Recently in Honolulu, Kamea Hadar unveiled a mural honoring Barack Obama, a former resident of Hawaii, for his service as the 44th President of the United States. The locally-based painter and also co-lead director of POW! WOW! Hawaii, entitled the mural Hapa, a reference to both the POTUS and artist’s mixed heritage. Seen in the background is some text from a speech that Obama gave in 2008 in Philadelphia where he spoke about his background and of racial equality. For those interested, the wall is located […]
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Art fans have been making the trek out to the outskirts of Las Vegas since last month (mentioned here) to see seven columns of vibrantly colorful stacked rocks from artist Ugo Rondinone, Entitled Seven Magic Mountains, the large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15 will be on view for the next 2 years for those willing to make the trip. According to Swiss artist, “the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by […]
Following in the footsteps of Koons, Murakami, and Kapoor, guest artist Olafur Eliasson is currently showing his works (until October 30th) at the historic palace of Versailles. Known for his large scale installations that deal with elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature, the Danish-Icelandic artist has divided his spatial interventions between the outdoor gardens and the château interior. Eliasson elaborates on his vision – “the Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone. It invites visitors to take control of the authorship […]
Andrew Schoultz recently traveled (as did Pastel) to the Philippines to participate in the LeBasse Projects curated and produced artBGC. As you can see, the mural he painted over seven days was easily his largest to date and stands over 8 stories high. The event at Bonifacio Global City is a followup to the 2015 edition, and featured other artists like Bunnie Reiss, HotxTea and Dog and Pony who were joined by local artists Kris Abrigo, Trip63, KFK Collective and Archie Oclos. Photo credit: Shutterpanda & the artist. Discuss Andrew […]
On the cover of two new singles from Usher is artwork that fans might recognize if they are familiar with the work of Daniel Arsham. Featuring two views of a sculpture created in the signature future archaeological style of the Brooklyn-based sculptor, No Limit & Crash are both great examples of collaborations between music artists and fine artists. Usher apparently spent four hours sitting still while Arsham put him through the process of creating something that might be discovered in the the distant future, like the ruins […]
Last week, Seoul was the first stop for KAWS before heading to Thailand later this month to reveal a new project. Korea’s capital is the newest location for Galerie Perrotin so it was only natural for one of their rising stars to put on a show, especially one who has such a cult following in Asia. The exhibition including a wide selection from the New York-based artist’s oeuvre including some abstract pop culture inspired paintings, a cut canvas piece featuring his version of snoopy, one of his companion sculptures, as […]
Painting over the course of five days for Urban Nation, Andreas Englund’s latest creation is a clever take on Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss. Pairing the iconic piece from the French sculptor with his own Voyeur sculpture, the two part mural (at Bülowstraße 93) executed with an expert three-dimensional perspective is a striking piece with commentary on modern society. Take a look at more in-progress photos below… Discuss Andrew England here.
Last month, at the same time as Curiot’s immersive showing at Thinkspace Gallery, the Berlin-based James Bullough also presented an all new set of works. Collectively entitled Breaking Point, the new paintings are classic examples of the American artist’s fragmented portraiture. Inspired by “moments in life, good or bad, that hit like a flash, break you down and rearrange your parts, when everything seems to change in an instant,” Bullough’s new pieces feature his levitating characters, rendered with glitchy overlapping segments. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss James Bullough here.
Back in April, Virgil Normal in Los Angeles hosted a brief showing of miniature “tree” houses from Jedediah Voltz. His whimsical structures embedded in the branches of common household plants (such as succulents) featured a high level of detail to include tiny furniture, pots, rugs, and other accessories. As a creative outlet for his commercial prop making experience, the series of tiny domiciles is obviously a labor of love, something his audience appreciated leading to an almost sold out opening night. Discuss Jedediah Voltz here.
Further expanding his reach into Asia, KAWS will be opening up a new project at Central Embassy in Bangkok at the end of this month. Teaming up with curator AllRightsReserved again, the New York-based artist will be introducing what looks to be his sculptural version of Elmo remixed with his signature companion treatment at the architecturally stunning luxury retail & hotel complex. Via Hypebeast. Discuss KAWS here.