Two frequent collaborators, 2501 and James Kalinda, produced these pieces this week in an abandoned factory in Parma, Italy (the work above was just 2501 and the figure below was a collaboration between the two). It’s a little morbid, but it works and 2501’s bird head is a great effect.
The rise in success of Living Walls over the last 3 years has been fascinating to watch. This is their second year at Miami Basel but their first year there curating walls. Indoors they’ll have a booth, showing the works of a few international artists like La Pandilla, Interesni Kazki, and some of the artists listed above, as well as a few Atlanta favorites. Definitely looking forward to seeing their contribution.
Pixelpancho and 2501 were recently in the Navajo Nation region of Arizona for the latest round of The Painted Desert Project, which has previously brought Gaia, Overunder, and others to the region. Here’s what Pixelpancho and 2501 managed to paint:
While Bushwick did not take the bulk of the damage in Hurricane Sandy, the area’s reliance on underground subways into parts of the city that are now without electricity left many artists trapped in Brooklyn. National and international flights, trains and busses were all canceled for days, leaving artists Pixel Pancho and 2501 with some time on their hands.
By way of Martha Cooper’s hospitality and driving skills, the pair made their way through the borough’s paint stores searching for the right colors before landing at Bushwick 5 Points. Enduring the smells emanating from the live poultry establishment on the corner, Pixel Pancho incorporated his style of rusted robots into the building’s gritty razor-wire and concrete exterior.
Meanwhile, 2501 added his geometric forms to the area of Bushwick 5 Points that is slowly housing the abstract work of fellow artists such as See One and Hellbent. Leaving town the following day, the artist put time to the test when creating his latest optical illusion.
As 2501 wrapped up his wall, See One and Hellbent continued working across the street on their massive collaborative wall. Through slowly building up layers weekend after weekend, the pair near the completion of their largest wall date. With jobs and trains canceled into next week, weeks of bending color and form could come to a close soon.
2501 recently installed this sculpture made of parts of dead trees at the architectural museum in Como, Italy. The piece, In cammino per trasformarsi nell’istante presente (moving to transform into the present moment), is a surprising and I think very successful departure for 2501 whose outdoor work usually looks more like this. Here are some more photos of the sculpture:
2501‘s two latest works are an interesting abstract break from the figurative work of his that’s been so popular over the past year or so. This first one is inside an abandoned church in Craco, Italy. But it’s the piece below which is really interesting. For one of the most intellectually-interesting works I’ve ever seen from 2501, he has channeled MOMO and Gordon Matta-Clark with an ever-changing abstract piece that plays with shadow. Throughout the day and the year, shadows hit the wall differently all the time, changing the overall piece with every changing shadow. Luckily, Matteo Bandiello, got some photos of the ever-shifting work.