When the call comes from POW! WOW! Hawaii for an artist to join the festivities, oftentimes it doesn’t take long for them to say YES! The annual get together is almost like a reunion of sorts as participants around the world get to see their friends and colleagues again – in an idyllic island setting. The main attraction of the event of course are the plethora of opportunities to catch public art in progress, all centered in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. While walking the streets, we […]
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Nicola Verlato (featured) recently reminded his fans of a commercial project he worked on a year ago centered on the incomparable Lionel Messi. The painting for Gatorade’s Don’t Go Down campaign features the superhero-like Argentine soccer player breaking free from a pack of defenders. The Italian artist’s paintings oftentimes features action shots of bodies suspended in moments of time so this seemed to be a perfect pairing of concept and artist. Recalling his month working with the agency on the project as a real struggle, Verlato now sees the positives when […]
Spanish artist Escif recently teamed up with Incipit Art to create a unique environmental project to reforest Mount Olivella – BREATH. The idea is to share a huge global consciousness message with the world, written with 5,000 new trees that will be planted on Mount Olivella, rising above the Gulf of Sapri, in Southern Italy. Deforested by the middle of 1700s, with serious consequences such as the hydro geological instability which still causes floods in the surrounding areas, this 1,025 meter high mountain is a symbol of the crisis that […]
Earlier this month, Hashimoto Contemporary opened a solo show from Jeremiah Jenkins entitled Everything Must Go. The new body of work includes sculptural works from the local artist that display his signature wit and novel technique of dismantling an item’s original form and recreating it in a way to make the viewer think. The most delightful pieces come from his Trophy series where the ubiquitous golden figures seen on top of the common prizes appear to have taken a lives of their own. Photo credit: Shaun Roberts.
Showing through the end of this weekend in Miami is Josh Reames’ exhibition at Bill Brady Gallery. Entitled Texting While Driving, the new work features the imagery from the Brooklyn-based artist references the distracted driver with the random streams of information that seen with cursory glances in between giving attention to the cellphone. Also on display in the space are a series of traffic cone sculptures, presented in a variety of colors, heights, and conditions. Discuss Josh Reames here.
This Sunday, POW! WOW! Hawaii (more info here) kicks off with a re-occurring show curated by Thinkspace at the Honolulu Museum of Art School entitled Exploring The New Contemporary Movement (see 2016 & 2015 & 2014). As in the past, the format is 12 x 12″ works, leading to a visually congruent display of artworks, some of which were inspired by island life. Oak Oak will also be presenting an installation as part of the exhibition and Shok-1 will be the featured artist. Participating artists this year include: Aaron Li-Hill, ABCNT, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Baghead, Brian M. Viveros, Brian Washburn, Brooks Salzwedel, […]
Recently in Mexico City, RETNA (featured) was invited in to create public art for The Beauty Project México. Painting his distinct script at the Cuauhtemoc building in the Tlatelolco neighborhood, the Los Angeles-based writer spent a few days working on the 21 story twin structures, his tallest intervention to date. Other artist who will be joining the project in the upcoming weeks include Alexis CILER, Olivia Steele, Saner, AEC (Interesni Kazki), Ericailcane and others. Discuss RETNA here. Photo credit: Victor Ceballos, Toni Francois, Fifty24MX, and the artist.
Last month, the LA Art Show retuned to Downtown Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center featuring work from artists, galleries, and institutions all around the world. For the first time they included some on-site programming from eight SoCal art institutions including the Broad, the Getty, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Autry Museum of the American West, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, as well as the UCLA […]
With his major retrospective still showing in Spain (covered), Mark Ryden (interviewed) has unveiled a side project he has been working on for quite some time. For the past year, the American artist has been busy designing the costumes and sets for a new ballet called Whipped Cream by renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky for the American Ballet Theater. The two-act show featuring a “young boy who overindulges at a Vienna pastry shop and falls into a surreal delirium” will premiere on March 15th at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts […]
A couple days ago, Shepard Fairey (featured) wrapped up his latest large scale mural in Las Vegas, created for the Life is Beautiful festival and curated by Justkids. Entitled Cultivate Harmony, the 21 story high piece now graces the facade of the Plaza Hotel in downtown. Working in unusually cold and windy weather over the course of six days, Shep and his team hope the wall will “remind people that peace and harmony with each other and the planet itself are the only way to maintain what sustains us.” Photo credit: […]