Tuesday the 2nd of July saw the opening night of ‘Welcome To The World Of…‘ at Linton and Kay Galleries by Brooklyn based Perth artist, Daek William. The first solo exhibition in his hometown since his move to Brooklyn was a huge show, both in the the body of work and the opening night turn out. The night was distinctly Daek, with trademark renderings of folded and pictorial headdresses and the wine served in tea cups. Daek had made a lot of the work tactile and articulated, encouraging the public to engage and touch, rub, flick on a switch and even sniff the works. The works responded by automated moving parts, scents and change of colour. Too often an artist, whether intentionally or not, alienates the viewer and puts their work on a pedestal that the public must keep a respectful distance from. Daek’s background as a street artist seems to have carried over into his fine artwork exhibitions.
‘Welcome To The World Of…’ was a tight show by a talented original artist. If this is any indication of things to come, Daek William is one to watch.
Polands been pretty rad so far (oh yeah, I’m in Polamd – more on that in a Sojourn post soon!), and tonight was pretty cool too. The guys at V9 studios in Warsaw put me onto a great little show here in Krakow, so I stopped by to check out a bunch of art from Jurne, Great and Mags put on at Garaz.
Garaz is a pretty cool little spot just outside of Krakows Old Town, a little innocuous space full of art amongst a bunch of car garages – I thought it was a brilliant idea, actually.
It was a cool show, alas I couldn’t stay too long as I’m fucking off to Budapest first thing in the morning – but I’m glad I managed to make it and to meet the artists, I’ve been a fan of all of their work so it was nice to get a chance to see some of it on some walls!
Heres a few more shots of the show before heading off to Budapest tomorrow morning, traveling fkn rules – enjoy the pics!
Well alright, this one looks pretty damn grand! Some of our Perth street art and graffiti favourites in amongst this group show this weekend, including Lady B, Poise, Idol and Tomahawk – plus a bunch of other great artists who we’re really keen to check out!
These thirteen artists will be presenting a show featuring life, art, graffiti, photography, fashion and music – not only that though, but there will be a very special screening of "ART CAN STAY" A short film on local Graffiti Art, presented by CURTIN UNI (Screening at 7.30pm).
Add all of that in conjunction with some kick ass live music, and you have all the makings of a great group show opening – and if I was in Perth, I’d definitely be there!
Who: Lady Bananas, Tomahawk, Destroy, Dangermouse, Ladie Poise, Idol, Sler, Elsh, Dile, Hangdog, Twenty Eleven, Sarah Mikula, Nathan D’antuono What: Splendid Imperfections group show Where: The Fibonacci CEntre – 19 Blinco Street, Fremantle When: Show opens Saturday 29th June from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 11th July 2013
Right now, travelling through Eastern Europe, Mexico and Central America seems a world away – with so much heavy travel, I’ve been a bit behind on my travel blogs, but I have some downtime here in Lithuania so I’m going to try and do a bit of catch up.
After a couple of days (and food poisoning) in Mexico City (DF) I headed down to the city of Xalapa in Mexico to check out some street art. Xalapa (or Jalapa as its also known) isn’t really hugely on the "tourist route", and every time I told someone at the hostel I was heading down to Xalapa they’d say "where?" – but it does have one thing that makes it pretty important – it is one of the main University towns in Mexico. Therefore, there are a lot of students in the city – which makes Xalapa street art central!
When I arrived in Xalapa, I was greeted by local artist Obake – who graciously offered to show me around the city to spot the sites.
After a good dose of Mexican coffee, we started wandering the streets of Xalapa, spotting all kinds of cool work around the place. Obake showed me some of her favourite spots, and some of the work that she’d put up.
We then wandered down to a small store in the backstreets to meet a good friend of Obake, Mister Trauma. This shop, Trauma Studios (located at Belisario Domínguez 55) is a must-see if you are visiting Xalapa. Stickers, magazine, and artwork adorn the walls, and its great to see such an independent shop getting work out there and promoting the local artists.
Communicating with my absolutely shitty non-existent Spanish, Mister then asked if I wanted to go out and have a quick paint – well, I’m always up for a paint, and though completely unprepared we headed off to find a cab to head to the outskirts of the city and a wall that had out there. I wasn’t entirely sure at the time what the fuck was happening – you know, spontaneously jumping into a cab with complete strangers to go to the outskirts of a town in Veracruz, Mexico – but it was fkn cool fun.
A couple of Mister and Obakes friends showed up at the wall, and as late as it was and with the sun setting, we painted until late into the night – sipping on beautiful bottles of what was to become my favourite Mexican beer – Leon!
The next day, I took a walk through the central part of Xalapa, and got a bunch more shots. Walking up the main "market alleyway" – Callejón del Diamante (Diamond Alley). Sure, theres a lot of tourist shit up there, but I also spotted a bunch of independent artists selling artwork right on the street – one in particular grabbed my attention – ESV Mounstrotopia.
Not far up from where he was selling his art, I found another really cool shop that seemed to specialise in pushy toys of small monsters and the like – Marabunta Tienda, it was really pretty cool, and worth checking out for its range of independent toys and design laden stuff.
Later that night, we went off to grab a few beers and take a look around the city by night – lead in tow by Obake we did a good bit of paintspotting.
As I was planning on painting before leaving Xalapa, one question I had was "Where do I buy spraypaint in Xalapa?" – and Obake kindly advised me that there was a store up the top of Callejón del Diamante where I could get some. Though I didn’t see a name on it, it was to the right as you reached the top of the alley, in the corner – the front of the shop is actually filled with … well, Halloween shit and Hot Topic-esque bits and pieces, but behind all of that, on the counter, was a good deal of paint to be had. The only two brands I saw there were the usual Mexican brands – Arte Xpress and 360.
The next day, Obake and I headed down to where we were going to paint for the day – El Cafe De Nadie. I’d spotted this place a day before, with a huge and amazing Quetzalcoatl mural on the side of it. This was one of my favourite spots in Xalapa, a really cool cafe and place to hang out – great brownies!
Struggling a bit using the high pressure 360 paint (I haven’t used high pressure paint since my much younger bombing days) we knocked it all out and I was pretty happy with the whole thing – Obakes piece was, as always, very fkn cool.
After finishing up late in the evening, it was time to go and catch an overnight bus down to the Yucatan – stinking of paint and sweat, and more than a little chromed out, I made the bus in time and promptly passed out on the journey to my next destination …
Xalapa was my first real introduction to the street art scene in Mexico, and it was a fantastic stay. The artists in Xalapa are, as always, stuggling to get their work up in the face of government adversity, but they are really making a scene of it all. I wouldn’t be surprised if Xalapa turned into one of the real street art capitals of Mexico over the next few years, there’s certainly enough talent in the city to make it so. Big thanks to all the crew, especially Obake and Mister Trauma, for helping me out and showing me around whilst I was there.
Check out a whole bunch more photos below from my visit to Xalapa!
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