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junio 2016

The Waterfall at Versailles

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Versailles has become a creative space for reknown artists like Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Anish Kapoor, giving them the space to showcase their amazing works around the palace and gardens every year since 2008.

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This year, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson took over the place and created astounding installations that exposed the importance of water and mirrors in the historical court. Olafur’s idea was to interact with the viewers and take them to that unique experience through his artworks.

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One of our favorite pieces is The Waterfall. This spectacular and massive installation is located in the basin of the Grand Canal near the end of the gardens. The Waterfall is supported by a tower that pumps water through the pipes and crashes back into the basin to simulate this natural wonder. This installation was inspired on one of the landscape architects, André Le Nôtre’s dream, where he imagined a waterfall tumbling onto the Grand Canal.

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IKON: Nychos solo exhibition debut

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This Saturday June 26, we attended to the solo exhibition of Nychos IKON at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. The illustrator and street artist presented a series of artworks inspired on the 1980s icons and fictional characters some of us we grew up with.

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The Austrian artist uses colorful cartoon-like characters that explore their skeletal structure, making the audience see more through the core elements of the artworks, which are the flesh and bones. With the evolution of pop culture and the development of society, Nychos seeks to create awareness of the social-ecological crises by confronting the people to explore his pieces, as is the case in the exhibition with a Barbie doll whose face is melting into a cancerous drip. If you’re around Chelsea, we recommend you take a look at his solo show which will be open until July 23, 2016.

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Meggs: The environment matters.

in Blog/English/Entrevistas

Meggs : Medi

Meggs is an artist based in L.A. and born in Melbourne, Australia. He’s one of the founders of the Everfresh Crew, a unique collective of street artists that opened Everfresh Studio in 2004. Meggs is known for his unique and very expressive style filled with references to pop-culture, the natural world and socio-cultural issues. He painted one of the main walls of the festival, making reference to the environmental conscience we need to build up.

 

By: Andrés Medina / @delabuena

How did you get into the graffiti world?

The thing that attracted me to graffiti, I guess as a young kid, I saw graffiti when I cought the train to school and stuff like that, and comic characters really inspired me. I actually wasn’t heavy into graffiti during my teen years, I was more into skateboarding, but I knew a lot of friends in graffiti so… But when I went to university, I studied graphic design, I really didn’t know at that point what an art career was… being a professional artist, but I obviously liked drawing and creating stuff, so graphic design was the obvious choice. I started to do some networking and with a group of guys we started the Everfresh Studio. Some of those guys were more into the graffiti scene, some others where into putting out posters, others stencil… but when I got involved in that, kind of gathered techniques, and that’s when I really got into it.

 

In terms of the walls you’ve painted around the world, what differences do you find between them?

That’s a good question; actually at some point, I worked the existing textures of the walls and their personality, but I think there’s always the excitement of painting places with out permission or painting in abandoned buildings; there’s always a character and a story there, and that’s why those walls are interesting to paint because it’s almost like you do less on them, but you know that’s what gives them something cool. I love that. Photographically they look really cool. I really like places where the graffiti culture is not that big you know, like recently I painted in Hilo, Hawaii… in these kinds of walls, the environment has a really big impact because they’re not used to it, so it has a very big response, you know? And this wall is more into the aesthetics, and you know it’s a festival… I’ve never really painted in a festival that was also into music and other stuff.

 

What’s your mural about?

I kind of have an ongoing series of work now that is very aligned with my own life path. I’ve become more environmental aware, I’m motivated to try to live in a more sustainable way and communicate a message within my work that allows us to appreciate the environment and evaluate, you know? That’s why the Sea Walls Project was so important for me. So, this piece in particular is a photo of me holding a conch, it represents a lot of what I absorbed when I was there and so it’s kind of appreciating and understanding that the ocean is a giver of life and that’s something we should all be aware of. Doing it here is bringing a piece of Hawaii to Montreal, as much as creating a beautiful image that people can appreciate is about people getting into taking care of nature and the ocean.

Meggs 2 : Medi

(Meggs 2 / Photo by: Medi)

So this year’s Mural edition has been magical, with lots of music, art and messages from the street art community. We are very excited to hear about next year’s edition, but until then, we salute all of the street art lovers and embrace you to keep doing the effort of traveling to Montreal and living this great cultural experience.

Jason Botkin: Community spirit

in Blog/English/Entrevistas

Interviewing an artist from Montreal was important for me cause the perspective is very different from the artists that only come for the festival. Local artists have other things to say, have other opinions about the festival. Jason Botkin is probably the most involved artist with Mural Festival because he is very close to the founders and actually part of the equation that resulted in the birth of Mural.

 

By: Andrés Medina / @delabuena

How did art come to your life?

As a kid I always liked art, I drew. But It wasn’t my passion, I was really into snowboarding, it was hot sh*t for me. I went to Calgary, in Alberta, and picked up a semester of art school there. The plan was I would do school there until December; snow comes, boom I’m off to the mountains and build up as a professional of snowboarding. But the first day, the first class, it was so intense it blew my mind.

 

You were actually thinking of being a professional snowboarder?

Yeah! But after that very first class, I was completely changed… I snowboarded five times that year, and then I just quit. It was an instant transition, it wasn’t even a transition, it was just like there was no more confusion about who I wanted to be or what I wanted to do at that point. But you know, the whole exercise was… the teacher asked us to go out into the hill and pick a tree and draw it as well as you could, the very first day. And everyone was kind of stressed to draw the best tree; we did that for like an hour and a half. We came back, took a break, and then he was like, “Ok spend another hour and a half, same tree, same position and now draw the tree as badly as you possibly can. Do the poorest drawing you can.” Fuck that! All right! By he time we had to talk about the two drawings, I realized that the better drawing was really a drawing about insecurity and about how nervous I was about drawing; it was a shitty drawing. The other drawing wasn’t great, but it had so much fluidity and freedom of just being itself… that’s when I realized that drawing could be talking about movement, relationship about body and surface, ideas, emotions; it could be anything. It blew my mind because at that point I thought art was about illustration, I was really excited, and I realized that I understood only a very small amount of the subject.

 

When did you start working on the street?

Well, after I graduated I stopped making art completely for a long time; I just decided it was bullshit. I got lots of different jobs, I went to Japan, I studied ceramics… I really didn’t understand it anymore, the whole politics of the role of art, and all the weird shit that was in relationship with the artists… the galleries, the institution… I was not down with it. I was doing shit at school, drawing in napkins or a piece of newspaper and the whole idea was that the drawing was going to live but only for two days. So I was doing a version of street art, a version of something that had no value, had no longevity of life. It has always been that way. But then, in 2003, I got back into doing art maybe, and around 2008, I did a show at a gallery; in 2009 I did another one… and then right after that second show, I started the En Masse project that was all about black and white collaborative drawing, working with different artists from different backgrounds. That happened in 2009 and then the project started expanding quickly, many of those artists where street artists, graffiti artists. And so, that was my first introduction to that community. So the fact that street art didn’t really have a value or the fact that it was temporary, was immediate for me, it was like, “Yeah that’s f*cking rad!” And for me the biggest influences in school where the Mexican muralists. That was the sh*t for me, I was always political and passionate about social issues, and fearlessness… So that was my introduction to street art.

 

Talking about the situation that makes us evolves as human beings, does your art have a speech? Does it have a socially conscient message?

It depends on the context. Originally, when I was approached, not the festival but the business association of Saint-Laurent, my first reaction was to do a series of homeless people on the street, portraits of homeless people. Not to glamorize their situation but just to paint a portrait of hope and compassion, because I think homeless people, part of the reason we are afraid of them, is because they are like us but without the nice clothes and sh*t like that; they are us but naked and very vulnerable and often very disturbed. And there’s a big problem with homeless people on that street… the business association was like, “No! Can’t have that, that’s too much, that’s a problem for us, we want to get rid of the problem…”, and I was like, “No! It’s the elephant in the room, you can’t pretend it’s not there, it’s f*cking huge and it’s sitting right down on your lap.” So I said, ok, what is the alternative? They said, “We would love it if you could paint some waves and plants… nicer stuff, colorful; we want colors.” So, at the end of the day, the goal is the same: we want to improve our community, we want to improve the environment, we want to be able to do things better. The tools are different, but I’m still able to talk about it you know? So every time the press comes or whatever, we are able to have this conversation.

 

Jason Botkin : Medi

(Jason Botkin / Photo by: Medi)

D*FACE: Working the old to get something new

in Blog/English/Entrevistas

This conversation happened under the dark roof of ONOIR restaurant. I had previously met D*FACE in Mexico City while he was painting a wall so there was some kind of familiarity. It’s always a pleasure to have a chance to speak to D*Face because he is one of the most respected artist in the game.

 

By: Andrés Medina / @delabuena

D, can you tell me a bit about your origins, your childhood and how you created your art style?

The origins of my art style… hmm… I guess it’s really simple in my mind, I wasn’t academic so… my parents wanted me to be academic, they wanted me to study math, science, politics… and, well I was never gonna be that kid. I wasn’t stupid, you know? But it didn’t stick with me, so I kind of found my own ground, in my own interests, and those things where: graffiti, comics, skateboarding… that’s pretty much the story to my life. My parents didn’t understand it, I mean we’re talking early eighties, at the time when skateboarding was considered to be an outcast of society, graffiti was completely a hood kind of thing to do, so for my parents… they didn’t like their child doing these kind of things.

 

When did it all begin, what led you to the art world?

I guess I was failing academically, I wasn’t gonna be a doctor or whatever, whatever my mom thought I should be, I wasn’t gonna be that person. I already got into skateboarding, breakdance, bmxing and smoking weed, getting f*cked up and having a good time. And finding these thing united people, you know? You’re part of this group of people that was very, very unique at the time. That was the kind of thing I connected to. And when I connected to it, I kind of couldn’t see anything else, so school didn’t even exist.

 

Did you ever think of doing all these activities in a professional way?

Nah, f*ck no, there was no such thing. I mean you got to imagine, when we did all these things, that vision didn’t exist. I just was really into it. No dude, there was no preconception and I was cool, I liked that.

 

How was the transition of finding your style?

I’m still finding it. I’m still evolving, I know why I can do the instantly D*Face but I don’t feel like that’s what I want to do all the time, I’m trying to find something else. I like what I do but…

 

What are your thoughts on the art world these days, you own a gallery so what’s your statement?

What a gallery has always been, based upon representing artists first, it’s because there was no one was doing it right, I thought, “Someone has to do it right.” And for a long time, I was looking for that place, nobody stepped up, so I was like, “F*ck it! I’ll do it”. I never studied any of this sh*t, it was literally like, “This art form deserves more than a show but no gallery is paying attention to it…” so that’s why I opened a gallery.

 

Tell me about the mural you are painting in this edition of Mural Festival.

This mural is kind of difficult for me; different for me cause I’m trying to do something that looks like it existed before I existed. I want to create the sensation of asking yourself, “Was that there before or… I don’t remember that being there… How old is that?” That becomes very interesting; I like that concept. I’ve painted a lot of murals, but not like this one, I want to see how people react to it. A lot of what we do is adding to… we add, put on top of… Now it’s about removing, taking something away.

 

Meggs and DFace : André Bathalon

(Meggs and D*Face / Photo by: Andrés Bathalon)

Mural Festival 2016: Walking through Montreal’s street art

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(DFace / Photo by: Haloppig Urban Art Consulting)

By: Andrés Medina / @delabuena

The world of street art is growing by the minute. This cultural movement is getting stronger and more prestigious around the world. The most representative and famous artists of street art are doing their thing in the main cities of the planet, and in everything that surrounds the movement, like galleries, managers, merchandise, festivals, etc., is getting bigger as well. Street art festivals around the world have been proving the huge importance that people give to this art form.

Bik Ismo : Haloppig Urban Art Consulting

Montreal is one of the most multi-cultural cities that exist in the globe; its beauty lies on the people that inhabit it and in the magic of their streets. This city has been showing how much it cares about street art with a bigger voice since 2013 through the creation of Mural Festival. Quoting one of its founding members, André Bathalon, “…we where in Wynwood admiring the greatness of the whole experience of being there and appreciating the walls when we decided we needed to do something like that in Montreal. We started doing the production of the festival and since then everything has been going very fast, the government loved the idea so we’ve been able to grow and give a more magical experience to the people.”

Fafi : Haloppig Urban Art Consulting

Mural Festival is about democratizing street art, music, culture and having fun. For eleven days, you can enjoy live painting, installations, exhibitions, gastronomy and the joy of discovering Montreal’s streets with the enthusiasm of finding the artist’s walls.

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This year’s invited artists where: D*Face, Felipe Pantone, Fafi, Buff Monster, Bikismo, Meggs, Grems, Jason Botkin, Mateo, Maser, Stikki Peaches, Klone Yourself, and many more (you can check out the complete lineup at: 16.muralfestival.com). Besides the artists that where invited to do live painting at Mural, there where other renowned names that where part of this year’s exhibitions like: Miss Van, Mr. Brainwash, Mr. André and Jef Aerosol.

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 My experience at this year edition was great; the thing I enjoyed the most was the attitude of all the people involved in the festival: organizers, artists, musicians, staff… everyone has a great attitude and enjoys the festival.

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The great thing about Mural Festival is walking through the whole experience. You can start by partying at the bloc parties and making your way through the exhibitions while you visit the walls. Artists are very accessible and actually the whole thing is about taking street art to the people, it’s not pretentious at all. I really recommend this festival to all of you that want to approach street art.

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La Madre Secular by INTI

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La Madre Secular INTI’s new mural was produced in collaboration with the Galerie Saint Laurent, at the classic and crowded Marche aux Puces.

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Place where the Mediterranean Europe and Northern Africa coexist under the premise of mutual respect in their religious and cultural differences.

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Here some amazing details of the mural:

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