Art belongs to everybody. Everybody has the ability to make art.
Not only social commitment but also the desire to make art a more democratic language. The well-known Chinese artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei, in collaboration with the DIY shop HORNBACH, has created “Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way“, his latest work.
Built inside one of the stores, and therefore visible to all customers, the structure of the installation is made of steel pipes and high visibility safety jackets tied together by their zips. Ai Weiwei has found all the materials for the construction of the installation in the shop itself and he has also created a sort of booklet that works both as an art book, inside which you can find an interview with the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and as a leaflet to build your own artistic installation with a certificate of authenticity.
The Chinese artist has also made a short film in which he talks about the whole initiative and the reasons that led him to work on this project.
I made this work for the public, for the people who are not necessarily museum goer or an art collector. The meaning can be created by anybody.
In the American slang this phrase defines a precise situation, when what we would call “one champion” recognizes another simply because he knows, knows the game and knows how to distinguish another immediately.
Patti Astor, New York actress and performer, did exactly that. She realized that in the suburban culture of New York a number of writers had chosen to move away from pure lettering to create something new, original, personal. To use a phrase by Martin Scorsese quoted by Parasite director Bon Joon-ho, “the more personal something is, the more creative it will be“.
In 1981 Astor opened the first art gallery in New York’s East Village entirely dedicated to the exhibition of works created by street artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring and Futura, precisely to “give voice” to a movement that from then on will be recognized globally from both an artistic and cultural point of view.
The interconnections between art and fashion are countless and it is news today that Futura, New York artist and writer, has collaborated with Off-White™ to create two blazers: one characterized by a multicolor pattern, the other monochrome, both made in twill with details in clear retro style.
Virgil Abloh’s choice to choose Futura as a partner in a collaboration gives us the opportunity to go beyond the simple collabo and tell the New York artist.
A true legend of street art, Leonard Hilton McGurr, was born in New York in the mid-1950s: a cosmopolitan choir of tourists, “intellectuals”, students, hippies, while jazz and blues artists perform in nightclubs. In the early ’70s its “disease” manifests itself. That real disease that leads him to express his art on the trains of lines 1 and 3 of the New York subway. The tag “Futura 2000” begins to be omnipresent and his artistic evolution is fast and strong, establishing himself as one of the most influential artists on the New York scene and beyond.
The art of his graffiti becomes something else, it transforms, it progresses assuming a clear visual code that reflects the canons of abstract expressionism.
The 90s were the beginning of Futura’s first collaborations with clothing companies, while in the early 2000s its artworks were transformed and adapted to the contemporary world: collectible toys and sneakers on everything. After collaborations with brands such as Nike, Supreme, The North Face, Undercover, A Bathing Ape, comes the one with the brand founded by Virgil Abloh that we imagine will certainly not be the last.
You can buy Futura Abstract Blazers from Off-White™ on SSENSE.
Her name is Joyce Lee, known on Instagram – where she has more than 50 thousand followers – under the name of @joyceartworks, and she is an illustrator specialized in provocative and unequivocal drawings.
Her style is reminiscent of the advertisements of the 1940s in which, drawn with extreme realism and an abundance of pastel colors, perfect appeared housewives holding household cleaning products or cookbooks to cook the perfect dinner.
In Joyce Lee’s illustrations, however, these women are replaced by provocative subjects that sometimes can be simply half-naked bodies, other times the artist plays directly with female breasts and phallic forms.
These images coupled with a vintage style give life to nice, funny and anything but vulgar illustrations. In fact, looking at them you will also think that one or two hanging in your living room would look good on them.
Pejac is the pseudonym of a street artist born and raised in Spain, who started a little bit for fun to make artwork for the streets all over the world. Bothered by the general academic conception that one breathes in the art world, he made known the most intimate part of himself and his personal expression to all those people who cannot or do not want to visit museums.
The world-famous Barcelona-born artist replicates great classical masterpieces in a modern key, but not only that, his minimalist art ranges from miniature drawings to striking site-specific interventions. Pejac skillfully embellishes public spaces, but with his works, he wants to provide careful reflections on current themes, such as social and environmental issues.
His style has obviously evolved over time, becoming increasingly linear and simple. He has been compared several times to his famous colleague Banksy, for the way he conceives his artwork, thanks to his great capacity of imagination he is able to create characters and landscapes full of hidden truths for those who know how to go beyond the image.
In order to make a name for himself in the world of street art, Pejac uses only thin brushes and paint instead of the traditional spray, in his murals the colors of the subjects are always marginal, while the black silhouettes are always repeated on a light background. A completely alternative technique that differentiates him from most street artists, an approach that also applies to his technique, Pejac always tries to go against the tide thanks to his ability to always hide a message, a concept behind his characters that always remain anonymous and elusive as shadows.
Tonight on a Bristol wall, particularly on a building in the Barton Hill area, a new graffiti by Banksy appeared, immediately claimed by the artist through his Instagram profile.
It is a work apparently inspired and dedicated to Lovers’ Day, the beloved and criticized Valentine’s Day which is being celebrated today. The mural depicts a little girl hitting with a slingshot what could be Cupid, the god of love according to Greek mythology.
The latter, once hit by the stone thrown by the little protagonist, explodes creating a large red spot made of leaves and red plastic flowers, perhaps the representation of a broken heart.
Certainly not the perfect image for those who today wanted to do nothing but celebrate love without thinking about the other half, the hearts that break and the tears that are shed.