By Françoise Melzani
Have you met street rats?
Yes!? No?! Oui!!
rats encore, nothing but rats...
And, again rats, and rats; always rats...???
But maybe you live in 1 bubble, where air is so pure, no rats have dropped by so far to say hello; and obviously, you have decided to break up with the rat race socialites and upbeat lifestyles, hence, missing out Z RAt!
is definitely worth a bubbly post,
since it's THAT kind of news Sirdab's folks are constantly looking forward to.
One of the most influential figures in street art, French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat made his U.S. solo exhibition debut, on April 5, as his work -- old & new-- was on display at Shepard Fairey's new Subliminal Projects Gallery, in L.A.
The show --dubbed "ART is Not Peace But War" --featured 15 canvases, photos and one big-scale installation, on which the artist has painted his trademark stencils.
Large original paintings sold like pancakes; and an appearance by the Rat himself seemed to have added great energy to Fairey's [brilliant] initiative, in choosing to feature, first and foremost Blek Le Rat, for the Grand opening of his Art Space.
As a result, Le Rat gained a rat-tat recognition, and followers 'shroomed' ever after, with rat-a-tat impact...
From small and simple stencils to complex multimedia events, the distinctive and groundbreaking art of Blek le Rat is to be showcased, for the first time, in "Getting through the Walls;" and as such, it will be demonstrating the fascinating development of his technique and creativity, over the two past decades.
Banksy has been quoted, saying:
"Every time I think I've painted something original, I find out that Blek le Rat has done it as well, only 20 years earlier."
APRIL08 - BLEK A DIT: ART IS WAR
- How did 'PEACE Sign' manage to stick so gently on our t-shirts, caps, bags, and trendy looking items...?
- What made that 'crippled' looking circle gain such an unanimous sympathy and one authoritative massive popular base ?
to Spread IT.
to get the whole picture.
As a result, now Obama Barack 2008 is available as products and merchandise, apparel, t-shirt, sweatshirt, cap, boxer shorts, hoodies, v-neck, mugs, calendar, pillows, bags, cards, buttons, magnets, you name it...you chose!!
Log on to café press and check for yourself...
ARTCO & Pepsi
While the art and design worlds are trying to reconcile their differences and work together, Cary Lietzes of ARTCO is working to bring artists and major corporations closer, by creating branding that is visually stimulating and unique. Design has a long history of struggle with the mass market but Lietzes has pioneered a fresh approach to the subject and carved out an intricate niche for herself and the artists and brands with which she works.
Using her knowledge of fashion, marketing and publishing, Lietzes recognised the need for new blood in the marketing world and identified current artists whose forward thinking and creativity suited these needs.
Hence, ARTCO's current project with Pepsi is not surprising, but is refreshing.
ARTCO has assembled 10 artists to design the Pepsi cans for the company's 4 biggest markets.
Very specific guidelines were set, along with some technical restrictions in relation to Brand Pepsi.
For instance, artists were only allowed to work within 6 colors, 5 of the 6 were Pepsi designated colors; not more than 20% of the design could be in red, in order not to be confused with you know who, "Always NANANA"...
The challenge was even greater with such a limited creative framework; however, the wide exposure, artists will be getting as a result, is by itself a satisfying reward.
The 10 different designs will be sold worldwide, with the new designs rolling out in select countries before expanding to more locations throughout the year, reaching a wide cultural mix.
USA / NICK Z; China / STELLA LAI; Puerto Rico / DZINE; Korea / YOON LEE; Brazil / AVAF; India / THURKAL & TAGRA; UK / JON BURGERMAN; Russia / DUBOSSARSKY & VINOGRADOV; Mexico / FERNANDA BRUNET