Last year, during a visit to San Francisco, AM got to visit the studio of artist Ben Venom. His unconventional approach to art making through traditional quiltmaking and embroidery practices first caught our eye a few years ago. Using heavy metal iconography in the form of cut-up t-shirts, Venom plays both hard and soft together by recontextualizing heavy imagery with soft fabrics in the form of quilts. Working from his home studio in the Upper Haight, Venom greeted us in a HM t-shirt and baseball cap. He fell into […]
More stories from the week that ended Jan 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Images from Michael Rey’s solo exhibition at Cherry and Martin up. RIP: Milton Hebald, who died at the age of 97 in West Hollywood, CA. Charlie Hebdo’s new issue after terrorist attack features prophet Muhammad on cover. JR’s images of Charlie Hebdo contributors appear on the streets of Paris. Jean de Boulogne bronze sculpture stolen at Musée des Arts Décoratifs later found in restroom trash can. Joseph Gibbons robs […]
While Ohio State and Oregon were battling it out for the College Football Playoff National Championship, of which the Buckeyes eventually emerged victorious, Madsteez was already underway painting a mural dedicated to the contest at 3015 at Trinity Groves in Dallas. The California-based artist let the online community decide how the mural unfolded as he took suggestions throughout the creation process. Take a look at more photos of Untouchable sponsored by Nike and a video below… Tipped off by StreetArtNews. Discuss Madsteez here.
After a successful showing that opened last month in Los Angeles (covered), Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) went back to his roots recently and painted something on the streets of Redondo Beach. Collaborating with Lyte, a fellow crew member from CBS/WAI, the duo beautified the wall with their letterforms while throwing out a shout out to 2SHAE in the process. More photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss this Greg “Craola” Simkins here.
During the winter months, we typically see a slowdown of street activity due to the colder weather. After a brief hiatus, our Streets: World Roundup feature returns with a summary of the intervening months. Leading things off is this Invader (who has a new website) piece that is seen in a new light in the wake of the tragic events that went down recently in the French artist’s home base (photo by tofz4u). Other notable walls come from ROA – Germany (source), Herakut – USA, […]
More stories from the week that ended Jan 11 (click on bolded words for more information): Profile of Helmut Lang, who is now strictly a artist and sculptor. RIP: June Harwood, who died at the age of 81. 12 killed in terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo due to satirical cartoons. Artists respond to the tragedy. Why the massacre will make art stronger. Violence against cartoonists sadly a common thing throughout history. Bennett von Vertes confesses to killing another man. What happens to private museums if the […]
With some of the perpetrators behind the horrific acts of terror in Paris brought to justice, we can now voice a small sigh a relief although the art world is still reeling from those targeted at Charlie Hedbo. With the weekly newspaper determined to carry on despite what happened, artists around the world continue to show their support for freedom of expression including an interesting contribution from Ai Weiwei (seen above). Take a look at more images below and see Part I of our coverage […]
We recently came across the work of Odeith and his mind-bending form of anamorphic graffiti that seems to leap out at you from certain vantage points. The Lisbon-based artist operated a tattoo parlor for a while but has since returned to art full time including commissioned work with brands such as London Shell, Kingsmill, the Coca-Cola Company, Estradas de Portugal, Samsung, Sport Lisboa e Benfica (football club) and several Portuguese city halls such as Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, amongst others. Take […]
Along with a large installation piece as part of The Dean Collection at SCOPE Miami and an underwater art extravaganza at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel pool, Swoon (interviewed) also presented a new mural for her fans that made it out to Basel Week Miami. Housed in the prestigious Wynwood Walls complex, the large wall will be preserved for future travelers. Take a look at more photos below… See all our coverage of Basel Week Miami here. Discuss Swoon here.
Heath West is a Houston-based practicing architect and artist that has recently been included in Tumblr’s 2014 Year in Review Artists to Watch list. With a background in art history and master’s in Science of Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University, his ‘wall-works’ or ‘non-paintings’ often use architectural concepts and theories in art production, focusing on the structure and transformation of space. On January 15th, Castor Gallery in New York will be introducing his latest series of algorithmic paintings that combine digitally-inspired patterns with abstract traditions, using folding, screens, framing, layers, transparency, […]
Like in 2013 (covered), 2014 saw POW! WOW! Hawaii collaborate again with the annual gathering of RVCA’s advocates and artists for their winter getaway. Along with a highlight performance by Action Bronson at Republick to launch a BornXRaised and RVCA collaboration, guests also enjoyed watching a new mural (see video below by Andrew Tran) go up at the Keolu Skatepark in Kailua, Hawaii, painted by Dmote and Soul. Along with the footage of the mural, also check out more photos from the event below. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta.
More stories from the week that ended Jan 4 (click on bolded words for more information): Mitchell-Innes & Nash’s three-person show with Jo Baer, Anne Neukamp, and Diane Simpson. Family sues Majestic Collection Fine Art Gallerie after sculpture kills their toddler. Elana Pritchard illustrates her experience in jail and with the legal system. 14-year-old girl in Hong Kong arrested for drawing chalk flowers on a wall at protest site. Tania Bruguera arrested three times in two days in Cuba. Authenticity in use of Tracey Emin’s […]