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0907 Feels Like “The Radiant Child” in Beijing

0907 Feels Like “The Radiant Child” in Beijing

The resonance of Brooklyn/New York Street Arist Jean Michel Basquiat continues to amaze us, in his reach, in his relevance to people who he may have never imagined that he would inspire. Today we bring you 0907 in Beijing, who is telling us that he went on many spots throughout the city with his new cardboard composite work – a stencil that captures his feeling about an artist on the other side of the world who lived and died, perhaps before he was born. As an additional cultural mashup, he employs the vocabulary of a secondary Street Art, Shepard Fairey.

And Mickey Mouse for good measure.

0907. Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)

“One day I watched a movie called “Basquiat,” he tells us, “and another called is ‘Ridiculous Years’ I had some insight into the age of his life. So I made a poster which borrowed Obey’s style.and I posted these on my city. At that moment I felt I am the radiant child in my city.”

0907 Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)
0907 Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)
0907 Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)
0907 Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)
0907 Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)
0907 Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)
0907 Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)
0907 Radiant Child. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)
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0907 in Xi’an, China : Love At First Sight

0907 in Xi’an, China : Love At First Sight

The streets can be a mirror, a diary, a stage to rant, prophesy, profess love.

Today we have Chinese Street Artist 0907 pouring his heart out for all to see. This Saturday will be the 100th day since he met someone very special he tells us. “This is a story about love at first sight,” he says, adding, “She is a student at an art college.”

0907. “Lover“. Xi’an, China. February 2019. (photo © 0907)

And what else does a Street Artist do when he’s in love? He makes art to tell the world, like this 50cm square stencil portrait. “I am sure I have fallen in love with her,” he says with stars in his eyes.

Go easy bro, one day at a time.

0907. “Lover“. Xi’an, China. February 2019. (photo © 0907)
0907. “Lover“. Xi’an, China. February 2019. (photo © 0907)
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Artist 0907 Pays Tribute to Hongshen Jia in Beijing, China.

Artist 0907 Pays Tribute to Hongshen Jia in Beijing, China.

Wandering along a footpath under the elevated street in Beijing these days you are likely to find the same sort of graffiti tags, wildstyle burners and stenciled celebrities that you discover in so-called Western city graffiti/Street Art scenes.

Of course the language and tags are likely in Chinese and the honored pop culture figures are more likely to be Chinese film stars, like this new digitized stencil by Street Artist 0907 of Hongshen Jia (贾宏声).

0907. Hongshen Jia. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)

“He is my favorite Chinese film actor and he is a legendary actor in China,” the artist tells us. On the Wikipedia page about the actor it says, “His performances were praised by critics and he developed a rebellious image that made him popular among artistic youth and the “Sixth Generation” of Chinese directors.[1][2]” Struggling with addiction many times, he took his own life in 2010 and he is also slowly transforming into a kind of folk hero for some.

0907. Hongshen Jia. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)

0907. Hongshen Jia. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)

0907. Hongshen Jia. Beijing, China. (photo © 0907)

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0907 Pays Homage To ‘Hero’ Keith Haring And #LGBT Community in Xi’an

0907 Pays Homage To ‘Hero’ Keith Haring And #LGBT Community in Xi’an

Xi’an is a large city of about 7 million, the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, often called the birthplace of Chinese civilization. It’s also been sprouting Street Art in recent years.

0907. Keith Haring. Xi’an, China. May 2018. (photo © 0907)

According to some tourist sites it is a city with a nascent Street Art and graffiti scene where there are more graffiti writers than in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou (Absolute China Tours). So it is notable when Keith Haring is honored on a wall here where it is unlikely many know his name or his significance as an early practitioner of the freewheeling public art interventions that came to characterize a movement of artists on the streets.

Street Artist 0907 tells us his new piece on this Xi’an street is called “Hero”.

0907. Keith Haring. Xi’an, China. May 2018. (photo © 0907)

0907. Keith Haring. Xi’an, China. May 2018. (photo © 0907)

0907. Keith Haring. Xi’an, China. May 2018. (photo © 0907)

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Elephant0907: Child Labor Stencil and Layers of Significance

Elephant0907: Child Labor Stencil and Layers of Significance

Chinese Street Artist Elephant 0907 has sent us his latest work that he says addresses child labor in the 1880s. In fact many children were working at factories across the Western World during the Industrial Revolution, resulting in many injuries and death of children, aside from the hazardous and sometimes cruel conditions that they worked under.

0907. Child Labor in the 1880’s. China. (photo © 0907)

It’s an odd piece of history that is remembered in the US because, depending on where you hear it, you might have thought that it was the only cruelty to children taking place at the time. For indentured servants brought to the US and forced to repay their trip through years of labor, the hardships were recorded as well. For slaves and children of slaves whose labor was forced, the story was an ongoing horror.

0907. Child Labor in the 1880’s. China. (photo © 0907)

If only slavery had been abolished and we could speak about it comfortably in the past. There have been documented factories throughout the world that are basically labor camps. Today in 2018, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. The United Nations says that there are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.

0907. Child Labor in the 1880’s. China. (photo © 0907)

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Saturday is Good for SAMO in China as Imagined by 0907

Saturday is Good for SAMO in China as Imagined by 0907

Street Artist 0907 is somewhere in China today with this new multiples stencil of Jean Michel Basquiat as shot by Andy Warhol. If you had a doubt about the global appreciation of these artists on the street, here’s at least one answer.

0907 tribute to SAMO in China. (photo © 0907)

0907 tribute to SAMO in China. (photo © 0907)

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Robbbb and Spidey Question Idealized Heroes in Beijing

Robbbb and Spidey Question Idealized Heroes in Beijing

A few new painted wheat-pastes in the urban rubble from Street Artist ROBBBB in Beijing, China today, including this thoughtful, reflective and paunchy Spiderman who may not be able to scale walls quite as readily as he has in the past.

Robbbb. Beijing, China. October 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

It almost looks like these superheroes are having various existential dillemas, ready to fly into a rage of frustration or simply break into hot firey tears. The whole infallibility thing is overrated anyway Spidey, we get what you are saying.

I’m trying to discuss the contradiction between the ideal and the reality from the point of view of human nature,” says ROBBBB, and that is a worthwhile pursuit. It may make you wonder why we need heroes in the first place and examine what need they are filling.

Robbbb. Beijing, China. October 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb. Beijing, China. October 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb. Beijing, China. October 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb. Beijing, China. October 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb. Beijing, China. October 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

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Louis Masai in Shanghai with a Red Panda Talking About Deforestation

Louis Masai in Shanghai with a Red Panda Talking About Deforestation

New images today of a red panda painted by artist Louis Masai in Shanghai. The quilt piece covered animal rises from street level with an endangered bee nearby ready to stitch him together. The image is familiar to anyone familiar with Masai’s work of publicizing species who are endangered around the world.

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

His first time in Asia, the Londoner says he was impressed with the trucks washing and cleaning the streets twice a day in Shanghai while he was painting. He also says air quality was quite challenging. When he wasn’t painting he did a bit of sightseeing as well.

“There are pockets of city life protected for the tourists and they have great historical value,” says Masai. “They are stunning with the Yu Garden in particular showcasing a fine example of indoor and outdoor living working in perfect harmony.” But much of Masai’s work is about animals threatened by our disharmonious ways.

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

He says he chose the red panda as a focal point because of its endangered status in China due primarily to deforestation and destruction of its natural habitat. “There are many reasons for their decline; from overpopulating humans, to canine disease. Perhaps the worst impacting factor is deforestation,” he says.

“Pandas mostly eat bamboo and the lack of growth after the flowering season, due to increased deforestation, leaves the pandas with a severe lack of food.”

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

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New ROBBBB Nude Figures Playing on Beijing Walls : Virtual & Candid

New ROBBBB Nude Figures Playing on Beijing Walls : Virtual & Candid

Beijing based Street Artist ROBBBB continues to bring people to the streets in his city by way of self portraits and art models. The immediacy of the selfie and photo apps has rather eclipsed the traditional methods of figurative presentation and the inclusion of cartoon characters tells you that ROBBBB is fully immersed in youth pop culture where it digital and virtual are easily intertwined with real life.

Oh Snap!

Robbbb Narrow Selfie 1 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

“I try to show the pain, conflict, struggle, loneliness and anxiety of Chinese young people in a absurd way,” he tells us, but many of these new images look like they depict a Millennial generation that is confident, bold, humorous, adventurous, unreserved. But that’s just on this side of the screen.

Here are three recent wheat-paste campaigns he made for abandoned Beijing buildings called “Narrow Selfie,” “Three Sisters”, and “Mr. Lee”. He gets extra points for placement, often in direct relationship to the man-made elements that are adjacent to his figures and by doing so, incorporating them into the overall  composition.

Robbbb Narrow Selfie 2 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb Narrow Selfie 3 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb Three Sisters 1. Detail. Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb Three Sisters 1 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb Three Sisters 2 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb Three Sisters 3 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb Mr. Lee 1 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

Robbbb Mr. Lee 2 Beijing, China. March 2017. (photo © Robbbb)

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Barlo Blossoms a Head in Shenzhen with “Jardin Orange” and CEET

Barlo Blossoms a Head in Shenzhen with “Jardin Orange” and CEET

We talked to the Italian painter Barlo back in June when he was upside down in his current hometown of Hong Kong and now we see he is in Shenzhen with Ceet and the newly created Jardin Orange Art Residency.

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Barlo.  Jardin Orange Art Residency. Shenzhen, China. October 2016. (Photo © Jesus Salazar)

His two-story headless figure drew plenty of stares as he hand painted for two days in a rapidly developing neighborhood full of new construction.

“For me it was a chance to continue my recent exploration regarding Chinese patterns and traditional objects but most importantly to try to paint completely freestyle using only an extension pole,” he tells us. “Surely the influence of some Taoist readings I have been doing lately is quite evident – both in the subject and in the choice of going freestyle with a technique that doesn’t allow a high level of detail.”

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Barlo.  Jardin Orange Art Residency. Shenzhen, China. October 2016. (Photo © Jesus Salazar)

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Barlo.  Jardin Orange Art Residency. Shenzhen, China. October 2016. (Photo © Jesus Salazar)

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Barlo.  Jardin Orange Art Residency. Shenzhen, China. October 2016. (Photo © Jesus Salazar)


Check out this video of Barlo in the Bronx recently with TAG Public Arts Project Inc. (SinXero Art and his wife Skyra) to get an idea how he works.


If you are in New York you can also check out CEET at Wallworks December 10th in the Bronx! You don’t want to miss it.

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ROBBBB Displays His Body with “Selfie Forward” in Beijing

ROBBBB Displays His Body with “Selfie Forward” in Beijing

Filial piety (Xiao Jing) is one of the virtues of Confucian thought (孝): a love and respect for one’s parents and ancestors. In the West we talk of filial piety in the context of fraternal love, indeed all benevolent actions.

Street Artist ROBBBB in Beijing is contemplating, as most of us do in our 20s, what his connection is to his society and his family and ancestors especially as a representative of the future as well as the past. One aspect that stays more or less the same in every culture is what our bodies look like, even if our clothing and hairstyles are in a continuous evolution. Today our bodies are changing as well thanks to plastic surgery and additive technology.

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

With this essential self examination ROBBB brings it up to date with his own Street Art campaign called “Selfie foreward”, a series of painted portions of his own body wheat-pasted on the streets. He segments the view of his corpus, giving a closer examination of physical details down to the follicle texture, augmented by an abstractly patterned wrapping across the surface that looks like projected light waves or an ultra-thin metal-alloy plating of decorative skin. Perhaps ROBBBB is seeing himself as a cyborg of organic and biomechatronic body parts.

“This series is about my body,” ROBBBB says, “There is an old saying China that goes “Our bodies-to every hair and bit of skin – are received from our parents.” In any case, he says, with this very original take on the relatively modern selfie, “I’ve been thinking deeply about contradictions and conflicts between youth as a social group and my place in society.”

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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ROBBB “Selfie Forward” Beijing, China. May 2016. (photo © ROBBBB)

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Barlo “Upside Down” in Hong Kong

Barlo “Upside Down” in Hong Kong

Street Artist Barlo sends us this mural he did in his hometown Hong Kong in the back of a bar that features caricatures sculpted of Mao, Stalin, and Hitler – which gives you an idea of what sorts of rabble rousers might be there having a drink. He says this is actually his second mural there – his first one was of such a political nature that it had to be painted over to avoid some undefined conflicts. The newer one is decidedly less political, more representational of a general feeling of living in a land that feels like it is “upside down”, he says.

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Barlo. “The World Upside Down” Hong Kong. May 2016. (photo © Barlo)

He calls this one The World Upside Down

“Since the beginning of civilization men have believed in the existence of another world, parallel to ours but opposite in every sense, to the point of believing in people walking upside down. Through the centuries the myth took many names and forms, from ‘Heaven on Earth’ to the myth of the Antipodes or the land of Cockaigne,” he says.

As an aside, you may know Cockaigne is a place in medieval myth where life is completely enjoyable and luxurious and food literally falls out of the sky, which sounds awfully appealing, but you may need to carry a dinner plate around with you wherever you go, right? Otherwise that ham sandwich might land on the sidewalk, right? And what about gravy? Does it come in its own gravy boat? Not sure how that all would work. Also, what about spaghetti sauce?

Anyway, returning to Barlo’s description. “In popular folklore these stories represented a naive hope, an illusory land, where tyrants would meet their justice and the people who remained would live free from their misery, thus subverting the natural order of things.”

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Barlo. “The World Upside Down” Hong Kong. May 2016. (photo © Barlo)

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Barlo. “The World Upside Down” Hong Kong. May 2016. (photo © Barlo)

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Barlo. “The World Upside Down” Hong Kong. May 2016. (photo © Barlo)

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Barlo. “The World Upside Down” Hong Kong. May 2016. (photo © Barlo)

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Barlo. “The World Upside Down” Hong Kong. May 2016. (photo © Barlo)

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Barlo. “The World Upside Down” Hong Kong. May 2016. (photo © Barlo)

 

 

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