Pierre Dacruoix is a high school drop out with no formal training in the arts, but that never stopped him from rocking the world of graphic design. A prolific designer for three decades, Pierre’s work has been seen in international publications and his designs are sold worldwide.
With a keen sense of the encapsulation process and exhaustive research in the area of symbolism, the artist strives to bring creativity and meaning to the field of graphic arts.
The artist feels that while images speak in volumes, words and language represent a more clumsy means of communication and that vibrations are transmitted more effectively through action than explanation.
Dacruoix is also pretty friendly with Skull Skates, so they offered to debut his works for the first time in the US. Titled Greed Clown, the show will only be on display for one night, so if you’re in Portland, head over to Diesel Fuel Saturday April 26th, or grab more info here.
In light of our recent coverage of the dopeness that is The Citrus Report, we feel compelled to point out a particularly interesting article by William Baglione on the clean up of São Paulo’s streets, and what it means to the creative minds residing in this cultural haven.
A 2007 law, Cidade Limpa, (“Clean City” for all that have yet to become Portuguese-friendly) bans all outdoor advertising: banners, signs on taxis, billboards, leaflet distribution in the streets, electronic screens… you get the idea. Of course, graffiti and all street art falls in to this outdoor advertising category, thus creating a unique environment for graffiti and pixação artists in the city.
With no real sings of commercialism due to the lack of ads, the walls in São Paulo have become ripe and available for illegal artwork. Of course, living in a city free of Starbucks signs every 4.7 feet sounds appealing, but what impact will this initiative really have on São Paulo? Read Baglione’s article over here…
The good people of DvA Gallery in Chicago will be hosting a spectacular group show featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary art, including: Shag, Dave Cooper, Liz McGrath (work shown,) Chris Mars, Daniel Peacock, Esther Pearl Watson, Scott G Brooks, Daniel Martin Diaz, Glenn Barr, Tony Fitzpatrick, Gary Taxali, Ana Bagayan, Martha Rich, Paul Barnes, Yosuke Ueno, Jason Houchen, Bonni Reid, Mark Pilon, Mark Todd, Nathan Ota, and Rob Dob.
On top of all the great artwork on display, there will also be book signings (which also means these legendary artists will be mixing and mingling at the event!) by: Liz McGrath, Dave Cooper, Daniel Martin Diaz, Bob Dob, Martha Rich and Glenn Barr! Head over to DvA Gallery online and take a look-see at the preview of works that will grace DvA this Saturday, April 26th.
If you’re ready, we’re ready. Join ArtNowSF and Juxtapoz for another crazy night at 111 Minna Gallery for some art, music, dancing, and drinks! Could there be a better combination?
This Suite Jesus will feature artwork by: Biz:E, Bradley Platz, Cheez Kan, David Fallis, Hugh Leeman, Joey DeRuy, Leif Wold, Matt McQuaid, Nakona Macdonald, Sam Valensky, Stephanie Mufson, and Travis Gire.
It all goes down tomorrow in the City by the Bay (aka SF,) this Friday, April 25th, so make sure to RSVP to get in free at Suite Jesus right here.
Caleb Neelon Is Working On It. So chill, the show is coming, okay?
The solo exhibition of artist, writer and educator extraordinaire, Caleb Neelon, opens May 10th at Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In addition to a sculptural centerpiece, more than 15 new acrylic and gouache paintings will be on display at the gallery. This will be Neelon’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast. In conjunction with his site-specific gallery installation, Neelon will execute a landmark mural on La Brea Avenue near the Carmichael Gallery, unifying his exhibition in the public realm.
Dream-like characters, rickety towers, and maritime scenes are frequent subjects of both Neelon’s street and gallery art. For this exhibition however, the New England native introduces a new visual theme—leaves. In many of these works, leaves, which represent those from beech trees, consume the visual plane in a frenzy of vibrant color. For Neelon, they are a symbol of strength and hope. “The leaves, even in their deaths, are acting to preserve their own to come and keep that hope of the future going,” he explains.
Perhaps it is his work as a street artist and role as educator that allows Neelon’s vision to remain accessible both on an immediate and abstract level. Although the pieces mark the artist’s personal exploration of the passage of time, change, death and rebirth, there is also a universal thread within each composition. “The leaf paintings mark a new direction for me in that they exchange my recent work’s emphasis on narrative for one which is more open ended.”
More at www.carmichaelgallery.com.
To the cats out there thinking all urban art and culture lovers are a bunch of society-leeching fools: not only are you gravely mistaken, but you also have obviously not met The Citrus Report.
The Citrus Report is fast becoming one of our favorite spots to keep up on all the latest political banter, as well as the most interesting new shows, books, music, and films out. As if that weren’t enough, this issue of The Citrus Report features interviews with some of our all-time favorites, like: The Date Farmers, Alex Pardee, Sasha Grey, Retna (shown painting,) Thomas Marecki, and Jim Fitzpatrick.
We could go on and on about how cool its columnists are, and how refreshing it is to have a website with some backbone to it, but don’t just take our word for it. Get ready to stick a bookmark in The Citrus Report at none other than www.thecitrusreport.com.
Kate Friend and Rachel Freire are a photographer/stylist and make-up artist team operating out of a World War II motor torpedo boat on the River Thames. (Yep, you heard us right!) Their work uses humor to comment on the surreal nature of contemporary culture.
Friend says, “Green Lady Winehouse - After Tretchikoff comments on how something, which was once prolific, so easily becomes throwaway. In a world where visual media has become slick and over-processed, post-modernist imagery tends to focus on an ugly aesthetic. But this doesn't have to be the case.”
For further works, see www.folieadeux.net.
Turkish artist Dunya Atay definitely knows how to draw, dropping some talent while designing these ill Reebok freestyle shoes for Istanbul's Fashion Film Festival. If Reebok produces Atay’s kicks as a limited edition shoe, you can bet we’ll be the first to rock them!
To see more of Atay’s creations, head over to wevegottails.deviantart.com, and if you’re Facebook friendly, you can also check out the making-of-the-shoes video here.
Here’s a portion of the second installation of the ((sounder)) Director’s Collaboration Project, a series of five videos premiering every month throughout the spring and summer of ‘08.
Directed by Mike Aho, the footage featured is actually from a VHS tape found by Dave Bryant. Aho took the footy, gave it some Kool-Aid, and here is a clip of the final product on a sugar high.
Featured artist/directors in the ((sounder)) Director’s Collaboration Project are: Michael Sieben, Mel Kadel, Todd Bratrud, Travis Millard and Dave Bryant. See the whole video at myspace.com/thesounder.
Royce Bannon and Anera of ELC (Endless Love Crew) know how to handle a can of spray paint and a wooden board. Or a city wall, canvas… err, just about anything that’ll hold a layer of fresh paint! Chances are, if you live around NYC, you’ve seen their work gracing a street lamp or cement wall. Always coming up with new characters and iconographic imagery rooted in everything from pop culture to political humor, you have a chance to see their new work all in one setting in Speak No Evil at Brooklyn’s Southside Speakeasy. In the mean time, spend some time browsing through their work on Flickr.