Basel House Mural Festival, Miami

For the second year in a row, Iryna Kanishcheva of GNV URBAN ART LLC has partnered with Basel House Mural Festival in Miami, providing consulting and media support. Basel House is a growing project that brings together street artists from all over the world to Wynwood Art District during official Art Basel days. For the 6th edition, the festival presented over 40 large-scale murals and art installations. Here eclectic music, innovative unique vendors, and creative art installations from across the globe came together to celebrate urban arts. If you missed the event, no worries, we collected the most interesting highlights of the year. Want to see in person? Driving time to Miami from Gainesville is less than 5 hours. 

Basel House 2018 features murals across 40,000 square feet centered around renovated facades of iconic RC Cola Plant. We barely could recognize the space comparing to the Basel House 2017! 

 

Old RC Cola Plant, Basel House Mural Festival 2017

The 2018 line up features over 60 artists from all over the world. Among them  Add Fuel, Adrian Avila, Andy Seize, Anna Charney, Antonyo Marest, Bert MTA, Carlitos Skills, CP One, CB Hoyo, DAM crew, Don Rimx, Dr. Dax, Glossblack, Graff Mapping, Hugo Mulder DHM, Kram Fatal Kake, Mateo, Risk, Pez, Sipros, Trek6, Nychos, and Xylene Projects to name a few.

Highlights of Basel House Mural Festival 2018

 

“The feather is stronger than the sword” by Mathieu Bories.

Incredibly precise artwork created visual artist from the street, Mateo.  Inspired by the famous quote “The feather is stronger than the sword”, this mural claims that ideas and freedom of speech represented by the writing feather are mightier than weapons. This concept would encourage us to privilege the use of thought more than the violence.

Mateo accurately used the architecture of the Old RC Cola Plant to emphasize his concept. The symmetrical composition around the two doors pushes us to make a choice between the two paths. He used his traditional pattern in the background that mixes with the fabric and the skin of the characters.

“The power of thought and free expression will always be stronger than violence. – Mateo, artist. 

 

Mural by RISK in collaboration with OGABEL. 

This year Basel House arranged Monster Energy Compound, a 35-foot vertical ramp showcasing skateboarders, pop-up barbershop, beatboy dancers, in front of a 90 foot mural by the godfather of the modern graffiti movement, artist Kelly Graval, known as RISK. He collaborated with ABEL who has been commissioned to produce top-notch artwork for numerous companies for over 20+ years. Incredible combination of artists!

Another collaboration that sparks the interest of international street art blogs is a mix of stencils by Add Fuel and Antonyo Marest.  

Collaboration between Add Fuel and Antonyo Marest

Titled “Tropical Sunshine Tile” the new mural combines Diogo Machado aka Add Fuel’s traditional Portuguese azulejo, unique pattern designed specifically for Basel House and Antonyo Marest’s playful and colorful textures. For more images see the post published by Urbanite Webzine

Back in 2016, Diogo Machado made his first visit to the USA and created a series of eight urban art interventions throughout downtown Gainesville, FL as part of the 352walls initiative curated by Iryna Kanishcheva. To see all the artworks read the article: Add Fuel’s Electrical Animals.
 

Work in progress of “Miami mermaids” by Nychos. 

One of the most interesting artists participating this year is Nychos.  He slices up humans and animals, creating his own characters with uncompromising graphic precision. Raised in a traditional Viennese hunting family, death and dissection was a daily business for Nychos. The proximity to animal viscera had a profound effect on him psychologically and visually – he now explores the theme of dissection in his art, pushing it to playful extremes. 

Finally, after the sunset, the event came alive with surprise guest DJs and video projection mapped mural by a crew of artists Xelene Projects and installations powered by BLINK Cincinnati, one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation.

Other features of the year:

  • Over 20+ food vendors on site
  • Craft cocktails and games in the Jameson Art Lounge
  • Cold brew in the Heineken Beer Garden 
  • Live art battles
  • Free block party
  • Guided mural tours by Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide

Basel House Mural Festival is supported by SWARM, curated by Pedro Amos of Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide and Stephanie Kassoy of Nekto Collective

Visit baselhouse.com for more info!

Stay tuned for more reviews about Art Basel 2018 from GNV URBAN ART.

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