After showing you some in-progress shots and some sneak peeks of the massive amount of work in progress on the streets of Kakaako, we now have a recap of many of the walls and public interventions that were created for POW! WOW! Hawaii. This year’s event had locations that were more compact and centrally located, leading to a more easily navigated set of murals. We had many favorites for 2017 including the piece by Telmo Miel seen above… Photo credit: @halopigg. Discuss POW! WOW! Hawaii here.
The hardworking team of creatives behind the Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway, recently announced a new chapter in their ongoing efforts to bring art to the public and to trigger creative & critical thinking. After turning their hometown to one of the world’s street art meccas, and getting the neighboring towns and other parts of the country involved in their program, they are now crossing borders with upcoming Nuart Aberdeen project. Impressed by their achievements over the last decade and half, the Nuart team was approached by Aberdeen […]
More stories from the week that ended Feb 19 (click on bolded words for more information): Doug Aitken’s MIRAGE, composed of reflective mirrored surfaces, unveils next week as part of Desert X. RIP: Jannis Kounellis, who passed away at the age of 80. RIP: Dick Bruna, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Jiro Taniguchi, who passed away at the age of 69. House of the Chaste Lovers to open from Feb 11 to 14 before closing for four-year restoration project. Erich Klahn heirs win court battle that will […]
Continued good weather made for good painting conditions (albeit a little on the sunnier side) as POW! WOW! Hawaii draws closer to conclusion. Here are some more shots from the streets as we continued visiting walls in Kakaako including seeing work from Mr. Jago (working on his abstraction technique), Joram Roukes (getting some vertical lift), Woes (expressing his panda love), The Draculas (painting a surreal campfire scene), Kevin Lyons (sharing his signature monsters), Tavar Zawacki aka ABOVE (continuing to evolve his arrow imagery), and OG Slick (shouting out […]
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 […]
More stories from the week that ended Feb 12 (click on bolded words for more information): Petzel’s We need to talk… show in David Ebony’s list of top 10 New York gallery shows this winter. RIP: Dahlov Ipcar, who passed away at the age of 99. RIP: Arlyn Pillay, who passed away at the age of 35 after being shot by his brother. Fifteen masked men break into Visual Culture Research Center, destroys an exhibition, and steals artworks Manaf Halbouni’s vertical bus installation intended as a monument to […]
Only six years since his graduation with a BFA in painting from RISD and five years since debut solo show in LA, Zio Ziegler has established himself as an important figure in contemporary and urban art world. Whether through his murals around San Francisco, Tokyo, Los Angeles, London or Milan, or through paintings shown in galleries and fairs worldwide, he’s been steadily paving his way with prodigious dedication and unmistakable intricately patterned visual language. We recently talked with him about what he is working on these days and what stage his artistic […]
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.
Recently at the MOCA in Los Angeles, a large-scale vinyl reproduction of Jonas Wood’s imagery was put up on the museum’s 5,400 square-foot facade. Rearranging segments of his watercolor painting Still Life With Two Owls from 2014, the mural introduces passerby’s to common elements of the locally-based artist’s modern takes on still lifes – plants, ceramics, collage-like compositions. The installation at the Grand Avenue location will be on view for roughly a year with the idea to rotate in work from different artists in a continuing […]
More stories from the week that ended Feb 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Becerra’s first solo show at Shane Campbell Gallery opens. RIP: Saloua Raouda Choucair, who passed away at the age of 100. RIP: Dore Ashton, who passed away at the age of 88. Louvre Museum evacuated and closed after man attacked a patrolling soldier near the museum’s entrance. Vjeran Tomic, aka Spider-Man, goes on trial for his heist of Modern Art Museum in Paris in May 2010. Court testimony reveals more about […]
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: […]
Guido Van Helten recently spent some time in Spain where he worked on his largest indoor project to date. Known for his black and white photorealistic murals, mostly created on industrial or abandoned buildings, he made a great use of the opportunity to paint on the group of seven indoor silos. Invited by the Bodega Solar de Samaniego winery to participate in their Drinking Between Lines artistic project, the Australian-born artist picked seven images of the local people that are somehow related to the wine […]