Mural Festival 2017

Juxtapoz Clubhouse at Art Basel Miami 2017

Once again, Juxtapoz Magazine is attracting the attention of curious visitors to Miami for Art Basel with the Juxtapoz Clubhouse art fair. We went to the opening and we were completely stoked by the art installations and the spectacular selection featuring works by Jean Jullien, Faith 47, Ron English, Laurence Vallieres, Serge Lowrider, Low Bros, Zane Meyer, Alex Yanes and many more!

Juxtapoz is also showcasing projects from the best gallery around the world starting with Montreal’s Station 16 Gallery, as well as Jonathan LeVine Projects, Thinkspace, Corey Helford Gallery, Think Tank, Athen B Gallery, Good Mother Gallery, Superchief Gallery, First Amendment, and Urban Nation.

Stikki Peaches and What is Adam at Station 16’s booth

 

Taking place within the Juxtapoz Clubhouse located at the Historic Walgreen’s Building in downtown Miami, adidas Skateboarding is presenting “The Showcase”, a group show houseing the best emerging international talent within the global skateboarding community alongside Juxtapoz’s lineup of critically acclaimed artists. After last year’s frenetic skatepark, Juxtapoz also teamed up with adidas Skateboarding line and Mana Contemporary, to offer an outdoor space with a skate park and a mural by Irish artist, Conor Harrington.

Conor Harrington

 

Homeless Cop

 

Jaune

 

For all the lucky ones in Miami, don’t miss the opportunity to discover all these exceptional artworks for yourself! You have until December 10, to go to Juxtapoz Clubhouse in downtown Miami at 200 East Flagler Street!

Poshgod

Ronald Gonzales

 

Kip Omolade

 

Shyama

 

Lena Gustafson

 

Ellen Rutt

 

Jessie Unterhalter

 

Hoxxoh

 

Skinner

 

Mimi Scholz

 

 Kate Klingbell

 

Luke Pelletier & Kristen Liu Wong

 

James Bullough

 

©Photo: Andre Bathalon

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.

Mural Festival 2017

X-Ray: Colours & Emotions

XRAY is an artist with various influences, whose work doesn’t remain unnoticed. He creates pieces conveying a universal language through colorful murals and artworks with Pop and cartoony references and a great sense of calligraphy. Growing up in an American military family, XRAY draws his inspiration in the different environments he lived in as a child: Texas, Florida, Alaska and especially Japan.

The artist also often uses the aesthetic of cartoons and advertising of the 50’s, their eye-catching visuals and nostalgic references that came with the political background. After discovering the skateboard culture, XRAY dived into graffiti. Imprinted by Pop culture, he started to paint the streets by associating Disney characters, Japanese influences, humor and graffiti culture in a colorful style.

«I did Donald Duck with Donald Trump’s face. It’s called angry Donald» he tells to MURAL with a simplicity revealing his talent to deliver clear messages through association.

  

Thanks to his rich cultural background, he has imposed a language of his own which allows him to create works that come to life in front of the eyes of the public whether one is an art lover or simply curious.

« I’m feeling like good things can happen and you can make it happen. The work is something but it’s the reaction of the people to the work, that really makes it art, I think» he stated during the 2016 MURAL Festival.

                   

After leaving Florida for Montreal, XRAY developed his universe on the Canadian scene. Attracted by Montrealers’ ability to express themselves and their infinite search for new experiences, the artist absorbs this culture even though he doesn’t speak the same language.

We can’t wait to see XRAY’s coming appearances in Montreal!

 

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

An encounter with Montreal artists Dodo Ose and Fluke

The Mural Festival team, as usual, invited ten Canadian and local artists to participate to the creative event this year. Amongst them, Dodo and Fluke. These two artists are at their second participation to the Festival. The first time, in 2013, they painted as members of the AShop crew.

It’s hard to forget the gorgeous wall that the group created on the first year of the Festival, the ”old lady” is still there. Observing people and time passing by at the corner of St-Laurent and des Pins.

©Nickie Robinson
©Nickie Robinson
©Nickie Robinson

But five years have gone by since. Mural and AShop both grew a lot. They now both have a brilliant international visibility. If Mural rapidly became an essential stop on the worldwide circuit of Street Art festivals, the AShop crew (”at the Shop” – quebecer expression meaning at the factory, at work) on their side, thanks to the quality of the work of its artists and of experience (founded in 2009), now has an important influence on the global scene.

This year, it isn’t AShop that has been invited to the party but two artists part of the crew : Dodo and Fluke. They will each realize a wall alone. The two man are so linked up professionally to their collective, that we can sometimes forget that they each have a brilliant solo career as much on the local scene as internationally.

The collaborator of Mural met up with them to learn more on them and to make you discover them.

*** The artists are presented in alphabetical order.

Doryan « DoDo » Ose

(2016) -– Solo – Mural Festival ©Nickie Robinson

Doryan (Dodo) is an artist from France who considers himself from Montreal. In 2010, he moved to Montreal to evolve his artistic career because it is a nice place to live.

The ”Ose” part of his name comes from his roots as a graffiti writer when he was younger.

”It is my mother that influenced me. She is the one who bought me my first sketchbook, my first spray can.” says an emotional Dodo. Because this artist is very sensitive. And it is that sensibility that shows up in his work. Dodo’s mother most be very proud of her kid today.

©AShop

Dodo is part of a very talented happy bunch from Montreal named K6A (pronounced ”qué cé ça?”). An informal crew of creators of all kinds regrouping many well known figures of the Montreal scene whether from the graffiti, art or rap scene.

”K6A is a bit like my family. It is them that welcomed me and their influence has shaken my career.”

The artist is a guy that enjoys being in a gang. He likes people and the recurrent artistic proximity that the crew injects quite an energy into him. Dodo has been so attached that he even got a tattoo of the group’s visual on his arm.

©Nickie Robinson

 

©Nickie Robinson

The multi-disciplinary artist, now in his mid-thirties, describes himself as an artisan more than as an artist.

”Artisan because I put my art, the techniques that I have mastered and my expertise in the service of others.”

Working Class Hero” (2015) – Solo – Hochelaga ©Nickie Robinson

 

To finish up, Doryan wanted to mention his big respect for Fluke who has guided him through his career and pushed him to develop his creativity. As Fluke gives a lot to others, it is important for Dodo to give him back in return and to say thank you. ”But this year, for Mural, I will kick his ass” he says with his usual smile.

To follow the work of Dodo:  facebook | instagram

 

Fluke

©Nickie Robinson

The 33 year old artist from Polish origings was born in Montreal. He is considered by some as one of the old guys in the Montreal graff scene. He is part of the pioneers. Not surprising when we learn that the founder of AShop started handling the spray can at nine years of age. Slowly, a can in his hand, he made is place and his signature gradually became known by all.

©Fluke
©Wall2Wall

Contrary to the majority of the artists on the scene, the man is pratically always called by his alias by his peers. Fluke explains it by the fact that his mother tongue is Polish – his English/French were not the best. Hence to facilitate his integration, he chose the name which was easy to say.

”Back then I didn’t really know what it meant but I liked the resonance of it and the combination of letters. And today, it goes really well with the life I lead. I consider that I go forward in life with a lot of luck.”

And now the name is completely a part of myself, it has become fully become my identity. I am Fluke!”

His path was drawn by his hard work and patience.

”Nowadays, many artists are impatient. They want everything and they want it now. You have to learn to take your time and continually challenge yourself.”

© Wall2Wall

The one who describes himself as an art extremist doesn’t sleep much. Very demanding of himself, he works almost by a military process. Obsessed by details, he proceeds by trial and error and can redo his work a hundred times.

 

©Fluke

A loner, he spends the majority of his time at the Ashop studio. Its hiw own Ali Baba’s cave. A bit like a scientist in his lab, that where he does his research of colors, shapes and movement.

 

For the past two years, he has been reflecting on his work. Influenced by the Arts, he seems to be drifting away slowly from graffiti. However he does admit that he is still looking for his own style. ”If the secret is in the sauce, I still haven’t found the recipe!” he says very seriously. Because the man is usually all smiles, he releases a huge joie de vivre and contagious vitality.

The artist’s main goal is to convey a message.

”I am not expecting people to remember me ten-twenty years from now. But if I can change people’s days, even just for a short instant, I will have accomplished my goal.”

 

To follow Fluke’s work: facebook | instagram

A’shop : site web | facebook | instagram

**Translation FR to EN:  Mel Reno.