Aryz for Vilnius Street Art Festival

From the Vilnius Street Art Festival --- First time in Vilnius, Aryz has created a mural from the scratch, without any preparatory sketch. Initially the owners of the building, a public medical centre, expressed their wishes not to have any skeletons, skulls or cigarettes in the mural, since it might be offensive to their aging clientele. However, in the end Aryz signature skeletons appeared and the mural is now a hit with elderly ladies passing by to the medical centre.

Aryz has incorporated Lithuanian words “Kaip Ne Žmogus”, meaning, “not like human” into his mural. The phrase was written by the local graffiti artist on the wall before it was buffed by the council few years ago. Beautiful reference completing the concept of the mural as well as earning him a wide respect in Vilnius graffiti scene.  Photos: Henrik Haven

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Indoor Installations at Nuart

Pretty late in getting these great installation images up from Nuart's indoor works. But as is the case, better late than never. Thanks for the photos, Henrik.

Nuart is an annual international street art festival established in 2001 with a focus exclusively on Street Art since 2005. The Festival is based in Stavanger on the West Coast of Norway. In addition to a multitude of both sanctioned and unsanctioned public art works, Nuart also stages one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year. Browse our galleries or download the free App to see our works.

11/7 - Jay Howell at FFDG

We're so excited to welcome back our buddy Jay Howell for his next solo show at FFDG opening on Friday, Nov 7th.

Jay Howell is a creator of the great cartoon Sanjay and Craig and created the characters for Bob's Burgers. He's been producing great drawings and zines for over a decade having spent a good many years living and working in San Francisco before making the move to LA to work on Sanjay and Craig. We've been fans and supporters of his work way back when Fecal Face was just getting rolling back in 2000.

Preview inquires: info(at)ffdg.net - RSVP


Dave Kinsey at Library Street Collective

Dave Kinsey's solo show Cushion of Memory runs through Nov 8th at Detroit's Library Street Collective. Love the new paintings, Dave!

Speaking of Dave Kinsey, be sure to check Tommy Guerrero's newest album No Mans Land with album art by Dave Kinsey from his last solo show @FFDG.

Photos: Jerry Buttles and Ania Eaton

Word to Mother Interview

London based Word to Mother is currently showing "Too Blessed To Be Stressed" at Stolen Space in London. Our buddy David Shillinglaw had a chance to sit down with him to ask him about the show and focus on what he had for breakfast.

DS: What did you have for breakfast?

WTM: 100 grams of oats with water, 2 scoops of protein and amino acids.

DS: That’s quite specific.

WTM: It is... most of my mates think it’s odd. I can tell you exactly what I eat every day. 6 meals every day. The discipline of the training and eating feeds into the rest of my life and my work. I’m much more productive when my day is structured.

DS: Do you get up early?

WTM: Yeah, I’ve been getting up at five thirty the last six weeks. I get up and eat, go to the gym at six thirty, train ‘til eight, coming back, sleep for an hour, eat several times and then start work.

DS: Wow, that’s pretty impressive.

WTM: It’s just what works for me at the moment. The cooking and eating takes up most of the morning, then there’s Chewy Lewis to take for a walk, drawing to be done…I don’t really start really getting into painting until five in the evening, at least. Seven is when I really start to get going, seven to midnight is the perfect time. Now everything for the show is finished and at the framers I’m not getting up so early, I’m a bit more relaxed.

DS: How do you go about making work, and specifically making work for an exhibition?

WTM: It all starts with drawing. I draw every day and most of it never amounts to much, just constant sketchbook dribble with the occasional gem. When I have a show coming up I have a general theme of ideas that I want to include. I fill up a few sketchbooks and then go back and find the strongest drawings that I feel would make good paintings.

The aim is to make beautiful pieces with depth visually and contextually. I always try to create with an authenticity of style and ideas, and reference things respectfully.

DS: The show is called ‘Too Blessed To Be Stressed’, can you explain it, in a nutshell?

WTM: Its about appreciating what you have, being positive, putting positive energy out there. Just living in this country, this city, we are privileged, and I think we get caught up in our own lives and lose sight of these luxuries.

DS: I heard if you live in London... you’re living with something like the 1% wealthiest people in the world.

WTM: Exactly. That’s mad, but that’s what I mean. These paintings are all about that, it's about counting your blessings, they’re an observation of my own character and other peoples character, while we live in this crazy city, kind of swallowed up in it all.  It’s an awesome feeling, but it’s easy to lose sight of that and how lucky we are.

It’s about stepping out of it, or yourself, to re-appreciate your position and what you have and to not worry or compare with anyone else.

DS: So is it very much about London?

WTM: The tones are very ‘London’ I think and obviously there is the distinctive London architecture running throughout the works. It certainly is a large element of the show, I have a lot of love for the city culturally and visually and wanted to try and capture that in the works

DS: So what about music. Do you listen to music while you work. What music are you listening to, what’s the soundtrack to the show?

WTM: Generally soul, reggae and hip-hop… I find the music I listen to can effect my mood and that can be distracting. I switch it up, J Dilla to Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, today I was listening to MF Doom special blends. But sometimes there are just times when it’s silent and I’m just lost in the work.

DS: painting and drawing can be a meditative state.

WTM: Yeah, totally, Its almost as if painting can be like a form of lucid dreaming, or meditation, but as soon as you acknowledge that then the peace is broken and you’re not there any more. When you’re in it though it’s the best.

DS: Any other surprises for the show?

WTM: As the title of the show is about appreciating what you have, I wanted to give something back. It is hard work to live as a creative in London but none-the-less it is a privilege to do so. I wanted to put something back into the creative community in East London, an area that has inspires me every day. I chose to donate to the Eastside Educational Trust, which helps disadvantaged and disabled children participate in art.

I’m drawing and hand screen-printing the raffle tickets, so even if you just buy a ticket you’re getting a limited edition print, but you can also win quite a nice piece of original art. The tickets are cheap because I wanted it to also be an accessible way for someone to own an original drawing.

Tickets are available on the night of the show, or through www.stolenspace.com

DS: Nice idea. I just saw the ticket on your Instagram. Looks really nice.