Guide to Rust Magic 2019
If you haven’t heard yet, then listen up! Edmonton plays host to one of the best street mural festivals on the planet, and each year it’s only getting bigger. The festival is taking over our fair city from August 1-10, featuring 18 street artists who will be painting the town - literally. Curious about what things are happening during Rust Magic Festival 2019? Then this guide's for you.
Artist Talks and Events
Carlos Mare AKA Mare 139
Art for the next century: How graffiti transformed contemporary art and remixed art history.
Friday, August 2
Betty Andrews Recital Hall | 11110 104 Avenue
Carlos “Mare 139” Rodriguez is a legendary New York-based artist, who is best known for his subway graffiti, metal sculptures and coming-up in the same artistic circles as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. You won't want to miss this visual presentation kick-off to the 2019 festival, which will also be followed by an in-depth conversation with Rust Magic co-founder, Trevor Peters. Limited capacity.
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Rust Magic x Lululemon: Full Expression
Tuesday, August 6
Lululemon Whyte Ave | 10558 82 Avenue
Hear from a panel of all-female artists, who are creating some amazing pieces for this year's festival. Featuring Deb, MEGA, Jill Stanton and Annalize Toledo. The talk will be hosted by Alicia Chung & Danielle Murray. Each ticket includes a light refreshment provided by Browns Socialhouse and other drinks by Boocha & Collective Arts Brewing.
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My Life in Letters by Adam Fujita
Thursday, August 8
Triffo Theatre | Grant MacEwan University
Adam Fujita is bringing his graffiti arts podcast, My Life in Letters, to Edmonton just for Rust Magic! Fujita will moderate a panel of legendary artists featuring Mare139, Slick, Wane, Kwest, Take 5 and Rust Magic co-founder Trevor Peters. The panel will dive deep into a discussion on graffiti culture followed by a short Q&A with the artists. Limited capacity.
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Rust Magic: Inside Out
Friday, August 9
Peter Robertson Gallery | 12323 124 Street
Pop by for the free opening reception of Rust Magic: Inside & Out, an exhibition of Rust Magic artists from this year and past festivals. This is also a great chance to view the Amuse.126 mural outside the gallery. The artists featured in the exhibition include: Adam Fujita, Amuse 126, Dabs 1, ELEDU, HARRYBONES, KRAM, Kwest, Jill Stanton, Mare 139, Mr. Cenz, MUSA, QUEST, SLICK, STARE, STASH, TAKE 5, Tim Okamura and Wane.
Take5 is a Vancouver-based artist that has been actively painting graffiti art since 1992. In 1995 he was injured in an accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down, but undeterred by this life-changing event, Take5 pressed on with the help of his friends, family, and crew to become a celebrated artist in his community.
A Canada-born artist, but a legend in Taipei, DABS1 was one of the influential founders of the expat graffiti scene in Taiwan - dubbed a “graffiti heaven”. He returns to the Rust Magic festival for a second time. Check out his existing 80s-inspired mural at 10050 81 Avenue.
KWEST is a Canadian legend who created the largest graffiti sculpture in the world. Hailing from Toronto, he’s brought his talent all over North America, exhibited at Nuit Blanche and even made a custom ping pong table for Drake.
Edmonton-based muralist and illustrator is all over town and quickly gaining popularity worldwide for her large scale creations. Check out her previous Rust Magic mural near the Varscona Theatre in Old Strathcona. Psst - we hear she’s getting a huge wall this year!
Another returning artist to the festival! This Montreal native uses a mix of traditional graffiti technique and abstraction to cover some seriously big walls.
This Vancouver based artist has been taking Canada by storm with her signature cursive lettering and thought-provoking designs inspired by nature.
This Calgarian duo, also known as Mikhail Miller and Rachel Ziriada, plays around with a wide range of styles, but generally features ultra colourful geometrics in every piece they do. Nasarimba also places sculptures made of reclaimed wood in pubic places.
Born in West London and raised from the age of 8 in the Bronx, Wane One is one of the legendary NYC 1980s train writers. His murals always feature super bold colours and lots of geometric shapes.
This Melbourne-based painter is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Her ultra-colourful murals can be seen all over the world, including walls in Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney, NYC and more.
Carlos “Mare 139” Rodriguez is a legendary New York-based artist, whose best known for his subway graffiti, metal sculptures and coming up in the same artistic circles as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. He also sits on the Cornell Hip Hop Collection Advisory Board and designed the BET Award and the Red Bull Beat Battle Award.
Amuse126 is a Chicago-based artist who blends an organic and dynamic approach to traditional graffiti lettering that sometimes crosses the boundaries into abstract art.
Adam Fujita is a multidisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, NYC. He’s been a part of the graffiti scene for 25 years and has recently been well known for his politically-charged neon murals. He also hosts the “My Life in Letters” podcast, which talks about graffiti culture around the world.
This London (UK)-based artist is known for doing massive (and we mean massive) futuristic portraits. His work looks like it was created on a computer, yet it’s sprayed right on to the side of a building.
This Japanese artist is best known for female-only portraits that mix traditional Japanese style painting with 1950s pin-ups. Her most recent sultry murals include spots in Hong Kong, Hawaii and San Diego.
This Hawaii-born, LA-based artist takes heavily from pop culture. Best known for his use of subversive cartoon hands in his pieces, he’s sure to bring something a little cheeky to our streets.
Hailing all the way from Barcelona, this muralist creates some seriously cool large scale portraits that tend to have a bit of the bizarre mixed in.
This Barcelona-based artist is making her way to Edmonton and bringing her unique style of lettering to a local wall. MUSA has been painting for almost 30 years and her work can be seen on buildings around the globe.
This New York City-based artist takes inspiration from his surroundings, whether it’s physical objects, or negative spaces. His unique style strikes a balance between visual harmony and dissonance.