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New Stinkfish in The Pilsen in Chicago

New Stinkfish in The Pilsen in Chicago

The dudes from Pawnworks are back in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago with the “Art in Public Places” project and Stinkfish is here for his first time in the US. Nick Marzullo tells us this is only the second outdoor piece in the US. “He is also going to be showing an entire new body of work here in Chicago for his first ever Solo show in US with Vertical Gallery entitled Savage Gaze and that opens on Saturday May 3rd,” says Nick.

The program will continue work here in Chi-town this year as well and they have another project beginning this week in Cleveland. “We will also be facilitating a couple of really great installs in Brooklyn this year also!” More news on that later.

 

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Stinkfish. Detail. Chicago. April 2014. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

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Stinkfish. Chicago. April 2014. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

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Stinkfish. Process shot. Pilsen, Chicago. April 2014. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

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Stinkfish. Process shot. Pilsen, Chicago. April 2014. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

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Stinkfish. Process shot. Pilsen, Chicago. April 2014. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

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Stinkfish. Pilsen, Chicago. April 2014. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

Stinkfish “Savage Gaze” solo show at Vertical Gallery in Chicago opens on Friday, may 3rd. Click HERE for more details.

 

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LNY, Gaia, Nanook and RAE in Cleveland for Zoetic Walls

New stuff from Cleveland today gives us a look at a project in the Waterloo District called Zoetic Walls that includes Street Artists LNY, Nanook, RAE and Gaia.

RAE. Detail. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. June 2013. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

“You are doing awesome stuff for our neighborhood – keep it up!” says Cleveland resident, Linda Zolten Wood on the Zoetic Walls Facebook page.

Nanook. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. June 2013. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

Organizer Nick Marzullo explains the new piece by Nanook that is firmly rooted in local history and politics.

“Nanook worked closely with the neighborhood on the development of his piece depicting a portrait of Carl Stokes, the former Cleveland Mayor and first Black mayor of any major city in US,” says Nick. Other symbols include the hand of city planning practitioner Norman Krumholz as he guides a car along a modernized highway system, something Krumholz is credited with bringing through the City of Cleveland.

LNY. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. June 2013. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

LNY used a local hero of sorts ‘Doug’ as his model for this Atlas inspired piece. LNY. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. June 2013. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

GAIA. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. June 2013. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

GAIA. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. June 2013. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

Gaia’s barbershop pieces came out great and Mike from the barbershop is pretty psyched for the facelift in an old-skool airbrush style. Now if they can just fix that canopy, the 10th anniversary of Mike n Syd’s will be officially slammin’!

GAIA. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. June 2013. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

GAIA. Zoetic Walls. Cleveland, Ohio. June 2013. (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

Special thanks to Pawn Works for sharing these images with BSA readers.

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EVER, Immigrants, and the Eagles Wings in Chicago

Street Artist “Ever” spread his wings in Chicago last week to radiate his kaleidoscopic vision of the immigrant multitudes across a huge expanse of wall in the Pilsen neighborhood.  Just outside the University Station Condominium, one the neighborhoods most diversely populated, this inclusionary vision of the American eagle refers directly to the experiences of the immigrant community who negotiate themselves through the obstacles and opportunities inherent in moving from one country to another. Says Nick Marzullo of Pawn Works, Ever “had a blast as he was getting quite a lot of positive attention and press while here in Chicago.”

EVER (photo © Joseph Kayne)

EVER (photo © Joseph Kayne)

EVER (photo © Joseph Kayne)

EVER (photo © Joseph Kayne)

EVER (photo © Joseph Kayne)

EVER (photo © Joseph Kayne)

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First Time EVER – The Street Artist in Cleveland

A Hammer, Pliers, and Kaleidascopic Vision

Street Artist EVER was in Cleveland with Nick Marzullo from Pawn Works as Nick visited his hometown neighborhood of Collinwood a few weeks ago. While there the native Argentinian did this huge colorful and compelling mural in his surrealist style – perhaps it is a scene depicting a master of industry controlling the tools of technology while a mass of workers is in tumult below him.  But just what does he see with those blue streams flowing from his eyes? Whatever the backstory is for his works, the talent and imagination are clear wherEVER he goes.

Nick wants to give a shout out to Amy Callahan of Arts Collinwood. Special thanks to Nick for these images.

 

Ever (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Ever. Detail. (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Ever. Detail. (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Ever. Detail (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

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Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill in Chicago

Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill just finished this huge mural in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood combining abstract black and white renderings of the animal world and bright popping abstracts wrapping forms from head to toe. On their way across the country from hometown Oakland they stopped off to see their buddies at Pawn Works for this ongoing “Art in Public Places” project, before they continue on to New York. Expect to see more from these two.

Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill. (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill. Detail. (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill. Detail. (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill. Detail. (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill. (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

 

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Specter Under a Bridge in Chicago

Street Artist Specter stuffed himself with Turkey and hit up a wall under a bridge in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago last week to help Pawn Works with their ongoing project. You would think these guys would take a break for the holiday, but at least the weather was cold and bleak and depressing, so that was a plus. Truth is, Specter is an imaginative twister of perception; a thinking artist who likes to experiment with pre-definitions of art and messaging, so it can be rewarding to spend a day watching him work.

 

 

Specter. Pilsen, Chicago. November 2012 (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

“The weather during a Chicago winter is not ideal outdoor working weather,” reports Seth, but says they were thrilled to work with Specter on the Thanksgiving Day holiday anyway. “Layered up, with gloves gripping brushes and scarf over his face Specter was hard at work this past weekend as people buzzed by and even a little snow began to come down lightly,” he says of the new piece done in conjunction with Art in Public Places.

And we send a shout out to Alderman Danny Solis, who is the main force behind the project, helping many of the artists procure space to create their work.

Specter. Pilsen, Chicago. November 2012 (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

Specter. Pilsen, Chicago. November 2012 (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

Specter. Pilsen, Chicago. November 2012 (photo © Pawn Works Gallery)

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MOMO Paints New Mural in Chicago

Still on his global 2012 painting tour the maximal minimalist MOMO was in Chicago over the last week with Seth and Nick from Pawn Works Gallery to paint a large mural under mostly grey skies while the crippling Superstorm named Sandy jacked a third of the country.

“Chicago was great,” MOMO tells us, not just because of the opportunity to paint a huge wall in his signature style and because he got to hang with a friend who had been stranded by the storm at the O’Hare airport, but because he got a taste of some of the city’s local delicacies with the Pawn Works crew.

“We did our best to share the Chicago experience,” says Nick while he talks about procuring premium encased meats form Hot Doug’s, breakfast at Art’s Drive-In, and tacos from secret hot spots all over the city. Call it Chicago hospitality.  Judging the still-thin MOMO teetering on the edge of the cherry picker, this sort of modern mural making really burns the calories!

Special thanks to photographer Marc Moran for these photos exclusively for BSA readers.

MOMO (photo courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery © Marc Moran)

MOMO (photo courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery © Marc Moran)

MOMO (photo courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery © Marc Moran)

MOMO (photo courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery © Marc Moran)

MOMO (photo courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery © Marc Moran)

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Overunder and Labrona In Chicago are Full of Characters, History

Overunder continues to expand, explore, rework, reveal – a surrealist stretching the figurative and coupling it with the symbolic and architectural,  and finishing it with overlays of patterning of tattooing or circuitry. In a rising tide of sameness, Street Artists like Overunder are weaving storyline and imagination, innovation, experimentation. His characters are mid-thought and on the move, rooted in history and with a sense of self, these paeans to people and to place. Also it’s interesting to see this new symbol pop up suddenly, this distortion of the smile icon – we’ll have to find out about that and get back to you…

‘Division of Memory and Construction’, 14′ x 100′, Chicago, by Overunder (photo © Brock Brake)

Seth and Nick of Pawn Works continue to curate this, their summer project “Art in Public Places” in the Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago, and to be on the look out for spots that are choice. Many of the pieces have dealt thematically with the populations and the history of Pilsen, giving a distinctive voice to the neighborhood. With these recent contributions from Overunder and fellow traveler/ painter Labrona just capping off the humid summer season, the character of this project is going wide, and deep.

Chicago contributor and talented photographer Brock Brake captured Overunder and Labrona at work and shares the view through his lens here with BSA readers.

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

A portrait of a “Young Pilsen Chicana”. Overunder. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Portrait of Mondo, the Foreman, by Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder. Detail. (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder (photo © Brock Brake)

Overunder and Labrona (photo © Brock Brake)

Labrona (photo © Brock Brake)

Labrona (photo © Brock Brake)

 

OverUnder participates in the GEOMETRICKS show this weekend in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

 

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Freshly Saturated Labrona In Chicago

Labrona left Chicago looking a bit less “buffed” than usual –  and a lot more colorful after his recent stop as a guest of Nick and Seth of Pawn Works Gallery. Not usually shy about color Labrona is really drenching his modern liturgical portraits and giving them a cubist perspective on outside walls in hidden spots around town. With eyes glancing askance in every direction, you might wonder if they are looking over Labrona’s shoulder as he paints, just keeping an eye out, so to speak.

Labrona (photo © Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Labrona (photo © Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Labrona. Detail. (photo © Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Labrona (photo © Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Labrona (photo © Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

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Over Under / Labrona in Chicago

 

Overunder (Photo © Nick Marzullo. Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Seth Mooney and Nick Marzullo from Pawn Works are curating the ongoing “Art in Public Places” project in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. Here are pictures they sent of Over Under and Labrona.

Overunder (Photo © Nick Marzullo. Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Overunder with Kashink piece on the right. (Photo © Nick Marzullo. Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Overunder (Photo © Nick Marzullo. Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Overunder (Photo © Nick Marzullo. Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Overunder  (Photo © Nick Marzullo. Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

Overunder x Labrona (Photo © Nick Marzullo. Courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)

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GAIA in Chicago with a Cuban Madonna, Michaelangelo, Masks

Street Artist Gaia visited Chicago last week to hit some walls in his grandly fulsome style with imaginative remixing of classics. Here’s a guy who is perfectly badass about handily switching symbols, metaphors, cultures, belief systems, history, art history. The results are perplexing if you think too hard about it, thrilling if you are willing to detach the forms from their original contexts and appreciate the new associations that their juxtapositions can present.

Hosted by the fellas at Pawn Works Gallery and shot by talented photographer Brock Brake, Gaia created his new pieces as part of their ongoing project “Art in Public Places” in the Pilsen neighborhood and in Chicago’s West Town.

Gaia at Nini’s Cuban Deli in Chicago’s West Town. (photo © Brock Brake)

First off is the piece with African masks and a Cuban female figure that references the historical ties of the two regions. “Thanks to the lovely people at Nini’s Cuban Deli,” says Pawn Works Nick Marzullo of this place tucked into Chicago’s West Town.  Gaia says the mural depicts the rich alloy that is Santeria. In it the Catholic twin saints Damian and Cosmas flank the African Ibeji masks.

“These are icons which were imported by the Spanish through Catholicism. African slaves sit underneath a woman performing a ceremony as Oshun, an Oshira of love and the river,” Gaia explains on his Flickr page.

Gaia at Nini’s Cuban Deli in Chicago’s West Town. (photo © Brock Brake)

Gaia at Nini’s Cuban Deli in Chicago’s West Town. (photo © Brock Brake)

Gaia at Nini’s Cuban Deli in Chicago’s West Town. (photo © Brock Brake)

 

Following are images of a considerably longer mural that the Street Artist did while in the Chicago. In a practice that is often his case, this mural is also site-specific. Reflecting the neighborhood of Pilsen, it’s meant as a visual representation of two other cultures merging that have successively defined it. Gaia says that he is exploring the notion of the word “immigrant”.

Gaia in the Pilsen Neighborhood with The Chicago Urban Art Society and Alderman Danny Solis (photo © Brock Brake)

“It is about the confluence of Polish and Mexican culture, says Gaia, “I just used Michaelangelo figures from the Sistine Chapel’s Last Judgement scene primarily because both cultures share Catholicism – and because the bodies are so dynamic.” That explains why some of the figures looks so Michaelangelic  – but with animal heads replacing the original figures human/god-like ones.

Gaia did this one in coordination with Pawn Works, the Chicago Urban Art Society and the office of Alderman Danny Solis.

Gaia in the Pilsen Neighborhood with The Chicago Urban Art Society and Alderman Danny Solis (photo © Brock Brake)

Gaia in the Pilsen Neighborhood with The Chicago Urban Art Society and Alderman Danny Solis (photo © Brock Brake)

Gaia in the Pilsen Neighborhood with The Chicago Urban Art Society and Alderman Danny Solis (photo © Brock Brake)

Gaia in the Pilsen Neighborhood with The Chicago Urban Art Society and Alderman Danny Solis (photo © Brock Brake)

Gaia in the Pilsen Neighborhood with The Chicago Urban Art Society and Alderman Danny Solis (photo © Brock Brake)

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ROA and a Half-Eaten Carcass in Chicago

Belgian Street Artist and painter ROA continues his USA Summer 2012 tour and his next stop after New York was Chicago last week. Hosted by the folks at Pawn Works Gallery, ROA was invited to participate in their ongoing outdoor project “Art in Public Places” in the Pilsen neighborhood.

ROA (photo courtesy Pawn Works Gallery © Nick Marzullo)

ROA’s  unsentimental fascination with animals goes well beyond the wild realm to give the urban fauna spotlight on public walls. He reprised this bit of visual trickery that we first remember him doing in Miami last year – an engaging image goes very wrong when you turn the corner.  It demonstrates the duality of nature and one we shouldn’t get freaked out by, but a carcass is still kind of gross, right?

The project continues to bring new artists in conjunction with the Mexican Museum of Fine Art and The Chicago Urban Art Society.

ROA (photo courtesy Pawn Works Gallery © Nick Marzullo)

ROA (photo courtesy Pawn Works Gallery © Nick Marzullo)

ROA (photo courtesy Pawn Works Gallery © Nick Marzullo)

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