Posts Tagged ‘murals’
October 3rd, 2013 – Called upon by Miuccia Prada herself—four sensational muralists and two illustrators set a vibrant stage for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 fashion presentation, In The Heart Of Multitude, at Milan’s Via Fogazzaro show space. Inspired by “the political wall art from Mexican muralists such as Diego Rivera,” Mrs. Prada plucked the artists from all over the world: Mesa from Spain, El Mac from the United States, Gabriel Specter from Canada, Stinkfish from Colombia, Jeanne Detallante from France (she works in the U.S.), and Pierre Mornet from France.
The the artist’s paintings extend from the set of the show to the garments in the collection, as Prada employed the group of contemporary artists to help communicate her vision of the new power woman. “I saw them as strong, visible fighters. We need to be fighters in general. There is this debate about women again, and I want to interpret it. My instrument is fashion. I use my instrument to be bold. I had this idea that if you wear clothes so exaggerated and out there, people will look, and then they will listen.” She laughed. “It’s a sort of trick.” Then the designer added, “I want to be nasty.”
The visions of the artists were cleverly integrated into the collection in various ways. The bold, cartoon-like faces of Artist Jeanne Detallante are bejewelled onto bra-implanted coats, dresses, bags, and furs. This, of course, allows fashion enthusiasts to acquire a piece of art-fashion. In application, the garment will be speaking-as-you-wear the imagery of six artists.
Brooklyn-based artist Gabriel Specter composed a telling portrait of a weeping girl who is surrounded by rainbows. The artist says he’s inspired by the “overlooked elements in society, the things that most people would regularly pass by, those are the things I pick up on.”
Stinkfish boasts most of his inspiration from his home city of Bogota, the place where he honed his painting skills as a youngster. Recognized internationally for his large, colorful murals, Stinkfish works from the photographs of local people that he takes on the streets and later turns into stencils. For Prada’s fashion show, the artist splatted bursts of colors across the wall to create the face of a gazing woman.
Photography Courtesy of Prada
August 1st, 2013 – As an initiative to spruce up an old town center, celebrated Australian artists Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran were commissioned by the Chameleon Arts Collective of Balmoral to create a bright floral mural for the town of Balmoral. Martinich and Carran’s canvas was the peach-colored side of Balmoral’s humble community store building, which they transformed into a mural of vibrant birds and flowers that are local species native to the area mixed with splashes of colorful paint.
“Public art projects in regional communities have a powerful and important role in fostering, maintaining and promoting many facets of the cultural life, identity and intrinsic values of these communities,” writer Geoffrey Carran explained. “This is of particular significance in the smaller rural communities of Victoria, where in many cases, the population has declined and the remaining communities are battling continuing environmental and economic hardships.”
The artistic mural provides an opportunity to galvanize communities as they pull together to contribute to the cultural wealth of their location. Carran says the “Chameleon Arts in many ways broke the mold of rural art projects by commissioning us to do a bold and contemporary mural rather than the classic ‘wagon and bullocks’ and in doing so made a loud statement that their small community in the Southern Grampians is still very much situated in the present, aware and proud of who they are.”
July 23rd, 2012 – It’s been 100 years since the Ljubljana Puppet Theater acted out its first great puppet performance on stage. Over time, the aging theater began to fall apart – a design intervention was imperative to the survival of the historic Solvanian theater. The theater owners decided the space needed a massive make-over, and who better for the revamping than the jazzy duo behind the design firm Kitsch-Nitsch. Kitsch-Nitsch brought their artistic skills to the project when they created a colorful master mix of stripes, polka dots, flowers, and crazy little creatures on the walls. “We used our superpowers and created a playful mix of Willy Wonka inspired psychedelics all wrapped up by puppet like creatures that are certain to cause some Freddy Kruger style nightmares,” the duo explained in a mind blowing manner!