A new update from Mural Social Club in Kiev with Argentinian geometrist Elian exploring the behavior of colors layed out in slabs and slices, creating a composition that is the more than the sum of its parts. There is a certain liberty that an artist like this can take with made-to-fit compositions that acknowledge the empty as well as the filled.
Elian followers will also notice that he is using only solids here, no transparency. It may be a sign of confidence in selections; a willingness to strip back to the most necessary and fundamental. It is certainly a sign that the evolution of this artist is still in motion.
Our sincere thanks to the team at Mural Social Club, founder Dmytro Palienko and curators Oleg Sosnov and Julia Ostrovska as well as the NGO Sky Art Foundation for sharing these images exclusively with BSA.
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening :
1. Aaron Li-Hill: The Impact Of Discovery in Kiev.
2. Isaac Cordal: The Painter
3. Tilt. Part I & II. Interviewed by Steven P. Harrington of BSA at Jardin Rouge in Morocco
BSA Special Feature: Aaron Li-Hill: The Impact Of Discovery in Kiev.
A special treat for you today with this 360 degree interactive opportunity to buzz around Aaron Li-Hill as he completes “The Impact of Discovery”, his large-scale mural which we covered last month (Li-Hill in Motion and “The Impact of Discovery” in Kiev). Have fun scrubbing around with your mouse directly on the screen to see the action from every angle.
Part of a special program of 30 artists painting in Kiev, Odessa and Chernihiv, this roundabout view allows you to see the artist and understand his environment in a way not previously available in Street Art videos, further connecting the viewer to the process.
Congratulations to FILM.UA Group, Digital Cinema Ukraine for this piece, and we look forward to the next video from this International Festival of Urban Art called Mural Social Club 2016.
Isaac Cordal: The Painter
Isaac Cordal is expanding his practice beyond the small sculptures that he places strategically throughout the cityscape. Here is a new video that gives us a hint of the direction he is going in; a staged scene in the woods with a camouflaged military man of no discernable allegiance. He silently appears to be discovering his creative side.
Tilt. Part I. Interviewed by Steven P. Harrington of BSA at Jardin Rouge in Morocco.
This spring we had the opportunity to speak with French graffiti artist Tilt at Jardin Rouge, a unique residency just outside Marrakesh begun by a dedicated fan of graffiti and street art named Jean-Louis. Now at the advent of the recently founded Montresso Foundation exhibition building, we were treated to a behind the scenes look at the inaugural show; Tilt’s two-part sculpture of a sawed-in-half car representing migration of city folk to the country and vice versa.
“You are surrounded by people you know and people who know your work and people are expecting something from you. And then you can be more free I think. And then you can try and even if it doesen’t work, even if it is a failure, you can be like, “It’s okay.” It’s part of the game.” ~ Tilt
In coordination with Urban Nation (UN), BSA co-founder Steven P. Harrington has a wide-ranging talk with the artist that touched on his residency with Jardin Rouge, his fascination with examination of duality, and his own studied moves from the street to the gallery to private collections. This week we feature two small excerpts from that interview for your enjoyment.
Tilt. Part II. Interviewed by Steven P. Harrington of BSA at Jardin Rouge in Morocco in February 2016.
Spanish Street Artist/artist/muralist/painter Borondo completed this interpretation of the 11th century Ukrainian Baroque cathedral this month during the Mural Social Club festival in Kiev and named it “Portals”. Epic, haunting, grandly meta, the arches and openness may feel as if you are seeing an outside view and the bottom third reflective surface could place you in the seat of a Venetian gondola.
Borondo executed this mural with the support of Sky Art Foundation and Mural Social Club and shortly after this one, he was again on an enormous wall with Urban Nation Project M/9 in Berlin. Go Borondo!
Street Artist Li-Hill is a professor and student of the science of motion on the street and in the public sphere, with figures captured at increments along a path of movement. Often his large scale murals reveal the nature of the journey that brings the figure forward in space, merging the energy and particles that comprise it. His largest mural to date, completed last week in Kiev, is as much a tribute to the science of particle physics as it is to the study of the human form in kinetic motion.
Painted with the support of Sky Art Foundation and Mural Social Club founder Dmytro Palienko and curated by Oleg Sosnov and Yulia Ostrovska, Li-Hill super-collides science and motion photography in an enormous way not often seen with the naked eye. Painted on the multi-façade of the Kieve Polytechnical Institute, the Ukraine’s largest science and technical school, Li-Hill is capturing many explosions at once.
An interpretation of hydrogen protons flying into one another and creating an explosion, the piece points to the earliest photography that captured motion by laying plates over one another, like those of the 1880s made at the University of Pennsylvania by Eadweard Muybridge.
Considering his work more science than art, his work along with that of Etienne-Jules Marey studied the range of human and animal motion, causing an explosion in the study by artists as well. In fact Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, debuting nearly a quarter century after Muybridge’s own photographic studies of a woman descending stairs sparked an uproar on both sides of the Atlantic to the highest office of the White House.
Here Li-Hill says he was thinking of the impact on cinema as well and considers this an interpretation of the struggles he sensed in his host country. These conflicts he says, have the potential to “breed discoveries that, through struggle, enable culture, identity and community to be forged.”