Arcadia Blank featured in new book, 'Street Messages'

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Congrats to Dubai’s own Arcadia Blank (@metatronisbored) for being featured in Nicolas Ganz’s new book 'Street Messages', along with 80 other artists from round the world  who work or have worked exclusively or partially with text including Flint, Samo (Basquiat & Al Diaz), Jenny Holzer, Banksy, Ron English, Know Hope and Murad Subay.

Ganz is the author of the classic graffiti documentary 'Graffiti World', and his book features a forward by American photographer and graffiti historian, Jim Prigoff. 'Street Messages' is the first publication that delivers a deep insight into this literary form of expression in the world of global street art and offers a historic background to written messages in public spaces.

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The vast body of information and numerous exclusive quotes and words of wisdom makes 'Street Messages' the first book to shed some light on this as yet undocumented form of street art culture. 'Street Messages' is published by Dokument Press and is available at all good book stores  across Europe and the U.S, and on Amazon.com.

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Arcadia Blank is featured in our limited edition print collection with a series of the artist's own photographs of his street art around the UAE. See our full range available for sale online here.

 

We've launched!

Thank you to many of you who came to our official opening of Capsule Arts Studio, and the launch of our first limited edition print collection last Thursday. We hope you had a fun evening, enjoyed the artworks on display, and had a chance to meet the artists. If you didn't manage to make it, here are some great pictures that everyone has been sharing with us. You can also see more at #CAlaunch

All artworks are now available to view and buy online at www.capsulearts.com

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Meet Arcadia Blank

Alone we're empty together we are the universe by Arcadia Blank
Alone we're empty together we are the universe by Arcadia Blank

When it comes to the subject(s) of “street art” and “graffiti” in their myriad of forms, Dubai, may be one of the last places that springs to mind. Given the country’s complex residency conditions, transient populace, censorship, vested interest in public image and its notoriously precarious legal system, it’s not very surprising. All factors seem to go against its fruition and expression. But, if you have been living in the city over the past two and a half years, you may have come across a string of scrawls that have been haunting the city’s landscape. Appearing, disappearing and re-appearing again as often as the veering landscape itself… and always signed off with a grimy triangle or U shaped symbol.

Described by London Street Art and Design magazine  to embody the ‘essence of street art’, Arcadia Blank’s aphoristic graffiti texts have been sending silent shock waves, provoking public debate, and breathing new life into a part of the city known to long term residents as ‘New Dubai’. What initially began as an act of defying the compartmentalization and overt commercialism of the city’s art world, has gradually evolved into a perpetual narrative of a resident reclaiming the city’s abandoned and temporary construction elements, and turning them into reflections of his own voicelessness.  As well as, perhaps, a hushed reflection of the city itself.

Love is untamable beast by Arcadia Blank
Love is untamable beast by Arcadia Blank

From sticker interventions outside an entrance to Dubai Mall, to larger than life poetic proclamations of loss and love off Emirates Road, Arcadia’s textual interventions have appeared, literally, everywhere.  And through their progression, have arguably re-shaped the city’s perception of  art’s barriers and it’s function within it, and have even gone so far as to alter the relationship some residents and tourists have had with the city itself.

As a long term expat in Dubai, and having seen the city evolve over the years, Arcadia Blank’s work is also heavily steeped in combating the imposing corporate ethos that is gradually manifesting in Dubai. One that, he feels, is steadily over taking and distorting our notions of identity and culture, as well as our shared quest for spiritual belonging and human connectivity. Although the reality of a corporate takeover isn’t unique to Dubai, the liberty of citizen and resident expression in an open environment to counter it, which is granted in many countries around the world, isn’t given here. So what other choice did Arcadia have but to turn rogue in response to it?

True terrorism wears a 3 peace suit by Arcadia Blank
True terrorism wears a 3 peace suit by Arcadia Blank

For the first time, Capsule Arts will be offering a limited edition set of signed black and white prints from the artists own private photography collection, as well as a set of smaller coloured prints of photographs from the artist's official blog. The prints will be available to purchase at capsulearts.com, for more details about Arcadia Blank and the launch collection sign up here.