We have been in Montreal the last week for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. While in town we got to meet and hang out with New York based artist Buff Monster. The artist was one of 16 invited artists taking part in this years MURAL festival(Previously on Hookedblog). We caught up with Buff Monster while he was working on his large wall for the festival and spent some time in the scissor lift shooting him at work over a number of days. Featuring some of the artists signature characters painted in a vibrant colour palette, the wall depicts the classic seven deadly sins, from gluttony to lust but all with a Buff Monster twist.
"I’ve been painting ice cream and ice cream characters for a long time, but the work is never about ice cream, of course. It’s a metaphor for life; our time here is limited and we’re constantly melting. I love still life paintings from the Renaissance, but they didn’t have ice cream back then. So ice cream serves as a modern metaphor for a timeless theme", says Buff Monster.
Buff Monster takes a break to pose for a quick photo.
With the wall complete, we joined Buff Monster, Dana Dynamite and the Instagrafite crew to hit up one of Montreal's famous ice cream spots, La Diperie. Whipped ice cream on cones dipped in liquid hot chocolate and sprinkled with your topping of choice!! We had a dark sea salt chocolate sprinkled with toasted almonds, the perfect finish to a hot afternoon shooting the artist in the lift and also very fitting as ice cream features in Buff Monsters wall!!
Alongside his mural, Buff Monster was also in Montreal for a booking signing at Station16 Galley for his Stay Melty book with some other goodies from the artist also on sale. With his seven deadly sins wall such a hit with the locals the book quickly sold out, but we did manage to pick ourselves up one of Buff Monsters awesome triangle Illuminati Kitty pin badges (still available on the Buffmonster website).
The mural is complete, time for ice cream. Buff Monster stands in front of the finished mural. The completed Seven Deadly Sins Buff Monster mural just of Boulevard St.Laurent.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Hookedblog recently got the opportunity to visit Brooklyn based artist Dan Witz studio as he launched his new project on Kickstarter. Witz has visited London on a number of occasions showing work at various gallery exhibitions as well as installing some street works across the city, such as the street project Empty The Cages for PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals). We somehow never crossed paths with him during these London visits so we were delighted to get the chance to final meet him in New York and have a look around his studio.
Witz spoke to us about his recently launched Kickstarter project which will see him revisit London in July. Over the course of a week Witz says he 'will travel to London and install a series of topically provocative paintings on the city’s red telephone boxes. The pieces will be totally integrated into the public commons and the majority of passersby (and authorities) won’t notice them. At first.'
The new project is an extension of his past activism with Amnesty International in which the imagery in the phone boxes were planned to further broadcast the plight of tortured and wrongly detained political prisoners across the world. 'But the recent terror attacks in Europe have had a profound effect on me' says Witz, 'All of a sudden the dark and didactic subject matter that characterized my past installations seemed inappropriate. Some breathing room seemed called for'.
Each of the phone box will be inhabited by (an illusionistic painting of) a person or persons of diverse backgrounds and faiths and will include a young Buddhist boy, a hijab-clad young woman, a Hindu yogi to name a few, all very still, all in the midst of spiritual practice, and all projecting a quiet sense of inner peace and equanimity.
One of the phonebook Kickstarter rewards. Dan holding one of the 20" Phone Booth Paintings giving you an idea of the scale of these rewards.
Breathing Room Kickstarter
As with most Kickstarter projects Dan has some great rewards you can get hold of for backing his project, from signed hand finished limited editions 8 1/2 x 11 phone booth prints, signed copies of his book In Plain View to a full sized (6') Phone Booth painting where you choose any character or for extra Dan will paint you as the character in the phonebook!!
Watch his video below and for more info on the project, to see the full list of rewards and to back this great project head over to the Breathing Room: A Street Art Project by Dan Witz kickstarter page.
Hookedblog would like to thank our E17 friends at WoodStreetWalls who helped to put us in touch with Dan Witz.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Montreal, Cananda — Hookedblog are back in Montreal for this years edition of Mural Festival (Previously on Hookedblog), we had a blast at last years event and as we were already in New York on #HookedblogonTour adventure we figured we would book ourselves a flight from New York to Montreal to see what was going down at this years edition. With an Airbnb sorted we dropped our bags off and hit the streets of Boulevard St-Laurent.
Year on year MURAL seems to grow in size and scale with this years 4th edition looking set to be the best one yet. As with previous editions there is an extensive program of events running for the duration of the festivals from free bloc parties / gigs, exhibition launches, film screenings, art, food, music as well as all the artists painting murals right across the city until June 19th. During the street festival, traffic is closed on St. Laurent from Sherbrooke to Mount Royal, remaining open to pedestrians.
The work of Canadian artist Other from a previous edition still looking great in the Montreal sunshine.
2016 MURAL Line-Up
The 2016 edition of the MURAL Festival has seen the team bring together another exciting group of world-renowned artists from 8 different countries, including: D*Face (UK)(Previously on Hookedblog), Buff Monster (USA), Meggs (Australia)(Previously on Hookedblog), Natalia Rak (Poland), Felipe Pantone (Spain), Grems (France), Klone Yourself (Israel), and Acidum Project(Brazil).
The festival will also host many well-known Canadian artists, including: Fonki, Jonathan Bergeron, Zek, HSiX of A’Shop, X-Ray, Five-Eight, Jason Botkin, Roadsworth and Miss Terri.
Alongside the planned murals this years festival will with see the creation of several temporary and semi-permanent original sculptural art installations; featuring artists Maser (Ireland)(Previous on Hookedblog), Felipe Pantone (Spain), Fafi (France), Stikki Peaches (Canada)(Previously on Hookedblog) and many others.
UK street artist D*Face at work. Canadian street and collage artist Mateo takes the shot of his finished mural. Mateo's finished mural.
Australian artist MEGGS takes on the huge wall that last year saw some impressive work from Bicicleta Sem Freio(Previously on Hookedblog). We are loving MEGGS tropical colour palette he is using for his mural which looks set to be a worthy replacement to the Bicicleta Sem Freio wall.
Following on from his successful show at StolenSpace Gallery in London, Felipe Pantone (Previously on Hookedblog) is now in Montreal and working on the other large scale wall opposite MEGGS.
This is what Polish artist Natalia Rak's mural is looking like after just two days! We can't wait to see the completed work.
Stay tuned as we will be bringing you progress updates from the MURAL Festival while we are in town. You can also follow our Montreal adventure over on the Hookedblog snapchat for some behind the scenes snaps or join us on the Hookedblog Instagram for updates during the day. And with MURAL festival already at the half way point here is a short video of what you have been missing.
It's no secret that we are big fans of the work of Brooklyn based artist Swoon. We have featured her work on the site on a number of occasions most recently posting images of the large scale pasteup Swoon work (Previously on Hookedblog) close to Columbia Road, London that despite getting tagged up is still for the most part visible.
While we have been in New York we were hoping to stumble across some of Swoon's life-size wheat paste street art works even if they were her older pieces as her work in this city tends to run a lot longer than in London and as such they begin to get weather by the elements and change as the paper breaks up. Luck was on our side and not only did we discover one of her long running Bushwick pieces we were fortunate enough to find an additional four large scale pieces by this artist while we were hanging out in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Some of these pieces were new images and works we have not seen before, have a look at our selection of images below.
Close up of the above piece. An older Swoon work from a few years ago that is still run in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Italian born London based artist Giacomo Bufarini aka Run (Previously on Hookedblog) has been a regular on site over the years as he has created some beautiful street pieces since he relocated to the city.
The artist was one of 11 artist recently invited to Marrakech, Morocco to take part in MB6 Street Art (Previously on Hookedblog), a parallel project at this years 6th Marrakesh Bienalle. Hookedblog were in town while Run was working on one of a number of murals he painted in Morocco and we managed to catch the artist in action in Marrakesh painting this large scale mural right outside the Bahai Palace one of the venues for this years Marrakesh Bienelle.
Bufarini takes a break from painting to speak to us about his new project Time Traveller Artist Man
Since returning from Morocco Bufarini has been working on his book titled Time Traveller Artist Man which has now been completed and a Kickstarter fundraiser has been launched to cover the cost to print the book. Author and designer Tristan Manco has written the introduction to Bufarini's book, a small extract of which is below:
"Part travelling diary, part monograph, Time Traveller Artist Man charts the triumphs and tribulations of an imaginative soul with a passion for travel, whose worldwide voyages have become a catalyst to create art that is elemental and playful, with the ultimate goal of engaging with people from all walks of life.
The reference to time travel in the book’s title is a quirky but insightful notion which reflects the artist’s particular world vision. Through his journeys to countries such as China, Senegal, Italy, Morocco and Gambia, where in many areas they still do things in time-honoured ways, by hand or with basic tools and methods, the artist was struck by the sense of going back in time. Some of these places are rapidly developing beyond recognition and consequently there is the danger of losing some of these traditional ways and yet within this process of change, Run’s explorations of different cultures confirm for him a central belief in the universality of humankind."
You can watch Bufarini's Kickstarter video below in which he talks about this project and the rewards you can get for donating money to help this book get printed.
BACK THIS PROJECT HERE
Visit the The Time Traveller Artist Man Kickstarter page to see all the rewards and to make a donation to this great project.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Hookedblog are currently travelling in New York and are in town for a number of days on a short break. Earlier in the week we stopped by the Coney Art Walls Project (Previously on Hookedblog) in Coney Island to see some of the 2016 additions to this outdoor mural project. We also headed over to Bushwick in Brooklyn to visit the neighbourhood and see some of the new works that were painted over the weekend. Our timing kinda sucked as we missed The Bushwick Collectives block party by a few hours arriving into town as the party was winding down. But on the plus side it means there are some super fresh new murals for us to check out and share with you.
We briefly stopped by this part of town last year and almost missed our flight as we got carried away shooting some of the larger scale works alongside the stencils and pasteups by New York artists AIKO, Faile, Bast and Swoon. We had to cut our visit short at the risk of missing our flight so today we make sure to visit Bushwick first and give us time to discover some of the gems in the neighbourhood.
Having promised to show us around last year if we were ever in town, we hit up Bushwick resident and fellow street art photographer Daniel Weintraub or Halopigg as he is better know on Instagram. As a local he knows the ins and outs of the neighbourhood and who better to show us around us the hood! We hit the streets checking out some of the new works as well as some of those that went up over the last year. We spent a few hours strolling around the surround blocks checking out the work before breaking in the afternoon for some New York pizza and beers at Archie's.
The Yok and Sheryo in Brooklyn. Always great to catch one of REVS sculptural works.
Collaborative mural featuring the work of RAE and Sacred Youth on the exterior of the neighbourhood paint shop Low Brow Artique.
Pattern work from Hellbent. Fin Dac's B-Girl Mural. Art Is Trash
It's always a joy to catch these large scale Swoon pieces on the street, I am sure this piece has been here for a few years now and is still looking great.
We will continue to update this post with some additional works once we have some little more time to upload the pictures, but for now we hope you enjoyed this little taster of Bushwhack street art neighbourhood tour. Shout out to Halopigg for showing us about.