POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014 Video

After taking Taipei by storm, the POW! WOW! team takes a look back at its first-ever venture into Taiwan. Directed by Vincent Ricafort, this lengthy recap of POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014 does well to highlight its quest to paint massive murals in the Taiwanese capital, even dealing with typhoons as the festival brought together street art heavyweights like Aaron De La Cruz, Apex, Dabs1, INSA, James Jean, Brendan Monroe, and Madsteez, as well as regional talents Reach, Mr.OGAY, Seazk, Saym, Zishi, Xue, and Vita Yang.

Enjoy the piece above and head on over to POW! WOW!’s blog for a slide show of some imagery from the event.

Street Art: POW WOW! Taiwan- Summer Episode Video

Back in September, Hypebeast published a write-up about CANLOVE, the artistic duo comprised of DJ Neff and Paul Ramirez dedicated to transforming empty spray cans into the very thing they’re used to produce: art.

Over the summer, POW! WOW! Taiwan and Fubon Art Foundation enlisted their help to create colorful installations out of 900 discarded canisters, all painstakingly collected by volunteers post-festival. In October, a quick 30 second trailer to a short called the Summer Episode was released, which offered a glimpse of Neff and Ramirez at work, plus a few shots of some murals. The full clip is now up online, and not only does it feature CANLOVE cutting and spraying away for the project, but we also get brief commentary from artists Will Barras and Reach about their thoughts and experiences painting large walls.

Art News: POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

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POW! WOW! Taiwan and jewelry brand Imperial Taels enlisted street artist Hua Tunan for one hell of an epic mural, which is located nearby Taipei’s SOGO department store.

Drawing inspiration from classical Chinese imagery, the visually stunning piece displays two lions emblazoned in a mosaic wash of bold colors set in a gorgeous mountainous landscape. Signing off the three-way joint venture is a POW! WOW! Taiwan red seal stamped on the top left corner, while the right side bears the Imperial Taels seal with Hua Tunan’s personal signature in calligraphy sitting atop.

 

 Image of POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

Image of POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

Image of POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

Image of POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

Image of POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

Image of POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

Image of POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

Image of POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

POW! WOW! Taiwan: Summer Episode Video Trailer

 

The festivities of this year’s POW! WOW! Taiwan may seem done for now, but the festival’s influence and effect on the Chinese state cannot be understated. Amongst the myriad events this year, POW! WOW! teamed up with the Fubon Art Foundation to commission a joint mural project with L.A. duo CANLOVE, Will Barras, and REACH. Dubbed “Summer Episode,” the project added a sense of depth to the burgeoning art scene in Taipei, sure to foster under POW! WOW! residencies and other positive projects.

As we anticipate the visual postcard from Summer Episode, enjoy a brief trailer above. If in the Taipei area, be sure to drop by Hua Tunan’s live painting exhibition at Zheng Yi Projects – which starts up on October 11.

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INSA x MADSTEEZ “TaiWEENtillian” Mural for POW! WOW! Taiwan

A merging of two dynamic styles, INSA and MADSTEEZ recently teamed up to paint a large mural at this year’s POW! WOW! Taiwan. As part of the British artist’s ongoing animated “GIF-ITI” series, the duo followed a calculated sequence, painting eight individual frames in the course of a few days.

Taking to the wall of Tatung University, INSA’s bold line-work and fetish motifs complemented MADSTEEZ’S four-eyed WEENT!LL!AN character, presenting a unique piece filled with an Eastern sensibility.