One of my favorite people to follow on Instagram is Mars-1, the acclaimed painter who does some of the best transcendental painting around. The other day I noticed that he did a collaborative painting with Brendan Monroe, another fantastic art, called Ascender. The piece looks like a human galaxy, swirling with colors and light. To be honest, this piece makes an amazing iPhone wallpaper, which I’m currently rocking on my own phone.
You can also snag this as a huge 24.5″ x 33.7″ print by clicking here. You can also see a more detailed version of the piece under the cut.
For the month of October Banksy will be hitting the streets of New York, putting up a new piece every day as a part of an outdoor exhibition called Better Out Than In. He was perhaps inspired by the Cézanne quote adorned on his newly adorned site which reads, “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.”
The other week marked September 11th’s twelfth anniversary. A moment in history that will no doubt live on in the minds and hearts of Americans. Yet, I can’t help but get the impression that its legacy is dwindling. Probably for the better, it seems most opt to quietly remember as opposed to making a big deal of it all. As writer Robert Frost famously once said, “in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” While some may have carried forward, New York City Ballet has not. Or have they? In a poetic homage titled New Beginnings, the company staged and filmed a performance atop 4 World Trade Center. The result is touching. It’s poetic, poignant even. I cannot stress this enough: it’s the perfect 9/11 tribute, harkening Frost’s aforementioned sentiment.
Digging through Flickr the other day I came across the art of Tellas, a street artist from Italy. What I love about his work is the natural feeling of his work, which looks to be inspired by pieces of wood, leaves, flocks of birds or schools of fish, all sorts of things. A lot of street art is quite vibrant and in your face but these pieces feel complimentary to the urban environment. You can see more photos of his work below.
I am a big fan of art history but I always feel it’s good to get a fresh perspective on it from time to time. In many ways, that’s what the work of British painter Holly Frean is about. Instead of the often po-faced and straight-laced world we know, she playfully distorts it, creating familiar images that are wryly observed and fantastically witty.