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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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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/

Art Attack

21 Apr

Odie Senesh is  a fashion stylist and producer from Israel. In this art performance she concentrate on a dialogue between  Fashion and Art Performance, a sophisticated symbiosis of various art productions inspired by Andy Warhol’s   ” Silver Factory” where each event combines the art production of musicians, photographers, poets, designers and models. This condensed cultural display from the 70’s is still relevant and vibrant today. It attests to the fact that Art and Fashion are inseparable. The inter- relatedness between the two worlds is the basis for the scene where photography, choreography, hairstyling and make-up feed into another form of art. Spontaneous audience participation and live documentation of this event result in a unique and irrevocable display.

 The professional team:

Photographer: Ella uzanhttp://www.ellauzan.com/
Make up artist:
Tal Martzianohttp://www.facebook.com/#!/makeuptal
Hair designers:
Nadav&roico hair salon:http://www.facebook.com/makeuptal#!/pages/nadavroico/271659079169?sk=wall
Model:
Nikki Shanie Goldstein
Production Assistant:
Adi Drori
Production Assistant &
direction: Chen Chefetz
producing & styling:
Odie Seneshhttp://www.facebook.com/makeuptal#!/profile.php?id=1125973180

Gerry Judah – 3D Paintings

9 Apr

Impressive 3d  models of buildings made of fabrics and paint,  Gerry Judah, the English artist showing powerful creation of destructions standing strong for the viewer to embrace.

Here is a great article  David Cohen from  artcritical.com wrote about this exposition.

“Judah’s chromophobia equally operates non-metaphorically, sparking stark associations of grainy satellite pictures…”

The debut New York show for India-born British artist Gerry Judah initiates a new venue, Fitzroy Gallery, which opened its Soho doors last month. Judah’s equal parts ominous and alluring three-dimensional paintings (relief seems an inadequate term for works of such in your face heft) take war and destruction as their subject, giving us bombed out, nondescript brutalist seventies structures in dramatic aerial view. Judah is a legendary set designer for TV, theater, museums, rock concerts, counting Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin and The Who among his clients, as well as the BBC and London’s Natural History Museum. He lovingly builds his unlovable buildings with model-maker’s care only to deconstruct the resulting forlorn, innards-spewing wrecks with equally meticulous destructiveness. The monochrome (black or white), painterly alloverness of these architectural funerary portraits is aestheticizing, almost indeed ethereal—think Charles Simonds meets Mark Bradford meets Cy Twombly— despite their ash-strewn sense of doom. And yet Judah’s chromophobia equally operates non-metaphorically, sparking stark associations of grainy satellite pictures. The destruction detailed is remote and visceral, dainty and monumental, abstract and chillingly real.

Gerry Judah has many works on his website, very impressive installations as well, check it out:  http://www.gerryjudah.com/

Rojo Nova – The Film.

26 Mar

An inspiring DIY documentary film on new art and the young artists behind it. Directed by Isaac Niemand, and produced by ROJO® in collaboration with BossaNovaFilms, it was all filmed on the heat of live action at ®Nova Contemporary Culture which happened in July and August 2010, in MIS-Museum of Image and Sound, and SESC Pompeia, in São Paulo, Brazil.

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