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EAST Middle WEST Tour: Iranian Stencil/Street Artists ICY & SOT
03/22/2013 – 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday , March 22, 2013 — 8:00PM to 12:00AM || OPENING PARTY
Saturday, March 23, 2013 — 5:00PM – 7:00PM || EXCLUSIVE MEET THE ARTISTS & Reception
Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219-21 South Morgan St. Chicago Illinois, 60608
On Friday March 22, 2013 – OPENING PARTY: The street/stencil artists (and brothers) Icy and Sot and Brooklyn via Tehran post punk band, The Yellow Dogs, arrive in Chicago as part of their East Middle West Tour.
After having covered almost 8000 miles and had pop up exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, they arrive in Chicago at the Co-Prosperity Sphere.
Icy & Sot will reveal their new collectible stencil work and site-specific installations; The Yellow Dogs will perform their special live sets at the opening night.
On Saturday March 23, 2013 : Please join Pasfarda for an Exclusive “Meet the Artists” reception from 5-7pm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere.
Nibbles & Persian sweets/Persian Mojito and Vodkatinis
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P R E S S of the T O U R
WBEZ – Chicago Public Radio: http://soundcloud.com/wbez-worldview/iranian-street-art-salsa-for-a
Sixty Inches from the Center: http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=19081
P H O T O S of Chicago E V E N T :
ICY and SOT continue on their creative crusade to dismantle per-conceived perceptions of a fleeting Iranian tradition through their highly intricate and striking stencil artwork. Since 2006, they have made paramount accomplishments in Iranian urban art culture as both skaters and artists, creating an international buzz by playing it any way but safe. Despite Iran’s cultural flourishing since the 2009 uprisings in Tehran, creative visual expression is still a constant struggle for its artists and society today.
ICY and SOT catalyzed a prolific surge in street art upon landing in Brooklyn in July 2012 and had a very successful solo show in NYC. Their all DIY exhibition “MADE IN IRAN” in August 2012 captured both underground and mainstream acknowledgement, with media attention spanning from to Huffington Post, Art Info, The New York Observer and street art blogs. http://www.neverheardinc.com/artists/ice-sot/
The Yellow Dogs, a postpunk band integral to the creation of the underground music scene in Tehran. Now 3 years since their arrival, they’ve sought asylum from government persecution in the throes of Brooklyn and established themselves in their new home while earning recognition from Rolling Stone, and Spin to Oyster Magazine and The Huffington Post. Releasing 2 EPs, “In the Kennel” and “Upper Class Complexity” via their own label, Neverheard Inc in which their sound was described by eMusic as “a little out-of-step with the current Brooklyn-scene moment, but in the best possible way”. Yellow Dogs were first exposed by the Cannes Festival award winning film “No One Knows About Persian Cats” which shows the underground music scene in Iran. They have now traveled all over the US (twice) and opened for bands such as The Black Lips, The Oh Sees, and Chk Chk Chk.
They will be delivering new tracks and even a new member, Ali Eskandarian, whose high-energy performances and adept vocals has caught the likes of Peter Murphy, whom Eskandarian toured with in 2008. It seems that the Yellow Dogs “crackle with more life, wit, tension and imagination than most of their peers….maybe there’s something to be said for having to work for it.”
NEVERHEARD INC. — “Partners with artists to help them achieve and develop into the artists that they dreamed of being.” http://www.neverheardinc.com
“Move over, Banksy. Street art has a new bad boy.” – THINK CONTRA
”Graffiti collaborators ICY and SOT have gained a reputation for layering stencils — up to six layers! — to create ghostly, fading, multi-layered images….the work looks great!” -MTV
Slideshow: See Street Art from Iranian Duo Icy and Sot: http://www.artinfo.com/photo-galleries/slideshow-see-street-art-from-iranian-duo-icy-and-sot#image=2
Made in Iran: New York Observer: http://observer.com/2012/08/made-in-iran-street-art-and-punk-music.