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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

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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

Dave Kinsey

6 Nov

Dave Kinsey was born in Pittsburgh in 1971, attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institute of Atlanta before moving to California in 1994 to pursue a career as a designer and fine artist. His work attempts to capture the universal essence of the human condition mainly through a symbolic portrayal of contemporary life. Utilizing a range of mediums, he constructs multi-layered, textured environments that echo the complexities of our existence. His fine art has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide—among these have been exhibitions at the URBIS Museum in Manchester, UK, NEXT Chicago, Joshua Liner Gallery in NY, Alice Gallery and Art Brussels in Belgium. His work has been featured in multiple local and international print and online publications from The New York Times and Washington Post to The Citrus Report.
He has also been invited to speak at institutions such as the Pasadena Art Center, UCLA, Montserrat College of Art and the Semi-Permanent conference in Sydney, Australia. Kinsey founded BLK/MRKT in 1996 and BLK/MRKT Gallery (now Kinsey/DesForges) in 2001, allowing him to provide a crossroads for a new movement of emerging iconoclasts. (Taken from his website).

I clearly remember the first time I stumble into Dave”s Art, it was a cover of magazine in Europe about a decade ago, I was stun from the beauty of the colors and sharpness of the lines, the overall mixture was so pleasing to my eyes, delicious styles, I was not able to define if I was looking at a painting of graphic design work or street art piece, it all mixed into one for me, since then I have been keeping my eye on Dave’s artwork and please to say that the years have been kind to him, I always seem to be impress with his new fantastic skills and even improving artworks, Bravo Dave, Bravo!


Nice, right?! check out more of his world on his website HERE!

THE LIFE(OF)STYLE

29 Apr

An experimental short for the magazine UMAG about the lifestyle of a group of skateboarders and surfers in São Paulo and Florianópolis – Brazil

Brazil
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An independent film company produced by Marcos Ribas
and Diego Zeferino based on Balneário Camboriú city – Brazil
check Umag site, it’s full with delicious styles:  http://umagmag.com/

KYLE LEEPER RAIN OR SHINE

3 Apr

Skateboarding is a refine Art of dancing on wheels and believe me, it’s no easy task, one thing is for sure, skating on a wet grounds is no piece of cake! still, a skater loves a  good challenge so here we go!

Kyle Leeper is a Pro skater from Etnies and a whole lot of assorted companies, he rides well, here is a proof.

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