We were contacted recently by Doug / @nessus50 from Denver, Colorado with these images of his hometown. He’s spent a lot of time hanging around in alleyways with a camera compiling these shots of artists in the area. All the images are of local artists pieces, which he hopes to turn into a book…
Spanish artist Pejac recently did a 2 weeks residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia. During his stay in the city, he created 3 new public works, once again proving his creativity, technical diversity, and ability to visualize these unique concepts.
As per usual with the Barcelona-based artist, all the works created are done with different techniques, using different tools (not necessarily art tools), but still have that visual connection between them. Working with glass cuter, putty knife, iron brush, sand paper, brushes, acrylic and spraypaint, the new pieces include a wide range of recurring imagery such as deer, slingshot, flock of birds, safety ring, etc. Very poetic and easy to read the works carry deeper meanings and both personal and universal stories that Pejac kindly shared with us.
Nuart team just released a nice video recap presenting what this year’s edition was all about. Showcasing the new murals, Post-Street Art indoor exhibition, as well as conferences, debates and behind the scene footage, it’s a nice reminder for those that attended the event and even better invitation for those that wanna visit the festival next year.
The video was shot and produced by Doug Gillen at Fifth Wall TV and features works by Add Fuel (PT), Axel Void (ES), Eron (IT), Evol (DE), Fintan Magee (AU), Henrik Uldalen (NO), Hyuro (AR), Jaune (BE), Jeff Gillette (US), KennardPhillipps (UK), MTO (FR), Nipper (NO), Robert Montgomery (UK) and SpY (ES).
This year’s Nuart festival was themed around the idea of “post-street art” as the new label for contemporary street art. Known for working with creatives that fit under the classic “street artist” label, but also muralists, studio artists, computer artists and painters, Nuart 2016 questioned whether this is the right moment to introduce a new term to define their work.
“Street art” was first used to define art that was often illegal, not related with galleries, and connected to revolutionary movements like punk, hip-hop or graffiti. The kind of art that we see nowadays under this same term is usually legal, often shown in galleries or institutions, and has very little or no connection to any of those movements. Over time, with influence of the Internet, social media and mural festivals worldwide, the approach to classic street art has changed significantly and so did the art itself. There are still many artists out there that are using the streets to show their creativity, their beliefs or rebellion, but this movement has evolved into something much larger than that. So, after 16 consecutive years of organizing one of the most important street art festivals out there, its founder Martyn Reed wanted to trigger the discussion about adopting another term for the kind of art that the event is promoting. Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole idea and find a new one to chronicle the kind of art that is created on the foundations of classic street art, not because we need to label everything, but only cause the old one seems to become redundant and deceiving at this point.
“Post-Street Art” group show included works and installations created by the Nuart 2016 participating artists during their stay in Stavanger. Divided inside the tunnels of Tou center, the works cover wide range of mediums, styles and messages sent through them. From Eron’s ghostly spraypaint image of an oil covered pelican, Fintan Magee colorful dining room or Robert Montgomery’s poem, all the way to Spy’s conceptual installation hidden behind the brick wall. The full list of participating artists include Eron, Evol, Add Fuel, Fintan Magee, KennardPhillips, Nipper, Spy, Jaune, Jeff Gillette, Robert Montgomery and Henrik Uldalen.
Argentinian artist recently spent some time in Greensboro, North Carolina, creating a new signature mural. Using his floral images Pastel painted a large piece that is emphasized with lots of black negative space around it.
Covering a whole facade of a 3 story buildings, including its windows and other architectural elements, the main floral images is done using limited color palette. Known for aesthetics that evoke illustrations of scientific books, the artist usually paints plants that are growing locally, juxtaposing them against urban elements of the city.
Continue Reading →
“Extraction is not only about the graffiti’s sacralisation, it is about young people who did not want to stay in front of the T.V. , making nothing. We wanted to act in the street, to be part of the city by a simple gesture … To write our name, to show our existence. I want to tell the story of a generation.” Continue Reading →
Legendary NYC photographer Martha Cooper comes to Berlin! URBAN NATION presents: Martha Cooper’s ‘Snap Wrap’ in an interactive room installation.
Opening Friday 20th May 19:00, at Bülowstr. 97, Berlin, 10783, Germany.
Four decades of graffiti in four walls… Martha Cooper’s ‘Snap Wrap’ is a historic look back through the years at some of her most iconic images from the 1980s right through to the present day.
Now respected worldwide as one of the originators of photo documentary of the most important art form of the modern age, Cooper gives us a unique insight into her work with over 300 photographs in one room.
In honour of Cooper’s work, Montana Cans has produced a brand new triptych of her work over 3 cans as the latest edition in their ‘Iconic’ series. Martha herself will also be present on the evening to sign her special edition.
No need to RSVP, just rock up!
Urban Nation Production Office
FB event: www.facebook.com/events/129936940752659
Last month Pejac took break from creating studio work for upcoming London solo show (details TBA), and flew to Jordan to create a series of refugees inspired works. With the kind support of the Spanish embassy the artist visited Al-Hussein camp for Palestinian refugees, Azraq Syrian refugee camp and the city of Amman.
Touched by the stories and lives of these people, Barcelona-based artist created series of interventions that represents their struggle by scraping the facades in Al-Hussein camp. From depicting their journeys that started 70 years ago, to creating maps of Palestine over the last 7 decades, Pejac’s ghostly images are reminders of their distant memories, fears and hopes.
Along with these interventions he painted two pieces mixing black silhouette and colored details. On the streets of Amman he painted a young boy holding the Earth and being caught in the whirlwind of it’s rotation, symbolizing youth as the carriers of our future. Emotive piece in Azraq camp is celebrating mother’s power to protect their children from the harsh actuality by creating a new reality for them. All engaged and poetic, these pieces are showing the strength of well placed, thoughtful work that carries a strong, universal message.
“Remember kids: you are what you eat! Treat other people as you want to be treated. Don’t run with scissors! The second mouse gets the cheese. Employees must wash their hands. This is the rhythm of the night. John Snow knows nothing! (But maybe he is still alive).” -Herakut
Across the pond in Los Angeles, the German duo Herakut just finished their latest mural and are gearing up for their show at the Corey Helford Gallery on Saturday March 26th. This home shopping network ad to sell you a butterfly shapewear suit to transform yourself from that ugly pug you are and into a beautiful butterfly. As always their loose yet hyper realistic style never ceases to amaze their fans as they can make a large painting of something that is usually the ugliest yet most adorable small dog, a pug, into a beautiful work of art. Even better when they take some inspiration off the Ron English elephant mural on the side of it. They titled the mural: “Herakut’s Butterfly-Effect (tested on elephants).”
Photos & words: Birdman
Straight off the back of our interview with him earlier this month, Dublin based artist Le Bas sent over some pictures of his recent commission for the London headquarters of Facebook as part of their ‘Artist In Residence’ programme.