Street Art

Catching Up With Polish Artist Someart

In June 2019, Estonia hosted Stencibility Street Art Festival in Tartu, its second-largest city. The festival’s website states that it sought to foster street art “in its most authentic quintessential definition.” Stencibility outlined the tenets of such a definition with their manifesto stating that that “(1) public space belongs to everyone who uses it (2) it is everyone’s duty to take care of it like you would in your own home (3) the purpose of street art is to enrich, not ruin, public space

Empowering Students To Become Innovators & Creative Thinkers Through Art

Not one of the artists we report on was born a fully-fledged creative. Their individual bodies of work stem from education, whether that education is experiential or formal. An early exposure to the arts is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child; it expands their minds and unlocks new insights that wouldn’t be achieved in other courses of study. However, because the arts have not been historically regarded as ‘practical’ compared with other subjects, instruction in this area often faces

2 Murals For Urban Myths In Minsk, Belarus

This month witnessed the completion of the massive “Future” Triptych in Minsk, Belarus. The project, initiated by Urban Myths, consists of “three huge murals on the walls of 12-story buildings near the wide road in Minsk, which is a kind of ‘gateway of the city’ on the west side,” according to a press release by the organization. “Three artists from three different countries will create their work based on their impressions of Belarus, which is now changing due to active youth and the developmen

Degrowth: A Negative Growth Of An Economy Or A Population

There is only one thing we can count on in this chaotic universe: nothing lasts forever. Nothing lives forever, keeps its shape forever, or even stays in the same place forever, because place is in many ways relative and even if one particle remains fixed, the things surrounding it shift, thus relatively altering its location. Following this logic, nothing grows forever. This is frightening when you consider the fact that our economy, our system that divvies out the resources necessary for life

Akumal Arts Festival 2019 Themes

This year, Akumal Arts Festival (AAF) invited 130 artists to adorn the town’s many surfaces with murals. In providing inspiration and guidance, they offered the formal theme ‘Climate Change,’ a fitting focus for a festival that takes place in town ripe with natural life. Some artists followed the guidelines, others came armed with their own muses. Parallels emerged from the activity throughout. Ultimately, the messages behind the murals of AAF are as unique as the styles that populated its offer

Of Women, By Women

Thursday, December 12th marks the beginning of Wendy Horwitz’s potentially ephemeral curating career, with the opening of “Of Women, By Women” at The Storefront Project. Horwitz, of relative Instagram fame for her documentation of NYC’s street art scene under the handle @love.from.nyc, told me this is the first show she’s ever curated, and it might be her last. “Who knows?” Horwitz laughed. “This show happens to be a passion project. It wasn’t even my idea. A year and a half ago, in the summert

Three Murals By Artez In Eastern Europe

This fall, street artist Artez toured Eastern Europe, completing three new murals in Belarus and Serbia. Artez, who originally hails from Serbia himself, took the opportunity to explore some new topics and techniques with his work. Fall is a time of transition, and only time will tell if these new attributes become permanent fixtures in the artist’s repertoire. First, Artez visited the Belarusian capital of Minsk to complete a large-scale mural titled “Precious Things” / “Freelance” for the cit

An Overview Of The Second Edition Of Akumal Arts Festival in Akumal, Mexico

November 11th, 2019 concluded the second edition of the annual Akumal Arts Festival (AAF) in Akumal, Mexico. By strict facts, the festival lasted four days and hosted over 130 international artists who painted murals, taught workshops, and participated in both an opening and closing ceremony. Weeks before I disembarked to cover the festival in person, its organizers had testified to the place’s singular magic. Once immersed in that atmosphere, I understood the subtle, yet meaningful attributes t

An Overview Of The Second Edition Of Akumal Arts Festival in Akumal, Mexico

November 11th, 2019 concluded the second edition of the annual Akumal Arts Festival (AAF) in Akumal, Mexico. By strict facts, the festival lasted four days and hosted over 130 international artists who painted murals, taught workshops, and participated in both an opening and closing ceremony. Weeks before I disembarked to cover the festival in person, its organizers had testified to the place’s singular magic. Once immersed in that atmosphere, I understood the subtle, yet meaningful attributes t

Self Reflection and Artistic Evolution: Gunnar Magnus

NYC-based fine artist Gunnar Magnus, a confidante and supporter of the local street art scene, will be showing his work this Sunday, November 24th, at Art Apple NYC. The Bushwick gallery is hosting its first annual ‘Friendsgiving’ group show. The Eventbrite page explains it is “an event where the local community and artists celebrate together what being a New Yorker is about,” featuring art by Magnus, Sorinn Lillico, Najee, Rodrigo Meireles & Gaia, Demetrios Zissiadis, Marie Jose Cima, and Dice

The Story Behind Evoca1’s Huge Mural in Erie, PA

Miami-based, Dominican-born street artist Evoca1 recently completed his latest mural in Erie, PA. Erie Arts & Culture facilitated this massive endeavor, which is the latest chapter in their mission to revitalize the urban landscape with fresh public art painted by world-class talent. Evoca1’s photorealistic mural occupies the towering residential complex of Methodist Towers, and depicts one of its own residents grinning with pure authenticity. Local news source Go Erie reported that the subject

L7Matrix In Moissy-Cramayel, France

Wall Street Art Festival completed this year’s annual edition September 2nd-6th. This year’s iteration of the event took place in Moissy-Cramayel, a small town located in Grand Paris Sud (GPS), France. The festival’s website explains that it “has welcomed street artists from all over the world since 2015,” to the region. It intends to “embellish the facades, [create] beauty [and] color, [and] promote exchanges between artists and residents.” Parisian gallery owner Gautier Jourdain provides artis

A Mural by Nevercrew On Human Act Of Compressing Nature Through Exploitation

Swiss street art duo Nevercrew have continued to elaborate upon their passionate exploration of nature and humanity with their latest work, titled “Tide.” The pair completed their newest mural earlier this month for the third edition of the Points Du Vue street art festival in Bayonne, France. They were the only representatives among the event’s impressive lineup to represent Switzerland. In a press release for their previous mural titled “Celsius,” completed in June, Nevercrew wrote that the p

2019 Nuart Festival Recap

“There is some kind of paradoxes at work here, you want to preserve graffiti as something wild and not institutionalized, but at the same time see the creativity within it,” says Malcolm Jacobson, of Stockholm University’s Sociology Department, in the recap film for Nuart Festival’s 19th edition. “I think Nuart has been very good at keeping on that edge and balance.” The famed festival, a titan in its field, conducted this year’s annual event September 5-8th at its home location of Stavanger, N

Building A Bridge In A Divided Community Amid Spike In Tourism Industry

Mural festivals are a powerful force in today’s artistic era. They can be divisive or unifying, because street art is a facet of placemaking, a sort of ‘face’ each community presents to its residents and visitors. As such, concrete mission statements from festivals must guide this force, and those missions determine a community’s tone. Akumal Arts Festival, hosted in the traditionally sleepy, coastal community of Akumal, Mexico, is a joint effort by transplants and native residents to recapture

Life in 3-D: Savior ElMundo

I hadn’t seen Savior ElMundo since the day of the UP Launch, so I knew our last conversation was on June 20th, 2019, exactly. When we made plans to meet, he directed me to enter La Esquina on Kenmare Street, and to “tell the guy at the front” that I was meeting him downstairs. Perpetually twitchy in the face of uncertainty, I entered the restaurant on a mid-October evening and loudly asked the girl behind the counter where “downstairs” was. She directed me to a nondescript steel door. Through t

“Waiting”: A Mural By Artez In La Bañeza, Spain

Earlier this week, while reporting on the collaborative mural ‘Where’s Wally’ in Sacramento, California, I noted how murals stand apart from other art forms due to their public nature, and the integral roles they play within their surrounding communities. With his latest mural in La Bañeza, Spain, titled “Waiting,” Serbian street artist Artez pays homage to a specific aspect of this characteristic: the impermanence of outdoor art. In a statement for the mural, Artez writes that, “There are many

‘Where’s Wally’ A Collaboration from Axel Void, Emilio Cerezo, Ivan Floró & Alberto Montes

Muralism derives its distinction as an art form from its lack of isolation. Rather than facing the confines of a canvas, which can receive the same perception regardless of its placement, a mural is rooted in its spot. Its size and position within the face of a community makes it a unique aspect of that locale. When international artists travel the world, building a resumé of walls across the globe, it can be easy for each work to feel like mere notches in their bedposts. With their collaboratio

A Mural On Co-existence & Common Humanity By Sebas Velasco & Axel Void

Spanish artist Sebastian Velasco and Miami-based artist Axel Void recently achieved a new chapter in their ongoing creative relationship with their latest collaboration for Mural Fest Kosovo. Their piece, titled ZOGJTE (Birds) can be found on two massive facades in the Balkan nation’s principal city of Ferizaj. Highlighting both of the artists’ technical prowess and proclivities in subject matter, ZOGJTE pays tribute to the country’s storied history through the lens of the nomadic Roma people.

Jad El Khoury’s curtains Adorn An Abandoned Building In Stavanger With A Message Of Hope

Earlier this spring, we were taken with the work of Lebanese artist Jad El Khoury, who completed his both ideologically and technically amazing street art installation, Burj El Hawa, otherwise known as the Tower of Wind. Nuart Festival Founder and Director Martyn Reed called this feat “a standout work leagues ahead of anything else,” and the festival subsequently named El Khoury their artist in residence. El Khoury also received the Arte Laguna Prize for this work, which focuses on the healing
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