Talking sense with Nohablalogica

Talking sense with Nohablalogica

Remember that evil kid from the movie Toy-story that made his own deformed creatures? Well, that kid must have been a cousin of Nohablalogica. Since the late 80’s the artist has been leaving his mark on the skate and contemporary art scene. With his sculptures getting well-received critics at international art-fairs and customers like 5 time X-games medalist Elliot Sloan the general question is; what’s happening in a mind without logic?

– Written by Ard Doko

The skateboard scene has always been known for its DIY (do it yourself) culture in terms of graphic design, construction and videos. I’m wondering if you took part in that DIY scene when you started skateboarding back in ’86 or did you explore your creativity in a later stage?

I couldn’t afford a “real” skateboard so I had to build one myself. At the time there were maybe a handful of skate parks throughout the country, luckily we had one in Rotterdam. As kids we saw the skate videos from the U.S and tried to copy them by building ramps and creating spots out of the material that we found. Around that time I also started doing graffiti with my friends but I wasn’t very good at it. After a while they said; “Why don’t you just do the fillers for our letters”.

As a street skater you look further than the basic functions of objects in your environment, do you approach the materials in a “skater-like” way for your art?

I’m convinced that I look at material in a different way because of street skating. I always give the example of a toy tractor. The fender of the tractor functions as a fender but can also function as a nostril on a face. Because I’m not good at drawing I need to find a way to give form to the ideas that I have stored in my head. I tend to focus on shapes, a shape can tell me in what kind of direction the sculpture needs to go. I know it sounds like a vague statement but the shape contributes to my end product. .I have a great collection of shapes in various sizes and focus in order to complete that puzzle in my head. I love to incorporate objects in an unrecognizable way that when you look at it you’re confused at first.

You stated that you get inspiration by your surroundings, skateboarding and politics. 2017 already seem to be a turbulent year in terms of the last subject, are you noticing a bigger focus on the current situation or is that something you try to avoid?

I’ve always been aware of the problems around me and in the world, which is my main inspiration since day one. A few years ago, I was already making art about fears that have this society in a choke hold and that saddens me. I wanted to take a different approach with my subject matter later on but I notice that I keep getting pulled back in by people that abuse their power, make irrational statements and the overall destruction of our planet. I would never make a specific piece about Donald Trump for example but there is definitely some work inspired by the actions and statements of certain people.

Do other skaters inspire you?

I try to do my best because of them, not that I consider myself terrible but if you see what some of the other guys are making you’ll be like; “Damn that’s awesome!” So yeah, because of their great art I’m pushing myself more to create better things. Skaters used to be considered as lazy pot-smoking kids you know, but now they are fully-fledged businessmen.

You have been pretty outspoken about the consumer-society that we live in. On the other hand you sell art, which can be seen as an unnecessary luxury, how do you feel about that?

I’m glad you asked, since day one I try to give a function to my art. The reason why I make light sculptures is that Dutch houses tend to be small and filled with a lot of stuff. The ceiling however is empty most of the time so it’s perfect for a skateboard lamp. Functional art made out of recycled material is a way to show people that you can do a lot more with your old stuff.

What is the story behind the Intelligent. Anti-Male. Combat. Drone?

In my opinion, the most problems in this world are due to the testosterone level of men. They are the driving force behind the display of power abuse. I wanted to distract them and almost every guy gets distracted by a nice ass, a nice set of tits and cool weapons. In created her in order to give the world some rest from those kind of power abusing men. She’s intelligent because she doesn’t have to move, the guys are attracted by her and well you get the anti-male combat part right?

Your artwork has been well received at various European art-fairs and in the United States, any new projects coming up?

I had a great stay in the U.S and met galleries that are interested in working with me but I haven’t figured it all out yet. Setting something up in the U.S costs a lot of money for my work and I’m a bit hesitant about that. As for Europe, I’m probably working with the Go Gallery again soon and I have some stuff in Germany going on but I’m not going to make any statements until I’m a 100-percent sure. Besides that I’m working on some commissioned working and I’m working on a collaboration project which I’m really stoked about.

artist website: www.nohablalogica.com/

#Dubai Canvas 2017 “The adventure”

#Dubai Canvas 2017

As media partners of #Dubai canvas 2017 I had the pleasure to visit Dubai for 5 days. After a 8.5 hour flight with Royal Jordanian I landed in Dubai, where I stayed in the LaVille Hotel. The staff was very kind to help me to my room, especially the shower was great. They also had a swimming pool with a bar, this was located on the roof. Check this great 360 video of the view.The hotel is brand new and is directly located on the CityWalk, where the event also took place. They’ve build 25 spots on the square in the middle of the shopping street, each spot specially made on the request of the artist.

#Dubai Canvas 2017

 

After a week of working on their paintings the artists all finished on the 1st of March at 19:00 local time. This was the moment to finally relax for all the artists. With some of the artists we went up to the pool area of the hotel for a swim and some well deserved beers. That evening the organization took us all out to the dessert where we visited an Arabic themed dinner show included with a free camel ride and belly dancers. They really did their best to entertain everyone that night.

The next day the 5 headed jury made their decision. On the 4th of March the first 3 places and the public’s favorite were announced at the award ceremony, where a total price money of $6000.000 for the winners was given away by the organization Brand Dubia.

Here are the photos of the winning artists

 

Cuboliquido

Danila ShmelevLeon KeerTomotero

 

 

We had a great time, thanks to everyone involved. Our special thanks goes out to Brand Dubai and StreetArtNews for all their help and the invite.

 

We really had a great stay. check the photo reportage and here is the link to our LIVE videos at the event.

 

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017From above. Photo is made by a drone.

 

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017Event stage at night.
#Dubai Canvas 2017Another great local talent working on a great artwork.

 

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017Dutch master Ruben Poncia looking concentrated to perform.
#Dubai Canvas 2017Local Emirate talent working on her masterpiece.

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017Britain’s got talent. MR Fanakapan doing the thing he does best. Realistic balloons that pop off your wall.

 

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017“KAS” From Portugal (living in Belgium) making his calculations at the beginning of his artwork.
#Dubai Canvas 2017Italian talent “Vera Bugatti” in total control over her brush.

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017German artist Ella Mundt at work on her stunning 3D piece

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017Portugese master of 3D styles “Odeith” at work

 

 

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Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017

Next week the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival starts from the 1st of March to the 7th of March, where they will hand out the 1st 3D Street Art awards. Organized by Brand Dubai,

Maybe you have already read about it or someone told you, this event will give out a total of $600.000. The winner will win a price of $350.000. This is the first time in the world that this will happen and yes of course this happens in Dubai. ASA will be in Dubai during the event to report true our social media about this great event. Next to the conventional 3D artists there will also be artists known from the Street Art scene like Fanakapan and Kobra.

As Ayesha bin Kalli the Project Manager of Dubai Canvas said: “Dubai Canvas 2017 will feature the creations of some of the world’s most skilled and innovative 3D artists who are pioneers of various new styles, techniques. These are artists whose work has expanded the possibilities of 3D art and inspired many other artists across the world.

The artist will start the week before of the festival from the 22nd of February to 28th of February. This will give the public the opportunity to see the artist at work and during the festival they can enjoy the many great photo moments created by the TOP of the 3D artists in the world.

Many of the 25 artists in the shortlist are international luminaries in the 3D art world. Versatile Italian artist Tony Cuboliquido was the first to experiment with anamorphic 3D art and animated art with video mapping. His works have been commissioned by some of the world’s largest companies including Disney, Universal Cinema, Luxottica, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Samsung and Unilever. Cuboliquido’s works can be seen in the ‘Basilica of the Nativity’ in Bethlehem and the Basilica of the ‘Virgin of Nativity’ in Mexico City.

Returning to Dubai for another edition of Dubai Canvas is Leon Keer a world-leading 3D street artist. He has executed commissions in Europe, the United States, Mexico, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, New Zealand, Australia and several Asian countries. His work features topical issues including current environmental concerns. The Dutch artist is constantly aware of the playfulness and beauty around him compared to the degradation, a contrast that he expresses and amplifies in his work.

Another artist returning to Dubai for the Festival is Fanakapan, a leading street artist based in London. Fanakapan started painting on the streets in 2000 around Bournemouth and Bristol following his studies at art school. His works of graffiti feature realistic balloon animals and letters. Fanakapan’s works depict letters shaped as silver foil balloons, whose lighting and shine make them seem as if they are bouncing off the wall. Fanakapan has painted graffiti art in different locations around the world in his highly technical free hand style that he has mastered over the past few years.

KAS, born and raised in Porto in Portugal, has worked in graffiti projects for several national and international companies. He has also participated in various street art events in Europe and international exhibitions across the world. His recent 3D works mix photorealism and puzzle patterns. He currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. KAS developed a passion for art at a young age. The self-made artist learned informally from some of the greatest graffiti artists in Portugal.

Japanese artist Tomoteru ‘Tomo’ Saito has won prestigious awards in street painting, most notably at the Grazie di Curtatone Madonnari Competition in Mantova, Italy where he was awarded the first place among ‘Maestri Madonnari’ in 2000 and 2001. He has participated in street painting festivals across Europe, US, Mexico, Hong Kong and Dubai. In 2016, he won the People’s Choice Award at the Street Painting Festival in Toulon, France; the first prize in the category of ‘Copyists’ at the Street Art Festival in Wilhelmshaven, Germany; and the first prize in the category of ‘Classical’ at Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival in Baltimore, US.

Mexican artist Juandrés Vera’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in cities such as Monterrey, Guanajuato and Durango in Mexico, Paris and New York. Juandrés Vera has obtained several awards from urban art projects such as both ephemeral and permanent murals in two-dimensional mode and anamorphic mode (3D) in countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Thailand and UAE, among others. He currently resides in León, Mexico.

Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra was born in São Paulo. At the invitation of the municipality of São Paulo, he made the first 3D pavement painting in Brazil. Cities where Kobra has displayed his artwork include Moscow, Lexington, Los Angeles, London, Athens, Lyon, New York. and Miami.  Kobra has painted a mural on the facade of ‘Museo dell’Altro e Dell’Altrove’, which faces the historical Via Prenestina in Rome. In Sweden, he painted the ‘Alfred Nobel’ mural in the city of Boras; and Poland, at the invitation of Urban Forms Gallery, where he painted The ‘Rubinstein’ on a huge wall. Kobra and his team now hold the Guinness World Record for the largest spray paint mural by a team. The work, which was commissioned by Rio 2016 to decorate the Olympic Boulevard, measures 3,000 square meters.

Laurent Hamelin, also known as Milouz, is a self-taught French artist, who is the founder of the famous TSFcrew. Painting since 1995, he started his career as a graffiti artist and quickly began painting big figurative walls with his group. For more than ten years, he has worked in partnership with the artist Papy. Together, they have painted enormous ‘trompe l’oeil’ pieces that opened doors to dreamlike universes. The quality and originality of his creations brought invitations from around the world to create anamorphic pieces, apart from the opportunity to work with famous brands.

Portuguese artist Odeith, best known as one of the pioneers of 3D graffiti, is one of the shortlisted artists who will be displaying his work at the Festival. Odeith’s artworks are extremely detailed and realistic, almost photographic in their precision, creating the impression of something solid. Viewers often find it hard to believe that his 3D works are regular flat-surface paintings and not sculptures when seen from a certain distance. Internationally recognized for his 3D pieces, Odeith is often invited to exhibit his work outside of his native Portugal. Odeith is no stranger to Dubai having exhibited his work in last year’s Dubai Canvas.

Qi Xinghua, who describes himself as ‘China’s first 3D artist’, is a four-time Guinness World record holder for making the world’s largest 3D paintings. Xinghua, who is making his second appearance at the annual Dubai Canvas Festival, is renowned for the strong 3D impact of his designs, which often leave people wondering what is real and what is fantasy. He uses a technique called ‘reverse version’ or ‘inverse-perspective’ in which far away objects appear big and close objects small.

Ruben Poncia from the Netherlands is another artist returning to Dubai for this year’s Festival. He started his career making acrylic and oil paintings in a realistic or surrealistic style in which he sometimes used perspective tricks. Later, he used his perspective tricks to create 3D street art. Poncia, who now works mainly as a 3D street artist, performs at 5-10 festivals a year. He considers street art as an artistic challenge as the artist is out in the open and has a limited time to create his work.

Remko van Schaik from Netherlands, yet another artist returning to Dubai for the Festival, believes 3D street painting is a great test of an artist’s creativity and skills since it is a very public activity. He started pursuing street painting after seeing street painters working in his hometown Utrecht. After initially creating 2D street paintings in the traditional way, he got interested in the technique of making 3D street paintings.

Truman Adams, who sold his first painting at 10, is a versatile artist who works in a range of genres: mosaics, portraits, illustration, fine art, murals, decorative, and 3D and 2D street art.

Vera Bugatti, an Italian artist and street painter whose works feature human, ontological and environmental issues, takes inspiration both from ancient and contemporary themes. She has taken part in several street art events all over the world. Bugatti works with several techniques, ranging from chalk and paints to wire, electric elements and nails.

Rene Muniz, from Brazil, is an advertising and graffiti artist, whose passion is to convey positive messages like love and peace through art.

Russian artist Nikolaj Arndt who also participated in Dubai Canvas last year, has displayed his 3D art pieces at street art festivals in different cities across the world. In 2006, Nikolaj Arndt moved to Germany where he is now based. He currently teaches at a private art school and works with advertising agencies and galleries.

Ryszard Paprocki is an architect and painter who is considered Poland’s most renowned 3D artist. Since 2011, he has created several large 3D paintings in Poland and across the world. His work is usually created in the presence of a large audience. Separately, he also creates easel paintings, monumental paintings, interior designs, sculptures, landscape architecture and industrial design as well as abstract paintings, installations and large hyper-realistic 3D graffiti.

Dima Fatum, a Ukrainian street artist’s works are characterized by unique experiments with different artistic styles and genres including surrealism, the ‘double’ images and calligraphy. His work also combines post-graffiti and abstract graffiti styles.

American artist John Pugh’s works focus primarily on 3D wall murals. Pugh has received numerous public and private commissions in the United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand. His particular mural style sparked the term ‘Narrative Illusionism’

German artist Ella Mundt has collaborated with the well-known street artists Manfred Stader and Edgar Müller. She runs a studio for commissioned works with special focus on portraits.

Gennaro Troia, an accomplished Italian pavement artist, is the founder of the Neapolitan School of Madonnari, a group of artists who have exhibited their unique creations across the world.

Hungarian artist Fat Heat, who calls himself an ‘addict’ to graffiti art, got bitten by the art bug in 1998 when he first encountered another artist’s work on some buildings near his home. His works can be found in the form of large murals throughout Europe.

Andres Iglesias Petroselli, an Argentinian artist’s work has been displayed in Brazil, Spain, France and Netherlands apart from Argentina. Also known as Cobre, Petroselli is one of Argentina’s major 3D artists.

Russian artist Danila Shmelev, who has previously worked as a tattoo artist, started painting 3D art after she worked in a 3D illusion museum. She took part in the uinternational art festival ‘Stenograffia’ with two 3D artworks.

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award received a total of 122 entries from 35 countries. Artists who submitted proposals for the Award represent almost 80% of the global community of 3D artists. The initial selection committee shortlisted 25 artists for the final round of the Award. Their works will be featured in the third Dubai Canvas Festival taking place in March. We are confident that the stunning art on display at the Festival will attract large audiences across all ages,” Bin Kalli added.  

A jury comprising of renowned international and local artists will evaluate the 25 shortlisted artworks to select three winners of the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award. The winners will be honored at a ceremony to be held at the Festival. There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ award based on votes from the public.

Team ASA is looking forward to report you live from the event. ASA will be in Dubai from 27 of February till the 2nd of March. We will update you everyday with photos,videos and live streams from our Facebook page

God bless Donald Trump

While the self-proclaimed ” greatest country in the world”
is getting torn apart due to the recent president-elect
I can’t help myself but to think;
” God bless Donald Trump”.

– Written by Ard Doko

In 1964, Francis Bacon met his muse (George Dyer) during a burglary in Bacon’s house. Bacon’s portraits of Dyer (who were psychotic and twisted) are often considered by critics to be the artist’s most inspired works till this day. In order for an artist to keep on creating there needs to be a source of inspiration and while many artists turn to the opposite sex for a creative answer (I’m looking at you Picasso, you cheeky bastard) others choose a whole different subject matter. Throughout the years leaders and notable figures have been portrayed by followers and protesters alike, but the U.S president has always been a controversial topic in the land of the free and brave. With Trump as the new president you can imagine he is going to be a subject in graffiti and street art, but in what ways did other U.S presidents get portrayed by artists?

Kennedy

Even though his short presidency due to his assassination, John F. Kennedy might have been the first celebrity president of the United States. Robert Rausenbergh’s silkscreen painting Retroactive 1 (1964) has  symbolic imagery that depicts the optimism and the technological advancement of the future during the Kennedy era. With mixed media snippets of a press conference ,an astronaut and other objects the artwork has not only been functioning as a visual overview but also as a memorial. Willem de Kooning (a Dutch painter that lived most of his life in the U.S) painted the president in a different state with his piece “The reclining man” (1963). The painting depicts a bullet ridden corpse and while the overall painting is leaning to an abstract piece, the details in the face clearly resembles that of Kennedy. An artwork that is still sparking controversy is Ed Paschke’s “Purple ritual” (1967). While many artists try to commemorate J.F.K, Paschke decided to portray the man that allegedly (there is still a big debate going on whether or not he’s guilty) killed Kennedy. With nationalistic banners and a gun in his hand the painting is almost a surreal image of an martyr in western society. Fifty years later the painting is still displayed behind protective glass and for a good reason.

Nixon

While one of Nixon’s greatest achievements was ending the U.S involvement during the Vietnam war, he is still considered to be one of the most hated U.S presidents in history. In 1972 he wanted to get re-elected for a second term in the White house and was up against Mcgovern. Andy Warhol (who also depicted J.F.K) was in favor of Mcgovern becoming the next president. Instead of displaying Mcgovern he made a silkscreen portrait of his opponent. It is common to portray opponents with exaggerated facial features but Warhol kept it simple. He changed the color of Nixon’s face to green, implying the Nixon is a demon/monster that will ruin the country. With the sale of the print Warhol contributed over $40,000 dollars to the presidential bid of the Democratic party but it wouldn’t  help them win the election. 2 years later Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal.

Reagan

Before Shepard Fairey would even make a name for himself in the art scene there was somebody else who did anti-political posters in the streets. After being fed up with abuse of power by the Reagan administration, Robbie Conal decided to make satirical paintings of politicians. He made posters of his paintings and gradually developed an army of voluntary guerrilla activists that helped him put them up in the major cities of the U.S . In his career he has made over 80 different posters, criticizing leaders with various political believes. In 2004 he teamed up with Shepard Fairey and Mear One to make a series of “anti-war, anti-bush” posters, however one of his most iconic poster is a portrait of Reagan with the text “Contradiction”. The poster refers to illegal funding and arming by the Reagan administration of the right-wing contras that fought the leftist Sandinista regime in at the time in Nicaragua.

Obama

Art has always been a great medium to express personal opinions and feelings and while leaders and politicians are often depicted in a negative context there are exceptions. Barack Obama, first African-American president of the U.S, might have been the most portrayed president of this day. We all remember the iconic HOPE poster made by Shepard Fairey that quickly became one of the most powerful symbols for the Obama campaign. Other street artists like Mr.Brainwash painted him as Abraham Lincoln and Superman. This sort of prophetic imagery (contrary to his predecessor Bush who got characterized as a brute) amplified his campaign quote; “Change we can believe in” and the chant “yes we can”. In 2012 Obama got portrayed by 44 African-American artists at the Charles H. Wright museum for African-American history in Detroit. The project consisted of individual takes on the life-size Obama bust they received.Preston Jackson painted two opposites on Obama’s face, a lion and a zebra, two natural enemies that come together as a symbol of unity and diversity.

And know the country has a new leader. Some say he is going to make America great again, others are voicing concern under his reign. The matter of fact is, is that Trump’s statements make him an easy subject for those who are in favor of him as well as against. I hope to see something different instead of the easy imagery like comparing him to Hitler or various adaptations of the (iconic Berlin wall graffiti)” Fraternal Kiss” . I don’t want this to be a political blog so all I personally say about this, is that I’m eager to see in what ways Trump is getting portrayed these years.

Add Fuel to the Streets! The Amazing Tile-like Pieces by Diogo Machado

Add Fuel (Diogo Machado, 1980) has been building a solid reputation as a visual artist and illustrator in recent years. Having first created a unique visual universe populated by sci-fi inspired, fun-loving creatures, this Portuguese artist has recently redirected his attention to reinterpreting the language of traditional tile design, and the Portuguese azulejo (glazed tiles) in particular. Filled with humor and mental games, his vector-based designs or stencil-based street art reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail.

                             

Memorie Urbaine- Italy- Photo: Ines Vilardouro

Memorie Urbaine- Italy- Photo: Ines Vilardouro

 

We see you combine Street Art pieces and illustration.  How do you define yourself as an artist?

Well, I have a university degree in Graphic Design, which helped me a lot with my work as an illustrator (and artist), to get to know all the digital tools, computer programs etc. I don’t really define myself as a Graphic Designer, I haven’t work in Graphic Design for almost ten years now. Illustration was always my passion. I’ve been drawing since I was a child and when I felt that Graphic Design wasn’t the right path for me, I turned my direction towards freelance illustration. I did (and sometimes still do) a lot of cool and nice projects with awesome clients. And that is also something I include in my art. My illustration world is present in the art I do now. I combine both of them. I plan a lot digitally for my murals but sketch all the works by hand, actually it’s a mix.

Atlantic Sailfish by Add Fuel

Atlantic Sailfish by Add Fuel – Photo: Irina Karishcheva

What are your artistic influences or sources of inspiration?

I combine lots of different elements. The work I’ve been developing in the past years around ceramics, patterns and tradition obviously has a lot of influence from traditional Portuguese culture, but I always include my own personal touch, my universe. A mixture of sci-fi, cartoons and (soft) horror. I’ve been working on re-interpretations of traditional elements, so I do a lot of research in books and Internet about patterns. Currently, I’m including figures in my works as a complement for patterns, so I’m also looking into old paintings, drawings and engravings.

Add Fuel More than metal – Cascais – Photo: Rui Gaiola

From a unique visual universo full of sci-fi inspired characters and themes, lately you have reinterpreted the traditional Portuguese tile design. Tell us more about this shift in your career.

Yes, it’s been quite a ride!! As I mentioned, I worked as a Graphic Designer for some years. However it was not fulfilling me, so I steered my career towards illustration. I did a lot of nice stuff, collaborations with MTV, Red Bull, Nike, both, solo pieces and collective shows. I even released an iPhone App called “Planet Fire”, a cool little wallpaper generator.

Add Fuel- Walk Talk, Azores- Photo: Rui Soares

Add Fuel- Walk Talk, Azores- Photo: Rui Soares

 

Then in 2008, for the first time,  I had the chance the work in my hometown in a project called “CascaisArtSpace”. At that time, I was working as an illustrator, but I wanted to do something that defined me as part of the city I grew up in. Then I took this idea a step further and decided to look into something that would define me as a Portuguese. This specific project consisted of a printing on a huge canvas to be showed in the city train station.  So I tried to image how my work looked like on a wall. In Portugal, many buildings are covered with tiles, so it  made sense to explore that field. I included my illustration in a (now looking back) simple pattern and used the 17th century colour scheme of blue and yellow. It worked quite well and I was really happy with the result, so I really felt I needed to explore that further.

I checked out some ceramic techniques and got some machines for my studio to make tiles, because at that specific time, I felt like I had to put my work in the streets, return my tiles to the streets. I´m still exploring that area, but now I use the ceramic tiles to do limited editions and unique pieces, but switched to stencil for murals.      

Ceramic Work by Add Fuel

                        

Recently, you have participated in MurosTabalacera in Madrid. Tell us more about this project. Why did you decide to take part in this project in Madrid?

In early 2015, February, I visited Madrid and viewed murals in Muros de Tabacalera. Coincidentally, this year I was invited by Madrid Street Art Project to take part in this new edition. Madrid is such a nice and vibrant city and specifically Lavapiés neighbourhood. Moreover, it’s the closest European capital to Lisbon, so I really wanted to be a part of this, I couldn’t refuse. Portuguese and Spanish cultures have a lot in common and I tried to represent the connection between both cultures in my mural.  I also added the touch of a King both countries had in common in the 17th century.

Add Fuel FLIPPED in Muros Tabacalera 2016 – Photo: Add Fuel

What projects are you currently involved now or in a near future?

This year has been crazy!! I started off with going to the US for the 352 walls project, then, I went to Italy (Memoire Urbane) and Australia (Public 2016). During the summer, I’ll be mostly in Portugal, up and down the country. Then, by the end of August, I’ll go back to the US and in September and October,  I have a few more projects in September and October in Europe, but I can’t speak about them now. And in between, studio work, edition/ceramic releases and working on new pieces for shows.

                                                

Are you familiar with Amsterdam Street_Art scene? Have you ever worked here?

Not really, sorry. I know of some festivals and artists, but I’ve never been to Amsterdam (work or leisure!!). I guess it’s about time, right?

 

Add Fuel UPWARDS DESCENT Perth PUBLIC 2016

Add Fuel UPWARDS DESCENT Perth – Photo: Luke Shirlaw

Currently, there´re many interesting Street Art projects going on in Portugal and many Portuguese Street Artists are internationally well known. Can you give us reasons to explain this Street-Art Golden Age in your country?

For some years now in Portugal there are in lots of interesting projects and artists. I think by 2008 the City Council of Lisbon opened a department called GAU (Galeria de Arte Urbana) and since then the City Hall has been opened to new ideas and projects. This has promote different associations and institutions such as Mistaker Maker and Underdogs in Lisbon and Circus in Porto, (just to mention a few). These organise events and promote artists in these areas.

                                              

I guess that people also appreciate art pieces in the street.  They embrace them as enriching elements for their cityscape. I have to say that this is only my opinion, of course, and above all I’m happy and feel blessed to be able to contribute with my art.

 

Add Fuel METRICAL GEOMETRICAL EXERCISE Albany

Add Fuel METRICAL GEOMETRICAL EXERCISE Albany – Photo: Add Fuel

 

In your opinion, what is the impact of Internet,  Web2.0 and digital revolution on Street Art? Does it have an impact on your art? What art webs or artist you follow?

Impressionism started in France in the 19th century, Expressionism in the early 20th century in Germany just to mention a couple examples, and these very localized movements didn’t “explode” in the way Street_Art has exploded.  Information and ideas travelled slower in the past. I think that Street Art can be considered the first global movement in human history, and art history in particular and this is only possible thanks to the Internet. And we’re talking about art in the streets. If you’re casually walking down the street and you see an amazing mural, stencil work or past up piece, you can just take a picture with your cell phone and post it online and all of a sudden someone in another part of the globe can see it. We live in the future!

                             

Add Fuel COMVIDA

Add Fuel COMVIDA – Lisbon – Photo: Rui Gaiola

A challenge for the future? I’m working on some new techniques with ceramic, looking forward to reach that point where I’m happy with the results and will actually start doing something with that. I my murals I’ve been inserting figures, that I painted freehand. I know I can still work on that to make them better. And my constant challenge is always thinking about new ways to work with a square.

Add Fuel - Photo by Bewley Shaylor

Add Fuel – Photo by Bewley Shaylor

Twelve 3D Artists, 1 City

ASA Artist Interview Series With TUCO

Hey everyone! Great to hear from you again! Check out our latest blog interview with TUCO.

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1. We are a big fan of your work. What is coming up that we need to know?

To begin, many thanks to ASA Team for interviewing! In the near future, I’m very happy to have my first solo show in a very friendly gallery called Art Bref in Paris. I will begin in June. I try to develop my hybrid fiends called ‘manimals’ but for this event, I choose a theme, which looks really important to me. Balance and imbalance. In French, it is called “Des Equilbres”. And of course, continue to paste various stuff on streets and in the countryside!

2. What mediums do you use at the moment to make the artworks and are there any new progress in new mediums or formats?

Actually, I often use wood for making my artworks. I collect different kinds of wood, different tree species… I really love sawing, sandind, dyeing, touching, smelling wood! I like the idea to realize a different support each time. I plan to use other mediums soon such as maps, books, suitcases…

3. How do you look at the Dutch street art and graffiti scene?

To be honest, I’m not an expert about Dutch street art. But I follow very precisely the great works of Ives One and Sjem Bakkus. I was lucky to meet them in Amsterdam last year following a participation in a group show at the GO Gallery. And I hope to come again to visit the great Amsterdam. Of course, I check the walls and canvas of The London Police. Who doesn’t appreciate their stuff in fact?

4. What is the next step in to the future of street art?

Wahou, so complicated question! I don’t really know… Maybe, just a thing that should never die for kids and for everybody, in fact… Keep drawing, pasting, and writing on walls for pleasure!

5. If you have to choose, which city would you like to conquer next?

It’s again so hard to answer… but if I have to choose one today, I would pick Reykjavik. I went one time in Island, and I dream to paint a huge manimal on a wall there! I like this contrast between a city and the nature… But I really want to paint in so many cities. London, Barcelona, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Lisboa, Tokyo…

6. I have seen a big progress in your artwork. What do you think about your own
progress of the last years?

Thanks you for the compliment! Well, it’s very difficult to stand back from things and judge your own work in fact… Anyways, I try to improve myself as much as I can. I continue to discover mediums and techniques, and of course keep dreaming again and again.

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7. You’re a very dedicated artist who travels around the world. Is there any advise you
can give to younger dedicated artists and your fans?

I started painting quite late… I think I was a little bit shy to dare making something in streets.
I feel I’m not really credible to give some advice, but if I have to write one, it will be something like… Dream! And dare!

8. What is the biggest change in the last twenty years if you look at the street art and graffiti scene?

Maybe the fact that now, many people like to discover and search new drawings and pastings on walls. The “image” has changed the last few years, we no longer talk of vandalism but art now! 

9. What is your favorite work of the last year?
The next one!

Muros 2016- Street_Art Walls

MUROS -Tabacalera is a Madrid Street Art Project initiative for the Fine Arts Department of Spanish Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports whose aim is to recover the outer walls of an old tobacco factory by transforming them into a Street Art space for the delight of everyone.

This new edition of MUROS comes after the great success of 2014 edition where 26 artists participated in the festival, and a few months after the 1st INTRAMUROS Edition held last November, an event that brought together Street_Artists, art managers, journalists,  art experts and general public to share their views and experience on Urban Art and related topics.

Artist: Animalito Land Photo: MSAP

Artist: Animalito Land
Photo: MSAP

You may wonder what Tabacalera is??

Tabacalera building is located in the heart of Madrid, in calle Embajadores. The premises were built between 1780 and 1782, as part of the urban policy of Borbon Monarchs that sought the transformation of the city and set up various Royal Companies in southern districts of Madrid.

Artist: Add Fuel Photo: MSAP

Artist: Add Fuel
Photo: MSAP

Formerly a spirit-drink factory and, then, a  playing –card plant, in 1809 the Royal Tobacco Company was set ip and operated until the end of the 20th century. Currently, the premises house the National Visual Arts Centre.

Artist: Lelo Photo: MSAP

Artist: Lelo
Photo: MSAP

Two years after its first edition, Muros Tabacalera holds a new one: Urban Natures. This year urban_art pieces revolve around the concept of Urban Natures.  The aim is to reflect on the nature of contemporary cities, the ways of life in them and the type of society they embrace, as well as the hostility they exert upon people, pollution problems and lack of natural spaces.  Muros-Tabacalera seeks to change this situation from a metaphorical perspective through art pieces that substitute grey cement for nature.

Artist: Btoy Photo: MSAP

Artist: Btoy
Photo: MSAP

However, this  can be controversial since some people may claim that when your issue is the environment,  art works using chemical paint sprays can defeat the aimed message.  I´ll go back on the enviroment and Street art in a future post.

Muros Tabacalera Photo: MSAP

Muros Tabacalera
Photo: MSAP

 

The artists participating in this Street_Art festival have created their art pieces directly on Tabacalera walls for the joy of neighbours and visitors.