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Category Archives: Graffiti
by Tracey Paleo – Gia On The Move
It’s been a while since I’ve talked about anything on one of my favorite subjects in the art universe – #streetart.
This past week, HuffPost did an article that was so gorgeous I had to post the photos and the link. It’s not often I get to see these kinds of pieces. When I do. I pause in awe. These are simply brilliant, exciting, so incredibly spontaneous and truly the barometer of Culture Shift – “Look Who’s Talking with their Eyes Wide Open.”
Modern classics at their best and brightest…from Brazil, to Russia, to the USA, Prague, Poland, Cape Town and more. You will want to check out the article for the rest. GO NOW — DO IT! — SEE IT! — CLICK!
GO OUT AND GET SOME CULTURE!
What does Paris look like in Summer?
A kaleidoscopic carnival of color and live graffiti, with street artists, video projection, live performances, contests, and shopping for thousands of invited guests all roaming the cool desert evenings in Hollywood, CA.
.by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
After the success of the three previous editions of the Street Art Show STREETKUBE, the Parisian creative agency LOUIS Creative Workshop has chosen Los Angeles to host a new summer initiative of spontaneous art projects, combining exhibitions, performances and installations, under the California sun:
« Le SUMMER STREET ART SHOW », on Thursday August 15th, 7:30pm, at Lexington’s, Hollywood.
Following its original concept, Le SUMMER STREET ART SHOW continues the experience of inaugurating extraordinary places turned into a real pop-up street art galleries, where Collective Exhibition and performances are mingled.
Artists (some also known already in the US) to watch:
L’ATLAS, SPEEDY GRAPHITO, RERO, JEF AEROSOL, J.R., NASSYO, MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS, INVADER, AVERY, MARKO93, ANDRÉ, ZALEZ, ROMAIN FROQUET, SUBY ONE, KURAR…
by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
“What does it mean?” I thought.
I know what it means to me, but what about the artist. Why does this image continue to have such powerful impact? Why in this place? This grungy, ugly, barren, stripped, cemented, place…the side of a barrier across from a public parking lot, almost hidden. Does this corner need inspiration? A reminder? Someone watching over it? And why did I choose to notice it now? Has it been there all along? And the texture of it…it’s so impressive…so thought out…so alive. He’s almost breathing. This piece has a sense of the artist painstakingly molding the materials, scratching, and painting carefully, meticulously. This is no accident. No mere unsophisticated rendition. It really is a work of art that but for the subject matter, could have been pulled right out of the Renaissance. Modern day Michelangelo.
It’s the kind of curiosity that will bring me back again and again to look at this spontaneous street art wall relief of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America. For now, a photograph will have to suffice…
Watching a brilliant fireworks display on New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight from my balcony got me thinking, “I’d like this year to be filled with color!” So I couldn’t help but get started with something vibrant, fun and insatiably artistic.
So-Cal inspired, designer and artist Taylor Reeve is making the most motley statement with her signature, eye-catching art, imprinted on the soles of her one-of-a-kind exclusively crafted leather heels. Patterns include designs that are soft and girly to edgy skull prints.
TaylorSays the new collection draws on just about everything in her path. Her inspiration comes from a wide array of influences like street and pop art to graffiti, tattoo and kustom culture; unique style that solely marks her work as an individual artist.
Taylor has created one of a kind artistic series for other companies like Quiksilver, Dragon, Bell Helmets and SkullCandy to name a few. She even debuted a men’s outerwear line for Quiksilver last winter and has worked with custom bike builder Jesse Rooke for 6 years, adding her signature flair to some of his famous choppers.
Intensely relevant to the max. YOU WILL BE KALEIDOSCOPICLY NOTICED!!!
When a string of supernatural suicide bombings starts on a lonely highway outside of town, the FBI swoops in to try and find out who may have devised the sinister plot. What they find is…the last thing they expected.
Evolving over the last year, these three loosely connected stories revolve around the strange and beautiful people of Rodgers Cross – a small town controlled by the ominous Maddox Mental Hospital.
The evening will unfold in two parts x four people: Timmy & Ronny and Vail & Nora. Love. Revenge. Weddings, Mysteries and Mental Hospitals… an evening of new plays by Z.N. Lupetin at The Hudson Guild Theater in Hollywood’s theater row:
Friday, October 12 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 13 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 14 – 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 18 – 8:00 PM
Friday, October 19 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 20 – 8:00 PM
Jeff Lupetin (voice)
Written + Directed by Z.N. Lupetin
Stage Manager: John David DeFour
“Flesh and Acrylic” is Ben Heine's latest project (started in 2011). Ben creates abstract acrylic paintings on large wooden panels. The main idea is to create a surface blending the model with the background. Indeed, the particularity of the project resides in the fact that a living person is integrated in the artwork and is part of the whole composition. The end result is often wild and very colorful.
Walk – Bike – Metro to art in your neighborhood!
An alternative to Carmageddon:
On September 29 & 30, Hollywood Fringe along with a multitude of cultural organizations are throwing a citywide art party and celebrating the prolific and inspiring art happening all over Los Angeles. From the Valley to Pasadena, Santa Monica to Downtown, there is a lot going on and they want you to join them…
Visit www.ARTmageddonLA.com to discover listings for art happening near you.
Check out what’s happening at major institutions nearby or dig deeper and discover hidden gems just around the corner. Carmageddon II is the perfect excuse to leave your car behind and support local art by experiencing the performances, concerts, screenings, exhibitions and more, being created and presented in your own backyard.
For updates throughout ARTmageddon weekend:
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ARTmageddon… Less Car. More ART!
September 29 & 30
ARTmageddon is a collaborative effort co-founded by Beyond the Usual and Curbside, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Experience LA, LA Stage Alliance, ForYourArt, and Metro, in association with an inspiring alliance of artists and community partners, and with the generous support of the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District (LADAD).
Amongst the many, many happenings in Los Angeles, the Ovation Award Nominees (Theatre) announced a couple of weeks ago and offered just the right spirit to give a nod to a few shows I never got to talk about. Sometimes there is too much going on in the week. Apologies aside, everything is worth a shout out, so here goes…
Love Rock Soul Power
Rock musicals are the new heir apparent operas and in that vein Spring Awakening brilliantly produced this year at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, by Topher Rhys, James Lee Barnard and Nathan Gardner, attempted to tackle the issues of the day with yet another updated version of an old story as old as time and Teen Angst. Puberty although arguably ridiculous at times, is serious business in any generation. This Spring Awakening brought it down to its simplicity, kids against parents, parents against students, everyone against the moral fabric fighting in their own way through the toughness of life mixed with innocence, curiosity, delight and revolution, managing to tap into that thing we call the zeitgeist, evidenced by the completely full houses of young and old, hip and frumpy, gay and straight peeps alike. It was a show for everyone. One could say that LOVE CONQUERS ALL but it doesn’t prevent natural hormonal impulse, suicide, bad parenting, teen pregnancy or malicious teachers from messing with our already confusing lives. In fact it’s pretty painful. In the end, our own strength and will, our actions and our own decisions that we make for ourselves get us to center. Bravo! LOVE IS LOUDER!
Lovers and Other Strangers
On the other hand the new musical Overcome Overjoyed which showcased briefly at the El Portal Theatre, in North Hollywood, CA, offered its own take on more adult themes of loss, love , violence, betrayal and forgiveness. In this parent trap of pain and misunderstanding emerges a slightly stinging glint of sun in the eyes of a person who has finally removed his dark glasses bringing about a multi-spectrum of ecstatic self-revelation and color blossoming with life. The moral: You really need to pay attention to your kids. They might surprise you!
Former Madonna Dancer, Hubbard Street of Chicago Principal and actor, Carlton Wilborn, sings up a storm surrounded by a cast of incredibly young budding song and dance talents. Supported by a gorgeous although in progress sounding musical score and original story by seasoned writer-director Charlia Boyer of Charo Productions (www.charoproductions.com). Why oh Why were there only 3 shows! It’s only getting better.
Here’s what Carlton had to say:
The experience of working on Overcome Overjoyed!, this time around, is proving, for me, to not only be about sharing a slice of Inspirational soul-food for our audience to absorb. But, that, I myself, am also being elevated to a new level of spiritual growth, through the process of building this most divine, and entertaining show.
A Big Thank You…goes out to the productions, writer, producer, co-director and female lead Charlia Boyer and the co-director Christopher Richards!
Check out some of the super talents in this live performance:
TREASURE HUNTING… has been filled with surprising little finds.
This past Saturday I was invited to preview the very rare open showroom event with Studio City’s (LA) tiny, buzzy, back room, shopping secret, Haylee Winard. ”Call Me!” she says, and really means it. And she’ll even throw in her EXCESS BAGGAGE to get you date, office or red carpet ready. Only one day before the Grammy’s and the girls were flitting over sheer panels and soft sweaters, edgy jackets and glam black minis. Excessively California chic, there is nothing second class on the racks and you can buy it all on line – if you’re lucky you might even get to be one of Haylee’s many select Los Angeles clients whose closets hail some of the best of the “au currant.” Shoppers at this “old school” style showroom will have to compete with other stylists and fashionistas – and For Love and Lemons, NO RIPPING ALLOWED! visit: http://shopexcessbaggage.com/
To give the event an extra boost was RequiredFlare.com the ultimate accessory boutique boasting funky, fun, and on-trend styles at the best possible prices from designers such as Noir, Ettika, Luv AJ, CC SKYE, Sugarbean, and many more.
OH HELL YEAH! I was getting my limited edition numbered poster
for the 2012 TARFEST Music and Art Festival this weekend sponsored by KCRW and Launch LA, featuring my most favorite gallery in Los Angeles. Thank you Merry Karnowsky. Live painting by four painters who have the LA graffiti art scene by the “skin of its imagination!” – Greg (Craola) Simkins, Johnny (KMNDZ) Rodriguez, Soft Swells and Van Saro.
Excavating Future Culture on the Miracle Mile!!!
Gray Line New York, New York City’s premier sightseeing and tourism company, today honored stage and screen icons, and Broadway Barks co-founders, Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore into the Ride of Fame™ campaign. Ms. Peters, who was on-site to receive this honor, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the custom decal featuring her and Ms. Moore’s likenesses on the front of one of Gray Line New York’s iconic double-decker buses. Ms. Peters also revealed a special edition poster designed by the legendary Bob Mackie, celebrating this year’s 14th annual Broadway Barks, the Peters/Moore -founded dog and cat adoption event produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
Since 1926, Gray Line New York has been a proud staple of the New York City tourism industry, bringing visitors to all the must-see stops in New York City on its signature red double-decker tour buses. Now with its Ride of Fame™ campaign, Gray Line New York is recognizing and honoring leading New Yorkers and iconic New York establishments, whom they identify as exemplary community figures and entities by bestowing a bus in their fleet to each dedicatee. This will be the first occasion where two legendary celebrities are inducted onto one bus. Past honorees include: Liza Minnelli, Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Rachael Ray, New York Ranger, Henrik Lundqvist, Cyndi Lauper, Marc Anthony, Kenneth Cole and legendary New York Yankee, Reggie Jackson.