UTILITY & ARTISTRY
IN BRAZIL OBRA MEANS CONSTRUCTION WORK OR WORK OF ARTOBRA AND ARTISTRY—Working in association with New York Art Department and other cultural partners, OBRA aims to promote and produce exciting cultural projects and commissioned product editions. Stay up to date and receive advance notifications on our upcoming Artist Editions by joining our mailing list below.
OBRA ARTIST FEATURE NBR 03Published on October 20, 2020–In late 2019, OBRA Co-founder Arnaud Delecolle came across Fernando Mendes' photography and was drawn immediately by his upbeat work.
At 26, Fernando captures and presents an intimate picture of his turf, São Paulo—South America's largest and most populous city. Through his candid lens, we meet his many friends and get a glimpse of the locals and arbitrary curiosities. Self-taught and self-made, Fernando has, as we say, "an eye", and his talent is free-flowing.
OBRA is happy to introduce you to his work and inspiring story of hard work and artistry. Photography and words by Fernando Mendes. We encourage you to click the following link for the translated transcript of this narration to hear his story.
Follow Fernando on Instagram @fernando__mendes
KATSU SPLASH, 2019 | OBRA ARTIST EDITION NBR 01
OBRA LOW WRAP TOE CANVAS, RUBBER, NYLON, EVA, INK, MICROFIBERDesigned by infamous vandal and new media artist KATSU, the OBRA Low Wrap Toe SPLASH are made by carefully overlaying the added rubber SPLASH outerwall design by hand before our vulcanization process begins.
Shop the KATSU SPLASH
KATSU DOT at THE HOLE
KATSU Drone Drawing 2015
The Powers of Katsu
OBRA ARTIST FEATURE NBR 02Published on June 13, 2019–For our second Artist Feature, we are excited to present the work of photographer Chandler Kennedy.
Shown here is a small selection of photographs taken by Kennedy throughout her recent travels. Listen as Kennedy opens up about her way of seeing and her approach to documenting the mundane with striking effect.
Commentaries were recorded by the California-born artist and sent to us from an undisclosed location in New York City. @chandlerkennedy
PERSONA ABSTRACTATo celebrate its Brazilian ties, OBRA worked with artist João Salomão aka PIXOTE to produce Persona Abstracta, a depiction of João in process in his studio, set to the sounds of Som, released by Brazilian group Persona in 1975.
Shot and edited by OBRA Co-founder Arnaud Delecolle.
João Salomão | @joaosalomao_art
PIXOTE | @themrpix
New York Art Department | @NYArtDepartment
OBRA ARTIST FEATURE NBR 01Published on February 20, 2019–For the first OBRA Artist Feature we are happy to present the work of Kunle Martins @KunleIRAK, also known as EARSNOT, President of NYC’s infamous IRAK Crew.
Shown here are images of his solo show, titled “Looking like a snack” at Shoot The Lobster gallery @shootthelobster in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Commentary were recorded by Martins and sent to us from an undisclosed location.
OBRA FOOTWEAR COUNTER at TUFT
in collaboration with STILLE.From May 15th until June 15th, TUFT barbershop will host the OBRA Footwear Counter featuring a selection of best selling styles. Shoppers will be able to try on the sneakers and purchase them to be shipped to their address of choice.
The sneakers were displayed on shelving by Brooklyn-based STILLE Furniture.The company debuted the patented furniture system on the occasion of NYCxDesign 2019.
STILLE is made in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
13 Stanton Street
New York City (map)
7 days a week, 1-7 pm
OBRA | oobbrraa.com | @oobbrraa
TUFT | tuftbarber.com | @tuft.nyc
STILLE | stille-life.com | @stille.life