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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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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 Festival 2017

MURAL visit with Spade & Palacio

Live the MURAL experience until October with Spade & Palacio’s visits every Saturday and Sunday.

In this perspective, MURAL chose to join forces with Spade & Palacio for you to discover X-Ray, 1010, Dodo Ose, D-Face, Ricardo Cavolo and all the other artists from the MURAL Festival since 2013. Because even though the festivities have ended, the works remain for our greatest pleasure.

If the boulevard Saint-Laurent use to be a dividing place between East and West, nowadays it is an space of cosmopolitan exchanges with local as well as international restaurants, markets and artists. It is in this particular busy street that the MURAL Festival celebrates street art by presenting murals from every nationality. Going from the Station 16 Gallery (3523 Boul. Saint-Laurent), Visit all the works that have emerged from the 5 editions of the MURAL Festival in a small group with a local and professional guide during 2 hours.

These tours will allow you to discover one of North-America’s heart of street art. You will have exclusive access to an open air museum full of monumental works from local and international artists. Take a bottle of water you can fill up, an umbrella if needed and something to capture the best angles of the works you’ll see.

 

 

By collaborating with the MURAL Festival, Spade & Palacio put their expertise and authenticity towards public art. Born from the love and passion of two Montrealers, Anne-Marie and Danny chose to collaborate to bring visitors in the most unknown and novel corners of Quebec’s capital by creating their own company.

Being great travelers and thirsty for discovery, these two former guides finally whose Montreal amongst all the other cities. Whether it’s the Jean Talon market for Anne-Marie or Mont Royal for Danny, their hometown’s charm brought them to share their experiences with travelers. Bicycle lovers, architecture enthusiasts and always on the lookout for good places to eat, the two founders will make you fall in love with Montreal as they did more than 15 years ago.

Book your visit here.

Price: 20$ (+ charges and taxes) per visitor

Mural Festival 2017

MURAL Festival 2017

Kevin Ledo – Canada

4000 Rue Saint Dominique

 

Ruben Sanchez – Espagne

3440 Avenue du Parc

Onur – Suisse

1018 Rue Saint Urbain

Miss Me & Aydin Matlabi – Canada

4328 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

Fintan Magee – Australia

200 Avenue des Pins Est

 

Dodo Ose – Canada

3591 Rue Clark

 

Mad C – Allemagne

262 Avenue des Pins Est

 

1010 – Allemagne

2175 Rue Victoria

Ricardo Cavolo – Espagne

3547 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

INSA – United Kingdom

3527 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Ron English – United Kingdom

3522 Rue Saint-Dominique

Hoarkoar – Canada

1071 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Jason Wasserman – Canada

4021 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

SbuOne – Canada

3991 Rue Clark

 

Scribe – Canada

3828 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

Ola Volo – Canada

258 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest

 

Nuria Mora – Espagne

4321 Rue Clark

 

Mort – Canada

365 Avenue des Pins Est

 

Monosourcil – Canada

14 Rue Prince Arthur Ouest

 

Fluke – Canada

3953 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

Aaron Li-Hill – United States

3884 Boulevard Saint-Laurent