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:

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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

Irina Werning

16 Nov

Irina Werning, a photographer born in Buenos Aires, started an interesting project called “Back to The Future” where she takes someone’s old photo and recreates the same old scene with the same person many years later. While it might not sound too complicated, she is unbelievably accurate – it seems that she just found some old and young look-alikes and shot two pictures on the same day.

I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future..by the way, this project made me realise Im a bit obsessive…  (taken from boredpanda.com)

This project must have taken some time I believe, the images are so close to the original, I love the process Irina took, trying to really nail it on the head in each photo, much respects! Great project!

Irina Is a very talented photographer, she has many more projects under her wing, check her site HERE for proof!

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/

Sivan Askayo

10 Nov

Sivan Askayo, an Israeli photographer based in NY for the last 10 years is currently involved with emerging artists groups both in NY and Tel Aviv and is attending ICP; International Center of Photography in NY.

After few years of working in Corporate America, She has decided to follow her passions of photography, writing and traveling and combine them all together, creating portraits of a city or a place through her lens.

She traveled throughout Europe, North and South America, Alaska and China, looking for the complex, aesthetics and layers of a place.  She is inspired both by the city dynamics and its people, as well as the space of the rural and Nature. Her passion for Street Photography has led her to follow Graffiti and Urban Art as well as the artists themselves and document their work.

She is currently working on a long term project called ‘Intimacy Under the Wires’ which reveals images of laundry both intimate and unconfined while their snoopy character makes laundry, a seemingly prosaic subject, all the more intriguing, teaching us something about the culture and the way people live.

* I had the privilege to take a long walk with Sivan on the streets of Tel-Aviv one day, it was a hot summer day in 2011 and we both decided to simply walk and try to catch some shots, it was a good day and I had fun looking at Sivan cramping into corners trying to nail a perfect shot, she defiantly got an eye for finding amazing subjects in a a place where most people will simply walk on by unnoticed, I personally love her post process, always fresh and makes me want to travel once again, I am pretty sure Sivan can make a postcard out of every street corner and make you dream what it would be like if you were there yourself…

Fantastic right?!? I told you! You want to see more? check out her site HERE:
http://www.sivanaskayo.com
facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sivan-Askayo-Photography/303403963005383

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