SHIPPING CONTAINERS BECOME CANVASES FOR GREEK GODS
This week I discovered the work of Spanish graffiti duo Pichi & Avo. Their juxtaposition of the ancient with the modern have me geeking out. This past July, during the North West Walls Street Art Festival in Werchter, Belgium the pair created a canvas out of stacked shipping containers. The result was a towering layer of Greek Gods sprayed in radiant colors, layered with orchestrated bursts of graffiti…take that Olympus.
JOSH KLINE - ‘SKITTLES’
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to New York’s High Line, but the current group exhibition Archeo, about technology and obsolescence, is calling me back. In particular I’m dying to see this clever and snarky installation aimed at contemporary lifestyles by artist Josh Kline entitled “Skittles”. The piece features an industrial refrigerator stocked with fake juices that resemble those over-priced $10 bottles you find in your local ‘healthy stuff’ store. Kline gives them that familiar look - you know, where a simple list of ingredients serves as the only labeling. There they are all lined up and packaged like color coded, stylized advertising kool-aid. A closer look at the labeling will uncover an ‘unconventional and poetic combinations of ingredients’ Kline feels make up the latest lifestyles we’re all so quick to consume. read the rest at HAHA MAG
Invader Installs a Sweet New Star Trek Themed Piece
A new Invader piece pops up at the Observatory in Ravenna, in Ravennna, Italy. The large installation piece features the much loved Spock from the Star Trek series and the space invader. You can see a quick unveiling of the piece in the video below.
ELIZA BENNETT - A WOMAN’S WORK
They are self-inflicted, the lines of thread embroidered into Bennett’s palm. You might gawk, or be repulsed – but it is a narrative for artist Eliza Bennett. Embroidery is commonly associated with stereotypical, old-fashioned femininity. Her stitched palm – with colored lines, create a distortion of bruises and battering that reflects the perception of a lived experience. It showcases the effects of labor intensive work, challenging the pre-conceived notion that a ‘woman’s work’ is light and easy.
Read the rest of our interview with Eliza here.
HERBERT BAGLIONE - 1000 SHADOWS
So eerie…wheelchairs drifting off into nowhere, painted shadows creeping from underneath doors.
In 2013 street artist, Herbert Baglione's shadowed souls rose from the aura of patients long gone from this abandoned psychiatric hospital, in Parma Italy. It's all part of his ongoing '1000 Shadow' series. The series explores the residuals left in abandoned spaces; Baglione explains why he chooses these environments “ The path that the soul takes. It is as if the soul is leaving an invisible trail on these places.” The souls have drifted and appeared in other hauntingly inspired spaces - here's a small sampling of new shadows…
There’s always more at HAHAMAG
THE ROY LICHTENSTEIN ‘OH JEFF’ COSTUME TUTORIAL
Around this time of year, our Roy Lichtenstein Costume Tutorial gets tons of hits - all thanks to Sarah Hoke and her amazing piece on ‘how to’ transform yourself in walking Pop Art.
We’ll be posting new tutorials this month - so stay tuned for more Pop Art Oct 31st Prep!
If you’d like to submit your own tutorial for our readers, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MY DOG SIGHS & MIDGE COLLABORATE ON NEW MURAL
My Dog Sighs and Midge are two of our favorite UK artists, so excuse us for geeking out over their latest mural that showcases Midge’s furry creatures embodied with the emotive faces of My Dog Sighs. The excitement is that this isn’t just them teaming up for a mural, but a painting preface to their upcoming joint exhibition, Together In Solitude.
Solitude will open November 14th, at Coastguard Studios, a new gallery space in their hometown of Portsmouth. But for right now, if you’re near Portsmouth, you can see the mural at SouthSea Coffee.
More pics over at HAHA MAG,
KID HAZO TAKES OUT THE DIRTY LAUNDRY
No one likes having to stay in and do laundry on a beautiful day. I mean, how else would you iron a giant tighty whitey?
Need more antics? Kid Hazo’s having his first-ever solo show this Friday, October 3rd at LMNL Gallery at Bluecadet from 7-9PM.
Via Streets Dept
Photos: Conrad Benner
For more images & some fun fact about this location, head over to HAHA MAG.
Project 365 was born in 2013, when Cape Town artist, Lorraine Loots challenged herself to see if she could create a miniature painting everyday for an entire year. Each day she painted a different theme; a painting so tiny that they dwarfed the tools she used to make them. Loots playfully called it Paintings for Ants.
Project 365 grew into Postcards for Ants - a new series of paintings that reflect images of her hometown. The project is slated to continue through 2014 – that still leaves plenty of time for you to join in. You can book a original painting at Loots’ website and make a suggestion of at least 5 themes/places/ideas that are directly related to Cape Town.
To see more of her work and a short video from inside her studio visit HAHA MAG.
THE FELT SHOP BY LUCY SPARROW
This past August, an abandoned storefront in East London was transformed into a temporary art installation.
Cornershop, the brainchild of fiber artist, Lucy Sparrow, is a fun take on consumerism where the shelves are stocked with every traditional shop item you could think of: cash register, magazine rack, newspapers, ice box, biscuit isle, lady items, beer, crisps - my personal favorite ‘the oyster card’ (think public transportation pass).
You’re waiting for the fun part right? The items were hand-stitched by Sparrow and her assistant. The undertaking took 8 months and they blew through 984 square feet of felt. Sparrow describes corner shops as a “slice of life…The exhibition encourages people to take a closer look at the everyday.”
All the items were available for purchase in the store and online, during that time Sparrow offered a variety of sewing workshops, designed to engage the local community in public art. In a interview with The Guardian, Sparrow openly expressed her fear of selling out the shop…”Obviously it would be nice to sell it all on opening night, but I have this fear of having to make it all again,” she said. “I don’t think I can go though that. It might actually break me.”
As well as £1,000 of sponsorship money from Swizzels sweets, the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which raised £10,500, and £8,000 of Arts Council funding.
The project is closed now, but you can still browse the items online.
For more photos of the project read on here.
Quotes from The Guardian
THESE SEXY LIPS ARE PAINTINGS!
Artist Hubert de Lartigue is heralded for his classically sexy French Pin-Up girl paintings – but its his new bodily obsession that’s turning heads. His hyper realistic large-scale paintings of lips are fascinating studies of subtle eroticism… a process captured by building up coats of acrylic, then smoothing out the rough edges with brushstrokes and sand paper. Read more on HAHA MAG