Over 60 internationally recognised street & visual artists including Hyuro, Escif, David De La Mano and Robert Montgomery have taken part in the world’s first coordinated ad takeover in 12 countries as part of #SubvertTheCity – a week of creative action that saw artists and the public imagining a world beyond consumerism. The artworks installed in advertising spaces share images and ideas of hope & solidarity in order to challenge the politics of fear and division that is gripping western societies.
Prize-winning Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K recently showed his exhibition of Syrian-inspired artworks, ‘Road to Damascus’ at Sydney art gallery Nanda/Hobbs Contemporary. For over a decade, Cornish has created artwork in the public eye that forces the viewer to reflect on their thoughts and actions and the impact their lives have on others.
Turning over the soil on perceptions of race, religion, conflict and the human condition, Cornish echoes the sentiments of American singer Bruce Springsteen, considering it his job as an artist to ‘observe and report’.
Cornish extends his social commentary across borders and boundaries, with his work often taking him to the worlds most troubled and troubling places. In June 2016, Cornish traveled through Syria with Sydney’s Anglican Church Reverend Dave Smith, on his ‘Boxers for Peace’ mission. The life-changing journey brought him insights into the lives and stories of the people he encountered.
Despite the poverty and plight of the war-ravaged civilization, Cornish was able to experience first-hand the hope, generosity and defiant positivity of the people of Syria. Taking these reflections back and pouring them into his work, Cornish was then invited to return to Syria to exhibit the show at the Damascus Opera House.
Set on returning to the country, Cornish set about collecting donations for art supplies in Australia for his work with the children of Syria, but in doing so, found he encountered issues with PayPal obstructing any contributions with the label ‘Syria’ or ‘Syrian’ attached. His visit to the area wasn’t without incident either, as he found himself arrested in the wrong area at gunpoint, without the correct papers for his visit. However, the experience has left him un-jaded as to the warmth and humanity of the ordinary people he met along the way.
Cycling and mental health awareness project Headset open their first show, Wednesday 29th March 6pm – 9pm. The exhibition shows until Sunday 2nd April at M2 Gallery 4/450 Elizabeth St Surry Hills
After touring globe and beautifying the streets of eight different cities, contemporary art initiative POW! WOW! returned to its hometown in Oahu, Hawaii for its 2017 festivities. Taking place between February 11th and the 18th, artists headed over to the Kaka’ako neighbourhood to create a bunch of new murals and installations. As much as the festival is about art, it’s also about music, community and culture.
These images tell the story of the island life behind the murals, as well as showing some of the brightest and best artistic talent out there right now. Some images are from a trip to Papahana Kuaola, a non-profit organization in Waipao that provides aina based learning experiences focused on connecting the area’s past with a sustainable future.
Artists from overseas this year included: Careaux, Cinta Vidal, Dan Witz, Defer, The Draculas, Drew Merritt, Evoca, Glazed Paradise, James Jean, Joram Roukes, Kevin Lyons, Maya Hayuk, Michelle Tanguay, Mr. Jago, Oakoak, OG Slick, Ouizi, PichiAvo, Shok-1, Tara McPherson, Tavar Zawacki (Above), Telmo Miel and Woes, alongside local Hawaiian artists Beak, Ckaweeks, Dak1ne, Devour, Gavin Murai, Hoven, Jasper Wong, Jeffrey Gress, Kai Kaulukukui, Kamea Hadar, Kaplan Bunce, Katch, Lucky Olelo, Maek, Mason Rose, Mung Monster, Ran Noveck, Prime, Puff, Rolando Venegas, Solomon Enos, Soker, Uglykids, Whomu and Wooden Wave.
Mark Bodé is set to launch a new Augmented Reality Graphic Novel, based on one of Vaughn Bodé’s earliest works, Cobalt 60.
In the late Sixties, Vaughn Bodé was one of the most influential and controversial artists in publishing. Creator of such iconic characters as Cheech Wizard, Da Lizard, and Cobalt 60, Vaughn’s Eisner and Hugo award-winning artwork caught on with the early street artists of New York, as well as with underground comic and satire publishers. This included National Lampoon, who ran his Cheech Wizard strip for years.
This April, after 15 years of continuous and successful festivals in their hometown of Stavanger, Nuart Festival will be hosting their first edition outside Norway. Coming to UK for the first time, they recently announced Nuart Aberdeen that will take place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April.
Staying true to their tested and proven concept, the project will include a series of site-specific murals, installations, interventions, and temporary exhibitions, along with a program of talks, presentations, film screenings, walking tours and workshops. Always focused on redefining the public space, bringing art to uncommon places and triggering critical and creative thinking with the general population, this initiative was recognized by the Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council who were looking for a special way to mark Aberdeen’s year of ‘History, Heritage and Archaeology’. With this in mind the festival seeks to reveal how street art can create an environment for a more imaginative use of public space, encourage community engagement, make art accessible to all, and create talking points in the city, as well as brightening up neglected spaces in the city center.
The organizers recently announced the lineup which includes 11 international artists, mostly Nuart’s long time friends and collaborators – Robert Montgomery, Fintan Magee, Herakut, Add Fuel, Isaac Cordal, M-city, Jaune, Martin Whatson, Julian de Casabianca, Nipper and Alice Pasquini.
Following the trend of similar establishments in Hong Kong and New York, Amsterdam recently opened doors to Europe’s first Street Art Bar – “De Bajes”. Located on Rembrandtplein, at the very end of the vibrant Utrechtsestraat, this unique place has been opened to business since February 16th.
With inside murals painted by the likes of D*Face, Ben Eine, The London Police, Jaune, Hugo Kaagman, Laser 3.14, Bortusk Leer and many others, “De Bajes” offers an unique opportunity to enjoy these works while enjoying your favorite drink or meal. The name of the place is a Dutch slang for ‘prison’, but the original Yiddish meaning is actually ‘home’, and coziness is one quality that is very important to the owners, as it is for all the Dutch people. Along with permanent murals that were painted recently, the place will host a variety of exhibitions for big names and up and coming street artists in collaboration with Vroom & Varossieau gallery. Currently they are displaying works by Laser 3.14, Soren Solkaer, Red Mice District and Cranio, with much more artist being lined up for the future. Aside from exciting art, “De Bajes” offers exciting menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner during day, as well as cocktails, craft beers, bar bites and a diverse DJ-programming. (Photo credit by Peter Baas)
Curated by Vandalog Editor-in-chief RJ Rushmore on the 50th anniversary of modern graffiti, ALL BIG LETTERS approaches the medium as fundamentally entangled with its tools. Investigating graffiti as a site of stylistic innovation where the sense of place, the excitement of sport, and the search for fame intersect, the exhibition considers primary yet lingering questions about the medium: Why does graffiti look like that, and why is it on my wall? ALL BIG LETTERS suggests that every aspect of graffiti can be understood as an effort to maximize reputation through novel uses of instruments and other innovations.
Video Produced by Peter English
Archival Video of Jordan Seiler by Aymann Ismail / Courtesy of Slate Magazine
Smart Fools Video by Smart Crew
Music by Watermark High
Back in Australia after couple of years, Reka is enjoying summer in his homeland but also, working on some new murals down under – he spent the beginning of the year participating in a mural program by Melbourne Polytechnic, which included a massive makeover of their Prahran campus.
For this project, Reka picked Aussie-oriented imagery, creating 2 large bird-focused pieces. Depicting the infamous Kookaburra and Rosella birds, symbols of Australian fauna, these large paintings are slightly less abstract than his recent works we’ve seen. Wrapping them both in rich floral compositions, the artist picked the earthy tones from the outback to create these works. Using signature geo-based forms to patch up the final images, both 5 story pieces are great examples of Reka’s flawless spray-paint maneuvering skills. Along with these pieces, the project produced new works by other Australian urban artists such as Makatron and Cam Scale, Sofles, Guido Van Helten, George Rose, etc.
Global art curator, Justkids, in partnership with Life is Beautiful Festival, continues to infuse art to the ever-growing outdoor art gallery in Downtown Las Vegas. This time choosing the 21 story tower of the iconic Plaza Hotel & Casino as the playing field for American artist Shepard Fairey and UK artist D*Face.