ESPO's Creative Outlet in Brooklyn

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.

I ART JOBURG: PART 3

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.

I ART JOBURG: PART 2

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 After a few days running around, are initial skepticism of Joburg has been revoked and anything but negative.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.

ESPO's "A Love Letter For You" now on iTunes

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.

I ART JOBURG: PART 1

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.

Opening: Steve Powers "A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures" @ Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC

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.

Preview: Steve Powers " A Word is Worth A Thousand Pictures " @ Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 06, 2012
After seven years since 2x Juxtapoz cover artist Stephen Powers’ last solo exhibition in New York, Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures. In this new exhibition series, the prolific artist will present a panoramic assemblage of paintings that will occupy the entire breadth of the gallery. A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures will consist of a multitude of enamel on aluminum paintings, ranging from 10-x-8 inches to 8-x-16 feet. The show opens tonight, September 6, 2012.

Espo on Love

Juxtapoz // Sunday, August 19, 2012
Because we are such admires of Steven Powers’ work in general, we thought we would share this little saying the artist painted a while back.  “Everything is Shit...Except your love.”  For one of us, this sentiment hits home, right now. It has been one of those months.

Steve "ESPO" Powers @ Roskilde Festival, Denmark

Music // Wednesday, July 11, 2012
With the task of painting a 330-foot-long grandstand that represents the overall theme of this years Roskilde Music Festival, December 2007 and May 2012 cover artist Steven Powers discusses his process and challenges for this particular project.  Powers also speaks on the difference of connecting with people being an artist opposed to being a musician.

Steve "ESPO" Powers: Distilling Daily Stories Into Art

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 11, 2012
A new video has been released of the quick tongue and prolific artist, Steven Powers, aka Espo, talking about his art at the PSFK Conference NYC. Powers discusses his recent public and private art projects, along with explaining his one-a-day art “Daily Metaltation” pieces. As usual, this talk is witty and humorous. Powers is one of our cover artists to the current May 2012 printed Juxtapoz.
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