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Kaws “Down Time” at the High Museum

March 7th, 2012 by Keenan

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In the last decade, street-inspired graffiti artwork has slowly begun to stray away from its original home. This often frowned upon style of art, which uses the space on blank city walls as a modern-day art canvas, is now finding a new home, a home off of the streets and into some of the world’s most well renowned and upscale art museums. The best of the best are even selling their work to some high-end art collectors who are paying thousands of dollars for art that only a few years ago was looked down upon.

Here in Atlanta, where graffiti can be found on almost every corner, The High Museum of Art is now home to an exhibit curated by the hugely influential and the greatly respected street artist, KAWS. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1974 with the name of Brian Donnelly, KAWS was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York where in 1996 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. After graduating, KAWS had a short-lived work career at Disney. While he was there he painted backgrounds as a freelance animator. He also had contributed to the animated series Daria, Doug and 101 Dalmatians.

His art career began as a young aspiring graffiti artist in the late 80’s when he began spray painting freight trains and covering the city walls of New Jersey with his name. He later moved to New York City in the 90’s where he would paint on phone booths, bus shelter ads and even high-rise billboards. At first, his modified ads would be left untouched for several months on end. But once the popularity of KAWS’ work began to rise, the pieces were a hot commodity and were being snatched up all over by his many fans. With all of the marketing hype surrounding the persona of KAWS, he had no time to take a break. In the late 90’s he began creating limited edition vinyl toys, which were instantly grabbed up by fans and toy collectors across the globe. His key market appeared to mainly be in Japan, where collecting toys was very common and highly respected. KAWS has also been involved with a few collaborations with different clothing companies like Original Fake, A Bathing Ape and Kung Faux. He has even made snowboards for Burton and different kicks for Nike and Vans. KAWS has painted everywhere from Paris and Berlin to Tokyo and London. KAWS’ ability to blur the line between fine art and street art is a huge reason he has such a wide audience. His sculptures and paintings both have recurring themes in them that anyone can understand in any language. His new exhibit “Down Time” at The High Museum highlights some of KAWS’ older work that he has created. Read the rest of this entry »

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Drive-By Art

July 28th, 2010 by Larry

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Our homie, Ryan O’Malley, is one of the best woodworking/print-gurus I’ve ever seen in action. He recently left a teaching gig in Charlotte to travel the country and share his press-working skills in a series of workshops in every city imaginable. He has since left to take a teaching position in TX, but he left a gift for the Queen City before he took off. (via Kitschworth)

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FU BP

June 19th, 2010 by Larry

Local artists send a message to BP. This is a time-lapse of their installation on the Krog Street Tunnel in ATL.

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EC Sticker Sighting

August 17th, 2009 by Larry

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Kevin Perry sent in this photo from the Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon here in ATL. The upper-left corner of this movie poster for, Moon, is bearing an EC sticker from over 2 years ago. I haven’t seen one of these around town in a long time.

Alright, the next person to email us a photo of an EC sticker that’s still living somewhere in town wins a PROCESS prize pack!

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El Bar’s New Door

July 30th, 2009 by Larry

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El Bar’s front door has a new look. Artwork by Dr. Dax & Keet. Snap a photo in front of it this weekend! The weekly lineup is in the sidebar to the right.

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Set It Off: Greg Mike

July 22nd, 2009 by Larry

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Name:
GREG MIKE

Aka:  
GMIKE, GM, MR MIKE.

Website:
http://www.gregmike.com

Other projects I am involved in:
www.carpeusa.com
www.freemaven.com
www.themidnightsocialite.com
www.gmcreativegroup.com

Where are you from?
Danbury, Connecticut. (Located in southwest CT about 45 min from NYC) Only thing cool from there growing up was the DANBURY FAIR MALL and the graffiti scene.

Who do you work for? 
Primarily, I work for GM CREATIVE which is a one stop VISUAL / CREATIVE / FASHION DESIGN FIRM that I launched this past year. There are a few other projects I started in the past few years but as for those I am only involved on a creative direction and /or investment level.

What are your Current Project(s)? 
I have been spending my days handling various creative projects for clients ranging anywhere from designing and producing full fashion collections to branding and graphic / visual work. Most recently, We launched Dallas Austin’s line  “ROWDY” in LENOX MALL which is his first flagship store carrying everything from hoodies to teeshirts to accessories.

My evenings have consisted of focusing on a large series of pieces for a few ART SHOWS we will be doing this fall in ATL, SAN FRAN and NYC.  It’s consisting of 120 pieces, clothing, merch and more. Approximately 65 pieces have been completed and it’s looking like I will be finished by the mid September.  We will be launching the show details next month so stay tuned to http://www.gregmike.com for details.

Also, over the past few years, Caleb Gauge, Issac Madrid (SMUG) and I have been working on “FREEMAVEN”.  A business that is a culmination of all our areas of expertise: FASHION, MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT and DESIGN.  We are letting it build organically and taking our time with it and have some really exciting things in store for the next few years.

Who would you love to work with?
Ron English because he’s so versatile and talented, Mike Giant because his line art and handskills are topnotch, Banksy because he’s so anonymous and genius, Zevs because he doesn’t give a fuck and Bob Ross cause he’s was so happy (R.I.P)..

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep? 
My black hightop converse chucks, because they are forever classic and they go with anything. Big ups to ARE BERNARD at ABADABBAS for keeping the 12’s coming.

What’s on your iPod right now?
Trouble & Bass, Duck Sauce, Donnis, B.O.B, Mike Posner, 90 songs from the 1990’s thanks to LARRY @ (PROCESS) and bunch of other ATL tunes and random remixes I downloaded and never listen to anymore.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
El Myr or La Fonda, behind that it’s got to be MF SUSHI.

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
My design / art studio during the day and the condo at night. Relaxing and recapping.

What are your Pet Peeves?
kids crying on airplanes, clients with past due invoices, stubborn and non-driven individuals.

Shout outs?
KTL, Caleb Gauge, Tommy Gunz, Smug, 335mm, SchoolBoy and Asher Paul, H.Sauce, Donnis, Dallas A + Rowdy, Smiles, ACNY, The Whiz Kid, Gentlemen Jim and Carpe Family, Henny B, PROCESS, The Danger Dudes, Patty & ADLT SWIM, Petey Smallz, The LoudMouth and PS+CH Crew, Cory, MDNGHT, Both sides of the FAM, special thanks and shout outs to anyone who has been down for the cause!

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Atlanta Bench

February 2nd, 2009 by Larry


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The other day, Ted and I passed through Atlanta Bench on Marietta Street in search of some big, juicy, drippy graffiti markers for a special project. We were pleased to find a large selection of Montana paints, Krink products, and apparel by lots of local graf writers and artists such as Urban Medium. We spent some time talking to the store’s owner, Rich, and we’re looking forward to working with them in the near future. Also, we discovered a new ink called Soup, which is made locally right here in ATL. For any outside-the-box project, it’s definitely great having a boutique like this in our backyard.

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EC & Dr. Blade

January 20th, 2009 by Larry

My buddy Jesse Miller sent me this photo from downtown Atlanta the other day. It looks like we’ve put words in the mouth of ATL’s own, Dr. Blade. This isn’t the first time we’ve crossed paths with Dr. Blade. A couple years back, we both participated in Museum of Design Atlanta‘s “To A T” show together.

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There’s Something in ATL’s Water

January 6th, 2009 by Georgios

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I’ve always said that there is something in Atlanta’s water. Just remember to filter your H20 before you drink it. Keep a look out on the blog for a sneak peek of a summer tee design.

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Crystal Gravy Stickers

December 7th, 2008 by Larry

My buddy Logan, the drummer for Chi-town’s Crystal Gravy, sent me this iPhone photo yesterday as the stickers I worked on with his band arrived in time for their big weekend show. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing these babies all over Chicago’s hot spots.

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