Bill Dunlap recently finished up a residency at West Nottingham Academy where he worked on a few murals, one of his own and one with the high school kids from the academy. In his own mural, Bill incorporates Walt Whitman's Song of Myself (1855):
I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
So they show their relations to me and I accept them.
The kids murals, are above and below.
I was recently tipped off to New Villager, a creative collective musical group from here in SF and Brooklyn. I'm into the orchestral sound they have going on - not to mention the creativity and color in there new video for their single Lighthouse. They are a little Matthew Barney meets Arcade Fire meets TV On The Radio. You can listen to Lighthouse remixed by PUNCHES here.
Using a wet plate process, Boogie brings out the dark side in his subjects, giving them an other wordly, spooktastic vibe. If it weren't for some of the modern clothing and hairstyles, it's almost easy to get confused about what era these people are from. Beautiful and creepy. I posted on Boogie in January and his foray into this new process, you can see that post here.
Demons opens May 21st, 2011 and runs through June 25th, 2011.
UK based artist HUSH returns to LA with his show Twin opening this weekend at New Image Art. Continuing to explore graffiti, tagging and street art within this latest group HUSH adds an element of duality - examining and playing with the idea of polarity.
Images courtesy of New Image Art/Sonja Teri