Siam Center x Medicom Toy (Japan) Worldwide Tour II Be@rbrick

The Siam Center in Bangkok has announced it has joined forces with Japanese toy manufacturer Medicom Toy to host the famed Be@rbrick World Wide Tour II, an exhibition that showcases some of the rarest and highly-coveted bear figurines in existence. Among the limited edition Bearbricks on display will be from graffiti artist Andre Saraiva, illustrator James Jarvis, photographer Mika Ninagawa, NEIGHBORHOOD founder Shinsuke Takizawa and Hong Kong native Edison Chen.

In addition to a commemorative tribute to Thai graphic designer and street artist Mamafaka, a Thai-themed Bearbrick wearing Muay Thai shorts and gloves, and the traditional Mongkol and Prajioud, will also be released.

The Be@rbrick Worldwide Tour 2 runs through until July 13.

French street artist Invader’s exhibition “Wipe Out: An Explosition of Invader in Hong Kong” at The Qube (Hong Kong)

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French mosaic specialist Invader is returning to Hong Kong for his first solo show entitled “Wipe Out” at The Qube. Earlier in 2015 Invader’s works around Hong Kong were removed by street cleaning crews within a week of being finished and this, a new body of works, is set to be a response to that experience. Featuring LED, sculpture and a sticker-covered scooter, the exhibition will open May 2 and all proceeds from souvenirs will help support the charity Pathfinders.

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Pakistani-American Marvel comic superheroine Ms. Marvel steps into the real world to combat Anti-Islam ads 

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 Audrey Magazine:

It looks like Marvel superheroes can exist in the real world after all. Citizens of San Francisco can now see Ms. Marvel, a Pakistani American Muslim teen named Kamala Khan, fighting against racism. How exactly is she doing this? By fighting back against Anti-Islam bus ads.

It all began when the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group that is sometimes classified as an extremist anti-Muslim hate group, purchased some offensive bus ads which correlated Muslims to Nazis.

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You may be wondering why these ads weren’t taken down immediately. Apparently, despite countless complaints from the public, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) could not take the ads down because of freedom of speech. In fact, Muni is even running it’s own campaign against the ads.

In the meantime, are citizens supposed to sit around patiently and just put up with the racist ads? Absolutely not. San Francisco street artists responded to these ads with none other other Ms. Marvel. The ads have been blocked with strong pictures of Ms. Marvel as well as statements such as “Calling All Bigotry Busters,” “Free Speech Isn’t a License to Spread Hate” and “Stamp Out Racism.”

This brilliant response even caught the attention of G. Willow Wilson, the creator of Ms. Marvel.

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So who says superheroes can’t exist in the real world? Ms. Marvel is certainly doing a good job with it.

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Woman held in Osaka for allegedly turning traffic signs into street art

Japan Times:

A woman arrested in Osaka on Wednesday on suspicion of defacing traffic signs with artsy, humorous stickers has admitted to vandalism, police said.

I did it as a form of artistic expression but now I deeply regret it,” police quoted 43-year-old Mami Urakawa as saying.

Urakawa’s apparent accomplice, French national Clet Abraham, who describes himself as a street artist, was not detained. Within hours of Urakawa’s arrest, her photo appeared on Abraham’s social media accounts.

In a comment posted on Wednesday evening, Abraham suggested that Urakawa was his partner both in crime and life. Both claim to be residents of Florence, Italy.

Arrested by Osaka police Clet’s girlfriend,” he declared in a post on Facebook. “In Japan it’s a crime to have a relationship with a street artist,” he added.

Urakawa is suspected of breaking the road traffic law by altering several road signs in Chayamachi, in Osaka’s Kita Ward, at around 1 a.m. on Jan. 3.

Apparent surveillance footage obtained and broadcast by Japanese media appears to show two individuals climbing a post to reach the sign. Police are thought to have identified Urakawa from the video.

Abraham earlier told his Facebook followers he was in Japan over the New Year’s holidays. Osaka police have not confirmed the second suspect’s identity but say the investigation is ongoing.

If police ask me whether I did it, I would say ‘Yes,’ ” the Fuji News Network television channel quoted the culprit as saying, although it stopped short of naming the individual as Abraham. He told the network that he had tampered with 90 signs in Japan on the grounds that they are symbols of authority that he seeks to challenge through art.

FNN showed examples of the sticker graffiti, including images of a sign that had been altered to look like an arrow piercing a heart, and one that showed a bar being eaten by Pacman, the video game character. Other designs seemed more whimsical.

A spokesman for the Osaka Prefectural Police told The Japan Times the street sign in question was an arrow indicating a one-way street, and that altering it would have put drivers at risk of an accident. The sticker made the tip of the arrow appear warped.

Media reports say there have been 32 reported instances of road signs obscured by stickers in Osaka and about 30 in Kyoto Prefecture. There have been no reports of the signs disrupting traffic.

Abraham has gained fame and notoriety for his Keith Haring-esque sticker street art. The longtime resident of Italy is reported to have brought his guerilla graphics to cities across Europe, changing road signs in the middle of the night.

One sign he altered in Europe showed Jesus Christ crucified on a dead-end sign.

His mischief has landed him in trouble, the British newspaper the Daily Mail reported two years ago, citing reports that on at least one occasion he was fined.

Artist Profile: Hong Kong-based illustrator Cara To (aka “Caratoes”)

Juxtapoz:

 

Cara To AKA “Caratoes” is an illustrator and street artist based in Hong Kong. Her artwork combines mind-blowing neons with swirling, sensitive linework that have a mesmerizing gestural quality.

Cara has worked in many different areas, including animation and game design, and her artwork spans many mediums and genres while retaining a strong recognizable character. Some of her recent projects include hand-made 3D hologram illustrations, paintings that are accented with geometric string-work and GIFs that are nothing if not visual candy.

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Street artists Sheryo and The Yok give a behind-the-scenes look at their Indonesian-inspired “Nasty Goreng” exhibition

After some recent travels around the globe, the The Yok, has returned to his home town of Perth along with collaborative partner Sheryo to launch their joint show, ‘Nasty Goreng’.

The exhibition draws specifically from their time in Indonesia, consisting of a heap of new paintings, batik works, a surf shack and some crazy, satirical cartoon sculptures.

Throw into the mix some extra pieces from various friends like Fecks, Ayres, Hosae and Amok Island and you have one hell of an Australian contemporary street art showcase.

To see all of the artwork, visit the Turner Galleries website, plus check out a recent clip of the crew throwing up pieces around town.

 

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Street Art: Crime-themed Lego mural causes a storm in Johor Bahru (Malaysia)

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A plan to spruce up the streets of the Malaysian border town of Johor Bahru with street art has come unstuck after authorities took exception to a Lego-themed mural which they believe tarnishes the city’s image.

Johor Bahru City Council will remove a mural painted by Lithuanian street artist Ernest Zacharevic following a controversy over one dubbed ‘JB, home of Malaysia’s very own Legoland’, which shows two Lego figurines – a knife-wielding robber lying in wait for a woman carrying a Chanel handbag.

Malaysia’s south has seen a resurgence in street art in recent years, led by artworks in Penang, which have captured the imagination of Malaysians. Street installations by Zacharevic have also appeared in Singapore and Japan this year.

But the Lego artwork portrays a side to the city it would rather keep quiet; Malaysia is also currently grappling with a crime problem following some high profile killings earlier this year. Last month the government stopped providing crime statistics to the UN.

Johor Bahru is the home of Legoland Malaysia and is heavily reliant on its image as an investor-friendly region, although its reputation as a crime capital has dogged it for years, with neighbouring Singapore labelling it as a “cowboy town”.

Zacharevic told local news site Malaysiakini that his public artwork was not meant to be permanent and it was up to the local community to decide what to do with it.

If I react to every criticism I receive, I would have never paint a single painting … I celebrate democracy and embrace pluralism,” he said.

This is how it should be – people publicly, in a civilised manner, discussing what they like and what they don’t like. As an artist I follow my own consciousness and it is up to the rest how they interpret my artwork.”

Democratic Action Party leader Lim Kit Siang said it was ridiculous that the state government had been debating the mural and instead urged them to address the problem of crime rates in the city.

Instead of removing Zachas’ ‘high crime’ mural, it should be allowed to remain to serve as a challenge to all relevant authorities to make JB low-crime and a standing testimony that high crime rate in JB is a “story of the past,” he wrote on his blog.

Zacharevic uploaded a photo of the mural on his Facebook page last week which garnered debate and more than 7,000 ‘Likes’. Local street artists have now added a new figurine of a policeman with handcuffs, presumably as a way to preserve the artwork for a bit longer.

Most Malaysians have been supportive of the artwork, although one critic told Malaysiakini: “It is unbecoming of a good painter to use his God-given talent to showcase something unpleasant about your host when you are a guest.

“There are many beautiful things in Johor Bahru that he can choose to show.”

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Street Art: Crime-themed Lego mural causes a storm in Johor Bahru (Malaysia)