This week’s graffiti post is less about illegal art and more about some epic commissioned street art on an awesome scale. Miami duo Friends With You who made their name with a charmingly minimalistic, brightly colored pop art style, have worked with the Fubon Art Foundation to install a massive art piece on the exterior of the Fubon Financial building in Taipei, Taiwan.
In keeping with the “looking up” theme of the Very Fun Park festival, the installation has become a massive focal point with its brightly colored flowers and wide eyed critter drawing people’s gaze skyward. It’s a beautiful work, the type of public art I wish American cities would get do more of. I’m still happy to see FWY doing more of their large scale installation work, akin to some of their earlier ones:
Cloud City at the MOCA North Miami, 2005.
Rainbow Valley at the Aventura Mall in Miami, Fl, 2006.
Dream Maker at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2008.
Beyond installing rainbows in unexpected places, Friends With You have accumulated a great selection of prints and clothing over the years.
left – Malfi Club Men – a limited edition shirt produced for the opening of their flagship boutique, 2009
right – Friends With You x Beautiful Decay – a collaboration between FWY and the design magazine Beautiful Decay, 2006
Beautiful Decay is having a pretty massive sale on their website. The Friends With You shirt is only $6 and every other one in the shop is discounted. Check out their online store.
If you’re into spending a little more money, Friends With You sell a variety of limited edition prints in their online shop. You’ll cough up more than $6 though, as their art goes for between $35 and $200.
Clicking on each image will take you to FWY’s shop.
Well, this concludes the second week of Graffiti Thursdays. While I hate that name, that’s just the day these posts fell on…and yes, this doesn’t really fully qualify as graffiti, but it’s what I like. I do enjoy keeping with the multi-national theme of the art posts, so we’ll see what next week brings. Hopefully pictures of Bengalise graffiti portraits of 1930’s American political figures.