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A Visit to La Biennale Di Venezia 2011

ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations, la Biennale di Venezia

54th International Art Exhibition

Writer Lea Schleiffenbaum was recently in Venice for the Biennial and she kept an eye out for Street Art for us, but quickly discovered the streets were under water.  With art from 89 countries, however, she found the city to be rich with spectacle and possibility.

by Lea Schleiffenbaum for BSA.

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Installing The Golden Lion (photo © Lea Schleiffenbaum)

Everything takes a bit longer in Venice. The small, north-Italian city is car-free, the only modes of transportation are so-called Vaporettos—boat-buses—or water taxis, both hard to find and slow. Walking is usually the fastest solution, as long as one does not get lost in the city’s maze of canals and narrow alleyways. I arrive at three in the afternoon—I am here to attend the opening of ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations, the 54th Venice Biennial—by the time I get to the apartment I am staying in, it is five. Getting lost or helping others trying to find their way is almost part of the Biennial experience. The best thing to do is to let go, adjust to Venice time, wander, and allow one self to be surprised. In the end getting lost might not be the worst; from the months of June to November every corner, every piazza, and every palace in Venice might hide another national contribution, a Pavilion, or a small exhibition.

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US Pavilion. Allora and Calzadilla performance outside (photo © Lea Schleiffenbaum)

This year’s Biennale is curated by Bice Curinger, director of the Kunsthaus in Zurich and founder of the contemporary art publication Parkett. With ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations the Swiss curator set out to explore contemporary art for its inner essence. “Popularization,” she warns, “should not be at the expense of complexity.” Following such rather elitist ambitions in search of value, self-reflectivity, and depth, Curinger turned the 54th Venice Biennial into a serious, well-organized, but rather sober exhibition.  Aiming to connect contemporary art with its pre-modern routs, she decided to include three paintings by old master Tintoretto, the painter of light. The masterpieces are hung in the first room of the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, following Philippe Parreno’s light installation Marque. The exhibition continues with big names, including works by Seth Price, Christopher Wool, Sigmar Polke, and Cindy Sherman. On display are high quality works by high quality artists. Everything fits; nothing is too crazy, nothing very surprising.

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A steady stream of attendees at the Central Pavilion in the Giardini (photo © Lea Schleiffenbaum)

My slight disappointment with the Central Pavilion is softened by a visit to the Arsenale, the second venue curated by Curinger. The pace here is good. Curinger takes her viewers from large-scale installations, to smaller more intimate sculptures, paintings, and photographs. Monica Bonvicini is followed by Klara Liden, Rosmarin Trockel, and Urs Fischer whose candle wax replica of Giambologna’s famous sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women will slowly burn down as the exhibition continues. Video work interrupts the general flow of the show in regular intervals, giving the viewer a chance to stand still for a moment and watch. Christian Marclay’s wonderful film The Clock stands out especially. Three days later I hear he won the Golden Lion for best artwork—which he fully deserves.

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Promotional still from “The Clock” by Christian Marclay

By far the most interesting concept Curinger introduced to this year’s Biennale is the so-called Para-Pavilion: Pavilions created by artists for artists. It is great to see artists set their work into a dialogue with other artists and cultures. Young Chinese artist Song Dong for example, collected one hundred old doors in Beijing and reconfigured them in Venice inviting African-French artist Yto Barrada, and British artist Ryan Gander to show their work within them. Eccentric as always, Austrian artist Franz West asked a total of 40 artists to fill his Para-Pavilion – a reproduction of his kitchen in Vienna – among them Mike Kelley, Sarah Lucas, Josh Smith, and Anselm Reyle.

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US Pavilion. Allora and Calzadilla performance inside (photo © Lea Schleiffenbaum)

This year’s Golden Lion for best national Pavilion was awarded Germany, for its reconstruction of a stage set by artist and director Christoph Schlingensief. Last year, Christoph succumbed to a long fight against cancer. A Church of Fear vs. the Alien Within was the second part of a trilogy written by Schlingensief following his first round of chemotherapy. Sitting on church benches in a dark candle lit room, visitors become witnesses to an artist trying to deal with life, death, and illness. Video projections of decaying animals, war, and fight sceneries are occasionally accompanied by a Wagner symphony; sometimes the voice of a woman reads aloud from the transcript of the play. It is hard to settle back into Biennial mode after such an intense and engaging installation.

The US is represented by Allora and Calzadilla. Working with former Olympic Athletes that execute choreographed performances on old US airway seats and upside down tanks, the Cuban-American artist duo questions heroic gestures and national self-presentation. Just like the Olympic games, international biennials swing somewhere in between competitive performance and peaceful encounter. Thomas Hirschhorn transformed the Swiss Pavilion into a vibrating Gesamtkunstwerk made of aluminum foil, old magazines, cardboard, and ear sticks. The Crystal of Resistance is a very physical, almost organic installation. Asking what art can do, how it can change the status quo, Hirschhorn engages his viewers in questions of politics, aesthetics, and transience. Hany Armanious’ subtle yet beautiful sculptural installations in the Australian Pavilion present a nice contrast to the many large-scale installations and performance pieces. Armanious casts everyday objects to reconfigure them in poetic assemblages. The French Pavilion stands right in front of the Australian Pavilion, and this year it stars Christian Boltanski, who deals with birthrates, death, and arbitrariness. This year’s choice for the Polish Pavilion has caused quite a bit of turmoil. Rather than choose a local Polish artist, the commissioners invited Israeli artist Yael Bartana to represent the country. Under the title …and Europe will be stunned, the young artist shows a film trilogy that asks Polish-Jews from all over the world to return to their country of origin, which needs them.

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Arsenale. Klara Liden Trashcans (photo © Lea Schleiffenbaum)

A total of 89 countries are represented in this year’s Biennial, the most of any Biennial so far. Those who don’t have a pavilion in the Giardini or the Arsenale are scattered across the city in one of Venice’s grand houses or palaces. Political statements are followed by aesthetic expressions, rebellious actions by poetic gestures. Of course, Venice is ridiculous, over the top, an incorporation of art-world glam and spectacle. But in between getting lost, queuing, and meeting old friends and acquaintances, one inevitably ends up discovering some previously unknown artists, and sees new work of already loved ones. In the end the visit is always worth it.

~ Lea Schleiffenbaum

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Venice (photo © Lea Schleiffenbaum)

ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations, la Biennale di Venezia, 54th International Art Exhibition,

June 4th – November 27th 2011

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Images of the Week 05.28.11

Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 9, Bast, Death is Free, Deform, Enzo & Nio, Hellbent, Mauro Fassino, Kophns and QRST.

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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9 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bast (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Death is Free (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Deform. Caution Ribbon in Dubai (photo © Deform)

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Doesn’t he look pretty Mao? Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hellbent reminds us of the importance of dental hygiene. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kophns on an abandoned motel in Silverlake, CA (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Unknown. I imagine he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Discuss! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mauro Fassino “BIOmorphing” street installation in Trento, Italy. “My work describes the integration between humanity and nature, it is made by steel painted with enamel, artificial turf and stickers” MF (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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David Foote and Anne Koch “The Nest”. It’s not Street Art but it is a beautiful installation at Honey Space Gallery in Chelsea on view through May 29. We’ll keep you apprised of any golden eggs that may appear. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A haunted scene on Cayuga Lake. Ithaca, NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jesus Waves Italy’s Flag in Turin

Street Artist Angel Cruciani Commemorates 150 Years of Italian Unity

This month Italy commemorates 150 years of unification. In March 1861 Turin became the first capital of Italy after the political and social movement known as il Risorgimento brought together most of the city-states from the Italian Peninsula. Rome was not part of this unification as it was still controlled by the Pope as part of the Papal States. In 1871 Rome became the third and last capital city of Italy.

To mark this occasion Italian artist Angel Cruciani has been busy stenciling numerous cities across Italy with a stylized and nationalistic portrait of Jesus, essentially unifying Church and State. Taking it’s cue from narrow facial lines in The Shroud of Turin, the stencil campaign brings the “Jesus Street” project all over Italy’s plazas and main streets.

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Angelo Cruciani  (photo © Veronica for BSA)

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Angelo Cruciani  (photo © Veronica for BSA)

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Angelo Cruciani  (photo © Veronica for BSA)

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Angelo Cruciani  (photo © Veronica for BSA)

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A negative of the Shoud of Turin from Wikipedia

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Alt97, MRF E UNO Presents: “Strike The Street 3” (Rome, Italy)

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Il 20 novembre riparte una nuova stagione di “STRIKE THE STREET”, progetto nato nel 2008 da un’idea di Alt97, MRF e UNO all’interno del centro sociale Strike, spazio pubblico autogestito.
Il mondo della Street Art, per quanto variegato e distinto al suo interno, ha una caratteristica che lo distingue da altri tipi di arte: come forma di espressione nata nella metropoli, è difficile, se non impossibile, esportarla in un contesto diverso dalla strada e dall’ambiente urbano, senza corromperne l’essenza stessa. Graffiti, stencils, posters, stickers, installazioni e qualsiasi altra cosa abbia a che fare con l’arte urbana sono i suoi “segni” e il tentativo di portare tutto questo mondo in gallerie, o luoghi dell’arte istituzionale, finisce con svuotarla di significato e capacità d’impatto.

Proprio dall’idea di dare visibilità a questa forma d’arte, rimanendo al di fuori del mercato, nasce “STRIKE THE STREET”: condividere, valorizzare e promuovere la street art riportandola nel suo contesto naturale, attraverso la pratica delle esposizioni gratuite in uno spazio (il pub dello strike) aperto e vivo nella sua quotidianità, e al tempo stesso, scenario urbano e naturale.

Lo Strike, infatti, è un capannone industriale nel quartiere di Casalbertone immerso tra i lavori della tav e la tangenziale est, strappato all’abbandono 8 anni fa, con l’intento, fra gli altri, di ridare visibilità alla cultura e all’arte, senza per questo diventare un luogo di mercificazione della stessa, o un’asettica galleria.
Un binomio perfetto per non “denaturalizzare” la street art da quello che è il suo habitat.
Il 20 Novembre riapre la terza stagione di Strike The Street, nel suo consueto spazio espositivo.
Si parte dal pomeriggio con dei live paintings che riguarderanno gli spazi interni ed esterni dello Strike e a cui parteciperanno vari tra gli artisti italiani e stranieri che faranno parte, dopo le ore 19, alla mostra collettiva di apertura del 2010, il tutto accompagnato dal dj set dei Junglabeat.

Dopo la cena, la serata si aprirà con il concerto live di “THE SOUL STREET BROTHERS”, gruppo funk, jazz, soul romano (www.myspace.com/soulstreetbrothers), e a seguire ci sarà il djset “THE BUMP”, il nuovo progetto di dj slump (Soulfood) & Viktor Uolf (Soul Kitchen), con Original Boogie & funk’70, che spazierà dalle colonne sonore alle gemme breakdance, tutto rigorosamente su vinile.

Gaia (New York / USA), El Gato Chimney (Milan / IT), JBrock (Rome, IT), X (IT), pu:RE (Rome / IT), BR1 (Turin / IT), Rub Kandy (Rome / IT), A1one (Teheran / IRAN), Diamond (Rome / IT), Hitnes (Rome / IT), Lucamaleonte (Rome, IT), Urka (IT), Hogre (Rome, IT), Izolag (Brasil), Dot Masters (London / UK), Zibe (Milan / IT), Alias (Berlin / DE), Greg Gossel (Minneapolis / USA), 999 (IT), L.e.t. (DE), DAVe (Oakland / USA), Mezzoforte (FR), Sone (Rome / IT), Hopnn (Rome / IT), Czarnobyl (Berlin / DE), Marco About ( Rome / IT), Prost (Berlin / DE), BTOY (Barcelona / ES), Sten (Rome / IT), Lex (Rome / IT), MP5 (Bologna / IT), Michael Aaron Williams (Kronxville / USA), Bortusk Leer (UK), Martin Watson (Oslo / NO), 108 (Alessandria / IT), Kozet (Teheran / IRAN), Ben Frost (Sidney / AT), Ludo (Paris / FR), zOOt (London / UK), Alto Contraste (Brasil), James Kalinda (Italy), # (Rome / IT), Michael De Feo (New York / USA), Erik Hikups (BE), R-ash (Teheran / IRAN),
Pixelpancho (Turin / IT), UNO (Rome / IT), MRF (Rome / IT), Alt97 (Rome / IT), RiotQueer (Rome / IT), Honi (Rome / IT), Pible (Italy)

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http://strike-spa.net/

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Street Artist John J. Mahyo Takes on the Mafia

When was the last time you saw Street Art addressing organized crime? No, not posters for Uggs, silly, the Godfather/Tony Soprano kind of thing…

Take a look at these photos by artist John J. Mahyo, who traveled to an abandoned stone quarry in southern Italy for a representational retelling of stories related to the reported crime family, Camorra. Influenced by the book, “Gomorrah” by Roberto Saviano that reportedly unmasked a modern day crime family, thus meriting 24-hour police protection for the author, Mahyo worked with photographer and artist Elp Supra to create this homage to the victims of organized crime. In his words, “It’s a simple guerrilla action against Mafia and a support to the civic engagement of Roberto.

John J. Mahyo. Caserta, Italy. (Photo © Elp Supra)

John J. Mahyo. Caserta, Italy. (Photo © Elp Supra)

Mahyo, who speaks oddly in the third person about himself, answered a few questions about the work.

Brooklyn Street Art: Can you expand a bit on the use of death (skeletons) and the “business men” in the large mural?
John J. Mahyo: Certainly… The skeletons represent the Mafia’s victims ready to relive and get revenge against their nemesis, represented by a mobster and his killers and assistants.

John J. Mahyo "Ginevra Risman" (Photo © Elp Supra)

John J. Mahyo “Ginevra Risman” (Photo © Elp Supra)

Brooklyn Street Art: The portrait of the lady sits on a bed of arms. Could you expand on those symbols and their juxtaposition?
John J. Mahyo: The lady is Ginevra Risman (anagram of a notorious Italian actress); she looks like an “Avenging Angel” just emerging from a pool of blood, AK-47, Thompson and Beretta guns

John J. Mahyo. "Ginevra Risman" (Photo © Elp Supra)

John J. Mahyo. “Ginevra Risman” (Photo © Elp Supra)

Brooklyn Street Art: Can you tell us a little bit more about you and about Roberto? Who is John J. Mahyo?
John J. Mahyo:
Well, he was born as a graffiti artist in 1997 and at the sunrise of the 3rd Millennium he began to also create Street Art (the evolution of “writing”). Mahyo doesn’t consider himself an artist but a communicator; he asserts that art is a genuine communication that can be used as a weapon to win lost causes. Just like Roberto Saviano, who wrote “Gomorrah”, the best-selling book translated in 51 countries, where he describes the clandestine particulars of the Camorra business.

More info at:
http://johnjmahyo.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/fighting-mafia/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Saviano

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Fun Friday 10.08.10

Fun Friday 10.08.10

Fun-Friday

Fun Friday

Erik Burke and Cahil Muraguh

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Experimental show space 17 Frost in Brooklyn tonight hosts the opening of a show that summons Woody Guthrie from the ethers to talk about a time when average working American citizens were asserting their right over resources from multinational companies. An unconventional mashup of NYC graffiti and Hudson River School this show boldly challenges you to make connections where you didn’t know there were any.  Reconciling urban abstract with pastoral landscapes can’t be easy, but when both are your influences you are bound to find the is a germ of something new.

Ride ‘Em Cowboy – Beast & Berlusconi

Furious Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has ordered in inquiry after 16 giant posters showing him riding young models like horses sprung up overnight in Milan.

The faked images – some showing the playboy PM beating the girls’ bottoms with a riding crop – are said to be the work of a local Banksy-style street artist called Beast.

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Mundano Modifies Political Posters in Brazil

In another politically engaged Street Art take on graphic messaging in the public sphere, Brazilian Street Artist Mundano is re-styling posters for the  Presidential elections currently taking place in Brazil.

Know Hope in Toronto Tonight

Street Artist Know Hope is currently in Toronto for tonight’s opening of his solo show “There Is Nothing Dear (There Is Too Much Dear)” at the Show and Tell Gallery.  “I’m really excited about this show and the pieces in it. Toronto is also a really cool city,” says the artist.

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Skewville charms the French

Or at least that’s what Adam says he did.

FAME Wrap Up Video

Italy was once again treated to some of the best worldwide large scale installations of work by Street Artists in one place for the FAME festival. Here is a summary of the scene.

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Wunderkammern Presents: Invader “Roma 2010 And Other Curiosities” (Rome, Italy)

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Roma 2010 and other curiosities

From 23rd October to 21st December, Wunderkammern exhibition space will host the first Italian solo show of Invader: “Roma 2010 and other curiosities”.

Invader is an artist working in anonymity. Born in 1969 in Paris, he is one of the most important and original international street artists and has exhibited in many prestigious galleries and museums across the world.

Invader is known above all for his public interventions inspired to the Arcade Game Space Invaders, created in 1978 in Japan. His operations are tied up to creative practices of “interference” through which he traces unique trails in the collective space, shaping new signs in the urban landscape. The naturally public formality of his interventions – suspended between visibility and anonymity and between real and virtual spaces – as well as the choice of icons present in the collective memory and practices of the youngest generations, offers a meaningful and original reading of our cultural patrimony.

With the invasion of Rome occurred over the summer, the artist has finally added the Italian capital in the list of the more than forty cities he has invaded so far: from Katmandu to Bangkok, from small urban centres to great city metropolises such as New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and above all Paris.

The exhibition at Wunderkammern will present various aspect of his work: from the alias replicating the space invaders of Roma to works made with his original RubikCubism technique, by means of the coloured modules of the famous puzzle, re-presenting images extrapolated from the realm of art history or popular culture, along with specific installations and curiosities. The invasion guide of Roma and the brand new 19th printed invasion map will also be presented in exclusivity at the opening.

On the occasion of the artist’s presence in the city, Wunderkammern’s exhibition space opens once again to the dialectic comparison between ordinary and extraordinary, by drawing its own poetry closer to Invader’s narrative language. The artist revisits the urban space generating wonder and transforming daily routes into unique journeys.

Opening: sabato 23 ottobre 2010 – ore 18.00

Indirizzo: via Gabrio Serbelloni 124, Roma

Date esposizione: Dal 23 ottobre al 21 dicembre 2010. Aperto dal lundedì al giovedì dalle 17.00 to 20.00 o su appuntamento al 349 8112973.

Testo critico di Achille Bonito Oliva

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MondoPop International Gallery Presents: Veleno(Poison) A Shared Solo Show By Diamond and JB Rock (Rome, Italy)

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(Poison)

A shared solo show by Diamond and JB Rock

Two of the most popular Italian street artists will meet @MondoPOP gallery from Sept. 25 to present their new exhibition: VELENO (POISON)
Jb Rock & Diamond have worked with their interpretations of “poison”: lethal potion, sweet addiction that slowly destroys, charm and murder at the same time.

Diamond. Image Courtesy of the Gallery
Diamond. Image Courtesy of the Gallery

The two street artists are well known in Italy and abroad for being away from the clichés of their genre, with artistic references to a taste that goes back to the wonderful women of Mucha or to the American pin-up, involving the manic precision in their amazing patterns and details that recall Art Nouveau’s artists as Horta. Even their tecnique is versatile: spray, ink, acrylic and even BIC pen.

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JB Rock. Image Courtesy Of The Gallery

From 25th Sepetember MondoPOP’s gallery presents their work.
“Drugs are the real poison” for JB Rock, that portraits without criticism or condemnation the essence of modern icons.
“Love Filters” in Diamond: something that enchant and simultaneously destroys.

Canvas and paper painted with brushes and pens and dipped in poison, of course.

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A shared solo show by Diamond and JB Rock,
from Sept 25th until Oct 20th 2010.
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Fun Friday 09.03.10

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C215 and Eelus are in Brooklyn This Weekend

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Brooklynite Gallery, deep in Bedstuy, creates a certain lively tension with  two Street Art tricksters in this duo Euro show.

Parisian C215 continues to exceed expectations, which isn’t easy because he has already set them pretty high as a world class urban stencillist with  portraits that glow from within uncannily, summoning more empathy than a Jerry Lewis telethon.  The vastly more light-hearted Eelus guards the class impudent role – combining youthful humor, technologic fantasy, and a bit of antsy-lad sexual tension in his starkly popish compositions. A rewarding and rich show, “Paradise Lost” is another solid and smashing Street Art /gallery show that doesn’t compromise either one.

Kid Acne “Stabby Women” New Zine and Video

Word the heck up.The Stabby invasion is here…

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STABBY WOMEN – 52 Page Fanzine & Postcard Set, edition of 250

Stabby Women”  – a project of serendipity that started in São Paulo includes the female battalion of over five hundred Stabby Women now patrolling our streets amongst the hustle and bustle of New York, Paris, Barcelona, Munich and London – peering from the bottom of doorways, subtly patrolling their domain.

Learn more about this Kid Acne project directly from the artist here

Countdown to FAME

FAME Festival Begins This Month in Italy

A stunning array of street artists from around the world have been gathering over the summer to do large-scale and high quality installations leading up to the FAME Festival, starting September 25. Included in the lineup are JR , ERICA IL CANE , SAM3 , NUNCA , BLU , OS GEMEOS , BORIS HOPPEK , ESCIF , 108 , DALEK , NICOLA TOFFOLINI , LUCY MCLAUCHLAN , SWOON , SLINKACHU , CYOP E KAF ,DAVID ELLIS ,VHILS , BEN WOLF , WORD TO MOTHER , MOMO , and BASTARDILLA.

As told by our friends at HookedBlog.com, “The festival now is in it’s third year and is set to be bigger and better ” Read more at HookedBlog.com      (image of MOMO © HookedBlog.com)

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Shepard Fairey in San Diego for Viva La Revolucion

“The thing with Street Art is you can’t be too precious about it.  It’s ephemeral.”


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Fun Friday 07.23.10

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Fun Friday Brooklyn Street Art

MOMO at the Fame Festival in Italy

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American Street Artist MOMO has been working with abstract, geometric and modernist elements on scaffoldings and walls in New York for a few years.  This new video of his participation in the FAME festival shows his sense of humor, command of negative space, and sophistication of placement.

Somebunny’s Getting Up in Seoul

Actually he’s back in New York now but while in Korea studying about public art for the last month, Gaia put up a number of brand new pieces, all in color, and all deeply rooted in the culture, art history, and traditional symbolism of his host as well as the western world.  So it’s not just about a rabbit?
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In the video for another piece we see Gaia’s “Ungnyeo in Namdaemun”

“The body of Ungnyeo is composed of buddhist cloud motifs and the center of the massive body has an oval silhouette to signify the womb flanked by two strong inwardly turned hands. The earth woman is then hybridized with the supremacy of the sky to institute the female figure into a role of reproduction versus reception. Within this new iteration of the ancient narrative, the woman animal becomes the most prominent figure of genesis.”

Billi Kid New Vid with Carlito Brigante

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Invader Uses GPS to Map Attack of San Diego

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Actually it’s just a street art tour, complete with map

French Street Artist Monsieur Invader, a favorite of New Yorkers and Jonathan LeVine Gallery, has created a 21 stop Invader Tour in the streets of San Diego for visitors to the new show “Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape” opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD).

The show features 21 artists from 8 countries including Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (U.S.), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (U.S.), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal).

Invader in New York (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader in New York (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Heavenly Invasion Space Invader
Heavenly Invasion, Space Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoontastic! FAME 2010

Holy Religious Iconography – wait till you’ve seen what she did inside this cathedral-like setting

Swoon is doing some beautiful work at the Fame Festival, which has just begun installations.  See more photos at Spray Blog, who lent us this one – the familiar trio of friends in a new Italian setting:

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