Possibly my new favorite artist, JR is a truly great citizen of humanity. His art provides dignity and empowers others to do the same around the world.
From TED’s website — Working anonymously, pasting his giant images on buildings, trains, bridges, the often-guerrilla artist JR forces us to see each other. Traveling to distant, often dangerous places — the slums of Kenya, the favelas of Brazil — he infiltrates communities, befriending inhabitants and recruiting them as models and collaborators. He gets in his subjects’ faces with a 28mm wide-angle lens, resulting in portraits that are unguarded, funny, soulful, real, that capture the sprits of individuals who normally go unseen. The blown-up images pasted on urban surfaces – the sides of buildings, bridges, trains, buses, on rooftops — confront and engage audiences where they least expect it. Images of Parisian thugs are pasted up in bourgeois neighborhoods; photos of Israelis and Palestinians are posted together on both sides of the walls that separate them.
JR’s most recent project, “Women Are Heroes,” depicts women “dealing with the effects of war, poverty, violence, and oppression” from Rio de Janeiro, Phnom Penh, Delhi and several African cities. And his TED Prize wish opens an even wider lens on the world — asking us all to turn the world inside out. Visit insideoutproject.net …
“I would like to bring art to improbable places, create projects so huge with the community that they are forced to ask themselves questions.”
–JR, Beaux Arts Magazine
Coming to a locale near YOU: (This one is right in my back yard!)
“The Inside Out project gets bigger in NYC, USA! Another eye from the Native American project is up on a building at the corner of Berry St and South 5. You can see it better from the bridge…” – JR’s website
Adam Sjoberg has dedicated much of his resources over the last couple years to creating Shake the Dust – a beautifully shot documentary on the power of hip hop as evident in many countries around the globe. Please support this lovely film. Why? Just watch!
“Jennifer Mills is a performance artist who lives and works in Chicago, where she teaches in the Contemporary Practices Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mills’ work centers on the personalization and creative dissemination of multiples. By designing systems of creating and distributing original art objects for free or at a low cost, Mills creates a playful parody of the art market, blurring gallery and retail conventions. She caters to brows low and high, and their preferred price points, with paintings and assemblages that are equally inspired by 99 cent stores, newsstand tabloids and contemporary painting.
Mills’ solo exhibition, Low Middle Highfeatures hundreds of separate pieces with fluctuating price tags, sometimes as low as one penny. Visitors to the Opening will be invited to throw darts at the art in the You Could Win Painting Series!, find great values on miniature paintings in the Off the Rack Series, and catch up on the latest Hollywood gossip while enjoying fine art, with the Tabloid Painting Series.
Be there to celebrate our season-opener and most affordable show to date!”
Art Admins, Dan and Meaghan, speak with Lacey Richter at the EX opening in NY
“Lacey Richter is an Austin-based artist in Texas working in a variety of media, including paint, charcoal, needle and thread, electric tape and fabric. Her work is influenced by internal energies and intuition. Richter’s organic mixed-media pieces and fabric-based installations have been featured in solo and collaborative shows in Austin and Mexico. She recently completed her first residency with the Serie Project, producing a limited edition silkscreen print based on her visions for 2012. Ex: Collaborative Creation was her New York debut. Richter enjoys dead birds, live birds, shimmery things, and honkytonk dancin’.”
“MY WORK IS UP AT ROAR on 5th just past BRAZOS. Great Visual Accompaniment for Austin FASHION WEEK. Stop by and Say Hello to the ROAR Gang – They Are Great!! I have already sold three pieces, one of which was during Install! Reception to be held September 6th, 6:30-8:00.” – LR
Robin Kang is an incredible artist who has true dedication and vision. Check out her own artwork here. Weather she is building a brick house (or a digital textile) this girl is mighty-mighty. So, check her out!
Robin recently completed her Masters of Fine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, was a co-fellow of mine in Air Projects‘ pilot in Beijing, and has been running Carousel Space out of her home since January 2011.
EX is now headed to Fort Wayne, IN and will be the virginal exhibition of Wunderkammer Co.‘s new space, to the bliss of founder, Dan Swartz.
“It was an incredible summer day for Bonnie & Crow to tie the knot. Bonnie’s custom dress was stunning, matched with Crow’s bespoke suit. The whole day glowed along with Bonnie & Crow. There were many tiny details, many contributed by friends and family – including ornate paper flower arrangements, custom salt & pepper shakers, and a delicious meal for all the guests at an intimate reception. The bride and groom departed on bicycles with all of the guest around to wave farewell with homemade flags. What a day!”
Special thanks is due to Adam Sjoberg for providing lovely documentation of the day.
The exhibit “EX: Collaborative Creation” is headed West, to Chicago. Chi-town Artista, Robin Kang, will host the second life of the installation at her Carousel Project. I, for one, am very excited to see her interpretation along with Dan Swartz, who will also be hosting the third personification of the work in Indiana later this summer.
Many great contributors are on board and ready to produce “Day Job” if we give them the go-ahead. Kickstarter (incase you haven’t checked it out) is a way for idea people of all kinds can pitch their ideas to individuals who will, bit by bit, pledge to fund their program or concept. The trick is, that you need to raise your goal amount or it won’t go through.
“Day Job” is about work, workers, and the jobs that people hold. In it’s preview issue you see some lovely photography and get some inside looks at jobs that we may have over looked, as well as some treasures unveiled in one particular niche business that has been handed down over generations.
Sound interesting? Well, it should! A lot of creative people are behind this, and I would love to see what they would churn out!