Fintan Magee and Borondo
FIELD NOTES: Fintan Magee was on his art perch this afternoon, far from his home in Australia, face first in an alley wall drawing outlines around the corner from a completed segment of his Life is Beautiful mural. When he left the lift to take a look at this section from a few feet away, he pulled out his phone for a reference image. He’s not alone.
Across the alley was Borondo, from Spain, working on the last details of his figure on the corner of a garage. In the street art press and promo, Magee and Bornodo are listed as surreal and classical work, and there is a dreamlike state when it sits near pop color street art.
Here, the two muralists were assigned to this spot and complimenting each other’s style. They met each once before, at another festival on another continent. Now they are Las Vegas camarada. Comrades in the alley,
Fintan Magee (Australia) and Borondo (Spain) exchanging solutions for their respective downtown Las Vegas murals. Photos: Paint This Desert.
Mural by Fintan Magee for Life is Beautiful.
Custom made for Shepard Fairey by Todd Sanders
Post-pop neon signs, public art that kept homeless warm gets an award, and street art for Navajo Nation are some of the field notes about art for the public space of the desert.
As a graphic design design major in the 1990s, Todd Sanders lived in a vintage trailer while working as neon sign shop apprentice. He's now the retro neon king of Austin, Texas, creating “crude charm.” I American Profile
Four artists have been selected to serve as Artists-in-Residence in Zion National Park in 2015: Camila Galofre, painter from Ecuador, South America (February 2 – March 3). 2D mixed media from Bowling Green, Kentucky (April 1 – April 30): Benjamin Rusnak, photographer, from Boca Raton, Florida (September 1 – September 30), and Earnest Ward, art journalist, from Fort Worth, Texas ( October 16 – November 14).
From photographs to pop-meets-petroglyphs paintings, an exhibit in New Mexico shows 68 pieces new acquisitions for Bernalillo County Public Art Collection. That county's Public Art Program was established in 1992 with the adoption of the county’s Art in Public Places Ordinance in 1992. I Albuquerque Journal.
Phoenix, Arizona, artist Ann Morton's idea, The Ground Cover Public Art Project from 2013, received a first place award in Arizona Forward’s 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. Morton and her 600 “blanketeers” produced 300 handmade blankets that were assembled into a 116-by-50-foot art piece in a downtown Phoenix vacant lot. Each tapestry worked as a pixel within a larger tapestry, then disassembled to be passed out as blankets to the homeless. There's video of the installation.
James Marshall with "Radiate" 2014. Photo: Sean Deckert
Street artist / muralist James Marshall ( a.k.a. Dalek) returns to SMoCA for a series of weekend events November 7 and 8
It was "one of the busiest (street art) seasons in the cities history," writes 303 Magazine in their "roundup to celebrate all of the unbelievable murals of 2014." Denver Street Art of the Season: Part Two.
Repairs to a levee in Pueblo Colorado will take down what Guinness World Records calls "The largest mural in the world." It's been a three mile long concrete canvas for 40 years. The first painting was a fish in a bathtub painted at night back in the 1970s, says local artist and teacher Cynthia Ramu, coordinator of the levee mural for the last two decades.. Plans are being made for new work to be installed after the levee is replaced. Shanna Lewis of Colorado Public Radio reports.
The State Press on ASU student "Clyde" and his un-commissioned large-scale work that seems to win over the neighborhoods. “When the cuardo (painting) appeared it made me happy,” said 64-year-old Rosaria Barrera. “It reminds me of the paredes de las artes (walls of the arts) back home in Mexico. I wish for it to stay.” State Press.
Photo © Jetsonorama.
The Painted Desert Project is overseen by Chip Thomas and he is adapting street art to reflect the culture of Navajo Nation in isolated landscape. Artists are invited to an extended stay, compared to the 4 or 5 days of a typical street art festival, so they can "study their new environment and to fully immerse themselves before conjuring a new work," reports Brooklyn Street Art. More coverage at Beautiful Decay and HuffPo.
The work of urban artist, Alexis Diaz, in Antelope Hills, approximately 20 miles north of Flagstaff Arizona on Interstate 89.
Photo © Jetsonorama.
Photo: Paint This Desert
FIELD NOTES: With Life is Beautiful opening October 24, things are hectic and brisk in the downtown festival footprint. In progress above is Fintan Magee of Austrailia, who brings back classical form to urban art. So does Borondo, of Spain, whose work is seen to the left. Around the streets the murals by Bicicleta Sem Freio, and ROA are completed. Lakwena and Cyrcle are underway. Maser's motel is complex and still moving forward, and D*Face will be in town the next few days. Below, at Emergency Arts on the non-Just Kids across from the El Cortez, Tim Bavington posted Sunday morning he is "finishing up" his section of Life Is Beautiful mural, a collaboration with Sush Machida.
Photo via Facebook Tim Bavington
PIC BY PTD
FIELD NOTE: This strong hand-painted wheat-paste of Edgar Allan Poe with the quote “I do not suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it,” is in the Arts District. The street artist shared the Los Angeles to Las Vegas migration pattern of the mystery person behind the series “You Killed Me First.” That’s no surprise. They shared space in Los Angeles, including wheat-paste heavy Melrose Avenue. “The way that these two share their love of street art together is a beautiful thing. Each paints completely different yet colorful and complimentary hand painted pieces. Each artist has a style of their own, still the pieces always look great together,” wrote Melrose and Fairfax in 2013.
Paint This Desert file photo.
During the October Las Vegas Arts Commission meeting ART-Tales curator Patrick Duffy hypnotized the room with his update of how the Western Hotel is shaping up as a multidisciplinary pop-up gallery with paintings, photography, sculpture, installations, poetry and mixed media. The project supplements the street art program of Life is Beautiful.
Out of 89 artists who responded to an RFP, 47 made the short list and 15 were selected. "98 percent of the artists are local," said Duffy. While he stated in a press release "our artists will present works that go beyond what you imagine when you think of Vegas, and challenge patrons to search themselves for universal themes and stories," Duffy also told the commission that artist needs to be supported; financially, by having works acquired, and to have their art purchased. "We have great artists."
From the press release:
California artist Eric Tillinghast, whose water-based work was featured in last year’s Art Odyssey, will return with a playful and interactive installation of water slides and kiddie pools, entitled “Freefall”.
Duffy is Las Vegas Art Museum president and chairman of the UNLV Fine Art Galleries. ART-Tales will be available during the three days of the festival for attendees. (October 24 through 26).