Based in Brooklyn, Misha Tyutyunik aka MDOT is an accomplished painter, muralist and illustrator. His recent venture, fashioned along with a team of Groundswell youth, looms large at 11 Howard Street in SoHo. Earlier this week, we visited his studio and had the opportunity to speak to him.
A master of transforming everyday found objects into a range of intriguing characters, Brooklyn-born RAE is known throughout his borough and Manhattan for his three-dimensional folksy installations and for his striking, abstract characters. Last week, Street Art NYC had the opportunity to visit Rae’s studio and speak with him.
Stew (Les Lilas, Paris, 1978) works and lives in Vitry Sur Seine, France. Stew is known for his Japanese inspired artworks with Samurais, birds and flowers and his unique way of combining his graphics. In this village, which is close to Paris and known for its streetart, the streets are filled with artworks from Stew. A walk through the centre gives you a good idea of Stew his oeuvre.
Could you tell our audience a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife, two dogs,and our cat. I just moved to the west coast from Texas on a whim. Most of my time is spent working on my drawings in my workspace while blasting music through my ipod. Finding new artists and musicians is a passion of mine so I try to go to as many shows as possible. Most of the time I have a few projects going on and I will go back and forth between pieces. Like right now, I’m working on this pretty large drawing and I’ve got a large bird skull sculpture drying in the kitchen. For the most part, I like to keep my eye on the prize and don’t take myself too serious.
The work of Oakland based artist Eddie Colla is a powerful collection of expressions illustrating how individuals on both sides of the fence react to the constant threat of social and political desire for conformity. His multi layered visions of people in the throws of isolation, oppression and conformity are beautifully crafted in an assembly of aesthetic retinal fantasy. His visual imagery is subtley defiant and allies itself against the forces that stain what lies deep in the heart of all his work, a celebration and a passion for freedom.
Eddie Colla is a hard man to track down, but seems to be everywhere at the same time. The infamous San Francisco based street artist has been busy over the past few months on numerous gallery exhibitions, not to mention street pieces that pop up from time to time. We caught up with Eddie as he was finishing the final touches on a mural project that is his largest to date.
There is no Reality | Until You Create One. Urban Art is my way to conciliate with reality. In some cases, I can bring it close to my standards. And psychoanalysis too. Both of them are hopeless. It is a try to put an order in the hectic world around and inside me. To value better what had happed and possibly what is happening, at least a part of it. It is a lost war. Before I can understand what had happened in reality, or at least what I perceive as reality, the latter flips and turns to something else. I ‘m a witness, an eye witness. I revise meticulously what it is around me. I examine, select, collect, put in order emotions. Stating what is important and what is not, what could be regarded as beautiful, or ugly, what would be funny or sad. If I can’t change it, I can barely transform it, good enough in order to compromise with it. Sometimes the attempt is successful, sometimes it isn’t. I ‘m urban. I like nature but I feel comfortable only in the city. It is my battlefield. Especially, the afterhours, when everybody sleeps so I can walk quietly in the streets and hear the sounds. My paints they are made for me, but in reality they refer to others. It is an attempt; to speak enough for me but not in a verbal way. What is entitled inside the frame, presuppose my aesthetic viewpoint. But what they produce is beyond my control. I exist in both of them. It is a miracle, when it happens. Unfortunately isn‘t an everyday experience. Or, I believe so. And, they constitute my curriculum vitae.
When did you start to know about “art”? Who inspires you to be a graffiti artist?
I began painting in the 80s and present my work to the public in 1992. At first, my favorite painters were Picasso, Matisse, Chaissac, Braque… and I discover Jacques Villeglé (from the « New Realists ») when I start to use collages in my work. Before I start Street Art. I am much more a Collage artist than a Graffiti artist and my influences come from painter like Speedy Graphito, Banksy and Villeglé.