FifthWall TV-2017 is the year of the STREET ART wizard.

Great new episode of FifthWall TV by Doug Gillen

This episode looks at the artists pushing the use of technology in street art.

 

World Street Painting Festival in Arnhem 8 & 9 of July 2017

World Street Painting Festival 2017

On 8 and 9 July 2017, you will have the opportunity to marvel at incredible street art in Arnhem city centre during the fourth edition of the World Street Painting Festival. In various squares in the week leading up to the festival, street paintings will be created in 2D or 3D, varying in size between 4 and 120 m2. For the real ‘wow’ effect, the visitor needs to look through a lens (belonging to an artist or using your own camera). Only then will the 3D paintings really come to life.

The mesmerising chalk drawings will be created by international street painters. With spatial awareness, imagination, chalk and a piece of street, the street painters will create works of art which the public can enjoy for free simply out on the street. The works will be created over the first three days. On the Sunday, everyone will be able to marvel at all the completed works in the city. Even after the festival, the works of art will still be there to admire until Sunday, 3 September.

You can join!

During the opening weekend there will be workshops and activities in the city for all ages. The international “masters” (street painters) will spend three whole days passing on their skills to the “apprentices”. Anyone (18+) can sign up to create their own 2D or 3D street painting in the special Master Class.

The theme is… Nature!

The theme of Nature emerged as the winner from numerous public entries. This means that visitors may well see elephants, huge palm trees or even tigers. The 3D works of art will bring nature to life in the city this summer! On Wednesday, 5 July, the international street painters will set to work with their design based on this theme. You can follow the creative process here. The works of art will then be on show from Saturday, 8 July to 3 September.

History   

World Street Painting Festival 2017 The World Street Painting Festival is an annual festival with international artists. The festival consists of five days of live street painting action and an exhibition period of 2 months in the squares of Arnhem city centre. The World Street Painting Foundation organises the festival to make the city more beautiful and to make 3D art easily accessible to a wide audience.

What is street painting? A street painting is a chalk drawing, a work of art, on a pavement or in a square that is created live right in front of you. The creative process and the image are at the heart of this. Street painting is a perfect way to make a theme or art easily accessible to a wide audience in the city. In 3D street painting you as the audience can take a place and be part of the illusion. Photographs of people in various poses in the works of art provide for interaction with the art form and for surprising pictures!

What will happen during the festival? We want artists in the various stages of their careers to be able to participate in our festival. The master and apprentice method was used to great success in the Middle Ages as a way of passing on expert knowledge. The success of this formula lies in stimulating people’s capacity for self-learning. The festival will assume the role of a production (house) square. Alongside the international masters, 3D and 4D artists, an apprenticeship class will be set up for regional artists, students of the academies and street painters in the making. The playing field will also be reinforced with a community class for anyone who wants to paint and create art on the street. From amateur to semi-pro. All the street paintings will be created side by side so that cross-pollination occurs and people can learn from each other.

The 4th edition In recent years, thousands of visitors have witnessed the street painters going about their work. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, the festival was expanded into a summer exhibition in the public arena. Previous editions of the World Street Painting Festival focussed on the themes of Freedom, WOII (2014), Van Gogh (2015) and The Olympics (2016). The theme chosen for 2017 is Nature.

Why? The World Street Painting Foundation organises the festival to make the city more beautiful and to make topical art easily accessible to all kinds of people.

Artistics waves by Hilton Alves

In bringing the ocean to the public art scene, Hilton hopes to share the inspiration from the sea and waves that drives him with people all around the world. His aim in painting large 101 wave murals is to inspire people to take part in environmental preservation and have a greater relationship with art. With the sheer awe of his vibrant creations comes a greater appreciation of our greatest water treasure and the power of art itself.

 

The project includes a world record mural depicting the famous Pipeline wave, which was completed in October of 2013. This mural is the largest wave mural in the world and located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. To paint this huge wall of 5 floors high and 100 meters wide, the artist used about 150 gallons of paint and it took only five days of painting complete.

Hilton has painted murals on Oahu, Maui, Los Angeles, Miami (Art Basel), Orlando, Houston (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Singapore. After participating on the HUE Mural Festival last year, in Houston, Hilton created an art collection called ‘Surf Street Art’, where he mixed his perfect waves paintings with the street art experience. 

Official website: www.101perfectwaves.com 

Murals painted:

  • Mural 16 – 17 – Ali’iolani Elementary School – Kaimuki

  • Mural 18 – 19 – Mokapu Elementary School – Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe

  • Mural 20        – Ted’s Bakery – Sunset Beach, Haleiwa

  • Mural 21        – Kalihi Uka Elementary School – Kalihi

Next: 

  • Kahuku Village Association, Kahuku

  • U.S Vets, Waianae 

  • Kailua Elementary School, Kailua 

Thanks to Titan Tool, Bomber Eyewear, Jams World, Vertical Technologies Hawaii, Route 99 Hawaii and Firewire Surfboards for your support!

ASA friend Aleix Gordo Hostau

We like to introduce you to a great talent from Barcelona “Aleix Gordo Hostau” Aleix was part of Project ASA in 2011 and since then he has been traveling all over the world.

He started as an illustrator for books and made book covers. Since then he has worked for newspapers, advertising agencies and many multinational corporations both in Spain and abroad in various sectors. Today his focus is on his career in the field of painting and illustration, mural painting, street art, graphic design and his own licensing brand.

Last week he was part of the line up of Loures Arte Pública in Portugal. Where he created this amazing mural.

The mural is located in a school in Loures (Portugal). Aleix thought that a proper interpretation of the goddess of Wisdom (Sophia, that’s how the work is entitled), as well as a very powerful feminine symbol, was very suitable for the environment and for people who were going to see the wall every day.

This interpretation of Sophia has some winks to other symbols of other gods or concepts that refer to the wisdom of other cultures, reinforcing the concept of cultural exchange and fusion. We can find those concepts in the ibis (bird of the Egyptian god of wisdom Toth), the owl (mythical symbol of Athena and Athens, also goddess of  Wisdom and cradle of civilization respectively), the frog (which is part of a Chinese and Japanese saying that reads: “The frog inside a well never knows how big the ocean is.”) or the Hebrew letter “chet” (“ch” in Spanish) which is the initial letter of “Chokhmah”, the sephirot of Wisdom, in the Jewish Kabbalah.

Size: 7x7m / Technique: Spray paint. 

@louresartepublica / @aleixgordo

 

Coming to Peoria – part 1

Coming to America – Part 1: Peoria

I was 18 years old when I first set foot in the USA as an artist. On my trip I’ve visited many cities in search of my “American Dream”. I thought New York would be the city where it’s at; little did I know my art-career would take off in a whole different city, Peoria, Illinois. In this travel-log I will show you what street-art gem is happening in this Midwestern city, introduce you to some great local artists and show u the things I’m working on while I’m here.

by Ard Doko

Peoria, once known for being the biggest whisky city in the US and the home of the late comedic legend Richard Pryor, is now trying to make a name for itself in the urban-art scene. What started 7 years ago with the man versus wall event in which I got the chance to live paint a billboard in front of an audience has erupted in a general affection of public art. Besides giving the opportunity for mural artists (local, national and international) to paint these billboards, they also help fine-artists with getting their art up in public spaces.

One of the installations of Greg DePauw

After being awake for 24 hours, getting randomly searched three times (It must have been totally random) and getting my gear back I finally arrived in Peoria. The city has produced some great artists over the years that actually are recognized nationwide for their talent. One of those artists is Preston Jackson, a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher that worked on projects like “visions of the 44th president” and was awarded a Regional Emmy for hosting “Legacy in Bronze”, a television show featuring his Julieanne´s Garden sculptures. That night he played a 2-hour jazz set with his friends at the Contemporary Art Centre in Peoria while I had to provide live visuals for the audience. To paint alongside such a legend made me nervous like hell (because of the jetlag) and at the same time really happy to be part of the experience. After the set we spoke briefly about our work and we will probably meet-up later this trip to go more in depth.

3 months prior to my trip to the US I had received the news that an amazing artist and friend had passed away. Greg DePauw suffered a broken neck at the age 18 due to a trampoline accident, which left him paralyzed. Trying to overcome his boredom in the hospital Greg had picked up drawing by use of his mouth. Because of intensive care and luck Greg had relearned to use his arms and hands. With the tools he had left he started a production line of artworks, ranging from sculptures, paintings and even a fully customized wheelchair accessible hot rod. Me and a few of the local artists went by his house and met up with his brother to see Greg’s studio and learn more about his approach to creating art. It humbled me to see an artist producing such an amount of artwork while being disabled that I’d never take a sick day the rest of my life. Besides understanding his symbolism in his work (signs and stories of the hobo culture) and work-etiquette we learned that keeping a positive mind-set in life and in creating art is a choice that opens doors.

Over the course of a week I did another live painting at Cyds and we primed the first wall for a small series of murals I’m doing here. The t.v. show Good company and the Greg and Dan show on the radio asked me to be on there as a guest along with Alec DeJesus and Joe Gabbert, to tell about the importance of public art in the city.

Next up: Part 2 Donk-E-punch, sneakers, local heroes and The Sweettreats

Heliographies of Memory by Said Dokins

Heliographies of Memory


Heliographies of Memory is a long-term project that explores diverse social and historical relations that define specific places and, at the same time, resignify the sites within contemporary imaginaries, such as displaced memories encrypted in the flow and transit, a Non-place.

Heliographies of Memory consist in a series of photographs that capture the calligraphic gesture, the very moment where the action of inscription is taking place. But this is not usual calligraphy writing. The texts are written with light, so the words disappear as soon as they were suggested by the moves of the calligrapher, invisible to the simple eye, they just can be captured by a process of long-exposure photography, that reveal what happened, even though no one could see it. Through these ephemeral interventions with light calligraphy, we capture the invisible, acting on air, using as locations iconic places: historic sites, public plazas, monuments, bulwarks, abandoned places become re-signification spaces.

We started working in Mexico, in cities that have had a leading role in the great turning points of our national history. Now, the project has extended through Europe, exploring monuments, landmarks or abandoned places, related to important events that have an impact, not just in local history, but in the history of humanity. We work right in those small spaces of a locality that tell us about issues of global interest.

The decision whether to make a trip to Europe, was based in our interest to investigate spaces that exemplify specially well the palimpsest, layers of history. In Germany, I’m particularly interested in places that have a connection with the situation after the fall of the Berlin Wall: abandoned spaces, small empty communities like Halle, but also the spaces of social reconstruction, places that have been rebuilt after the war, the Frauenkirche in Dresden is an example.

This mural is a tribute to ancient wisdom, indigenous cosmogony and ancient thinking and refers directly to the prehispanic rain god Tlaloc, represented by those two great circles made using calligraphy and the geometric elements that accompany them.

For Said Dokins there is a very strong relationship in the representation of the circle in multiple ancient cultures, he began performing these circular representations when he was a child studying Aikido and discovered in a book about Zen Buddhism, the practice of Ensō (円相), a  way to cleansing the mind to prepare it for creation, is a hand-drawn circle made in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes with a Japanese brush, is one of the most typical subjects of Japanese calligraphy. In both pre-hispanic and Japanese culture the circle symbolizes the universe and the void, zero, flow and constant energy.

This work creates a relationship between geometry and text as a poetic knowledge. In one hand, Monkey Bird with their Stencils, alludes to the ancient ‘platonic solids’ and creates a series of unfinished characters like ‘guardians of knowledge’. In other hand, Said Dokins, use his own calligraphy style and medieval letters to talk about the idea of eternal return, inscribing texts that refer to the possibilities and limitations of philosophy and the importance of the text as a legacy of the consciousness through time. These reminiscences of the old antique prints of Wenzel Jamnitzer, Renaissance statuary and medieval forms of calligraphy and the appearance of unfinished buildings or in ruins, creates several reflections about our human condition, where the awareness and knowledge are in a state of permanent construction.

Some of the texts that can be read on the wall are fragments of the philosopher Walter Benjamin:

¨Knowledge comes only in lightning flashes. The text is the long roll of thunder that follows¨

¨Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text¨

Check out the video here: https://vimeo.com/197081821

For Said Dokins calligraphy and graffiti are intermediate practices of inscription and trace, of twisting symbolic orders and of political enunciation. Dokins lives and works in Mexico City. His cultural practice takes on contemporary art production, research and cultural management. He has put on curatorial projects related to urban arts and a number of political issues happening in his country. Among other awards, is the winner of the Iberoamerican Contemporary Art Creation Prize, Cortes de Cadiz, Juan Luis Vasallo 2015 in Cadiz, Spain. His work as an artist has been shown nationally and internationally in countries as Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Brasil, El Salvador, Peru and others. It takes up the economy of medieval calligraphy, the energy and expressiveness of japanese calligraphy, besides creating a poetic based on pre-phonetic writing. For Dokins every experience is a trace, a psychic impression that creates a texture in our symbolic universe. In that sense, calligraphy and graffiti aren’t just on paper and ink, on the walls and spray, but on every event of our existence.

Portfolio:

https://issuu.com/saiddokins/docs/portafolio_said_dokins_2016-calligr

Videos:

San Miguel de Allende, México:

https://vimeo.com/152732289

Google Tilt Brush in France:

https://vimeo.com/198302226

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J8pLHdDB0

Nocturno. México:

https://vimeo.com/215051052

Installation art:

https://vimeo.com/112885989

 

 

Thanks to @Claudia de la Garza

Young African Creative Conference on 24 June JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

Young African Creative Conference on 24 June JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

Join us this Saturday for our newly launched annual symposium; Young African Creative Conference (YACC) at the J&B Hive on the 24th of June JOHANNESBURG, South Africa.

 

YACC 2017 is focused on the state of the youth on the continent – sharing ideas, showcasing work and the active citizens pushing the continent forward in Africa. Creatives from across the continent and diaspora will participate in debates, talks and workshops over a day ending with a networking session over coffee, cocktails and live music.

Checkout some of the Guest speakers below & Purchase a ticket now via Webtickets or at physically at J&B Hive, 100 Juta Street, Braamfontein. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

MonkeyBird @ Grenoble street art fest

MonkeyBird @ Grenoble street art fest

Check out the last big wall of MonkeyBird in Grenoble for street art fest!

This is a festival in france. The wall is huge  22meter by 13meter and made all with stencil.

ETNIK & MACS New mural in THESSALONIKI

ETNIK & MACS Made a new mural in THESSALONIKI

ASA friend ETNIK was painting in Greece. He made this great wall in collab with MACS.

 

 

“A Paper Monument for the Paperless”

Guerilla Art intervention in Amsterdam : “A Paper Monument for the Paperless” on World Refugee Day 2017

Illegal posters for “illegal refugees”

 

Amsterdam, June 13 2017 – On the occasion of World Refugee Day 2017, on the 20th of June, the association and art project « A Paper Monument for the Paperless » organises a Guerilla art intervention in the public space of the city of Amsterdam. This action centers on sticking posters, with woodcut portraits of undocumented refugees around the city. It also  aims to generate more visibility and attention to the refugees who are « out of procedure » in The Netherlands.

 

During the night of June 19 the Paper Monument for the Paperless association, the artists involved in the project and the volunteers stick as many of these posters as possible on the streets of Amsterdam.

 

This street art intervention is part of a larger art project which aims to generate more visibility and attention to those refugees who are struggling to obtain a legal status. Indeed, due to being neither entitled to social housing nor allowed to work, these people are often forced to live on the street. This action and the overall project seek to make visible the inhumane situation in which they live, in limbo, in between borders, unable to be return to their home country but also unable to build up a life here.

 

The association decided to organise the action on World Refugee Day in  support of this symbolic international day, which is raised to promote solidarity with refugees and a more humanistic treatment of their situation.

 

More about A Paper monument for the paperless

A Paper Monument For the Paperless is an Amsterdam-based art project started in 2012 by social artist Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries. It began with a workshop for undocumented refugees, to give them a way to express themselves. It resulted in a series of 60 engraved-in-wood portraits of paperless refugees which have been printed out in posters. In total, 19 artists have been involved in the creative process. The project is now at the stage of distributing the posters and promoting pasting actions through The Netherlands and beyond.

 

To know more about A paper monument for the paperless :