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Phoenix Taco » Graffiti

Per One ~ Central

Photos by Niba

Per One (FX crew) from New York painting in Phoenix recently

Noelle Martinez’s U.L.M. Studios Mural and 1986 Project Video

On U.L.M. Studios at 3rd St & McKinley

My Aesthetic: Noelle Martinez from A 1986 Project TEAM on Vimeo.

Visit Noelle Martinez’s blog to view more of her work

Yote ~ Spotlight

 

Yote

Griffin One’s “Behind the Looking Glass” and Mural Promoting California’s GMO Labeling Initiative ~ Oakland

Sean Griffin, a.k.a. Griffin One was involved in GraffHopper Film‘s “Behind the Looking Glass”, a mini-documentary and spotlight on a mural in Oakland done by Griffin One, Earnest Doty, and Eon75. I’m happy to showcase some of the more recent work Griffin One has been up to since making the move from Phoenix to Oakland.

Griffin One was also part of a recent project to raise awareness of Prop 37, California’s ballot initiative that would have required labeling of consumer products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The mural was created in collaboration between Griffin One, Mear One, Vyal One, Werc, and Ernest Doty. Unfortunately, Prop 37 was defeated, thanks in part to an influx of out-of-state money opposing the initiative. Nonetheless, I’m glad to see Griffin One and the other artists using their talents to spread a wider message.

Furious Styles Crew’s 19th Year Anniversary ~ CYPHER Center for the Urban Arts

 

All photos by Vinicio Estrada Photography

Earlier this month, Furious Styles Crew celebrated their 19th year anniversary with a four day blow out. Above are photos from an event that took place at Cyphers Center for the Urban Arts on Saturday, November 10th that featured live painting and b-boy battles.

“Decipher”, Featuring the Artwork of Breeze With Photography by Niba DelCastillo, This Friday at First Studios

From the press release:

“Decipher is the exhibition that will focus on Thomas “Breeze” Marcus’ visual insights to large aerosol painting. These good-sized panels show magnified line work that feel like they were cut out of a larger mural and placed in this space. The new images from Breeze originate from graffiti, a world that has heavily influenced his artwork for over 15 years. Also, utilizing an inert traditional foundation Breeze’s interwoven forms closely resemble Native American (Tohono and Akimel O’odham) basket weaving. This combination profoundly impacts his style showing that he is amongst the distinguished muralists in Phoenix.

What is interesting about this body of work is the endless variety of designs. Slightly recognizable as letters yet not intentional, the organic layering of the lines gives a sense of perpetual movement. That energy, then, is illuminated with spray paint. The rich color selection amplifies the atmosphere within the black line. Here, Breeze gives the viewer a glimpse into infinity by “making something out of nothing”.

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Niba DelCastillo is a photographer from Tucson that Breeze invited to participate in Decipher. He will portray a dozen pieces that document outdoor public murals and graffiti in Phoenix. These photographs will show the importance of these large-scale paintings and their relation to the community. Visual education better defines the artists and their murals creating a better understanding of our culture.

-Ken Richardson

Visit Breeze’s blog for more info

First Studios

Tucson ~ Alley Tour

 

Photos by Niba

Italian Artists Pixel Pancho & 2501 Visit the Navajo Nation for The Painted Desert Project

pixel pancho x 2501 st redhouse stand from James Q Martin Media on Vimeo.

Photos by Q & Chip Thomas

The Painted Desert Project continues with new additions from Italian artists Pixel Pancho and 2501. Here are some initial photos of their work on the Navajo Reservation. Luckily they got there safely after running into some trouble due to Hurricane Sandy upon entering the states, and then narrowly escaping a fallen tree branch that crushed their taxi.

Some background on the project . . .

In the remote landscapes of Northeastern Arizona, international and local artists alike have come together for an ambitious endeavor dubbed, “The Painted Desert Project”. Organized by AZ-based Jetsonorama and Yote, it aims to put the spotlight on a region and people too often overlooked and misunderstood. By painting murals on food stands and dilapidated structures around the reservation, the farthest of which span 125 miles, they hope the millions of tourists visiting the Grand Canyon each year will be encouraged to stop and enjoy what Navajo culture has to offer. Artists involved in the project include Jetsonorama, Yote, Thomas “Breeze”, Tom Greyeyes, Overunder, Doodles, Gaia, Labrona, ROA, JB Snyder, Pixel Pancho, 2501, and more.

View more from our series on The Painted Desert Project

Halloween Massacre Production ~ Phoenix

Photos by Niba

MIM’s Hip-Hop Exhibit THIS SATURDAY feat. Such & Champ Styles

MIM’s Hip Hop exhibit offers an exciting look at this influential American musical genre. Two video monitors feature such notable innovators as Grandmaster Flash, Grand Mixer D.ST., Mix Master Mike, and DJ QBert as well as break-dancers and MCs. Instruments include two Technics turntables, a Gemini mixer, a Roland drum machine, an E-MU sampler, and a Vestax QFO designed and loaned to MIM by DJ QBert. Important “break beat” records are presented alongside a B-Boy outfit complete with Kangol hat, Adidas track suit and shoes, rope chains, and JVC boom box. Photography by Martha Cooper while a custom graffiti backdrop by local aerosol Graf-Father Such and his son Champ Styles colorfully recalls the New York City subway system as a key part of hip hop’s early days.

Nov 3rd, 9am-5pm

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix AZ 85050

(corner of Tatum and Mayo Blvds, just south of Loop 101)

Free with museum admission.

Purchase tickets in advance at www.themim.org or call 480.478.6000