Pow! Wow! Taiwan has officially begun! I’ve been out in Taipei for a week now, and it has quickly become one of my favourite cities (the food miiight have something to do with it). Here’s a quick re-cap of the first couple days. If you want to follow along on Instagram I’m posting to @Booooooom and you can follow @PowWowTaiwan as well.
We started with a tour of all the potential walls in the city (photo above: Madsteez and Brendan Monroe), which was followed by the official opening of the event. Yesterday we had a little rain delay, so most of the artists are getting started today. James Jean, Kristen Farr, and Mr.Ogay were among the artists able to put some work in, and you can see images of their progress at the bottom of this post.
Lots of images below, have a look!
“Duality: An Art Experiment” opens this Friday at East Van Studios in Vancouver. The show, created by photographer Shannyn Higgins, pairs 25 writers with 25 visual artists. The visual artists created works based on the words they were given by the writers. Shannyn photographed all 50 participants and has produced a book of the works and the people who made them.
Vancouver is a funny city in that a lot of different creatives don’t hang together, there’s a lot of different groups that don’t seem to mingle much. I like that Shannyn’s project brings together a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t cross paths. Lots of my friends are in this show, it’s gonna be good!
Have a look at a bunch of Shannyn’s portraits below!
Two of my favourite artists, Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug (Lernert & Sander), are back with another humorous project. You might remember their last project where they combined every perfume launched in 2012 into 1.5L of a fragrance appropriately called “Everything”.
This time they’re unknitting garments by Céline, Chloé, Jil Sander and Prada, reducing them to balls of yarn. Watch the video for their latest work “Last Season” below!
Here’s a little edit of some of this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii murals, shot high above the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, from a little drone helicopter.
Artists in order of appearance: Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, Ron English, Ekundayo, Meggs and Bask, Nychos and Buff Monster, Madsteez, and Andrew Schoultz. This is only a tiny glimpse, more to come!
Enjoy the video below!
Matt and Roxy Ortiz are a husband and wife artist duo, based in Honolulu, making work under the name Vers Hawaii. The couple are becoming known for their paintings of fantastical tree top villages that feature half-pipes and bowls.
I’m sure their work will remind most people of the Lost Boys hideout in Peter Pan but it actually reminds me of something a lot more obscure. Has anyone read Babar Visits Another Planet? I’m probably alone on this one but the floating houses on different levels, and the slides, totally make me think of it.
Take a look at more of their work below!