Everyone we know loves google maps. What’s cooler than being able to spy on people and places in other countries? Artist and web designer Andy Clark put this concept to good use: he recently created Street Art Locator, an online community driven by google maps to check out street art across the world.
The concept is simple: urban art savvy people can upload images and photos they’ve taken of art spotted anywhere; from New York to London, Israel to Bangkok. The project website just went live this Monday, so hurry up and make your way to www.streetartlocator.com to get images from your town or city in the global mix!
It’s no secret Barack Obama has attracted support from some heavy hitters in his race for Presidency. Whether you love or hate Obama, you’ll be hard pressed to find a candidate that has sparked such a wide range of political creativity. Artists from all stretches of the globe have publicly shown their support of Barack in some of the most unique, and intriguing, manners we’ve ever seen in an election.
Of course, a prime example is Shepard Fairey’s striking blue and red portrait of Obama, which has made its way onto t-shirts, posters, and into media all across the country. Another example is the screen print campaign Upper Playground launched, featuring Obama works from the Date Farmers, Sam Flores, Mac, and Munk One.
So does this say more about the artists or the candidate? That’s your call, but it’s virtually impossible to deny that such a public outpouring of creativity based on a politician is truly inspiring, and at the end of the day that’s what politics should be all about: inspiring positive change.
Read the entire NY Times article here.
LAUFF’s (Los Angeles United Film Festival) official 2008 selection includes Piece of Mind, a sick new documentary exploring the world of graffiti, as considered a criminal activity. Focusing on Southern California’s “war on graffiti,” Piece of Mind is a timely examination of what society considers art, and why graffiti has moved beyond old standards of traditional artistic expression.
Directed by Evan Romoff and Keegan Gibbs, Piece of Mind debuts at LAUFF this Sunday, April 20th. Make sure to grab your tickets to the screening here.
Our friend and amazing artist, Angelique Price, is quite handy with good ol’ Prismacolor and Bic markers. She recently put her talent to work, creating Metamorphosis, a beautiful portrait of Barack Obama with one of his quotes in mind: "I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any candidate in this race to take on lobbyists- and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not get a job in my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American People when I am president." Word.
As the entire political arena and fight for presidency intensifies, wonderfully creative political artwork has been emerging from all reaches of the globe, reminding us that every person’s opinion, and vote, matters. Price reminds us: "Vote 2008, and research who you are voting for. Know what it is you are creating with your vote. Bush's reign has been destructive and reflective of America's ignorance and apathy. Choose wisely. Choose honestly. America needs healing."
If you just can’t get enough of this 9”x12” drawing, you’re in luck because Price has standard prints available at eliq.deviantart.com; for special limited edition prints, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stoked Sessions is a benefit auction to raise money to give at-risk youth the opportunity to try alternative sports, like surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding.The event goes down this Saturday, April 19th at The Grind Art And Print Gallery in Los Angeles, featuring a silent auction of over 600 one-of-a-kind skateboard decks by some of today’s leading artists in the skate, surf, and street art world.
Featured artists include: Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Chris Pastras, Abe Lincoln, Jr, Hit + Run, Todd Bratrud, Eyeone, Joey Potts, Kofie'one, Draftsmen, Enik One, Norton Wisdom, Joe Joe Webb, and Marco Zamora. Get all the details, as well as purchase tickets, at www.stokedsessions.com.
1333 Minna by Goorin Bros is a collective of artists and designers dedicated to creating quality apparel and accessories, adorned with the hottest graphics from some of the most respected illustrators around.
Not only did 1333 Minna just launch a sick new website today, but they also dropped their hot new line just in time for spring, featuring a collection of hats and bags by some of our favorite Seventh Letter artists. If you know what’s good for you, make sure to check out more of the line here…
Xue Song has a great upcoming exhibition, New Life, coming up at New York’s Chinese Contemporary. Opening May 24th, Song will present his collage works of torn pieces of paper- some with edges burnt, others not, some completely burnt to black ash. In the early 90s, Song’s studio burnt down, destroying all his artwork and personal possessions. In a cathartic process, he took the ashes of his old works and the half-destroyed remains of other objects, and used them to create striking collages. The burnt pieces struck a chord with him, and Song has been using burnt pieces of paper to make his work ever since.
Born in Anhui province, and now living in Shanghai, Song’s incredible works are a continually evolving body of observation and assessment of his country’s adjustments in the post-Mao era. More on New Life at www.chinesecontemporary.com.
McCaig-Welles Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Craig LaRotonda titled Grotesque Beauty. Opening Friday, April 18th, this exhibit will remain up thru Sunday, May 12th.
Craig LaRotonda has been painting and drawing his entire life, fascinated by the figure, which remains the focus of his works. In LaRotonda’s paintings, humanity is tethered to the earth through the body, where we are forever seeking to quench the burning passion of the flesh; his paintings explore the struggle of the body and the dominance of carnal desire over the spirit.
LaRotonda creates paintings and sculptures, sometimes using both forms. The material varies, but the substance remains the same. Texture, color, and shape are the elements of his construction. He also finds beauty in found objects, their hidden history and the ways in which they show signs of another life before he found them.
Above all, LaRotonda sees his work as a form of transportation for the mind, rooted in neither time nor place. Details at www.mccaigwelles.com.
DC-based AM Radio is developing a project in partnership with Scion, transforming a chic four-floor townhouse into a lifestyle gallery/residence by fusing original art and multimedia elements. In their recent show, Location Baltimore, work is featured from emerging area artists, as well as a room designed by industry notable Shop Gentei.
Although urban art seems to be seeping through the cracks in almost every city, town, and backyard, unless you’re in NY, SF, or LA, it can be a bit tricky to find a venue to display your work. This project from AM Radio and Scion marks the start of a much-needed, centalized community for the artists of Baltimore, and surrounding areas. Take a look at more photos from Location Baltimore here…
If you’re not yet familiar with Damon Ginandes’ work, you should be. If anything, we’re betting you’ve seen this amazing large-scale public mural he did in Red Hook, Brooklyn in late 2007. At 12 feet tall and 60 feet long, done with spray paint and latex acrylic, Ginandes truly deserves all the attention he’s received for it!
Ginandes is a 26 year-old multi media artist currently living in Brooklyn. “My recent studio work uses relief techniques, blending the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional. Lines and forms actually emerge from the surfaces to suggest my characters seek to break free from their own space. They are distorted and otherworldly, yet with longing stares they are distinctly human: ageless and anonymous, quiet and solitary, trapped and yearning to escape. Currently, I'm working on proposals for some large public mural projects in (among other places) NYC and Amsterdam,” he told Juxtapoz.
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll make sure to hit up Ginandes’ website, www.damonginandes.com.