On Saturday, we spent the entire afternoon and part of the evening selling new LoveMoney shirts while taking in the diverse sights and sounds at the 2014 Arts In The Park event that was held in Roxbury’s Malcolm X Park. While a basketball tournament was underway next to the festivities, throngs of people came to join a celebration of creativity that included artists creating new pieces right on the spot. In addition to us, multiple vendors were selling apparel (shout out to Mayan, Eddie, and the rest of the Kulturez crew), food (Thanks to Twins & Friends and more), and artwork. There were also musical performances and a forum of discussion that included interviews with some of the artists in attendance.
We’d like to extend our thanks to James Pierre for organizing the event. The day was long, but the experience was extremely enjoyable and we look forward to the next one.
Last year, acclaimed street artist Banksy visited New York City, bringing with him his signature creativity and cultural critiques for a month long residency in October. Writer and photographer Ray Mock has compiled a first hand account of the citywide exhibition with his new book Banksy In New York, charting not just the art itself but the very experience of exploring the streets of the Big Apple for each of his pieces. Comprised of over 120 photos and illustrations of what was produced during this period, the book is excellent reading material for any fans of Banksy and his unique brand of street art. Limited to just 2,000 units, Banksy In New York can now be purchased through the online shop of Carnage.
The cardboard tubes that lie at the core of toilet paper rolls have been turned into a collection of comically expressive faces by French artist Junior Fritz Jacquet. Entitled Masks and comprised of 40 different creations, this series is the result of Jacquet folding each of the tubes and finally coating them with shellac and various pigments.
The city of Baltimore has collaborated with Spanish art collective MMMM on an imaginative new bus stop that uses the benches to spell out the word “BUS.” Each of them standing 14 feet tall, these sculptures are the latest result of the city’s TRANSIT – Creative Placemaking with Europe in Baltimore program, an intiative that commissions European artists to channel their talents into fun and unique projects that contribute to urban renewal in Baltimore.
The “BUS” stop is located on S. East Avenue in Highlandtown.
One of the most recognizable icons in the world of video games, Pac-Man is the quintessential addict, driven by an insatiable appetite for pellets and fruit that he collects while attempting to elude deadly foes in hot pursuit. This mad hunger is the basis for The Consumer, a new piece created in Hamburg, Germany by London-based street artist Shok-1, whose artwork consists of translucent illustrations that look like x-rays.
Located in India, the Drepung Loseling Monastery is home to a group of Tibetan monks who travel the world promoting world peace by creating amazingly detailed mandalas, Hindu and Buddhist symbols that represent the universe. Beginning with just an outline that is drawn on a clean surface, the monks meticulously apply multicolored grains of sand that number in the millions. A process that can take several weeks to complete, the result is a breathtakingly colorful work of art. Yet in spite of how much time is spent working on each mandala, the monks leave them to be viewed for just a short period before sweeping up the sand and depositing it in an urn, where half is given to the audience and the rest is returned to the ocean. The fleeting existence of each mandala is meant to represent how short life can be and to reinforce our appreciation of the time we’re given.
Berlin-based artist Olivia Steele puts neon lighting to bold and dazzling effect, creating installations that consist of short statements set against various backdrops. She’s turned a medium that is traditionally employed for marketing purposes into a meditative form of expression.
Swedish artist Nina Lindgren recently exhibited Floating City at the ArtRebels gallery located in Copenhagen, a sculpture that she created using only cardboard and glue. The construction of each home featured in this piece is exceptionally detailed, from the angular roofs that sport chimneys to the tiny holes that represent windows. Equally impressive is the seamless grouping of each module, which is shown in the short video below.
Apparel, art, and other gifts that embody urban creativity can be found within the doors of San Francisco boutique Upper Playground. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the brand has teamed up with neighboring skate shop DLX, who’s entering its 20th year of delivering a diverse array of goods — boards, clothing, shoes, and more — to the same community. The two brands commissioned artist Jeremy Fish to design the Walrus Cruiser, a custom skateboard that’s limited to just 75 units. In Fish’s signature style, a walrus is illustrated along the deck’s bottom, its gaping mouth unzipped to reveal a golden view of the San Francisco skyline.
The Walrus Cruiser skateboard can be purchased here.
On Saturday, I showed up to the Might And Magic exhibit held at Kulturez‘ flagship store in Harvard Square, where tattoo artist Rueben “Horikei” Kayden — whose talents can be commissioned at Chameleon Tattoo — had several pieces on display. From producing traditional prints to having his work grace the surfaces of skateboards, Kayden’s artistry is greatly informed by Japanese themes, the result of frequent visits to Japan and his tutelage under Japanese tattoo master Horimyo. Those in attendance were also treated to food, drinks and a raffle that rewarded winners with apparel and a select number of Kayden’s unframed prints.
Might and Magic will be on display until August 1st.
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