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Street Work of Pavel Puhov

Posted 2012-01-22 21:00:44 | Views: 9,184

Pavel 

Puhov

We recently discovered Pavel's street work by various blogs. He works out of Russia and he uses the urban enviroment in very  new and powerful ways we haven't really seen before. His more traditional street art is cool, but not as strong as the work like the one on this blog post. He should keep rockin' things like this! Check out a collection of his work here. 


Santiago Rubino

Posted 2011-12-26 17:01:33 | Views: 9,244

Inspired as much by dreams as by chance encounters with complete strangers, his beautiful creatures with their pensive and melancholy expressions, evoke feelings of love, sadness and longing. Dark-haired figures dominate sparse backgrounds giving the impression of characters alone in the desert or even outer space. Spanning time as well as space, Rubino draws on sepia toned paper and attires his subjects in anything from Victorian dresses to S&M spiked heel black leather boots. These juxtapositions give his works a timeless quality that adds to the eeriness and universality of their appeal.

 

No matter their attire, the figures are stoically composed; whether they look ahead at the viewer or off into the distance their gaze is of such intensity the viewer can only begin to imagine what memory or daydream consumes them. The black graphite and the restraint Rubino employs to make the drawings reveal a dark undertone to the work that addresses the human capacity for evil and destruction in the face of beauty.

 

With his artwork, Rubino creates an elaborate cosmology that encapsulates his views on the interconnectivity of individuals throughout history and his belief in karma and an ever-flowing energy through which everything is bound.

 

Rubino, is a self-taught Argentinean, first known by local police and the admiring public for his exquisite graffiti paintings, is successfully channeling his energies and gaining attention in the art world.

SANTIAGO

RUBINO

VICTORIAN VIXENS

I've been following Santiago Rubino's work for years. His drawings have crazy detail and the narratives tap into a place we can all connect with. His murals are just like his paper drawings. Check him out.


OWS Sculpture: Dissing Jay-Z?

Posted 2011-11-23 06:59:56 | Views: 10,728

Daniel Edwards: Jay-Z as Scrooge 

 

Last week, it was reported that Jay-z made OWS supporters real mad after refusing to share profits from Rocawear’s ‘Occupy All Streets’ tees with the actual Occupy Wall Street movement.  An angry sculptor who was livid that Jay, who earned $63 million last year, would profit from people who were being arrested for what  they believe to be one of the most important social justice movements of our generation, created a piece which he describes as a Scrooge Totem pole.

 

The sculpture, created by artist Daniel Edwards, features Jay-Z wearing chains with a big dollar sign on his chest at the base and animated characters that have played the money-hungry Scrooge character on television stacked on top of him. Above Jay is Mr. Burns from ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Scrooge McDuck’ from Disney’s ‘Christmas Carol,’ and Richie Rich.

 

    

Daniel recently discussed why he chose to make the sculpture of Jay-z:


“I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of [the] Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against. Maybe Jay-Z is strivingto be in the one percent? Which is why I chose the composition of a totem pole because I thought it would resemble the number one. Rap stars who turn ‘Scrooge’ have to suffer some damage to their street credibility.”

 


Russell Simmons recently spoke out defending his friend’s choice to sell ‘Occupy All Streets’ tees, saying that the movement isn’t being against business or branding, it’s just against those businesses controlling our government.

“What’s wrong with selling goodness? There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s not the most preferred. In yogi scripture, at least, the highest form of giving is giving without expectation. Selfless. But a lot of people need incentive.

 

You should sell things you’re happy about. You should sell products that you’re inspired by, that promote lasting and stable well-being. Give the world something or sell the world something that you’re proud of. Jay-Z didn’t make a T-shirt [that said] “F— the Bums on the Street.” He wrote a T-shirt “Occupy All Streets” – I’m happy, it furthers the movement, it inspires the movement.

 

Listen, I’m going to get every corporation that wants to support us to get branding as part of the process. No one’s against business. We’re against business having too much control over our government.”


Ruben Ubiera: Bricks

Posted 2011-11-02 13:07:23 | Views: 14,404

Ruben Ubiera: Hitting the bricks

Ubiera says The Community, his series of installations, has been approved by the city’s Arts and Culture Advisory Board but that he’s still awaiting word on locations. “It’s up to the city to decide,” the Miami artist says. “It is my first public project and I want to move it to the city of Miami, Boca, anyplace that wants it. After all, it’s regular red clay bricks, made to build. Legos for adults, I call it.”

 

Because the installations will be site-specific, sizes will vary. “All four sides have faces,” he notes. “But I try to keep a contrast: Old man on one side, kid on opposite, cop, young black American …”

Asked how he came up with the idea, Ubiera explained: “When I moved to New York City —The Bronx — I was touched by the brick buildings. As I looked to found objects to find my latest directions, I saw a red brick, held it in my hand and realized it looked like a miniature building. The concept grew from there.”

 

“I believe The Community touches part of my past and part of everyone’s future,” he concludes. “A building cannot be raised without a strong foundation, neither can a community. Brick by brick, everyone equally important. Stroke by stroke. Let me shape my surroundings instead of my surroundings shaping me. “ - Keep Reading

 

    

 

 

 


Banksy: Occupy London Monopoly Sculpture

Posted 2011-10-26 11:14:35 | Views: 19,201

Though we hadn’t heard from elusive street artist Banksy in a little while, it should come as no surprise that his latest piece would be for the “Occupy” movement. Popping up at St. Paul’s Cathedral for Occupy London, this brand new sculpture features a panhandling Rich “Uncle” Pennybags on a make-believe Monopoly board.

Banksy: 

occupy london 

Monopoly Piece 


Mark Jenkins: Prank Art

Posted 2011-08-17 10:57:11 | Views: 9,179

Mark jenkins: Prankster High Art

The world hasn't seen anything quite like the work of Mark Jenkins. His work is in the streets as well as in the gallery. I have selected some of his works for your enjoyment. There's just so much great stuff by this guy that I couldn't put it all. So, make sure to visit his site below. You won't regret it

Jenkins' practice of street art is to use the "street as a stage" where passersby become actors. Many of his installations have resulted in intervention by the authorities whom he also regards as actors. Most of his early outdoor works were non-commissioned.

 

Jenkins said the following about the illegal aspects of street art during an interview with art critic Brian Sherwin, "There is opposition, and risk, but I think that just shows that street art is the sort of frontier where the leading edge really does have to chew through the ice.

And it's good for people to remember public space is a battleground, with the government, advertisers and artists all mixing and mashing, and even now the strange cross-pollination taking place as street artists sometimes become brands, and brands camouflaging as street art creating complex hybrids or impersonators. I think it's understanding the strangeness of the playing field where you'll realize that painting street artists, writers, as the bad guys is a shallow view. As for the old bronzes, I really don't see them as part of what's going on in the dialogue unless addressed by a new intervention


Shepard Fairey Assaulted in Copenhagen

Posted 2011-08-17 10:21:23 | Views: 9,975

Shepard Fairey: Beaten up in Copenhagen?

Shepard Fairey, the Los Angeles street artist who won international acclaim for creating the popular "Hope" poster that became the image of President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was reportedly assaulted last weekend at the opening of his exhibition at a gallery in Copenhagen.

 

Fairey, The Guardian reported, was punched and kicked by two men who called Fairey "Obama illuminati" and told him to "go back to America." Fairey was with his colleague Romeo Trinidad outside the Kodboderne 18 nightclub early in the morning of Aug. 6.

 

"I have a black eye and a bruised rib," Fairey told the paper, going on to say that he believed the attack was prompted by a mural he painted commemorating the demolition of the legendary "Ungdomshuset" (youth house) that has sparked controversy in recently.

 

Fairey's mural, painted on a building adjacent to the vacant site, has a dove flying above the word "peace" and the number "69," the building's address. But the artwork didn't go over well with all of Copenhagen, the Guardian said, as it appeared to tear open old wounds; critics accused Fairey of peddling government-funded propaganda.

 

"The city council is using the painting -- directly or indirectly -- to decorate the crater-like lot at Jagtvej 69," said local activist Eskil Andreas Halberg in a letter to Modkraft, a leftwing news Web site. "The art is being used politically to end the conflict in a certain way: 'We're all friends now, right?'"

 

Within days of the mural's completion, vandals defaced it. "No peace" and "go home, Yankee hipster" were written across the wall. And while Fairey has reworked the vandalized half -- the new version now contains images of riot police and explosions with a new slogan that: "Nothing forgotten, nothing forgiven" -- he told the paper that the piece was never intended to be considered propaganda.

 

"It looked to the people at 69 like I was cooperating with the authorities, making a propaganda piece to smooth over the wound," Fairey said.

 

Fairey did not file a police report about the alleged attack. Instead, he briefly wrote on in a Thursday blog post on his Web site that "Copenhagen was a very, intense trip."

 

"Not everyone in Copenhagen was hospitable, but that deserves a longer and more thorough explanation and analysis that I will get to in the next couple days," he wrote.

Did Fairey intentionally make a leftiest propaganda mural that resulted in a black eye and bruised rib?

"Not everyone in Copenhagen was hospitable, but that deserves a longer and more thorough explanation and analysis that I will get to in the next couple days,"


Jose Parla: Character Gestures

Posted 2011-08-17 10:00:15 | Views: 8,530

Character Gestures is a solo reveal of José Parlá’s latest body of work. Comprised of paintings, mono-transfers and installations, this exhibition builds on the artist’s earlier work that dealt with the concept of psychogeography and depicted distressed architectural surfaces layered with calligraphic text. While he continues to broach the idea of how we experience urban landscapes and the visual language of mark making, the shift within Character Gestures stems from a deeper engagement with process and abstraction.

 

The notion of “character” is as much about text, integrity, and specific traits, as it is a literal nod to Parlá’s performance, wherein he assumes the role of hypothetical pedestrians who interact with marred city walls, as he creates the work. “Gesture,” encompasses the ideas of movement, communication, and demonstration, and is mutually respectful of the artist’s accidental and calculated actions when applying medium to surface.

 

With Parlá’s new paintings, as seen in No Return, Here Again, 2011, marks mix with textures, bright colors, and media, yet the process is as involved and significant as the visual outcome. Additionally, a large-scale installation fills the central gallery space – the freestanding sculptural translation of classroom memories opens a conversation with the surrounding paintings.  In a collection of work on paper, which Parlá refers to as “mono-transfers,” he experiments with a form of frottage, documenting his new paintings via the impressions they leave on paper.

 

Character Gestures exemplifies Parlá’s deftness at technical execution; the complexity of layering, combined with erasure, still manages a translucent effect. His fluency in visual communication is mindful of the fact that any emotion or memory that attempts physicality can only serve, in reality, as an abbreviation of its original essence. He mitigates this condition through his poetic and individualized form of aesthetic dialogue, while navigating the art historic doctrine of Abstraction.

Jose parla

Character Gestures

September 9 - October 22, 2011

937 N. La Cienega / Los Angeles / CA / 90069

Opening Reception: Fri, September 9, 6 – 9 PM

For more info visit: Oh W.O.W.


Street Art: Bear holding a machine gun

Posted 2011-08-09 17:32:54 | Views: 10,558

phag:

Machine Gunnin' Bear

  

Really funny street art peice by PHAG done in LA. Giant bear holding a machine gun in the urban jungle. Do you know where you are? Your in the jungle baby, your going to die!


Gediminas Siaulys

Posted 2011-08-08 16:16:58 | Views: 9,197

Gediminas siaulys: works and statement

My art is something, that comes out of the deep within. I believe, that it springs from hidden tunnels of my emotional experience, where all things ever felt starting with my childhood reside. When I think about new piece everything I want to express
is the sense that visits me. This sense comes with particular character, mood, color and texture. Entirely new worlds start to appear with it’s fauna and flora. My aim is to catch and fulfil them.

 

Recently I’m obsessed with bees, liquids, woods and masks. My main inspiration is nature, fairytales and Lithuanian culture heritage.