French artist and photographer JR has built an incredible reputation through art and philanthropy. Spanning the world over in his exploits, JR’s latest stop takes him to Hong Kong with a recent exhibition opening at Galerie Perrotin. Much of JR’s work centers around bringing to light the marginalized. The city of Hong Kong has long had major socioeconomic issues with a strong disparity between the extremely rich and the poor. Titled “PATTERN,” the exhibition combined aspects of JR’s well-documented INSIDE OUT series on select installations involving metal and woodwork to further accentuate and reappropriate his cause. The exhibition will run until November 10, 2012.
One Art Space is pleased to present: “The Struggle” by El Hase
“The Struggle” explores popular aesthetics featuring emblematic figures of boxing icons and characters from classic horror movies. Incorporating a diverse collection of found objects and various mixed media, El Hase, a pioneer of Venezuelan graffiti and urban art, presents a series of pieces and installations in which he displays his figures with distressing expressions and threatening postures, relating them to images from B-movies and horror films and referencing the constant struggle of graffiti artists and skateboarders to legitimize their art.
“In this series of work I want to express what’s going through my head when I walk at night on the dark streets of Caracas, my hometown, and to portray that feeling I rescue street objects at night from the dark streets of Brooklyn”.
Venezuelan aesthetics abound in his work - handmade signs, street color palettes, posters, local transportation and street graffiti, all are combined with local and international icons, horror and B movies, Venezuelan and international Pop figures, and the skateboard art which El Hase assembles into the personal style that he call B-Art.
With this exhibition, One Art Space continues the work started by other private galleries in New York City during the 70’s and 80’s, promoting and legitimizing emblematic pieces of street art and graffiti. Acquisitions of works by Obey, Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Stephen Powers (Espo) by The Brooklyn Museum and MOMA led to further enthusiasm for the genre from collectors around the world.
“The Struggle” By Sergio Barrios (El Hase) will be on view from Thursday, September 20 through Saturday, September 29 Viewing hours are from 6 –9 PM.
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Drew Young’s work currently focuses on lost and found adolescence. He believes we live in a world that is self-indulgent in primal behavior and lost in a wilderness of forgotten morality and values. The Vancouver, BC-based Young’s images strongly reflect our own life experiences of these dark and visceral moments and places. If anything, he’s giving us an external view of our own slef-gratifying exploits.
In 2008, Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign became a symbol of inspiration and optimism. Yesterday, four years later in New York, Fairey received a sentence of two years probation and a $25,000 fine in federal court for his the same poster. Fairey had initially sued The Associated Press after they accused the artist of copyright infringement, claiming one of their photographs was used in creating the poster.
In his suit he claimed to use a different photograph but later admitted to destroying documents and submitting false images in the case. The prosecutors were seeking a prison sentence, howver the artists charity work and letters of support played a big part in the decision. The artist was quoted in saying that his actions have been not only “Financially and psychologically costly to myself and my family, but also helped to obscure what I was fighting for in the first place —- the ability of artists everywhere to be inspired and freely create art without reprisal.”
Dunlap has shown in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Boston this summer in various group shows, but is also known to paint a very well-constructed barn mural. He also “Can’t read, can’t write.” And was “Raised by wolves and skunks.”
Berlin’s MADE is set to bring together a slew of artistic fields with a new exhibition entitled “REƧƎƎИ: A Transformation of Visualizations.” Based on the work of renowned New York City-based photographer Jonathan Mannion, the exhibition will unite the likes of Berlin-based artists Amine Bendriouich, Christian Awe, Conny Dreher, Ebon Heath, Good Wives and Warriors, Lukas Feireiss and Noelle for an interdisciplinary reinterpretation of Mannion’s pieces. Utilizing photography, fashion, paint, graphic design, typography, illustration and sculpture, “REƧƎƎИ: A Transformation of Visualizations” is set to open with a special event on August 30 before opening to the public on September 4. The entirety of the exhibit will remain on display through September 22, 2012.
What would be your confession?
Los Angeles-based, Italian-American artist Nicola Verlato opened his latest exhibition over the weekend with the debut of “Zero Gravity” at LA’s own Merry Karnowsky Gallery. The new pieces of beautifully detailed imagery see plays on a number of thematic elements while each depics its subject frozen in time and suspended in midair. Verlato’s cinematic “Zero Gravity” is set to remain on display through September 1.