I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I’m not going this year, but POW! WOW! 2014 gets underway tomorrow, nonetheless. Another epic lineup of creative talent from around the world converges on the Honolulu neighborhood of Kaka’ako to collaborate on fine wall beautification once again. Last year, one of the best ways to keep up with all the artistry was via the POW! WOW! Instagram account.
Aside from creating great music, participants in this year’s Pow! Wow! School of Music will be the lucky recipients of these great-looking limited edition hats from Flexfit’s exploratory devision, Basecamp. Click the link to find out more about the Pow! Wow! School of Music (a music program which encourages youth to form bands and write songs, concurrent with the art side of Pow Wow).
An eye-catching new print from Ernesto Yerena, created in honor of Texan Mexican-Americans, aka Tejanos and Tejanas. The artwork incorporates elements of German, Polish, Czech, Waila, Norteño or Tejano Culture – to reflect the cultural collage which exists there and in the north of Mexico. Signed & numbered, 18″ x 24″. Get it here.
So the good people at Pow! Wow! Hawaii have announced their 2014 roster and it’s pretty impressive! Stoked to see a lot of names returning from last year. Wish I could be there this time round, and not just because it’s in Hawaii…should be an amazing event this year. On the off chance you missed it, check out my interview with Pow! Wow! founder Jasper Wong for Imprint Culture Lab.
If you live in LA and love art and books and art books especially, don’t forget that the LA Art Book Fair is coming up on at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (that’s the one in Little Tokyo) from 1/31-2/2. The fair is organized by Printed Matter, Inc., “the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books.”
Here’s a great video from The Hundreds, featuring SF-based artist Aaron De La Cruz (interviewed). Aaron is originally from LA. Like many Angelenos, I first saw Aaron’s work when he produced a very eye-catching wall along La Brea, across from Stussy and UNDFTD. I think it’s gone now but it was impressive while it lasted – photo below. [Watch Video]
Keeping the spirit of Benjie Week alive, here’s a link to coverage of the latest opening at Slow Culture gallery in Highland Park. It was a double whammy – Ryan De La Hoz ”Rise From Your Grave” and Leo Eguiarte ”Holographic Conjuration.” Hit the link for more photos by Benjamin Escobar and Desiree Garcia.
Well, it’s definitely Benjie Week here on the Typo blog. Can’t seem to escape Benjie-related news for some reason. I posted about the Benjie x Basecamp tee contest yesterday, so here’s a link to Basecamp’s coverage of the installation, which was painted live during Agenda Long Beach last week.