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    Saturday
    Nov202010

    Juxtapoz - Blek Le Rat Inteviews Artist Hush

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    In conjunction with the White Walls Gallery of San Francisco, HUSH’s New York City exhibition Found opens tomorrow, November 19 in NYC at Angel Orensanz Foundation For Contemporary Art. In honor, we had legendary street artist Blek le Rat ask HUSH a few questions in regards to his 25 new mixed-media works and installation he will be presenting.

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    Blek le Rat: Hi Hush. One of the first things, among others, I am interested in is the fusion between Eastern and Western culture in your work. It seems to me to be more than a style but a kind of philosophy in your life. Could you please explain this way of thinking and working? What was your experience in Asia?

    HUSH: Hello Blek le Rat. First of all, thank you for conducting this interview. Asia was an extremely important influence on my life both philosophically and visually. The way the East, especially the youth, adopt western styles and cultural influences but struggle with holding onto traditional values is of interest to me and my work.

    It did get me thinking about a combination of factors and when you add my interpretation of this, we end up with a very eclectic mix. I like to depict this through using the female form in art, which can symbolise so many messages. I try to capture and contradict these cross-cultural differences and influences in my work.


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    Blek le Rat: I think you contribute to creating a new style in running straight on from the movement of the 1940s called "action painting" which was associated with Abstract Expressionism. Do you feel that graffiti art is some how an evolution of action painting and if so why?

    HUSH: That's exactly my view, I see graffiti, especially tagging, as a form of expressionism and when lots of them are seen in one place and on the street a visual image is created like nothing else I can compare it to. It's beautiful.

    Take that from the street and apply it to work you make in the gallery setting is difficult. That's why I approach it as action painting, it could easily be determined as Abstract Expressionism also. You need to capture that instantaneous decision to make the mark. That's why I have canvases continuously around the studio. I throw everything at them, tag them, throws, the lot. It feels like it carries a bit of that excitement. It also places this movement into a category that is continuing to build on past art movements which every new movement does.

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    Blek le Rat: I very much like your new way of working. You overlay different coats of paint in which you blend images that almost vanish under new coats of paint. It is like superposing different skins, I knew someone who called this" the skins of the walls". Can you tell me more about this way of working?


    HUSH: I like that phrase. I play with lots of ideas in the paintings I make and like to reference a lot of movements, past and present. I have always loved that old graff rule about a throw can go over a tag, a dub over a throw, a piece over a dub and so on.

    I also love the transient way in which work on the street evolves and usually looks more at home the longer it settles, gets going over, degrades and fades. I try to create all these actions and mistakes in the studio.

    I always work on two of the same paintings every time I create a piece, partly for the fact that I will take more risks on one so my work progresses, although there does come a point where I will only finish one as it becomes obvious which one is working.

    I also do this so when I make a new painting I can go over the discarded painting and leave remains of it visible to the viewer. I kind of take pleasure in knowing that there was a good piece and lots of work underneath a painting. It always feels uncomfortable working on a clean canvas, I like the feel and textures of a worked on canvas. It gives it some life straight away.

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    Blek le Rat: How do you like your success all over the world? Did you expect to be successful? How do you explain the reasons for so many artists from all over the world have a such success with people?

    HUSH: I feel privileged that my work is accepted and embraced by people from lots of different backgrounds and cultures. I find it hard to measure success and never really view myself as being successful at all really. I have a very long way to go... I hope anyway. As far as making art, hopefully a little success might come with that.

    I think success in art should really be measured by continuing to be relevant and progressing continuously, through years of practicing art, which I will always try to achieve.

    I think people have embraced this movement and the artists working within it because it is very relevant and accessible, it makes sense to a lot of people and it helps people to actually get excited by art again.

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    Saturday
    Nov202010

    Hush Mural In Progress At White Walls SF

     

    Here are some great shots of the mural that artist Hush is doing at White Walls SF.

    Saturday
    Nov202010

    Banksy Has Big Balls For Hitting The Prime Minister's House At 10 Downing Street

     

    Hahaha, as usual artist Banksy has made his point loud and clear by painting two testicles/balls on 10 Downing Street, the address of the David Cameron the Prime Minister of England.

    Saturday
    Nov202010

    Daniel Lumbini 'Jewel In The Lotus', 'Every Mans Martyr' + 'Son Of Siam' Originals Available

     

    Here are some STUNNING pieces by up and comer artist Daniel Lumbini. Above is 'Jewel In The Lotus' a 100 x 150cm oil, aerosol, collage and levelling gel on hand-stretched canvas, signed one off original for £1200. The image in the middle is called 'Every Mans Martyr' and it is a 170 x 180cm oil, collage and levelling gel on canvas, signed 1 off original for £1400 and the image on the bottom is called 'Son Of Siam' a 50 x 50cm oil and modelling gel on hand-stretched canvas, signed one off original for £550. Word on the street is that Daniel and Red Propeller will be doing some madness together in the future.

    Check it out HERE

    Saturday
    Nov202010

    Mark Brabant 'Grow From This' Print Available

     

    Here is a sweet NEW print called 'Grow Frm This' by artist Mark Brabant over at Hovering Objects. This is a 5 colour 13 x 24 inch screenprint on 100lb paper with an edition size of 150, comes signed and numbered by the artist for $35 each.

    Check it out HERE

    Friday
    Nov192010

    Dave Kinsey 'Pendulum' Print Available

     

    Here is a fresh new print called 'Pendulum' by artist Dave Kinsey. This is a 4 colour 18 x 18 inch screenprint with an edition size of 130, comes signed and numbered by the artist for $85 each. This print is available NOW!

    Check it out HERE

    Friday
    Nov192010

    Obey Pen + Business Card Case Available

     

    Obey has also released a little bit of stationery magic over the last few days. Above is the Obey pen which is a limited edition bal point pen with metal case, comes with a refill for $68 each. Below is the Obey business card case which is chrome plated stainless steel and is $34 each. Perfect for stocking stuffers??!!

    Check it out HERE


    Friday
    Nov192010

    Obey 'Mandala Ornament 1 + 2' Black + Cream Large Format Prints Available

     

    Check out these BIG 'Mandala Ornament' beauties available at Obey as of yesterday. These are the large format versions of the recently released set. These are all 38 x 51 inch serigraphs on 100% cotton rag archival deckled edge paper with an edition size of 50 each, they come signed and numbered by the artist for $600 each. Above is 'Mandala Ornament 1' cream and black. Below is 'Mandala Ornament 2' cream and black. Everyone say hi to Jaspr holding the prints!

    Check it out HERE


    Thursday
    Nov182010

    Jeremy Berkeley 'Smugglers Blues' Print Available

     

    Here is a BEAUTIFUL print called 'Smugglers Blues' by artist Jeremy Berkeley. This is a STUNNER!!! I am unaware of Jeremy's work but WOW, I love the feel of this print!! This is a 16 colour 12 x 12 inch screenprint with an edition size of 50, comes signed and numbered by the artist for ONLY $20 each. Make sure you check out the 'MMM...Butterfly' print too. 

    Check it out HERE

    Thursday
    Nov182010

    Blisters Blackout '40 For £40' Art Show Details

     

    Here is a GREAT idea for an art show from the good peeps at The Print Club London, '40 For £40' including artist Jamie Reid and EINE. You can't go wrong with names like that and edition sizes of only 40!!

    Check it out HERE

    Thursday
    Nov182010

    Philip Lumbang 'The Tortoise And The Bear' Print Available

     

    Here is another KILLER print called 'The Tortoise And The Bear' by artist Philip Lumbang. This is a little smaller than usual for Philip. It is a 2 colour 12.5 x 19 inch screenprint on 80lb Speckletone paper with an edition size of 70, comes signed and numbered by the artist for ONLY $30 each.

    Check it out HERE

    Tuesday
    Nov162010

    Amanda Visell 'Posters For Girls' Posters Available

     

    Here are four awesome prosters from artist Amanda Visell. These were definitely designed with girl power in mind. I love the 'I Can Save Myself' print the best. These are all 16 x 20 inches in size and are $30 each or $100 for all 4.

    Check it out HERE

    Monday
    Nov152010

    Nathan Ota 'Decision Garden' Print Available

     

    Here is a STUNNING print called 'Decision Garden' by artist Nathan Ota. This is a 48 x 36 inch giclee with an edition size of 5, comes signed and numbered by the artist for $750 each. This beauty is being released through the good peeps at A Paper Tiger.

    Check it out HERE

    Saturday
    Nov132010

    Studiocromie Releases Word To Mother '14 Chances' Print

     

    Here is another KILLER print called '14 Chances' by artist Word To Mother. These unique prints are 3 colour hand water colour painted 33 x 40cm screenprints with an edition size of 14, they come signed and numbered by the artist for €180 each. This is available through Studiocromie via the Fame Festival in Italy.

    Check it out HERE

    Check it out HERE

    Saturday
    Nov132010

    Studiocromie Releases Bastardilla 'Calavera' Print

     

    Here is a beautiful print called 'Calavera' by artist Bastardilla. This is a 3 colour 68 x 53cm screenprint with an edition size of 30, comes signed and numbered by the artist for €180 each. This is being released through Studiocromie in Italy.

    Check it out HERE