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Life is Beautiful 2017

Since 2013, Life is Beautiful has been building up to become one of the best multidisciplinary festivals in North America. What started as a three-day event that took over the streets of Downtown Las Vegas eventually became a full-fledged festival combining music, food, art, and inspirational speakers.

The 2017 edition of the festival produced by Justkids was undoubtedly the best one so far and included musical headliners such as Chance The Rapper, Muse, Gorillaz, MGMT, 2 Chainz, Bonobo, De La Soul and much more, inviting people with completely different musical tastes to come and celebrate.

Felipe Pantone

This year, the festival produced the first ever neon mural powered by solar power. This was created by none other than Felipe Pantone himself, who is known for the geometric shapes and bright colors in his artwork. Pantone and his mural shine light on the issue of renewable energy and raise awareness of its benefits through the extraordinary artistic effect it creates.

The Meow Wolf Art Collective also gathered in Las Vegas to create Art Motel, a temporary installation of 21 interactive rooms in an abandoned hotel.

 

Let’s talk about the murals! The 21-storey masterpiece by the duo FAILE strikes not only by its size but also with the catchy artwork itself. The mural features a canine character in a hat and Las Vegas t-shirt with a royal flush in one hand, followed by a girl. The world-renowned artist, Okuda created a mural for the occasion with a 3D installation immersing festival-goers in his geometric universe.

Discover below all the artworks by Faile, Fafi, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Kevin Lyons, Broken Fingaz, Mau Lencinas, This is my B world and Zest.

Faile

 

Fafi

 

Bicicleta Sem Freio

 

Kevin Lyons

 

Broken Fingaz

 

Mau Lencinas

 

This is my B world

 

Zest

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POW! WOW! Korea

“Pow!” – you have been struck by art.

“Wow!” – you exclaim in awe.

 

Persue & Tristan Eaton

 

This is the sort of reaction that visitors of Pow! Wow! have most often as they enter the festival’s grounds. The festival takes its name from traditional Native American gatherings that celebrate history, art, and the preservation of their rich cultures. The pow-wow’s musical and festive aspect is what inspired the modern day international rendition of the urban arts festival.

For almost a decade, Pow! Wow! has grown exponentially, and expanded from Honolulu to various corners of the world. In each of its editions, it hosts not only mural and musical projects, but also organizes gallery shows, lectures, workshops, and live art installations.

In 2017, Pow! Wow!’s magic has expanded to yet another city and another country; this year the festivities also took place in South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The eight-day festival featured ten local and overseas artists who painted seven murals, as well as various musical shows, film screenings, exhibitions and pop-up shops.

Pow! Wow!’s mission is to bring people together through creative endeavors, educate the youth about art and music, and to beautify communities. Check out the images by Brandon Shigeta to see how the festival brought color and soul to the South Korean city.

 

Xeva

Laurence Vallieres

Sheryo

Andrew Hem

Yoon Hyup

Jay Flow

Cryptik

Royyal Dog

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5 Books to (re)discover Street Art

If you, along with many other people, have been bitten by the street art bug, then you probably enjoy the historical insight into the contemporary movement just as much as you enjoy the aesthetic aspect of the artworks. Like with any artistic phenomenon, it is important to lurk in the shadows of its details in order to truly appreciate the bigger picture. In this case, you have laid your eyes upon the right article.

Without further ado, let us introduce you to five of the best books on street art if you want to move away from its mainstream representation and discover the less known, but nonetheless fascinating facets of the culture.

 

Wall Writers: Graffiti In Its Innocence

If understanding the deeper social context behind graffiti art’s propulsion into mainstream society is what peaks your interest, then Wall Writers is the book for you. Exploring the sociopolitical turmoil of the 60’s and 70’s, the book provides a detailed account of how graffiti became a movement of rebellion and revolution in itself. One of the most extensive works on the topic, Wall Writers is both visually compelling and a captivating read.

 

Lost Walls: eL Seed

An inspiring cultural journey across his native Tunisia, calligraffiti artist eL Seed travels across the country to paint over long-forgotten walls. Lost Walls is a month-long project, which resulted in 24 painted walls; but more than that, it is also a unique insight into the lives and history of the Tunisian people.

JR: Can Art

 

 

It’s called Can Artnot Cannot Art for a reason. An in-depth illustrative work on Parisian “photograffer” JR, Can Art is a journey through the artist’s career, and includes details on his solo work and big collaborative projects with other artists and institutions. Created in close collaboration with JR, this book also includes previously unpublished behind-the-scenes documentation of his studios in Paris and New York, where he and his creative collaborators created some of the world’s most provocative large-scale public photography projects.

 

Sticker City: Paper Graffiti Art

This account of the relatively young graffiti art movement takes an exciting new angle on the phenomenon. Claudia Walde, aka graffiti artist Mad C, traveled to different corners of the world in order to meet the artists who took street art and transformed it into stickers, which now adorn cities’ surfaces. Sticker City features over 80 international artists and a striking photographic account of their artworks.

Street Renegades: New Underground Art

If Sticker City caught your attention, make sure to read this logical continuation of street art’s evolution. Francesca Gavin, the Street Renegades’ author, provides her readers with insight into the latest generation of street art. Frustrated by the corporate hijacking of their culture, have diversified their techniques, with different means of dissemination, different materials, different ways of getting their work noticed.  This book documents the new graffiti forms with photographs of the work and interviews with major players around the world.

Find all these street art books and more on Bombing Science online shop!

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Worldwide artists are gathering in Montreal for MURAL Festival

“Art is the universal language of the soul,” – Unknown

Fluent in that language, artists work outside norms and cultural restrictions, and their creativity travels internationally; which is why it is of the utmost importance to facilitate their journeys.

Business travel isn’t limited to the corporate world! That’s why Air Canada developed the Corporate Rewards program with the needs of artists and entrepreneurs in mind.

Air Canada chose to partner with us to assist many artists from around the world to participate in the festival in Montreal. In a bright and captivating video, Air Canada transports the viewer from Brooklyn to Montreal, as street artists bring their talents and imagination to the heart of MURAL Festival. Capturing the essence of the Festival, the video shows us the beautification of the city through urban art.

Check out the video and peek into the artistic universes of Aaron Li-Hill, Ricardo Cavolo, and Aydin Matlabi, as they bring their creations across borders.

© Video: ABCDF
© Photo: Julien Gagnon (@fuji_ju)

Mural by Kevin Ledo in tribute to Leonard Coen Mural Festival 2017

Kevin Ledo’s 9-storey tribute to Leonard Cohen

The magic of art lies in its ability to create something beautiful even out of dolorous events.

Leonard Cohen was no stranger to exploring the dark corners of his soul, whether it was in his poetry or his music. Born and raised in Montreal, Cohen pursued his studies in McGill University before becoming a published writer and later blessing the world with his musical talents. In November 2016, after six decades of a successful career, his death devastated the hearts of millions.

When Montreal artist Kevin Ledo was asked to pay tribute to the legendary artist during Mural Festival’s 5th edition in June 2017, he grasped onto the opportunity. The massiveness of the mural was a first not only for the artist himself, but it is also the largest mural created by the festival. The artwork was received with positive feedback from the public, most of whom were happy to have the legend back in his hometown, at only few feet from his last house.

Watch CBC Art’s documentation of how Leonard Cohen was immortalized by Kevin Ledo on a 9-storey building’s wall.