Arrested Motion http://arrestedmotion.com "the aim of every artist is to arrest motion..." -Faulkner Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:44:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Streets: Vision Art Festival @ Crans-Montana, Switzerland (Part I) http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/streets-vision-art-festival-crans-montana-switzerland-part-i/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/streets-vision-art-festival-crans-montana-switzerland-part-i/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:36:03 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282881 visionartfestival14

With only few days left in the Swiss Alps, the participating artists in the first edition of Vision Art Festival are slowly rounding up their pieces. Scattered all over the towns of Crans and Montana, but also around the ski slopes above it, we bring you an exclusive view at the most recently finished and close-to-finished works. Art duo 2atlas quickly finished their tribute to the homeland of The Red Cross on a hut placed on some 2,000m above sea level. Using only black, white, red and gold, they painted an effective work that nicely contrasts its idyllic surrounding. Russian artist Rustam Qbic also wrapped up his work created on three sections of a wall placed at 2,500m. Using the architecture to complete the piece, he painted a surrealist image that stands out from other works at the festival. Rodrigo Branco recently finished his large portrait piece in the town of Montana. Painted in the same style of his canvas works, this colorful piece is inspired by his vision of the world as a young kid with serious sight problems. Greg Mike also finished up his longest work to date, packed with colorful cartoon like imagery, stretching some 40m, while Aaron "Woes" Martin wrapped up his stack of Pandas in Crans, and continued leaving his mark by painting smaller pieces in the mountains. Photo credit: @arrestedmotion_sal.]]>
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With only few days left in the Swiss Alps, the participating artists in the first edition of Vision Art Festival are slowly rounding up their pieces. Scattered all over the towns of Crans and Montana, but also around the ski slopes above it, we bring you an exclusive view at the most recently finished and close-to-finished works. Art duo 2atlas quickly finished their tribute to the homeland of The Red Cross on a hut placed on some 2,000m above sea level. Using only black, white, red and gold, they painted an effective work that nicely contrasts its idyllic surrounding. Russian artist Rustam Qbic also wrapped up his work created on three sections of a wall placed at 2,500m. Using the architecture to complete the piece, he painted a surrealist image that stands out from other works at the festival. Rodrigo Branco recently finished his large portrait piece in the town of Montana. Painted in the same style of his canvas works, this colorful piece is inspired by his vision of the world as a young kid with serious sight problems. Greg Mike also finished up his longest work to date, packed with colorful cartoon like imagery, stretching some 40m, while Aaron "Woes" Martin wrapped up his stack of Pandas in Crans, and continued leaving his mark by painting smaller pieces in the mountains. Photo credit: @arrestedmotion_sal.]]>
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Studio Visits: Nick Walker – ‘Entrophy’ @ Above Second (Hong Kong) http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/studio-visit-nick-walker-entrophy-above-second-hk/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/studio-visit-nick-walker-entrophy-above-second-hk/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:31:45 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282857 NW 29

Ahead of his upcoming solo show Entrophy at Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong, we popped by the studio of Bristol-based Nick Walker (interviewed)For this new exhibition, the British street artist has been exploring new ideas and broadening the scope of his signature Gentleman Vandal series to more abstract imagery and new techniques playing with metal and sculpture. "A new element I am exploring with this show is ‘Numbers’ which I call the Smoke series. Originally I was inspired by Jasper Johns some time back and began to implement numbers into my paintings as background or fragmented, but now I am focusing solely on the numbers themselves.” Having visited Hong Kong in December to gather inspiration and collect photos some new pieces featuring the Hong Kong busy urban landscape, Nick Walker mentions “It [has] an abundance of old signage and history, and also a very gritty edge which is something I love to portray in my street scenes.” Photo credit: Butterfly . Discuss Nick Walker here.]]>
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Ahead of his upcoming solo show Entrophy at Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong, we popped by the studio of Bristol-based Nick Walker (interviewed)For this new exhibition, the British street artist has been exploring new ideas and broadening the scope of his signature Gentleman Vandal series to more abstract imagery and new techniques playing with metal and sculpture. "A new element I am exploring with this show is ‘Numbers’ which I call the Smoke series. Originally I was inspired by Jasper Johns some time back and began to implement numbers into my paintings as background or fragmented, but now I am focusing solely on the numbers themselves.” Having visited Hong Kong in December to gather inspiration and collect photos some new pieces featuring the Hong Kong busy urban landscape, Nick Walker mentions “It [has] an abundance of old signage and history, and also a very gritty edge which is something I love to portray in my street scenes.” Photo credit: Butterfly . Discuss Nick Walker here.]]>
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Streets / Update: Josh Keyes @ Forest For The Trees (Portland) http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/streets-update-josh-keyes-forest-for-the-trees-portland/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/streets-update-josh-keyes-forest-for-the-trees-portland/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:08:46 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282836 FFTT_JoshKeyes-2015_9-930x620

You may recall our previous coverage of the annual Forest For The Trees mural festival in Portland (see 2013, 2014). This year's edition is well underway now and includes a lineup of Josh Keyes (seen here working what looks like a larger version of his The Collector painting), Andrew Hem, Blaine Fontana, Insa, Joram Roukes, Low Bros, Rustam Qbic, and Troy Lovegates, just to name a few. If you are anywhere in the area, head over to show your support (locations here) or you can follow the progress on their blog. Photo credit: The Vera Firm. Discuss Josh Keyes here.]]>
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You may recall our previous coverage of the annual Forest For The Trees mural festival in Portland (see 2013, 2014). This year's edition is well underway now and includes a lineup of Josh Keyes (seen here working what looks like a larger version of his The Collector painting), Andrew Hem, Blaine Fontana, Insa, Joram Roukes, Low Bros, Rustam Qbic, and Troy Lovegates, just to name a few. If you are anywhere in the area, head over to show your support (locations here) or you can follow the progress on their blog. Photo credit: The Vera Firm. Discuss Josh Keyes here.]]>
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Releases / Signings: Kelsey Brookes – “Psychedelic Space” Book @ Quint Gallery http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/releases-signings-kelsey-brookes-psychedelic-space-book-quint-gallery/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/releases-signings-kelsey-brookes-psychedelic-space-book-quint-gallery/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:30:42 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282829 KELSEY BROOKES: PSYCHEDELIC SPACE

Psychedelic Space is the soon to be released book from Kelsey Brookes from Gingko Press that explores his last three years of work. The 216 page hardcover documents his more recent paintings, spanning four solo shows, the explosive patterns that are his artistic vision of molecular structures of the psychedelic nature. The monograph has some interesting additions like "gatefold spreads, a sticker sheet, and a clear molecular overlay on his stunning “LSD” piece, along with a booklet bound within and glow-in-the-dark cover text." To mark this release, Quint Gallery in La Jolla will be holding a week long event starting with a book signing on September 5th (5-7pm). Also available for purchase and perusal for attendees will be a new print edition and a selection of new paintings by the San Diego-based artist. Discuss Kelsey Brookes here.]]>
KELSEY BROOKES: PSYCHEDELIC SPACE

Psychedelic Space is the soon to be released book from Kelsey Brookes from Gingko Press that explores his last three years of work. The 216 page hardcover documents his more recent paintings, spanning four solo shows, the explosive patterns that are his artistic vision of molecular structures of the psychedelic nature. The monograph has some interesting additions like "gatefold spreads, a sticker sheet, and a clear molecular overlay on his stunning “LSD” piece, along with a booklet bound within and glow-in-the-dark cover text." To mark this release, Quint Gallery in La Jolla will be holding a week long event starting with a book signing on September 5th (5-7pm). Also available for purchase and perusal for attendees will be a new print edition and a selection of new paintings by the San Diego-based artist. Discuss Kelsey Brookes here.]]>
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Previews: “Brotherhood” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/upcoming-brotherhood-jonathan-levine-gallery/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/upcoming-brotherhood-jonathan-levine-gallery/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:10:17 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282466 11931121_822311484533528_325428172_n

On September 12th, Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be hosting a new group show curated by Yasha Young at their 529 West 20th Street location. Brotherhood will feature the works of Anders Gjennestad, Andreas Englund, David Walker, DOTDOTDOT, Ernest Zacharevic, Evoca1, Icy and Sot, James Bullough, Li-Hill, M-City, Nick Walker, Onur, Shepard Fairey, Tankpetrol and Wes21. The title chosen references the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of the mid-19th century who believed academic teaching corrupted an artist's vision, circumstance that can be applied to many of the artists chosen to participate as many of the are self-taught and went through unconventional paths to get where they are now. Curator Yasha Young describes - "The truth is, not much has changed when it comes to critics and institutions accepting new ideas. We are still caught within rigid frameworks and the need to justify ‘good’ art with the presence of an art school education overshadows the strength and talent of many contemporary artists. Techniques arising from the underground might be excepted if they come with already established monetary success, which is also only reserved for a few. However, change can happen by showing work amongst peers, supporting each other’s work and extending the creative exchange far beyond intellectual or geographical borders." Discuss James Bullough here. [caption id="attachment_282906" align="aligncenter" width="1277"]Aaron Li-Hill Aaron Li-Hill[/caption] [caption id="attachment_282907" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]DotDotDot DotDotDot[/caption]]]>
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On September 12th, Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be hosting a new group show curated by Yasha Young at their 529 West 20th Street location. Brotherhood will feature the works of Anders Gjennestad, Andreas Englund, David Walker, DOTDOTDOT, Ernest Zacharevic, Evoca1, Icy and Sot, James Bullough, Li-Hill, M-City, Nick Walker, Onur, Shepard Fairey, Tankpetrol and Wes21. The title chosen references the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of the mid-19th century who believed academic teaching corrupted an artist's vision, circumstance that can be applied to many of the artists chosen to participate as many of the are self-taught and went through unconventional paths to get where they are now. Curator Yasha Young describes - "The truth is, not much has changed when it comes to critics and institutions accepting new ideas. We are still caught within rigid frameworks and the need to justify ‘good’ art with the presence of an art school education overshadows the strength and talent of many contemporary artists. Techniques arising from the underground might be excepted if they come with already established monetary success, which is also only reserved for a few. However, change can happen by showing work amongst peers, supporting each other’s work and extending the creative exchange far beyond intellectual or geographical borders." Discuss James Bullough here. [caption id="attachment_282906" align="aligncenter" width="1277"]Aaron Li-Hill Aaron Li-Hill[/caption] [caption id="attachment_282907" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]DotDotDot DotDotDot[/caption]]]>
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Openings: Banksy – “Dismaland” (Evening View) http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/openings-banksy-dismaland-evening-view/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/openings-banksy-dismaland-evening-view/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:59:26 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282775 Banksy Dismaland night bemusement park Weston Super Mare AM  - 41

If you've been following our visit to the UK to experience Banksy’s theme park Dismaland in the UK, you probably think you've see it all. But what's a true to form artistic replica of Disney's magic kingdom if it doesn't work at night? Besides isn't that when the magic is suppose to truly happen? Well, we stuck around to catch the "Bemusement Park" transform during the August 21st evening VIP session. Disappoint it did not as Banksy and company hit their mark to build a corporate playland, complete with a full drumming band, full fireworks at Cinderella's castle, dazzling and confusing games of chance & skill for those thirsting to take home prizes of gold chains & bags of gold fish. Everywhere we looked, it seemed attendees were amazed and delighted to try and cram as much action into their fun filled tour of the mysterious artist's twisted vision of how a ammusement park should be. Of course, for those lucky visitors that made the trip out, they got rewarded with the opportunity to literally participate in Banksy's Oscar nominated "Exit Through The Gift Shop" (featured) with a surprise souvenir station with legitimate merchandise from the masked gorilla himself. Check out at look at the insanity below. Discuss Banksy here.]]>
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If you've been following our visit to the UK to experience Banksy’s theme park Dismaland in the UK, you probably think you've see it all. But what's a true to form artistic replica of Disney's magic kingdom if it doesn't work at night? Besides isn't that when the magic is suppose to truly happen? Well, we stuck around to catch the "Bemusement Park" transform during the August 21st evening VIP session. Disappoint it did not as Banksy and company hit their mark to build a corporate playland, complete with a full drumming band, full fireworks at Cinderella's castle, dazzling and confusing games of chance & skill for those thirsting to take home prizes of gold chains & bags of gold fish. Everywhere we looked, it seemed attendees were amazed and delighted to try and cram as much action into their fun filled tour of the mysterious artist's twisted vision of how a ammusement park should be. Of course, for those lucky visitors that made the trip out, they got rewarded with the opportunity to literally participate in Banksy's Oscar nominated "Exit Through The Gift Shop" (featured) with a surprise souvenir station with legitimate merchandise from the masked gorilla himself. Check out at look at the insanity below. Discuss Banksy here.]]>
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First Look: Vision Art Festival @ Crans-Montana, Switzerland http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/first-look-vision-art-festival-crans-montana-switzerland/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/first-look-vision-art-festival-crans-montana-switzerland/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:02:24 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282726 vision-art-festival12

Swiss ski resort Crans-Montana in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the French-speaking part of the canton of Valais, is currently hosting the first edition of Vision Art Festival. With this unique event, the region known for exceptional snow and adventure sport facilites, golf tournaments, wine and cheese production, is now putting itself on the world street art map. After a test year in 2014 when Hebru Brantley and Icy & Sot did the first murals in the mountains, this year's edition will produce brand new works by some 20 international artists. Artists such as Vhils, Okuda, Remed, Reka One, Angry Woebots, Felipe Pantone, Nevercrew, Greg Mike, and Chor Boogie, are only some of the privileged ones that will have a chance to leave their mark in such unique and beautiful setting. With some of the designated walls being placed as high as 3,000m above sea level, VAF 2015 shows the current popularity and endless possibilities of street art as a movement and brings it to literally new heights. From walls around beautiful towns of Crans-Montana, parking lot buildings, ski lift buildings, to huts and facilities high in the mountains, sculptural installations and workshop for kids, VAF 2015 is promising an interesting week for the participants and visitors of the festival, and the AM team will be on hand to report about it. Photo credit: @arrestedmotion_sal.]]>
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Swiss ski resort Crans-Montana in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the French-speaking part of the canton of Valais, is currently hosting the first edition of Vision Art Festival. With this unique event, the region known for exceptional snow and adventure sport facilites, golf tournaments, wine and cheese production, is now putting itself on the world street art map. After a test year in 2014 when Hebru Brantley and Icy & Sot did the first murals in the mountains, this year's edition will produce brand new works by some 20 international artists. Artists such as Vhils, Okuda, Remed, Reka One, Angry Woebots, Felipe Pantone, Nevercrew, Greg Mike, and Chor Boogie, are only some of the privileged ones that will have a chance to leave their mark in such unique and beautiful setting. With some of the designated walls being placed as high as 3,000m above sea level, VAF 2015 shows the current popularity and endless possibilities of street art as a movement and brings it to literally new heights. From walls around beautiful towns of Crans-Montana, parking lot buildings, ski lift buildings, to huts and facilities high in the mountains, sculptural installations and workshop for kids, VAF 2015 is promising an interesting week for the participants and visitors of the festival, and the AM team will be on hand to report about it. Photo credit: @arrestedmotion_sal.]]>
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Showing: Lucas Price – “Dumb Poetry” @ Lazarides http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/showing-lucas-price-dumb-poetry-lazarides/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/showing-lucas-price-dumb-poetry-lazarides/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:00:12 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282634 lucas_price_front

On 1the 4th of August, Lazarides Rathbone gallery officially opened a major solo exhibition by Lucas Price aka Cyclops entitled Dumb Poetry. Both artist and the gallery used his debut appearance at this space to put together an impressive, coherent show. In his last show with Lazarides (covered), Price was mostly showing his portraiture work. This time however, he decided to present his version of still life works, a direction he hinted at last time. Both through sculptures, installation and oils, the new body of work features recurring images of fire extinguishers, basketballs, tires and plants overlaid with fragments of text. All being elements previously seen in his work, even in his early street art days, they've been lifted up to a new level with this show - technically, conceptually and aesthetically. Mixing the photorealistic works with text, as one of his most recognizable "tricks," the show is sort of a modern day version of old school Cyclops works. Juxtaposing visuals and text, classic oil painting with screen printing, canvases with sculptural installations, the exhibition is constantly balancing between realism and abstraction, with its clean-feel and unusual motif choices making it abstract. Stacks of car tires turned into plant pots are perfectly matched with the artificial plants on the canvases, while fire extinguishers scattered around the gallery mirror the ones painted on the canvases. The very sharp edged, industrial feel suggest his vision of modern day classic still life oils - from deflated basketballs in unusual colors, beautified car tires or macro shots of extinguishers, to "fake" plants with leaves clipped onto a metal stick instead of growing. The show will stay on view until 10th of September, so make sure to see it in person if you're in the area. Discuss Lucas Price here.]]>
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On 1the 4th of August, Lazarides Rathbone gallery officially opened a major solo exhibition by Lucas Price aka Cyclops entitled Dumb Poetry. Both artist and the gallery used his debut appearance at this space to put together an impressive, coherent show. In his last show with Lazarides (covered), Price was mostly showing his portraiture work. This time however, he decided to present his version of still life works, a direction he hinted at last time. Both through sculptures, installation and oils, the new body of work features recurring images of fire extinguishers, basketballs, tires and plants overlaid with fragments of text. All being elements previously seen in his work, even in his early street art days, they've been lifted up to a new level with this show - technically, conceptually and aesthetically. Mixing the photorealistic works with text, as one of his most recognizable "tricks," the show is sort of a modern day version of old school Cyclops works. Juxtaposing visuals and text, classic oil painting with screen printing, canvases with sculptural installations, the exhibition is constantly balancing between realism and abstraction, with its clean-feel and unusual motif choices making it abstract. Stacks of car tires turned into plant pots are perfectly matched with the artificial plants on the canvases, while fire extinguishers scattered around the gallery mirror the ones painted on the canvases. The very sharp edged, industrial feel suggest his vision of modern day classic still life oils - from deflated basketballs in unusual colors, beautified car tires or macro shots of extinguishers, to "fake" plants with leaves clipped onto a metal stick instead of growing. The show will stay on view until 10th of September, so make sure to see it in person if you're in the area. Discuss Lucas Price here.]]>
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Streets: ROA (Australia) http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/streets-roa-australia-2/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/08/streets-roa-australia-2/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:23 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=282513 19262322931_dd89c1753d_h

Last month, prolific muralist ROA (interviewed) was in Townsville painting a few of his favorite things. Commissioned by the city council as part of the Street Art Activation Framework in a push to make the city the arts capital of the North Australia, the Belgium painter has once again chosen local fauna as his inspiration - the Goanna, Sugar Glider, and turtle resting on top of a crocodile. Take a look photos of the three murals below... Photo credit: Regan Tamanui (top image) & Tom Dickson (other images). Discuss ROA here.]]>
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Last month, prolific muralist ROA (interviewed) was in Townsville painting a few of his favorite things. Commissioned by the city council as part of the Street Art Activation Framework in a push to make the city the arts capital of the North Australia, the Belgium painter has once again chosen local fauna as his inspiration - the Goanna, Sugar Glider, and turtle resting on top of a crocodile. Take a look photos of the three murals below... Photo credit: Regan Tamanui (top image) & Tom Dickson (other images). Discuss ROA here.]]>
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