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.

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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.

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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.

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

December 15 2011 . 09:37pm

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Above’s newest wall and sold out show in Miami

December 01 2011 . 06:40pm


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Here’s some pics of the newest wall in Miami from ABOVE. We also just found out this morning that his first solo art show at Scope Art Fair show sold out yesterday. It’s his first ever USA solo show and was very well received. Most of the canvases were similar to the outdoor pieces we’ve been blogging but on a much smaller canvas size. Photos of new walls and info soon.

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