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Streets: Banksy (Paris) – Part II

Fifty years since the uprising in Paris in 1968, Banksy has left his mark in the the birthplace of modern stencil art. Over the weekend, we shared some larger more politically inclined pieces with you so this article is dedicated to all of the elusive street artist’s signature rats that have infested the French capital. The rodents can be seen frolicking near the Eiffel Tower all the way to living large on a billboard in Centre Pompidou. There’s still more from the British artist to share, so come […]

Showing: Boris “Delta” Tellegen – De Stijl Cycle Route

Lining the 20 kilometre path of the De Stijl Cycle Route in central Netherlands are ten new sculptures from Boris Tellegen aka Delta. Commissioned to celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Neoplasticism artistic movement, the unique columns measuring 55 cm on each side and rising more than 6.5 metres in height from the Dutch artist is a modern response to and echoes the de Stijl ethos. Running from the home towns of Gerrit Rietveld (Utrecht) and Piet Mondrian (Amersfoort), the path also takes you past many monuments […]

Interviews: Gary Stranger

Art historian Hector Campbell recently sat down with British artist Gary Stranger to discuss his background in graffiti, artistic and commercial collaboration, the evolution of his gallery work, and his experiences with curation. Gary also recently teamed up with art collective Fluorescent Smogg to release a new limited edition sculpture and print set (seen above), available here. Enjoy the questions and answers below…   Hector Campbell (HC): Hailing from a graffiti background, as part of the MSK crew, you have a long history of painting on […]

Recap: Pejac – “Waterline” (Paris)

For a just a few days leading up and through the last weekend, Pejac held a special showing of his work inside an old ‘péniche’ boat moored right next to Notre-Dame. Entitled Waterline, the exhibition consisted of around 30 drawings and studies on paper as well as a couple clever installations. Evident in the work displayed were some elements of the Spanish artist’s work that make him special including commentary on environmental and socio-political issues, art history references, technical skill, and his dark humor. Photo credit: @SashaBogojev. Discuss Pejac here.

Streets: Banksy (Paris) – Part I

Seemingly coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, a few new yet unconfirmed pieces from Banksy recently materialized in the French capital. We have three murals for you so far, starting with the wall above featuring a girl spray painting a damask-like pattern over a swastika, speaking to the loss of innocence and the fears of rising anti-Semitism in Europe. The second stencil attributed to the surreptitious British artist was a clever riff on the neoclassical painting, Napoleon Crossing the Alps by artist Jacques-Louis David, with the notable change […]

Interviews / Showing: Michael Kagan – “Mavericks” @ Tennis Elbow

Continuing their ongoing rich program, which rotates weekly, featuring solo-presentations at their project space (Tennis Elbow), The Journal Gallery in NYC is currently showing work by Michael Kagan (featured). Coinciding with International Surfing Day, which is held annually on the third Saturday of June, the gallery has his all-new series of works titled Mavericks on display through today. We had a chance to chat with the artist about this all-new series of work, and find out a bit about his connection with surfing, the inspiration behind this series […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Gold” @ Modernism Gallery

Coming up on July 11th, Shawn Huckins (featured) will opening a solo show at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled Fool’s Gold, the exhibition will feature 18 works from the Denver-based artist’s The Erasures series, replicated paintings from The White House Art Collection with seemingly randomly painted erasure marks superimposed over top – the familiar gray and white checkered pattern signifies a software’s ‘eraser’ tool has removed the underlying image. Continuing Huckins’ practice of overlaying familiar elements of the modern age over traditional paintings, the new collection of acrylic on […]

Releases: KAWS x Uniqlo x Sesame Street Collection

Tripling down on his collaboration with Uniqlo, KAWS will be releasing a new collection that re-imagines the world of Sesame Street. The new selection of adult and kids t-shirts from the Brooklyn-based artist is a follow-up to his Peanuts (covered) & Companion (covered) projects with the Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer. The line features imagery of the famous puppets, remixed with his signature XX aesthetic as well as frolicking with his Companion figures including the BFF (which seems to be inspired by Sesame Street in the first place). Availability […]

Recap: Brendan Monroe – “Formations” @ Heath Ceramics (Los Angeles)

Continuing his longstanding collaboration with Heath Ceramics (also see 2014 in LA and 2015 in SF), Brendan Monroe (interviewed) recently held a showing at their Los Angeles showroom. Entitled Formations, the focus of the new body of the work was experimenting with Heath tile’s flat clay surface as a new medium for his organic patterns. Rounding out the exhibition was a selection of framed wall hangings, large and small, along with drawings and blob sculptures, some of which can still be viewed in the gallery space. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.

Streets: D*Face // Dictador Art Masters (Columbia)

Recently in Columbia, D*Face (interviewed) participated in the first Dictador Art Masters event along a international roster of street artists. Painting at an old abandoned rum distillery in the rainforest, the British artist had free rein to explore the pipes, tanks, nooks and crannies to search for some interesting “canvas” ideas. Take a look at what some photos below of what he came up with… Photo credit: Dictador Art Masters, Spraying Bricks, and the artist. Discuss D*Face here