A meaningful 3D outdoor medium

We have been completely wowed when we saw that video from Mercado magazine, an Argentinian politics and economics magazine. The piece of art is called the “HOPE statue” and is a 3D statue/sculpture where the face of Barack Obama can be seen if you look at it straight. This is the same face as on the now notorious “HOPE” poster from

But walk around it and the piece dramatically changes, characters in a dramatic scene appears and Barack Obama’s face fades. The message behind this – the more angles you have, the deeper the analysis of reality will be. A truly beautiful achievement.

Ron English and Risk at Black Rat Projects

Signs by TrustoCorp - Art-PieWe managed to get a look at the latest show at Black Rat Projects called “Letters From America” where works from Ron EnglishTrustoCorpRisk and Saber are on display. Pictures of the artworks below.

As soon as you step into the gallery, you are greeted by the “Big Boy”,an original 7 foot or so statue customized by the Los Angeles graffiti writer RISK Big Boy is a brand of meal kits for kids which infamously got in turnmoil when some of their products were tested positive for Listeria contamination back in 2009, but instead of a burger  Big Boy holds a spray paint can which will remind visitors that they are about to see artworks from street artists.

Very quickly, another piece from RISK acts as a magnet for your eyes and illuminates the whole room. A graffiti made of neons. Sublime. What a piece to be made when you know how difficult neon making can be. Looking on the ‘Big Boy’ quietly from the back of the room, are pop surrealist painter Ron English’s colourful pigs that will make smile even the hardcore vegetarian out there. Just above them, a series of photographs by the same artist all very loyal to the artist’s style – pop surrealism. The “Telegrinnies” series have to be our favorites one, you will have figured out that Ron English’s work here is base on the “Teletubbies”.

Slightly hidden in a corner of the gallery, we enjoyed reading and laughing at TrustoCorp small scale signs

This show runs until the 18th June 2012 and is linked to another project that launched on June 30 at the London Pleasure Gardens where outdoor installations can be seen by the same artist until december 2013. Read the article about it on Arrested Motion website.

Big Boy by RISK (left) | Pigs by Ron English(right)
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Neons by Risk (left) | Spray paint and acrylics by Risk (right)
Neons graffit by Risk - Art-PieBy Risk - Art-Pie

Telegrinnies by Ron English
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Signs by TrustoCorp
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Lorella Paleni’s art

When I first saw Lorella Paleni’s work, I went “OoOOooOo”. And then, “umm”. I looked closer and then took a step back, paused for a short while and thought: what a cool mix of styles, you get some abstract in her landscapes and background often tangled into each other by a series of layers.

You get the surreal with the artist’s character and figures, never in a broad day light or clearly distinguishable but always in some intriguing scenarios or situations – a man seems to splash water on his face outside his house, in his garden perhaps? And is it actually water?

It is impossible to know for sure what happens in Lorella Paleni’s paintings and you quickly find yourself immmersed into them, trying to work out the snallest details in the hope of getting the bigger picture but we are looking here at breaking into the artist’s mind here, this is anyway how I feel looking at her work.

I am dreaming her dreams.

Lorella Paleni | Art-Pie
Lorella Paleni | Art-Pie
Lorella Paleni | Art-Pie
Lorella Paleni | Art-Pie

First seen on Juxtapoz

Hannah Rothstein Thanksgiving Special plates of food

What not to like here? It is Thanksgiving today and San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein transposes Thanksgiving dinners as plated by famous artists throughout history.

Andy Warhol
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Georges Seurat
Hannah Rohstein Thanksgiving Special | Art-Pie

Jackson Pollock
Hannah Rohstein Thanksgiving Special | Art-Pie

Hannah Rohstein Thanksgiving Special | Art-Pie

Rene Magritte
Hannah Rohstein Thanksgiving Special | Art-Pie

Vincent Van Gogh
Hannah Rohstein Thanksgiving Special | Art-Pie

All artworks (prints) are signed and limited edition and even better, %10 of profits will be donated to the SF-Marin Food Bank. For inquiries, write art@hrothstein.com.

Thanksgiving and street art

Thanksgiving is one week away and we again browsed the web in search of street art related to the American public holiday. We included some of our findings below

Happy Thanksgiving!

1. New Haven (USA)

This piece is located in New Haven and on Water street (USA), well it was back in 2009 so we are guessing it must be gone. Great piece though. We like the way the lettering works has become dishes like details of the artwork

Thanksgiving | Art-Pie

Thanksgiving | Art-Pie

Thanksgiving | Art-Pie

About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington.

It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

Kit & Caboodle Exhibition by Quiet British Accent

When Quiet British Accent started working as a duo, someone told them that sport had no place in art. Since then, they seem to be hell-bent on disproving this through their textile and graphic slogan art.

The couple’s recent exhibition at Core at Nolias Gallery in London had two themes. They took the ‘sport in art’ argument as a call-to-arms and used risograph prints and vintage football shirts as canvases for their DIY sporting aesthetic. This theme expanded to include the powers (both real and imagined) of heroes to their fans. Not necessarily football heroes either, as Quiet British Accent place football within wider popular culture.

The following pieces are appliquéd textiles on vintage football shirts and risograph prints.

Kit & Caboodle | Art-Pie

Andy Warhol Says Hello
Andy is smiling down at his still-pervasive influence over us all. Any connections to Warhol’s ‘Chelsea Girls’ film, or echoes of Campbell’s Soup cans in the shirt itself, are purely intentional.

What Would Johnny Rotten Do?
The ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ mantra applied to an Arsenal-supporting popular culture hero, crediting him with a deserved influence.

Sport& Art Don’t Mix
A poke at the proclamation Quiet British Accent are often faced with since deciding to limit themselves to working within the world of sporting culture.

I Don’t Know About Art, But I Noel What I Like
Yes, that Noel. QBA treat art the same as they treat football and music. Not belittling music at all, but putting it on an equal footing with art.

Hello Boys
The duo’s first large scale piece of work is stenciled onto giclée prints and hijacks a famous advertising slogan to give it social clout, mocking the echoes of sexism and homophobia in the sport.

Dropbear's latest stop-motion

920 pencils and 5125 images is what what Jonathan Chong (also called Dropbear) needed to put together this very neat stop-motion for the Melbourne-based indie-folk band called Hudson. Enjoy it below.

Also included is a “behind the scenes” footage just to tell you how much work this sort of work involves, loads, no really a tremendous amount of time and patience!

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