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Superman and Friends Graffiti over Soviet Statue

Posted 2011-06-20 09:28:04 | Views: 12,513

superman and friends:

over soviet statue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty years ago you would have been shot for stepping too close to this monument in Sofia in Bulgaria.


But after the smashing of the Berlin Wall, statues celebrating communist rule appear to be fair game to the graffiti artists of the former Soviet block in Eastern Europe.


An anonymous artist transformed Russian Red Army soldiers from a monument in the city of Sofia, in Bulgaria, into popular superheroes and cartoon characters

 

Taking centre stage is Superman with his distinctive red cape and blue suit. To the left is Santa Claus and to the right Ronald McDonald, the mascot of the fast-food giant McDonalds, and the Joker also makes an appearance.


Below the graffiti artist has sprayed "Moving with the times" in Bulgarian black paint. The "artistic vandalism" appeared this morning - but it is still not clear who is behind the colourful display.


The giant monument was built to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Russian 'liberation' of Bulgaria in 1944.


It is regarded as the prime example of the forceful socialist-realism of the period.


The place of honour goes to a Red Army soldier atop a column, surrounded by animated cast-iron sculptural groups depicting determined, gun-waving soldiers and members of the proletariat.

Figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, and below a member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party cleaning the statue in Feb 2010


Jose Pineda Installations

Posted 2011-06-15 17:01:56 | Views: 12,156

Jorge pineda:

CHILDHOOD

Jorge Pineda (b. Dominican Republic 1961)

Artist Statement:

Childhood is the time when we start to build up our personality, and it is supposed to be the happiest time of our lives, but social violence makes it difficult to adjust. In order to be strong, children make masks where they can hide fear, so they can play with the negative idea they have of themselves. These masks shield the feelings reflected in society as I show in Mambrú, with its child soldiers who have been taken away and used as instruments of destruction.

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         


Reinier Gamboa: New Surrealism

Posted 2011-06-13 20:36:50 | Views: 12,407

reinier gamboa:

surreal

illustrations

Gamboa is a highly skilled draftsman that combines a surrealist element and tribal motifs that dabbles the line between fine art and new age illustration. His paintings create a dream world of interchanging figures and landscapes. They melt together and encompass nightmares of harmony that are very beautiful.

More works by

Reinier Gamboa

  

  

  


Kaws Giant Sculpture at The Standard Hotel NYC

Posted 2011-06-09 07:56:04 | Views: 10,126

KAWS: PASSING

THROUGH 

COMPANION

Yesterday, AM was on hand to catch the arrival of the mother of all Kaws Companions (so far). This Passing Through Companion was hauled over from the backyard of the Aldrich Contemporary Museum, where it was last exhibited and dropped off in the front yard of The Standard Hotel in New York. When we stopped by, the crew was busy creating the platform for the figure, while tourists of the trendy Meatpacking district kept stopping to take pictures of the imposing sculpture. We even tried to play hide-and-go-seek with the companion by hiding out on the overlooking Highline, but by the time we left, it was still counting…


The Surface Merchants

Posted 2011-06-03 15:37:55 | Views: 14,333

The Surface Merchants are Alex Yanes, Daniel Fila & Raymond Adrian working as a collective. 

the surface merchants:

post-graffism

 

Popularity or not, the newly formed Surface Merchants are one of most crafted, imaginative collective art groups from Miami, point blank.  My favorite collective group is Gurrea de la Paz but The Merchants are a close second! If you disagree, you might be on a bandwagon of some sort and need a new pair of glasses. They don’t hire people to build their work. This trio have a certain rhythm that works very well and should be exciting to see what the future holds for them.


Julien Vallee: Spray Can

Posted 2011-06-03 13:32:23 | Views: 12,643

julien vallee: spray can

Berlin, 2008. Paper sculpture created for the main exhibition of Illustrative Zürich festival 2008.

Via: JVallee


Lo Castro and Rocky Grimes: Mural Colabo

Posted 2011-05-26 19:54:32 | Views: 11,056

 lo castro and rocky grimes:

mural

colabo

 If any of you happen to be in the Wynwood area in Miami anytime soon make sure to check out this mural by Francesco Lo Castro and Rocky Grimes. It can be viewed at The Workshop, 171 NW 23 Street, Miami, FL

     

 

 

 


Freegums - "IN-BETWEEN."

Posted 2011-05-19 19:54:19 | Views: 13,997

Alvaro Ilazarbe

/Freegums:

"IN-BETWEEN"

"For this show I explored space, patterns, and the energy that lies in-between. I painted black and white patterns on amorphous wooden pieces which hang on an identically patterned wallpaper. The wood paintings' swirling lines blended into the background, becoming one with the environment. Contrasting line work created a visual vibration causing tension within the space. Through this I wanted the viewer to be aware of the spatial energy that lies between oneself and the object" - Freegums

Narwhal Art Projects presents IN-BETWEEN, a solo exhibition with Miami artist Alvaro Ilazarbe/Freegums.

Opening Reception was held on:
Friday May 13 from 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: May 13-June 12


Chad Wys: Deconstruction

Posted 2011-05-16 15:30:00 | Views: 14,055

CHAD WYS

:Deconstruction

These are great, although I would appreciate it more if he painted these works himself in the traditional manner. But, that’s just me. Enjoy!

                            Via: Chad Wys


Jose Parla (1-2-1 with Jeff Staple Series)

Posted 2011-04-25 15:23:28 | Views: 10,285

This is the eighth installment in the "1-2-1 w/jeffstaple" Series. Each segment, jeffstaple, Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design & Reed Space, talks to someone one-to-one. Direct. Intimate. No BS.


For this segment, Jeff talks to Jose Campbell about his childhood, his school life and his recent work. This video was produced in conjunction with letsredu.com.

JOSE PARLA

1-2-1 W/JEFF STAPLE SERIES