Marta Minujín, the Mad Genius.

Since I first open my blog, I wanted to write about this remarkable woman, but it took me time to finally put in place a full article. Her trajectory is so vast and she has so much art to share that it’s almost impossible to put it in just one post.

Marta Minujín, was born in the Bohemian neighbourhood of San Telmo in 1943. She is one of the most popular and recognised contemporary Argentinean Artists.  Marta is different. Describing her style is hard, as she evolves constantly. But there is one thing for sure, she is an avant-garde ‘outside the box’ artist. She is best known for producing conceptual and participatory events, or “Happenings”, but she has touched all artistic branches along her career and is well known for her belief that “everything is art.”

She had the opportunity to live and exhibit in different Cities around the world. In the early sixties she went to Paris and is during this period that she developed a ‘Destruction’ Facet. Her time in the French Capital City inspired her to create “livable sculptures,” notably La Destrucción, in which she assembled mattresses, only to invite other artists to destroy the display. This creation was the first of her “Happenings”.

A golden era began for Marta back in Buenos Aires, several exhibitions & Installations, mainly influenced by pop art. These works earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship and she relocated to New York in 1966, just in time to escape the Argentinean art censorship times.

Marta began a psychedelic art époque in New York and developed a close friendship with the one and only Andy Warhol.  One of her best-known works from those years, Minuphone (1967), invited viewers to enter a telephone booth, dial a number, and watch as sounds and colors projected from the glass panels, while a television screen on the floor displayed the caller’s face.

Following the return of democracy to Argentina in the eighties, Marta created a monument to freedom of expression, The Parthenon of Books (1983), in which a structure built of newly 30,000 unbanned books was erected in the middle of a Buenos Aires thoroughfare.

I always admired her work, but a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to see her exhibition: Retrospectiva sobre Marta Minujín “Revuélquese y viva (1964-1985)” at the MALBA and I fall in love with this Eccentric and hyperactive woman, with her different perception of art, her personality, her uniqueness. I think everybody should know of Marta Minujín, the woman who believes that “Great works are created by mad geniuses” (“Las grandes obras las crean los genios locos”).

Marta continues to display her art pieces and happenings in the MALBA, the National Fine Arts Museum, ArteBA contemporary art festival and a vast number of other international galleries and art shows, while continuing to convert everything into Art.

If you want to know more of this great artist visit her webpage www.marta-minujin.com

 

 

25 Moments captured as the sun goes down

We usually talk about beautiful nature events that rarely happen such as eclipses, boreal aurora or Shooting Stars. But there is no need to wait 10 years to see what Mother nature has for us. There is one event that happens every single day, ever since the world is a world, right in front of our eyes, and it’s marvellous.

This post will be about Sunsets, the most precious gold to be found on Earth. A collection of 25 pictures taken in different parts of the world capturing that sensual moment when the Sun decides to hide, giving a fiery kiss to the night, leaving a blaze of color – oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples.

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
― Jo Walton

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

PART 2 | Expanding the Irish StreetArt Collection

One more year in Dublin allowed me to enlarge my Street Art Collection with new murals from some of my favourite artists such as Fink & Solus , but also to discover new talents.

Dan Leo is an English multi-disciplinary artist based in Ireland. His large scale murals usually depict animals with an intense and colourful flair.  He has a signature style that makes it very easy to identify his fantastic works around the city.

El Viz is a Dublin based street artist specialising in  surreal pop art. Besides a fantastic Artist he is also a great Guide. He was in charge of the Street Art photo Walk last May. In September he will be hosting the Street Art photo Walk II. showing us the murals from the North side of the city.

 

Artur Bordalo (AKA Bordalo II) is a Portuguese Artist who creates masterpieces around the world with end-of-life material trying to increase sustainability, ecological and social awareness. In 2017 he gave away this incredible mural to Dublin City.  The squirrel took around five days to build, with the base assembled out of car parts, bike wheels, and plastic. Visit George’s Quay and make sure to look up to see this brilliant and unique piece of street art.

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SUBSET, is a Multidisciplinary Artist Collective with diverse interests.  In the last years they’ve painted many murals around the city making marketing and branding super cool and decorative.

Decoy is an artist who worked abroad in New York and Germany, after graduating in 2013. He has worked with great artists such as MASER and SOLUS and this year he presented his first solo exhibition at the Tara Building. His  paintings are represented by simplistic and colourful juvenile forms in order to tell stories about recurring characters and their repetitive lives.

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For more Street Art in Ireland, don’t forget to check the post: Street Art in Ireland | A collection of 3 years and to be continued… , the article Exclusive StreetArt Tour around Dublin and to visit section: STREET ART IN DUBLIN.

Check also #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin and #streetartphotowalk on Instagram.

Exclusive Street Art Tour around Dublin presented by El Viz

Instagramers Dublin has organized last month a Street Art Photo Walk around the city, guided by the marvelous Street Artist El Viz.

The artist walked us through the history of street art in Dublin and Ireland, and the presence of Irish Street Artists in other cities around the world and some non-Irish artists invading Dublin’s walls.

During the walk we’ve found tremendous works from James Earley, Aches, Adw, Fink, Solus, Le Bas, MaserConor Harrington, Dan Leo, Vibes and Odisy among others.

It’s a pity that we couldn’t see any of El Viz’s own works during the walk, but the Route selected was great. We’ve visited Dublin’s urban art hot spots: Temple Bar, Tivoli Car Park, Liberty lane and The Bernard Shaw. Below, just some of the pics!

You can find the route on this map 

For more Street Art in Ireland, don’t forget to check the post: Street Art in Ireland | A collection of 3 years and to be continued… and to visit section: STREET ART IN DUBLIN.

Check also #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin and #streetartphotowalk on Instagram.

Chasing Street Art in Berlin

Berlin is the Capital city of Street Art, invaded by a large and eclectic collection of Murals, Graffiti and stencils.

The artistic boom was born after the fall of the wall. You can find creative expressions of all types, sizes and materials decorating the public spaces of Berlin. It’s an open air gallery created by well known and annonymous artists.

The German Capital is so big that’s almost impossible to see it all in just one visit. As soon as you get there, you already know you will have to go back. I’ve selected my favourite legal and illegal pieces collected while chasing street art around Friedichshain, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte, but there are much much more!

Murals

Artists: Tristan Eaton, BLU, ROA, Os Gemeos, JR, One TruthAgostino Iacurci, Victor AshVarious & Gould, Alaniz, CASE Maclaim

Stencils, Cut-outs and other techniques

Hot Spots

Some recommended spots to immerse in streetart and a creative atmosphere

Urban Spree | Friedichshain

Urban Spree is an artistic space in Friedrichshain. You can find here, not only street art but also live music and other types of creative expressions.  This super cool place is home to many festivals and events.

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Haus Schwarzenberg | Mitte

A magic place run by a nonprofit organisation where art and creativity are allowed to flourish. There are shops, offices and bars.  It’s bizarre and cool. Very recommended for sunset drinks.

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Yaam | Friedichshain

Yaam stands for “Young African Art Market”. It is much more than a club. Surrounded by Jamaican Caribbean vibes, you can enjoy of delicius food, drinks, great music, cool art and even a beach!  It’s a totally laid-back chilling place where “stress” is an unknown word.

If you look up, you will find here an amazing mural from the Portuguese artist Vhils

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East Side Gallery and remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall | Friedrichshain

The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1316 m long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

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If you want to know more about street art in Berlin, I recommend the book: Street Art in Berlin and doing the Alternative Berlin Tour

For more Street Art from Berlin and around the world, visit section: Street Art Around the World and check #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin on Instagram.

Chasing Street Art in East London

London is very famous for it’s street art culture. There are plenty of spots around the city to see great murals and graffiti.
But in this occasion, I’ve been streeting East London, discovering superb works around Shoreditch and Brick lane. This is my top 10, enjoy!

10- Posters. This wall invaded by creative posters deserves a place on the top 10.

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Posters – London 2016

9- Great Street art in this Bethnal Green corner.

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Bethnal Green – London 2016

8- Hanbury Street displays a great mural from French Street Artist Bault. These surreal set of colorful characters has brighten my day.

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Brick Lane – London 2016

7- Another great work found in Hanbury Street. Austrian Street Artist HNRX has invaded East London with his brand of comic-surrealism works.

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Brick Lane – London 2016

6- “(s)Pray for Brick Lane” by Zabou. This French artist has been painting in London since 2012. Her art is striking, humorous and thought-provoking.

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Brick Lane – London – 2016

5-  East London Rebels mural in Shoreditch by London based artist D*Face.

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Shoreditch – London 2016

4- Stunning Mural on Hanbury Street. This Massive Wall looks so real, that you could feel your life threatened by the cars.

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Brick Lane – London 2016

3- Roa’s Hedgehog in Shoreditch. Street artist Roa is a muralist from Ghent, Belgium,  primarily known for his strong obsession for animals and rodents.

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Shoreditch – London 2016

This huge Wall on Hanbury Sreet displays, in my opnion the 2 best murals of the area.

2- On the right side, another masterpiece created by Roa, the heron.

1- On the left side,  a Queen’s guard at Buckingham Palace is taking a timeout to perform the Brazilian martial art ‘capoeira’. This outstanding Mural has been painted by the Argentinean Artist, Martin Ron who named the artwork ‘Happy Hour’.

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Hanbury Street – London 2016

For more Street Art from London and around the world, visit section: Street Art Around the World and check #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin on Instagram.

PART 1 | Street Art in Ireland, a collection of 3 years and to be continued…

I arrived to Ireland 3 years ago, and one of the first things that surprised me about this country is their street art culture. I was completely unaware of this Irish talent, and now I am obsessed with it.

Since 2013, I am collecting shots of the Murals that decor this Country. Most of them have been captured in Dublin, but I could find really good street art around the entire green island.

It’s a game. Every couple of months I take a walk through my graffiti route to discover new works. The murals are so ephemeral and volatile; they change, they disappear, they merge, that every time I take the walk, new creations are born. By capturing them with the camera, I make them live forever.

These are some of my favorites shots, spots and street artists, enjoy!

James Earley: A contemporary urban artist and graphic designer based in Dublin. He has been decorating the streets since 1997.

Solus: Another Dubliner. His work is about conquering inner demons and life’s challenges. He has gained notoriety not only for his work in Ireland, but also North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

 

FiNK is another Irish street artist based in Dublin. He is involved with Graffiti, Murals, Stencils, and is the creator of My favorite Mural in town: “STOP WARS”

 

Smug: Smug One is a Glasgow based artist specializing in photo-realistic graffiti. His work is simply astonishing. I’m glad I came across with his Mural in Limerick.

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Evolve: Is a Dublin based Irish creative agency, working with many great Street Artists.

 

Tivoli Car Park: Located on Francis Street, Dublin 8. Is home to some very impressive graffiti, each year there is an event organised by All City Jam, were graffiti artists from all over the globe gather and spray some very impressive graffiti on the walls where it remains for one year.

The Bernard Shaw. In my opinion,  the best Pub in Dublin. Located in Portobello, this pub has a unique atmosphere and culture. Inside and outside, spammed by murals and graffiti that change constantly. For many months, it hosted an amazing Work by Fintan Mageean Australian street artist with Irish ancestry, very well-known for his murals throughout the world.

Liberty Lane. A hidden treasure of Dublin City. Only 200 m long, this street behind Whelan’s hides many cool graffiti.

Other excellent works spotted in Dublin around Temple Bar, Smithfields, Windmill Lane & The Docklands

Belfast: The Murals in this city have become symbols, depicting the region’s past and present political and religious divisions. Vince Vaughn’s movie, Art of Conflict shows the history of this Murals through the perspective of those who created them.

 

For more Street Art in Ireland, visit section: STREET ART IN DUBLIN and check #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin on Instagram.

 

Travelling with the lens to the US | Streeting New York

As Frank Sinatra has well described, New York is the city that doesn’t sleep. An avant-garde Megalopolis full of art, music, nightlife, skyscrapers, lights, shows, but specially, people. An exquisite mix of people from all over the world and different backgrounds inhabits the 5 NY neighborhoods, converting the big apple into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with a unique Culture.

Among some of the artistic expressions we can find invading the Concrete jungle is the street art. In fact, New York is the city were graffiti culture was born in the late 60s when the young people, by responding to their socio-political environment, started a movement graffiting the public walls with slogans.

These are some of the amazing jobs I found streeting Manhattan and Brooklyn. Masterpieces not only on public walls, but also on the floor, roofs, trucks and street-signs, created by some superb artists such as Invader, Tristan Eaton, Pixel Pancho, Ron EnglishBuff Monster and Brolga

 

Suggested Links: http://streetartnyc.org/

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Alexa Meade, the Politician who preferred Art

Alexa Meade is one of the coolest artists I’ve discovered this year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science but fortunately she decided to put an end to her bureaucratic career to pursue her dream to become a professional artist in 2009.  Nowadays, she is a curious installation artist, best known for her portraits painted directly onto the human body.

Alexa takes an innovative approach to art. She describes her style of painting as a reverse Trompe-L’Oeil. Unlike a traditional Trompe-L’oeil painting which tricks the eye into thinking a 2D canvas might be a real 3D space, Alexa does the opposite, she takes the 3D world and creates the illusion that it is a 2D painting.

This Goddess travels the world creating art installations and commissioned portraits. She has exhibited her art at the Grand Palais in Paris, painted a MINI Cooper on the streets of Tokyo, Graffiti-ed Living Murals in San Francisco and also delivered a TED Talk which I really recommend.

Below, my favorite Living Paintings.

If you want to know more about this Great artist, visit Alexa’s webpage: http://www.alexameade.com/

Travelling with the lens to Argentina | Streeting Buenos Aires

Finally the time to write about my own country arrived!

Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries from latin america. An extensive territory that has all types of weathers and geographies: mountains, waterfalls, icebergs, rivers, deserts and vibrant cities.
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of the country. As in most of metropolis, BA’s neighbourhoods are being invaded by Street Artists. Today I will be sharing with you some shots of cool graffitis I’ve found while visiting my hometown a couple of days ago.  Hope you like them!

If you ever go to Buenos Aires, I stronglly recommend you to do the Street Art Tour