ABOVE | Township project with children in South Africa

April 04 2013 . 07:13pm


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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. 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.

Find out more at: goabove.com

 

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Steven Harrington on the cover of Creative Future Issue #04

February 14 2013 . 12:57am


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About Creative Future Issue #04:

After eight months of hard work and lots of great and creative experiences, the fourth issue of The Creative Future Project has finally come together. Since June last year we have been busy creating what we believe is our most profound issue yet, and we are confident enough to say that this issue meets all of our creative principles and conceptual visions. With a willingness to learn we have not only attempted to engage within multidisciplinary parameters and practices of art and design, but also tried to develop our creative and artistic abilities to express and visualize the creative knowledge, ideas and visions from some of todays most inspiring and versatile artists. Striving to embrace the artistic process, approaches and idea development behind this issues unique lineup of artists and designers, we have once again created not only a curation of creative ideas, but also a limited piece of art that comprises an extensive array of artistic areas within the broader field of art and design.

With quality, craftsmanship and artistry in mind, Creative Future Issue #04 seeks to inspire, educate and lift the creative spirits within. Following the artistic philosophy and foundational ideas behind the project, this issue seeks bypass the traditional publishing channels, giving the artists free editorial say, 100% creative control and a platform to express, discuss and share intimate creative ideas. Looking to feed your curiosity and embrace the creation of art from a different, independent and versatile standpoint, Creative Future Issue #04 is truly a historic release. Limited to just 300 copies worldwide, each issue comes hand packaged, signed and numbered by the project founder and creative director, Christian Andersen.

The lineup:

Striving to go beyond the normal interview and magazine feature, we have first and foremost had the great honor and chance to sit down, speak and collaborate with the two cover artists and main-features of this issue; Los Angeles-based artist and designer, Steven Harrington, and entrepreneur, influencer and innovator, Jeff Staple. Discussing essential ideas and phenomenon’s within todays creative industries, we talk to both Steven Harrington and Jeff Staple about the artistic processes behind their unique body of work, the concept of limited availability, what kind of mentality it takes to become an entrepreneur and lastly how you obtain your highest level of productivity when working in a creative field. Furthermore we have also had the honor of speaking and sharing creative ideas with the Gent-based design studio and art publisher, Case Studyo and Toykyo, internationally acclaimed street and graffiti artist, Above, New York-based skateboarding photographer, Jeb Allred, and lastly sculptor, designer and artist, Luis Gispert.

Art zine: New York Skateboarding by Jeb Allred:

Aimed at documenting and placing a needed spotlight on the culture of skateboarding in New York City, we’ve put together an exclusive photo essay in collaboration with New York-based photographer Jeb Allred, highlighting the art of skateboarding in New York City. Striving to visualize the atmosphere and ambiance of this unique subculture, this zine contains nine carefully selected photographs by Jeb Allred, all shot on 50mm black and white film. The zine is numbered from 1 to 300, and will be attached exclusively with each copy of Creative Future Issue #04.

Features:

• Jeff Staple
• Steven Harrington
• Case Studyo/Toykyo
• Luis Gispert
• Jeb Allred
• Above

Find out more at: StevenHarrington.com

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ABOVE | Jet Set opening night photos

July 09 2012 . 08:03pm


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Check out Above’s opening accompanied by 3 beautiful stewardesses in retro 1950’s ‘pan am’ flight attire. All 3 women played the role of greeting all passengers  and handed out ‘above airlines’ boarding passes at the entrance. Above also had a telephone booth imported from London and made artworks on it. Last but not least he hired 2 professional Argentinian tango dancers to dance during the opening to correspond to the Buenos Aires imagery on both arrows.

Find out more at: goabove.com / metrogallery.com.au

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ABOVE | BLOOD DIAMOND

April 11 2012 . 12:49am


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Africa has had a devastating history of blood diamond wars. Blood diamond refers to a diamond mined in a war zone and then sold to finance an invading army’s war efforts, usually in Africa where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted.

This site specific social / political word play was painted on the exterior wall of Johannesburg’s largest diamond trader Jewel City.

Jewel City is a six-block mega-precinct that serves as a base for some 300 diamond traders as well as South Africa’s Diamond Board and State Traders Association.

Jewel City is the largest diamond exporter in the southern hemisphere with over R7-Billion worth of Diamonds being exported every year.

I was able to get away with this diamond wall heist because I told the owners I would paint in big letters “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” on the exterior of their building. The owners loved the idea and all quickly agreed.

The next day I had started painting but what the owners didn’t know is that I lied to them and was hijacking their wall. Like any premeditated robbery, situations are not what they seem and shit can flip from best friends to worst enemies in a few moments.

I assume the owners were too busy trading diamonds inside the mega center they never took the time to come out and see I was painting a controversial word play about the diamond trade and how it’s fueled so much bloodshed in wars making it one of man’s worst enemies.

Find out more at: goabove.com

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Eine, Roa, Above and more in Miami 2011 | Video

December 15 2011 . 09:37pm

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