This film by French artist Invader has previously only been shown at festivals and special screenings. Now it’s available online for all. The film follows the artist on his mission to get his artwork into space.
Here is an excellent talk by super accomplished Kiwi artist Askew One, whose roots are in graffiti, and is currently one of the top muralists in the world. Considering he has serious graf chops, and a place in the contemporary art scene, he has an interesting perspective on the subtle ways both his old and new schools of art overlap and differ. Is it street art? Is it post-graffiti? Watch and find out.
Rest in peace Sharon Jones, the incredibly talented soul singer lost a battle to cancer this week.
Here’s a nice video about public art in Long Beach, which features several POW! WOW! LONG BEACH murals from both the 2015 and 2016 festivals as well as a new indoor mural by The Draculas (Jeff McMillan & Gary Musgrave) the only artists who have participated in both years of the festival. The video is by Scott Nichols of Sickboat. Via Supersonic Art.
Netflix have been producing some amazing content lately, and this documentary about incarceration in America is well worth a watch. It deals with the US’s insanely high incarceration rate (over 4 million prisoners is the highest prison population in the world – higher than China, higher than everyone). And once they drill down into the numbers, things get even worse. It’s no secret black and brown people make up a wildly disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated people, and 13TH looks at how a small detail in the 13th Amendment essentially props up legal slavery, as criminals can be worked for little to no pay, and it’s big business. Regardless of color, many of the prisoners are locked up over trivial nonviolent drug offenses. This important social justice issue naturally overlaps with other major societal issues at the forefront today, including policing, police brutality, the fallout of slavery, institutional racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Not a fun watch, but a crucial one nonetheless.
Excited about this. As opposed to the Nissan Rogue, which has absolutely no rogue-ish qualities, somehow. Happy Sunday!
This video by Dress Code is kind of a trip…I’ve been lucky enough to meet “L.A.’s Oldest Manual Elevator Operator” and take a ride in his elevator, several times. He’s an amazing guy – sort of an old school gent, making new school friends every day. It’s incredible to think of all the friends he’s made going up and down the floors of the Art Deco building at 5514 Wilshire Blvd over the last 40 years. Via Booooooom TV.
Some more great coverage of the recent POW! WOW! LONG BEACH 2016 mural festival I helped produce, via Havoc TV. This clip features incredibly talented Hawaii-based artist Defer, who really has a lot of great things to say about the event, and really nails how much extra work goes into it. It also features amazing French artist Kashink, who I was lucky enough to meet during the event. There’s a chat super-accomplished photographer, Martha Cooper, who was also in Long Beach, documenting the event. And last but not least, a visit with my new friend Pantonio, who painted at the wonderful Aquarium of the Pacific.