By SALINA POST
World-renowned muralists travel to Salina in October for the first Boom! Salina Street Art and Mural Festival.
The festival is scheduled for October 6-16 in downtown Salina. It is conducted by the Salina Kanvas Project in cooperation with Salina Arts & Humanities, Stiefel Theater, Salina Theater, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, Salina Art Center, Salina 2020 and Salina Downtown, Inc.
“We are thrilled to have such a fine lineup of artists joining us for this inaugural event. Their work will not only add to our communal landscape, but will make downtown Salina a major destination for those who want to be inspired by world-class public art,” said Travis Young, co-founder of the Salina Kanvas Project. “We thank building owners and financial donors for making this possible.”
During the festival, artists will paint murals at five locations in downtown Salina. In addition to the artists creating the murals, the festival will also include live music on October 14 and 15 at Campbell Plaza.
The following muralist biographies are courtesy of Boom! website.
TelmoMiel is a Dutch artistic duo consisting of Telmo Pieper (born in Rotterdam, 1989) and Miel Krutzmann (born in Amsterdam, 1984). They are famous for making impressive murals and paintings characterized by hyper-realistic and abstract elements. Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann met at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam where they studied from 2006 to 2010. Miel, who had been painting walls with spray paint for several years, introduced Telmo to muralism and painting. spray paint. During their studies, they created a graffiti team named Codex Inferno with a third person. It was not until 2012 that they officially created the TelmoMiel duo. TelmoMiel’s work is characterized by its uniqueness, formed by the two different styles of the artists. Miel’s work is rather romantic with picturesque features while Telmo’s work is humorous and provocative. Their work also shows a mixture of techniques, combining spray paint and paint to create photorealistic, surreal and abstract compositions. The two artists work separately and come together with the sketches to analyze what combinations can be made. The result shows a great sense of technique and style with great attention to perspective and detail. Their compositions reference the human and animal worlds, creating complex creatures and epic scenarios. Their impressive murals aim to bring peace, humor and a touch of romance.
Mona Caron is a Swiss-born, San Francisco-based artist using muralism, illustration, and photography in her art and artivism. She focuses on community-relevant, site-specific murals in public space. She has created large-scale murals in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, immersed herself in stop-motion animation as part of her “WEEDS” project and co-creates visuals for street and awareness actions with social and environmental movements.
Tony “Rubin” Sjöman (b. 1975), a studio and mural artist based in Manhattan, NY, has painted internationally and his works have been exhibited in galleries in the United States and Europe. Sjöman’s roots are in Finland and Sweden and he draws inspiration from his Scandinavian heritage for his intricate abstract geometric murals and studio work. Sjöman has become a staple of the New York art scene and beyond. His murals can be seen in a wide variety of places in and around the city: on churches, in high-end hotels and boutiques, in luxury skyscrapers across Manhattan, and on the 69th floor of the WTC. 4. Sjöman’s studio works are based on canvas, prints and installations and he is no stranger to painting on metal and wood. Works from Rubin’s studio have been exhibited at Scope New York, Scope Miami and Art Miami during Art Basel, as well as galleries in New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks
Joe Iurato is a multidisciplinary artist whose works are built on a base of stencils and aerosols. Falling somewhere between simplistic and photorealistic, his multi-layered stencils offer a distinctly clean and illustrative aesthetic. While Iurato’s murals have graced neighborhoods on the US East Coast for years, he has recently come to prominence for his unique placement and photography of miniature painted woodcuts in public spaces. Using the external environment to create site-specific installations, Iurato creates windows into a narrative formed by personal experiences. Each individual artwork highlights the potential for interaction and storytelling in public space and transforms common urban lands/scapes into carefully crafted scenes.
Logan Hicks is an American stencil artist, currently living and working in Los Angeles. His hand-cut stencil process involves cutting a separate stencil for each color, then layering each color over the next until the final piece emerges, often hundreds of hours later, as a masterpiece. hyperrealistic work. Originally a screen printer, Logan sold his equipment to finance his migration from the East Coast to the West Coast, turning to stenciling to reinvigorate his printing. Since then he has become one of the most meticulous stencil artists working today.
Youri Cansell aka Mantra is an accomplished artist and naturalist. Equally adept at painting humans and animals, Mantra is particularly fascinated by entomology, the world of insects. Harnessing memories of his childhood garden in France, he now paints exquisite murals, often of moths and butterflies, on urban surfaces where these ephemeral beings are rarely seen in the wild. With a keen sensitivity to his surroundings, Mantra works to create organic relationships between his subjects and their surroundings. His renderings of infinitely varied species are always spectacularly beautiful and scientifically accurate in every detail. Poignantly, he usually depicts these creatures as lifeless specimens displayed in a display case, a heartbreaking commentary on lost biodiversity. From apartment buildings in New York to a massive dome in Mexico, I’ve seen Mantra persevere despite extreme heat, major elevator malfunctions, and the usual distractions of creating art in public. His exceptional technical ability coupled with his passion for nature and the human experience not only animates our cities, but alerts us to pressing global issues.
“Being visually stimulated is something people subconsciously crave, where they are and especially when they least expect it. With this festival, we are trying to tap into a different wavelength that has broad appeal and of a caliber that will put Salina on the map.” said Eric Montoy, co-founder of the Salina Kanvas project.
Additionally, Martha Cooper, known as the godmother of street art photography, is to have an exhibition of her photographs at the Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Wednesday through October 23.
Cooper has been a documentary photographer specializing in photographing urban vernacular art and architecture for more than 40 years, according to information from the Boom! website.
“In 1977, Martha moved from Rhode Island to New York and worked as a photographer at the NY Post for three years. During this time she began documenting graffiti and B-Boying, subjects which led her to extensively covering the beginnings of Hip Hop as it left the Bronx”, the Boom! noted website.
In addition to the exhibit, the Salina Art Center Cinema, 150 S. Santa Fe Avenue, will screen a film about Cooper – Martha: a story in pictures – at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. A round table of muralists will follow.