David Gonzales of the New York Times wrote an article in Mondays paper about my new installation for the No longer Empty Project opening this Wednesday in Sugar Hill Harlem. We discuss my history as former writer and sculptor and he interviews Doze Green as well a good friend who has seen my work evolve over the years. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/23/nyregion/mastering-the-art-of-three-dimensional-graffiti.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0
This article was posted by Mare 139 3 months, 4 weeks, 1 Day, 1 hour, 26 minutes ago.
This work is an evolution from going series of the B-boy Abstracts, which I began working on in 2005. Since then Ive taken considerable time in refining the line drawings and gestures that best capture the essence, spirit and attitude of the dancer.
I have done an enormous amount of drawings over the years in order to understand the true abstraction in the dance. The focus on suggesting physicality and movement efficiently allowed me capture the dancers intention with minimal strokes. As I develop it further I tend to go to two extremes, complete abstraction closer to Cubo-Futurism or very refined line drawings, which on their own carry as much power as a full on paintings.
“Carlos Mare’s Bboy drawings and paintings, so refined and visually direct, become coded representations of the dancer’s repertoire of movements and poses. In much the same way that staffed symbols are used to represent the written form of musical notation, so too the simple, gestural icons come to express a visual codification, a defined scale of available movements.”
- Robert Smith
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As a young writer I was fortunate to have seen some of Don1 pieces and tags, his legend as both hand stylist and style writer preceded him in every Boro of NYC. I used to think it was Dondi CIA but in fact it was an already establish Style Master who was unarguably on par with the best of his generation.
Looking at the fantastic and dedicated work that Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro committed to this project is impressive. This book highlights and preserves the history of a very influential Style Master whose work has influenced many generations directly or indirectly. I was floored by the amount of painted masterpieces and that many of the great legends such as Chain 3 paid homage to Don1.
This book is definately among the must haves on the subject of early Style Writing.
Among the famous graffiti artists from New York City’s 1970s subway era was an unassuming talent from the unassuming borough of Queens. The Italian-American rock and roller who wrote DON 1 MAFIA blasted onto the scene like a meteorite out of nowhere. His influence on this art form transcended the inner city and he became a legend and a household name. But his descent from the top of this name game, a result of the hedonistic lifestyle of New York City at the time, was just as swift, and for years DON1 has lived in obscurity. Fortunately, as a photographer studying at the prestigious school of Art and Design, DON1 documented his iconic work, along with that of his well known contemporaries, using his trusted 35mm camera. This penetrating work takes the reader inside the supernova that was DON1’s creative life with nearly 200 never before seen graffiti photos of the most undocumented NYC train lines and an even rarer glimpse at work from his black book.
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PEPPER SPRAY 20X20 PRINT
20x20 hand embellished silk screened print by SLICK. Edition of 50.
Individually spray painted, four color screenprinted, signed, numbered and embossed by the artist.
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Currently on display at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles #LAHEAT exhibit.
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A Major Minority
An Intercontinental survey of Othercontemporary Urban Art
Opening Reception: Friday, March 14th, 2014, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Show Dates: March 14th through April 12th
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 1AM is pleased to present, “A Major Minority”, opening on March 14th, from 6:30 - 9:30 PM. Curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, “A Major Minority” is a survey of Othercontemporary Urban Artists from over 18 countries consisting of over a 100 artists. Expect to see an international sampling of art works that reveal the overall character of Urban Art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world.
According to Poesia, urban art has become an OtherContemporary art movement outside of the contemporary and critical art world. By taking a large sampling of the world’s most prevalent urban artists, Poesia aims to reveal the true character of this art form as being born outside of theory and based on its interactions with the public as well as its urban landscape. “A Major Minority” is an attempt to illustrate the current progression of this art form as “traditional graffiti merges with street art and becomes what the public has coined Urban Art.”
Come check out works by world renowned artists 108, 2501, O.Two, ABCDEF, Alex Kuznetsov, Alex One, Alexander Becherer, Alexey Luka, Amandalynn, Antistatik, Arnaud TRBDSGN Liard, Askew, Basik, Bezt, Blaqk, Blo, Boe, Bom.k, Borondo, Cain Caser, Christopher Derek Bruno, Clams Rockefeller, Col, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Corn79, Dame, Dana Woulfe, Deams, Debens, Defer, Dem189, Demsky, Dime, Djae, Does, Drew Tyndell, Drew Young, Duncan Passmore, EKG, Estria, Etnik, Evgeniy Dikson, Faust, Felipe Pantone, Franco Jaz Fasoli, Gilbert1, Graphic Surgery, Hellbent, INO, Jay Paavonpera, Jaw, Jerry Inscoe, Jurne, Kan, Karlos Carcamo, Katre, Kema, Ken Davis, Kidghe, Kwest, Legz, LX One, Mac1, Mags, Martina Merlini, Matt W. Moore, Max Rippon, Mes, Mike Bam, Moneyless, Morik, Nawer, Nelio, Nibor Reiluos, Nmph, Pener, Petro, Poesia, Proembrion, Rafael Sliks, Romi, Rubin, Sainer, Samuel Rodriguez, SatOne, Scott La Rockwell, See One, Seikon, Sepe, Silvio Magaglio, Slicer, Slick, Sowat, Spé, Stendec, Stephen Holding, Swiz, Thiago Toes, Thomas Bestvina, Thomas Canto, Tobe, Todd Mazer, V3rbo, Vesod, Vincent Abadie Hafez Zepha, Wais, Wane, and Xuan Alyfe.
Book Launch of Outdoor Gallery – New York City By Yoav Litvin
Date: Saturday, February 22nd , 2014 6pm-11pm
Event Address: 17 Frost, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
Outdoor Gallery – New York City documents the vibrant and diverse outdoor art of New York, a global epicenter for street art and graffiti. The book features works created by 46 of the most prolific artists working on the streets of New York City. The beautifully photographed artworks are accompanied by illuminating interviews, which consist of the artists’ thoughts on New York, the current state of street art, the future of this dynamic medium, and their own work and processes.
As outdoor art is ephemeral and constantly changing, it is necessarily current and relevant, Outdoor Gallery captures the zeitgeist of this dynamic countercultural art form in the context of the global movement.
Book launch event-
Outdoor Gallery – New York City will launch at the 17 Frost Gallery in Brooklyn, a space dedicated to the most exciting and experimental art forms in New York City. The show will open on February 22nd, will feature works by over 40 artists (see page 2 for a complete contributor list) and will be curated by the book author Yoav Litvin together with Royce Bannon. In addition, it will debut several outdoor art-related films created by the New York City-based Dega Films crew.
Complete contributor list to event/ art show:
ARMY OF ONE
ENZO AND NIO
ICY AND SOT (IRAN)
SOFIA MALDONALDO (PUERTO RICO)
THE YOK (AUSTRALIA)
This article was posted by Mare 139 6 months, 6 days, 6 hours, 53 minutes ago.
A CREATIVE RELEASE
“Nothing great happens without struggle!” Erni Vales
“An Unusual Journey”
It took just 3 decades for NYC graffiti legend Erni Vales to prime himself for his most ambitious challenge of his career. 169 paintings done in 13 months! That’s 13 paintings each month! This is his Unusual Journey!
“An Unusual Journey” chronicles, in detail, every painting. Both in stunning full color in this 12” x 12” hard cover 200 page book but also with blurbs, small back stories that reveal a momentary state of mind Vales was in while creating each painting.
These days you can find many, many books on graffiti almost anywhere, but this is not just a graffiti book. Vales’ combines his graffiti foundation with vibrant color. His love of storytelling inspired by classic film noir posters, all mixed well with a heavy dose of pop and comic book art style. The result is a wild concoction of thought-provoking characters, scenarios and themes that run the gamut from sex, taboo and religion to hilarious and ridiculousness!
Vales’ main points throughout the book however is not only to show off his speedy skills, (each painting took about 2-3 days to complete. Working on at least 2 but sometimes 3 at a time) but to make sure that each piece have the merit to stand alone. These are in no way speed paintings, every group (13 in all) is deeply thought out and each painting was crafted with pride, care and of course in his unique style, a style and a feat that no other artist can duplicate.
At first, 12 paintings for 12 months seemed the obvious choice but that didn’t feel challenging enough while on the other hand, 14 for 14 was way too many and the work would suffer so it was settled that 13 paintings, for 13 months would offer great struggle without straining the work, and with all the naughty, dark connotations associated with the number 13, it was the clear choice.
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I would like to extend an invitation to view the works of two of the most prodigious urban artists working today, Remi Rough and Crash One. I know both men for a very long time and have seen their art and careers flourish over the years so I find this collaboration is very intriguing as it is unique. The artists both have very different sensibilities that branch off the DNA of graffiti style writing. Crash influenced by pop imagery and its bold colorful qualities produces works that play on his familiar juxtapositions of letter forms and partial facial expressions, well known for this theme Crash infuses them into Remis hard linear compositions of planes floating and folding in space. In turn Remi layers Crash’s paintings with his familiar urban suprematist compositions that break up the soft spray painted images with divisions of stark color, fine lines and solid to transparent planes that lift and dash across the canvas.
Notably Crash One plays probably one of the most important roles in Post Graffiti as an artist who bravely ventured off the reservoir of yards and layups to embrace formal art practices informed by contemporary pop art. This move was the impetus which brought him and others acclaim in the early 80s with the art market, more importantly it challenged his peers and the world at large as to what graffiti is and what could it become.
This article was posted by Mare 139 9 months, 3 weeks, 6 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes ago.
Heres a classic throwback outline by Kel 139 CIA, it was painted with Dondi CIA on the J line in 1978 and shows Dons influence on Kel.
From the Henry Chalfant Archives ©
This article was posted by Mare 139 10 months, 1 week, 5 days, 14 hours, 28 minutes ago.
PRISM: Urban Art and Culture Festival
The Estria Foundation will sponsor 2 weeks of cultural happenings and curated events for the community of Oakland and beyond.
September 28 – October 12, 2013
September 24, 2013—Oakland, CA. The Prism: Urban Art and Culture Festival encompasses a series of public events organized by The Estria Foundation. Oakland boasts world-class sports teams, rich urban culture, a ranking as the nation’s most sustainable city, a booming start-up company and non-profit hub, and a thriving art scene. Contributing to Oakland’s creative culture, civic enthusiasm and love of community events, Prism: Urban Art and Culture Festival will feature an array of activities beginning on September 28 and running through October 12th. These events will address social justice concerns utilizing visual art, music, dance, symposia and sustainable culture practices in an effort to emphasize live art projects and arts programming for the community.
This article was posted by Mare 139 10 months, 2 weeks, 4 days, 14 hours, 3 minutes ago.
REMI ROUGH - LIMITED EDITION BOOK RELEASE
Scream Editions will launch an exclusive limited run of #roughsketches, a new book by Remi Rough at Moniker Art Fair 17th October 2013.
#roughsketches is a 124 page book of blackbook drawings and sketches from 1996 to 2013. Never publicly seen before, these sketches act as a historical document and they show the development of Remi’s work over the past two decades. The foreword is written by acclaimed Australian artist Stormie Mills.
This exclusive ‘Blue edition’ is limited to only 25 copies, each signed and numbered by the artist and accompanied by an original painting on 230gsm acid free acrylic paper by Remi Rough measuring 185mm x 240mm.
This exclusive edition will retail at £150.00 and is available exclusively from Scream Editions at Stand 15 during Moniker Art Fair at the Truman Building, East London.
Each of the 25 copies have a limited edition Cyan Blue cover. Each painting is totally unique and will be chosen at random on a first come first served basis.
A second edition of #roughsketches will be available in a limited edition of 100 numbered and signed copies, this will be available to buy direct from Remi’s online store on Friday 11th October. This edition will retail for £30.00 excluding the postage and packing.
The book contains 124 pages and measures 185mm x 240mm.
Printed on 300gsm Arcoprint for Cover and 170gsm Arcoprint Text (Fedrigoni papers) PUR bound with a soft touch velvet laminate cover.
To view #roughsketches in it’s entirety -
For further details on the Blue Edition of 25 please contact -
This article was posted by Mare 139 10 months, 3 weeks, 7 hours, 4 minutes ago.
Supporting the Groundswell Mural Project http://www.groundswellmural.org All proceeds support Groundswell and its work to bring together artists, youth, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change.
Online bidding is available beginning September 23 at 10am EST. http://paddle8.com/auctions/groundswell