POW! WOW! Long Beach : Imprint Presents Jeff Staple 1-2-1 Talk with Fafi

jeff staple 1-2-1 with Fafi

Pow! Wow! Hawaii always delivers when it comes to fantastic talks and show stopping murals. So it’s no surprise the Jeff Staple 1-2-1 with Fafi SOLD OUT before we had a chance to share about this amazing event. Congratulations to the lucky Fafi fans who were able to reserve a seat, and we’ll see you all for the opening of Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape.

By exploring femininity through stereotypes and using them to her advantage, Fafi not only knocked her male colleagues and competitors out their socks, she also locked toy manufacturing deals with Sony and Medicom, countless press stories and illustrations for Commons & Sense, Vogue, Elle or The Face, big market collaborations with Adidas, M.A.C, Hennessy, Swatch, Samsung and Le SportSac, not to mention many solo and prestigious group shows in the most respected galleries around the globe.

Her presence during the last Miami Art Basel at Wynwood walls “Women on the walls” curated by Jeffrey Deitch, brought her back to the art world with two art pieces showcasing her usual Fafinettes and a flower “SALOPE” installation opened to new mediums.

Becoming a mother, her next natural move was animating the ‘Fafinettes’ in music videos like Lily Allen and Mark Ronson’s ‘Oh My God’ or her co-directed ‘Do Do Do’ for Ed Banger act Carte Blanche. She also directed full-kino videos for Mademoiselle Yulia and Azealia Banks, those latters becoming real-flesh characters.

Her last but not least director’s job was to shot live M.I.A for the first Youtube Music Award in New-York in November 2013 along with Spike Jonze’s team.

Her first comic book ‘THE CARMINE VAULT’ released in April 2012 on eminent Rizzoli Books and Alternatives.
Fafi ran for the occasion a Signature world tour in major cities around the globe gathering her friends and throwing parties from Mexico city to Tokyo and L.A to London.

Now not only the Fafinettes are fly girls, they also run a whole universe of creatures, homes and vehicles. It’s a dreamy and peculiar place.

Get in an in-depth look into the world of Fafi through Jeff Staple’s 1-2-1 talks.

POW! WOW! Long Beach : The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow

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Documenting the adventures of Nychos as he traverses the world and painting every corner of it. Within the last two years Nychos was accompanied by filmmaker Christian Fischer who recorded his journeys to create a full length film. “The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow” is a documentary about art, lifestyle and subculture. The movie captures the experiences of Nychos and other members of the RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT within the last several years. Exceeding the Austrian scene, they flew from Berlin to San Francisco to Copenhagen to Hawaii and many more places to visit artists who all provide a unique view into their (street) culture. They lead Nychos through the streets of their home cities and show them the deepest depths of their burrows. ”Travel to paint, paint to travel” is the motto, which runs like a golden thread throughout the entire movie.

After the screening of “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow”, we will host a special 1-2-1 talk between Jeff Staple and Nychos.

As of this very moment tickets are still available, so get them now before you miss out!

For more information, go to the following websites:


Long Beach Museum of Art – Vitality and Verve

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The Long Beach Museum of Art is set to open ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape’ on June 26th.

The exhibition will focus on current developments in the growing field of urban contemporary art. It will feature site-specific ephemeral murals and multi-media installations by established and emerging cutting-edge artists who will be demonstrating the skilled and nuanced application of their craft. The exhibition will run through September 27, 2015.

‘Vitality and Verve’ aims to illuminate the sensory value and powerful practice of these artists as they transform the urban landscape around them. The meticulous renderings, the hyper-realistic imagery and patterns and the gestural strokes assert the diversity in a fully immersive experience.

Participating artists will include:
Aaron Horkey, Alex Yanes, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Brandon Shigeta, Cryptik, Esao Andrews, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hot Tea, James Bullough, Jeff Soto, John S. Culqui, Low Bros, Meggs, Nosego, Nychos, Saber, and Tristan Eaton.

“One of the goals behind ‘Vitality and Verve’ is to spotlight artists who are stepping out of their studios to paint on a grand scale using outdoor walls as their canvas as well as urban artists who are beginning to work in a traditional studio setting.” said Ron Nelson, Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art. “Most of the works in this exhibition will be created on our gallery walls using both traditional and non-traditional art media resulting in an immediacy that extends well beyond the confines of a picture frame. Once the exhibition ends, the walls will be repainted and prepared for the next exhibition. Therefore, it is important for art enthusiasts to see this amazing exhibition before it closes.”

The ‘Vitality and Verve’ exhibition will be one of several locations in Long Beach this summer that will feature mural art. POW! WOW! Long Beach 2015, celebrates an inaugural art festival that will feature mural projects, gallery shows, and exciting programming – throughout downtown and nearby locations, which is slated to run the week of June 21 – June 28 featuring internationally renowned artists.
‘Vitality and Verve’ was made possible in collaboration with Thinkspace and Pow! Wow!

In conjunction with the opening of the Vitality and Verve exhibition, the museum will also be hosting its famed LBMA After Dark on Friday, June 26 from 7pm – 10pm located on the museum campus. Admission is $10 for non-members.

For more information please visit www.lbma.org

POW! WOW! Hawaii and SXSW Spontaneous Mural

pow wow sxsw barton springs muralphotograph by Brandon Shigeta | Mural off Barton Springs in Austin, TX

POW! WOW! Hawaii was invited by SXSW to curate murals across Austin during its annual interactive, film, and music conference. In collaboration with SpATX, an Austin-based art collective, who coordinated a lot of the wall space logistics. POW! WOW! brought local Austin artists, Ana Maria, Lucas Aoki, Mouf and Truth together with international artists; among them Ron English, Rone, and Risk to add to Austin’s already colorful personality. Over the course of the week, the murals began to evolve and take shape on the buildings. Most of the murals finished by the time the music showcase portion of SXSW kicked off, except for one spontaneous wall space.

We met up with out of town artists, Tatiana Suarez, Yoskay Yamamoto, Meggs, Kamea Hadar, and Jeff Gress as they were finishing up Barton Springs’ last minute mural. Sprung out of the pre-planned space on the west side of 901 Barton Springs Road; Kamea discussed with the building owner how the connected north wall, which faces the street, would feel incomplete and encouraged him to allow the artists to create a uniform piece of work on the building.

Yoskay Yamamoto and Tatiana Suarez muralphotograph by Brandon Shigeta | Mural by Yoskay Yamamoto and Tatiana Suarez

Pulling the color palate from Yoskay’s and Tati’s mural on the west wall, the artists continued the ocean theme onto the new massive space. The concept seed was a feather to tie into Meggs’ owl, but it was Yoskay’s signature moon that inspired a mural full of cultural history. Painted by Hawaiian artist Kamea, Hina, the Hawaiian goddess of the moon who guided sailors, carries the moon in her hand. In her hair is a lotus flower, painted by Tatian Suarez. Symbolic of a Brazilian folktale her mother would tell her. In the story a woman, Naia, reached for the moon and drowned in its reflection; in her death the gods took pity on her and turned her into a lotus flower which only blooms at night. Jeff Gress worked on the feather which blows in the wind opposite to Hina, inspired by Texas, the feather’s western scroll pulls in the cities own history.

The artists’ creative energy pulsated as they brought together their concepts and allowed the collaboration to bring about the mural’s direction. Even at the end of the week, with weary muscles and tired hands from 12 hour days of painting, the artists were in high spirits. As Kamea Hadar put it, who is also co-director of POW! WOW! Hawaii, the SXSW logo is an X “there’s three colors in the x and on represents film, one represents music, and on represents interactive. The fourth gray one, it’s a no-brainer to me to make the fourth one art.”

If you’re lucky to roam Austin while these murals are still up, rent a bike and go on a treasure hunt. Where is your favorite mural in your city?

Opening Reception Video of Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2015

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015: Opening Art Reception from POW! WOW! Hawaii on Vimeo.

Here is a fantastic video from the opening reception of Pow! Wow! Hawaii curated by Thinkspace Gallery. The exhibition was on view at the Honolulu Museum Of Art School from February 7 – 18th. Additional details about the show can be found on their website, www.powwowhawaii.com