Millie | 18-Jul-2014
'During the Apartheid times, non-white people were not allowed into galleries. And even today, it's still very elitist. The gallery culture is only for people that are really into art and its very, very niche,' says South-African artist Faith47 in an interview for Deutsche Welle. It seems that sometimes we forget how exceptionally lucky and happy we are to be free and enjoy the act of self- expression without any oppression. Freedom of speech and art is a fundamental human right and today, on late Nelson Mandela's birthday, we decide to look back and remember his heritage, passed for future generations through the works of art painted on the walls of post-apartheid, complex South Africa.
The Shangri-La Report 2014 with Stanley Donwood, Shepard Fairey, Mark Jenkins, Ron English, Steve Cutts and more
Millie | 11-Jul-2014
There is hardly anyone who is not familiar with Glastonbury Festival and its platform for art- Shangri-La. Going for a decade now, the tradition to support and bring fresh contemporary art from established and emerging artists to the wider audience of festival goers has just been scaled up with the help of the Arts Council. This year not only Glastonbury hosted some of their 'usual suspects' artists - Mark Jenkins, Ludo, Hayden Kays, Steve Cutts, OBEY/Shepard Fairey, Dan Hillier, and many more, but also had renowned Stanley Donwood as a headline artist, choosing his work 'Nether' as a central image of festival 2014. Take a look below of the visual report from the scene. All images are via Shangri-La.
Summer, Sea and Sun On the Streets with Pixel Pancho, Seth Globepainter, Faith47, Borondo, Alice Pasquini, RUN, Paul Insect and Sweet Toof
Millie | 10-Jul-2014
This week's On the Streets is full of art that carries the summer spirit. Leading off the review is Pixel Pancho with his newest wall, painted as part of the Italian Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival in Gaeta. The work is a beautiful depiction in a signature for the artist painterly style, reminiscent of Michelangelo's classic composition in his 'Pieta'. See below for more detailed shots of the mural. Other worthy walls come from Seth Globepainter in Paris, Faith47 in Glasgow, Borondo in London, Alice Pasquini in Cles (Italy), Fintan Magee in Limerick, RUN in Croatia and Paul Insect and Sweet Toof - London.
Millie | 09-Jul-2014
Italian artist RUN has been a busy bee. Shortly after the opening of his solo show ''Dancer Master'' at Hang-Up Gallery, he got invited by the Barbican Centre to get involved and paint a mural for the Ram Place Fashion Market project. Here is the story of the piece in photos and words.
God and Humans On the Streets with Aryz, Seth Globepainter, Remi Rough and Best Ever, RUN, Os Gemeos, Saber and Meggs
Millie | 30-Jun-2014
The world might have been under the World Cup 2014 spell, but this week's examples of art on the streets proved that it is not all about the football. Spaniard Aryz, who hardly needs an introduction, chooses the walls of Granollers as his canvas to paint his newest and quite impressive piece. Named after the Greek and Roman gods of fertility Priapus and Demeter, the work feels like a beautiful reminder of and a distant memory of the time, when the artist ''grew up painting walls in the river side... and where I used to check my favourite graffiti writers'' (Aryz, 2014). See below for a close-up, more detailed images of the mural. Other notable walls come from Seth Globepainter in Louisiana, Meggs in Richmond, Remi Rough and Best Ever for the Wide Open Walls project in Gambia, RUN in London, Os Gemeos in Sao Paulo, Lorenzo Quinn in an unknown location and Saber and Zes in downtown LA.
Millie | 23-Jun-2014
On Friday evening we launched 'Dancer Master', featuring an exciting new collection of canvas paintings, drawings and sketches created from organic material such as wood, paper, cardboard and jute by street artist RUN. Three-dimensional installations transformed the traditional white wall gallery setting, with marionette cut outs of faces and hands, hanging from the gallery walls, suggesting modern tribalism and insane rituals from another world. East End Review on RUN's work for the show: Amid the sometime greyness of the city, RUN's colourful creations emit an air of mysticism and spirituality that sits at odds with many Londoners' tiny poor lives. It is perhaps this contrast that gives his art power...
The Cityscape Silhouettes with Anthony Lister, Sam3, Vhils, JAZ, Pablo Herrero, Phlegm, Bast and Paul Insect
Millie | 20-Jun-2014
With summer now in full swing, the cityscapes around the world are freshen up by the bright and colourful silhouettes of unknown figures and characters. Leading off this week recap is Anthony Lister with this brilliant quick portrait piece, completed to coincide with his newest NYC solo show. Other worthy walls come from Sam3 in Girona, Spain, Vhils in Lisbon, Portugal, Pablo S. Herrero in Bratislava, Slovakia, Phlegm in Malmö, Sweden, JAZ in Berlin, Germany, Seth Globepainter in Montreal, Canada and Paul Insect and Bast somewhere in NYC.
The Faces On the Streets with Cake, Ryan Seslow, David de la Mano, STIK, ARYZ, Sweet Toof and Paul Insect
Millie | 15-Jun-2014
June has been full of sun and football so far, however, there is more to it. This week we take a closer look at all the faces and characters, painted fresh on the city walls all around the world. Leading off is this brilliant CAKE and Ryan Seslow collaborative piece, done for the Welling Court Mural Project presented by Ad Hoc in Queens, NYC. The work not only blends beautifully the artists' signature styles, but also provides an immediate vibrant visual experience and context for how people working, passing by and living in Queens, feel and interact with their neighbourhood and local environment. We love how the clustered repetitive Ryan Seslow's characters co-exist with Cake's tender, fragile in their beauty females. Other notable works come from David de la Mano in Montevideo, STIK in NYC, JADE in Puerto Maldonado (Peru), ARYZ in Barcelona, Bezt (Etam Cru) in Montreal, Sweet Toof and Paul Insect -London.
Summer Vibes On the Streets with D*Face, Fintan Magee, Tristan Eaton, Reka One, Paul Insect, Dscreet and More
Millie | 08-Jun-2014
This week's review of art on the streets will be sun soaked and full of holiday and summer vibes. We start off with D*Face's newest wall addition in Malmö, Sweden. Named ''Last Embrace Before Departure'', the piece features successfully the artist's signature blend of 'pop art' image references, delivering the viewer a moral dilemma of embrace or reject, laugh or deny. Other notable works come from Fintan Magee - Culver City, LA, Remed and Okuda - Wynwood, Miami, Reka One - Melbourne, Tristan Eaton - For Versace & POW! WOW! - Honolulu, Natalia Rak - Malmö, Paul Insect and Dscreet ; Bortusk Leer and My Dog Sighs - London.
Carla Nizzola | 06-Jun-2014
In anticipation for the launch of Italian Street Artist RUN's upcoming solo show 'Dancer Master' this month, Hang-Up met with the artist to talk about the thrill of creating art for the street, the longevity of dance, the beauty of travelling, the challenges of bringing a trade to a different country and the core inspirations behind his unique style. Below is a short introductory video of RUN's working environment, thoughts and ideas behind the show. 'Dancer Master' opens 21 Jun - 9 Aug 2014. Private View launch Fri 20 June, 6-9pm.