Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Graduation is a few months away but artist Stephen Powers (also known as ESPO, fully known as a legend) sent out some sage advice in his recent email newsletter, offering to provide commencement speeches for interested art colleges and universities. Here’s just a sample of what a speaking engagement by this wise wizard would sound like...
Graffiti // Thursday, January 08, 2015
This is right across from where the massive Barclay Center in Brooklyn now stands. It would be much more challenging spot to get currently with the overwhelming amount of security that dominates this area now.
Graffiti // Friday, November 21, 2014
Back around 1992 (22 years ago!) Espo was painting pieces like this and you were probably not.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 24, 2014
Stephen “ESPO” Powers isn’t one to mince words. He has championed a love for traditional sign-painting into a fine art form with a clever, original turn of phrase and knack for transforming what appears to be an advertisement into a thoughtful conversation with the viewer. We are going to be giving away copies of "A Love Letter to the City" and the companion love note cards "I Paid the Light Bill Just to See Your Face" find out more after the jump!
Street Art // Friday, November 15, 2013
Steve Powers has freshly completed a new mural in Copenhagen that pays tribute to the Danish icon, Hans Christian Anderson, whose stories many Americans and Copenhageners grew up with. Located in front of the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, this piece was inspired from Andersen’s fairy tale The Red Shoes,a story about vanity and redemption, themes that easily connect the 19thcentury with the 21stcentury.
Juxtapoz // Monday, November 04, 2013
As we noted on the site last week, 2x Juxtapoz cover artist Steve Powers was commissioned to paint a 55-meter long public mural in front of the US embassy in Copenhagen to be completed on November 6, 2013. Our friend in Denmark, Henrik Haven went to check in and see the progress... and it was raining. And still, progress was made...
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Copenhagen scene continues to be an epicenter in Europe, and our friends at V1 Gallery have been doing their part with great curation and projects. The V1 team has worked with the US Embassy in Copenhagen to have former Juxtapoz cover artist, Steve "ESPO" Powers, create a large-scale, 55-meter long public mural in front of the embassy to be completed on November 6, 2013. While Powers is in Denmark, he will be part of a talk and screening of his film, A Love Letter For You.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
If you have read Juxtapoz in print or online over the past few years, you know we have great affection with sign painitng. Seeing that we have headquarters in San Francisco and a Brooklyn outpost, we have been surrounded by great artists bringing back the tradition of sign painting, with none more strong than Steve "ESPO" Powers and the ICY Signs Shop in Brooklyn. This Thursday, Ocober 24, Joshua Liner Gallery will open an exhibition of works from the ICY Signs crew, entitled "Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra."
Music // Thursday, June 20, 2013
Two of our favorite things, all in one visual. Steve "ESPO" Powers directing MF DOOM's new project, JJ DOOM. The 2x Juxtapoz cover artist teamed up with the now London-residing DOOM and his newest collaboration with Jneiro Jarel to give a video of the track "Bookhead." The video depicts our Saturday nights: corner liquor store, then reading a bit of Chaucer at the local library. Listening to DOOM. They read our mind...
Street Art // Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Steve Powers aka "Espo" just opened a new solo show on May 18, 2013, entitled “Visual Blues” at Alice Gallery in Brussels. In Powers’s own words, “I’m in awe of the power and the reach of music. To compete with the majesty of music, I make paintings that are visual blues. I distill my everyday experience into paintings I call Daily Metaltations. They are painted very fast, fresh from the epiphanies that inspired them. The larger paintings draw from those metaltations and go to a deeper understanding of the transactions we make everyday to live our lives.”