This month’s guided tour focuses on the latest 20×21 murals.  The tour, led by Paul Godin of the 20x21EUG Mural Project, starts at 5:30pm at West Broadway and Charnelton and will visit work by the following artists:

HUSH (United Kingdom)

Mural location: Falling Sky Brewing House, 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR 97401
Biography  Currently residing in London, Hush’s style draws upon elements of Japanese influence, including anime and geishas. His approach combines traditional artistic techniques and street art style, creating a dynamic blend of graphic elements and abstract pop.

 

 

JAZ  (Argentina)

Mural location: McDonald Theatre, South Wall, 1010 Willamette St. Eugene, OR 97401
Biography  After being nicknamed JAZZ by his BMX and skating friends in the late 90’s, to finally erase the second Z and became JAZ, the Argentinian artist Franco Fasoli has changed and evolved 
his work in many ways. Inspired by his work in scenography, and moving away from his graffiti background, he felt free to experiment with different ways of painting, and he became more ambitious in scale and complexity in his pieces.

He adopted new materials as asphaltic paint, petrol, tar and lime, reexamining a new merge between fine arts and street angst. His unique style resembles delicate watercolor paintings inspired by many sorts of concepts, from socio- political sources to images of his childhood. The communication with the public space and the people has always been one of the most important things for Franco Fasoli. Mirrored images gives metaphoric violence in his pieces, symmetrical contrasts between tension and static, making the painting more expressive, and allowing him to create new and strained relationship with the public.

 

TELMO MIEL (Netherlands)

Mural location: 198 W Broadway, Eugene 97401, West façade
Biography  Dutch artistic duo, Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann, known as Telmo Miel, have worked together since meeting at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2007, and officially became Telmo Miel in 2012. Balancing somewhere between surreal and realistically rendered, their murals embody an immense attention to detail and vivid color.

 

 

 

DAN WITZ (USA)

Mural location: Various small scale installations throughout Eugene
Biography  Dan Witz was born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Rhode Island School of Design from 1975-77 and came to New York in 1978 to attend Cooper Union, receiving a BFA in 1980. In 1982, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to publish his first book, “The Birds of Manhattan”, Skinny Books, 1982. In 1992 and 2000, he received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and in 1998 he received a fellowship from the Public Art Fund. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. He’s had solo shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin. Witz has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Vice, and the cover of Juxtapoz Magazine. In 2010, Gingko Press released In Plain View, 30 Years of Artworks, Illegal and Otherwise, a monograph documenting Witz’s career and works created in the studio and on the street. Dan’s work as an activist has included projects with Amnesty International on the street art campaign, “Wailing Walls”; and with PETA UK: on the street art campaign, “Empty the Cages”, highlighting the brutality of industrial agriculture; and with PETA USA, on the street art campaign, “Actual Victims”, protesting NIH psychological experiments on baby monkeys. 

 

BLEK LE RAT (France)

Mural location: 100 East Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401 and various locations
Biography  Known as one of the Godfathers of Stencil Art, French artist Blek le Rat’s work served as one of the inspirations for artists like Banksy and Space Invader. Born Xavier Prou, Blek adopted his pseudonym “Blek le Rat” from an Italian comic called “Blek le Roc.” Blek began stenciling images of rats around the streets of Paris. Blek’s work is often centered on creating images that make the viewer stop and think. Although the art scene in Paris hasn’t always accepted the validity of his work, the global urban art scene has.

 

 

 

Learn more about the 2016 20x21EUG Mural Project artists here.  Acidum Project and Beau Stanton’s murals are on the First Friday Mural Tour on August 4, 2017.

 

 

Also a part of the 2017 20x21EUG Mural Project artists, but located in the Whiteaker neighborhood:

ILA ROSE (USA, Oregon)

Mural location: Southwest corner of 3rd and Lincoln, Eugene, OR
Biography  Oregon artist Ila Rose is no stranger to the Eugene mural scene! Rose’s first public mural can be seen in the Whiteaker at 5th Alley and Blair Blvd. Inspired and humbled by those who have formed close relationships with the earth, the symbols that echo throughout time and space instinctively find their place in her art.  She writes “In many cultures this awareness of the soul is investigated through animistic and shamanistic religious complexes and often manifested through ritual practices such as trance, psychotropic plant ingestion, dreamtime exploration, and out of body experiences, all of which explore a space/time continuum where animals, plants and humans share language facilities and spiritual matrixes.  Through my own life experiences, I have stumbled into an awareness of this realm and wish to share it with others through my art.”

 

HYURO (Spain/Argentina)

Mural location: 1061 W 2nd Ave, Eugene, OR
Biography  
Born in Argentina and now residing in Valencia, Spain, Hyuro is best known for surrealist and sometimes whimsical approach her subjects. Her work embodies a sense of eerie playfulness by blending thematic issues of politics, nature, and feminine identity.