Thinkspace invades Philadelphia


LA’s Thinkspace Gallery was just in Philadelphia guest-curating a show at Gallery 309. Looks like the opening was absolutely packed, and with good reason. The show, LAX/PHL, includes installation from NoseGo and work by La Pandilla, Pixelpancho and many more. It’s open now through June 21st. I can’t wait to stop by myself as soon as I finish my exams.

La Pandilla
Alexis Diaz of La Pandilla

Photos by Daniel Weintraub

Thinkspace curates a show at Gallery 309 in Philly

Dabs Myla

LA’s Thinkspace Gallery is coming to my city of Philadelphia soon for a show they’ve curated at Philadelphia’s Gallery 309. LAX / PHL will include work from dozens of artists including Dabs Myla, Gaia, Ghostpatrol, La Pandilla, and Pixel Pancho, but the highlight is likely to be an installation by NoseGo. Thinkspace Gallery is suggesting that this show includes artists from the “New Contemporary Art Movement.” I call it that movement “The artists that Juxtapoz might cover,” but whatever. The point is, there’s gonna be a lot of really impressive artwork at this show.

LAX / PHL opens on Saturday, May 11th from 6-10pm, and runs through June 21st. There will be a second opening reception on June 7th from 6-10pm to coincide with Philadelphia’s First Friday art events.

Photo courtesy of Thinkspace Gallery

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Ever, 2501, and Pixelpancho side by side

Ever, 2501, Pixelpancho and (below) El Topo. Photo courtesy of Ever. Click to view large.

This recent collaboration in Miami includes some of 2012’s breakthrough street artists sharing a wall: Ever, 2501, and Pixelpancho, plus a base (although I don’t have a good photo of this part of the wall unfortunately) by El Topo.

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Ever. Photo courtesy of Ever.
2501. Photo courtesy of Ever. Click to view large.
Pixelpancho. Photo courtesy of Ever.
El Topo
El Topo with 2501 at work. Photo by Wil Hughes.

Photos courtesy of Ever and by Wil Hughes

Living Walls curates walls at Miami Art Basel

In collaboration with Fountain Art Fair and Samson Contompasis’ The Marketplace Gallery, the people of Living Walls have been given 175 ft. of wall space to divvy out amongst artists at Fountain. From December 6 to the 9th, 22 street artists including Rone, LNY, Trek Mathews, Jaz, Ever, Dal East, Faith47, Pixel Pancho, Never 2501, Joe Iurato and more will be painting Fountain’s outdoor courtyard.

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.

Video courtesy of Living Walls

2501 and Pixelpancho in the desert

Pixelpancho and 2501. Photo by Elisabetta Riccio. Click to view large.

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:

Pixelpancho. Photo by Elisabetta Riccio. Click to view large.
2501. Photo by Elisabetta Riccio. Click to view large.

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Pixel Pancho and 2501 in Baltimore

Pixel Pancho. Photo by Martha Cooper.

Pixel Pancho and 2501 were recently in Baltimore for Articulate Baltimore. Here are the two walls that Pixel Pancho painted and the one wall that 2501 painted. Martha Cooper has more photos. They pair are now out in Arizona at The Painted Desert Project. Here’s a video from day one out there.

2501. Photo by 2501.
2501 detail. Photo by 2501.
Pixel Pancho. Photo by Martha Cooper.
2501. Photo by 2501. Click to view large.

Photos by Martha Cooper and 2501

Bushwick awakens after the storm

Bushwick the night of the hurricane

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.

Pixel Pancho
Pixel Pancho

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.

See One and Hellbent in Progress

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.

Photos by Rhiannon Platt

Anybody got photos of the murals at See No Evil 2012?

Pixelpancho. Click to view large. Photo courtesy of See No Evil.

First of all, the frustrations in this post are pretty much the same that Caroline voiced in a post earlier this year about the All City Canvas festival. This year’s edition of the major Bristol mural festival See No Evil finished up recently, and I’m thinking that some great walls were painted. But how the hell can I tell? Other than Nychos’ wall, all the walls I’ve seen are in photos that have been filtered to hell because (I guess) that makes them more bloggable or tumblrable or whatever. Too often now, it seems like street art is more about the photo that will be sent to sites like this than the actual mural which should be meant to be appreciated by thousands of people every day. Photos are important, but rarely should the photo be more important than the actual work. I don’t think that the internet has to be the death of street art, but it damn sure could be when walls get painted for the purpose of taking filtered-to-hell photos of the finished product.

There were some talented artists painting at See No Evil, and the photos looks great if you think of them as photos untied to an actual mural that should be documented, but I’d like someone in Bristol to tell me how the murals actually turned out in-the-flesh. Here are some more photos that I was given from the event:

Conor Harrington. Click to view large (but still not unfiltered). Photo courtesy of See No Evil.
M-City and SheOne from this year and Nick Walker and El Mac from last year. Actually, I like this photo as an overview of the city, but unfortunately it’s the only one available of M-City’s finished wall. Photo by Ian Cox.
Nychos. This pic was not messed with, thank God. Click to view large. Photo courtesy of See No Evil.

I’m sorry to pick on See No Evil about this issue. It’s not something that they started and it’s not something unique to them. They seem like a cool festival, but this is an issue which they are contributing to.

Photos courtesy of See No Evil and by Ian Cox