Have you been stuck in a massive traffic and saw a giant blank gray wall beside you? Don’t you imagine yourself playing vandal on that wall and create something more pleasing to the eyes?
Converse, Inc. announces Sneakers Clash – a series of artistic installations that brings together top street artists to transform blank walls into massive art pieces; designed to disrupt and clash against a gray world. Sneakers Clash is directly inspired by the bold and colorful spirit of the Chuck Taylor All Star, with the series now coming to Manila.
Sneakers Clash is inspired by the Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, featuring dynamic color pops and elevated silhouettes to provoke youthful self-expression. The undoubted hero of the collection is the Converse All Star Chuck ’70 – a new take on an American icon.
Timed against the launch of the Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, the Sneakers Clash series will be brought to life on Philippine soil through #clashwall. Converse teamed up with 3 local artists to contribute to the creative initiative, uniting these local street artists with clashing styles at unexpected locations – challenging them to unleash their most visceral work against a static wall.
Kicking off the Sneakers Clash Philippines series was artist and designer Chad Manzo. The #clashwall project will be followed by the next two artists in the three-man roster, artist Archie Geotina a.k.a. Chichimonster, and designer Nicolo Nimor.
Archie Geotina, a.k.a. Chichimonster, works on the 200-foot mural called #CLASHWALL, the local artistic initiative for Converse’s “Sneakers Clash.” Inspired by the colors of Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, this project is meant to offer a visually arresting statement amid the gray of the urban environment.
Archie Geotina a.k.a. Chichimonster
Since his Graffiti days, Archie or ‘Chi’ has now torpedoed his interests and efforts into changing the perception of Manila’s society into what street art’s identity, ideologies and aesthetics could be. Chi’s mixed media paintings are a play on the abstract and references from pop to baroque history deconstructed by his signature “static” style of paint application.
Chi will be bringing his art to the streets of Cebu this March, and through an online photo contest via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, will give fans the chance to submit images of their best memories wherein the winning entry will be used as inspiration for Chi’s #clashwall piece.
Following Chi’s #clashwall is Cebuano designer, illustrator and creative director of local shirt brand, Nick Automatic, Nicolo Nimor.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the next installation of the Converse “Sneakers Clash” #clashwall.