Work in progress from The Crystal Ship festival in Ostend, Belgium – check out their insta and follow our man from FifthWallTV for the latest updates from some of our favourites such as CYRCLE, Faith47, PixelPancho, Ella & Pitr, Fintan Magee, Roa, Zio Ziegler and more…
Pictures by Kristien Janssoone, Egmond Dobbelaere, Bjørn Van Poucke and Elian.
This great new festival is about to set sail in Ostend, Belgium, with a whole bunch of awesome artists across the city, stay tuned for more info from us and FifthWallTV…
The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival with a focus on art in public space which launch last week, on the 28th March with artists painting until the 10th April 2016 in the city of Ostend. An all star line up of 25 international and national artists are descending on the city to create large scale murals and installations which will form an artistic trail across Ostend. Artists taking part in this first edition of the Crystal Ship Festival include:
Here at VNA we are always receiving updates on artists as they send in the results of their exciting adventures, new walls and experiments. Argentinian artist Franco Fasoli aka JAZ is one such artist who has been busily keeping us refreshed on his escapades around the world from Mexico to the Caribbean and Americas. Both prolific and diverse as an artist, we finally caught up with him to chat about the hidden depths to his work.
Following the success of ‘Land of Sunshine’ published in 2012 comes the next book titled ‘STREET ART NOW’. An updated snapshot of the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene over the last two years is once again, all shot by Dean Sunshine on his travels across Melbourne and beyond.
‘STREET ART NOW’ is a larger, hardback book with 206 pages highlighting over 100 local artists and international artists who have painted in Australia.
All sales from ‘STREET ART NOW’ will be put towards any future editions, furthering Dean’s wish to provide ongoing documentation of Melbourne street art online and via printed media.
Henrik Haven, aka Henrik Lamar travelled to Aalborg (Denmark) to shoot some of the process at WE AArt – a public art event, featuring new murals by Aryz, Alexis Diaz, Escif, Liqen, Waone and AEC of Interesni Kazki, Franco Fasoli aka Jaz, Fintan Magee, Kenor and Don John. Here are some of the shots from the set up:
Being one of the larger Danish cities, Aalborg deserves an interesting and inspiring urban space. The reality of today is that very little contemporary art enriches Aalborg – or the people living in it. Street art – public art – already exists in Denmark, and can be seen in particularly larger cities. WEAArt is, however, the first festival in Denmark to focus entirely on murals.
Check out this new wall by JAZ on an old archway in the 9th district of Vienna; located right in front of the trash refinery and designed by the famous architect and artist Hundertwasser.
The archways are usually very difficult to get permission to paint on as they are for the most part under historical preservation. However with the help and support from the Grelle Forelle club, INOPERAbLE gallery and JAZ were able to get the permission. The Minotauers were JAZ’s second wall in Vienna while he prepared for his show “Cult to the Character” at INOPERAbLE.
JAZ is busy painting walls and preparing his solo show “Cult to the Character” which opens at INOPERAbLE Gallery in Vienna on May 22nd. Last weekend he painted this impressive wall near the gallery and began another today.
Steve Cross is a multi-talented artist, working across many mediums, including spraypaint, pencil and tattoos. Originally from Perth, Wild Western Australia, he now resides in Melbourne, where he co-runs Korpus Tattoo Studio. We caught up with the all-round b-boy for a chat about his murky past and inky fingers.
Tell us about your studio, Korpus…
Korpus was founded in 2007, in Brunswick, Melbourne. My good friend, Brian Graydon, and I came up with the concept of an art studio that would also run as a tattoo studio. We figured that if we exposed new images, ideas and concepts to people, we’d break away from that clichéd idea of what a tattoo and a tattoo studio should be. We hoped customers would respond with more of an open mind, which, in turn, would expand the possibilities of what they would want, and what we could illustrate on them. To start with, it was tough, as, initially, we learnt how to tattoo for 12 years, but now we were thrown into the business side of things. Five years on, we have great artists working with us, and we’ve had some amazing people come through. All the people who work, or have worked, at Korpus have been artists that Brian and I have looked up to and wanted to either nurture or learn from.
Check out this trailer for the film ‘White Walls Say Nothing’ which will hopefully be the first feature-length film of its kind to explore art and activism in the streets of Buenos Aires. It promises to be an eye opening film, highlighting the work of artists including Jaz, Ever & Tec in a city most of us know nothing about; in order to get this film made they have set up a Kickstarter page. You can donate and find out more HERE.
Buenos Aires is a complex, chaotic city. It has European style and a Latin American heart. It has oscillated between dictatorship and democracy for over a century, and its citizens have barely known political or economic stability.
Throughout Buenos Aires’ turbulent history, successive generations of activists and artists have taken to the streets to express themselves, through words and through art. This has given the walls a powerful and symbolic role. They have become the city’s voice.
This powerful tradition of expression in public space; of art and activism, has made the streets of Buenos Aires into a riot of colour and communication.
Stylised painted propaganda vies for attention with advertising billboards. Sprayed messages declare love for football teams, people and political ideals. Graffiti writers have tagged every wall and shutter, and in recent years street art has flourished bringing vibrant works to every corner of the city. Together, these layers of paint tell the story of this unique form of expression.
The walls of Buenos Aires talk. “White Walls Say Nothing” is a film which reveals how much they have to tell us.
On 1st October graffitimundo launched a 30 day campaign with Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects.
The campaign aims to involve the public in the project, offering rewards to backers who make a financial contribution including photography, music, the documentary itself, original artwork and unique experiences.