Henrik Haven visited FAME Festival in Grottaglie, Italy for the festival’s opening events last month. Naturally, he took plenty of stunning shots of the new work there. In a two-part series, we’ve selected some of our favorite pieces from FAME 2012. In part one here, we’ve got walls by Erica il Cane, Conor Harrington, Interesni Kazki, Vhils, Moneyless, Brad Downey, Akay and Cyop & Kaf.Festivals, Photos | Tags: Akay, brad downey, conor harrington, cyop e kaf, ericailcane, fame festival, Interesni Kazki, moneyless, vhils
Earlier this week, I hosted a movie night at The Wren’s Nest in Atlanta for the Living Walls Conference. Living Walls asked me to put together a list of some short films to show, and I ended up with 27. A few people have asked me to post those films online to share with friends or just to see a film that they missed while they were getting some food, so after the jump you’ll find embedded versions of all 27 films that were screened at the movie night (many of which have appeared on Vandalog before). Enjoy! Read the rest of this article »Category: Featured Posts, Festivals, Videos | Tags: Akay, blu, brad downey, catlanta, dave the chimp, diego bergia, ever, felix morelo, filthy luker, james jessop, jason eppink, jeff greenspan, jordan seiler, joshua allen harris, katsu, keith haskel, living walls, lush, martha cooper, nysat, paul insect, posterchild, public ad campaign, saber, sebastian haslauer, sweatshoppe, sweet toof, sweza
Martyn Reed, the man behind Nuart, is finally opening up a gallery space. Reed Projects, like Nuart, will be based in Stavanger, Norway and draw in contemporary artists from the world of street art and beyond. The Re-Jects will be the first show at Reed Project and it features a sampling of artists from past editions of Nuart: Vhils, Dolk, Escif, Evol, Brad Downey, Dan Witz and Roa. Nuart has never come across to me as something done half-assed, so I’m sure Reed Projects will be no different and I can’t wait to see how it develops. The Re-Jects opens this Thursday (7-10pm) and runs through June 22nd.
Photo by Tod Seelie
It’s another slow week, but things should start to get going again soon. The holidays can’t last forever. Here are bits of news from around the web that didn’t make it into their own post here this week:
- I wrote a list (with some help from Caroline Caldwell) for Complex.com of 10 street artists to watch in 2012. Let me know what you think in comments on this post or over on Complex.com.
- Adam Void aka Avoid pi is in an upcoming group show at Mighty Tanaka (and they have a new space).
- This Cash4 interview is good for a laugh.
- Blank has designed some posters that he would like to send out to all the Occupy protests, but he needs funding.
- But this might be my favorite Occupy-related art so far (site is NSFW).
- If you’re in Atlanta, do not miss this talk with Brad Downey.
- Or if you’re in NYC, there’s this evening with Ron English at MoMA.
- Fans of Os Gemeos should check out this photo album of their work in Brazil.
Photo by DamonabnormalCategory: Events, Gallery/Museum Shows, Interview, Photos, Print Release, Random, Vandalog Projects | Tags: avoid, avoidpi, blank, brad downey, cash4, living walls, mecro, moma, os gemeos, ron english
Gestalten recently published a new book of Brad Downey‘s work: Spontaneous Sculptures. The book focuses on a series that Brad calls his spontaneous sculptures (of course): A mostly illegal and non-permissioned series of work where Brad interacts with public spaces somehow. While the book of course includes some academic-sounding texts and interviews with Brad, I found the real appeal here to be seeing all of this work in one place. Too often, Brad Downey is written off as nothing more than a dickish prankster when you see one piece on its own, but he’s much more than that. Yes, he’s at least an impish prankster, but Spontaneous Sculptures is a reminder that Brad is also a brilliant artist whose work encourages unfettered interaction with public spaces. If that occasionally results in a broken window or two, so be it.
Of course, not every sculpture Brad does is brilliant. Much of it is far from that, but within the context of an entire book, that’s okay. Even a boring or “failed” Spontaneous Sculpture is going to change public space in some way.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough to those who aim to view their world with more of twinkle in their eye and the inspiration needed to make change. It made me want to walk around and make the world a more interesting place, or at least a different one.
Photos by Brad Downey from “Spontaneous Sculptures” copyright Gestalten 2011Category: Books / Magazines | Tags: brad downey
Expect next week’s link-o-rama to be a big one. It’s mid-term week at school. Speaking of school, I’m organizing an artist residency for young artists at my college. If you are between 18 and 24 and could use $350 to do something creative, I hope you’ll consider applying for the Haverford College Undergraduate Artist Residency. Here’s what has been going on this week off Vandalog:
- The Wall Street Journal followed Jeffrey Deitch around during the final day of Art in the Streets, so now you can see what a day in the life of Jeffrey Deitch is like.
- Adam Neate has a show of new work opening next week at Elms Lesters in London.
- Also in London next week is the rescheduled Meeting of Styles, organized by End of the Line.
- Great photos of great walls in Paris.
- e1000ink has some nice minimal geometric street art.
- Maybe the coolest and best piece from Living Walls Albany is this tile mosaic mural by Overunder.
- Brad Downey and Akay are at it again in Vienna.
- Some nice murals at the Galeria Urban Forms festival in Poland.
- Remember that beautiful Barry McGee piece in Sydney that we mentioned two weeks ago? That wall of tags? Turns out he wasn’t supposed to paint that, so it’s getting removed. He was meant to, and did, paint another wall, but not the wall that he tagged. Officially, this was an honest mistake and an unfortunate case of confusion on McGee’s part, but if you had a cherry picker or a scissor lift and some extra paint, how would you spend your nights?
Photo by Erik BerglinCategory: Art News, Festivals, Gallery/Museum Shows, Photos, Random | Tags: adam neate, Akay, aryz, barry mcgee, brad downey, e1000ink, elms lesters, end of the line, jeffrey deitch, kenor, living walls, meeting of styles, overunder, remed
While some lazier blogs have been misreporting things (as the media notoriously does), here’s what really going on at a gallery in Germany where an artwork by Banksy has been “rediscovered” and uncovered beneath layers of paint. While one might initially suspect that this is a publicity stunt by a gallery (my first thoughts were: the piece could be a fake, or even if it’s real, it’s most likely a ploy by a crass gallery owner to get people in the door, and the wall will quickly be sold like so many Banksy street pieces and the gallery had just been waiting for the right time to do this), it’s not that simple. In fact, the room is installation by Brad Downey, titled What Lies Beneath.
Here’s what is known about the artwork: The Banksy piece seen the above photo is real and was painted in 2003 for the Backjumps Live show, Brad instructed art restorers to uncover the piece which was hidden beneath years of paint, Brad got the rest of the walls painted red, Brad got sections of the other walls in the room removed, Brad lists the materials as “restored/extracted ‘Banksy’ Installation (originally painted in 2003 for the exhibition Backjumps- Volume:1), red paint,” the piece is part of a show curated by Adrian Nabi called Do Not Think! and Adrian Nabi curated the Backjumps show.
That said, Brad Downey is a clever artist. In fact, one of the only street artists that I suspect might be more clever than Brad would have to be Banksy. For that reason, I suspect that there is some mystery yet to be uncovered about this installation. Especially given Brad’s use of the word “extracted” in the description of What Lies Beneath and also the text on Banksy’s piece, “Every picture tells a lie!”, I’m curious to know more about those segments that Brad has removed from the room. I’d say there’s definitely more to this story than meets the eye (maybe Brad has extracted a few Banksy’s to throw up on eBay), but maybe the installation is telling a lie. While of course many blogs and newspapers seem to be excited about the new (to them) Banksy, according to one German newspaper, “[Brad's] work was not primarily about Banksy’s work, but to criticize the art market.”
You can see What Lies Beneath for yourself at the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien gallery in Berlin through October 29th.
Photos courtesy of Brad DowneyCategory: Art News, Featured Posts, Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: banksy, brad downey
You know what’s really nice? Sleep. Hence, this weekend is a blessing. For now, life is school school school and more school. Hopefully there’s still a trip to NYC in my near future though… Here’s what has been going on around the internet and on the street:
- OverUnder and Chris Stain have gotten things started at Living Walls Albany. OverUnder’s portrait looks kinda like an Ethos piece, but it still looks cool. And Chris’ tribute to the 9/11 first responders was painted on wood and has just been moved to the New York State Museum.
- WK Interact collaborated with NY firefighters on a mural in Brooklyn.
- This 9/11 related piece by Zevs has caused a bit of a stir. Definitely one of most controversial 9/11 related artworks I’ve seen.
- JR’s Inside Out project has made it to Israel and Palestine.
- Some promising new for Leon Reid IV‘s latest project.
- Amanda Marie, the latest artist to show at Andenken in Amsterdam, isn’t a street artist, but she does stencils that I’m loving. (heads up, the link is a pdf)
- Ema has a solo show that opened tonight at Glasgow’s Redcoat Gallery.
- Banksy has donated a sculpture to The Bristol Museum.
- A few years ago, there was a castled painted in Scotland by some of Brazil’s best street artists: Nina, Nunca and Os Gêmeos. It was supposed to be temporary, but the owners of the castle want to keep it.
- Maybe my favorite thing I’ve ever seen from Jaybo.
- Risk and Retna painted a mural in Santa Monica, CA, but now the city wants to fine the building owners $5,000 a day until the mural is removed.
- Brad Downey and Akay collaborate at FAME Festival.
- Jim Carrey and Shia LaBeouf are both trying to do some street art. Yep, the guy from Ace Ventura and a Disney Channel star are now technically street artists. Melrse&Fairfax says, “Interesting how street art seems to be more and more an exciting ‘escape’ for celebrities.” I’d like to replace interesting with some other word or words…
Photo by SnyderCategory: Art News, Festivals, Gallery/Museum Shows, Photos, Random | Tags: Akay, amanda marie, banksy, brad downey, chris stain, dame, ema, evol, fame festival, jaybo, jr, kase, krush, leon reid iv, living walls, nina, nunca, os gemeos, overunder, snyder, wk interact, zevs
Very short notice on this one, but Brad Downey‘s latest show, We Are Beginning: Personal Projects in Public Spaces, is opening today at the Caudro Fine Art Gallery in Dubai. I don’t know what this show entails, but given that it is part of a residency program at Caudro, I’m thinking maybe some new Dubai-based street art. Brad is one of my favorite artists, so it’s cool to see that he is one working in such a unique city as Dubai.
Category: Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: brad downey