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“Sprout And Ruler”: Gola Hundun Nude In Abandoned Masonic Temple (VIDEO)

“Sprout And Ruler”: Gola Hundun Nude In Abandoned Masonic Temple (VIDEO)

Street Artist Gola Hudun likes to get naked and frolic around abandoned old buildings making art. But then, who doesn’t?

Gola Hundun for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (photo © Mario Delgado)

Here in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic the Italian natural science alchemist was transfixed by the image of this abandoned Masonic Temple, with its vines and trees popping from windows and wrapping around its walls. To him, it symbolizes the inextricable connection of nature and the man made, with each alternately dancing with one another, and then trying to overpower the other. For those of you trying to prognosticate the outcome of that rivalry, we’ll venture a theory that in the end nature wins.

Gola Hundun at work on his piece for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (photo © Sookie Gully Art)

Inspired by the leafy takeover of this man-made temple of worship, Gola wanted to add leaves of his own. “For me this piece represent the dichotomy between the creative chaos of nature and the necessity of human beings to define the laws of the Universe. These are both part of nature.”

His latest installation is part of the Artesano Project, and Gola considers himself as a facilitator, a conduit of what is a pre-ordained takeover of this space by natural design.

Gola Hundun at work on his piece for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (photo © Sookie Gully Art)

“The Mother Goddess take back the space of the temple of the Great Architect of the Universe,” he explains as he strips down to his birthday suit to pose among the ruins and with his piece called “Sprout and Ruler.”

“The insertion of a human element is a way to bring inside the scene the Masonic rituals of a passing grade,” he says. “The nudity is a symbol for nature and paganism.”

Gola Hundun at work on his piece for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (photo © Sookie Gully Art)

Gola Hundun at work on his piece for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (screenshot from video below)

Gola Hundun at work on his piece for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (photo © Sookie Gully Art)

Gola Hundun at work on his piece for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (photo © Sookie Gully Art)

Gola Hundun for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (photo © Mario Delgado)

Gola Hundun for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (photo © Mario Delgado)

Gola Hudun at work on his piece for Artesano Project 2016 in The Dominican Republic. (screenshot from video below)

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BSA Film Friday: 06.10.16

BSA Film Friday: 06.10.16

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. The Restoration of Blu / Street Art Banksy & Co
2. Fintan Magee in Puerto Rico for Santurce Es Ley by Tost Films
3. HK Walls 2016
4. ONO’U 2015 by Selina Miles
5. DAN WITZ: “BREATHING ROOM” Kickstarter

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BSA Special Feature: The Restoration of Blu for “Street Art Banksy & Co”

Part II of a behind the scenes look by Good Guy Boris at the controversial show in Bologna that features art works by BLU and others that were originally not intended to appear in a museum, like most things in museums.

Here we learn about less sexy topics like copyright law and one lawyers interpretation of the realistic expectations of artists when painting illegally and legally as it applies to copyright in Italy and France. We also receive a quick education about traditional and modern techniques for the restoration of works for archival purposes, which is why people will be looking at these things long after you and we are gone.

 

Fintan Magee in Puerto Rico for Santurce Es Ley by Tost Films

You may recall our article on this piece in February with Mr. Magee:

Fintan Magee, Puerto Rico, and Rising Sea Levels

 

HK Walls 2016

A quick wrap of Hong Kong Walls 2016, which included a rather diverse group of artists including Above, Alana Tsui, Caratoes, Clogtwo, Colasa, DILK, Dmojo, Egg Fiasco, Essahqinoirs, Exld, Faust, Gas, Gan, Gr1, Keflione, Kenji Chai, KristopherH, Mooncasket, Mysterious Al, Okudart, Paola Delfin, Parent’s Parents, Peeta, Phron, Roids, Ryck, Satr, Sars, Senk, Stern Rockwell, Suiko, Vhils, Volre, Whyyy, and Zids.

 

ONO’U 2015 by Selina Miles

A round up of last years’ ONO’U festival that combines murals by Street Artists and graffiti writers – and injects an element of competition judged by people with credible familiarity and knowledge. More importantly, the artists are well cared for, there is a sense of cultural exchange, and the public is left with artworks that are significant or meaningful to them. ONO’U has the stage at the moment when it comes to public/commercial festivals in the Street Art realm.

 

DAN WITZ: “BREATHING ROOM”

“After the terror attacks in Europe this past year, it became necessary to abandon the dark imagery of my past work and take a new approach,” says veteran Street Artist Dan Witz as he describes the dozen or so pieces he plans to install in London this summer. Please consider supporting his Kickstarter!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335802971/breathing-room-a-street-art-project-by-dan-witz

 

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BSA Film Friday: 06.03.16

BSA Film Friday: 06.03.16

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Left Out: by Maxwell Rushton and Liam Thompson
2. CHEAP Street Poster Art Festival 2016
3. Sky High: Mexico City from Tost Films:
4. RUN has a Kickstarter for New Book “Time Traveller Artist Man”

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BSA Special Feature: Left Out: by Maxwell Rushton and Liam Thompson

A thoughtful perspective on a public social experiment triggered by placing a despondent figure inside a garbage bag in highly trafficked areas of London. Selected responses to Maxwell Rushton’s piece are indicative of something nearly life-changing, or consciousness-raising. Somewhere along the way there is serious discussion of the idea that people have become disposable in the minds of the modern citizen-turned-consumer.

Temper those responses with the larger number of Londoners who either didn’t recognize the shape as that of a human figure and the number whom were uninterested, disconnected, partially interested or just joking to one another blithely – and you’ll get a wider survey of our current civilized state.

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A large and related story may be that some corporate brands are using the honest original work of Street Artists today to mislead and sell, short-circuiting the intent of artists who pioneer social experimentation with different goals. Even this documentary format is often re-engineered, using  “authenticity” to “engage” and tell “compelling stories” with “influencers” – effectively disparaging and eroding public trust and civic connection to one another by abusing our human tools of communication.

One other artist you may like the work of:  Street Artist Mark Jenkins was creating figurative public work, some of it very similar to this, in the late 2000’s and teens, but perhaps with different goals and often a little humor as well.

 

CHEAP Street Poster Art Festival 2016

A hybrid of advertising posters re-engineered by Street Artists here at the Bologna festival that playfully recalls public space for public art. Inspired perhaps by those groups who would like to battle the ubiquity of ads and their messages on bus stops and mass transit in large cities, this is “a collective poster art installation involving 25 international artists working in illustration and street art.” The small audiences and kids seem to like it!

 

Sky High: Mexico City from Tost Films:

 The third edition of Constructo brings some amazing talents to walls in Mexico City, and Tost does a fly by here of some of the newest pieces.

RUN has a Kickstarter for New Book “Time Traveller Artist Man”

Time Traveler:  A book about the international public artist Giacomo Bufarini aka RUN, traveling through 8 countries, sharing his art in this book.

Please click on the Kickstarter link to help the artist to bring this book to reality:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/480833114/time-traveller-artist-man

 

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Fintan Magee, Puerto Rico, and Rising Sea Levels

Fintan Magee, Puerto Rico, and Rising Sea Levels

Fintan Magee chose this water tower shape to feature a local San Juan boy carrying an iceberg – while the water levels rise and flood his world. Perhaps he is remarking on the fact that we are burdening the next generation of people with a host of ecological disasters to carry on their backs.

The Australian artist has been merging his graffiti practice and studio practice on the streets in large murals in recent years and often he uses the opportunity to speak to social and environmental ills, many on a global scale.

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

For the 6th edition of the Santurce es Ley Festival, Magee addresses rising sea levels due to climate change and asks passersby to envision the coasts of world being re-defined and imagine the hardship it may incur. “Despite the low C02 emissions of small island states in the Caribbean,” he explains on his Facebook page, “rising sea levels, increasing natural disasters and other affects of climate change are a huge threat to the small nations who’s economies are dependant on fishing, tourism and agriculture.”

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

 

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BSA Film Friday 01.15.16

BSA Film Friday 01.15.16

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. A time lapse of sunny skies and weaves: Damian Fulton
2. The Perfect Day in Cambodia
3. PUN18 1985-2016 In Memoriam
4. Zheani X Shida Collaborate

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BSA Special Feature: Damian Fulton

A time lapse of sunny skies and weaves — “It’s such a righteous image that once you see it you go “YES!” Got it!” “I want that,” says Greg Escalonte, co-founder of Juxtapoz. He’s speaking to the gut reaction that California surf culture folks have when they see the new piece by Damian Fulton. Also, there’s a dream sequence!

 

 

The Perfect Day in Cambodia

This looks like a trailer for a larger piece:

Artist David Choe writes “This trip to Cambodia was not a news trip, we were there strictly to spread the message of love, light, beauty, joy, free expression and creativity. I didn’t realize how many millions of musicians, artists, writers and creative people had been murdered in the Cambodian genocide, so I wanted to bring the best artists in the world to Cambodia, a country that has virtually no murals or street art. Our goal, working through the #IglooHong Foundation, was simple: to spread some light, joy and beauty to a country with such a dark past.”

 

PUN18 1985-2016 In Memoriam

A small collection of video pieces from the recently passed psychadelic graffiti writer/ Street Artist Pun18 from Puerto Rico by his friends at TostFilms.

“Every moment that passes is one of learning and value all that we have, so Pun18: Today is a day to celebrate your life and all the moments I shared with you. Thanks for including me and count on me for all the inventions had. With great respect and love I dedicate this short video of some of those moments we shared . I will miss you very much and continue forward like you taught me well . I love you like a brother. Rest in peace.”

 

Zheani X Shida Collaborate

Berliner Shida is experimenting with some digital op art in this little promo video for his collaboration with Zheani Sparkes. It’s interesting to see how his street work is also reflected in this interpretation in video

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BSA Film Friday 03.28.14

BSA Film Friday 03.28.14

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. RONE. MADSTEEZ . MEGGS From Tost Films
2. Faith 47 “You Hold no Blame for my Proud Heart”.
3. Borondo “Looking For”
4. Papelero Lamolisha
5. This is a Generic Brand Video

BSA Special Feature: RONE . MADSTEEZ . MEGGS

RONE . MADSTEEZ . MEGGS From Tost Films

Faith 47 “You Hold no Blame for my Proud Heart”.

Cape Town, South Africa. 2014

 

Borondo “Looking For”

Megasingi in Luxembourg

 

Papelero . Lamolisha

This is a Generic Brand Video

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BSA Film Friday: 02.21.14

BSA Film Friday: 02.21.14

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. TOOFLY in Miami
2. 8 Artists, One Day in La Perla
3. UNO in Bolonga, Italy
4. Phlegm / Run / Christiaan Nagel in London
5. Surplus Candy

BSA Special Feature: TOOFLY in Miami

“There is a different dynamic that takes place when women get together and paint or build or create something,” explains Queens born Toofly as she scales the ladder in Miami during Art Basel this year. The short by Alexandra Henry gives voice to the artist, designer and organizer as she describes coming up in the 1990s wall painting surrounded primarily by dudes. Now as she moves to a different stage and embraces her Ecuadorean roots, Toofly is joined by a new generation of women who are laying claim to the street and adding their voices to the conversation.

8 Artists, One Day in La Perla

An overcast day in Old San Juan is still better than a sunny one inside an office cubicle, ya herd? Here’s a gently rolling survey of a community called La Perla, who in one day received new gifts bestowed from Alexis Diaz, Faith47, Axel Void, Filio, Inti, Conor Harrington, Poteleche, and Franco Jaz. Captured by Tost Fims, it is free of so many of the video making conventions of Street Art film-making that it may be pulling the genre in a new direction.

UNO in Bolonga, Italy

UNO and Matteo Talone take wheatpasting to a new very long expanse in Bologna, hand coloring meters and meters of pop inspired black and white image/text patterning for the Cheap Festival.

Phlegm / Run / Christiaan Nagel in London

A teaser for a series of films (Last Breath) that will be made documenting the beautification of soon-to-be demolished buildings in London. Touring the remains of structural decrepitude is not new, but doing so artfully like this is.

 

Surplus Candy

A new video from Nick Heller features a tour from the recent abandoned house takeover on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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BSA Film Friday: 01.31.14

BSA Film Friday: 01.31.14

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Plotbot KEN on Acid Tanks
2. Story Of Abstract Ritual From Jeff Frost
3. Boohaha & Don Forty: Μαινάδες-Maenads in Athens, Greece.
4. Pixel Pancho in Santurce

BSA Special Feature: PLOTBOT Ken hits Acid Tanks

In this film by Isabelle Petit we can revel in the physical and material qualities of paint, dripping, smearing, speckled and strewn. With your air mask on you can  accompany these urban explorers as they venture into the carcass of industry that lays barren and toxic, corrosive and threatening to life. It’s a drums and bass soundtrack that accompanies the bubbling, spraying, steaming pastiche and the Berlin based Plotblot Ken gives an ominous darkness with his own industry in the detritus of that city, but really it could be anywhere in the abandoned industrial areas that litter our globe.

 

Story Of Abstract Ritual From Jeff Frost

“Hi I’m Jeff, an artist based out of Southern California. This is the story about how I became a nomad and embarked on an endless adventure,” begins photographer and director Jeff Frost as he describes his very visually stimulating and magical dance of inverted Joshua trees with light, motion, and sound — and many volunteers.

 

Boohaha & Don Forty: Μαινάδες-Maenads. Athens, Greece.

Oh no! It’s more foreboding music and broken glass as the camera hovers and slowly inches across the floor! Fallen leaves, dry leaves, desiccated branches with leaves, fluttering leaves. Then forms in darkness rapidly move in the shadows, maybe sawing something, maybe jumping on or stabling something. Don’t be afraid, it’s just a temporary sculpture installation in an abandoned space in Greece… with an excellent soundtrack.

 

Pixel Pancho in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

And to round out the collection with one more haunted and futuristic soundtrack, Pixel Pancho and Tost Films treat you to a stop action vision of how he creates one of his insectual future disaster scenes while the crazy cloud atmospherics of nature and post-production blurring are punctuated by the truculent punching of drumsticks and the sidewinding slathering of rusty razoring guitars.

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BSA Film Friday: 01.24.14

BSA Film Friday: 01.24.14

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Tati by Miguel Endara
2. Art as a Weapon: Trailer
3. Art Basel 2013 from Serringe
4. INTI Time Lapse
5. Faith 47 Time Lapse

BSA Special Feature: TATI

One of the females on the scene who consistently turns in ever more expansive and high quality work. No need for bragadoccio, just skills, which she has for miles. Here is a new video of her painting a mural for a business improvement district project in downtown Hollywood, Florida, directed by Miguel Endara.

 

Art as a Weapon: Trailer

“Street Art, Creativity, & Revolution collide in this beautifully shot film about art’s ability to create change. The film opens on the politically charged Burma border at the first school teaching Sreet Art as a form of non-violent struggle. Under the threat of imprisonment and torture, the students use stencils, spray paint and wheatpaste to engage the public and question authority. 8200 miles away artist, Shepard Fairey is painting a 30’ mural of a Burmese monk for the same reasons and to support the struggle for Democracy in Burma.” from Breadtruck Films.

 

Art Basel 2013 from Serringe

Did you make down to Miami this year to see the new murals going up at Wynwood? No problem, here is a very good  overview from Element Tree / Art Primo.

 

INTI Time Lapse from Tost Films

 

Faith47 Timelapse from Tost Films

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