Title: Inside Katsumata
Size: 8m x 3.6m
Found in Tokyo, Japan.
Finished – Collaboration with Andrea Wan. Had the pleasure and honor to travel with this amazing lady to Tokyo to work on a collaboration, adventure all-around good times. Big smiles alongside with ingrained happy memories. Thank you Andrea for traveling with me and making this super nice painting together.
Title: The Fisherman & The Fish
Medium: Mural – Acrylic and Spraypaint
Size: 40meters x12meters
Location: MOST Art Festival – Moscow, Russia
Based on a Historical Folklore from Russia, Alexander Pushkin’s “The Fisherman & The Fish,” written beautifully in 1833. The mural is a symbol of the responsibility we all share to be environmentally sound in our decisions to not take from nature to the point of turmoil and nothingness. The Fisherman’s Wife is painted into the sea with five shades of blue getting darker and darker based on her demands of Greed.
Historically, very little actions were taking to oversee the Environment during the 1800s. It was a concept relatively unknown – but the fore-shadowing of it was written clearly in this Folklore. Relevant to our current time and conditions of our Oceans, Forrest and Planet.
This compiled with our natural tendency towards being greedy and asking for more and more. Current issues with the Advances and Aggression Russia is currently undertaking in Ukraine and Crimea combined with Neo-Fascists creating a dark-undertone for the Sovereignty of Ukraine – nearly a 100 year cycle from events in the past. Within this greed for power and consumption it directly affects the people in senseless killing, murder and human suffering.
I hope this mural will give people the chance to step back and create intelligent dialogue to discuss these things with proper action that will give us all peace of mind and our independence.
Thank you to Ivan and Daria for all your support to help this mural come to life. Sergio, and the folks that helped and supported to make this happen.
Much love and thank you,
It is not very often you have the opportunity to work on an Art Project that has a real effect on people and their community. “Colors of my Home” is a social project working with different Roma Families living in Berlin, focusing on the children that live there. Use art as a means to create dialogue and discussion to bring them together. It was a pleasure to interact with the kids like Adi and the rest of them.
Thanks to the support of Urban Nation for putting this project together – effective means for real-time change.
Finished – Collaboration with Paola, Yoh and I. Photo Credit: by Yoh Nagao
In Progress – Yoh. Photo Credit: by Christian Rothenhagen
In Progress – Wesr. Photo Credit: by Christian Rothenhagen
Kids Drawing on DeerBLN Artwork. Photo Credit: by Christian Rothenhagen
In Progress – Tankpetrol. Photo Credit: by Christian Rothenhagen
Finished – AWK. Photo Credit: by Christian Rothenhagen
Paper Color: White – Matt
Ink Color: Icy Gray, Winter Blue, Mauve, Lilac Purple, Black, Frozen Blue
Size: 70cm by 50cm
Available for Sale: Buy Me
Printed at Le Raclet Studio – Huge Thank you to Bera for all your help and support to make this print happen.
Based on Photography by Andrea Lavezzaro: lavezzaro.com
Title: Laying Over
Size: 25′ X 10′
Location: New York City – Bushwick Collective
Quick times in New York to paint a little something for the Bushwick Collective. Had a nice spot one the front corner. Always like to have different surface types – a different experiment using ghosting of basic depths and shades with hard abstracted geometric shapes of the figurative form. Nice to use the door as the shape for the figure to be draped over – camouflaged in for a second read.
Big thanks to Jaime and Steve at Brooklyn Street Art for the recommendation with Joe at Bushwick Collective. Thank you Joe for being wonderful and helping with the organizing. Thanks to Tyson for the spot to paint and the support while being there.
It was cool to run in to Daniel again from Rochester – and then in NYC. Thanks for coming back and hanging out for a bit.
New York is awesome – looking forward to coming back.
Habitat: Northeast Asia – Manchuria
Height: 3 meters
Length: 5-6 meters (with tail)
Weight: 95 kg
Lifespan: 12-15 yrs.
Diet: Nuts, berries, fruits, leaves, roots, small rodents, small insects & small reptiles
Giant Jerboas are the distant cousin of the common place Jerboa. Due to their hind-legs they are commonly thought to be a variety of Kangaroo – however this is in fact not true. They are bipedal and have been clocked up to speeds of 20 kilometres per hour.
The Giant Jerboa is very similar to it’s small cousin in a lot of regards – it has been a mystery to modern day scientist why this variety were able to grow so large in the same region of Manchuria, China. They live in rock formations and small caves – some dens are set for life – and often times they have been known to drive out predators from these locations. Unlike their smaller cousin the Giant Jerboa are known to live and hunt in packs – working together to find and secure food.
Within their colony – they are known to be polygynous with their breeding habits. The time period starting in the beginning of Spring and can happen several times a year for the female to produce a new litter. The litter is between 1-3 young.
Sadly the Giant Jerboa is an Endangered Species – these two here are the last two known to the planet, named “Betta” & “Alex.” Both are females – there is no hope at reproducing or having this species live past these two. In an effort for their conservation they have been removed from their natural lands and environment. The majority of their natural home has been altered and or destroyed by human intervention – with no efforts of a natural conservation.
Raising the question as to the ethics of how as Humans we co-live with other species and fellow animals. Which is the worst crime; the destruction of natural environments or the removal of animals to a foreign environment. How can we prevent this from happening to other species of animals?
Title: Luong Mural
Medium: Acrylic and Spraypaint
Size: 150′ X 40′
Location: Rochester, New York – Fedder Building
“WALL\THERAPY is a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.”
It is strange to me the ever colliding worlds of people’s lives that have affected my life the most. The distance twiced removed – only to come back full swing. Impact on both sides for betterment. Amy Faulkner doing some of the best non-profit humanity work in Seattle – a good person – an incredibly hard worker and the best assistant for painting.
The short description of Wall Therapy on their website falls so short of everything they have accomplished and are to the community of Rochester, Supporters and all the Artist, plus so many more. It would need to be a manifesto in written-form to take care of the kindness they have shown through creation, vision and public art.
When you receive an invitation email – it is easily missed as to the experience that will be had. I could have never imagined the reality of what Dr. Ian J. Wilson and Erich Lehman have created in the past years. Their dedication to creating not only a forum for murals and public art – but a strong community of supportive volunteers and an experience that will be remembered for a life time.
On my first day the overwhelming “Welcoming” as all the artist that were in town, the volunteers, organizers, and property owners gathered for breakfast – this was common place every single day – with people donating time and food to make sure everyone had a good start. In an environment like this – it makes it easy to stay creative and want to paint the best piece you have ever done. It feeds the imagination and willpower to do so.
For 11 days straight and several times well into the night time- we worked nearly non-stop missing a lot of the social events including a sweet dance party. Using 27 gallons of mostly recycled paint – and a ton of cans. All worth it to take care for this 4 story tall industrial building. The connection of humanity – bring a sense of solace in deep thought from a man living in Brussels to Rochester.
There is absolutely no way possible this mural would be realized if it were not for all the unconditional help from everyone involved. HUGE THANK YOU TOO: Naj Zayed, Nate Hawke, Alyssa Weir, Mariah, MR.PRVRT, Thievin Stephen, St. Monci, Lea Rizzo, Kat Jackson, Erika, Aaron Kroh, Amy Faulkner, Dr. Ian J. Wilson, Erich Lehman, Chris O’brien, and the whole crew, volunteers, community, Fire Station 9, Artist and supporters of Wall Therapy.
Title: Totem Mural
Medium: Acrylic and Spraypaint
Size: 15meters X 32.37meters
Artist: Addison Karl & James Bullough – JBAK
Location: Landsberger Allee 228 – Berlin Lichtenberg
For the long haul – one of those things you hear about from a good friend and exceptional fellow artist. At first glance it seems a bit overwhelming then you put your head down and buckle down for the application process. What to show, how to explain – will the work stand-up by itself? 10-15 applications like this per month – it is always the beginning with very little turn over to actual work or creation of beautiful things to come.
Maybe this one is different… After a few months we received a nice letter of acceptance. Surprised, happy – and “oh shit” are all simultaneous. Now the grind of what – so many factors to include, the building, audience, people that live there, colors, my collaboration with James Bullough, Howoge the ones organizing the whole project under LOA, my own interests, passion, scale and much more. The unknowing – is this the best artwork I can create for this project – will it be accepted – can I do better? Every question leads nearly to no answer but 45 more questions.
Winter months working online and in a studio going back and forth as to the possibilities and composition. After a long day of taking hundreds of mock-up photos somehow the very last photo taken has the concept we need. Planning out colors, theory and the collaboration aspect of the painting. Making a full canvas piece in the proportions of the wall to get the right details.
Time has come to present – in a room sits people loaded on every side except directly behind James and I. Overwhelmed – there is 3 times more people in the room then expected to be there. Pushing forward we begin to discuss and present our artwork and concept. It does not go well, we left discouraged and feeling all the holes to our artwork for this project. A week or so goes by – and again to our surprise we get another nice email asking for some revisions to our artwork.
Back to the studio, trying to fill those holes in – and fix what we can with the work. Coming to a point – where the collaboration is happy – we both created something in over 3 years of doing projects we are both happy with between James and I. This artwork compliments both sides – it is strong and subtle with room for the imagination and interpretation of the viewer. It has a strong positive message for it’s new home on Landsberger Allee 228b in Lichtenberg. With fingers cross we send in the second proposal.
Waiting….. waiting….. waiting… doubt…. waiting…..
Email comes in – read it once, twice and for the third time it sinks in. The Totem Mural is accepted! In an instance we have been selected for the next Howoge LOA mural. I was sitting on my couch in my studio when I read it – luck for me – nearly speechless I show the computer and email to one of my best friends Adrian – he is screaming with excitement.
During all this process – it takes care of such a huge part of the painting – everything is nice planned out, prepped and nearly ready to go. The only thing that is left are the logistics before painting, materials and how to get up a 32 meter. We get the help of a good friend Dennis G. to help us organize and paint – then plan for the next 4 weeks of work.
Long days and nights, two nights to outline – the first going from sundown to sun up. Keeping the artwork in proportion as we do it in three sections and from different locations. No sleep back up to do it again the next day. The first week is long and unsure with the lift breaking 3 times, some rain and time counting down till we change machinery. 12-14 hours – 6 days a week is the norm to make this happen on schedule. Late nights coming home and barely being able to stand. Rising up early every morning, feeling the warmth of the wall radientating from the sun throughout the day. 4 weeks of nothing else – and the Totem Mural is finished. From meters away the seeping feeling of being proud and accomplished washes over. The kind words of passer-bys, neighbors and the local business owners. Making every long moment worth every second of it.
Could not have been done without the support and help from so many. James Bullough’s collaboration, Dennis G., Petra G., AnneMarie, Carolin, Lucia, Moo, Nils, Jay, Graffiti Research Lap, Rika, Stephane L., Kristina and Ava, Adrian, Howoge, LOA, Bo, JUST Photography, Fredi, Andi, Editude Pictures and many many more.
Always lovely to have a bit different of a project. Recent mural painted on the corner of Klosterstr. and Stralaurstr. Utilizing a mixture of the Screen Printing theory of trapping for my Drawings and the way I paint Murals using Color Theory. From tip to tail shy of 100 linear meters.
Curated by Urban Nation and Yasha Young. Huge Thank You to her team of Alex and Betta for the endless of support which makes this sort of work a breeze to work on.
Title: Observable Universe
Medium: Acrylic and Spraypaint
Size: 249cm x 361cm
Finished Wall Painting for Urban Nation & LAX/TXL Pop-Up exhibition curated by Thinkspace Gallery. Huge thank you to Dorothy Najeebah Mateen for your inspiration and visit to my studio. To Alejandra Chinaski – Elisabetta Pajer – Yasha Y. for being the most wonderful people and supportive. To all the other artist for making PM4 incredible and overwhelming – much love and respect.