HENSE in Lima, Peru 2013

April 29 2013 . 09:55pm

 

We just finished up a large exterior installation in Lima, Peru. This is my tallest work to date measuring 137 feet tall and 170 feet wide. The project was organized by Morbo Gallery and funded by the ISIL Institute in MiraFlores, Lima. I worked with my head assistant and a crew of 10 professional painters over the course of a month to complete the work.

With all my exterior projects, I rarely use a preconceived sketch or concept to go off of. In this case, I presented a few rough concepts to the school to express my vision for the building. However, I always like to leave some room for creative freedom and spontaneity while working. This project was challenging because of the scale. Every shape and mark that we made on the wall had to be massive to be seen from a great distance. I also wanted to leave smaller,  details that would be seen by viewers close to the work. In this case most of my painting crew were local to Lima and spoke little to no English and I speak very little Spanish so it was challenging to communicate with them in the beginning of the project. After a month of working everyday with them we managed to be able to understand each other. I´m very grateful for that experience and I learned a lot from them and hope that they were inspired in some way by assisting in the process of the artwork.

We used over 200 gallons of exterior latex paint and a small amount of aerosol on this work. Most of the tools we used were rollers of various sizes, a paint sprayer, brushes, and homemade tools. One thing I feel is important when working on this scale is the improvisational use of tools to create the marks and shapes. In order to reach heights and lengths I had to attach brushes to extension poles to paint in hard to reach areas. We used strings and ropes to create circles and lines that needed to be accurate. However, most gestures and shapes were created freehand. I always push to keep a loose, painterly feel at a large scale. All my work is purely abstract and non representational.

These works are inspired by the architecture and context of the structure. In this case I wanted to use very bright colors that would pop against the sky and next to other near by architecture in Lima. This piece has many layers in it. some of which we covered completely. It’s important to me that the work has a very layered and built up look. I’m never afraid to destroy the image at any given time if it means I have to in order to achieve progression in the work.

I’m always wanting to challenge myself and the viewer in regards to painting and what that can be.

Photo Credits: Christian Rinke, Os Villavicencio, Gino Moreno, Jules Bay, Elard Robles and HENSE.

Special thanks to: Jules Bay, Taylor Means, Morbo Gallery, ISIL Institute, Luar Zeid, Panorama, Angel, Paul, Pedro, Alex, Miguel, Jaime, Mayo, William, Christian Rinke, Gino Moreno, Os Villavicencio, Carlos Benvenuto, Candice House, Elard Robles. For all the hard work and making this project come to fruition.

Find out more at: HenseTheName.com

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NOCTURNE is available at FACTORY 413

August 07 2011 . 05:46am

Available now in-store and online is the exclusive NOCTURNE box-set from Revok and Angel Cabada. A collaborative project featuring never-before-seen imagery across a variety of print formats, NOCTURNE was created as a joint project between the two friends with additional support provided by KR3W Denim Co. Limited to just 150 individually signed units, the first copies were exclusively available at the MOCA Geffen Center Bookstore, with the remaining units now available for purchase here in the shop. A truly unique and limited piece, this box-set will sell out fast and is not to be missed. Hit the jump for the official press release as well as high-res images of the project’s contents.

(April, 13, 2011 – Los Angeles) Intersecting at the crossroads of skateboarding and graffiti, street art icon, REVOK, and celebrated designer, Angel Cabada, collaborate on a limited two-book set to premiere during the Art In The Streets exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Inspired by the underground activities of skateboarders and street artists, Nocturne looks behind the curtain, exposing a world of nightlife and criminal mischief through compelling imagery and candid photography.

Based in Los Angeles, REVOK and Cabada share a longstanding friendship and hold mutual respect for each others work. “Although REVOK and I come from different artistic backgrounds, there’s a very natural parallel between skateboarding and graffiti that hasn’t been deeply explored,” says Cabada.

With only 150 units printed, Nocturne is a two book, softbound collection including large and medium format posters, newsprint photo collages and a wool ski mask packaged in a custom bound box.

Nocturne will be on display April 17 through August 8, 2011 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.

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REVOK and ANGEL present NOCTURNE

April 20 2011 . 04:30pm

Only available at the MOCA Geffen center bookstore and FACTORY 413.

REVOK and ANGEL Present NOCTURNE

Graffiti Legend and Renowned Designer Premiere Book Set
At Art In The Streets Exhibition

(April, 13, 2011 – Los Angeles) Intersecting at the crossroads of skateboarding and graffiti, street art icon, REVOK, and celebrated designer, Angel Cabada, collaborate on a limited two-book set to premiere during the Art In The Streets exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Inspired by the underground activities of skateboarders and street artists, Nocturne looks behind the curtain, exposing a world of nightlife and criminal mischief through compelling imagery and candid photography.

Based in Los Angeles, REVOK and Cabada share a longstanding friendship and hold mutual respect for each others work. “Although REVOK and I come from different artistic backgrounds, there’s a very natural parallel between skateboarding and graffiti that hasn’t been deeply explored,” says Cabada.

With only 150 units printed, Nocturne is a two book, softbound collection including large and medium format posters, newsprint photo collages and a wool ski mask packaged in a custom bound box.

Nocturne will be on display April 17 through August 8, 2011 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.

About REVOK:

REVOK is one of the most respected names in graffiti with work found in countless public spaces around the world. The Los Angeles-based artist is internationally acclaimed by museums, galleries and private collectors.

About ANGEL:

Angel Cabada is a Los Angeles-based designer best known for his work as the founding creative director for KR3W Denim Co. and SUPRA Footwear. His iconic pieces of the last two decades are widely recognized in the worlds of skateboarding and fashion.

-Cullen Poythress

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Ironlak “Secret location meeting” – Belrade, Serbia

November 25 2009 . 01:06am

Storm (Copenhagen) and Does (the Netherlands) of the Ironlak Team Europe paint in Serbia with Lorteck, Angel, Lunar and TKV. A film by CrA

Find out more at: Ironlak.com

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