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Miron Milic’s mural gets buffed for ridiculous reasons

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Participating at the local Indirekt festival, Miron Milic recently spent couple of days painting in a Croatian coastal town of Umag. Working on a facade of the local elementary school, Croatian artist created a meaningful piece that combines illustration and text, as most of his works.

Inspired by the ecological principles on which this particular school is based, the work is showing two hands counting the 4 major R’s of sustainability – Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Reinvent. While obviously positive and encouraging in its core, the mural ended up being completely misread and misjudged by the local hot heads obsessed with nationalism and times past. Instead of seeing the important message that the kids should remember and use through their life, frustrated individuals, including the school principal, saw 3 opened fingers which reminded them of the gesture that Serbian radicals were showing during the war on the Balkans few decades ago. Sadly, this was good enough reason for the principal of the school to selfishly order the buffing of the work by an academic painter only 3 days after it’s completion. Luckily, few days after the incident the town mayor apologized to the artist and invited him to come and paint a new mural.

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POW! WOW! Long Beach Recap

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From June 22nd – 27th, Long Beach hosted the newest edition in the series of POW! WOW! worldwide events.  This round included a museum show, series of workshops and lectures, Jeff Staple’s 1-2-1 talks, concerts, presentations, movie premieres and finally, mural painting.

In collaboration with Thinkspace Gallery “Verve and Vitality: Transforming the Urban Landscape” show was organized @ The Long Beach Museum of Art. For this event, an impressive lineup of contemporary, urban and street artists created works on the walls inside and outside the museum. Some of the artist participating in this unique event were Aaron Horkey, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Esao Andrews, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hottea, Low Bros, Nychos, Saber, etc. Varying in their style, background and visual languages of the participating artists, the show resulted in an extensive overview of the current contemporary and urban art scene. The exhibition itself gathered so much interest by the local community, the number of visits broke all of the museum’s attendance records across the board. At the same time, other group of artists were painting mural through the city, beautifying the area with some fresh works by such artists as Hueman, Madsteez, James Jean, Tristan Eaton, Jeff Soto, Fafi, Cryptik, etc. (Photo credit by Brandon Shigeta)

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PangeaSeed Announced Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans Festival in Cozumel, Mexico

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Hardworking guys behind Pangeaseed project recently announced their large upcoming project they’ve been working on in collaboration with 1xRUN, Tony Delfino, and World Art Destinations. Their second annual summer mural festival, Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans, will take place from July 17 – 26, 2015 on the Caribbean island of Cozumel, Mexico.

Along with beautifying the area the event will bring education, connection, and inspiration to the local community, their main goal is helping saving our seas via public art and activism (ARTivism). The educational workshops will engage local youth to learn more about critical marine environmental issues affecting their home island, and what they can do to help save our seas. This edition will feature 30 world-renowned contemporary artists from across the globe, collaborating to bring vital ocean environmental issues into the spotlight. The lineup includes such names as Aaron Glasson (New Zealand), Amanda Lynn (USA) Bicicleta Sem Freio (Brazil), Caratoes (Hong Kong), Celeste Byers (USA), Christopher Konecki (USA), Cryptik (USA), Curiot (Mexico), CYH Jayson (Taiwan), Dherzu Uzala (Mexico), Ever (Dominican Republic), Faith47 (South Africa), Fintan Magee (Australia), Hueman (USA), Jack Fox (South Africa), Jason Botkin (Canada), JAZ (Argentina), Jesús Benítez (Mexico), Kai‘ili Kaulukukui (USA), Lauren YS (USA), Liz Rashell (Mexico), Meggs (Australia), Naturel (USA), NEWS (Mexico), Paola Delfín (Mexico), Phlegm (UK), Seher One (Mexico), Tatiana Suarez (USA), Tristan Eaton (USA), Zio Ziegler (USA), etc.

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Jet Martinez presents KABLOOM at Black Book Gallery

Black Book Gallery and Denver Arts and Venues present artist Jet Martinez and his exhibition KABLOOM.

Jet creates beautiful artworks formed of lacquered plates from the state of Michoacan, Mexico. He takes information and inspiration from folk art he grew up with and reinterprets those works as means of paying homage to his own heritage.

Instead of recreating traditional themes, he utilises urban influences such as street art, hip hop, punk rock and multiculturalism to produce some truly unique works.

Jet Martinez
Kabloom!
June 6th – 27th
Black Book Gallery
Denver, Co.

El Mac paints new murals in Ciudad Juarez & El Paso

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After a being unable to work on big projects for about a year due to health issues, El Mac is back on track and making up for the “lost time”. Last December he took part in an independent project together with his long time friend David ‘Grave’ Herrera, and painted new striking murals in Ciudad Juarez & El Paso.
Being based in that area for the short time in the 90s, the artist developed an appreciation for that boarder region and sensibility for all the violence, corruption and injustice that has plagued that region for the last near-decade. Both murals were based on his own photos that he took in 2012 during Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity (Caravana por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad), and were created with his unique technique using only aerosol and fatcaps.
In Ciudad Juarez he painted an “Juarense y Poderosa”, based on photos of a young woman who lost her mother to kidnapping. And in El Paso he created “Ánimo Sin Fronteras”, based on photos of a man whose son was disappeared by corrupt police. In artist’s eyes both of these individuals represent countless others who’ve lost and suffered in recent years.

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Phlegm painted a new mural in East London

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Few days ago Phlegm rounded up a new landmark piece he’s been working on for about a week in East London. Showing one of his giant characters sadly sitting alone inside a house, this simple but striking piece is painted on a large wall in a private car park just down from Old Street Tube station.

Upon closer inspection one can notice a framed image of a telescope, one of his recurring images being shown inside the house, but also, an old fashioned TV flying outside of the broken window on the side. This detail is actually Phlegm’s nod to a legendary Banksy piece that was painted on the same wall some 10 years ago or so. Upon finishing this wall, which was possible thanks to Red market and AltLondon, Sheffield-born artist packed his suitcase and headed to West Australia where he is gonna work on yet another impressive project.

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Waone (Interesni Kazki) paints a new mural in Varkala, India

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Waone and AEC better known as Interesni Kazki, are currently travelling in India and creating some new works along the way. Waone recently shared this new mural titled “Visions and sounds of strangeness” painted somewhere around South Cliff, Varkala, Kerala, India.
Known for their surrealist imagery and meaningful works full of symbolism and traditional elements, Ukrainian artists painted this colorful image using many elements from local culture. Created on a local house somewhere in the lush rain forest around temple town of Verkala the piece quickly turned into a sensation among locals. As usual, their narrative work carries many messages carried through fairy-tale like visual language that Interesni Kazki have been known for, but we’ll let you discover those yourself.

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Chazme x Cekas x Proembrion x Tone x Sepe 10 Storey Double Mural in Lodz, Poland

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Only couple of days before opening of a big group show of the best new contemporary urban talent Poland has to offer @ The Outsiders in Newcastle, some of these artists joined forces and completed this gigantic double piece in city of Lodz, Poland. Painting two facades of opposing 10 storey buildings, Chazme, Cekas, Proembrion, Tone and Sepe painted whats surely to become a landmark mural.

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Nano 4814 New Mural in Estepona

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Spanish artist Nano 4814 was recently invited to Estepona to paint a large mural in a residential area of the town. The project was organized by Fernando Francs and the local city council, and it took 5 days to finish. The result is this cheerful colorful mural showing an abstract, yet flat, cartoon like character painted using spray cans only. In artist’s signature iconographic style, he used a lot of bright colors to create this quite unusual image, rarely seen in such large scale. www.nano4814.com

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