This event sounds amazing. Between the hype in New York, London, Los Angeles and Paris, Vienna has enthusiastically been trying to put itself on the map in the global street art scene. The history of the city is one that has shown support of international street art for years but all that suddenly seems fairly small-scale in comparison to this festival. Cash, Cans & Candy has invited some of the big names of street artists (Shepard Fairey, Faile, Retna, Roa, Robbie Conal, Jaz, Dan Witz, etc) as well as some newer or lesser known talent to paint 800 meters (a half mile) of wall space around Vienna.
Shepard finished his wall at the end of May. Kicking the festival off with Shepard was probably a smart move in setting the tone for the rest of the events. The space he was given to work with definitely suited his style and the image is beautiful but I don’t think he incorporated the existing architecture as much as he could have. You can catch Faile painting their wall on June 20th.
The gallery exhibition of the same name at Galerie Hilger Next looks worth seeing. They’ve posted photos of a number of the exhibited works here.
The festival closes September 13th. To keep up with the ongoing events, including talks, tours, workshops, performances and block parties, check out the Cash, Cans & Candy Facebook page.
A bit late on this one, but tonight the shop/gallery/bookstore Needles and Pens celebrated 10 years of existence with a huge show at The Luggage Store in San Fransisco including work by Know Hope, Deuce Seven, Pez, and so many other talented artists. Luckily, the show is on through June 8th.
Colin M. Day made this video at Roa’s recent show in Brussels, Belgium. It’s not your typical show teaser or post-show wrap up video. Dolin is doing his own thing with what he is passionate about. And I guess I’m not the only one who thinks so, because Brussels TV did a piece about Colin filming Roa. It’s a great little insight into the mind of an art fan. If you’ve ever wondered why people like Colin do what they do or people like me run blogs in our spare time, this should give you some idea:
Roa is the first artist to produce a series of skate decks with TheSK8room, an online shop featuring a bunch of artist-designed skate decks and classic decks produced for other brands. The Roa decks are a series of three images of a decaying rat. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of these decks goes to Skateistan. The decks are each printed in an edition of 150 plus 15 APs, with 25 of each of those decks being available signed by Roa. The pieces are available now at 450€ for unsigned decks and 950€ for signed decks.
Here’s a video of Roa visiting a Skateistan project in Cambodia:
As we previewed on Sunday, Roa has a solo show, Stop Over, open now at BODSON-EMELINCKS in Brussels. So glad to see Roa finally getting a full-fledged solo show in his home-country of Belgium. Looks great.
Roa has returned to his home country of Belgium for a solo show, cleverly titled Stop Over, at BODSON-EMELINCKS in Brussels. The show opened a couple of days ago, and we’ll likely have more coverage soon, but for now here are some preview shots by Henrik Haven of the show’s installation.
Roa was staying with Ever in Buenos Aires recently and during that time they collaborated on this mural. As Ever explains, the mural is entitled “The people feed communism to the beast”. Ever says that the mural is a metaphor to be deciphered which he jokes that Roa explains as “the Chinese eat weird animals”.
The Street Museum of Art has launched its second venture in “guerilla curating” in London’s artsy district of Shoreditch. Like their first exhibition, it’s basically a self-guided street art tour with museum-like wall labels. The exhibition’s title, “Beyond Banksy: Not another gift shop“, is likely a tongue and cheek reference to the commercial attention that street art has received in London these past few years, with Banksy at the forefront of the movement. In all fairness, Banksy has become enough of a household name that he and Exit Through the Gift Shop are frequently my reference points when speaking about street art to people outside this niche community. For that, I am thankful that I get to SMoA advises that the name is not meant to undermine the work of the beloved stencil artist, rather it is to encourage those who have Banksy as their token understanding of street art to the diversity of the other talented artists on the streets. This exhibition highlights works by artists such as C215, Christiaan Nagel, Eine, Mobstr, Pablo Delgado, Phlegm, Roa, Run, Skewville, Space Invader, Stik and Swoon.
The map of the exhibited works are available here and the hours are… well, unlimited.