Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley Mural Festival and Las Vegas Adventures

Written by: Molly Maroney SprATX was proud to co-sponsor and attend Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley, (Festival Dates: August 6 -14, 2016) seeing first hand various artists from around the world adorning public spaces with contemporary murals. Lancaster Museum & Public Art Foundation (MOAH) director, Andi Campognone, welcomed everyone with open arms, hosting gatherings and a block party for everyone to get to know each other. Taking place in conjunction with Pow! Wow! was The New Vanguard, an exhibit at the MOAH curated by Andrew Hosner of Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery. Featuring works by more than 55 artists from the New […]

Artist Feature :: Brendan the Blob

Written by: Jeffrey From Wobble, Wobble, Wobble. You’re staring at a BRENDAN THE BLOB mural and you can’t quite tell what you’re looking at, but you like it. The work is by Oakland based artist, Brendan Monroe, who is known for his wobbly, abstract landscapes and the fungusy creatures that inhabit them. Born in Santa Monica, and graduating with a BFA honours from the Art Center College of Design, Brendan has worked since adolescence to become internationally renowned. He started off tagging under bridges and drawing zines inspired by the colorful work of artists like Souther Salazar , The Clayton Brothers, and Takashi Murakami, selling […]

SUMMER KICK OFF BASH PARTY

Written by: Jeffrey From It’s hot. You’re in your business casual. You’re not eating a snowcone, drinking free whiskey and listening to music…Let us help you change all of those parts of your life. Come through to our SUMMER KICK OFF BASH this Friday (6/10) from 6pm-10pm to celebrate our new line of apparel, eat free snowcones, sip on some Jameson and dance your friggin’ face off. We’ve stepped it up on all fronts: the new swag is custom embroidered with the SprATX crown, soft as hell, and light enough to actually wear in our hot mouth of a city. […]

Artist Interview :: Mila Sketch

INTERVIEW WITH MILA SKETCH  Written BY GRACE SNIVELY   Last week’s show, The Rover’s Map, was a solo exhibition by local artist Mila Sketch. Born in Russia, Mila developed a love for drawing at a very young age, receiving her first art award at nine years old. After completing art school she went on to experiment with various media projects, ultimately leading to the development of multiple art techniques. Since then her career has greatly progressed, as she is now exhibited worldwide, including in our very own SprATX gallery. The Rover’s Map gave local Austinites a chance to see Mila’s remarkable talent up […]

Artist Interview :: Tony “Anti” Diaz

INTERVIEW WITH :: TONY DIAZ, OWNER OF INDUSTRY PRINT SHOP  INTERVIEWED BY :: ZUZU Tony Diaz was born in January 1980 in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up in love with music and fed his obsession with lessons, playing in bands, and listening to records. As he grew older he started to participate in the punk rock scene, enjoying the D.I.Y. aesthetic and the attitude. This new perspective fueled his creative drive leading to his move to Austin, TX, and forming a record label that he would ultimately use to begin his visual art career. The label required design work, and Tony drew on his past making cut […]

Aritst Interview :: Nathan “Sloke” Nordstrom

Interview with NATHAN “SLOKE” NORDSTROM  Interviewed by ZUZU  Tonight’s show, From the Ground Up is an incredibly special gallery showing at SprATX. We’ve partnered with local legend, Sloke One, to bring to life a photographic timeline of the Austin graffiti scene from the 1980’s until today. In honor of this exhibition, we took time to ask Sloke some important questions to get a deeper insight into the history. SprATX :: When did first you start creating art and how did you get into it? Sloke :: I started drawing as a child. I come from a long line of artists in my family. I first started drawing […]

Artist Interview :: Briar Bonifacio

Interview with Matthew Briar Bonifacio  Interviewed by Zuzu  Briar Bonifacio is recognized as Austin’s first street artist. Today he’s a local muralist, martial artist, and goji berry farmer. We had the opportunity to hang out in his studio and ask him some questions about his art and the Austin art scene back in the 1990’s. See full interview below. Learn more during our upcoming gallery exhibit with Sloke One, From the Ground Up :: The History of Austin Graffiti Art on Saturday, May 7th 2016. SprATX :: Who you are and where are you from? BONIFACIO :: I’m from Austin, Texas. My name […]

SXSW 2016 :: Impossible Walls Project

Written by: ZUZU KELLY PERKAL  PHOTOs BY: JASPER WONG SprATX + POW WOW! Worldwide + SXSW Every year during SXSW our beautiful ‘weird’ little city is transformed into a vast living, moving, breathing organism. The streets brim with transient visitors from around the world, hundreds of bands and musicians put themselves out there in hopes of their big moment, old buildings become clamorous venues and in the midst of all the chaos Austin comes to life. The SprATX family is honored collaborate with our friends at POW WOW! Worldwide and the amazing crew at SXSW for the second annual Impossible Walls Project, a city-wide mural campaign featuring artists from around the […]

Artist Interview :: Jake Jordan

On Friday, April 1st we’re hosting the opening reception in the SprATX gallery for artist Jake Jordan’s solo exhibit, “Two Plotter Projects :: An Exploration of Space and Time” ‘The pieces explore how we perceive information through space and time. The visual aesthetics employed throughout both of the pen plotted series in this presentation are inspired by vintage geophysical calculations, geological maps and the idiosyncrasies of the HP 7475A Plotter. Vintage pen plotters allow the creation of pen drawings that appear mechanically perfect, with a handmade quality. This combination of physical and digital qualities provides a warm, almost tactile means […]