I’ve always been mesmerized by 3-D graffiti and Venice, Italy’s Peeta is one if its masters. I’ve seen his pieces on the streets of Brooklyn and at 5-Pointz in Queens, but I wasn’t quite sure how his artwork would transfer to a canvas. Thanks to the recent Robots Will Kill exhibit at the Vincent Michael Gallery in Philadelphia, I found out. The canvasses captivate — almost as much as the walls do! The exhibit continues through Saturday at 1050 North Hancock Street.
Before I head out to Vincent Michael Gallery for the opening of the Robots Will Kill show in a few minutes, here’s what’s been going on that I haven’t mentioned on Vandalog…
- Normally I really don’t care for Mr. Andre, but this wallet is cool.
- Laser 3.14 has another shirt out.
- Adidas screwed up pretty big by buffing graffiti in Poland.
- Jake Dobkin and Hrag Vartanian on street artists and selling out.
- Juxtapoz visited Judith Supine’s studio.
- When a tree falls in the forest, how do you make it into fun art?
Photo by RipoCategory: Photos, Random | Tags: adidas, judith supine, laser 3.14, mr. andre, ripo, robots will kill, vincent michael gallery
Joe Iurato, an artist whose stencil for The Underbelly Project was one of my favorite artworks there, is part of a show opening this week at Vincent Michael Gallery in Philadelphia. Natural Selections/Salvation includes work from Joe as well as Shai Dahan. It opens today, Friday the 4th, and runs through the 25th. I don’t know much about Shai, but I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen from Joe. Here’s one of his stencils in the show:
For more previews and some perspective on what Joe Iurato’s half of the show is about, check out a more extensive post on Brooklyn Street Art.
Photos by RJ Rushmore and courtesy of Vincent Michael GalleryCategory: Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: joe iurato, shai dahan, vincent michael gallery
Last week, Jordan Seiler from PublicAdCampaign was here in Philadelphia for Taking From The Tip Jar, his solo show at Vincent Michael Gallery. While in town, Jordan didn’t just hang his show. He also put up a few pieces outdoors. The piece below is, I think, Jordan first street piece that isn’t over advertising.
Outdoors, Jordan brought his usual energy and made the streets of Philadelphia a brighter place. I think his art going over advertisements is one of the most important things that street art can do. Often, people (including myself) have said that good street art is something that brings a smile to your face or makes you think because something has been added to your environment, but Jordan’s art can have just as powerful an effect (but not an impact) by removing branding from the environment. An example: Advertising can make people feel like crap about themselves and convince them to buy crap they don’t need to feel better about themselves. By removing that advertisement, somebody might not feel better about themselves, but don’t feel worse. They have a better day without even realizing it.
Indoors at Taking From The Tip Jar, the artwork was extremely conceptual, which was not immediately apparent. At first, the glance, it’s a drawing of a girl in high heel or underwear, so of course I’m drawn in to look at that. Clearly, Jordan has thought about advertising long enough to know that sex sells. Or he’s been listening to Bill Hicks. Realistically though, the drawings are average. Would they make good street art? Yes. Are they an improvement over the advertisements in phone booths? Hell yes. But the drawings just don’t have that much to offer if you intend to look at them for more than a moment or two. But the drawings aren’t what Jordan’s show is about. It’s about the frames. My favorite work in the show may have actually been an empty frame on the wall.
Everything in Taking From The Tip Jar is framed the same way: in stolen phone booth advertisement frames. Even with his indoor art, Jordan has been able to continue his mission of disrupting public advertising. Once you’re aware of the frames, the entire show is changed. Now it’s about how the frames should be used both indoors and outdoors, if at all. For this reason, Taking From The Tip Jar is one of the stronger shows I’ve seen this year. It actually got me thinking.
The show runs through December 3rd at Vincent Michael Gallery in Philadelphia.Gallery/Museum Shows, Photos | Tags: jordan seiler, vincent michael gallery
Just got back from Jordan Seiler’s show at Vincent Michael Gallery. I’ll have more on that in the next few days, but I found an awesome store in the same area as the gallery: Jinxed. It sells cool toys and the like. Here’s what I didn’t write about this week while I was busy procrastinating and thinking about The Underbelly Project.
- Os Gêmeos and other artists are selling posters for a penny each (plus shipping)! I bought some.
- HowAboutNo! and Nolionsinengland found a bunch of new pieces by Burning Candy in London.
- Romanywg has compiled a book for photographs of abandoned buildings.
- Jace paints some nice walls.
- Askew’s essay on the economics of graffiti and graffiti removal needs to be read. I think it’s exaggerated some of his estimates, but his point remains valid.
- Michael Aaron Williams understands placement.
- Best Ever have a solo show opening next week in London.
- JR’s artwork in Shanghai might be some of his best yet.
- Apparently Banksy went to Mexico a decade ago and pictures are just coming to light now.
- Ron English and Chris Brown? Umm…
- Elisa and maybe other Vandalog writers are going to disagree with me on this, but I’m not really digging Aakash Nihalani’s new work at his solo show in New York. I guess I just prefer Aakash outdoors.
- Okay, this is just annoying. When you give people freedom to say anything, of course some asshole is going to be racist once in a while, but that doesn’t mean free speech should stop. These are college students, they should be able to think this through beyond the immediate things going on around them. Or just paint the damn tunnel in murals of people of all races and creeds holding hands?
- Hrag on Hyperallergic points out that in Vegas there are miles of storm tunnels where people live, and parts of the tunnels are covered in really nice graffiti. That’s awesome! He goes on to say that this is much more interesting than The Underbelly Project. I would disagree. Those tunnels are important and interesting, but they aren’t as unique as The Underbelly Project. New York’s own Freedom Tunnel was once a very similar space until it was reopened for trains and I’m guessing that there are similar sites in other cities around the world.
Photo by nolionsinenglandCategory: Art News, Gallery/Museum Shows, Photos, Print Release, Random | Tags: aakash nihalani, askew, banksy, best ever, burning candy, jordan seiler, jr, michael aaron williams, os gemeos, ron english, underbelly project, vincent michael gallery
Jordan Seiler is one of the artists that I’ve been most interested in recently. Through a great coincidence, his upcoming solo show at the Vincent Michael Gallery is the first gallery opening that I’ll be going to in Philadelphia. Taking From The Tip Jar opens on November 5th (also Guy Fawkes Night, which is sort of fitting I guess since Jordan is trying to change the world, but not by blowing things up) and you can be sure that I’ll be there.
For this show, Jordan has made art and framed it in phone booth advertising cases that have been removed from the street. This way, even in his gallery work Jordan is working to eliminate public advertising on some level.
Everything that I know about Jordan tells me that he is one street artist who is really at it for the “street art” and activism, not just to get his name in the press and get his art in galleries. And he’s not the type to take the transition indoors lightly. Although he’s produced work for group shows, this is Jordan’s first solo show in over 5 years. I can’t wait to see it in person.
Photos courtesy of Vincent Michael GalleryCategory: Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: jordan seiler, public ad campaign, vincent michael gallery