In papercutting, I expand upon a historical lineage that arises from Germany, Japan and China. My pieces imbue this art form with a modern narrative and unexpected images. I first illustrate the piece, then painstakingly cut out each line with a knife - in effect, "carving" the paper to illuminate the work. Audiences are often surprised to realize that the entire piece is cut from one single, unified piece of paper.
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Regan Tamanui, master stencilist (see his Archive here) and the nicest man on the planet, had a camera follow him around. Spend any time with HAHA and you will hear amazing theories about (sur)reality. While he was here in SF, we had a great discussion about giants, bigfoots, and how sporting events (the 49ers were in the Super Bowl) are feed troughs for aliens. I made sure he saw the UFO murals sprinkled around, and got him a few walls to get up on.
Props to Brooklyn Street Art for posting this video, along with photos of the work [LINK] Icy and Sot left behind during their travels.
19 November 2014
A journey deep inside Spain’s temple of cave art
In Spain Arts & Architecture By Rachel Corbett, for the BBC
I gasped at my first glimpse of a cave painting: a crude red outline of a deer with one wild circle for an eye. Its iron pigments blazed under the lamplight. The illusion of a breastbone emerged, ingeniously, out of a hump in the limestone wall. After a while, a cave becomes a long black tunnel of sensory deprivation; the sight of this tender image jolted my breath back to life.
“Can you tell you’re in a sacred place?” asked Marcos Garcia Diez, the archaeologist who had agreed to show me some of the most breathtaking rock art ever created. “This cave is like a church and that’s why ancient people returned, returned, returned here for thousands of years.”
Jutting from the base of a mountain about 85km west of Bilbao, El Castillo is one of the world’s most celebrated rock art temples. When Homo sapiens first began their northward migration from Africa to Europe around 40,000 years ago, some joined the Neanderthals here in Cantabria, a region that is home to at least 40 painted caves, including El Castillo. So magnificent are the province’s primordial masterpieces that when Picasso visited, he reportedly declared, “We have learned nothing in 12,000 years.”
To terrorise the powers that be, the tokoloshe emerges from obscurity. It reminds South Africans, young and old, that freedom and justice remain elusive unless we are willing to fight for it.
1xRUN & Inner State Gallery Present Remix by Above
An Entirely New Body Of Work From The Prolific International Street Artist
Click here to preview the exhibition catalog
This exhibition is free and open to the public. The welcoming artist reception will begin Friday November 21st at 7pm and will end at 10pm. The exhibition will be on view in its entirety from November 21st - December 26th 2014
** After spending 2 months immersed in Detroit culture Above was inspired to create a special screen print that we are giving away to the first 20 people that attend the exhibition.
Opening to the public Friday, November 21st from 7-10pm, Inner State Gallery is proud to welcome London-based street artist Above. Created over a 2 month residency at Inner State Gallery’s expansive studio in Detroit, Remix is an entirely new body of work from the internationally recognized public art advocate.
The exhibition introduces a brand new body of work highlighting Above’s iconic arrow that has appeared prominently in a massive public art campaign spanning 15+ year, 100+ cities and 60+ different countries across the globe. Attacking the exhibition like a deejay produces a live set, Above has meticulously dissected and reassembled his latest collection of arrow and targets by creating multiple color palettes and weaving them together to create new seamless works.
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NOVEMBER 14th, 5-9pm
11632 Occidental Ave S
EXTENDED through November!
Solo Show at Zinnia Bistro
Show hangs thru the end of November
1759 1st ave. S, Seattle
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Alamo Square's Ladybug Art
You might have taken a stroll through Alamo Square Park within the last month and noticed something a little out of the ordinary: a line of small, bubbly beetles that seemed to be marching across the pavement in single file.
Here one day and gone soon after, the ladybugs were a cheerful, albeit brief, addition to Alamo Square's winding paths and overgrown gardens.
Here's another look at the ladybugs as tweeted out by the artist, known simply as fnnch:
The art installment has since been painted over by maintenance crews, but the artist behind the work is still going. We got in touch to have a chat about the ladybugs, the street art lifestyle, and the artist's creative influences.
Hoodline: What inspires you?
fnnch: “I find nature inspiring, particularly birds, bugs, and vegetables. But aesthetically I prefer solid swaths of color and solid lines. My artwork, at some level, is just the fusion of these two.
“I’m also inspired by a lot of artists, some well-known, some not. On the more famous side are Frank Stella, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Ellsworth Kelly. I’m also a fan of prominent street artists Banksy and Roadsworth.”