Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn met at MICA in 2001 and have since started working together, becoming known as Jessie and Katey.
The two street artists specialize in large-sized murals and, over time, they realized that their art could not be limited to walls alone, so they began to paint floors, streets, stairs.
There are two fundamental characteristics of their works, the first is the engaging aspect and the second is the playful one. This result is achieved by creating gigantic patterns that take their cue from different and varied textures of fabrics.
When we try to give shape to the idea of creativity we could think of something very similar to the murals of Jessie and Katey, but you should know that they are not only the result of imagination and improvisation. All their artworks are born from a careful study of the place where they are to be made and their measurements and before painting the surface, the two artists make scale tests, to be sure of the final result.
No need to say that their works are especially appreciated by children, who enjoy playing with shapes and colors, but also manage to charm the older ones, indeed, are also appreciated by those who do not particularly like street art.
Milano Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019/2020 has just ended and, among the shows of the big fashion houses, we were pleasantly impressed by that of Marcelo Burlon County of Milan.
Before explaining to you what attracted our attention, we want to make a premise telling you what drove the designer to design a show like the one we saw.
At a time in Italy when the issue of immigration is very sensitive, he said: “We are living a very strange moment in Italy. They are closing the ports. They don’t want people coming here from Africa. They don’t want immigrants and they are afraid of diversity”. As we all know, Burlon also immigrated from immigrant parents, was born in Argentina and came to Italy at the age of 13. He added: “We are also encouraging the children who follow the brand to vote […] in this small world of fashion we try to be activists“. Most of the models who took part in the show were first-generation Italians of African origin. The show finished with Marcelo that crossed the catwalk raising his fist to the sky, sending a very strong message.
Hence the collaboration with Edoardo Tresoldi – artist, sculptor and set designer – famous for his installations made with wire mesh. For the occasion, he created a cathedral suspended from the ceiling, but which in the projectors resembled a rendered 3D hologram. The construction was broken down into vertical sections to create the impression of a multitude of doors through which all are welcome. In the base some lights, which changed color intermittently, they were projected towards the ceiling and met the white wire mesh, which was colored accordingly.
Present at the fashion show, the usual line-up of music and fashion personalities and the participation of 300 local children who were able to participate by participating in an online raffle. They were all wearing County of Milan’s winged tees.
The Paris Air Show is the world’s largest trade fair for the aerospace industry, which this year becomes even more majestic thanks to the participation of LEGO‘s X-Wing space fighter.
For the 2018 edition of the Bugatti Chiron, which was also fully functional, the giant built the Rebel fighter jet seen for the first time in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. 2,500 hours of work, 10 meters long, 9 wide and weighing 3 tons. It consists of 1,584,000 LEGO bricks and it took 3 months to complete.
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Rebel will make its debut at the Paris Air Show 2019 from today until June 23. Fans of bricks around or dying to see this mega toy – because this time it’s not working unlike the Bugatti – will not miss this opportunity.
Every year at the Frieze Sculpture Art Fair, the Rockefeller Center area of New York City is populated by artists who present their work. Among the sculptures on display in the 2019 edition already stands out one of all, namely Behind the Walls, made by the Spanish Jaume Plensa.
It is an enormous elongated female face that covers her eyes with her hands. Jaume, who has always specialized in works for large public spaces, always tries to create sculptures that carry healthy messages that make his audience reflect on issues related to current affairs, such as globalization or the human condition.
With Behind the Walls, the Spanish artist has managed to create a work that, as such attracts the public, but at the same time never reveals itself, hides behind the same hands that also serve to capture what surrounds us.
Sculpture is only the first of the works of 13 other artists you will meet if you decide to visit the Frieze Sculpture and that will remain on display until June 28, 2019.
Quai54 was founded in Paris in 2003 by Hammadoun Sidibé and Thibaut de Longeville, who worked side by side to create one of the most famous basketball tournaments in the world. The first one – who was passionate about the culture of streetball after a trip to New York in 1991 – began to develop this idea with the construction of the Lavallois court. Together with Thibaut, who worked in the hip-hop marketing sector, they planted their roots and organized the first event in which 1,500 people attended.
The intention of the two was to combine the vibrations of the EBC Rucker Park tournament in New York to the French street culture, the result is the Quai54 that feeds on the energy that is created between stands and field going beyond the boundaries of basketball. For the first edition there was a word of mouth between fans and acquaintances, some improvised a barbecue, everything was spontaneous, including music, as if it were a family reunion on the occasion of the birthday of his uncle. Thibaut often worked in the big apple and often participated in the EBC was so that he came up with the idea of involving Fat Joe, Terror Squad and various music labels. In the next edition a 52-minute format was shot that went around the world – it was the turning point – everything else is history.
The parallelism between energy and culture of basketball and hip-hop between Paris and New York is super evident, they are much closer to the Americans than to the British. Quai 54 has been perceived from the beginning as a black thing, and I strongly disagree, the community is bigger than this. Even if entertainment revolves around this, it goes much further
From the first edition, Nike starts to keep an eye on the organization, also providing shirts for all players. Every year since 2003 the appointment is the last week of June, over the years has become larger and more popular, recording the presence of about 10,000 people. It can also count on the support and partnership of Jordan Brand which took place in 2006. The brand was far-sighted and realized that the event could become the best outdoor street ball gathering in the world and it helped them to become one. Each season, a line of sportswear apparel and models of Jordan X Quai54 branded sneakers are created.
This year the tournament will celebrate its 15th birthday and coincide with Paris Fashion Week, which makes it an even more attractive event in which you can not miss. What’s in store for us?