here are 4 artists I really dig. and a pretty cool video.
One of my all time favorite contemporary artist is David “SKWERM” Ellis, founder of the art collective Barnstormers. Davids work ranges from Kinetic sculptures that incorporate his musical roots and love of urban culture to his “Motion Painting” projects in which he creates paintings over extended periods of time that are time lapsed filmed to create a documentation of the transitive nature of his works. David first came to my attention through his Barnstormers project in which he traveled to his home state of North Cakalacky to paint graffiti on the Tobacco drying shacks that dot thye countryside but my enthusiasm reached it’s peak when I saw his Kinetic work in the documentary “The RUN UP”. David Ellis is one of the most progressive artists to come out of the Street art scene.
Granny, David Ellis 2005
Paul Horiuchi is an artist that has invaded my conciousness. The moment I first saw a piece of his I was hooked, I had to know who was this artist that creates the incredibly moving collages that seemingly are so simple but in that simplicity are far more complex than I could comprehend. Horiuchi was a charter member of the NW Mystics, a group of artists whose shadow still looms large here in the Pacific NW and who incorporated the quiet energy of zen to Abstract Expressionism.
Genisis, Paul Horiuchi 1962
Thomas Campbell is a surfer, film maker, and painter. I am sure not many people may have it better. His paintings are a mix of mid century design and personal slogans and anecdotes rendered in his ubiquitous script. When he is not in his studio working on his paintings and sculpture he travels the world filming incredibly beautiful surf documentaries. On top of all of that Thomas Campbell is creative director to the music Label Galaxia, releasing music by Tommy Guererro, Will Oldham and others. Not many people have it better.
detail Thomas Campbell
NYC graffiti writer Revs is a perfect example of a pure artist. He has seen immense fame yet has never taken advantage of it to make a profit. In fact his personal philosophy is “once money changes hands for art, it becomes a fraudulent activity.” Revs first came to my attention in the early ’90s with his collabarative assault on Ny with partner Cost. These two took over the city in a way that no one had ever seen using wheatpaste flyers and massive roller tags in amazingly high profile locations across Manhattan. In 1995 Revs reinvented himself by taking his art underground – down into the subway tunnels where he started to write diary entries in places that were not intended to be seen by the general public. Unfortunately in 2000 Revs was set up by a fellow graffiti writer and had to stop his diary project. In 2004 Steel sculptures that spell out Revs started to appear on the city streets proving you cant stop the beast.
D*Face aPOPcalypse Now
page 103 Revs 1999
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