It took nearly 7+ months searching the streets at night for a fixed shadow that was positioned perfectly against a wall. The break dancer stencil comes to life at night. I am attracted to the concept that the stencil and it's context can change literally from day to night. Timing is everything!
Shoreditch, London: 2013 goabove.com
Timing Is Everything print available here: 1xrun.com/runs/Timing_Is_Everything
Music: DJ Shadow: Organ Donor.
PLEASE READ >> While in Cape Town, South Africa last year I initiated an art project in the township of Lavender Hill, involving the community and especially the children of the area in the process. The word UBUNTU is a southern African ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other.
Having painted in this impoverished township weeks prior, I quickly noticed how interested the children were with making art. Their township had an overwhelming number is discarded tires littered all over their property. A few weeks later, I conceptualized a fun project involving the communities children and re-appropriating the hundreds of tires, to make a colorful totem pole. Each child chose a color to paint their tire. Once dried we joined all the tires together, and stacked the colorful spectrum into one unified totem pole.
South Africa is an extremely diverse country and each color of the tires represented different races. As is in life, when we all work together and help each other out we are able to grow and become larger than life! The enthusiasm and smiles of the children touched me deeply! I was honored to introduce them to painting, as many of them have never held a brush or painted before.
MIAMI VICES is a short film showing rare and uncut footage of Above's painting process and murals that were painted in Miami for Art Basel. This video was made possible by the generous funding of White Walls gallery (whitewallssf.com/) and the endless hours of filming from HERMES (Paris)
Director of filming: HERMES VAO (PARIS)
Additional filming: Peter Vahan (petervahan.com/ )
Edited by: Above and Peter Vahan
Cameo appearance: Big Bad Ben Eine
Produced by: High 5 films
Funded by: White Walls Gallery (whitewallssf.com/)
Music: Bonobo Track: All in forms
As irony has it this video will be reblogged and seen on social media outlets the world over. Go ahead and participate in the irony and reblog the video on your facebook and twitter accounts.
People look at me like I’m from another planet when I tell them I don’t have social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. In the eyes of social media I’m severely outdated, lost and not ‘connected’.
Not partaking in the aforementioned social media makes me an outsider looking in on how hyper frequent society uses its sacred social media. I can’t help but observe the people around me who appear to be consumed and addicted to trying to keep up to speed on their social media pages.
You check your Facebook page while driving. Tweet a message that you ‘just took a shower’. Instagram a photo of your double soy macchiato with extra foam and so it continues ad infinitum.
I have more questions than I do answers with social media. We live in a ridiculously hyper fast pace life where information is exchanged so rapidly that it makes us feel inadequate and drains our attention span. This painting was executed at the GALORE festival (werket.dk/galore/) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The painting is a time-lapse composed of over 9,000 photos and painted over a 5-day period. Enjoy and try to keep up.