Last year, Eric Caruso a teacher at Harry Wirtz Elementary School (Paramount, CA, near LA) had an idea to invite some artists to paint some murals at the school because there wasn't an arts program for the kids. That brilliant idea resulted in some awesome murals by artists Seitaku Aoyama, Yusuke Hanai, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr and Albert Reyes.
This year, Eric invented artists Travis Millard and Yusuke Hanai to work on two new murals, one for the library and one facing the field. I hitched a ride down to snap some of these pics from that day.
Eric also took us around to check out the old murals as well as Albert Reye's mural which they've been adding too. He took some student renditions which were inspired by his art and painted them as part of his mural.
Travis gets to work on his mural outline. The little chair helps.
A pic of Yusuke. . .hard working guy who shows no appearance of being exhausted considering he got off a plane from Japan and went straight to working.
Travis's nod to The Uncluded whose new albums feature his awesome artwork.
Brooklyn based artists Sheryo and The Yok recentely completed the mural "Pipe Dreams" in Long Island City at 5 pointz. The Yok also emailed over some photos fom a recent trip to Mexico for the Festival Anonymous held near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from this past January... Awesome, we're heading to Mexico in a couple weeks.
Thought I'd send over these photos that I took of this wall that is going up in West Oakland. I've been watching it grow on my bike rides home for the last couple of weeks. From what I know its the work of Skinner, Sean Griffin, and Ernest Doty. Cool dudes making the neighborhood look great! -Tim Gatto
What a journey this has been! Me and my girlfriend had such a good time in Grottaglie, Italy at this years Fame Festival. Tasty food, good coffee, great people, lots of sunshine and last but not least, we saw a bunch of excellent public art pieces in the streets of the town. We spent many days walking around the whole town to find most of the pieces, just like a treasure hunt.
Anyway, here's a photo documentation of some of the new murals in this neck of the woods which are all from 2012 (I think?). The excellent lineup included artists like Erica Il Cane, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Conor Harrington, Cyop & Kaf, Momo, Lucy McLauchlan, Bastardilla, Moneyless, Boris Hoppek and the local artist Giorgio Di Palma, who creates beautiful handmade ceramic objects like the telephone/phonebooth in this album.
It's not everyday that during an art walk you get two sick murals, let alone one. And
that just so happened to occur at the 2012 Venice Art Walk. Only a few blocks awat
from one another, the artists Jesse Hazelip and Aaron Axelrod were working on
their individual walls.
Mural by Jesse Hazelip
Jesse flew out from his new home in New York to paint and put up one of the most
ginormous wheat-pastes I've ever seen on what was dubbed the RED FORT of
Venice Beach. The piece features his epic renderings of a warthog and bull in front of
gorgeous red and blue lettering. And then inside the building was a pop-up exhibit
featuring his original ball-point sketch – which is so masterfully done that it's hard
to believe it was done.
And while Jesse had started his mural earlier on in the week, due to it's towering
scale, Aaron Axelrod was putting his entire body into the colors and motions of a
wall built specifically for him at the entrance of the auction portion of the event.
Within four hours he had gotten up two wheat-pastes, an energetic splattering of
paint, and a mannequin complete with a light-up halo. So, just as the night fell upon
the Earth, the piece lit up and sparked everyone's imaginations. -Daniel Rolnik
Anytime we get an email with new work from the Italian duo Sten Lex we post it up, because their outdoor work is so original these days... As someone once said, addition through subtraction.
Watch the video below to get a taste of how they create their murals from this year's Baltimore Open Walls.
Let's get closer.
OPEN WALLS BALTIMORE ---
Getting To Know The Neighborhood. ---
Interviewees (in order of speaking): JAZ, Tony, JETSONORAMA, Ben Stone, Rebecca Chan ---
Also Featuring Murals By: EVER, STEN & LEX, JESSICA UNTERHALTER & KATIE TRUHN, VHILS, MATA RUDA
music by: DAN DEACON, RUN DMT ---
Special Thanks: GAIA, NANOOK, 15Four, & B'more Family
Sten Lex in Baltimore working on their mural. Love their work.
Black Herds of The Rain is a film documenting Conor Harrington's trip home to Ireland in the summer of 2011 to paint 3 walls. The journey and subsequent paintings are inspired by Austin Clarke's poem The Lost Heifer. --> video by Andrew Telling
Cooper Union student (a recent SFAI student) recently completed this mural in his hometown of Buffalo during his summer break for an organization entitled PUSH which advocates the community and its residents to strengthen their neighborhood with affordable housing. We really like it. Thanks for emailing it over, Charles.
The Luggage Store and t.w.five team up for this vinyl on vinyl board mural in the heart of the Tenderloin here in San Francisco. It can be found on Jones St between Ellis and Eddy. ~Photos (scroll down) from their opening last November at The Luggage Store.
New York 4 New York - With support from the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media's principal, one of the four high schools on the Canarsie Educational Campus ( formerly Canarsie High School), The Love Movement invited 15 renowned New York City artists to create murals for a permanent installation in the high school's hallways. Beyond beautification, the aim of the murals is to provide a positive, inspiring and empowering learning environment with artwork that can relate to the students. The project is a blueprint for schools to utilize local artists to help enrich their educational environments now and in the future.
Madre Wednesday, 18 May 2011 /// Written by Trippe
Madre is a short film that documents artist Wordtomother time at Fame Festival, Italy in 2010.
The film features Lucy Mclauchlan, Cycop & Kaf and the man responsible for Fame festival Angelino Milano.
The soundtrack is available to download for free
A Telling Tale Production Presents 'Madre'
Camera and Edit - Andrew Telling
Grade - Luke Morrison @ The Mill
Music - Buddy Peace & Lucasse
Composite Identity / Badalona
A project by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada that consists of 3D facial scans of 34 people, one person from each of the 34 neighborhoods of Badalona, Spain. These 34 scans were combined using an algorythm program to create a composite/average face.
Programing and 3D scanning: Jorge Rodriguez Gerada, Enric Marti and his team at the Department of Computer Science at the Autonamous University of Barcelona.
Artist Assistant: Joachim Castañeda
Selection and interviews of protagonists by Albert Jódar (photographs) and Arcadi Poch (contents)
34-1 Exhibition - Photographs of 34 people, one person from each of the 34 neighborhoods of Badalona Spain by Albert Jodar.
This was one of a number of projects that were created for IDENTITY(S), a project based on creating social cohesion through art that was developed by the Kognitif platform for the city of Badalona in July 2010.
Identity(s) Directors: Arcadi Poch and Sara Compte
Identity(s) Project Producers: Sara Compte, Arcadi Poch and Cristina Roca
Director of Photography: Rafa Guerao, Isak Férriz and Albert Brescó
Edition: Albert Brescó and Isak Férriz
Postproduction: Albert Brescó
Our understanding is that someone in charge of the property contacted Lower Haters about getting some artists together to cover these walls since it doesn't look like the building will be rented anytime soon. Let's beautify the neighborhood.
As a major contributor to an increasingly progressive and elaborate street art and mural movement occurring in Europe over the past 5 years, Erica il Cane (translating to “Eric the Dog”) gained international recognition for his anthropomorphic building-sized animal murals throughout Italy and the continent. With fellow contemporaries Blu, Sam3, Escif, and San, Erica’s large-scale murals have been viewed as fine art done within the public’s view. We Were Living in the Woods will feature works on paper and on-site installations.
LOS ANGELES --- mark down Saturday, June 22nd on the calendar as New Image Art will be opening Tonight We Fight featuring works by John Malta, Pacolli, Mildred, Dillon Froelich, Eric McHenry, Teddy Kelly, Luke Pelletier, Sean Morris, Yarrow Slaps, Ben Jensen, Nathan Brown and Miles Jackson. ~show details
Tucker Nichols emailed over this Whole Foods poster (below right) which looks a lot like one of Corey Arnold's photos (bottom left). Coincidence? Where they inspired by Corey's photo? Did Corey actually shoot the photo? Who knows and Corey is fishing for salmon right now (like this), so we can't ask him to find out.
Yeah, bad tattoos are basically a bummer, right? But they're also pretty much a rite of passage for bored and disenfranchised-feeling teenagers the world over. At least it was for about 95% of the people I know. Going to a reputable tattoo shop and getting a wizard or unicorn drilled into your lower back is totally fine, but nothing really takes the place of sitting around with a bunch of friends and some beers, enthusiastically taking turns poking each others' arms full of bad ideas-which actually is fun at any age.
OAKLAND -- First Fridays is hoping Oakland hasn't seen the last of the one of a kind event... The street art party is free to attend, but organizers say with police and other costs the price tag to throw the monthly party is $20,000... The City of Oakland has been footing the bill for months and after kicking in $500,000, it's pulling the plug... Organizers are now asking for donations and developing a vendor fee schedule to try and keep the party alive. ~continue reading
SAN FRANCISCO -- Guerrero Gallery, here in the Mission, opens their summer group show this Saturday, June 15th, featuring works from a steller lineup: Daniel Albrigo, Ryan Travis Christian, Alejandro Diaz-Ayala, Frohawk Two Feathers, Michelle Guintu, Justin Hager, Cody Hudson, Terry Powers, Rye Purvis, Victory Reyes, Jamie Williams, and Yarrow Slaps.
SAN FRANCISCO --- Southern Exposure hosts thier annual Monster Drawing Rally Friday, June 14, 2013 at THE NWBLK, 1999 Bryant Street (at 18th). Tons of great artists auctioning works at a starting price of only $60.
A live drawing and fundraising event with 120 artists working side by side. The event lets spectators to observe artists in the act of creation, providing the opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion. Drawings are available for purchase immediately for just $60 each.
Wonder if our old emails with Banksy are worth a few thousand dollars. It seems everything the dude touches is worth a million dollars these days! Nutty and much deserved.
A disputed Banksy graffiti artwork removed from a gritty London neighbourhood has sold for approximately $1.1 million US at auction. The provocative Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) sold at a private auction held by concierge firm The Sincura Group at the London Film Museum on Sunday, according to Bloomberg news service. The spray-painted, stenciled work depicts a child labourer using an antique sewing machine to create a Union Jack bunting. -Continue reading
Daniel Cronin was hired to shoot photos for the ongoing feature series: the Road Trips USA: Pacific Coast... An interesting idea where the trip was live blogged/ tweeted/ Instagramed with people making suggestions for what to check out, and well, into FFDG they stopped.
Look ma, we made The Guardian U.K.
Come on, guys. Don't call San Francisco "San Fran".
These days New York-native multimedia artist, Michael Alan, has been incredibly active artistically in the big city. Between staging hours-long Living Installations at the New Museum and other DIY spaces, exhibiting his drawings and paintings in group exhibitions and hosting an unusual solo show in the home of his mother, Alan proves that there is no rest for the wicked. I caught up with him recently to hear the latest, the backstory, and what's next.
Henrik Haven, who keeps us up to date in all that's Copenhagen, emailed over some photos from the Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival that's running throughout June. In this short installment he introduces us to the work of urban/graffiti artist and illustrator NYCHOS.
Brendan Monroe, whose show Melting Into the Floor runs through June 15th at LA's Richard Heller, creates these great wooden sculptures and featured a bunch in the show... He's often asked how he goes about making them and gives us at Fecal Face a little 'how to' on the process.
Mexico City based Curiot, whose sold out solo show Age of Omuktlans ran last March at FFDG, just finished this great mural entitled "El Retorno de Akhankutli" in Mexico. He recently completed one in Berlin too which we'll be posting in the coming week. The guy is very very talented in our eyes.
This made our day. Not only do we love pizza but we also love Henry Gunderson... So a board shapped like a hot slice designed by Henry Gunderson for The Good Company, well... this writer needs to go for a slice right now.
Wendell McShine (lives in Mexico City, from Trinidad) opened his newest show, Raccoon's Law, at Fifty24SF on Saturday night. ARYZ was a tough act to follow, but McShine held his own in the space... With a combination of a mural, a video, and both drawings and mixed-media works on paper, the diversity of this solo show was impressive. The Raccoon drawings were especially attractive as the way he executed them looked like they actually had fur coming off the page, and you can only imagine how soft it would be to touch. I was lucky to see his work in person through this show, and I hope to encounter more in the future.
Ingrid Wells just got her MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and these oil paintings from her Honey Boo Boo's Amurrican Starquest were on display as part of the recent MFA exhibition... Ingrid Wells works and lives in San Francisco.
I got there the day after the tornado came through. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. My mind just could not grasp what my eyes were seeing. It was just too much to take in, too much to process. So, I did what comes naturally and took images. It sort of helped me separate from the chaos and helped me focus.
Jeffrey Cheung emailed over some photos from a recent one night show he had at Terra Gallery/ event space. The May 19th show also featured live music by Oakland garage rockers Twin Steps and Coldtergeist.
Great solo show by LA based Alison Blickle (Born 1976) up now at San Francisco's Eleanor Harwood gallery. History of Magic Part 1... The Hermitage runs through June 15th 2013. -- 1295 Alabama St. Hours: Wed thru Sat (11-6pm)
Well, it looks like John Felix Arnold rocked Tokyo with his opening with Koutaro Ooyama at Spes Lab a few weeks back. Even a language barrier couldn't prevent the success of their collaboration. They invited everyone they met on trains, in cars, cafes, bars, restaurants, and people responded by attending, and bringing their families and friends as well.
Last Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to get invited to Nickelodeon's premiere party for their newest cartoon, Sanja & Craig, created by three awesome dudes - Andreas Trolf, Jim Dirschberger, and Jay Howell. Hosted at Tony's Salon with pizza provided by Pizzanistas, the premiere party was filled with libations and celebrations, even a break-dance battle broke out. Congrats to everyone who worked on the show, and especially Trolf, Jim, and Jay who all have been working tirelessly on it. Sanja & Craig premiered Saturday 10:30 am 11 am on Nickelodeon. You can watch Sanjay and Craig Episode 1: Brett Venom on hulu. and read about how the guys came up with it in this interview with The LA Times. Now, here's some photos from the premiere.
Los Angeles Christofer Chin (Tofer) emailed over some install shots of his current show Ar running in NYC at Lu Magnus through June 29th. Simple/ clean and continuing his op artstyle Tofer Chin features new paintings, photographs, and sculpture continuing his exploration of geologically and architecturally inspired Minimalist forms.
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