Above causing a stir in Miami.
“GIVE A WALL ST. BANKER ENOUGH ROPE AND HE WILL HANG HIMSELF.”
255 foot / 75 metre long word play painting in Miami, Florida. This controversial piece was aired nationally on CBS, NBC, and FOX nightly news. Click these media links to see their responses to the artwork.
GIVE A WALL STREET BANKER… from ABOVE on Vimeo.
CBS NEWS: miami.cbslocal.com/?2011/?10/?26/?local-artist-targets-wall-street/?
FOX NEWS: nation.foxnews.com/?wall-street-protests/?2011/?10/?26/?effigy-wall-street-banker-hung-noose-miami
In preparation for tonight’s opening of “Here Today Gone Tomorrow”, ABOVE got to work late yesterday afternoon on painting his message big and bold in one of Sydney’s busiest intersections, Taylor Square. The show opens tonight, 6pm.
Over the past 4 weeks Above has been in Sydney preparing for his solo exhibition at Lo-Fi Collective. Check out the last in a series of 3 videos documenting the resin coating process. Oh, and get to Lo-Fi Collective this Thursday night at 6pm. First 50 in the door get gift packs!!!
ABOVE has been in Australia for a little while now, painting in Brisbane and getting ready for his debut Australian show in Sydney (and from what we’ve heard, his first EVER solo exhibition). Well known for his arrows and wordplays, we were lucky enough to get a few photos sent to us that indicated that his show will consist of a massive new body of work including both arrows and wordplays. From what ABOVE has told us, this show promises to be an eyegasm of colour & texture that explores the phrase “Here today gone tomorrow”, a phrase that has deep meaning and close relevance to recent life experiences he has been through.
See below for some shots of the progress. Click here to get updates from the man himself.
Until the attic doors were shut last year, Sydney was treated to a hefty calendar of art shows, week after week at Lo-Fi Collective, Sydney’s newest Lo Brow art space.
This February, Lo-Fi is back with a one month schedule of four amazing shows. Well Dressed Vandals, Roland DG, Above and Does.
“I just returned this morning from being in the flood ravished city of Brisbane, Australia. With the international attention around the floods I decided to immediately fly from Sydney to Brisbane to make this site specific stencil. Unfortunately I had another stencil that Friday night I got arrested for right in the middle of painting! oughf! I spent 10 hours in jail, had a court appearance and got a decent fine so this piece is the only 1 I can submit and offer for you. I tried my best not to make fun at this drastic and horrific situation but instead to empathize and portray just how serious and large the scale of these floods had been with the relative depiction of “NOAH’s” ark being sunk due to the floods.”
More on Above here.
This Wednesday night is the opening of Go Font Ur Self* in Sydney. More details here.
The 3rd and final interview is with one of the most exciting artists to participate in the GFUS* series……Above . A guy that has been all over the globe painting his witty sayings and slogans on walls and anything he can find worthy of a bold message. Enjoy…
1. Describe yourself in a word
2. Describe your typography?
BIG/BOLD/SITUATIONAL/FUNNY/WITTY/COLORFUL/DAYS TO FINISH.
3. Do you adhere to the rules and regulations of typography, or make up your own?
NOPE, I MAKE MY OWN RULES. I LOVE TO STRETCH AND TWEAK LETTERS AS I SEE FIT (SEE PHOTO OF PIECE IN LIMA, PERU)
4. What artists / typographers have influenced you in your recent work.
OLD AMERICAN ADVERTISMENTS AND HAND PAINTED BILLBOARDS FROM THE 50′S AND 60′S. I LOVE THAT SHIT.
5. What is the most acclaimed project you have worked on?
6. what is it about typography that you love?
MAKING A STATEMENT OR JOKE LOOK GOOD.
7. What is your favourite letter and why?
Aa because its the beginning of the end.
8. serif or san serif ?
I shot the sherrif.
Check out more of Above’s work here.