Our friend Myneandyours recently finished up 2016 with an incredible new mural in Dubai entitled “The Greatest of Mysteries”. The project took 32 nights, 740 man hours, 18 walls, 1840sq metres and consisted of 620 stencils, 560 clouds, 50000 stars, 288 litres of paint, 150 cans, 1 massage and a visit to A&E. The project was unveiled a few weeks ago at #meetd3 and can be found at the entrance to the car park of building 6, opposite building 9.
Reskate Arts & Crafts is a workshop and graphic arts studio from Barcelona that creates handmade, artesanal projects. Members Maria Lopez (1980) and Javier de Riba (1985) – both graphic designers and illustrators from Donostia-San Sebastián and Barcelona respectively – are primarily dedicated to projects which include graphic design, illustration, installations, and murals.
As Reskate Arts & Crafts, Maria and Javier provide graphic services using their distinctive handmade techniques, making use of the means and materials they have within reach. As an artistic collective, they place emphasis on the materials they choose in order to make the most of their expressive capabilities. They firmly believe that the materials and techniques used must never be gratuitous or excessive, and must operate only as a vessel to convey and amplify the underlying message.
Piotr Chrzanowski (a.k.a Chrzan) and his crew with the Urban Forms Foundation painted a new site-specific mural “Adam’s Heart” in the city of Lodz, Poland. It refers to Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”. Due to the fact that the wall belongs to the facilities of the Medical University the artist decided to link his design with medicine.
“The idea came suddenly” – Chrzanowski says. “I was going through some classical pictures and came across “The Creation of Adam”. I thought it might be a good reference, a good starting point both at the level of meaning and composition. I wanted to distract attention from the biblical aspect, which is actually the least important here, so I inserted the whole chain of DNA. It passes between the divine and the human hand, closing the composition on the right. It also brings mysticism and science together – God created man, and man discovered DNA, here we have some consistency”.
Mark Barretto is a Dubai based artist originally hailing from the Philippines. In Barretto’s work, he tries to capture the things he sees around him, this helps him understand more about the environment. It brings out a relationship in between Barretto and his surroundings ranging from things he comes across, people that he meets, and conditions that takes place.
BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival is legion. One more time, this free celebration dedicated to people and arts spread across the party island, Ibiza. The 2016 edition showcased more than 20 murals (of which 6 were new) called the OpenAir.Gallery, 7 interdisciplinary expositions, workshops for children, almost daily sunset music sessions, guerilla video mappings, an open air poster exposition, installation bombings, sculptures, an outdoor food court, and more. All activities were curated by one single denominator “ART IS FOR EVERYBODY”. More images and information after the jump!