Spanish artist Isaac Cordal recently made Montreal, Canada his playground by hiding miniature cement figures around the city. Covered here on our blog, his art reflects on society by recreating scenes of everyday life with a sense of gloom. In a way, it is a combination of sculpture and photography- a photo can speak a thousand words when it captures his work at just the right moment. For his upcoming exhibition “Urban Inertia” at C.O.A. Gallery, Cordal placed his figures in muddy puddles, cracks in sidewalks and walls, and other unassuming places.
When we visited Berlin-based Japanese artist Twoone in his studio last month, he shared explorative new works featuring animals. We got a chance to catch up with him again in Berlin last week, where he was hard at work on a new mural in the Urban Spree complex. Named after the nearby Spree river, the complex features rotating urban art by emerging and well known international artists. Sadly, it is rumored to become the construction site of a new highway, making Twoone’s large scale mural covering the main building’s facade particularly significant.
Taking cue from street art’s global influence, Urban Forms in Lodz, Poland is turning their city into a large, outdoor urban art gallery. Founded in 2009, the main idea of this project was to change the city center by creating large-format artworks directly on the facades of buildings. This project has resulted in over 30 large murals scattered around the city by international and Polish artists, including works by Os Gemeos, Aryz, Etam Cru and Inti from past years.
In a 200 year old building in Mexico City’s central historic district, illustrator, graphic designer and street artist Smithe brings to life scenes from another world. Downstairs from his studio, there is a cantina that still houses a bullet fired from Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa’s gun. The street outside is on the route of the city’s largest civic demonstrations, which regularly block traffic to the area. Some 20 million people live their lives in the near vicinity. When Hi-Fructose visited his studio and showroom for the Tony Delfino clothing line, for which Smithe serves as creative director, the 26-year-old artist said his work is meant as an antidote, albeit temporary, to this urban madness.
South African designer Justin Plunkett’s “Con/struct” series has more in common with the digitally-fabricated renderings of speculative architecture than documentary photography, but it illustrates an eerie collision of both formats. The images are built from a combination of photography, 3D modeling and substantial post-production editing, to form street-level perspectives of futuristic urban fantasies.
August 15 through 17, Galore Urban Art Festival brought an international group of street artists to Copenhagen and offered them wall space for three days of mural-making. We recently showed you photos of the murals by Nychos, DXTR and Zed-1 (read about it here) and today we take a look at other works left behind in Copenhagen by Mister Thoms, Dulk, Wubi, Malakkai and Ghetto Farceur. Take a look at some photos from the festival courtesy of Henrik Haven after the jump.