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Beautiful Losers Comments | Aug 07 2008

Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation. In the early 1990’s a loose-knit group of like minded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment” art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories…speaking to themes of what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth.

Beautiful Losers was Directed Aaron Rose and Co-Directed by Joshua Leonard. The film features the artists Thomas Campbell, Cheryl Dunn, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, Mike Mills, Steven “Espo” Powers, Aaron Rose, Ed Templeton and Deanna Templeton.


Beautiful Losers film trailer from beautifullosersfilm on Vimeo.

For a list of screenings and where to purchase tickets check out the screening section of the Beautiful Losers website

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JR / LOS SURCOS DE LA CIUDAD / SPAIN Comments | Jul 28 2008

JR / LOS SURCOS DE LA CIUDAD / SPAINby JR

JRs most recent project in Spain I love the concept, the stories art and film! ”In it, tradition, the ancient town and its inhabitants history are gathered with the passing of time marks. They are “the town faces” and “the facades of its characters”.In each wrinkles of its inhabitants and in each chink of its buildings, everyday life has been printed as well as longings and illusions of population and the town to build future.”

If you are unfamiliar with JRs work here’s a quick bio I posted before

JR a 25 ans et possède la plus grande galerie d’art au monde. Il expose librement dans les rues, attirant l’attention de gens qui ne sont pas les visiteurs habituels des musées.Son travail mélange l’art et l’action, parle d’engagement, de liberté, d’identité et de limite. Il se qualifie d’artiviste, concentré d’artiste et d’activiste.Après un tour du monde de l’Art de rue (Carnet de Rue, ed. Free Press), il s’installe à partir de 2004 au coeur des cités des Bosquets à Montfermeil et de la Forestière à Clichy-sous-Bois. L’année suivante, il y conçoit “Portrait d’une génération“, portraits des jeunes de ces quartiers qu’il colle, en format immense, dans les anciens quartiers populaires de Paris (Portrait d’une génération, ed. Alternatives).Les photos sont prises très près de la personne. Il utilise le noir et blanc pour créer une différence avec l’agression publicitaire en couleur.En Mars 2007, il réalise avec Marco le projet Face 2 Face, la plus grande expo. photo illégale au monde : huit villes israéliennes et palestiniennes et la Barrière de sécurité / Mur de séparation des deux cotés. Ils collent ses immenses portraits de Palestiniens et d’Israéliens face à face. A travers ce projet, JR a montré que l’Art pouvait faire reculer les limites du possible.Avec son objectif 28 millimètres, des gens qui font des grimaces, des posters immenses et son anonymat, le photographe ne donne pas d’interprétations et laisse un espace libre pour une rencontre entre un sujet/acteur et un passant/interprète. Par la surprise et la question que JR soulève, chacun peut réviser ses habitudes de pensées et se libérer des stéréotypes et des préjugés.C’est sur cela que JR travaille. Poser des questions…La 3e étape du projet 28 millimètres, Women Are Heroes, l’a déjà conduit en Afrique dans des zones post-conflictuelles pour photographier les femmes dont il souhaite partager les histoires douloureuses et témoigner de leur envie de vivre. Leur portrait ont déjà été collés en Sierra-Leone et au Liberia. En 2008-2009, JR développera ce projet en Inde et en Asie.   

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Roadsworth: Crossing the Line Comments | Jul 17 2008

One of the most creative artists I have ever come across has been Roadsworth. Hailing from Toronto/Montreal Canada his work has never failed to impress and make the viewer contemplate their surrounds.

 

Peter Gibson, a.k.a. Roadsworth could face up to $100,000 in fines for his controversial ’street’ art. He brings urban banalities to life by creating candles out of crosswalks, for example. He makes one stop to reflect, as does all good art. The question is, should his conscientious work be scrutinized and treated as public vandalism? Or should it not be considered in a different light– as poetic activism, and, as art?  

Taken from the National Film Board of Canada. There is a documentary Roadsworth: Crossing the Line being funded by the National Film Board and it is looking to be an amazing story about the artist.

What are your personal thoughts on Street Art? Graffiti? Are they the same or completely different? 

Is Roadsworth an artist? a vandal?

What should a city do when a publicly loved (street)artist is caught? Should his art be buffed? 

There has been instances in the UK where Banksy’s art has been left due to his popularity/fame and general worth of his piece… Banksy’s art is considered by many municipalities to be “tourist attractions”.

Is Roadsworth in a similar situation  as Banksy but a Canadian version? (Banksy hasn’t been caught from my knowledge though).

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Os Gemeos Interview Comments | Jul 13 2008


Carnivalesque Dreams of Os Gemeos from Scribe Media on Vimeo.

I’ve been a HUGE fan of Os Gemeos ever since I got into graffiti and street art. When I was able to find this interview with the twins at their Too Far Too Close show in the Deitch Projects space. The Show runs from June 28 to August 09, 2008 18 Wooster Street, New York and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12PM to 6PM!

Os Gemeos is famous for their their use of the famous Brazilian style labeled pixacao. They grew up in São Paulo, Brazil and are self taught artists drawing influences from their surrounds and Brazilian culture and history. One of the most prominent aspects I found of their style is the wonderful use of space, utilizing what city scape’s have to offer. Their use of vivid colour and exuberant patterns within their murals draw attention and really makes their work stand out.

If you are not familiar with Os Gemeos’s work here are a few photo examples.

Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos

ENJOY!

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Blu - A Street Artist Comments | May 16 2008

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

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Justice - Stress / JR Comments | May 04 2008

The new Justice Stress video which seems to be filmed in a Banlieue of Paris is just crazy. Some people I know find it too violent but i felt it generally suited the sound of the song as well as it being filmed well. It has the feeling that it was more of a documentary of the days events and a film crew just happens to be following the group. Because of the location of the video it reminded me of the photography/street artist JR. All of his projects are social and cultural commentaries of life. The following was taken from his site.

JR is 25 and he owns the biggest art gallery in the world. He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not the museum visitors.

His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, beauty, freedom, identity and limit. He is an artivist, extract of artist and activist.

After a tour of European Street Art (Carnet de Rue, 2005, Free Press ed.), he did in 2005 Portrait of a generation, portraits of the suburban “freaks” in the Bosquets (Montfermeil) and la Forestière (Clichy-sous-Bois) ghettos that he posted in the bourgeois districts of Paris (Portrait d’une génération, 2006, Alternatives ed.).

With a 28 millimetres lens, the photos are taken very close to the person. He uses black and white to differentiate from the advertising colour aggression.

In March 2007, together with Marco, he did Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal photo exhibition ever: eight Palestinian and Israeli cities, and the Security fence / Separation wall on both sides. They posted the huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face. Through this project, we showed that he can break the limits of possible (Face 2 Face, 2007, Aletrantives ed.).

With a 28 millimetre lens, portraits of people doing faces, huge posters and anonymity, JR changes some basic rules. The photographer is hidden, does not give interpretations and leaves the space empty for an encounter. As people are asked not to smile but to make faces for the portrait, they are not subjects, but actors. As the portrait is not seen in a place where people go to see Art, the passer-by is required for an interpretation. By the surprise and the question it raises, man can revisit his thinking habits and free himself from stereotypes and prejudice. This is what JR is working on. Raising questions…

The 3rd stage of the 28 millimeters project - Women Are Heroes - has already led him to Africa in post-conflicting zones to shoot the women with who he wishes to share painful stories and to testify of their desire to live. Their portraits were already pasted in Sierra-leone and in Liberia. In 2008-2009, JR will develop this project in India and in Asia.

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Anyways here is the Justice Video - STRESS


Justice - Stress from Sébastien Delahaye on Vimeo.

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Graffiti.Research.Lab. @ MoMa Comments | Mar 28 2008

One of my favorite artists right now is Evan Roth ie.fi5e. A graduate from the masters program Design and Technology at Parsons has revolutionized the graffiti and digital art world. Roth has been associated with other groups of designers graffiti crews such as Graffiti Research Lab and Eyebeam had an exhibition/installation at MoMa. I give G.R.L. props for being accepted into MoMo and being recognized as MoMa certified artists. The graff artists who took part in the installation consist of AVONE, KATSU, 2ESAE, SKI, EROTICA 67, TOOFLY, MUCK, JESONE, NOBODY, JACKEE, LEETO, KEPTS, RESKEW, FAUST, TIE, DONA, DIVA, STAR, CAYPER, NETA, DRO, LUCHA, MAMA, NAX, MADG, LADYKFEVER are all MoMA-certified artistas as well. Great work, I look forward to seeing what these guys pop off next! Some more information and photos of G.R.L. at MoMa

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OBEY Barack Obama Comments | Mar 26 2008

I’ve seen Shepard Fairey’s Obama posters floating around the internet these days and its great that he is backing what he believes in. I just came across this Thank You letter from Obama to Shepard for the posters he has been creating in support for the next election. Shepard’s support led to the prints being sold on Obama’s campaign’s site.

Thank You OBEY

Barack Obama Obey

If you are interested in puchasing a print it is possible to do so at the Barack Obama Store Original post is can be found at ObeyGiant.com

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