Paris-based duo MonkeyBird is known for enormous stencil work on walls across the globe. Their anthropomorphic figures, often rendered as black-and-white line drawings, are set against gorgeously rendered architecture and Nouveau designs. Recent work has always taken the pair’s work inside spaces.
Koralie’s interest in “folk customs, emblematic monuments and animistic ritual” translates into stencil work on canvas that evokes cultures from across the world and creates illusionary layers. In a show currently running at Jonathan Levine Projects, titled “Indigo Blood Project,” the artist’s newest works are shown. Koralie was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 46 and most recently on the Hi-Fructose blog here.
The “street interventions” of Belgium-based stencil artist Jaune put sanitation workers in strange, often humorous situations on walls across the world, using the contours and features of each site for inspiration. For many, the stencil work recalls the public work of practitioners like Banksy and Blew le Rat. His specific usage of sanitation workers, however, comes from personal experience.
Michal Mráz, a painter from Bratislava, Slovakia, uses a combination of stencil work and traditional oil and acrylics to create his work. In the artist’s pieces, multi-layered narratives and images can be experienced both holistically and in disparate sections. The artist says he’s inspired by “nature, urban lifestyle, graffiti, and pop culture,” and with each piece, there’s both a sense of destruction and reconstruction of conventions.
Have you ever noticed how everything goes quiet before a storm- the air seems still and calm, when suddenly a line of ominous clouds appear? It’s an intriguing phenomenon that people have recognized for centuries, and the inspiration behind Beau Stanton and Logan Hicks’s exhibition, “Calm Before the Storm”. Their show, which opened last Friday at New York City’s Highline Loft, borrows from nautical stories, both true and mythical, and themes in classical painting.
Prolific French artist Christian Guémy aka C215 recently opened a double solo show interpreting the cultural history of contemporary France. Showing both at Itinerrance Gallery in Paris and Le Palais Benedictine in Fecamp, “Douce France” is a two part show that examines French culture and history. Featuring both positive and negative aspects of country’s past and present, the show includes stencil portraits of important figures from the worlds of politics, literature, music, sports, cinema, architecture, science and popular culture in general.