Joshua Smith, known for his captivating miniatures, recently worked with muralist Bezt of Etam Cru on a collaborative sculpture. Smith says it’s the first of a series he plans on doing in this vein. For this particular work, Smith based the building off of a structure in Bezt’s home of Lodz, Poland. (Smith was last featured on our site here, while Bezt was last shown here.) The piece will be shown in an upcoming group show at KIRK Gallery, titled “Up the Wall.”
Known for their imaginative and expansive urban murals, Polish street art duo Etam Cru (HF Vol. 32), made up of individual artists Sainer and Bezt, has crossed over into the exhibition scene. Usually working together on blank walls as tall as ten stories with cherry pickers, scaffolding, and paint-rollers, the works currently on display at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles are smaller but no less ambitious; on their own canvases, Sainer and Bezt reveal the nuances of their own styles that blend together so seamlessly in their murals. While the artists themselves have noted that Sainer’s style is more photo-realistic while Bezt focuses on the cartoonish, “graffiti” aspects of their collaborations, both artists cross over into the other’s territory with ease and skill in their exhibition “Galimatias”.