For this years edition of the Board Dripper Festival in Querétaro, Mexico one of the participating artists was Evoca1. Rather then reword his purpose behind the image of the mural, here’s text from the artist himself:
“While walking around Querétaro during my first day at the Board Dripper Festival, I came across a child no older than 6 years old, holding his younger sister in his lap while siting next to a basket of candy and bubblegum. My first thought was to take out my camera to take a picture and upload another corny picture of a child struggling, but instead I painted another quick cheesy mural based on this depressing social issue. We are so used to seeing images online and in movies of kids starving on the streets just trying to survive each day, that we forget that there are actually real kids with this reality. Most of them come from extremely poor families that migrate from the countryside into the city looking to better their living situation.While painting this mural I found that a lot these kids aren’t forced to sell their candy and snacks by their parents, most of the kids choose to work in order to be able to afford things like school supplies. But the truth is no child should have to work for any reason or another.”
Following last years Aqua Regalia exhibition by Faith47 in London, the second chapter will open next Thursday at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, which will “explore the dichotomy between the sacred and the mundane by enveloping viewers in a space with figurative paintings, as well as intricacies from everyday life in shrine-like artworks.” “Aqua regalia or ‘royal water’ is the alchemical name for a highly corrosive mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid that has the ability to dissolve one of the most enshrined substances – gold. This transformative chemistry forms a symbolic reference to [Faith47's] artistic process of restoring value to that which has been lost and overlooked.” More info can be found on her site here.
Another participating artist for MonumentArt, a new public art project that focuses on the issues of immigration in the diverse neighborhoods of Harlem and The Bronx, NYC was Argentinian artist Ever. Entitled “The Second Conquest” the “piece reflects reality, future and progress.” In the words of the artist “the three characters describe the American reality, their new skin, new protagonists. Based on photos taken by Martha Cooper in the 90s of immigrants in East Harlem, the past meets the present on the construction of the neighborhood. The red flag is the symbolic representation of the fight of Puerto Rican Young Lords during the 60s to improve the living conditions of Puerto Ricans in East Harlem. They also demanded the evacuation of the island of Vieques occupied by the US Army, but above all, demanded the independence of Puerto Rico. Somebody once said that the “first conquest” was made by Christopher Columbus, but today the reality is different.” For more info and images of this new addition to the streets of East Harlem head on over to his page here.
Tomorrow is the opening of Natalia Rak‘s solo exhibition “Butterfly Effect” at Montana Gallery in Barcelona, Spain. As with her outdoor work this new series of paintings are incredibly vibrant and saturated with outrageous colors, all “a reflection of magical realistic worlds, full of humor and mysteries.” These “vivid and refined details of her works provoke in the viewer a sense of regression to childhood.” For more info on the opening head on over to the event invite here.
For the latest edition of the Wonderwalls Festival in Port Adelaide, Australia which aims to turn the city into an even bigger open air outdoor gallery of murals painted by local, national, and international artists, Guido van Helten painted this stunning new piece. Entitled ‘New Australiana I (wattle)’ the mural is a collaboration with Australian War Photographer David Dare Parker, referencing David Dare Parker’s photograph taken in Dili during the East Timor Crisis of 1999. In the words of the artist is is a “part of a continuing exploration of Australian multicultural, refugee and asylum seeker history.” For full photo sets of this mural and the rest of the awesome pieces painted for this round of Wonderwalls head on over to their page here.
MonumentArt is a new public art project that has wrapped up this past weekend in the diverse neighborhoods of Harlem and The Bronx, NYC, which focuses on the issues of immigration. Faith47 was one of the many participating artists who painted this beautiful mural entitled “Estamos todos los que cabemos.” In the words of the artist the mural “speaks of the migratory patterns of birds, observing that nature ignores human borders on a map. We forget that the dividing lines specifying countries, were merely drawn by politically hungry men [when] in reality the earth is open. There are no countries, no borders, it belongs to no one. We are transient visitors and should travel as we please.” For more info and images of this new addition to the streets of Harlem head on over to her site here.
Desvelarte is an annual urban art festival in Santander, Spain “with the aim of showing [and] promoting urban artists and artistic groups of the national and international scene.” For this years event Dulk was one of four participating artists and as always his work gushes with happy vibes. Entitled “Save Yourself” the mural is a wonderfully bizarre selection of animals from around the world, set in surreal scenarios.
Going on right now in Niort, France is the annual Le 4eme MUR street art festival put together by the Winterlong Galerie. This beautiful new piece was painted by the lovely Hyuro – “Il est interdit d´interdire” (It is forbidden to forbid), in the words of the artist “this wall doesn’t speak solely through context, but it does speak about our time. It tells of human beings, immigrants or refugees alike, any person who for any number of reasons feels the need to move somewhere else. It speaks of our innate indifference to distance and our lack of interest for nameless and faceless people. It speaks to the internal contradiction between principles, rights, and our own self interests.” For more info head on over to Hyuro’s blog here.
For a recent collaboration, Landfill Meditation, between Faith47 and director Dane Dodds, the duo created a video inspired by Faith47′s wheatpaste series of broken down cars in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the words of the artists: “Landfill Meditation doesn’t chronicle the creation of the murals but rather contextualizes them, linking Faith47’s abandoned cars to other objects and spaces once loved and desired, then later discarded. [R]eflecting on the notion of progress and the waste that it leaves behind, [it] is about integrating the worst parts of ourselves and acknowledging the damage we do to the planet as a whole.”
“Landfill Meditation makes for uncomfortable viewing: rather than the usual postcard view of Cape Town or Johannesburg, Dane’s camera lingers on unsettling imagery of rats and rubbish, decomposing birds and derelict, hijacked buildings.”
For full info and images of each wheatpaste head on over to Faith47′s site here and check out the video below.
MadC has found her way down to London, England where she was invited to be a part of the Dulwich Picture Gallery Project, curated by Ingrid Beazly. As a part of the project street artists are asked to bless the streets with their own interpretations of paintings that can be found in the Dulwich Picture Gallery, England’s oldest public gallery, with MadC′s selection being Van Dyck’s painting of Lady Digby. In the words of the artist she “made an abstract version of the painting in [her] signature transparent calligraphy style, leaving only a decaying rose as a realistic element,” the only thing that rests near Lady Digby on her deathbed. For details and progress shots be sure to head on over to MadC’s site here.