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Etam Cru | Sainer & Bezt (Poland)

Moonshine, Richmond, VA, United States (2013)
Surprise, Sofia, Bulgaria (2013)
Madamme Chicken, Lodz, Poland, (2013)
Monkey Business, Warsaw,Poland (2013)

Polish graffiti duo Etam Cru, composed of artists Sainer and Bezt, create murals of epic proportions. Spanning entire high-rise buildings, their works are heavily dosed with fantasy, even fairytale elements. Hints of Easter European folklore (mushrooms and forest creatures make frequent appearances) make their way into the action-packed scenes reminiscent of graphic novels. Every aspect of the color-saturated murals seems to be in motion: animals and houses alike come to life, human characters gain abilities that defy the laws of physics. (source: Hi-Fructose Magazine)

[more Etam Cru | artist found at actegratuit]

Morphology: Language As Image

Okay, so I’m thinking about interesting and pine-cone-ish ways of thinking about linguistics. So here’s one… what if we think about how the terms we use in linguistics to describe the morphology of languages might apply to images?

So… here’s a snippet of what I asked my students this week (all images by Todd Webb, borrowed from comicsworkbook and walldrawing).

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  1. What parts of the image do you see?
  2. How do those parts interact with each other?
  3. What parts of this image are “root” or “stem” parts and which parts feel like “affixes”?
  4. Of the affixes, can you say which are “inflectional” (they only exist to hold the grammar together) and which parts are “derivational” (they add some important information to the meaning, or change the kind of meaning of a given part)?

Look at other versions of this picture. Does it change your opinion?

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What do yall think? How would you respond if you were in my class? What happens when we think about the parts of language like we think about the parts of an image?

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Artist on Tumblr

David de la Mano | on Tumblr (Spain)

David de la Mano is known for painting flat monochromatic silhouettes inside and outside, often collaborating with fellow artist, Pablo S. Herrero. The Spanish artist has spread his work to the streets of several countries and has similar esthetics to that of Muralist, Sam3. (src. Juxtapoz)

© All images courtesy the artist

[more David de la Mano | artist found at darksilenceinsuburbia]

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Natalia Rak (b.1986, Poland) -  Explore Nature. Memorie Urbane, Terracina, Italy (2014)

Polish street artist Natalia Rak is a graduate of Fine Arts in Lodz. She is passionate about painting since 10 years and has practiced the street art more recently. Her art has been exhibited in several group exhibitions in Poland, among others First Streetart Auction in Poland -Rempex Gallery in Warsaw. She paints mainly female portraits and creates the mystery and the metaphor in her colorful paintings.

© All images courtesy the artist, photos by Blind Eye Factory

[more Natalia Rak | artist found at Feel Desain]

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Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania/Malaysia)

Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic turns the corners of towns into a brilliant series of interactive murals. He first creates a setting mixing paint and real objects in an ordinary alley, then invites people to interact with this scene and takes pictures of their propositions. The goal is to guarantee the consistency between the setting and the participant to make the scene as lively as possible. Since Zacharevic was given the mission to embellish the Malay city of Penang, he settled there and spread his participative art through the run down streets of the city. His interactive murals have become a landmark in Malaysia. (cf. Street art community)

© All images courtesy of the artist

[more Ernest Zacharevic | artist found at actegratuit]

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Art Writer’s Wednesday 24 - Artist on Tumblr

Bault | on Tumblr (France)

Bault is a graffiti artist based in Paris. He has developed over years a world where populate monsters, hybrid animals and grotesque characters half-human half-machine. The creatures that he draws are often deformed, amputated or unfinished. We met Bault at Streets Hotel where he has painted three rooms (TBC). Captured by his fantastic creatures, Artchipel invites the Artist to share with our audience his personal story and creation process.
http://bault.tumblr.com/post/75713361469/streets-hotel-paris-iii-room-221-2014

Artchipel: Who is Bault? Tell us a bit about your educational background and your practice.
Bault: I have studied in Avignon Fine Arts School and then Decorative Arts School in Strasbourg where I practiced exclusively videos, sounds and contemporary illustrations. I am currently a graphic designer and visual artist. I develop more and more my creative activity. It is a recent project that allows me to express my graphic experiment without limit. I am in a period of artistic turbulence witch is very challenging.

A: When did you start to paint or stick your characters on the street? How has the graffiti initially captured your attention?
B: I started painting at an early age. I come from the southwest of France, near Toulouse, where I had my first direct approach to graffiti. Back then, I listened to a lot of hip-hop, while I was in an environment rather punk-rock-anarchist. All these subcultures have led me to paint on the street: hip-hop for the atmosphere, and punk-rock for the attitude.

I like to paint on the street because I like to paint with people, to choose walls, to push my limits, and to share something… When you paint a wall, there is the freedom of movement, the apprehension of space that is unique. It’s like going back to the ancient cave paintings. I’m a caveman with an iPhone.

A: Could you share with us your process and how did you come to develop your aesthetic?
B: Sketches, scribbles and notes are the basis and the ingredients of my work. Find the right medium for the best expression is my recipe. I often work in terms of series and try to develop a consistent body of work. I also keep an important part for the hand improvisation and the automatic writing. Graffiti allows that: starting with an approximate mass of color and revealing gradually the line. I refuse to remain static in my mode of representation. I like to move between the very naive, abstract and realistic representation.

A: You like beautiful designs but have trouble drawing “cute” characters. What do you aim to convey through your art?
B: First, I like to draw profusely and hope to communicate the pleasure of drawing. I also like to show that we can play with the modes of representation by mixing styles without being “cute”. The meaning of my illustrations is somehow obscure. There are often several readings but with the central themes: hybridization, biomechanics, body worship and ecology. That having been said, before finding the original and unexplored denotations, I try not to politicize my creations.

A: Why did you choose to place your art in the public space? Is graffiti and street art more susceptible to viral art in some way?
B: I don’t paint in the public space by opportunism. It wasn’t the initial purpose, but it is true that the impact is immediate. People are very receptive to ephemeral works and to artists who give their time to offer / impose images. I like the idea to share something with the general public, that a painting can touch everyone of the society. And if my work make the viewer stop and think 10 seconds, that’s positive.

A: You had your first personal exhibition last year at Le Cabinet d’amateur. How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries?
http://www.lecabinetdamateur.com/expositions/bault/
B: The world is changing and so is the graffiti movement. This is the “nebula” of the art market that, I admit, often makes me sick. One of the main causes is the lack of discernment. On the other hand, the galleries can reveal another facet of street artists and allows the public to rediscover it, to show new faces with original work. It helps artists to create new challenging projects.

A: Could you name 3 young artists to keep an eye on?
B: Kouka (cf. previous posts), a street artist who is having a show at Taglialatella Gallery this month. He has painted 2 amazing warriors in Vitry. It’s one of my favorite French paintings of the year. Kashink, one of the few very active female artists in the French graffiti/street art scene, a very nice person. She paints huge four eyed characters, with thick lines and vivid colors. I like her style. And my friend Saint Oma. This year, with La galerie du jour agnès b, he has participated in the 8th contemporary art fair “Drawing Now Paris”. Champion!

A: What is your project for the coming year?
B: Lot’s of exhibitions, big walls, a big ride in Latin America…

Thanks Bault for taking time out to answer these questions. Bault can be found with updated posts on his Facebook and Tumblr. © All images courtesy the artist

[more Bault | Art Writer’s Wednesday with Artchipel]

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Tumblr Artist

Ella & Pitr | on Tumblr (France) - La Comédie

Photo Estelle Offroy

La Comédie (The Comedy) is a series of anamorphic murals created by French street artists Ella & Pitr in the city of Saint-Étienne to bring awareness to the worn out and abandoned buildings. Whimsical and playful, each piece in this public art series typically features a gigantic illustrated picture frame that appears to be a portal to another world that is more colorful and fantastical. By strategically placing people - who are volunteers living in the city - in these picture frames, the artists are able to create surreal images where it is difficult to distinguish between the second and third dimensions. The vibrancy of the images captured within these painted frames also stands in stark contrast to their dilapidated surroundings, thus bringing attention to the sorry states of the buildings. (source designtaxi)

[more Ella & Pitr | artist found at from89]

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Tumblr Artist

Roa | on Tumblr (Belgium) - Cockatoo Island, Sydney / Swallows, Katowice Street Art Festival, Poland

Belgian street artist, Roa, is well-known for his giant black and white animal street art: “Painting walls is fascinating because they aren’t rigid or outlined; you are free to do whatever you want. Despite my appreciation for abandoned spaces; I do like painting in the city, too. I find it a completely refreshing experience to see and paint animals “in the wild”, but they also invade urban areas, just in a different way. The animal paintings are much more eye-catching on the streets through my modifications of their proportions. It must be strange for a four year old to see a pig on the street four times its natural size. In a way these paintings are inappropriate for the city and maybe even irrelevant; and that is exactly why I find that interesting. I like the needlessness and spontaneity of these kinds of acts and it goes without saying that I like animals, too.” (cf. Artist Playground) You can visit his Flickr or follow his Tumblr for more works.

[more Roa]

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Blu (Italy) - Merano (2006)

Collaboration with Erica il Cane (previously featured here) ; view video here

The list of the places where Blu has left his trace is as long as his collection of sketchbooks which contain sketches, thoughts or simply visual notes. Often these drawings function as a script for his improvisations on walls. His graphic mania is directly proportional to the epic scale of his murals. His paintings seem to interpret the architectural language of public spaces and reinvent them into new shapes. Thus, his murals are never detached from the places where they were conceived because Blu is a painter in the landscape, urban or industrial. He always tries to communicate with the society which inhabits those spaces, searching for the uniqueness of each place. (…) The recurring themes of his imagery play on the distortion of the human figure. He speaks a pop vocabulary which resembles the automatic writing process of the surrealist tradition with purely rhetorical processes. (…) Blu’s aesthetic search is motivated by a belief in an open source philosophy, persistent in its anarchical revolt against contemporary art conventions and unique in beauty. (cf. Wikipedia)

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Escif (Spain) - Street Art vs Capitalism. Fame Festival, Grottaglie, Italy / Those who fled. Cholula, Mexico

Spanish street artist, Escif, paints murals that have a lot to say. With a very simple graphic style, he expresses his political, cultural and social perception in an ironic but poetic way, by creating surreal and humorous situations. The vision that he gives to the viewers is often enigmatic, sometimes ominous, always elegant: “I try to focus my work around concepts, not just shapes. I try to found my style like the consequences of my own ideas. I understand the painting as an exercise of reflection that can be shared with people. I’m not looking for decorative paintings, I try to wake up viewers’ minds.” (cf. The Escif Interview at Unurth)

[more Escif]

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Tumblr Artist

Eime | on Tumblr (Portugal) - Alto da eira, Lisbon, Portugal (2012)

Eime is a graffiti and street-art artist from Porto, Portugal. He combines the stencil, the dripping and the realism to showcase strange characters and enigmatic portraits. The art that he builds is somehow dramatic, having a clear connection with the scenography and the theater. Please visit his behance or follow his Tumblr for more work.

[more Eime]

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