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Streets: Nuart Aberdeen 2020 – Lock Down Past Up

Attending every edition of the festival since the inaugural 2017, we were very much looking forward to reuniting with our Nuart family for the fourth edition of now indefinitely postponed Nuart Aberdeen 2020 Festival. But, as it was to be expected with the event and the group of people around it, simply canceling and giving up on the dream wasn’t an option. After digitally launching Nuart Journal: Issue IV earlier this month (covered), they recently released Nuart’s Lockdown, Paste Up project which enables the cast of international artists […]

Publications / Streets: JR – “Finding Hope” For Time 100

For their annual TIME 100 issue, the news magazine decided to pivot their focus to COVID-19 by asking their TIME  100 alumns to share any for insights on some of the challenges of what we are all facing in navigating the new realities of the pandemic. Participants this year include Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, and as you can see from the cover, artist JR (interviewed), a 2018 TIME  100 honoree. The French street artist, who had the coronavirus himself weeks ago and has recovered, […]

Banksy – “Working From Home”

Forced to spend more time at “home” during the lock down, Banksy recently shared an image of what his creative mind is capable of when looking for an outlet. The bathroom scene features a pack of his infamous rats wreaking havoc on the toilet, sink, mirror, and amenities. His cheeky one-liner explains – “my wife hates it when I work from home.” Take a look at more details in the photos below… Discuss Banksy here.

Pejac – “Stay Art Home” Campaign

With the COVID-19 crisis engulfing the world, Pejac has revived his old concept of miniature window drawings interacting with the life outside to start a new public art campaign. Through #STAYARTHOMEPEJAC initiative, the Spanish artist hopes to help people explore their creativity from the safety of their home by utilizing pens, brushes, papers, and scissors while using the backdrop of real life outside your window as inspiration. Share your contribution through the #STAYARTHOMEPEJAC hashtag on social media.

Showing: Carlos Ramirez – “A Faster Hallelujah” @ Thinkspace

Galleries are off limits at the moment – so you will have to be satisfied with photos from the current show at Thinkspace by Carlos Ramirez. Formerly half of the artistic duo from Coachella, the Date Farmers, Ramirez continues in the vein of their former work with a series of paintings, mixed media pieces, and sculptures created from found objects scavenged from various desert locales. A Faster Hallelujah features works that deal with social and political issues of the working class, a raw blend of influences from his Mexican-American experience, Catholic symbolism, elements from the natural world […]

Showing: Mark Whalen – “Gentle Reminders” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Currently at the Over The Influence’s Hong Kong space, Mark Whalen (featured) has a show on view featuring 10 new sculptural works and a series of wall–hung reliefs. Gentle Reminders is a followup to the gallery’s show with the American artist at their Los Angeles space last year (covered) and continues his totemic sculptural works. Along with his signature stacks of heads, body parts, and everyday objects, the installation of of the new body of work also includes handwritten post-it notes that give insight into the studio process. Discuss Mark […]

Streets: Meggs (Melbourne)

Recently completed at the La Trobe University in Melbourne, Megg’s new piece utilizes his signature blue and red palette to perfection. Inspired by “the constant growth and flow of natural elements and creative ideas,” the Australian-born artist included native Eucalyptus, a Wedge Tailed Eagle feather, a duck feather, and a charred leaf in the composition. The mural expertly navigates some unique architectural components, blending in nicely with the interiors of the place of higher learning. Photo credit: Lloyd Knowles. Discuss Meggs here.

Openings: José Parlá – “It’s Yours” @ Bronx Museum

Nobody captures the fabric of the urban environment like José Parlá – the textures, layers, and traces left by city dwellers. It’s Yours (inspired by T La Rock’s song of the same name) is the Cuban-Ameircan artist’s first solo museum exhibition in New York City, and well deserved, seeing as he has spent years documenting the walls and surfaces of the boroughs with his abstraction and graffiti-inspired calligraphy. On view through August 16th at the Bronx Museum, the show features large-scale paintings, Parlá’s sketchbooks and drawings from age ten […]

Releases: James Jean x Suarez – Jewelry Collection

James Jean (interviewed) has always had a thing for jewelry (see OVM line) and high fashion (i.e. 3.1 Phillip Lim & Prada) To that end, the Los Angeles-based artist has collaborated on a new collection with Joyería Suárez (you may remember D*Face’s line with the Spanish brand back last year) featuring designs inspired by his artwork and palette. Check out some of the intriguing creative process can be ween in the video below and head here to see the whole collection. Discuss James Jean here.

Showing: Todd “REAS” James – “Warm Welcome” @ Eighteen Gallery

Following up on his show there in 2018 (covered), Todd “REAS” James recently opened another solo at Eighteen Gallery in Copenhagen entitled Warm Welcome. Continuing to work on interior spaces in his signature cartoonish style, the NYC-based artist has inserted iconography of a certain era of youth in some of the new paintings – posters and record sleeves of artists like RUN DMC, Iron Maiden, De La Soul, Slayer, Wu Tang, B-52s and such luminaries of that time. James has also created some pieces in black and white, a contrast […]