Stephen Bliss Brings It All Together for TEDx Bermuda
You see palimpsests every day, but we bet you didn’t even know it. Plastered on the side of a wall, scribbled in the margins of your notes, the shattered narrative built between static while flipping through channels on the television. Stephen Bill calls a palimpsest “a multi-layered record,” and has become at least a little bit obsessed with them. He recently took the stage at TEDx Bermuda to deliver a talk about the form in “The Power of the Palimpsest.” The 18-minute talk was originally delivered exclusively for attendees of the summit but is now available to anyone with an internet connection.
Stephen became enamored with palimpsests while wandering around New York City. He sojourned all over New York from Brooklyn to the Bronx and back again, following crumbling and peeling posters pasted one on top of the other, sun baked, water soaked, and sanded down to deeper layers. These contemporary artifacts typically fade into the background for the rest of New York, but Stephen saw in front of him evidence of culture, the values of a population, and serendipitous messages that were more often than not constructed completely by mistake.
Adjacent ads revealed by the peeling of time become profound juxtapositions. A rip becomes a brushstroke. Half of a sentence becomes a whole message. There’s power in detritus, especially when time is a creative collaborator.
In his own way, Stephen brought the power of the palimpsest to his own work using them as inspiration for his own process and medium, wherein he removes a series of (out of season) posters from the walls of the subway, glues them together, sprays them with silver, and then uses them as a canvas to create original illustrations in black ink over the top. It’s a direct response to what he’s witnessed around him while engaging in the conversation to express what he needs to as an artist.
For a deeper primer on what a palimpsest is and what to do when you see them, check out Stephen Bliss’ talk with TEDx Bermuda “The Power of the Palimpsest.”
B&A Presents the Space52 Mural Project at Art Basel
Art Basel is a mecca for artists all over the world. Once a year, the most creative minds converge on Miami to rub shoulders with one another, but more importantly to talk about art and creation as a hotbed for inspiration. As an artists’ agency we are acutely interested in the development of creative ideas and think Art Basel is a fantastic opportunity for creative merging. This year we wanted to get more involved and teamed up with Space52 for the Space52 Mural Project. We tapped Tristan Eaton to curate a huge wall in Miami that will play residence for an incredible collection of artists to display their work and engage in a visual discourse of how we should think about the current state of art.
Murals give us the opportunity to interact with art at an unprecedented scale. They rarely fit in museums and they certainly aren’t the same as checking out a JPEG on our iPhones. Instead, they live out in the real world, forcing us to look up and around, taking ideas and making them as big as our experiences. The wall that the Space52 Mural Project is on is longer than 220 feet, filling an entire street corner, providing the perfect canvas for large-scale communication. It takes some big characters to make pieces robust enough to fill the wall and Tristan picked an impressive group.
The prestige of muralists is that there’s fugitive power about them. Many of these artists first flirted with spray paint through illicit activity that has blossomed into the development of powerful creative minds, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Stephen Bliss joins Tristan Eaton on the wall, along with Askew1, HUSH, David Flores, Esao Andrews, Drew Merritt, Cyrcle, Dave Kinsey, and Hauser. They’re all working on their pieces as you read this, offering a live demonstration of how they work and inviting the public to see every line of the creative process.
We knew Montana Gold would be the perfect partner for this wall because of what they offer. As one of the premier spray paint brands in the world, working with their products meant that these artists would get the exact materials they needed to create the most beautiful imagery possible. A huge Thank You is owed to Montana Gold and their generosity in making this project possible.
Please consider this your invitation to check out the Space52 Mural Project and all the incredible contributing artists at 2160 NW 1st Avenue in Miami, Florida.
B&A Artists Illustrate Bottles for 1800 Tequila Again
Nathan Fox, Tara McPherson, Ilovedust, Kai and Sunny, Stephen Bliss, and Sandro Tchikovani collaborate with 1800 Tequila on the fourth edition of the Essential Artists series. The five B&A artists and Tchikovani created diverse designs inspired by Mayan culture, Aztec mythology, and Mexican heritage for the collectible bottles. The series represents a modern blend of artistry and quality.
The latest series will launch tonight in New York City. 1800 Tequila has partnered with SPIN on the launch that will feature a special performance by Wavves, who recently appeared on the magazine's cover. Following tonight's launch, the limited edition run of 1800 bottles will be available to purchase in high-end liquor stores across the country.
The designs above from l-r are by Sandro Tchikovani, Stephen Bliss, Nathan Fox, Ilovedust, Tara McPherson, Kai and Sunny.
Stephen Bliss "Paint it Black" Gallery Opening Sept 18th
The work of Illustrator Stephen Bliss will be on display at the etnies Showroom Gallery from Friday, Sept 18th - Sept 20th. Opening reception on Friday 18th from 7pm - 10pm.
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