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Street artists Bezt and Sainer from Poland unite their powers to create large scale murals on walls throughout Poland. To see more, visit EtamCru.com.
Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is a Cuban American urban artist and a founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement. Since the late 1990s, he has been replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people to question the controls imposed on public space, the role models designated and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory. Rodríguez-Gerada´s unique direction was mentioned in Naomi Klein´s book No Logo and was a precursor of the use of anonymous portraits now common in street art. His spectacular interventions are created for the sake of bringing awareness to relevant social issues. His large scale time base works avoid negative impact on the environment, challenge the conformity in contemporary art and allow for a reflection that goes beyond the completion of the piece to focus in its concept, process, and the metaphor that comes forth because of the material chosen. (bio from artist website)
To see more, visit JorgeRodriguezGerada.com.
Brooklyn, New York based street and mixed media artist Damon Ginandes’ interest in graffiti first began in the early/mid 90’s but he eventually found it to be too repetitive and stagnant. In 2007, however, he was commissioned to paint a 60 foot long mural on Degraw Street in Brooklyn and his interest in large scale street art was rekindled.
“Damon’s work blends the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional using a variety of materials. Seemingly flat lines and forms protrude into space, suggesting that they are caught between dimensions. The ageless, anonymous and solitary characters appear aware of this peculiar predicament. They are distorted and otherworldly, yet with detached stares they are distinctly human.” (from Prescription Art)
Ginandes influences include Alberto Giacometti and Egon Schiele. “I am attracted to the distorted human figure – faces and bodies elongated and interwoven with abstraction. Lately, my style has become a bit more angular, almost ‘cubist’.”
To see more of Ginandes work, visit DamonGinandes.com.
Sources: Illicit Exhibitions
The twin brothers HOW and NOSM (aka Raoul and Davide Perre) are graffiti artists and professional muralists residing in New York. Born in the Basque country of San Sebastian, Spain, the Perre brothers grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany practicing the Bronx-born art form of graffiti. Their late teenage years were spent spray painting the world, visiting many of the more than 50 countries in which they both left their remarkable artwork on any kind of surface including subway trains. During a visit to New York in ’97 HOW and NOSM were asked to become members of the legendary TATS CRU, and permanently relocated to New York shortly thereafter in ’99 – a move that marked their transition from painting on trains, and even the Berlin Wall – to creating elaborate murals for a number of known commercial clients such as SONY.
As members of TATS CRU, the Perre twins have lectured at universities including M.I.T. and their work has appeared in numerous films, music videos, documentaries, and most recently, the windows of the historic department store, Lord and Taylor.
HOW and NOSM have been featured within the pages of numerous publications, including the New York Times and the New Yorker, and even stirred the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton with the controversial undertones of subjects manifested within their art. As adept with a spray can as only few artists could ever hope to be with a brush, and best known for their medium, Perre’s body of work includes everything from skateboards and collectible toys to large scale multimedia sculpture – and for that matter, anything they can get their hands on. (bio from artist’s website)
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Born in 1984 in Sydney Australia, Daniel O’Toole (aka ‘ears’) has a background in graffiti and interest in fine art. Daniel “served time” at the National Art School in Sydney and has been exhibiting regularly since 2006.
O’Toole is known for his loose and energetic portrait style that plays with the abstract and hints at realism. With influences like Francis Bacon and Brett Whitely he remains diligently focused on the face and as his core subject.
“Painting on a large scale for the most part Daniel uses acrylics shellac and spray paint. The work originates from a technique learned at art school called continuous cross contour line drawing (in street art terms, a one liner). The idea is to loosen up and find your unique mark, and Daniel seems to have discovered an intensely lyrical and feminine mark that sets him apart.”
To see more of O’Toole’s work, visit EarsToTheGroud.net.
Some recent work from Lille, France based artist Amose. Working in various mediums including illustration, traditional painting, spray painting, and screen printing, Amose’s work is inspired by artists such as Vitché and Vasko, Schiele, Klimt, Nate Williams, James Gallagher, and others.
Check out more work by Amose on Flickr.
A selection of work from Jonathan Levine Gallery’s exhibition “Hybrid Thinking”. Curated by Wooster Collective’s Marc + Sara Schiller, the show show features work by: Dal, from Beijing, China (now based in Cape Town, South Africa); Herakut, a duo based in Frankfurt, Germany; Hyuro, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, currently based in Valencia, Spain; Roa, based in Belgium; Sit, from the Netherlands; and Vinz, born and based in Valencia, Spain.
“With a wide array of discipline, medium, style and cultural influence, work by the six artists in this exhibition is thematically cohesive in its related subject matter—through figurative pairings of human and animal elements, the artists explore concepts of instinct, identity and metamorphoses. In the curators’ words: “Hybrid Thinking refers to the current zeitgeist of our time: disparate cultures coming together to create something completely new. Though from distinctly different cultural backgrounds, these artists share an understanding of our cities, of the human condition and our complex relationship with nature.”
“Hybrid Thinking” runs through February 11, 2012. To see more, visit JonathanLevineGallery.com.
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