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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Street Messages (5)

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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.

 

STREETCON, the Urban Art Festival

It's finally here...STREETCON (Street Art Connection) kicks off today and runs until 2 May at Al Ghurair Centre. The urban art festival will bring together art, music and street culture, with over 20 local and international artists involved.

Among the many activities and art installations on offer are regular workshops with Dubai-based street art collective, The Brownmonkeys; a mural wall created by artist Tarsila Schubert; an exhibition of bicycles transformed into artworks; and a moving display of photographs documenting the stray cats of Dubai by artist Jandri Angelo Aguilar.

Not to be missed - Capsule Arts artist Matt Ryder will also be doing some live painting, creating an incredible paint splattered, UV-lit Neon Room! You can see more work by Matt and buy art prints of his work here.

For the full round of events click here, and for regular updates, visit the Facebook event page.

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street con
 

Ruben Sanchez takes on the ING Creative Community Wall

Capsule Arts' pick of the weekend is most definitely this live art event organised by Dubai-based non-profit creative community ING. Prominent Spanish graffiti artist Ruben Sanchez will be painting a large mural in public on a JLT exterior wall from 2pm-6pm tomorrow, Friday 13 Feb. The event is free to the public and more information can be found here. As well as being a colourful addition to the area, the mural serves as a reminder of the thriving creative community within Dubai.

Ruben's mural is already underway and he's making great progress...

In progress collage
In progress collage

If you're not already familiar with Ruben, the artist hails from Madrid and in 2013 was an artist-in-residence at Tashkeel in Dubai. Since then he's been taking over the UAE with his colourful and surreal artworks, which really do have a life of their own. Our favourite new addition to Dubai might just be Catzilla...

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catzilla

Throughout his artwork you can find inspiration from Mediterranean life, graphic design, flamenco, graffiti, cubism, reclaimed materials and objects, skateboarding, 80’s music, surrealism, and contemporary society in general.

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collage 2

Speaking about his art, Ruben says, “I’m interested in reviving old spaces, in resurrecting stuff, giving life to dead boring things through colours, creatures, or silly faces. Where there’s an abandoned factory, a cut tree or a dead train, there were humans before messing it all up. Sometimes I try to make that footprint nicer. Sometimes I paint on clean walls and white canvases too.”

We had the pleasure of working with Ruben in 2013 for one of our bespoke projects; he created some vibrant, site-specific murals for Salero Tapas & Bodego restaurant in Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.

Aside from this cool community event, ING also hosts talks, workshops, and portfolio reviews for creatives in the region. Other upcoming events include a large conference which will take place on March 27th and 28th, 2015, featuring a range of international creatives speaking.

Images courtesy ING & Ruben Sanchez