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“Don’t Look At Me” Herakut Tonight In San Francisco

Hey, don’t look at me.  I have no idea where the game console is. I have no idea how the cookie jar got empty so fast. I have no idea how those muddy footprints across the carpet got there. Don’t look at me.

But you can look at this! German street art/fine art duo Herakut have a new show opening tonight in San Francisco and you get an exclusive look at the preparations. A tenuous and lyrical study in duality, the two work with each other in the moment to create most of their work, a photorealistic and gestural dance that parries and plunges with darkness and humor and poetry.

“Don’t Look At Me” features one of the largest canvasses they have done so far, measuring 6’ by 10’, and it will be suspended from the ceiling and providing a powerful focal point for the Shooting Gallery.

Special thanks to photographer Derek Macario for sharing these exclusive images with BSA readers.

 

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

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Herakut. Process Shot. (photo © Derek Macario for Shooting Gallery)

 

“Don’t Look At Me” Opens tonight at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Click HERE for more details.

 

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On the Shoulders of a Wizard : Os Gemeos and Mark Bode In SF

On the Shoulders of a Wizard : Os Gemeos and Mark Bode In SF

We continue our San Francisco street diaries with BSA contributing photographer Brock Brake and a mural from Os Gemeos and Mark Bodé, who together include a glorious technicolor tribute to Cheech Wizard and the illustration work of Mark’s dad Vaughn. First off a multi-colored hoodie popping through the trees with a can and “with a JADE throwie on his hat”, says Brake. Not shown are his Nekst belt buckle and a TIE button.

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Os Gemeos pay tribute to Nekst and Jade in San Francisco. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Os Gemeos collaborate with Bode in San Francisco. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Os Gemeos collaborate with Bode in San Francisco. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Os Gemeos collaborate with Mark Bode in San Francisco. (photo © Brock Brake)

 

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Augustine Kofie “Circulations” Wall In San Francisco

Augustine Kofie “Circulations” Wall In San Francisco

Clearly operating on a different plane, graffiti writer and Street Artist Augustine Kofie continues to steadily evolve his studio practice even while hitting the occasional wall. One of the artists we featured in our Geometricks program last year, the draftsman has since been featured in his first non-US  solo show in the spring at the new Open Space gallery in Paris and he just ended his most recent solo show at White Walls gallery in San Francisco.

While there preparing for “Structurally Sound”, Augustine mixed up some custom buckets of paint to realize a new mural in the Tenderloin District. Ever a conservationist, he incorporated the original Patek-Ecklon signage from the 1940s into an abstract composition, which along with his unerring palette and sharp eye, updated the landmark into his signature retro-futurist vision.

Our special thanks to photographer and BSA collaborator Brock Brake  for sharing these images with readers of Kofie installing the new wall.

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Augustine Kofie. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Augustine Kofie. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Augustine Kofie. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Augustine Kofie. Detail. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Augustine Kofie. Detail. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Augustine Kofie. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

 

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Images Of The Week: 10.06.13

Images Of The Week: 10.06.13

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New York was rattled by uncertainty and worry this week as all eyes turned to Washington to witness the forced governmental shutdown that was prompted by a undeniably deep resentment toward the governed. How dare the people try to protect their health and pocketbook against the vulturish free market – one that has left tens of millions of our neighbors without medical care? As a collective punishment we are now nervously marking one week without a working government.

Launched parallel with the shutdown was the startup of a new Street Art/digital campaign by a global patron saint of the 2000s repositioning on New York streets in the 2010s. Through a website about his own secret/public spraying, Banksy is creating a sort of funhouse reinvention; A winking campaign of digital manipulation of friends and detractors alike.  Circumspect humor and treasure hunts have triggered a bit of a circus – and we are willingly parlaying the details and conjecture across social media with hashtags and photos and exclamation points.  Reviews of the work itself range from tepid to thrilled  but the sugary buzz of near daily revelations have given these events a feeling of an October surprise. If the brand can sustain interest for the the entire announced “residency” of one month it will indeed be an accomplishment, as New Yorkers are voracious consumers of culture and attention spans mimic that of the tsetse fly.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring B.D. White, Banksy, Blind Eye Factory, Cost, Specter, Holymafia, Judith Supine, Knarf, Mike Shine, Nychos, and Zed1.

Top image > Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Judith Supine. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter in Rome.  (photo © Lorenzo Gallito/Blind Eye Factory)

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B.D. White (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Ghost of Banksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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COST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nychos in San Francisco. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Mike Shine in San Francisco (photo © Brock Brake)

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Knarf and Holymafia in Vienna (photo © Knarf)

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Knarf  in Vienna. (photo © Knarf)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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French Artist COMBO Wants You To Smoke…POT

French Artist COMBO Wants You To Smoke…POT

French Street Artist and media-savvy prankster COMBO is back with a new street art and social media campaign to affect what he calls “a bourgeoise hypocrisy that reminds us of alcohol prohibition”.

Enter Kermit the Frog smoking a J.

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Someone who looks an awful lot like Kermit the Frog is shown here promoting smoking. COMBO (photo © COMBO)

The new images on the street are meant to “support legislative change on medical marijuana” says the artist, and he invited a number of Street Artists to lend their skills to the project, which so far has focused primarily on Los Angeles but probably won’t stop there.

Here’s Robotbama by Finnish Street Artist Sampsa telling passersby that marijuana legalization could yield taxpayers $1.2 billion, there are the four previous US presidents touting pot use by Egyptian Street Artist Ganzeer, and you won’t miss the billboard of Jack Nicholson blowing an ‘O’ in a cloud of some serious smoke.

Pummeling that fine line between advertising and Street Art that has existed since troupes like the Billboard Liberation Front began taking over commercial space in the 70s and that artists like Ron English continued with his slick satire of major brands decades later, the new gen COMBO now marries it to the hashtag, D.I.Y., and the selfie. Like the JR campaign with a twist, you are encouraged to take a cellphone pic of yourself with a joint and send it to him he can wheat-paste it up on the street.

Given the current trend toward acceptance of weed that is happening legislatively and in popular culture, this campaign will most likely light up.

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French Artist Le Valet. (photo © COMBO)

 

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COMBO (photo © COMBO)

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COMBO (photo © COMBO)

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Finnish Artist Sampsa. Detail. (photo © COMBO)

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COMBO (photo © COMBO)

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COMBO (photo © COMBO)

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Egyptian Artist Ganzeer. (photo © COMBO)

 

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COMBO (photo © COMBO)

 

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Known Gallery Presents: “Mind in Transit” New Works by CEPT and THANK YOU X (Los Angeles, CA)

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Known Gallery is proud to present MIND IN TRANSIT, an exhibit of new solo work by London born graffiti artist/painter CEPT and Los Angeles native street artist/painter THANK YOU X. In the project room, world famous graffiti artist REMIO will exhibit a new series of canvas paintings.

This is first U.S. exhibit for British artist CEPT. A legend of the London graffiti scene since his youth, over the last 20 years CEPT has expanded to mural painting, collage artwork and incredible immersive large-scale multimedia installations. His artwork has exhibited all over the globe and this new series is the beginning of the next evolution in his gallery work, incorporating figurative elements and art history into abstract painting. Very inspired by the arrangement and collation of sampled music, CEPT paints the way he listens to music, allowing the variety and remixing of sounds to open him up to constructing something new. His paintings combine rich colors and romantic images of yesterday with slick pop iconography of today. Mixing the old and the new influences the visual worlds of his art, a future primitive.

THANK YOU X became well known on the streets of Los Angeles a few years ago, largely in part to his large Warhol wheat paste. Signing THANK YOU X underneath in a gesture of anonymous gratitude for Warhol’s aesthetic of rebellious integrity, the name accidentally became the artist’s identity. Still very inspired by the pop tropes and bright colors of that NYC art scene, THANK YOU X will show new large-scale paintings featuring the canon of iconic imagery he respects. A dark background with pastel and near-fluorescent color combination, topped with a thick resin surface creates the slick glossy pop paintings that THANK YOU X both enjoys himself and continues to involve in his personal visual narrative.

 

http://www.knowngallery.com/exhibitions/current/

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I:AM Gallery Presents: BASK “New Collection of Works” (San Francisco, CA)

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1AM is excited to unveil a new collection by Ales BASK Hostomsky this Friday, July 5th, 6:30-9:30pm. “Übermensch” will showcase works depicting children painted as superheroes on found and weathered surfaces that exhibit an energetic urban art aesthetic. You won’t want to miss the installation and art opening on Friday!

http://1amsf.com/2013/07/02/basks-new-collection-opens-in-sf-this-friday/

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White Walls Gallery Presents: Niels “Shoe” Meulman “Unism” (San Francisco, CA)

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White Walls is pleased to present Unism, the latest solo show by internationally acclaimed Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulmam, opening July 6, 2013 from 7-11pm. The exhibition will be on view through August 10, 2013 and is free and open to the public.

After he coined the term Calligraffiti to describe his work in 2007, artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman (Amsterdam, 1967) returns to San Francisco with a new phrase and eponymous exhibition: Unism (pronounced un-ism, not u-nism).

According to the designer-turned-painter, Unism incorporates all aspects of his expressionistic work:

Unism is about the power of reversal. For example ‘turning darkness into light’ taken from a monk’s poem that describes both the illuminated letters in medieval scriptures, as well as the wisdom they brought to the dark ages. In those days, some were trying to turn lead into gold, so it’s no coincidence that I use lots of metallic paints. 

But Unism also refers to modern vocabulary in which we find many new words like ‘unlike’, ‘unfollow’ and ‘undo’. I’ve been painting my signature repetitive strokes for years now. This started as a practice to get my hand, wrist, arm and body in the right flow. It became somewhat of a meditative act. The uncanny thing was that four of these strokes actually make up the letters ‘u’ and ‘n’. Since my graffiti days I realized that every word is also an image and that writing can be painting.

I’ve been working with the word ‘unruly’ for years, which basically is a reaction to our overly-regulated society. That ended up in the throwing of paint bombs which contrasted nicely with the grid-like fields of the repetitive strokes. It ties into the ultimate example of my reversal theory; order and chaos.

http://www.whitewallssf.com/blog/2013/06/press-release-unism-new-works-by-niels-shoe-meulman/

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Project Gallery Presents: C.S.G.B. Artwork by CANTSTOPGOODBOY. (Hollywood, CA)

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PROJECT Gallery Presents

 

C.S.G.B.

Artwork by CANTSTOPGOODBOY

 

WHAT:             PROJECT Gallery welcomes muralist and contemporary artist CANTSTOPGOODBOY to Hollywood. The self taught LA native is known for his brightly colored images that evoke positivity by implementing mixed media techniques with vintage comics and pop culture imagery. This exhibit, C.S.G.B. Artwork by CANTSTOPGOODBOY is set to include a mural created at PROJECT, several small installations and sixteen original paintings.

 

WHERE:            PROJECT Gallery

            1553 N. Cahuenga Blvd.                                   

            Hollywood, CA 90028

            323-462-1100

 

WHEN:            Opening reception: Thursday, July 18; 7pm

            Closing date: Sunday, August 11

Gallery hours: 11a – 7p daily or by appointment

                                   

CONTACT:            Jen DiSisto, Press, Art Duet: jen@artduet.net

Sarah Gough, Sales, PROJECT Gallery: sarah@projectla.net

 

PROJECT Gallery is proud to welcome muralist and contemporary artist CANTSTOPGOODBOY to Hollywood. The self taught LA native is known for his brightly colored images that evoke positivity by implementing mixed media techniques with vintage comics and pop culture imagery. CANTSTOPGOODBOY has completed many murals of varying scales and there are currently three on view in the Los Angeles area. He often implements his trademark lion’s head nicknamed “Crooked” into his work as a symbol of courage and perseverance that is a direct reflection of his daily work mantra: “Appreciate the Beauty in the Ordinary. Be kind. Persevere.”  

 

CANTSTOPGOODBY has recently partnered with brands and companies such as Sony, Warner Brothers, Atlantic Records, Coachella Music Festival, Absolut Vodka, Converse and TOMS Shoes just to name a few. For the upcoming exhibit C.S.G.B., CANTSTOPGOODBOY will create a mural at PROJECT Gallery and several small installations. Sixteen original pieces will be available as well as prints and limited edition t-shirts.

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Design Matters Presents: “Word Play” A Group Exhibition (Los Angeles, CA)

Word Play

Word Play
a group exhibit curated by Stephanie Chefas

Opens Saturday, June 29th 7-10pm
To request an online preview, please email info@stephaniechefas.com
Design Matters is delighted to present Word Play, a conversational group exhibition featuring 7 conceptual artists handpicked by Contemporary Art Curator Stephanie Chefas. The exhibit showcases a collection of mixed media, acrylic, neon, and textile works by artists Ben Venom, Greg Lamarche, Gregory Siff, Meg Hitchcock, Meryl Pataky, Shawn Huckins (shown), and RERO.

Since the 1960s, language has been a fundamental tool for conceptual artists in emphasizing ideas over visual form to fuel creativity. Using words, phrases, and sentences to tackle topical issues of popular culture, significant artists of the late twentieth century such as Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and Glen Ligon, have consistently given text a prominent role in art.

 

http://stephaniechefas.com/#upcoming-projects

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ThinkSpace Gallery Presents: “Vanguard” A Group Exhibition. (Culver City, CA)

Thinkspace is pleased to present ‘Vanguard’, an exciting group exhibition of new works by the gallery’s established artists, and by recent additions to its roster. This special exhibition will provide a curated glimpse into the New Contemporary Art Movement with a dynamic selection of artwork representing the diverse range of its artists and their practices. These artists are unified by the shared intent to create exceptional artwork that speaks relevantly to contemporary culture. Distilling inspiration from a variety of sources including illustration, pop culture, comics, street art, and graffiti, the New Contemporary Art Movement culls its content from the world and presents imagery saturated with powerfully populist forms. As a movement with its beginnings firmly grounded in Los Angeles, Thinkspace has been a significant conduit and catalyst for its expansion worldwide. While it is young, New Contemporary Art has gained traction and recognition the world over and continues to establish itself as a potentially inveterate art movement with a steadily evolving history.

‘Vanguard’ will feature artwork by Thinkspace artists Allison Sommers, Derek Gores, Kevin Peterson, Sarah Joncas, Seth Armstrong, Shark Toof, and Yosuke Ueno, and will also include works from recent gallery additions: Curiot from Mexico, NoseGo from Philadelphia, Jeremy Enecio from Brooklyn, Kikyz1313 from Mexico, and Halsey Swain from Portland. Each artist imparts their own unique and unrepeatable contribution to the movement in keeping with its core tenets of accessibility and contemporaneity; their work speaks democratically in a relatable way, and draws from the realities of the contemporary culture in which we are all imbricated. As an art movement that seeks to reflect popular cultural forms rather than to exclude them, the New Contemporary Art Movement is unified by its diversity and its appeal to shared sensibilities and social currencies. An aggregate of distinct and yet concomitant voices, each exponent is different and informed by his or her own vision, but each resonates with a desire to show the viewer something identifiable, real, imminent, and firmly grounded in the now. ‘Vanguard’ will present an inspired cross-section of these exceptional and varied talents, offering a rare opportunity to hear their voices in unison.

http://thinkspacegallery.com/shows/2013-05/#photos

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