And Just When I Thought I Saw Ample Amounts of Urban Art During Basel…

So as we all know, I am a graffiti hunter, or so I would like to think. And during Basel, it was one of the best times to not only see graffiti, but to see the artists take part in creating their masterpieces. And just when I thought I saw it all, I went back the other day, and of course came across NEW murals I had yet to see.

To begin, Wynwood Walls has two fabulous artists on display whom I ADORE.

The first being Santiago Rubino, an Argentinian artist relocated to Miami (represented by Spinello Projects) whose triptych exhibits discipline, beauty, and animation. Truly STUNNING.1483385_10201641399572396_1083791464_n

The second Wynwood Walls’ artist whose mural I admired was the FABULOUS Miss Van (French born, Barcelona based). The mural exhibits three women, or as she calls them, ‘Poupes.’ These women exhibit angelic yet devil like qualities. They are mysterious, yet inviting in their masks and hair-do’s that take on animal like qualities while dressed in a Victorian manner. LOVE.544128_10201641400812427_756649987_n

And speaking of LOVE, andddddd after writing my MA thesis on Jenny Holzer’s Truisms, it was incredibly interesting to see a LOVEISM mural by Miami’s own Hec One Love. If a TRUISM is defined as something that states something that is OBVIOUSLY TRUE, does a LOVEISM imply that there is OBVIOUSLY LOVE?1546335_10201641411492694_129236698_n

Lastly, I always am excited to come across a Shepard Fairey Mural. And while I know this piece has been around for a while, I was never able to find it. But, JACKPOT. I FOUND IT. And what better way to end this post than with a piece that encourages PEACE and JUSTICE?! 1488795_10201641445813552_1728443248_n

Well kiddos, that is all for now. Hope your New Year is just as incredible and inspiring as these works are.

Remember: Follow Your He(ART).

XX, DP (instagram: @CultureHeARTs)

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Street Art Adventures: NYC-Chelsea

Dearest Kiddies,

I have flown across ze pond and landed in the magical New York Citaaaay. And this has not stopped my passion for going on Street Art Adventures… and let me tell you I have found some good surprises:

1. Apparently, this is what the world needs… and I agree, don’t you?

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2. Andre the Giant (right) has now becomes “Andres the Giant,” I wonder what Shep (Fairey) has to say about this….

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3. Mr.Chat has left Paris and has come to Chelsea, NYC… What an INTERNATIONAL feline that pussy cat is…

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And lastly…

4. This pole wants you to eat it… ouch!

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That is all for now folks… I do not suggest eating cement poles, but I do recommend embracing LOVE, SWEET LOVE. And with that I bid you farewell.

XX,

DP

 

 

Hello Kitty Art – But Seriously…

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So we all know that cat with the bow, who every girl, whether they admit it or not, has once loved at some point in their lifetime. But seriously? What is her deal? When did she get so immersed in the contemporary art scene? Shepard Fairey created his own as I like to call it “Obey the Kitty” version where street art meets Japanese cultural icon in 2010 (image above). By creating this image, he has re-appropriated this Japanese fictional character (designed by Yuko Shimizu, first introduced in 1974) and turned her into a mistress of the streets, commanding everyone’s attention by geniously having her not only hold a spray paint can, but she too is holding an image of Andre the Giant, a trademark of Fairey.

But Fairey is not the only artist who has taken part in this trend? Is it a trend? I’m still unsure. Continuing, Buff Monster, another street artist, also created his own version of the starlet (image above). Although these both were produced a few years back, I still continue to think how clashing cultures can be a good thing. Why not take risks? Take something and make it your own. Give it a twist. Put a spin on it. Have fun. Make Statements from the He(Art).

xx, DP