Photos by Tim HansCategory: Photos | Tags: aryz, david choe, retna
It’s not my intention to shame artists who collaborate with labels and “big brands” to support themselves, however I feel that there is a distinct line between using a brand’s notoriety to proliferate one’s own art and “selling out”. D*Face is an example of good corpo-collaboration as he seemed to have a lot of freedom when he worked with Smirnoff on a project which allowed him to do things he would have never been able to do on his own. By definition, selling out is what happens when an artist is willing to compromise their personal goals (i.e. propagating a message, promoting a distinct style, nurturing certain ideas/reactions, etc.) because of cash cash cash cash cash.
Louis Vuitton has invited Aiko, Os Gemeos and Retna to help design a series of scarves. Aiko refers to her work as having a graffiti influence and says ,”We break the law with wildstyle”, which seemed a bit ironic given that she is the only artist involved who does not come from a graffiti background and yet was the only artist to mention such things. As one commenter says, “Just waiting for Kidult to hear about this…” 12ozProphet has an interesting little read on some more examples of graffiti in couture, including a previous line from Louis Vuitton. Similarly, Krink and Coach will be releasing a collaborative line of bags this spring. That might just be coincidental timing or it maybe it was some Devil Wears Prada-esque trend carefully planned by the cigar smoking board members of some fashion-world back room.
Who do you think will buy these products?
Do you think they will know the significance or want to learn more about the artists?Category: Videos | Tags: aiko, krink, louis vuitton, os gemeos, retna
From the great minds of The Heavy Projects and Public Ad Campaign, Re+Public has emerged as the collaborative effort to revision and “democratize” public space through the use of their Augmented Reality app. Two new videos have recently been released which show this technology in full effect: (above) the app reacts to preexisting murals by How & Nosm, Aiko, Retna, and Ryan McGinness at Miami’s Wynwood Walls by turning the murals into giant 3D animations, and (below) the app unveils the timeline of New York City’s Bowery and Houston wall, including the work of Keith Haring, Faile, Barry McGee, Aiko and others who have historically left their mark on the wall.
You can sign up to download the beta version of Re+Public’s Augmented Reality app on their website. Follow them on Facebook for updates.
Photos courtesy of Public Ad CampaignCategory: Featured Posts, Photos, Videos | Tags: aiko, barry mcgee, bowery and houston, faile, how&nosm, jordan seiler, keith haring, momo, os gemeos, public ad campaign, retna, ryan mcginness
Retna‘s latest solo show opens on April 24th at Art Careyes Gallery at the Costa Careyes resort in Careyes, Mexico. And yes, I just repeated “Careyes” 3 times, but it’s not my fault that everything relating to this show seems to have that in the name. Anyway, the show is called Time Traveler. Here’s a beautiful video trailer for the show:Category: Gallery/Museum Shows, Videos | Tags: retna
While I spend my day at my other job explaining to people how a skee-ball tournament is art (seriously), I hope you’ll enjoy these newsbites from the past two weeks:
- Almost everything I’ve seen of this show looks absolutely amazing: Saner’s solo in SF opening today.
- You can listen to this conversation between Retna and his friend Med if you want a bit of insight into the Bowery/Houston mural, although it may just confuse things further in a good way.
- Escif has been doing some really cool work lately and I’ve been neglecting to post it, but here’s one of my favorites.
- Steve Powers and Faile designed potential covers for New York Magazine. Powers’ was used, but I’m a sucker for anything Faile so I definitely would have gone that route.
- I meant to put this piece by Marco Sueño as the image for last week’s link-o-rama, but then my hostel didn’t have wifi so there was no link-o-rama.
- Jaz took it up a notch with this mural in Lima.
- S.Butterfly’s photos of the DMV crew show in Australia are finally online and the show looks great.
- Eine painted the outside of Village Underground in London to raise awareness of the Homes for London campaign.
- GrafRank is an attempt to graph the popularity of street artists and graffiti writers online using data from flickr. Interesting idea, but they need your feedback to make sure they are getting things right.
- Juxtapoz is turning 18 and they are celebrating with a show later this month in Santa Monica. Artists include Retna, Shepard Fairey and Neckface.
Photo by SnyderCategory: Gallery/Museum Shows, Interview, Photos, Products, Random | Tags: da mental vaporz, eine, escif, faile, fifty24sf, jaz, juxtapoz, marco sueño, neckface, retna, saner, shepard fairey, snyder, steve powers
Keith Haring. Daze. Os Gemeos. Barry McGee. All of these artists have painted murals at the same spot at Bowery and Houston in New York City. The Street Spot has a history of the spot over the last five years, but it’s been being painted since at least the 1980′s. This week, Retna became the most recent great artist to paint at Bowery and Houston. Unfortunately, I’m not on the east coast right now because I would have loved to have seen this mural being painted, but plenty of New York photographers have been over to document the new mural both in progress on Monday and Tuesday and as a completed piece. Check out some of my favorite shots by Matthew Kraus after the jump… Read the rest of this article »Category: Featured Posts, Photos | Tags: barry mcgee, daze, keith haring, os gemeos, retna
The Boneyard Project at the Pima Art & Space Museum in Tucson looks absolutely fantastic. Saner, Faile, Bast, Aiko, Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Nunca, Futura, Retna and many other artists have been brought together by Eric Firestone Gallery to paint old airplanes and airplane parts. Of course, the full-sized planes look to be the most impressive parts of the show. Just imagine watching Nunca’s plane, shown above, landing at your local airport. The Boneyard Project is on display at the museum through May 31st. For more photos of the show, check Arrested Motion and The Flop Box
Photos courtesy of Arrested MotionCategory: Featured Posts, Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: aiko, bast, faile, futura, how, how&nosm, nosm, nunca, retna, saner, tristan eaton
There are so many interesting shows opening in the next week or two that I thought I’d just throw them all together into one post. Here’s what I think looks worth checking out:
- Yesterday, the Museum of Sex in New York opened a show that sounds absolutely awesome called F*ck Art. It’s on through June 10th and features artwork by Aiko, El Celso, Lush, Mode2, Cassius Fouler, Miss Van and many more.
- Love & Hate is a group show opening at StolenSpace this week and runs through March 4th. D*face, Dan Witz, Ronzo, Word to Mother, Jeff Soto, Eine, Charles Krafft and others are included.
- Chris Stain, Veng and Taka Sudo will be showing together at C.A.V.E. Gallery, beginning February 11th. Brooklyn Street Art has a preview of Chris’ work.
- Zes and Retna are together at Known Gallery in LA. LA TACO has the info.
- Nick Mann aka Doodles, Brett Flanigan, Craig Rodgers and Dan Bortz are collaborating with one another in Oakland, CA.
- Another collaborative group show will be in Da Mental Vaporz‘ (Bom.k, Blo, Brusk, Dran, Gris1, ISO, Jaw, Kan, and Sowat) show at Melbourne. That show, Le Venin, will be at RTIST Gallery from February 16th through March 4th.
- All Talk at Pandemic Gallery will include Aakash Nihalani, Cassius Fouler, Gabriel Specter, Jesus Saves, NohJColey and others and runs from February 17th through March 11th.
Photo courtesy of Da Mental VaporzCategory: Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: aakash nihalani, aiko, blo, bom.k, brusk, cassius fouler, cave gallery, charles krafft, da mental vaporz, dan witz, dface, dran, eine, el celso, gris, iso, jaw, jeff soto, jesus saves, kan, Known Gallery, lush, miss van, mode2, nohjcoley, retna, ronzo, sowat, specter, stolenspace, taka sudo, word to mother, zes
I’m told, although it’s certainly not the easiest thing to read, that this Retna mural (organized by Primary Flight) says “Brimstone MSK” and that Brimstone is a sort of alter-ego for Retna. Can you read it? Either way, there’s a great video showing the work in progress…
Photo by Mike PearceCategory: Videos | Tags: primary flight, retna
Well, the internet went a bit crazy this week, but it looks like we’re winning. Thank you to anyone who noticed that Vandalog was offline on Wednesday in protest of SOPA and PIPA and took the time to contact their representatives to voice objections to the bills. But enough about politics. This is an art blog.
- This Mark Jenkins exhibition in Berlin looks awesome. The show has new sculptures, but it is also the launch of his monograph with Gestalten.
- In a subway station a bit like the site of The Underbelly Project, a number of Russian street artists painted this installation.
- Here’s a beautiful new piece from Phlegm.
- Above has a bunch of new photos on his website.
- The Toasters’ film launches in London on Tuesday.
- Barry McGee will have a show this year at UC Berkeley’s art museum. The show is made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.
- Leon Reid IV‘s latest project is pretty different from what we’ve come to expect from Reid. It’s a series of posters depicting recent world events. Hrag Vartanian spoke with Reid about the series.
- Looking for something great to do on Saturday night in LA? Try this – New Image Art and The Hole have teamed up for a party with some DJs and musicians plus installations by Retna, Anthony Lister and Drugs Crew.
Photo by DalCategory: Books / Magazines, Gallery/Museum Shows, Photos, Random, Videos | Tags: above, anthony lister, barry mcgee, daleast, drugs crew, leon reid iv, phlegm, retna, toasters