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Jel Martinez: The Art of Removal

Posted 2012-09-27 14:03:17 | Views: 8,758

JEL MARTINEZ: BUFF MASTER 


Jel Martinez's paintings are inspired by the methodology of vandalism removal. Martinez observes how metropolitan clean-up crews destroy one art form while creating another. The artist constructs his paintings by combining earlier influences with a figurative style of painting referred to as "buffs". "Buff" creates contemporary patterns that result in a post-modern aesthetic. Through his experience and study of modern day contemporary culture, he applies a new meaning of expressionism to his work. Martinez's paintings are a recreation of multilayered walls that are seen in urban landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His painterly gestures incorporate concrete elements, acrylic, enamel, oil, compound and ink, creating overlapping styles of free-floating patches of color, otherwise known as buffs. He actualizes four stylistic forms of buffs in his paintings:  symmetrical - which are recognizable geometric squares and rectangles, ghosting - in which the remover traces the lettering but the general form and shape is emphasized, radical - the remover uses neither geometric nor guide lines to remove the writing often referred to as an outside the lines removal, and blur - when the remover uses paint stripper and a cloth to wipe the writing but leaves a cloudy appearance on the wall. Through his elaborate process of building up and tearing down art, Martinez's paintings boldly invite the viewer to experience the daily conversations the urban environment carries on with its inhabitants.

 

 

 

 

 

Jel Martinez
b. 1976, Miami, Florida
Lives and works in Miami, Florida

Meteorite Stack 2012 - Acylic, enamel, oil, ink and plaster on wood. 

A While Running  2010 - Plaster, latex, ink, oil and spray enamel on canvas 

Urban Conservancy 2012 - Acrlyic, enamel, oil, ink, latex and plaster on Archival paper 


Futura 2000: Future Shock

Posted 2012-08-16 13:51:48 | Views: 12,018

The world knows Leonard McGurr as Futura, and Futura can divide the world into two distinct places that have impacted his career and his art. Both the Big Apple and the City of Lights have shaped Futura over his 40+ years in the game.

Raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Futura came of age during the '70s, eventually sharing a studio art space with Fab 5 Freddy, another pioneer. In 1981, Futura travelled to Paris with the Clash during the lead-up to the release of Combat Rock.

Though his work is closely associated with the downtown scene, the gallery that reps him, la Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, is located in Paris, and the artist identifies with France heavily; after all, he met the mother of his children there.

Now, Futura is preparing for his first solo show in NYC in over a decade. Opening September 6, the "Future Shock" exhibition at 560 Washington St. will navigate our current dystopia. In the meantime, let the artist show you around his cities.

FUTURA

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Revok vs. Giant: The Video Game

Posted 2012-06-26 16:33:18 | Views: 9,387

BONUS LEVEL: REVOK VS. GIANT 

THE VIDEO GAME! 

From Diego Bergia: "Now that I've got two graffiti legends down with the project, I figured I'd create my version of the Street Fighter 2 car destruction bonus round. I'm working on a longer piece right now, but couldn't resist getting this out in the meantime." 


Via: theprimaryinvasion.com

This is amazing. 2 world class graffti artist battle it out Street Fighter style...sort of! Even better! 


Kourtney Eugene Brown: Creos Aetas

Posted 2012-04-23 18:14:56 | Views: 10,275

Kourtney Eugene Brown

 

 

 A better view of "Creos Aetas" Timepiece Installation, Borinquen Healthcare Center Headquarters, FL. These joyful yet menacing heads make up this interesting clock right in the center of Miami’s design district. As each hour passes the heads go from light to dark literally and figuratively. Brown lives and works from Miami, FL. He is also an active Freemason. 

CREOS AETAS 

 

 

          


Tati Suarez: Machete

Posted 2012-04-05 20:23:19 | Views: 11,231

TATI SUAREZ: Machete

Tati Suarez is an artist/illustrator that works from Brooklyn, NY by way of Miami, FL. Her work pulls from pop surrealism and imagery of the Brazilian orisha Yemanjá. She incorporates her own personal motifs of bugs, fruit and wildlife into the long, at times curly hair of goddess figures that end up as oil canvas paintings and giant murals. The image in this post is titled " Caiubi " Oil on Machete 2012. Via: Tati Suarez 

 


Robert Howsare

Posted 2012-03-23 16:16:07 | Views: 9,580

robert howsare: drawing apparatus

The revolution of the records create drawings that serve as a markers of temporality.  The drawings also speak to the idea of the editionable print through their ability to be replicated using domestic materials.

Designer/artist Robert Howsare has discovered a new drawing tool. It would be interesting to see him develop more drawngs by other musical or domestic materials. Make sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post. It's hypnotizing!


Cain Caser: Visual Hierarchy

Posted 2012-03-09 14:19:24 | Views: 10,031

CAIN CASER: ABSTRACT PORTRAITS 

       

      

"The paintings have been conceived as portraits. Occupying the gap between figuration and abstraction they exploit the tendency to see faces where none exist and in turn be interpreted according to an individuals own unique visual hierarchy."

I pretty much discovered the work of Cain Caser about 2 days ago. I am pretty aware of what is happening in art and design. So, when I discovered the maturity and energy of Caser's work I was very confused why I have never seen it before or why he isn't more popular. That is art for you! At any case, his Flickr page is endless eye candy.

 

His work makes you think of so many well-known painters yet the integrity of his work shines above all. When looking at his work on the computer screen, it is very difficult to determine whether his paintings are digital, collage or what. But, after much research they are collaged paintings with mixed media and photocopies as well. Below is a quote from an interview he did with Sick of the Radio.

CAIN CASER: 

"As a kid growing up I was obsessed with graffiti. I lived near the end of the Metropolitan line so everything that was going on in London was delivered straight to my doorstep. The people, style, mystery and adventure of it completely fascinated me.By twelve years of age I had started writing graffiti and at sixteen it was dominating my life."


Alex Yanes: Elephants

Posted 2012-03-08 17:03:32 | Views: 10,012

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Alex Yanes was born in Miami , July 20th 1977. His art is characterized by the romanticism and sublimeness of its color, content, and the deliberate precision of its form and lines. It is the duality between the conceptual and the graphical that makes his art both inspiring and accessible. Yanes' art serves as a metaphor for the conflict between reason and imagination and the divided nature of the human spirit.

 

Along with vivid colors, he uses bold outlines to define his intricate figures. His most recent works are mixed media, three dimensional images. This process consists of drawing then cutting the image out of panels using power tools. Once they are cut, the individual pieces of the puzzle are sanded and painted using a mixture of acrylic , spray enamel and epoxy resin. Finally , the pieces are attached in multiple layers, revealing a multi-dimensional experience. Yanes is represented by Michael Margulies.

Elephant in the Room