Hadn’t shot anything for Snob in a while. When I saw that “Beyond the Streets” was coming to my neighborhood, I raised my hand. I was able to get in the Thursday before it opened to the public, and it was mostly empty. There is a lot of good stuff from some of my favorite contemporary artists, many of them local. I would highly recommend checking it out, if you are into this sort of thing (or even if you are just dying to see what it looks like inside of that gorgeous new building at 25 Kent). Here are a few of the snaps.
I came across these pieces on Ekosystem last month and was blown away. The artist’s name is Michael Beerens. Beerens is a France based artist, who I will admit that I had never heard of until I came across the aforementioned post on Eko. I looked at a bunch of his work after discovering, and a lot of it is animal-centric, similar to Roa and Nychos. Anyway, these schools of fish are what really stood out to me. The piece in the first image, especially.
The city of Ostend, Belgium hosts the (mostly) large scale art festival called The Crystal Ship. Among the participating artists are a couple of my favorites. The Belgian native Roa contributed to the collection (image directly above and below). I love his stuff, and actually met him a while back.
Faith47 was also a contributor to The Crystal Ship (second to bottom). She has a huge piece that I love in DUMBO painted in an underpass. She also has a really cool piece at Wynwood. But I’m seriously digging this piece.
Finally, I seriously love perspective pieces. There are a few pretty cool ones painted for the festival. But my favorite is the one by 1010 (bottom image). Hoping to be able to check these all out in person, at some point. Check the full recap on Juxtapoz.
All Images Via Juxtapoz
Part of me feels like “urban exploring” and graff has become a little bit passe, especially since the advent of instagram giving kodak courage to the masses when it comes to these activities. Then there is another part of me that still has favorites in this realm, especially when it comes to graff. Without getting delving back into the question of “what is art?”, I will disclose that my bias lies with those artists whose work pre-dates the onset of social media madness.
As a law abiding citizen and responsible adult, I can’t really condone vandalism or property damage. I also have my opinions about thrill seeking at the expense of personal safety and the safety of others. Now that the disclaimers are out of the way, I have to admit that I have been a longtime fanboy of the woman/man graff duo Utah and Ether. They descended from Chicago’s MUL crew and went on to become globetrotting scofflaws. You can find an interview from 2013 over here for more background.
In addition to appreciating the aesthetic appeal of their work, I find the “romantic couple” dimension of their story quite fascinating. They were both arrested in 2008 after a painting spree spanning multiple continents and 10+ countries. Needless to say, the arrests didn’t slow them down much. They have recently released the first two installations of a series of videos titled “Probation Vacation: Lost in Asia” produced by The Grifters. Episode 2, shot in India is embedded below. You can catch the first one (Turkey) over here.
Image: screen grab from above video
There was a snowstorm in NYC over the weekend. It so happens that we already had plans to be away. So, I guess you could call it dumb luck that we missed the first real winter storm of the 2015/2016 season. After nearly 15 years on the east coast, I finally ventured into the Sunshine State for the first time in my life. I was not disappointed. I had been wanting to checkout the Wynwood area for a while. As cool as the formal complex was, unsurprisingly most of the good stuff was off of the beaten path. There was plenty of good happening after sundown as well. The full moon certainly didn’t hamper the experience.