The Polish duo Sainer and Betz, who together are named ETAM CRU, have just completed walls at Memorie Urbane along with their countrywoman Natalia Rak, who comes from Lodz. Together the illustration style of their fantastic realism is characteristic of a current trend in muralism and these twenty-somethings all continue to stretch the imagination with saturated color, pleasing imagery, and a technical flair that lends itself to children’s story books.
A quick look at the current progress for the 2014 version of Memorie Urbane in Italy today with new works by Seth and Eime in Terracina and Ernest Zacharevic in Arce. The festival, which runs April through June, is still receiving artists every week and will continue placing them on walls that are chosen with the artists and the context in mind.
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening :
1. ECB and ANPU in Delhi, India with Ghandi
2. “If I Live I’ll See you Tuesday” By Gary Gardner
3. René Almanza: Gloves, drawing project
4. Martin Whatson at Memorie Urbane Festival 2014
BSA Special Feature: Hendrick ECB Beikirch x ANPU in Delhi, India
A few years ago in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the German street artist named ECB was painting elongated men’s heads on diminished factory facades with pieces of semi-cryptic text passages accompanying them. This spring he was painting India’s largest mural with ANPU in Delhi for what organizers say is that country’s very first Street Art festival. Check out the angles that you can get with a drone camera that capture the installation of this Ghandi portrait. Dude, the future is drones.
“If I Live I’ll See you Tuesday” By Gary Gardner
Skater culture is gliding through Christie’s storage department here, thanks to smart young director Gary Gardner, who also directed their Basquiat piece last year. Showing off individual pieces that will be auctioned this Tuesday throughout the thrillride, the Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Ed Ruscha pieces rush by you in one of the slickest branded content videos you’ll see this year. Stuff like this makes the competition drool when it comes to marketing to the ADD demographic with collector genes.
There will be more.
René Almanza: Gloves, drawing project.
Often we talk about gestural painting, that is, strokes and movements that are tied to your movements. Dribbled, slashed, smashed, smeared. Action painting. Artist René Almanza allows you to watch him experimenting with a technique whereby each finger has it’s own writing device. That may sound like you can get great specificity, but in fact it looks like he is a bear scratching on the outside of a jar of honey. Please try this at home.
You’ll have to laugh when you first see the new double wall installation just completed by Ernest Zacharevic for the Memorie Urbane Festival. Known for his light hearted hand rendered site-specific illustrations of kids at play, Zacharevic positions two boys around the corner from one another ready to blast each other to pieces with water guns. Hopefully Gaeta appreciates the humor.