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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vault // Tuesday, May 01, 2012
For Steve Powers, the mandate of Public Art is entrenched in public service. I hope his mission continues and catches on with others in the field. Beyond offering an inspiring uppercut of double entendre’d messaging, Powers offers a free sign making service to the surrounding neighborhood during his stay. In this way he can give back to the local shops in need of some exterior surface painting outreach. After all, they are the ones permanently hosting the event whether they like Powers’ work or not. That way, he leaves an impression when he leaves an impression.
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 16, 2012
The May 2012 issue of Juxtapoz is our special examination on the state of Public Art in 2012. We have spent over a year discussing the topic of community sevice and Public Art programs with festival organizers, politicians in the US and abroad, and artists about their experiences developing Public Art initiatives and bodies of work, and how their experiences can be blueprints for other artists and cities to follow to better communities around the world. This issue is what we learned. Preview after the jump . . .
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 06, 2012
As we are currently working on a little something with NYC-based Steve Powers, "ESPO" for some of you at home, we just saw that he designed the cover of the new issue of New York Magazine. The special "Best of New York 2012" features a bit of Powers' sign work as well as his signature letter style.