Fame Festival isn’t the only place artists are taking over abandoned buildings. The leaders of Israel’s street art scene recently painted a building in Tel Aviv for their show Kindred Times and Future Goodbyes. Know Hope, Klone, Foma and Zero Cents all participated. Here are some pics that Know Hope sent me:
So a week or two ago Know Hope says to me that he has a secret project in the works. Something about taking over an abandoned house. Sounded like a great idea, but I wasn’t sure if anything would actually come of it. Turns out, Know Hope and his friends were further along than I realized. The project, now called Kindred Times and Future Goodbyes, was well underway. In fact, it’s going to be opening at a secret location in Tel Aviv on Saturday. This is what street art is about.
KINDRED TIMES AND FUTURE GOODBYES
An Exhibition in abandoned house in the form of a collaborative effort between : Foma <3, Klone, Know Hope, Zero Cents.
This exhibition came to life as a natural extension of the constant collaborative creation of the group.
The location is secret on account of legality issues and therefore will be announced at noon time, on the day of the opening.
The exhibition is located in a derelict building that has been abandoned for many years,and was once used for residence. The building remained texture-ridden and saturated with old memories, memories which the artists translate into present time through their artistic interpretation.
The wall paintings are a new periodic layer of paint that add on to the already existing peeled layers of time. The artists use these longstanding layers, which represent remains of personal stories and traces of memories, absorbing the existing textures and inhabiting the building with their artistic and contemporary interpretation.
Although the new layer of paint created for this exhibition is soon to become covered with new layers of a renovated building, it is added to a pool of memories which can’t be evaded and enriches it, when it is bound to be preserved between layers of past and future times.
Klone has some new work up in Tel Aviv. Here’s a sample.
And check out Facing Klone, an article about Klone written by Hagi Kenaan, a professor of philosophy at Tel Aviv University:
Their presence on the streets of Tel-Aviv has become so clear in the last two years: what is the kind of voice that enunciates itself in Klone’s images? How do Klone’s human-alien-predators speak to us, as they unexpectedly surface on buildings, houses, walls, street corners, power boxes, doors, entryways, doorframes and windowsills, as they flicker – appearing and disappearing – on Marmorek, Yehuda Halevi, Shenkin, Lillienblum and Herzl streets; on Rothchild Boulevard, or in the Florentin and the Old Central Bus Station districts; in the Dizzengof Square area, the old Tel-Aviv Theater on Pinsker Street, in Bezalel Market and northward along Ben Yahuda Street? How should we listen to the voice of these images?
I was walking around Shoreditch the other day to kill some time, and I came across a few new bits on the street that caught my eye.
I went by the RareKind Gallery last night for their opening, and was very presently surprised with the quality of work. Their Chrome and Black crew have been doing great work throughout London lately, but this sticker confused me. I mean, it’s a sticker that says believe in the spray can. They couldn’t at least stencil that?
This mural was always very nice, but I guess Sickboy thought the spot needed an update. Can’t say I mind though, this new piece is pretty nice as well.
No idea who this is by, but the concept is awesome. It’s wheatpasted photos of a piece by Klone that was recently up in the area. I’d like to see more of this, but I’m scared to see them show up for sale next month in the Brick Lane Gallery or somewhere.
Found this wall yesterday across from The Art Lounge. It features work from Mike Marcus, Klone, Foma, and Zero Cents. Mike Marcus lives in London now, but he started out working in Tel Aviv. And Klone, Foma and Zero Cents and some of Tel Aviv’s best known street artists. The only one who seems to be missing here is Know Hope (who, coincidentally, pointed out that Zero Cents and Foma have work in this photo).
The up and coming Tel Aviv street artist Klone has been getting busy on a recent trip to London. Since hearing he was in town, I’ve been waiting for his work to appear on flickr. Well guess what! If finally did. Plus, I came across some of his stuff in person during my first trip to Leake street since Cans2. More photos after the jump… Continue reading “Klone Hits Up London”
This is part of Vandalog’s “Great in ’08” series, which will be running every day for the rest of the month. Check out previous posts here. Street artists from across the world have been given one post to give away to an artist (or two) who they feel has been doing great work recently. Today it’s Klone‘s turn (you can check out Vandalog’s recent Q&A with Klone here).
Who is one artist doing really great work right now?
Klone: Anthony Lister comes to my mind immediately. He is a great artist, one to follow for sure, that’s all agreed, but there’s more to my appreciation of Lister. It’s the fact he came from Australia, disconnected from the rest of the world and having to put more into getting himself out, I know the feeling exactly as Israel is like an island, sea on one side and rival countries on the others; now how you get yourself recognized outside of the island?
Klone is one of Tel Aviv’s most prolific street artists, and lately he’s been making waves on the internet was well. Klone’s recent work has involved a series of “predator” characters that he’s painted and wheatpasted throughout Tel Aviv.
I’ve mentioned Klone before, but I didn’t really know anything about him besides what I found on his flickr. Luckily, I was about to get in touch with him to do a little Q&A session that I’m very excited to share with you.
RJ: When did you start doing work on the street, and do you have an art background?
Klone: My story with the street started in 1999 when I somehow stumbled upon graffiti, I went on trying this thing and got really into since the first time out, back then doing graffiti in Israel meant pioneering it, learning it all by yourself from internet and books since there was practically nothing out there, both writing and street art scenes started to develop only in last few years and still in their beginnings.
I don’t have any art education background but as a kid I was always drawing, building and inventing worlds for myself and the friends I used to play with.
RJ: Where did you get the name Klone? Klone: 5 years ago I was still into writing my name which was MAKE back then, and through sketching I came upon my first characters, that looked almost the same, really simple ones, same but different, I called them klones – same clones but different, thus the ‘K’, and since then it became my name. I rarely do letter pieces nowadays, concentrating more on image work.
RJ: In addition to your work in the street, you’ve done work for galleries/charity events. What’s different about working on the street versus working in a “gallery friendly” medium like canvas? Klone: Hmm, I still think that the only friendly thing about canvas is the fact that I can roll it up when I finish painting it so I don’t have to see it or stumble into. But seriously now I see gallery as just another place to express myself with its own terms, It wasn’t an easy thing for me to put my work on white walls, took me awhile to get used to it and be able to really handle it. I still see the street as the ultimate gallery, with the best critics, and the galleries serve as a platform to show the stuff I’m fuckin’ around with in my studio.