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New NMI mural at Nuart Festival

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The Last Traveler is its name

Text by Victor Valencia

Translation by Briana Prieto F. in collaboration with Paula Villanueva

Photographs: Brian Tallman

The South African artist NMI created a new mural for Art City, during the 2017 Nuart Festival, which has taken place in the city of Stavanger, Norway, since 2001.

Art City finds points of convergence between Street Art and the Smart City programs of the region: the intention is to develop the city as an international “center” and destiny for Street Art culture.

The mural portrays a feminine character that carries elements of culture and identity on her back, both from fictitious as well as natural worlds, referencing certain global migratory movements.

As an architect and artist, NMI likes to experiment with certain techniques. In this case he uses a chiaroscuro to highlight the colors of the art piece and the four level parking lot.

The last traveler was created with the help of local artist RH74 and urban art enthusiast Thomas Bolme. The mural is located on Jorenholmsgata 16, 4013, Stavanger, in front of a parking lot.

Interview with Matteo Amadio, one of BLOOP’s festival founders

The festival aims to bring art to the public

Text by Victor Arturo Valencia

Translation by Briana Prieto F. in collaboration with Paula Villanueva

“I fell in love with Ibiza. It happened by chance, but I decided that I wanted to spend as much time here as possible, not only because it is an island of celebration, creativity and transgression, but also – and above all – for tolerance,” said Matteo Amadio, one of the founders of Bloop. In an interview with ALL CITY CANVAS, he told us about the beginning of the festival and the reasons why it’s necessary to expand art to the people.

BLOOP, the proactive art festival, returns this 2017 with a new theme: Changes. Ibiza will be the venue of the festival, an island built on prejudices and a lack of control and excesses, which they seek to undo through Bloop’s proposal.

The festival has been going on for 6 years. The idea of bringing art to the public for free is to generate interaction between the work and the spectators, and break the barriers between art and its attendees.


Why choose the word Changes as the theme for this year?

We’re coming from a great period of economic crisis. Adding to that the unexpected changes, such as the UK’s choice to leave the European Union and the United States’ decision to choose Trump as president, raising grave uncertainties. Just think about how the relationship with technology has changed the way we socialize. That is, if we look at the present, the past or the future, the hottest issue today is just that.

Photo by Marc Colomines

Each year’s theme is chosen based on experiences and anecdotes from Matteo Amadio’s world. At some point, after an infidelity by his ex-girlfriend, he brought together artists who had gone through the same situation and wanted to express their feelings through art.


“When my ex-girlfriend cheated on me, I decided to organize an exhibition in Milan with artists who had lived the same experience and would want to express their feelings through art. With Bloop we seek to expand the horizon a little more, we look at the reality of cultural, social and geopolitical scenarios,” said Amadio.

Photo by Mar Colomines


Art eliminates nationality barriers; do you think BLOOP can cross borders?

We would definitely like this experience to be expanded to other cities. However, before venturing into new territory, we must understand the local scene perfectly, especially if we have a proposal like Bloop; we have to find local partners to maintain the spirit we’ve created in Ibiza.

The objective is fulfilled each year. The public approaches art. People gather and art gains ground to create a new type of tourism. The “changes” are not only achieved onstage or for festival’s theme, but in everything that surrounds it.

This year’s edition of BLOOP will be held from August 23 to September 16 aiming to continue the essence with which it was created: making art accessible to all. This has been achieved through the styles of some artists such as INO, Aec Interesni Kazki, INTI, Bisser, Tom Gallant, Martha Cooper and more.

This renowned festival is almost here. STAY TUNED!

Todo lo que debes saber del nuevo proyecto de Banksy: The Walled Off Hotel

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En 2005 Banksy realizó graffitis en Belén y ahora abre hotel para contar sobre sus paredes la historia entre Israel y Palestina

“El hotel con la peor vista del mundo”, así describen los medios internacionales el nuevo proyecto de Banksy: The Walled Off Hotel, que está situado frente al muro que divide a Israel de Palestina. Intervenciones en las paredes, esculturas, pinturas de artistas locales que también participaron en este proyecto; hacen de este hotel un lugar en el que el arte se convierte en un lenguaje universal para contar una historia de confusiones y conflictos desde hace un siglo.

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“Los muros son una cosa de moda ahora, pero ya lo eran mucho antes que Trump los hiciera famosos”, dijo Banksy en un comunicado. The Walled Off Hotel cuenta con nueve habitaciones ubicado en la ciudad de Belén, el territorio ocupado por tropas israelíes, al que durante el día solamente recibe 25 minutos al sol y se prohíbe ir a la azotea, al menos que primero sea aprobado el permiso por militares israelíes.

Este nuevo proyecto de Banksy cuenta con un museo, galería y un bar en el que huéspedes o no, pueden visitar obras de artistas locales. Romper y devolver lo beneficios a los proyectos locales, es la respuesta adelantada del artista británico a la pegunta que quizá todo mundo lo piensa: ¿se está aprovechando de estos momentos políticos?

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Parece que Banksy tenía todo muy bien calculado, siempre con un estilo cargado de simbolismos en sus obras, el 2017 marca 100 años desde que los británicos tomaron el control de Palestina, dando inicio a un siglo de enfrentamientos.

¿Legal o ético pintar el muro?

Aunque el muro que divide a Israel de Palestina cuenta con algunas pintas, no es legal hacerlo, sin embargo, la gente lo ha tomado como lienzo para recordar o retratar su existencia y la situación actual en la que viven. Se puede pintar, evitando cualquier elemento trivial, así lo dicen sus leyes. “Además, al lado hay un Wall*Mart, el cual puede suministrar latas de graffiti”, comenta Banksy respecto a lo ético y lo ilegal sobre este muro.

Se pretende que The Walled Off Hotel esté abierto durante todo el año del centenario.

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Con información The Walled Off Hotel, Hipertextual y Sputnik

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is back with Welcome to New Jersey

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The first exhibition of the gallery in its new location

Text by Cristina Ochoa; Translation by Briana Prieto

Photos by Briana Prieto  and Doménica Armendáriz

If there is one word that defines Jonathan LeVine Gallery is “multidisciplinarity”, the art space that was founded by the owner, Jonathan LeVine, is one of the places that perfectly combine the characteristic style of urban art and the abstract of the contemporary world. This gallery opened its doors for the first time in its new location, New Jersey, with the exhibition: Welcome to New Jersey.

Milk Made Momma. Ron English. Photo: Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Big Boys Don’t Cry. Ron English. Photo: Jonathan LeVine Gallery

After 11 years of living in New York, Jonathan LeVine decided to transfer the gallery’s address to New Jersey, where he grew up and cemented his passion for art through punk. The purpose of this exhibition, integrated by international artists, is to continue with his goal proposed since his stay in New York: presenting a work diversity and the promotion of art that combines the practice of urban style.

Diego Gravinese, Welcome to Jersey. Photo: Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Love lies bleeding. Adam Wallacavage.
Marshmallow Meltdown. Nychos.

Street art, pop surrealism and hyperrealism are the lines that follow most of these works, which are very different from each other.

Lost in thought. Alessandro Gallo & Beth Cavener.
Grand Central. Matthew Grabelsky. Photo: Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Among the artists participating in Welcome to New Jersey (open until March 18th) are:

TaraMcPherson, whose work is focused on the representation of innocence through the intersection of myth, legend and astronomy; the famous urban artist Shepard Fairey; Erik Jones, artist who tackles themes about geometric realism; Diego Gravinese, with his hyperrealistic style; Alessandro Gallo, to whom he is recognized by his work that represents actions and habits in animals, which he places in each of his works with surrealistic dyes; among others.

Shepard Fairey.
Nose Pick #3. Haroshi
Bloom. Erik Jones.

Considered one of the most important art galleries of recent times, Jonathan LeVine Gallery is a space dedicated to promote artists and projects that challenge practice itself and contemporary art. The exhibition is a joint work with Mana Contemporary, the organization dedicated to the promotion of artistic projects.

Selina Miles and her beautiful video for ONO’U Festival

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If you don’t know her, you haven’t been getting your street art fix from the right sources.

To start this 2017, Selina Miles just released a full film from 2016 ONO’U Tahiti Graffiti Festival, and it’s amazing (which is clearly becoming the norm).

Enjoy!

 

The name of the festival “ONO’U” is inspired on the fusion of two Tahitian words “ONO,” the act of joining one thing to another, and “U” meaning colors, which symbolizes “the meeting of colors” in Tahiti through the art of graffiti.

The festival primarily aims to become a major international rendez-vous for urban contemporary art located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean.

Selina is a 29 year old videographer from Brisbane (Australia) who has been working in film for 8 years. She started shooting videos for Ironlak and became an internet sensation for the video she did for graffiti artist SOFLES entitled “Limitless”. The video has more than 11 million views on YouTube.

 

Don’t forget to follow Selina:

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D*FACE: Working the old to get something new

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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)

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