Banksy is currently 21 days into his New York “residency” and the work has been pretty great so far. On day 18 he chose to create a collaboration with Brazilian twins Os Gemeos, and funny enough I think they’ve absolutely out-shined him.
There’s a lot to like in the work of Brazilian graphic artist Andrés Sandoval. Based in São Paulo, Andrés studied originally to be an architect but soon started illustrating books and creating prints. I particularly like his series of seaside inspired patterns. This work was created for a recent collection of short stories by notable Brazilian writer Rubem Braga.
Divideds is the name of an installation work created in 2010 by the artist and designer Keetra Dean Dixon. Consisting of a series of colored banners, each one contains a single word boldly printed across it: IDEAL, PRETENDER, AWAY, NOWHERE. Each word is split by a zipper and viewers are encouraged to pull these words apart, letting two new words reveal themselves and for a more positive message to emerge.
One of my favorite people to follow on Instagram is Mars-1, the acclaimed painter who does some of the best transcendental painting around. The other day I noticed that he did a collaborative painting with Brendan Monroe, another fantastic art, called Ascender. The piece looks like a human galaxy, swirling with colors and light. To be honest, this piece makes an amazing iPhone wallpaper, which I’m currently rocking on my own phone.
You can also snag this as a huge 24.5″ x 33.7″ print by clicking here. You can also see a more detailed version of the piece under the cut.
For the month of October Banksy will be hitting the streets of New York, putting up a new piece every day as a part of an outdoor exhibition called Better Out Than In. He was perhaps inspired by the Cézanne quote adorned on his newly adorned site which reads, “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.”
The other week marked September 11th’s twelfth anniversary. A moment in history that will no doubt live on in the minds and hearts of Americans. Yet, I can’t help but get the impression that its legacy is dwindling. Probably for the better, it seems most opt to quietly remember as opposed to making a big deal of it all. As writer Robert Frost famously once said, “in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” While some may have carried forward, New York City Ballet has not. Or have they? In a poetic homage titled New Beginnings, the company staged and filmed a performance atop 4 World Trade Center. The result is touching. It’s poetic, poignant even. I cannot stress this enough: it’s the perfect 9/11 tribute, harkening Frost’s aforementioned sentiment.
Digging through Flickr the other day I came across the art of Tellas, a street artist from Italy. What I love about his work is the natural feeling of his work, which looks to be inspired by pieces of wood, leaves, flocks of birds or schools of fish, all sorts of things. A lot of street art is quite vibrant and in your face but these pieces feel complimentary to the urban environment. You can see more photos of his work below.
I am a big fan of art history but I always feel it’s good to get a fresh perspective on it from time to time. In many ways, that’s what the work of British painter Holly Frean is about. Instead of the often po-faced and straight-laced world we know, she playfully distorts it, creating familiar images that are wryly observed and fantastically witty.
Described by its creator Luke Franklin as “An Art Project About Adventure”, the 4 Bothies Project is a wonderful idea that celebrates exploration, intrigue, and (if you’re lucky) discovery. Consisting of four unique spaces, each ‘bothy’ is hidden somewhere in Ireland, with the artist giving little else away about each ones location.
The first time I came across Erik Olson’s work was when my sister showed me an image she had found online, it had no credit and wasn’t linked to the original painter. I put on my detective hat and set about tracking it down, doing a reverse image search that lead me to Canadian Painter Erik Olson. It’s something about the way his subjects are suspended within these bold backgrounds and the frenzied and warped feature, as if they’ve been framed in some sort of swirl and blur movement, that struck me and when the time came to put together a list of creatives I wanted to talk to; he was high up on my list.
I was also fascinated by his first solo show that was held in an abandoned gas station, I love this kind of ingenuity and it is this attitude that, it seems, has got the ball rolling for him and has seen him exhibited across Canada, America and even a spot in the UK.