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JUSTKIDS WRAPS UP AMBITIOUS ART CURATION IN FORT SMITH ARKANSAS FOR THE UNEXPECTED.
Doze Green

Doze Green

Justkids recently closed its third edition of The Unexpected, taking place this year from July 23 through the 30th, bringing together world renowned artists to create larger than life art experiences in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A challenge but also a game changer for the area.

In reference to the the curatorial focus of this edition, Justkids owner and curator Charlotte Dutoit states: “We were interested in putting together more interdisciplinary projects that would get viewers to revisit some of the historic landmarks in Fort Smith, discover hidden gems of the Downtown and participate in the creative process. We give the artists an opportunity to express themselves in an unlikely environment while building a beneficial cultural capital where it’s needed. Right in the heart of America.”

To kick off the week long art programming in the downtown area, legendary New York artist Doze Green introduces his metaphysical reinterpretation of life with “The Divine Sparks Project”  that opened in july 22nd. Encompassing diverse media such as  animation, muralism, light and sound installation, The Divine Sparks Project by Doze  intercepts various disciplines of art within Fort Smith’s former New Theater. Breathing new life into the former Art Nouveau playhouse originally built in  1910. The installation, who was produced in a time frame of 5 weeks, marks a revival for the historic landmark, which had remained dilapidated and closed to the public for more than 30 years.

London Artists Lakwena Maciver intercepted yet another monumentally ambitious project: the county’s Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Smith. Her brand new installation "Still I Rise" is a 360° mural inspired by the poem of Maya Angelou (who spent her childhood in Arkansas), painted on the walls and floor of the center’s courtyard  with the help and participation of the young detainees. Combining visual art, teaching and social action, this beautifully relevant undertaking received tremendous support from the local community as well as state officials with an inaugural visit by Arkansas State Governor Asa Hutchinson on June 28th. In relation to her experience working with the juveniles the artist stated; “Still I Rise talks about rising above adversity, rising above trials. I chose to put her words on the walls to hopefully inspire these kids. Everything in the design, all of the pattern and words are laid out trying to lift your eyes  up. Up into the sky”.

Spanish/Argentinian sensation Felipe Pantone delivered his massive  free-standing sculpture  "Multistabilitas”,  that doubled  as a “pop-up” skate park right in front of the  Fort Smith National Historic Site. The iconic op-art phenomena collaborated with local riders from Boardertown Skate shop in the design and fabrication of the ephemeral ramps which are now open to the public!

Felipe Pantone

Felipe Pantone

Pennsylvania based contemporary artist Crystal Wagner also joined the lineup creating Lithotroph, her most ambitious public sculpture installation yet. Her massive artwork is wrapped around the remaining facade of the historical Reynolds Davis building, pleasantly disrupting the Old West urban landscape of Downtown Fort Smith. The process required the daily help of dozens of volunteers, including the enthusiastic staff of the most  prestigious art institution in the region, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (situated at one hour from Fort Smith, in Bentonville). In relation to the monumental and collaborative process catalyzed, the artist emphasized: “I am interested in the dialog between architecture and natural forms and structures. Lithotroph is an pseudo-organism born of the modern world with the biological utility of an organic growth”.  

The Amsterdam audiovisual collective, Circus Family, also added to the immersive art experiences available with this year’s iteration of The Unexpected. Their mesmerizing  light installation Triph was commissioned  to be re-programed and adapted to a former neon and sign maker shop in the downtown area. On view until until August 13th, Triph comes alive when the visitors approach and interact with the installation, stimulating color and sound with their movements and revealing the magic. 

Mexican master muralist Saner team up with Ukrainian oneiric decoder AEC  from the world famous duo Interesni Kazki to collaborate in the creation of a large scale mural that brilliantly touches themes of multiculturalism through colors, forms, folklore and iconography. Impossible to explain in words the street piece can be seen at the corner of  8th street and Garrison ave.

Saner and AEC

Saner and AEC

Ana María, the renowned Puerto Rican artist and now resident of Fort Smith put forward her much anticipated solo exhibition in her new hometown of Arkansas, rightfully titled Feral Kingdom. The show offers a  unique insight of the artist most recent studio work as well as a brand new interior mural created specifically for the event. Produced and curated by Justkids, this show not only reaches but traps the expectators in the long and alluring tentacles of the artist reality.

Ana María

Ana María

Coinciding with Peacemaker Music Festival, Justkids also inserted some eye candy within  the festival grounds, popping up two D*Face’s monumental zombie inflatables (Zombie Kitty and Zombie Snoopy) floating by the Arkansas River.

www.justkidsofficial.com / www.unexpectedfs.com

D*Face

D*Face

JUSTKIDS appoints UK Artist D*Face for a massive public installation in Arkansas
All images: Raymesh Cintron / Zane Cash

All images: Raymesh Cintron / Zane Cash

JUSTKIDS presents their favorite UK artist D*Face last project and interview in the Northwest Arkansas region. Coming back for the second time in the town of Fort Smith, the British artist created not one but two impressive correlated works. A large-scale mural and a massive public sculpture made of five 40 foot long wooden arrows that each weigh more than 1,000 pounds and are located now in the downtown.

After the success of their last curated project, Unexpected, an Art event held in the Northwest Arkansas region last September, JUSTKIDS, led by its curator Charlotte Dutoit, continues its mission and collaboration with local non profit 64.6 Downtown to bring high quality Contemporary Art in this area. This time guest artist UK Artist D*Face created not one but two impressive correlated works, a large-scale mural and a massive public sculpture made of five 40 foot long wooden arrows that each weigh more than 1,000 pounds located downtown Fort Smith. The town is now not only marked, but pierced by the London based artist, who is connecting these two forms of artistry for the first time. 

“Its like a two part mural/installation. The idea is to connect a wall to something sculptural. Which I have never done before and I am quite excited about it” explained D*Face while working on site. 

With a simple and clever union of an arrow and a paintbrush, D*Face’s mural confronts the past and propels into the future by hitting the bull in the eye and the bad lands in the heart. Inspired by the Native American Trail of Tears, his mural “War Paint” revives the sordid past that once took place here in Arkansas and aims it to a new direction. This glorious mural is not only symbolic, but historical and relives the unjust struggle the Native Americans experienced during the removal. After working on the wall D*Face chose to work on the ground for his massive arrows installation. Reloading himself with the native weapon of the Choctaw Nation - the Oklahoma based tribe underwrote the installation and also gave the artist advice and historical context to create his design - D*Face’s public sculpture aims, shoots and hits, from the wall to the sky, from the sky to the ground. These five immense wooden arrows are now rooted in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas, a land rich in mystery of a conflicted (yet somehow) iconic past that never seems to exhaust itself of symbolic references, the Old West, and where its legends inspire to rise above. 

D*Face’s artistic work is much more than a comment on a long historical discussion but the way to perpetuate, with art, a tradition that serves as an inspiration for the work here presented.

www.justkidsofficial.com

AUSTRALIAN GRAFFITI

WORDS: SARAH HAZLEHURST

Last week Sydney’s hot topic street artist, Scott Marsh launched his 4th home town Solo exhibition, titled 'Australian Graffiti' and as usual, caused quite the fuss throughout the city. True to his unique approach at exhibiting, the showcase was not displayed in a traditional art gallery setting, but instead featured a number of artworks affixed to Sydney’s active, in use train carriages. 

The exhibition was broken into two parts, the first of which was a  treasure hunt. Sydney locals lucked as 5 of Marsh's artworks were left in secret train carriage locations throughout the week, all of which were hunted down and claimed, while the joker himself sat by watching as fans desperately searched for the artwork, (which all up saw a sum value of thousands of dollars).

The second part was a pop-up exhibition installed and viewed via a moving train. Guests boarded the train at Central station and transit gallery did one lap around City Circle line (Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James and Museum stations).

Although there was absolutely nothing legal about this event, no ticket inspectors or transit police caught onto the activities. Ironically the train driver and guard  were oblivious to the 60+ people partying in the back carriage –  fucking hilarious!

How he pulled this off, we’re not quite sure but the cheek and charm of Scott Marsh has again attributed our approval and acclaim. Big ups mate.

www.scottmarsh.com.au

WONDERWALLS FESTIVAL 2015
                                                   

                                                   

Words: Sarah Hazlehurst / Photography: Luke Shirlaw

Back in Wollongong for the third time, Wonderwalls festival celebrated four consecutive years of bringing cities to life with colour and creativity. Out with the boring, blank brick canvases of the city scape, and in with embracing creative culture, the celebrated graffiti and street artists of Wonderwalls festival showcase an appreciated approach to public art and large scale muralism.

With local, national and international artists flocking to the tiny town from October 2-4, the city hosted a few expected favourites including local Wollongong favourite Bafcat, Straya’s graffiti superman Sofles, as well as international legends including Spain’s Felipe Pantone, Amsterdam’s Amok and New Zealand brother duo, BMD.

Other stand outs from the festival included Brisbane’s own Guido Van Helten, Sydney’s Georgia Hill and Melbourne’s Dvate.

If you made the trek down to Wolly’ for the live transformation of Wonderwalls, hopefully you were lucky enough to catch the free artists talks held over the weekend, including conversations with Brisbane babe and film front runner, Selina Miles, (Featured in No Cure Issue 07, Girl Power).

Incase you missed it, here’s a few shots captured by major sponsor, Ironlak.