In April 2013 Blake Shaw traveled to the Occupied Palestinian Territory for his first trip to launch "The Bridge", a new telecommunication art project to facilitate real-time artistic collaborations amongst people across borders using 'Nomad.OS' a live-streaming software he is currently developing.
In this video he takes portraits of refugees from Balata, Al-Jalazone, and Al-Am'Ari refugee camps and uses video painting to paint their portraits onto historical sties in the Israeli cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the old city of Jaffa in an effort to symbolically return the image of these refugees to their ancestral homes.
Video Painting is a technology developed by Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy aka SWEATSHOPPE that uses custom interactive software, video projection, and electronic paint rollers outfitted with LEDs to create the effect of painting videos on walls. The technology allowshttp://vimeo.com/65691265 them to explore the relationship between video, architecture, and mark making and create video collages in real-time.
What happens when citizens around the world take control and ownership of an artist's creative vision?
JR, a good friend of the Wooster Collective, explores these questions as part of his ongoing Inside Out project, now the subject of "Inside Out: The People's Art Project", a fantastic new documentary premiering this Monday night on HBO.
JR first conceptualized Inside Out as he began to post his now iconic portraits in locations such as the West Bank barrier wall, which gave these anonymous faces new meaning and importance. The HBO documentary is both a record of JR's call for the world to become part of Inside Out and an exploration of the "power of paper and glue", to borrow JR's expression.
In the film, director Alastair Siddons explores the impact of Inside Out on events both personal and political. In a North Dakota reservation plagued by youth suicides, the project literally gives grieving parents a new perspective on their anguish. In footage taken just after the Arab Spring, we watch as Tunisians participating in the project learn for themselves how quickly making art can become a political statement. The effect is an uplifting testament to the power of street art.
Inside Out: The People's Art Project premieres on HBO this Monday, May 20 at 9 PM EST.
Here's the trailer:
MUST WATCH: Russian artist Petro Wodkins installs a statue of himself "pissing" in front of Brussels's most famous statue, Manneken Pis. This is one of the most bold and daring performances of street art we've seen in a while!
As part of our celebration of 10 Years of Wooster Collective, we recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Evan Pricco of Juxtapoz magazine at Story in New York to talk about a wide range of topics connected to street art, pubic space, the art market, and more.
For us, the event at Story was a terrific opportutity to share a ton of stories and insights that we rarely talk about in public. We taped the event and are thrilled to share with you the first two parts of of our conversation...
mounting sabotaje al montaje + Katie Yamasaki artists created this new mural in Argentina titled, "I Dream That I Can Breathe Underwater."
Collettivo FX sent us these great shots from Italy. We love the clever use of space and larger than life characters.
Lister was also one of our many talented artists in our book Graphite. The book features original artwork from 31 artists that cannot be found in any other publication. It's not too late to get a copy. Click here to order
The following mural was painted by WAONE from Interesni Kazki and Kislow. The wall is 47 meters (154 ft) long and 15 meters (49 ft) tall, and can be seen in Fleury-Les-Aubrais, France. We love how the underwater scene flows with the curves of the wall, and the way the bright blue hues brighten up the whole neighborhood. Beautiful!
Femoesa is a street artist from the Netherlands taking yarn bombing to the next level. He uses yarn to create portraits, geometric designs and 3D lettering. We love seeing where this medium can go and can't wait to see more!
Subtiel means "Subtle" in Dutch.
Ryan Patrick Griffin has been experimenting with live projection painting in nature. Everything captured through the time lapse video was created on the spot, described by Griffin as "an unfolding freestyle in dancing light under the spin of the night sky." We love the emergence of nature, technology and freestyled digital art to create a one of a kind experience. Enjoy!
Indonesian street artist, Andi RHARHARHA, sent us a few videos about the art he's created with duct tape out in Jakarta. The first video consists of duct tape hop scotch, encouraging the concept of urban play with every day pedestrians. The second video documents a record breaking 570 meters of colorful and geometric tape art along the city's sidewalks. Seeing Andi RHARHARHA's work out in Indonesia reminds us of street art's power to transcend borders and connect people all across the globe. Enjoy!
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Here are a few shots from JACE getting up in South Africa. We're excited to have him be a part of our 10 year anniversary show coming up in August!
"Wrinkles of the City" is one of JR's biggest project to date--completed in 5 cities around the world. We received an exclusive video from the UFA Lab where they interviewed JR and filmed him working on site in Berlin. Check it out to learn more about JR's vision and his incredible process.
As avid art fans and collectors, we're excited for this limited run exhibition featuring never-before-seen portraits of Andy Warhol. The portraits were taken by celebrated photographer, Steve Wood, and collected dust in Wood's large filing cabinet unseen for over 30 years. In 2012, Wood's friend and fellow photographer, David Munns, serendipitously stumbled across the lost images and urged Wood to share the images with the public. Hence, "Lost Then Found" was created to bring the rare portraits of Andy Warhol to light.
The "Lost Then Found" exhibition will be open for 10 days from May 2 to May 12, 2013 in New York at 345meatpacking. Mark your calendars, you don't want to miss out on this exciting opportunity!
The latest mural by Vinz titled, "La Marca €spaña / The €Spain Brand," is a reinterpretation of Picasso's famous "Guernica." Both pieces represent an attack over Spanish society. Vinz used his own characters and the values they represent to make a profound statement about Spain's current society: financial and political systems are growing and creating a desperate situation among Spanish citizens. On display at the Institut Français, Vinz created this mural to show that justice needs to be restored.
Learn more about his message through the breakdown of symbols below:
Bird-woman with baby: The hungry, misery of the citizens
Bull: Symbol of Spain, it's the effort to restore a country that sinks through cracks
Bird of Peace: A dismembered peace
Riot Police: This represents the continuing riots in the streets caused by the policies of public cuts
Arrow: Down direction, as the Spain demoralized
Bomb €uro: How the european economy has exploited in Spain
Battle Horse: The anger and rage of a country that does not let ride
Migration: Emigration of university graduated and Immigration of cheap labor
Evictions: The drama of thousand of people who loose their homes each day and some commit suicide
Hope: The main character, with a candle approaching to the €uro symbol
We respect and support Vinz's work very much here at Wooster Collective. Don't miss your chance to grab one of the Vinz Limited Edition Box Sets or the Vinz edition of Wooster on Paper while they last!
HOTTEA hits Los Angeles with his signature yarn bombing. The day photo was done in Culver City and the night ones were done Hollywood. Check them out if you're in the area!
Photo credit: Jennifer Jaimes