration of Street Art curated by Casey Zoltan of Known Gallery, featuring gallery pieces & outdoor billboards from noted Los Angeles artists: Saber, Patrick Martinez, Rime, Victor Reyes, Pose, Sage Vaughn, Willie T, Shepard Fairey, Risk, Push, Revok, Zes, Sever, Augustine Kofie and Vizie.

http://www.artsharela.org/gallery/seventhletterpresents.html

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Lace Presents: Logan Hicks “Thin Veils and Heavy Anchors” (Los Angeles, CA)

A pop-up exhibition presented by Pat Magnarella Management

LACE is pleased to host acclaimed New York-based street and stencil art visionary Logan Hicks for Thin Veils And Heavy Anchors, a new solo showing of his work.  Thin Veils And Heavy Anchors will debut to the public on March 8, 2013 and run through March 10, 2013, and marks a triumphant return for an artist whose works have been shown in Auckland, Cape Town, Shanghai, Taipei, and just about everywhere in between.

http://www.welcometolace.org/exhibitions/view/logan-hicks-thin-veils-and-heavy-anchors/

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Images of the Week 02.24.13


If you have a healthy attitude toward discovery you are always going to be entertained by the art that people are leaving on the street. You could say that right now abstract sculpture is showing up a little more, the animal kingdom is still out to represent, and in the face of all the large murals we’ve been seeing comes a variety of small works and one-offs by people with names or those who aren’t in it for the fame. Don’t try to make too much sense of it all, though, you’ll ruin it for yourself! Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring CB23, Cholo, Dashan, Esteban Del Valle, FLM, Gilf!, Mint & Serf, and Tripel.

Top image > Cholo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tripel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FLM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FLM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CB23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dashan (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mint & Serf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Esteban Del Valle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Chinatown, NYC. February 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Olek Sneak Peek – It’s a Pink Crocheted World and “The End is Far”

For those of us who follow this sort of thing Street Artist Olek has monopolized the category for D.I.Y. pink and purple camouflage crochet sculpture on the street.

More later on that tip, but right now we want to share with you a BSA sneak peek of “The End is Far” as Olek races to completely cover the interior exhibition space for tonights’ opening at Jonathan Levine.

Call it a show about candy colored empowerment. Call her a force to reckon with, and possibly adore. And if you do, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries will be accepted.

OLEK  (detail of photo, re-shot © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK at work on her installation. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OLEK “The End is Far” Opens today at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Click here for more details.

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BSA Film Friday 02.22.13


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

Now screening: En Masse X Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal , Entes y Pesimo AKA Los Primos in Chile, and Jessy Nite in Hollywood: Diamonds….

 

BSA Special Feature:

En Masse X Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal from Fred Caron

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts invited the En Masse Project in for the creation of their new educational area, and here is a record of the installation by Fred Caron. Using only black and white, En Masse covered walls, ceilings, a hallway, and a staircase in the Museum as part of a new program of “educational zones” that offer free access and workshops to kids and their adults.

Artists include: Labrona, Tyler Rauman, Jason Botkin, Rupert Bottenberg, Fred Caron, Melissa DelPinto, Alan Ganev, Beef Oreo, Bruno Rathbone, Jason Wasserman, Peru143, Raphaële Bard, Ad Deville, MCBaldasseri, Dan Buller, Adam Vieira, Peter Ferguson, Carlos Santos, Katie Green, Cheryl Voisine, Tyson Bodnarhuk, Fred Casia, Dominic Brunette, Olivier Bonnard, Troy Lovegates, Lea Heinrich, Dave Todaro.

Entes y Pesimo AKA Los Primos in Chile

Here’s a video of Entes y Pesimo on their visit to Chile in November 2012.

Jessy Nite in Hollywood: Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend…

Creating a Hollyhood Kaleidoscope for The Downtown Hollywood Mural Project in Florida, here is a sunny warm look of the installation in video edited and shot by Peter Vahan.

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Street Art From Beijing and Robbbb

Street Artist Robbbb has some new neighbors posted in his city of Beijing, the three thousand year old Chinese capital metropolis of 20.6 million people. By wheat-pasting these still frame figures of unromanticized men, women, and children back onto the street where they travel, Robbbb calls attention to the every day person, and by doing so, somehow exults them. It’s an ephemeral art, but it lasts a little longer than the momentary flash of a person passing by and it give Robbbb an opportunity to look at and contemplate the lives of people in his city  and perhaps to give them the equivalent of a visual “shout out”.

“No matter what nationality, what identity, what gender or what age, I like depicting  figures from the city,” says the artist of his work.

Robbbb (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb (photo © Robbbb)

 

 

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