Last weekend saw 250 artists and an estimated 40,000 members of the public descend on Bristol’s Southville and Bedminster neighborhoods for Upfest. The event has grown into the largest annual painting festival in Europe since its inception in 2008 and this year’s installment included large-scale murals by Kobra, Eelus and Jody Thomas. Will Barras and Xenz collaborated on a new wall which is teeming with detail that draws the eye in and holds the viewer’s attention; utopian landscapes and opalescent butterflies are intertwined with timeless cosmonauts and […]
On August 9th, Jonathan Levine Projects will be opening Delusional, the result of their first annual juried exhibition searching for “the next great artist. Winners of the contest this year include: Adam Crawford (Philadelphia), Alê Jordão (Brazil), Alyssa B. DeVille (Pennsylvania), Anthony Freda (New York), Austin Parkhill (Alaska), Aya Kakeda (New York), Benjamin Nordsmark (New York), Caitlin McCormack (Pennsylvania), Charles V. Bennett (Tennesse), Choi Wong (the Netherlands), David Miller (New York), Diana Carolina Lopez (Mexico), Fiona Smyth(Canada), Garry Buckley (New Zealand), Helenbar (Brazil), Holly Matthews (Pennsylvania), Hyunjin Alex Park (Korea), Ian Cumberland (Ireland), Jennifer Gennari (New York), Jeremy Burks (Texas), Jim Salvati (California), Jim Woodring (Washington), Johnathan Reiner (Israel), Josh Tiessen (Canada), Julia Ibbini (United Arab Emirates), Julian Clavijo (Australia), Kirpy (Australia), Masha Gusova (Denmark), Merve Morkoc (Turkey), Nicci Sevier-Vuyk (Texas), Radoslaw Liwen (Scotland), Rick Newton (Florida), Risa Tochigi (New York), Ronald Gonzalez (New York), Stikman (Pennsylvania), Thomas John Carlson(New Jersey), Thomas Robert Meyers (New York), Trent Taft (New Jersey), Tyler Whitlock (North […]
Tomorrow (August 9th) at 10AM Pacific Time, Josh Keyes (interviewed) will be releasing a new print through Thinkspace Gallery entitled Spray. The image is taken from the Portland-based artist’s current show at the Culver City gallery and will be reproduced in an edition of 75. The print will be sized at 16″ x 20″ (14 x 18 inch full sized reproduction image area), come hand signed and numbered by Keyes, and will cost $250. Head over here at the appropriate time if you are interested in purchasing. Discuss Josh Keyes here.
On August 19th, Library Street Collective will be opening a solo show from AJ Fosik (featured) entitled From Ripe to Rot. Inspired by city he was born in, the Motor City’s continued evolution, transformation, and reinvention fuels the ideas behind this new body of work featuring his intricate wood assemblages. Fosik’s practice is informed by folk art, taxidermy, and cultural rituals which can be seen in the three dimensional beasts he creates as well in the newer more contained compositional pieces. Discuss AJ Fosik here.
Recently in his hometown of Melbourne, Rone created a unique installation lasting only a few weeks at an abandoned 1900s weatherboard cottage. Entitled The Omega Project, the temporary showcase in the condemned house features the Australian street artists signature portraiture on the walls and interiors decorated by set designer Carly Spooner. The project is a homage a time past and is also the most extensive piece of art Rone has ever created in one space. Via Designboom. Discuss Rone here.
More stories from the week that ended Aug 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex da Corte’s Slow Graffiti at Vienna Secession. RIP: Harold M. Williams, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Concetto Pozzati, who passed away at the age of 81. Israeli authorities arrest five Palestinian antiquities dealers in Jerusalem connected to Hobby Lobby scandal. Skulptur Projekte Münster attracts repeat acts of thievery and vandalism. Police arrest 67-year-old woman accused of stealing Basquiat painting (of questionable authenticity). Anti-gentrification movement in Southern California spreads to South […]
This Saturday night (August 5th), the long overdue show in Los Angeles from Josh Keyes (interviewed) opens its doors at Thinkspace Gallery. Implosion presents the Portland-based artist’s view of a dystopian post-human world, a sort of a warning with oftentimes scenes of environmental decay and nature reclaiming man-made structures. Featuring strongly in the new body of work is the use of graffiti juxtaposed in absurd locales, a construct which Keyes seems to be using to show the overreach of our society to deplete Earth’s life forces and our possible chaotic future. […]
Only a month ahead of the 17th edition of Nuart Festival in Stavanger, the Nuart team announced their latest public art project – Nuart RAD (River Arts District), which kicked off in Oslo last week with Isaac Cordal. Through this project, the team will be exploring the socio-economic and racial dividing line between east and west of the city by curating a series of public artworks along the length of the Akerselva river. To start things off, they chose to present the miniature works from the Spanish artist […]
Spanish artists Sebas Velasco & Iñigo Sesma, recently took part in the refreshing Graffiti Na Gradele festival on the scenic island of Brac in Croaita. The two San Sebastian-based friends and studio mates painted a new collaborative piece titled Yugoslav riviera at the children park on the edge of the local harbor. Though fine art painters rather than street artists, Velasco and Sesma enjoy working in the urban environment and translating their painterly approach on a bigger scale in public. Coming without any preparation or sketches, […]
This Saturday, August 5th, the same night Thinkspace will be showing Josh Keyes, their project room will be putting Ken Flewellyn’s new paintings on display. Entitled Stay Gold, the fresh body of work will combine his lifelong love of Hip Hop and Japanese culture. The locally-based artist combines women in traditional fabrics with chains, sneakers, boom boxes, and other accouterments giving viewers a unique view of cultural identity.