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Kenichi Yokono

14 Dec

Kenichi Yokono uses traditional woodblock methodologies to address the comic book horrors of contemporary Japanese culture. Manga, anime, horror movies, and other stereotypical aspects of Japanese pop culture merge to present iconic images of buoyant menace and cruelty, which serve to contrast startlingly with the sugary cartoon characters that are also common. Although functioning woodblocks, the works are only ever exhibited directly and prints are never produced. Such a method maintains the primacy of the hand made object and the artist retains a tangible presence. These multiple oppositions in Yokono’s work results in pieces that are highly relevant critiques that retain a pleasing irony.

Born in 1972 (Kanazawa, Japan), Yokono was trained at the Kanazawa College of Art (Japan). He has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Vienna and Amsterdam, among numerous international group shows, and has been offered residencies at the McColl Center for Visual Art (NC) and the International Studio and Curatorial Program (NY). He was the recipient of the 2005 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship award, and the Tom Eccles Prize (NY). The artist lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. (Taken from Mark Moore Gallery site).

I simply love KY artwork, maybe because he uses amazing detailed carved woods or simply because he plays with my favorite color combos, red, black & white. Every time i see a new piece of him i get inspired, so fresh and tight, just bloody good!

Super good!

check his website for more delicious carvings: http://insolite-s.com/english/yokono.html

HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

6 Dec

HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a Short-Form Docuseries exploring the power of Public Art and innovation to uplift and revitalize urban communities. The Pilot Season revolves around the Arts District of Wynwood Miami, featuring an array of internationally acclaimed and locally respected Street Artists, Graffiti Writers and Muralists.

In 2009, Urban Visionary and Placemaker Tony Goldman partnered with Jeffrey Deitch (Deitch Projects Soho and now director of MoCa Los Angeles) to create the Wynwood Walls.What began with a series of parking lots, loading docks, and drab rundown factory buildings, became a curation of high caliber murals from Futura, Shepard Fairey, OS Gemeos, Kenny Scharf and others. The Walls opened for Art Basel 2009, and now two years later the collection has expanded to include over thirty artists from around the world, becoming a “Town Center” in a district that has grown into one of the largest concentrations of commissioned murals in the World.

This year Artists, many of whom have not shown work in the United States before, were selected by Tony Goldman, Goldman Projects Arts Manager Meghan Coleman and Art Consultant Medvin Sobio of the Visual Arts Collective Viejas Del Mercado. 33third Los Angeles, Mid City Arts, and Montana Cans worked together to provide paint for the project’s ambitious expansion.

HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD explores a unique juncture in history as a new community emerges and evolves. A progressive urban revitalization campaign is examined in the first person, using this year’s new Artists and their commissions as a lens to explore a neighborhood in transition. The Series is framed by colorful overview and concluding episodes, providing the scope of past, present and future. Each episode is accented by images from legendary Documentary Photographer Martha Cooper, who has been capturing The Walls since they began in 2009. Her Photographs will also appear in a Special Edition Art Book “The Wynwood Walls and Doors” set to be released at Art
Basel 2011.

For more information on the artists and history of the Wynwood Walls visit thewynwoodwalls.com

Episodes of HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD will digitally premiere for free in the weeks leading up to Art Basel. You are invited and encouraged to share, blog, “like” tweet and tumble this content freely and enthusiastically. Your interest and support is deeply appreciated. To learn more and to view the episodes as they are released, please visit the official site HCTN.tv and the VIMEO PAGE, or contact us directly at INFO@hctn.tv

HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Directed By: Jenner Furst
Produced By: Ben Solomon
Supervising Producers: Julia Willoughby Nason & Daniel B. Levin

Created By: Jenner Furst & Tony Goldman
Executive Producer: Tony Goldman

A CINEMART Production
In Association With Goldman Projects
Coordinating Producer: Meghan Coleman
Consulting Producer: Medvin Sobio

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In the first episode of HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD the stage is set for the Wynwood Arts District. Parking lots, loading docks and factory walls are transformed into “The Wynwood Walls”. Founder Tony Goldman explains his vision for a town center, while Jeffrey Deitch, Arts Manager Meghan Coleman and Co-Curator Medvin Sobio offer their insight into the project’s significance, taking us into the present day expansion. In addition, Photographer Martha Cooper and Miami based Mural Project Primary Flight weigh in.

Participating artists: Kenny Scharf, Shepherd Fairey, Kunle Martins (Earsnot), Gaia, Shie Moreno, and Patrick McNeil from the artist collective Faile. Featuring Original Music from: Hanni El Khatib, Ducky, Tommy Mas and Clams Casino.
For More Information visit : HCTN.tv and vimeo.com/herecomestheneighborhood

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Having just graduated from art school this year, Gaia is the youngest artist to join the Wynwood Walls. For the Wynwood Doors, a portrait gallery of murals within the collection, Gaia painted a mural of Henry Flagler, the powerful oil and railroad tycoon who is responsible for modern day Florida. With this, he continues a practice of implanting modernist figures into landscapes that they have drastically changed for better or worse.

Featured Music: “Sleeptalk” & “Cross” by Papertwin (facebook.com/papertwin)
For more info on Gaia visit (gaiastreetart.com/)
For more info regarding the Wynwood Walls visit (thewynwoodwalls.com)
For more on the creative team behind this series visit (hctn.tv/learn-more/) or contact info@hctn.tv
Follow the series at vimeo.com/herecomestheneighborhood
Paint Provided By 33third Los Angeles, Mid City Arts and Montana Cans

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In this Episode, Kenny Scharf returns to Wynwood to expand on a piece he started in 2009, one of the original Wynwood Walls. Having seen street art evolve from the New York City graffiti scene in the 1980s, to its status today as an established and respected international art movement, he reflects on his life and career as an Artist. He addresses the downside of art being treated as fashion, and articulates the importance of creating a project where the art itself is not for sale. Kenny also discusses the pros and cons of gentrification and how it relates to the Wynwood district.

Featured Music: “Good Morning Midnight” (Hussle Club) myspace.com/hussleclub
For more info on Kenny Scharf see kennyscharf.com/
For more info regarding the Wynwood Walls visit (thewynwoodwalls.com)
For more on the creative team behind this series visit (hctn.tv/learn-more/) or contact info@hctn.tv
Follow the series at vimeo.com/herecomestheneighborhood
Paint Provided By 33third Los Angeles, Mid City Arts and Montana Cans

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In this Episode of Here Comes The Neighborhood, a cast of young up-and-coming international artists are in the spotlight for their contributions to the Wynwood Walls and the district at large. Curatorial Advisor Medvin Sobio of the Visual Arts Collective Viejas Del Mercado, 33third Los Angeles and Mid City Arts expresses the importance of a cultural exchange and building a platform for communication and reconciliation through Public Art. Art’s Manager Meghan Coleman explains the narratives behind the work from some of this year’s Artists, while Photographer Martha Cooper shares her unique perspective, having seen the graffiti and street art movement expand in the 1970’s from the New York City train yards to its state today as one of the largest art movements in the world.

Founder Tony Goldman expresses his privilege to welcome this year’s artists whom are traveling to the United States for the first time, including Alejandre Farto aka Vhils from Portugal, Neuzz, Sego and Saner from Mexico, Interesni Kazki from The Ukraine, b. from Greece and Liqen from Spain.

For more information on the artists featured in this episode visit their sites listed below.
Interesni Kazki (interesnikazki.blogspot.com/)
b. ( thisismybworld.com/)
Liqen (liqen.blogspot.com/)
Vhils ( alexandrefarto.com/ )
Neuzz ( neuzz.blogspot.com/)
Saner ( saner-dsr.blogspot.com/)
Sego (unurth.com/51615/Ovbal-Y-Sego-Mexico-City)

This episode features music from Kenny Beats (kennybeats.com/) and Tommy Mas
For more info regarding the Wynwood Walls visit (thewynwoodwalls.com)
For more on the creative team behind this series visit (hctn.tv/learn-more/) or contact info@hctn.tv
Follow the series at vimeo.com/herecomestheneighborhood
Paint Provided By 33third Los Angeles, Mid City Arts and Montana Cans

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In this Episode of Here Comes the Neighborhood, Mexican artists Saner and Sego collaborate on a mural for the Wynwood Walls. They create a colorful dreamscape together, building on themes that each of the artists have explored for years. Saner’s interpretation of the work, and his poetic eloquence helps elevate the wall into an ethereal realm, while Sego, traveling to the United States for the first time, brings an astute attention to detail, and a stunning technique grounded in the complexities of the natural world. These Artists exemplify the power of art, both public and private, to function as a change agent, using this mural as a tool to reframe the worlds view of Mexico; from a dangerous narco state, to one of the most beautiful, mystical and transformative cultures in the world.

For more information on the artists featured in this episode visit their sites listed below.
Saner (saner.com.mx/)
Sego (segoyovbal.blogspot.com/)
This episode features music from Emile Haynie
For more info regarding the Wynwood Walls visit (thewynwoodwalls.com)
For more on the creative team behind this series visit (hctn.tv/learn-more/) or contact info@hctn.tv
Follow the series at vimeo.com/herecomestheneighborhood
Paint Provided By 33third Los Angeles, Mid City Arts and Montana Cans

Unreal!!!

Miss Van

28 Nov

“Since I was young, I’ve been drawing characters and animals. In the early 1990s, I started discovering graffiti with friends of mine, tagging a little bit and following them, taking photos and stuff. Then I wanted to be a part of it. The characters came out spontaneously. I chose to use acrylic paint because I was using it while studying, and I found it more comfortable than spray cans, even if it wasn’t a graffiti style. Then I continued painting. I didn’t really choose it, it came naturally. Painting on walls was a way to show that I was boycotting the conventional art world. At my beginnings, I had a rebel mind. I also find this more exciting to paint in the street because it is forbidden. Painting on walls allows me to keep my freedom; as it is illegal, there is no censorship. It is also a challenge, since each time I paint on a wall there is the risk of seeing my work erased. Since I like moving around and meeting people, so I prefer painting in the street. It also enables me to make my art accessible to a larger public audience.

At the beginnings, my dolls were self-portraits. Graffiti has a very megalomaniac side; instead of writing my name, I chose to represent myself through my dolls. I felt a real need to affirm myself, maybe because I have a twin sister and I had to show my difference.Later on when I didn’t feel as much this need to mark my identity, my work became.The idea of provocativeness has also a part in my conception of my work. I have always liked painting a sexy doll in an inappropriate place. I want to provoke strong reactions.
My dolls convey a provocative image, sometimes a bit erotic. I wish they disturbed and provoked fantaisies. I want them to make the viewer react, no matter the reaction. I would like them to make people forget their daily lives.”

Miss Van started wall-painting in the streets at the age of 18, initiating the feminine movement in street art. Miss Van’s sultry female characters began to pop up on city center walls in the mid 1990s, they instantly possessed a timeless quality, as if women had always painted such graffiti in the streets. She is now exhibiting all around the world from NY to LA, Europe (France, Switzerland, Germnay, Spain, Italy, UK, etc.), and Asia. She has shown in art centers and museums as the city gallery of Schwaz in Austria (curator : Karin Perrnegger), the Baltic Art Center in the UK or the Von der Heydt Museum, Kunsthalle in Wuppertal, Germany. She has shown with some of the greatest artists now as Os Gemeos, Mike Giant, Banksy, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Barry Mcgee, Ryan McGinness, Takashi Murakami, Ed Templeton, and many others.
An artist’s impact is truly felt when their work becomes so familiar that it’s hard to remember what the world was like without it. When the Toulouse native and current Barcelona resident. As Caleb Neelon puts it “An artist’s impact is truly felt when their work becomes so familiar that it’s hard to remember what the world was like without it. When the Toulouse native and current Barcelona resident Miss Van’s sultry female characters began to pop up on city center walls in the mid 1990s, they instantly possessed a timeless quality, as if women had always painted such graffiti in the streets. (…) Since then her characters kept evolving, becoming less cute and more dangerously alluring-their sexy aura made all the more complex by their increasingly ambiguous facial expressions. The more she moved into gallery work and could work with the nuances of more fragile media than the streets would allow (pencil, for one), her characters grew even more sensitive, subtle, and delicately rendered.”  (Taken from her website http://www.missvan.com/)

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My first encounter with Vanessa (Miss Van) was back in 2002 when I decided to make an exposition repressing girls from the street art and multimedia scene in Europe & Middle east. It was my first time as a curator and had amazing help from all the co-workers, friends and artists around.
‘MAMA – showroom for media and moving arts’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands was the gallery where I was working at that time and where the exhibition took place, make a long story short, I met Vanessa and mange to bring her from Paris to Rotterdam and deliver a delicious show which sparked my passion for arts, multimedia and the power of collaboration and inspiration, that fire is still burning strong. Since then I have been keeping in touch with Miss Van and always on the lookout for her latest style changes, new exhibition and creative adventures, she is by far one of the most productive artists I ever had the chance to work with, always dropping fresh new artworks and always exhibiting in some part of the world,  jumping from Street art projects to high-end collaboration in prestigious galleries, from fashion exploration to books and video participation, always busy and always delivering fantastic pieces.
To me, Vanessa is a dear friend, even if we only meet once every 5 years or so, we both in love with Art and the power of creation, passion to us is a never ending driving force to deliver, share and basically breath! Live Long my dear girl, best of all worlds…

Here is the video from that expo, it’s indeed ridicules and old school but you can already sense the energy that we talked about so much.

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****** And here she is in full glory! Enjoy.

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Super good, right?!?

To check more on Miss Van’s art go to her websites here, I would also recommend to check her blog on her site to find out where you can catch her next show:

Chris Dyer – Positive Creations

23 Nov

Chris Dyer’s art both resists being classification, while at the same time being appreciated by many in different art movements. He grew up in Peru, then moved to Canada at 17 and has spent the last decade traveling around the world learning from over 24 different countries’ cultures. This has opened his mind to create a flavor of art that fusses cultures into a spiritual oneness that can appeal to all, yet is owned by nobody.

Chris has been skateboarding since he was eight years old (1987) and that raw street culture has influenced his work to the core. His best-known works are his detailed colorful paintings on broken skateboards, which he has pushed forward into sculptural masterpieces. These skate paintings, among his canvas work, murals and painted objects are well respected in the world of Skate Art, and at the same time one of the top artists in the Visionary Art world, a movement that is growing much these days. But this doesn’t mean Chris’ art isn’t also valued in other contemporary circles like the lowbrow or graffiti art as he juggles mediums, styles and themes in constant exploration of his inner worlds.

Because of this originality in Dyer’s work, it has already been exhibited in solid solo and group shows around the world including lands like Peru, Mexico, Belgium, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and across Canada. It has also been featured in many magazines and books worldwide and led him to commercial jobs doing over 100 skateboard graphics for some of the biggest brands, as well other gigs doing record covers, clothing designs and more.

2011 has been a huge year fro Chris with the release of his documentary DVD in spring, California solo shows in Summer and a coffee Table art book (by Schiffer Publishing) being release at Miami art Basel, this December. And this is just the beginning, so stay tuned.

There is one thing I can say proudly about Chris and that is that he is a true hardcore working artist in every inch of his body and soul, every chance we hook up I am amazed of the amount of work is has been up to the past few years, he is constantly working on this and that, art pieces for himself, deck design for skate companies, art works for exhibitions in and outside of Canada, traveling, Making videos, dropping books, DVD’s, skating, doing murals with different street crews and much more, always busy and always fresh. There is a rezone why his company’s name is Positive creations and that is because he IS one big positive creation! Check him out!

 

 

Fantastic, right?! wanna see more? then check Chris’s site here: www.positivecreations.ca

Brandon Boyd

14 Nov

Brandon Boyd, an amazing singer (The band Incubus and also his own  rising solo career) and also a very talented painter. I clearly remember diving into Incubus early CD’s which had amazing artwork inside and made me look for the artist and to my surprise finding out it was Brandon’s artwork! His paintings and sketches have a voice of their own just like his voice has shapes and colors that forms as he opens his mouth and send out a gentle scream.  I found this video of his first mural project which made me want to post it, share it and grab a few pix of his artworks just so you will capture the image of this talented boy.

Check it out and don’t forget to listen to his music too!

 

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Brandon Boyd’s first-ever mural project. Our cameras were with Brandon through the entire process to provide a unique perspective of the artist, surfer, singer and activist’s first collaboration project with Hurley. Video: YB and Francisco Magana.

 

For more goodies go here!!!

http://brandonboydbooks.com/

And:

http://brandonboydbooks.com/

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