July 2nd, 2013 by Robert Kloos
December 2nd, 2012 by Robert Kloos
Niels “Shoe” Meulman, image courtesy of White Walls and the artist
July 6 – August 10, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, July 6, 2013, 7-11pm
White Walls is pleased to present Unism, the latest solo show by internationally acclaimed Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman. After he coined the term Calligraffiti to describe his work in 2007, artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman (Amsterdam, 1967) returns to San Francisco with a new phrase and eponymous exhibition: Unism (pronounced un-ism, not u-nism).
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April 4th, 2012 by Robert Kloos
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 6-8pm (RSVP required)
Niels “SHOE” Meulman and United Nude will launch their collaboration shoe, the Calligraffiti in Wynnwood Walls, Miami. On the night itself Meulman will be painting a large canvas and signing his latest book. Tying together art and fashion in a fresh, but serious way, this collaboration is the evidence of the multidisciplinary time we live in. United Nude is known for architectural footwear, conceptual design and high-level footwear collaborations with Haute Couture designers such as Iris van Herpen. As content driven as they are, the collaboration for a shoe with an artist named SHOE was not hard to imagine.
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November 15th, 2010 by Robert Kloos
Video teaser of Dutch artist Niels “Shoe” Meulman for his solo exhibition at 941 Geary gallery in San Francisco. On view until April 14, 2012. See our earlier announcement on Orange Alert Dutch Art Events here.
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October 21st, 2010 by Robert Kloos
Monique van Heist winning the Mercedes Benz Dutch Fashion Awards in 2008
November 15 – 18, 2010
Speaking Orange: Musings on the World of Dutch Design. A series of talks at Supernatural, a new space in San Francisco that will represent forward thinking European design as well as local artists and designers.
Join Seeing Orange at the future home of design gallery, Supernatural, for a dynamic series of noontime talks. For this program, an exciting lineup of speakers was invited to address a variety of topics from the field of Dutch design, ranging from fashion to biking.
Image courtesy of Petra Lunenberg
Fashioning Dutch Design
Monday, November 15th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Art Historian Mara Holt Skov leads a discussion on the Dutch fashion industry with designer Monique van Heist, design consultant Eve-Marie Kuijstermans, and fashion illustrator Petra Lunenberg. The talk will include presentations of Lunenberg’s illustrations and van Heist’s hellofashion collection, as well as an exploration of the question "What makes Dutch fashion ‘Dutch’"?
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Image courtesy of Niels “Shoe” Meulman
Tuesday, November 16th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Visual artist and renowned graphic designer Niels "Shoe" Meulman (NSM) speaks together with Los Angeles-based author Adam Eeuwens about his art of writing, which combines masterful calligraphy skills with the speed and attitude of graffiti, fusing it together into his unique style of Calligraffiti. Meulman will create a special mural wall at Supernatural for the Seeing Orange week, and a signing of the new book "Calligraffiti: the Graphic Art of Niels Shoe Meulman" will take place after the lecture.
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Image courtesy of Adam Eeuwens
Wednesday, November 17th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Mariah Nielson, Curator for the Museum of Craft and Design, joins Alissia Melka-Teichroew, founder of byAMT, Inc. to discuss the modern craft of jewelry design. Together they will ponder the ways in which the progressive works of byAMT, Inc. and other Dutch designers, such as Gijs Bakker, are challenging traditional notions of jewelry design. They will also consider how their whimsical creations reflect the Dutch design sensibility.
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Image courtesy of Alissia Melka-Teichroew, here seen with her partner Jan Habraken
Thursday, November 18th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Rob Forbes, founder of PUBLIC Bikes and Accessories and Soraya Nasirian, owner of My Dutch Bike, are joined by Bikes Belong’s Zach Vanderkooy, aka "Importer of European Bicycle Magic," to discuss the challenges to increasing bike ridership in San Francisco. The Bay Area looks to the Netherlands as a model for urban biking, but to what extent can this model be implemented in San Francisco? This and other questions related to bike culture will be discussed.
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The Speaking Orange talks are held amidst a whimsical display of iconic Dutch design items, including Marcel Wanders’ Knotted Chairs, Marijn van der Poel’s Do-Hit Chair, and Hella Jongerius ceramics. A series of Dutch Profiles - short videos featuring some of the top Dutch designers, including Hella Jongerius, Ben van Berkel, Irma Boom, Rem Koolhaas, G-Star, and Ted Noten – will also be screened at Supernatural.
Space design by Jenne Kirscher of jak. w and Ilaria Ventriglia Burke. The space will be open Monday, November 15 through Thursday, November 18, 11:00am – 2:00pm. This program is part of Seeing Orange: Dutch Design Week SF. For more information, click the logo below.
1766 18th Street (Potrero Hill)
San Francisco, CA
July 1st, 2010 by Robert Kloos
October 21 – November 21, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 7-10pm
Project Space presents solo exhibition “Throw-Ups” by Niels Shoe Meulman.
Born, raised and based in Amsterdam, Meulman began tagging Shoe in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the eighties, he met New York graffiti artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik and Keith Haring after which he then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together, they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style.
In the nineties, he furthered his technique by apprenticing under Dutch graphic design master Anthon Beeke. Shoe proceeded to run his own design company, Caulfield & Tensing, and was a partner in advertising agency Unruly, which he later turned into a brand for silk scarves.
Shoe is recognized for revolutionizing the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that combines masterful calligraphy skills with the speed and attitude of graffiti. He launched this movement in 2007 with a successful solo exhibition in Amsterdam. Since then, his Calligraffiti pieces, which he signs NSM, have been presented in various international exhibitions.
In 2010, the book Calligraffiti The Graphic Art of Niels Shoe Meulman was launched in Berlin and Shoe has since been touring to present the book and his art.
The Project Space exhibition Calligraffiti Throw-Ups is a new series of carbon acrylic on linen canvas works inspired by Shoes love for baseball, mayhem and cosmic unconsciousness.
603 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90036
Thursday, July 1 – Sunday July 4, 2010
The Salamatina Gallery is pleased to host an unprecedented installation, Calligraffiti: Letters of Independence, by the cutting-edge artist Niels Shoe Meulman. This unique project will open on the evening of Thursday, July 1st with a live Calligraffiti performance.
During his opening-night performance, Meulman will literally rewrite the 1776 Declaration of Independence on site at the Salamatina Gallery. His Re-Declaration, which will take place over several days, will highlight all 1,337 of the historic words, resulting in 262 U.S. letter-sized pieces, executed in ink on paper. Showcasing the artist’s fluid and hypnotic style, these "Letters" will remain on view and for sale throughout the Independence Day weekend.
According to the author Adam Eeuwens: “Calligraffiti is a combination of traditional calligraphy coupled with the speed of modern-day graffiti. It is an amalgam of an ancient, refined art form, fused with the raw force of rebellious street art. It combines the rhythm and regularity of Fraktur’s precise stroke with the perfect accidents of the vertical drip and splatter of the horizontal drop, creating a synthesis of opposites.” Meulman, one of the pioneers of this revolutionary art form, will break new ground by reinterpreting a document of the length and significance of the Declaration of Independence. The document has special meaning for the Amsterdam-based artist, who embraces elements of American culture as a whole, whether it be Pop Art, advertising, product packaging, skateboarding, graffiti or car design.
“My work is dedicated to the art of writing,” Meulman explains. “I am inspired by ancient Japanese brush characters, Arabic pictorial script, illuminated medieval books and flourish-filled quill writing, of which the Declaration of Independence is one of the most beautiful and eloquent examples. My interest in this document runs deeper than its being an emblem of U.S. courage an democracy. Its powerful words set forth human rights which are universal and resonate with my own personal beliefs, especially with regards to taking risks in order to exercise one’s freedom of expression.”
Niels Meulman (b. Amsterdam, 1967) is an internationally recognized artist, graphic designer, and art director. Meulman began tagging under the pseudonym Shoe in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the 1980′s he met New York artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik and Keith Haring. He then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together, these seminal groups gave a distinctive style to graffiti in Europe. In the 1990′s he furthered his technique by apprenticing under the Dutch graphic design master Anthon Beeke. Meulman ran his own design company, Caulfield & Tensing, and was a partner in the advertising ageency Unruly, which he later turned into a brand for silk scarves.
Calligraffiti was first shown in a large solo exhibition in Amsterdam in 2007. Since then it has become a revered art form, and Meulman’s pieces (signed NSM) have been exhibited in over a dozen international exhibitions. The artist’s designs and works are also in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as numerous private collections. In 2010 the book Calligraffiti – The Graphic Art of Niels Shoe Meulman was co-written by Adam Eeuwens and published by From Here to Fame Publishing, Berlin.
Salamatina Gallery is the first venue in the United States to host the Calligraffiti tour – a series of lectures, exhibitions, book signings and site-specific Calligraffiti events around the world, during which books, markers, T-shirs, silk scarves and art by Meulman are for sale. This tour will include events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and New York.
2032 Northern Boulevard
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