Yearly Archives: 2012
Irmela Mensah-Schramm is an activist for human rights and since 1985 she has made it her mission to scrape and paint over racist and anti-Semitic stickers and graffiti. Every month she sacrifices 300€ from her pension, in order to buy materials.
Following successful screenings across Europe, Toasters are pleased to release their film ‘Everywhere’. The movie looks at the origins of their work, the preparation and execution of some of their most recognisable pieces as well as exclusive interviews.
Since 1999, before the term ‘Street Art’ was even conceived, the acclaimed Toaster image has been prolifically and obsessively placed across the world by three people. Using stickers, posters and stencils on the streets along with banners in football stadiums and flags at music festivals their iconic Toaster has
- via The Orion
Check out the work of New York City parody street artist Hanksy.
Also a mini documentary made by Keith Haskel, with some Hanksy street action.
Following up on an extremely successful showing in 2011, the multi-day POW WOW Hawai’i art event had its third annual showing in 2012. Originally conceived in Hong Kong, the event moved to Hawaii to help enrich the local creative scene. The event encompasses a global roster of over 50 local and international artists who created art at Loft in Space + Fresh Cafe and over the streets of Kaka’ako over a six-day period between February 13 to 18, 2012.
Part two of the three part series documenting POW WOW Hawaii 2012 covers the more spiritual aspects of the event. Through the eyes of artists Kamea Hadar, Solomon Enos, Peap Tarr, and Prime, we explore the importance of art and its connection to the land. Using public art and spaces to speak on one’s cultural histories and stories.
This is the finale of the POW WOW Hawaii 2012 video series. Demonstrating the true spirit of the event as a gathering to celebrate art and culture, this video highlights the cultural exchange between the visiting and local artists. As well as our famous luau and black out party at Fresh Cafe + Loft in Space.
“Artist Rico Blanco combines his two passions—painting and illustration—into these magnificent abstract-like pieces. The main focus of each painting, often building on a relationship between human and animal, creates a scene that evokes different meanings and narratives. Experiencing each piece is like trying to hold on to a brief flash of memory right before it disintegrates into the swell of colorful paint strokes.
The conflict between a sense of completion and the fragmented narrative is intentional. Blanco says, “The picture is built up in layers and I choose when and where to add detail and where to leave areas more sparse. I want to show the progression of the painting. Which leaves you with the challenge of when is the painting finished?” In my opinion, the paintings are fantastic!”
- via My Modern Met
Jeff Soto is an American contemporary artist. His distinct color palette, subject matter and technique have been said to bridge the gap between Pop Surrealism and Street Art.
In 1989 Soto found a book while looking through the Riverside Downtown Library’s art section called Street Art. The book showcased early illegal art in New York as well as hip hop based subway graffiti of the 70′s. Inspired by this book, he began stenciling his “Sotofish” design on walls and signs. The following year he and a friend created a graffiti crew called CIA (Criminally Insane Artists) which attracted several other writers from their high school.
Soto adapted the moniker of “KILO”, “TREK” as well as “Sotofish” and started to tag, bomb and piece. In 1991 he met the artist Maxx242 and they began painting together. In 1995 they formed Bashers Crew which included members from Riverside, Los Angeles and Long Beach.
In 1999 Soto took a break from all aerosol painting, citing health reasons, boredom with the limitations of the spray can and conflict among graffiti writers. Ten years later in London, Soto visited artists D*Face and Word To Mother. Seeing their work in person inspired Soto to begin painting on walls again. Since then, Soto has reconnected with his graffiti roots and painted murals in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Miami, London and Paris. In 2010 he participated in the Underbelly Project, an illegal art gallery beneath the city of New York. In 2011 he completed his largest wall painting to date – “Les Chat Terrible” in Lyon, France. Soto claims he is not a graffiti writer or street artist, rather he calls himself “a muralist with an occasional urge to do some graf”.
Kiri-e the Japanese art of paper cutting.