Graffiti // Monday, April 08, 2013
This classic photo was taken back when Steve Powers aka Espo, would paint roll downs with a brush in the middle of the day without permission.
Street Art // Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Steve Powers aka Espo, offers is sympathy regarding street art in this simple painting. In part of his Daily Metaltation practice. Clever.
Street Art // Friday, February 15, 2013
We previously reported that for Kurt Vile’s newest album he enlisted the expertise of fellow Philadelphian sign painter/wordsmith artist, Steve Powers aka ESPO. The album titled “ Waking On a Pretty Daze” will incorporate Powers artwork on the cover and in the packaging from a mural he painted in Philly. A short documentary was created on the making of this mural. It includes some of the ideas behind the visual imagery and vocabulary Powers chose to use and incorporate on the wall.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 27, 2012
Last week, we posted a video from the New Yorkers project, which aims to document the lives of the unnoticed everyday New Yorker that makes up the diverse population. Their newest installment highlights the work of Steve Powers, highlighting his massive mural project on the parking structure in downtown Brooklyn and talking about his views, and ideas on being an artist.
Juxtapoz // Monday, December 17, 2012
Anyone feeling the holiday gift-buying panic yet? We sort of suffered through some high-tension shopping this past weekend, but if we were in Brooklyn, perhaps we would have found some peace. Steve Powers, 2x Juxtapoz cover artist, just opened a new storefront, ESPO's Creative Outlet. Residing at 4th Ave and Bergen St, in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, the shop has a range of in-store only prints, along with ESPO-related books, catalogs, ephemera and a raincoat or two.
Street Art // Friday, October 05, 2012
One thing you notice walking the streets of Johannesburg is everything is hand painted, with vinyl signs having little presence. Espo started another mural that is twice as big as the previous “Stay Up” mural and while they worked away, we walked around. Local artist Faith 47 happened to be putting up work around the corner from where were staying, so we briefly chatted with her.
Street Art // Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Often when traveling to unknown lands, in this case Johannesburg, one can create certain expectations in their head and discover the exact opposite. After a few days running around, are initial skepticism of Joburg has been revoked and anything but negative. Aside from countless memorable adventures from our hospitable hosts and curators of the event, /ANDPEOPLE, we have witnessed two massive murals by ESPO and ROA come to completion.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 26, 2012
May 2012 cover artist, Steve "ESPO" Powers (and December 2007 for that matter, as well as in Johannesburg with Jux at the moment) just had his film, A Love Letter For You, released on iTunes. Directed by Juxtapoz contributing editor, Joey Garfield, the film is a narrative based around Powers as he returns to his hometown of Philadelphia to paint on 50 rooftops along the market train line.
Street Art // Tuesday, September 25, 2012
After a sleepless 15 hour flight, we anxiously arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa for the I ART JOBURG project presented by adidas Originals and curated by /ANDPEOPLE. This month long project has brought five international and local artists to create large-scale public murals in the bustling streets surrounding the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg’s central art district.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 11, 2012
We had the pleasure to be visit the opening of the most recent exhibition of Stephen Powers, aka ESPO, at the Joshua Line Gallery in NYC. A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures is a wonderful translation of Powers' love of sign-painting, images, and colors. The pieces are made of enamel on aluminum with type, graphics and bright pigments, where Powers constructs a unique personal language that speaks to all.