Truisms of Today

Basel or no Basel, people have hit the streets, with what I like to reference as Trusisms – hence having some truth implied.

The concept of “Trusisms,” originally entered the art scene with Jenny Holzer in the 70s. She made lists of “truths” put forth to the people with art that appeared like advertisments. Thus, she wheat pasted lists of Truisims on walls around New York City, occupied billboards in Times Square, and placed her art on marquees of theatres (see below), and more (she also hit other major cities as well – London, Munich, Oslo, Amsterdam, …).

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But now, in the 21st century, people are gratifying their messages on the grounds. Thus, you must now not only look up, but look down.

See examples from Miami’s Wynwood District and New York’s Gallery District in Chelsea of what people are making you contemplate…

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Is there always a tomorrow? Is modern art so expensive – yes to some, no to others… And should LOVE be the reason to breathe? Or are there more reasons to breathe besides love… like family, friends, your passions, etc.

Thus take these ideas that are going around the streets that make you question the truths behind these ideas proposed to you… and THINK.

XX,

CHC (@cultureheARTs)

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Bambi – The Female Banksy… if you will

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“There are so many ways to exercise influence and power in the art world but one thing is abundantly clear: Women play a leading role.” – artnet

Around two weeks ago, a list was published of the most influential women in the art world. Shocker, performance goddess Marina Abramović was number one (I LOVE YOU MARINA). You go girl. The next few women while incredibly important, are almost expected…

That is until you see the number 5 most influential woman. BOOM. It is BAMBI.

“Who” might you ask? Well, Bambi of course. No, not the Disney character.

This influential figure is often cited as the female version of Banksy. Like Banksy, she remains a mystery. While she may be physically unknown, there are a few facts that Bambi’s agent, Walton Fine Arts, states in her bio. For starters, she is a graduate of St. Martin’s College in London, a university with a very prestigious genealogy of famous artists and designers, like the late Alexander McQueen, the fabulous Stella McCartney, the boombing London based Indian artist Raqib Shaw and others. Peter Doig. Gilbert and George. Antony Gormley. Eduardo Paolozzi… Basically, she is LEGIT.

Known for creating relevant works to the cultural situation she is surrounded by, Bambi often uses people we are familiar with to make her point. For example, when Amy Winehouse died, Bambi created an iconic site-specific piece in Amy’s hometown of Camden, now a known landmark (see image above). She is also known for her ever so entertaining portrait of Will and Kate (see image below).

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While looking at Will and Kate and Amy you may thing how are these so daring? Remembering the late Amy Winehouse was an incredible tribute, but associating “Marmite” and Will and Kate, the future rulers of England is quite scandalous – don’t you think?

Here are more “scandalous” yet thought revoking pieces she left for us to contemplate…

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Enjoys!

XX,

CHC (@CultureHeARTs)

 

Lower East Side NYC Graffiti

If you are around the Lower East Side/Chinatown look up, look down, look all around – but actually. There is so much STREET ART to be seen. And this is just to lead you in the the direction of more FABULOUS urban works… From the notorious Kenny Scharf (first image) to Curtis Kulig (second image), and Invader (third image)… there is a full day of hunting down there (and it is a good time to go when it is cold to avoid the chinatown fish smell – yuck). But seriously, there are some EPIC pieces!

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Happy Hunting!

Best,

CHC

The Ugly American: Saber @ The Outsiders Gallery, London

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The opening of Saber’s The Ugly American had a record attendance level this past Thursday at The Outsiders Gallery in LONDONTOWN. This exhibition includes a large number of ABSTRACT GRAFFITI styles on canvas and wood. It is the gallery’s FIRST show of the NEW YEAR and WELL WORTH THE VISIT!

photo-2Saber’s works were divided between two floors. A total of seven trademark Stars’n’Stripes flags (Old Math Series) on stained wood, depicting the American Flag and the Union Jack, were BEAUTIFULLY displayed on the entrance level of the gallery (images above). Eight more works were displayed in the basement (so don’t forget to go downstairs)! Each work varied in size but stayed within a reasonable measurement for a gallery setting, in contrast to his works that can be seen in an outdoor environment. Yet, the use of spray paint, oils and charcoal to create these different graffiti pieces not only expanded the dimensional constraints but the overall depth of each piece. To some extent these small-scale works are even more beautiful than some of his pieces seen outdoors, as the artist now had the opportunity to use a variety of mediums.

The wood series has a more muted tonality with a more dominant use of the natural wood coloration, while the abstract graffiti canvases have VIVID splashes of colour amongst toned down tones (see images below). It gives the otherwise gray walls of the gallery a more lively conversation.

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The title of the show refers to the popularized phrase in William Lederer’s and Eugene Burdick’s 1958 novel, The Ugly American, which revolves around  international perceptions of Americans. Saber states in his Press Release for the show, “It’s a reference to the excesses, and foul nature, that some believe Americans possess. Obviously this has similarities to modern Britain too, but… I come from this culture that’s so self centered, and self-preserved, and I want to expose the cracks in it.” He has been known to go AGAINST many of the OFFICIAL POLICIES in the US, particularly those surrounding the health care system, misuse of public funding, and cuts in the art sector. These themes are some of the key factors dominating his works. It is no wonder this well-received exhibition was brought to London by POPULAR DEMAND.

Do yourself a favour and go check it out!

à plus! MCC (Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @CultureHeARTs)

New Camden, London Graffiti Spotting: Otto Schade

Some new Otto Schade’s are up in Camden and we think they are incredible. His most recent show was in MIAMI, at Gregg Schienbaum Fine Art but we were lucky enough to see his work firsthand here in LondonTown! The first work is a portrait of Amy Winehouse, the Camden born singer who led a tragic life but without a doubt had an INCREDIBLE voice. The second piece of Otto’s we came across was Rhino Zero. Both pieces are created through various layers of stencils and sprayed on. The works utter exceptional detail and aesthetic beauty. Don’t you think?

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We he(ART) them. Don’t you?

XX, DP
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Street Art Adventures: Shoreditch, London

East London: Bricklane. Shoreditch. Alternative. Hipster (please don’t be offended) … Words to describe such a location. To me, what comes to mind is STREET ART, BABYYYY! Ya buddyyyyyy! My Sunday FUNDAY was not filled with shopping in markets, rather it was exploring what the East End of London had to offer… and that was URBAN ART GALORE. All the MAJOR names were present. Check below to see a glimpse of what I saw, but if you’re ever in the hood spend a few hours. Look up, look down, go down alleys (not at night) and seriously see this rad and diverse works ranging from stencil grafts to wheat pastes, to mixed media works!! Enjoy!

ROA:

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Jana & JS:

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DSCREET:

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Alexis Diaz:

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C215 aka Christian Guemy:

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STIK:

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Graffiti Life:

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and lastly, I came across some unknown artist that is tagging and making works entitled “ART is TRASH” using found garbage on ze streets of London compiling them into works of “ART” – dare I say (more on these works to follow within the week).

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Remember kids, one man’s trash is another man’s TREASURE. HAPPY HUNTING, and may the odds be ever in your FAVOUR!

XX, DP

Street Art Adventures: 5Pointz – Queens

Some people may be hesitant when you think of going to a warehouse in Queens to look at Street Art. To me, this was a NO BRAINER. DUH. The building, which takes up around a block, is covered from head to toe in FABULOUS murals, wheat pastes, stencil works, etc… But actually. While it is sad to think that there are people who want to tear down this landmark (WHY THE EFF WOULD YOU WANT TO DO SUCH A THING?!), I suggest you go out and experience this STREET ART MECCA. 100% worth the trip. 100% BRILLIANT. My pics below do not even give justice to this monument. Check them out and see for yourself, but if you have the time to go out and see it in person before it is torn down, DO IT!

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I think you get the picture… This is a GLORIOUS PALACE of Street Ar/Urban Art and CULTURE. I truly hope I have persuaded you to go and visit yourself. It is an experience in itself. Enjoy it and take it in while it lasts.

XX, DP