Unexpected finale

Marina Abramovic is defined herself as the grandmother of performance.
[BIO]: Serbian artist who began his career in the 70s. Shortly after he moved to Amsterdam and met Ulay, with the one who created the group ‘The other’. Together they began to raise awareness and raise blisters with curious actions. After an intense ten-year relationship the couple put an end to love as follows: walked the Great Wall of China, each at one end, were found in between and they hugged, never to be seen ever more ..

2010, New York – Marina organized a performance at the MoMA called "The Artist is Present ‘. Sitting, downcast and silent. A table separates the visitor. At each meeting Marina looks up to look him in the eyes for a minute. 
What she wasn’t expecting is that one of those who sat in front of her was her former partner Ulay who had not seen for 23 years. The love of her life, sat there in silence, just looking …

Spraying Bricks

Spraying Bricks is a project leaded by Louis Jensen (Kng LAD) which is a free to access online series exploring street art and street art culture featuring established artist such as Smug and Ben Eine as well as new up-and-coming artists. The response from the already released episodes as been overwhelming. To continue the series he has just launched a Kickstarter page to help raise funds for the project. There are some really cool rewards available too including unique to kickstarter prints and the opportunity to have Smug or Jimmy C visit your place of work or home and create a one off mural.

To support this project you can go to this website.

Spraying Bricks is a channel which explores beneath the surface of artistic creation. For every piece of art tells a story. Art is not just reliant on the super#cial #nal piece, however the process, thought and meaning which creatives go through prior to the #nal art form.

Spraying Bricks will expose this process so that the rest of the world can appreciate the efforts, inspirations, trials and tribulations that creatives take to achieve their goal and eventually the end product for the public to admire.

Shows in December with Roman Klonek


The next events are scheduled for December featuring the work of Roman Klonek who has a spot for old fashioned cartoons. You will find a bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop.

DEC. 01 Pictoplasmas Kitchen Berlin
DEC. 07 Giant Robot Los Angeles
DEC. 08 Pretty Portal Duesseldorf
DEC. 15 Kunstraum 320 Koeln

R.I.P. Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud (1938-2012)

It’s with true sadness that we report on the death of Jean "Moebius" Giraud. The legendary French comic book artist, illustrator and conceptual designer passed away this weekend after a long battle with cancer. He was 73. Hailed as a visionary talent for his work on such projects as The Incal, Blueberry, The Airtight Garage, Arzach, Métal Hurlant and much, much more, it is practically impossible to overstate Giraud’s influence on modern comics and science fiction. Better known around the world as Moebius, the master leaves behind a vast body of work that will fuel the imaginations of longtime disciples as well as recent converts for years and years to come.



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Brian M. Viveros–Returning Art to the Unclean


Don’t miss the latest works from Brian. For collectors/inquiries/preview list on NEW original paintings/drawings/prints by Viveros: 


Interview with Brian M. Viveros (find it at Revolutionart #13- Politics)

Hello Brian. I’ve seen your shocking work, congratulations!. You’ve been in a lot of international galleries and exhibitions. Please, tell us which project excited you most?

First off, I want to say hello to all the readers of REVOLUTIONART and I want to thank you for this opportunity. So, with beer in hand and a cigarette in the other, let the healing powers begin.

The project that excited me the most was probably preparing for my first solo exhibition out of the country in Zurich. It took a lot of planning since I never really leave my studio and I’d never been out of the country before. I really wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It was a long thirteen hours away from good ole Riverside. Thank god for Ambien.

The response was incredible. It was a great show with good energy. The people were really cool and so excited to see my Smoking Girls that came from such a great distance. I titled the exhibition Smoking Swiss with a Twist and that’s exactly what it was. Great beer, lots of people smoking and freaks (love them), then at the stroke of midnight they played my film Dislandia on the BIG screen in this beautiful cool ass porn theatre. I wanted to incorporate the Swiss flag as an element for some of the Smoking ARM-ME pieces I had created for the show. I love the color Red, "A splash of blood", and use it in many of my other paintings. I thought it would be great to compliment this Swiss Arm-ME of girls with their flag as a band around their arm.

The following day I was invited to the home of my favorite Artist, Swiss surrealist H.R. GIGER. It was truly a dream come true to see all the things I’ve only seen in books as a kid. We dream of these moments, but it was so much better to see in person. I also got to visit the Giger Museum/Bar, which was so fucking amazing! This was an incredible experience and a project that I will never forget.

Why 1997 was the year that changed the speed of your career?

1997 was the year of my first real exhibition, entitled DEEP INSIDE THE ART OF PORN, that was held in Lausanne at The Musee D’ Contemorain Pornographique, curated by friend Les Barany, (H.R. GIGER’S agent). He introduced my work to a wide international audience. The exhibition involved so many great artists and I was so honored to be a part of the show. It was rad because this exhibition was also published as an Erotic book. I felt so proud to be a part of it… I must have jacked off at least six times. At that time I really didn’t think too much of my work. I was mainly doing drawings with brush and ink and I hadn’t really honed in on my signature style. I was surprised when I found out that my pieces sold, they were more like hardcore graphic illustrations than paintings, and to this day it always makes me smile. After that, it was time to push myself even harder and pick up a new medium. The year was 2000 and with the airbrush/charcoal and ink the Smoking Arm-Me began.

What do you do for a normal day job?

For my day job I work as a traditional illustrator/creator, NO computer.

Can you tell us about your working space? What do we see on Brian’s walls and his desk?

My workspace is my garage that has been converted into, as I like to call it, my studio/ dungeon. It is the one place that makes me happy. Like Dr. Frankenstein it is the place I bring life and just focus on creating, away from all the bullshit that goes on outside. Away from the spectators, the talkers, the ones that always say they are going to do something but don’t do shit. I love my prison and as I smoke and take a look around I have shit everywhere. I see my human skull, books, paints, brushes, antique furniture, antique frames all over the place, my DVD collection, music, mannequin parts, masks, lions, tigers, bears and cigarettes OH MY.

Tell us about "Dislandia", "Southern", and your other film projects.

Dislandia is a Psycho-drama revolving around a young girl. She exists in a desolate world full of dreamlike images that range from bizarre to symbolic to erotic. Dislandia was really my first reaction to my distaste of the mindless film fare that is generated these days. I respect and appreciate anyone who is out there making films the way they want to make them. Expressing themselves to the fullest, creating their own type of movement. This excites me. The more experimental, fucked up and surreal the better. I drink to that. Much thanks and respect goes out to JORODOWSKY, FERNANDO ARRABEL, LUIS BUNUEL, WERNER HERZOG, MAYA DEREN, STANLEY KUBRICK and ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Southern is a Psycho-Psychedelia mind-fuck. It’s full of strong visuals and characters that came from my dreams. A lot of sleepless nights awakened by these bizarre images that needed to get out of my head. Since I couldn’t sleep, I was able to get myself out of bed, light a cigarette and sketch out, the best I could, these things that were happening in my fucked up mind that never really seems to shut down. In February on the Sundance channel there was a sneak peek of Southern which showed me and the crew and this amazing suspension scene. We are currently in the process of finishing up Southern right now and hope to be done in a couple months. Keeping my fingers crossed. Panique!Panique!Panique! Oh yeah… I will be putting the episode on my site real soon, so if you missed it, you can watch it at

Your darker themed works have a very unique style to them, how did you first start creating in this fashion?

My darker themed works that you are referring to would probably be my earlier airbrushed pieces that actually started the whole Smoking Girl series in 2000. After studying and learning how to use the airbrush, I wanted to concentrate on this more surreal and kind of vintage erotic approach to the female form. Adding a cigarette in the corner of their mouths as their signature trademark and a piece of me. The process would go like this. I would start free hand with the airbrush, which allowed the piece to be much more loose and give off this sort of dream like surreal feel. Then I would come back in with charcoal pencil and ink over the already pretty much finished airbrush piece juggling these three mediums back and forth till I could capture what I was looking for. My latest paintings are done in mixed media of oils/acrylic & airbrush.

Can you name some direct influences on your work?


What general emotions do you call on when you create a character?

Strength, pain, passion

When creating an illustration, how do you get from that initial stab in the dark of a concept to the finished work?

A pack of cigarettes, a six-pack of Papst Blue Ribbon, paper and pencil. It all starts from the pencil. I do a lot of sketches and ideas of what would work and make for a strong painting. Once I feel I have her where she feels strong enough and I think it’s going to work then I start to do a really tight drawing with graphite pencil on paper. After that, I transfer onto Maple board, which is really nice and smooth and none of the girls ever seem to complain.

Then I start in with the oils very softly over the pencil, building soft tones really focusing on the eyes, lips and face. I worry about the background last. I really just try to focus on her and what’s up front and what the painting can show you. You see, I never went to art school, so my process is always a little drunk and backward. I never know how the end result is going to be. To me, that is the most exciting part of the work process and creating my Smoking girls. It all just kind of comes together. After all the color is pretty much laid down it becomes a juggling act of fine-tuning everything with more oils/acrylic & airbrush for details. I always paint the cigarette last. It tells me that when I finish with hers then I can have mine and the painting is complete; another surreal smoking sexy girl to keep the Revolution and ArmMe of Smoking Girls growing strong.

How do you define "fetish" and what’s yours?

Fetish to me is a strong excessive commitment to something. Something you bleed for everyday and you just can’t live without. Mine is the mind, the ideas, trying my hardest to execute that perfect painting that is trapped inside my head. The fetish is the fantasy in my mind the desire of wanting to create more and more, an addiction. That is my ultimate high. That is my fetish. So I paint and make films to keep me from going fetishisticly insane HA-HA


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Protest art

Lapiro 2Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize winner, released in Cameroon.

The winner of the 2009 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize, Lapiro de Mbanga, was released from prison in Cameroon after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. Early in 2008, angered by high living costs and a constitutional change that would allow the president to stay in power indefinitely, people in Cameroon took to the streets. Amid nationwide strikes and mass demonstrations, popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga, who had demanded that the president resign, was arrested and charged with inciting youth unrest. In September 2008, he was jailed for three years.

Commenting on his release, Freedom to Create spokesperson Priti Devi said, “We are delighted that Lapiro de Mbanga has finally been released from imprisonment. We hope that he will continue to use his talent to inspire others to challenge and change the world through creativity and the arts, so that we all may flourish.”

“In the developed world, we take our creative freedom for granted. But in many societies, political repression, intolerance, ignorance and religious extremism inhibit creative expression, especially for women. Artists play an important role in breaking these barriers and championing creative, economic and political freedom.” Priti Devi added.

For nearly 20 years, Lapiro has used the power of popular music to campaign for social reform. Freemuse, the campaigning forum which nominated Lapiro for the 2009 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize, described Lapiro as someone with rustic wisdom who provided a cultural prism through which Cameroonians interpreted and commented on political behaviour. “His songs constitute a cultural megaphone by which the disenfranchised and politically endangered can vicariously exercise free speech.” they stated.

Lapiro de Mbanga was imprisoned for his song ‘Constipated Constitution’, which was critical of President Biya of Cameroon. Lapiro was awarded the Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize in 2009 for his courage and creativity, and only received his trophy earlier this year, when campaigners for his release visited him in on Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2011. Lapiro’s case was followed internationally and last year, a petition was made to the UN for arbitrary detention.

The Freedom to Create Prize

Each year, Freedom to Create presents the ‘Freedom to Create Prize’, a US$100,000 Prize that is open to artists in all creative fields.

The Freedom to Create Prize celebrates the courage and creativity of artists who use their talents to build social foundations and inspire the human spirit. Artists serve as champions of the freedom of expression essential for healthy societies and vibrant economies. They play an important role as positive change agents, expressing the aspirations and angst of ordinary people.

Nominations for the 2011 Freedom to Create Prize are now open and can be accesses through the Freedom to Create website:

What’s More Alive Than You

1Interview with Premrudee Leehacharoenkul, one of the selected authors by the first creative call of What’s More Alive Than You™ whose shoes and bags collection is right now realized.

The young fashion designer is Premrudee Leehacharoenkul, born in Bangkok 28 years ago; she is the author of a beautiful collection of women’s shoes and bags, inspired by nature and food.


Tell us who you are and what are you looking for.

“I’m Premrudee Leehacharoenkul, From Thailand. I dedicate myself into accessories design and I’d love to share my passion in this field.”

What about your education and your cultural context?

“I finished my bachelor degree in Industrial design and followed my dream in Accessories design field. I graduated my master degree in Accessories design at Domus academy, Milan last year. Currently, I just graduated another master degree in Footwear design at Polimoda, in Florence, Italy and I started working with an italian artisan shoe maker in Florence. Thanks to him I’m learning how the products are realized and how to become a shoe designer and shoemaker.”

Which kind of perspective would you give to fashion thanks to your work?

“In my opinion, fashion is not just design, esthetic style, but also and especially a functional and

sometimes artistic vision. To me every artwork has its own story and there is nothing can stop your imagination.”


What do you think about the chance given by WHAT ’S MORE ALIVE THAN YOU ™, which all ows you to turn your background into a career in designing accessories?

This is a very good chance for my life; I’ve seen my imagination turned in real artworks.

What’s more alive than you fulfilled and inspired my passion into the accessories design field, a project

really stunning and stimulating, thanks to whose several cultures and trends mix togheter, where I could freely express myself, where I could see my dream came true, I hope the first one of several goals.”

What about the name of the brand WHAT ’S MORE ALIVE THAN YOU ™? Do you think this brand name could reflect a contemporary idea of fashion?

“I think the brand What’s more alive than you has its own character well defined and a clear objective. It could be a new perspective of fashion! Involving all people with new and fresh ideas, looking for everyone who wants to feel alive!”

What do you expect by the present and by the future?

“I’d love to share my passion and develop my skills in a fashion footwear field. I plan to work and gain more experience in well-known fashion companies: my goal is to open my own studio and becoming a footwear master, integrating the fashion and artisanship. I would like to share my knowledge and experience with those interested in Footwear design field.”

What could you say to anyone who wants to join our creative calls?

“Do not hesistate to take this best opportunity to share your passion and imagination!!

We could create together a new fashion… a contemporary fashion concept”



What’s More Alive Than You™ presents in these days its first PER MANENT COLLECTION showing as preview a series of shoes and bags designed thanks to the creativity of 15 young students and professionals unknown to the general public, but with great skills and talent.

Among them not only fashion designers but also architects and product designers, who have accepted the multidisciplinary challenge offered by What’s More Alive Than You ™ by creating objects really special, suitable for those who want to stand out, with the spirit of this new Italian brand which offers wearable objects closer to the world of art and design than to the rules of traditional fashion.

This new brand and its ambitious project are recognized by the press about fashion, design and art of 72 countries. Several Universities around the world already involved their students in our creative calls launched several times per year for the design of the collections; among them 15 are already actively working together in partnership. There are already 45 people selected as authors of the artworks, some of them presented in the first PERMANENT COLLECTION and they come from 19 different countries. A project that started just over a year ago but is creating so much interest and curiosity in thousands of people who every day visit the institutional website.


This event is Sponsored by Revolutionart Magazine

Best digital art: Annual Design Awards 2010

Revolutionart sponsored the category BEST DIGITAL ART in the worldwide prominent event: Annual Design Awards 2010.  When  the results were published we had the opportunity to met our new winner.

Steve McGhee will be one of the special guests for “Revolutionart 26 – Internet” when we will show a high resolution the special poster he created for Revolutionart and other awesome masterpieces.

Revolutionart The Awakening Poster by Steve McGhee

The deadline for Revolutionart 26 is coming.  Send your artwork now!

Artist Profile: Kenn Penn

What inspired and affected you most for being a photographer?

My studies of art history, especially  great masters such as Caravaggio, a master of painting deep emotional shadowy works invoking  certain feelings,desires, or questions from a photo or art piece.

How do you define Kenn Penn in terms of artistic skills and personality?

Personally there is too side, I am pretty quiet compared to most people but once I know you I can be a goof ball, Soft spoken though I am 6’4 monster. Skill hard to said,..I try to stay on top of my game and constantly keep learning new techniques and trying not to get stuck doing the same things over and over.


What commission have you done you would be most proud of?

My most favorite commission would be surprisingly a wedding portrait I shot in Las Vegas. It was at the "Bone Yard’ which is the Las Vegas casino and hotel signs graveyard! it was amazing even only having an hour and at 110 degree heat.

What are your favorite tastes on music, food, and entertainment?

I’m Veg! I love Vegan food, My favorite is Faux Vegan "Chickin" from Govindas Gourmet go here in Philadelphia.  CLose favorite is Thai Deep Fried Tofu Pad Kapau!!

What’s the most important for you in life?

My new 5 month old Daughter Sabina, means the world to ,me, My Family, My friends and My Art. I believe with out people in your life to share experiences whats the use of doing anything.

Can you describe your studio set-up?

I ha a 2000 sq foot studio herein North East Philadelphia here in the States, Currently I use a Nikon D700 as my main Camera, with a Nikon D200 as a backup, for lighting I use Dynalite power packs with built in pocket wizards am I am about to add the new Paul Buff Einstein LIghts for my portable setup.

Could you reveal some of your favorite photography techniques?

I love Dramatic light so I invest in light modifiers, Grids, various soft boxes, etc. Anything to give light and my image more character.


Which models or celebrities would you like most to work with?

Right now Im obsessed with Lady Gaga, maybe its the art direction of her videos or her stylist I really like, but its very intriguing, I feel I am moving  more toward high fashion editorial work, Im not really a person that needs to shoot someone famous to be happy but someone who gives me a lot of effort is just as great. But I wound not  turn down Gwen Stefani either!

If you had a limitless budget, what kind of personal photography project would you create?

Oh wow, the sky’s the limit, I have outrageous ideas but always limited by budget, of course I could photoshop and image and have but Im trying to get away from that, feels empty that I cant say I shot it as is, I have a Giant series I do where I place models bigger than life into scenes. I would love to collaborate with a movie model maker and shoot models in those scenes.

Do movies inspire you? Which film directors do you find closer to yourself in terms of visual comprehension?

The ay some movies are shot, color scenery etc inspire me, it’s rare I spark Ideas from a movie unless its theme based, Like Alice In Wonderland or something like that. I did do a tribute shot of one of my all time favorite movies "A Christmas Story" where a kid gets his tongue frozen to a cold flag pole. I shot it with a lady model instead.

The current theme of Revolutionart is "Climate Change". What do you think about it?

I used to be into political / social art, I still enjoy it, but haven’t really thought about it, I think to do stuff like that you need to be really well educated or informed on the project so not make any mistakes to discredit your effort. The people who do it usually are and I applaud their work. Myself I would probably take a different approach than must involve beautiful women and a satirical setting.


Ken Penn appears in Revolutionart Magazine 24 – Climate Change
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