Bigger is better, unless you’re Slinkachu. The UK-based artist (previously posted on our Tumblr here) started placing his tiny figures around London back in 2006. Slinkachu sources these from a company that supplies model train products, and vintage 1960s toys, which he embellishes for his own purposes. He’s a big fan of artist Chris Ware, whose works also tend to use a vivid color palette and are full of meticulous detail. When we say tiny, we mean barely a centimeter high. Slinkachu has to use a magnifying glass to add details to his little people. If it wasn’t for his compelling photo series, they would be left completely undiscovered to passersby. He has photographed these humorous, miniature scenes all over the world in places like Cape Town, Doha, Berlin, and New York, to name a few. During the course of documenting his work, Slinkachu began to question: Just what happens to art that’s been abandoned on the street?
Many of us brought our toys to the kitchen table and played with our food, much to our parents’ dismay. Although toys were designed to entertain and inspire us in our youth, many artists continue to look back at these childhood artifacts for inspiration. Miami based sculptor and photographer Pablo Dona often refers to his memories of playtime in his art. His installations of hand-crafted miniature people interacting with commonplace items take the innocence of play and create a surreal new reality.
As Hi-Fructose packs our bags and gets ready for this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach weekend, we wanted to take a quick minute to compile an advance preview of some of the works that we’ll be looking forward to seeing in person at this year’s SCOPE art fair. Get a look at some of the highlights of last year’s fair here (as well as an in-depth look at the Joshua Liner booth here and Corey Helford Booth here.)
Stay tuned all week as Hi-Fructose will be reporting live from the fairs, and a get a preview of what to expect at this year’s SCOPE fair after the jump.
As the culminating group show of FAME Festival draws to an end, and as more and more mind-blowing photos begin popping up on the internet, and if you’re like us, you’re asking the question: how on earth does one dude organize, finance and curate this whole thing? Or other questions: how did such a killer festival emerge out of a little-known town (try finding a hotel there!), how does it draw such international big names, and what do those little old ladies in the sidelines of the photos think of all this?
Hi-Fructose Correspondent Lauren Quinn sits down with FAME Festival founder Angelo Milano for a quick interview.
Hi-Fructose correspondent Lauren Quinn
just had a pretty amazing weekend in Grottaglie, Italy at the opening of this year’s Fame Festival
. The DIY street art/print festival officially opened on Saturday, the culmination of months of residencies from international artists. Prints, ceramics and original works from Studio Cromie were on sale, and final maps of this year’s street art pieces were released.
“Artists, collectors, bloggers and enthusiasts ventured from all over Europe and North America to the small Italian town, where organizer/curator/financer/one-man-party Angelo Milano welcomed us with open arms (literally). We gathered at Studio Cromie’s gallery space in the town’s ancient ceramics district on Friday for the preview, where works from participating artists were on display. We then marched through the old town to Angelo’s grandmother’s house, where his parents hosted a homecooked traditional Italian dinner.”
Special on-site report after the jump, stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Fame Festival founder Angelo Milano sometime tomorrow, here on Hi-Fructose.
The walls of Grottaglie are bleeding art. Again. The third installment of the free-form street art event FAME Festival has been taking shape in the ancient ceramics town Grottaglie, Italy. For the last few months, Studiocromie’s Angelo Milano has been hosting a cast of international contemporary urban artists, who have produced ceramics and prints, and literally painted the town with outdoor installations and murals. So far, works have appeared from artists such as Spain’s Sam3, US’s Swoon and MOMO, Brazil’s Nunca and Os Gemeos, Portugal’s Vhils and Italy’s own Blu. Nunca and Blu’s murals have spoken to contemporary problems of greed and corruption in the trash industry in Grottaglie, while MOMO’s conceptual pieces and Sam3’s signature black silhouettes have pushed the boundaries of the traditional street art aesthetic.
The sponsor-free FAME Festival derives its name from the ironic difference between the word’s meaning in English (success, celebrity), and in Italian (hunger, starvation). Milano sees the annual festival as an opportunity to upgrade “aesthetically depressed” areas in the city, as well as bring the town’s artistic tradition into the modern day. This year’s FAME Festival culminates with a group show on September 25.
View the first batch of completed murals and this year’s tentative lineup, after the jump.