The art world has been flourishing in the past few weeks, after having been locked up (or locked down, depending on how you look at it) by the COVID19 virus pandemic. Or as your racist friend from high school is calling it on Facebook… the “China virus”.
As the days turn to weeks, and the weeks turn to months, social distancing seems like it’s here to stay – at least for the foreseeable future. Wrapped in this pandemic is a hidden gem in that artists are finding less shit to get distracted by, and more time to hunker down and get some creative energy out.
Here are a couple COVID19 projects I’ve been following and enjoying.
‘Skateboarding In A Global Pandemic’ is a beautiful skate video re-released at the right time by Russell Houghten
The solemn silence, empty streets, in the dead of Los Angeles is a haunting watch. Recorded over 6 years ago, but re-released under a new name, this film has a gorgeous feel to it, in our current socio-politico-social climate.
Justin Guenet’s ‘Castle A Day’ project brings some magic to the COVID19 pandemic
Justin ‘Odderside’ Guenet has been illustrating ‘A Castle A Day’ and the results have been amazing. I’ve selected a few and shared them below.
I hope you’re out there staying safe and healthy. Much love.
Try as you might, it’s hard to find a full society product list, a list of all the available products a creative can make and sell easily at Society6.
What is Society6? How to sell art as a side hustle…
If you’re an artist who has great art ready to go, but don’t have an audience don’t have a huge social media following, and are looking for a way to sell your art online, make a profit – or just some extra weed money – check out Society6!
You can sign up as an artist for free, upload high resolution art (that’s the easy part, but if you’re stuck, leave a comment and I’ll help out), set up your products, and you’re ready to sell.
They are in charge of making your product and shipping it out to the customer. Obviously they take their cut (there’s a base price for each product + work involved + your markup/profit 🤑) , but that’s a small price to pay for delivering web traffic/buyers to your art for free, and handling all of the productization of everything. Signing up is free, and I recommend it to any artist. Remember, if you’re creating and not showing to the world, you’re doing the world a dis-service.
If that bothers you (and… it shouldn’t, if you’re at all business minded), then think of it as a stepping stone to get your shit in place and earn money while you do so.
Here’s A Full Society6 Product List
All Over Graphic Tee
Clear iPhone Case
Framed Art Print
Framed Mini Art Print
Hand & Bath Towel
Laptop & iPad Skin
Long Sleeve T-shirt
Mini Art Print
Outdoor Floor Cushion
Unisex Tank Top
Wood Wall Art
As you can see, Society6 has a ton of ready-to-go products for you to slap a design on. I recommend it and have been able to pay for all my Christmas gifts this year through my non-graffiti account!
When I met HERA, one of Bogota’s (Colombia) highest profile female graffiti artists, I was struck by her friendliness, and her relaxed attitude to a North American showing up to watch her paint.
She is confident and colourful, equal parts grounded & girlie. She is friendly, smiley and a pleasure to know. When I came across the following interview with her I knew it was going to be good. She is a great ambassador for the culture. The interview starts out strong, so I have copied the first few paragraphs here and linked to the full article below. Enjoy a look into the mind of one of Bogota’s strongest female graffiti artists.
In the year 1882 the Irish writer, poet and flamboyant dandy Oscar Wilde, made his first visit to the United States of America. The purpose of his trip was a year-long series of lectures on aesthetics, Wilde was the godfather of what is today known as interior design. After he had been in the States for some time, Wilde was asked by a journalist why America was such a violent country? His response was typically succinct and eloquent, “Because your wallpaper is so ugly!”
It seems at first a flippant response, but taken at its base level the interpretation is clear, if you put people in an ugly environment they will do ugly things – they will become uglier. And so, as Wilde was aware of the impact of interior design, street artists today are aware of the value of exterior design. Graffiti art gives our environment a little more creativity, colour and style – and perhaps makes us all a little less ugly as a result. But what drives these beautifiers of our city walls to create this oft-maligned-yet-magnificent public art? Why do they dedicate themselves to such a creative cause, despite the obvious risks?
I first came across ZOER’s graffiti work on the Internet a few years back. His style stood out as not following rules or trends. It had a personality of its own.
From there I learned more about how deep his artistic talents went. This guy is freakish with acrylics, pencil, Illustrator, and presumably anything else he touches. I won’t bore you with details, he reps CSX and if you like what you see I highly recommend you check out his Flickr page.
When I profile artists, I try to narrow the use of their photos to five to encourage people to further look into their work. In this case I couldn’t narrow it down beyond six. Again, I highly recommend you check out: ZOER CSX Flickr page.
REVOK (aka Revok 1, Revok one, REVOK MSK) has teamed up with Montana Cans, The Seventh Letter, 1xRun, and Contra Projects in an effort to beautify Detroit – a city which has lost 50% of the population it had in the 1950’s.
Working with fellow graffiti artists WANE, POSE, CES, DMOTE, NEKST, ASKEW, SEVER, ZES, VIZIE, … – the list goes on – REVOK is helping organise a beautification project aimed at bringing colour, pride, vibrance, and a sense of community back into Detroit.
Here’s a cool video that looks into the project a little deeper.