American photojournalist Aaron Huey has collaborated with Shepard Fairey in his effort to raise awareness of the Lakota's issues on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The two artists have been mounting a mural on the Barracuda wall on Melrose in Los Angeles, coincidentally on this Thanksgiving weekend. 

The words "The Black Hills Are Not For Sale" appear on the wall along with Huey's black and white photographs and some classic Fairey designs in red and off-white. The Black Hills are sacred to the Lakota Indians and Huey's message is primarily a comment on the poverty they endure here in the United States. To find out more follow this link to the TED Talk titled "America's Native Prisoners of War". http://www.ted.com/talks/aaron_huey.html 

Here is some footage from earlier today and some close-up shots of the almost completed mural.
The images on the mural are Huey's photographs taken from his travels.
 
 
Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino is scheduled to make some waves next week with his 'Art Public' exhibit in Miami Beach for Basel. Kaino's piece is titled: Levitating the Fair (The Flying Merchant Ship)

Kaino intends to engage hundreds of volunteers to help lift a 20 x 20 feet sculptural platform for the entire duration of Art Basel. Volunteers will be asked to keep the platform levitated for as long as they can stand to, and then to simultaneously seek the help of other willing participants!
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click on image for link to his speech at the World Fair

Kaino's platform reflects iconic images of the 1939 New York World's Fair. The Fair was a showcase of American mid-century technology and science.

On opening day Albert Einstein gave a speech that began “If science, like art, is to perform its mission totally and fully, its achievements must enter not only superficially but with their inner meaning: into the consciousness of people”.
Check out the speech on vimeo by clicking Einstein's photo

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Artist Glenn Kaino, image via Artnet.com
Seems like Kaino shares this understanding of the intersection between art and science as he has juggled both art and technology for years. Co-founder and President of a publishing website for visual artists for many years called Uber.com and now Senior Vice President at OWN Creative, Kaino has always been highly involved in technology.

His installation is scheduled to run outdoors in public view from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4. It will stand alongside 24 other works curated by LACMA's very own Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Christine Y. Kim. Check out the Art Public Catalogue, which includes a sculpture by Damien Hirst at: http://www.artbaselmiamibeach.com/go/id/eof/


With this collective action project, Kaino proposes to rekindle our belief in the value of art and artists in today's culture. The Art Public flyer says "Kaino’s project tests our physical investment and personal commitment to the realization of creative moments." I'm excited to be a part of this unprecedented, momentous action next week.
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postcard of the 1939 New York World Fair
Check out the gallery of some pictures of the platform under construction, you can already see the similarities it has to the above postcard of the 1939 New York World Fair.
http://gallery.me.com/gkaino#100060
 
 
Street Artist 'Swoon' has impressed me time and time again with her masterfully crafted installations. She is a young, thoughtful and vibrant artist with endless vision. And now, in her usual fairy tale fashion, Swoon has begun plans on a Musical House to be constructed in the heart of New Orleans.              

You most likely saw her beautifully lit up, recycled paper installation at MOCA's "Art in The Streets" exhibit earlier this year. Or perhaps you were lucky enough to see her breathetaking "Sea Goddess" made from paper and various reclaimed junk at the New Orleans Museum of Art while it was up in the main lobby entrance through September 25th of this year.
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Image by Brian Forester courtesy of MOCA
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image via SashayGrunge on Flickr
You might have seen her "Swimming Cities" project she began in 2006. She built 7 intricately handcrafted, floating sculptures from urban decay and other recycled materials which she and 30 other artists journeyed on and eventually docked in the canals of Venice during the Biennale.
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Image via DailyServing.com
She once said "This might be one of my highest aspirations for making art. If you could somehow create something which within a glance, changes people’s perceptions of the possible forever, yes, that would be a good thing." 
 
 
 

Shepard Fairey's Mural Unveiled on La Brea

Is it the danger that makes street art appealing? Aren't we impressed by the eagerness of some of these artists to scale up the sides of buildings and break the law to share their work with us, knowing it will be taken down in a matter of days?

I'm on the fence. And I don't mean that I'm like, hopping a fence as I narrowly escape getting nabbed by the cops at 3am for defacing public property with my spray can and decals. I mean, I can't decide which side of the proverbial fence I'm on.

With illegal street art, we try to take something away from the work, you know, because it might not be there this time tomorrow on the drive home once the store owner paints over it. We pay extra special attention, knowing that the work is temporary, that this might be our last chance to see it. Does the idea that it wont be there forever urge you to cherish it or to ignore it?

The problem with adoring it because it is dangerous is that promotes whatever is fleeting instead of what is actually worthwhile. If we pant over the latest trends because we get carried away by the hype, then we are doing just that, getting carried away. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if we only like underground culture and turn our noses up to anything mainstream, (we are much cooler and hipper) but again we are not being true to our taste. No use in fawning over something that will bore you next week, it's just a waste of time and energy. Let's be authentic about what we like.

So if you are a fan of Shepard Fairey, then you're in luck! His mural on La Brea between 1st and 2nd was just unveiled to the public on Friday, and it looks like it could be a part of your LA commute for years to come.
 
 
Don't do drugs, do Carsten Holler! The latest installation at The New Museum on Bowery and Prince In NYC will. trip. you. out. I should have seen this coming from Holler all along. I mean, dude is a scientist with a doctorate in biology, and his penchant for experiments has been brewing for quite some time. I realized this when I first saw Holler's mushrooms at Gagosian in Beverly Hills last year and again when I saw the giant Holler mushroom at the Centre Pompidou on my last Paris visit. Holler is fascinated with distorting reality and these psychedelic mushrooms are the perfect symbol for his fascination.

Holler's giant mushroom in Pompidou's permanent collection in Paris.

It was only a question of time before Holler took it upon himself to distort our reality with a 4 story, interactive exhibit. Using everything from flashing lights, a 100+ foot slide and a slow moving carousel to handing out goggles that turn everything upside down, Holler 's exhibit is an amusement park for the senses. Make sure that you are in tip-top shape when you visit, because everyone participating must sign a waiver and enters at their own risk! Even though I left feeling dizzy after too much time with the flashing lights, my trip to the New Museum left me feeling like I had accomplished something big, like I just got home from walking on the moon. 

The Carousel ride at The New Museum for the Carsten Holler Experience.

 
 
When this zipper-pull inspired speed boat "zips" through the water, the resulting wake looks like it's being unzipped. What an incredible trompe l'oeil and ingenious idea Japanese artist Suzuki had when he entered this into the Setouchi International Art Festival in 2010.