Snail life by Otto Schade at Sunscape Festival, Gozo, Malta

Otto Schade flu to Malta and attended Sunscape festival in Malta. He produced new artwork for the occasion, namely “Snail’s life” which depicts a snail having as its shell, a skull looking one.

Special paint was used so the artwork glows in the dark, pretty cool uh?!

Snail's life by Otto Schade Sunscape Festival Malta | Art-Pie
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Snail's life by Otto Schade Sunscape Festival Malta | Art-Pie
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About Sunscape festival

Sunscape is a place to party; free our minds; learn and be inspired.A haven for us to enjoy the outdoors, make new friends and transform ourselves.

A musical happening infused with creativity, performance and lifestyle activities. A playful exercise in the art of living and being co-creators in our own experience.

About the artist

Otto was born in Chile on the 30th October 1971. He initially studied Architecture at the Bio Bio University and Construction and Design Architecture in Concepcion, Chile. As a successful architect, he has been awarded for public and private projects.

Otto has always felt an avid fascination for the Surrealists, as well as the freedom which surrounds abstract painting. This influence has made Otto turn his creative skills to painting, which has become his strongest passion and for which he has also been recognised with an honorable mention.

Snail's life by Otto Schade at Sunscape Festival Malta | Art-Pie
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Stickerbomb skulls

Stickerbomb Skulls | Art-Pie

We were delighted to receive in the postStickerbomb Skulls, the latest stickers book of the superb collaboration between Studio Rarekwai and publishers Laurence King. This book is part of the ever growing Stickerbomb series which includes 5 other similar books : Stickerbomb, Stickerbomb 2, Stickerbomb XL, Stickerbomb Letters and Stickerbomb Monsters.

I do not know for you guys but we like skulls ,we are not some sort of human Predator, no. We just like skulls being used in art and even more in stickers. You can imagine our excitement when we found out that this latest book theme is about… skulls!

This book contains just shy of 190 original and fully peelable from an impressive range of artists from the 5 continents. Here in only a few names for you Dscreet (Vatican city), ITI (Romania), Mr Four Fingers (UK), Plot (France) and SKUL (Singapore)

The Stickerbomb Skulls book has now been released and copies are available to buy online on Amazon (see left) and in major bookstores so grab your today

Stickerbomb Skulls | Art-Pie

Stickerbomb Skulls | Art-Pie

Stickerbomb Skulls | Art-Pie

Stickerbomb Skulls | Art-Pie

Wonderful World, solo show by Gérard Rancinan

Gerard RancinanWhere: Londonewcastle Project Space
When: 7-24 June 2012

Thursday evening I managed to drop by the Londonewcastle space to see first hand the Rancinan show presented by The Future Tense. I  had known about the exhibition for some time and was really keen to visit. I was not disappointed.

Opening from The Future Tense

“Gérard Rancinan is one of the world’s leading contemporary fine art photographers. For the past 7 years, Rancinan, along with writer Caroline Gaudriault, have been developing the ‘Trilogy of the Moderns’ – a revolution in three acts. Pitched somewhere between comedy and tragedy, this vivid photographic tableau and accompanying texts paint a picture of a confused humanity, blindly groping in the darkness, obsessed with fame and guided only by an absolute desire for generalised happiness.”

Gerard Rancinan

Walking through the show I envisioned myself watching the film Donnie Darko and playing out scenes from which include the infamous bunny head. In addition the irony was that I was humming “Mad World” the corresponding score to the film. Batmanesq and cartoon imagery which although perhaps has been included within other contemporary art, I do not feel this is in any way reproduced. It feels new, yet old, fresh yet re-worn and very much engaging.

Gerard Rancinan

The narrative which accompanies the show, actually does not waffle or meander through meaningless meanings, it provides a commentary, which I find sits well with me. This is the first time for many months where the ideals which are being conveyed actually mean something to me. References to a society documenting its own history via social mediums are made and the act of me writing these very words endorse this. In addition the term ‘non places’ and ‘non people’ have been used which when used in conjunction with the virtual Twitter & Facebook world actually have a relevant description of contemporary society.

Gerard Rancinan

The works themselves are comparable to hyper realistic painting, coupled with well staged and well shot content arranged in such a way that just works. The sheer size of the works give an air of importance to them whilst drawing you in to the content. Another perfect fit to the show is that the final piece of work for the series was actually shot in real time at the exhibition using real people attending the show. This for me bridged the gap between aesthetic and interactive art in a way which I hope everyone can appreciate.

Ed Bartlett of The Future Tense said to me that “to fully appreciate the show you must come back” and he is right.The show runs until 24 June 2012. For more information visit: http://londonewcastle.com/arts-programme/events/2012-06-07/wonderful-world

‘Nuit Blanche’ in Toronto, street art encounters

We bring you, somewhat in a belated way, Nuit Blanche or when Toronto was transformed for one night only by hundreds of artists. Stroll all night long and get amazed by the works on display. A big thank you to Paul Snell for sending in the pictures below and no we aren’t jealous that he was out there and not us!

Green Invaders, 2012 | Yves Caizergues – Lyon, France
Light Installation – more about this project
Green Invaders, 2012  Yves Caizergues - Lyon, France  Light Installation

Vertical Constructions: Dancer #1 and #2, 2012 | Max Streicher – Toronto, Canada
Sculpture (left) – more about this project
The Way Things Are, 2012 | Chris Hanson – Brooklyn, USA | Hendrika Sonnenberg – Brooklyn, USA
Sculptures – painted street lamps (right) – more about this project
Vertical Constructions: Dancer #1 and #2, 2012  Max Streicher - Toronto, Canada  SculptureThe Way Things Are, 2012  Chris Hanson - Brooklyn, USA Hendrika Sonnenberg - Brooklyn, USA  Sculptures - painted street lamps

Pair, 2012 | Neil Campbell – Vancouver, Canada
Sculpture – more about this project
Pair, 2012  Neil Campbell - Vancouver, Canada  Sculpture

Applications for next year are already open, find out more here – http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/

Here below is a video of the event – A sneak peek of some of the projects that were on display across Toronto for one night only, during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

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