December 5, 2011
(Photo by Lucky Cat)
September 18, 2011
"This mural, created in Seattle by No Touching Ground (NTG), is an extension of the "Catch & Release" performance/poetry project. NTG created a fifty word poem on his desire to fly, where each word was silk screened onto a small scroll and placed within a custom carrying device. These carriers were then affixed to the legs of pigeons. Allowing each word and poem to create a pure form of transcendence through the Seattle sky.
“The project “Catch & Release” was inspired by Joseph Beuys performance “I like America and America likes me”. I wanted to create a similar dialogue between man and beast. The dove was once seen as a divine messenger, a herald of peace. In native lore the coyote was viewed as a mighty deity, shifting between physical and spiritual states. Both of these creatures are now largely viewed as nuisances, scapegoats and detriments to society. I didn’t fully understand the nature of pigeons until I started working with them directly. I quickly came to appreciate their magnificence rather than focus on their imperfections. Pigeons are graceful, social creatures. They are survivors. They live mainly off free food and occupy marginalized spaces. Pigeons are true bohemians.”
The billboard of No Touching Ground is based off of a portrait taken by photographer Kyle Johnson.
September 24, 2010
July 31, 2009
From our friend Just comes the live image above of a new mural being painted by Nomad in Berlin.
July 23, 2009
Artists: jaxpac (jacksonville public art coalition).
December 3, 2008
In Bangkok, murals have started to pop up all over the city taking to the streets the issue of dying elephants. Chris tells us:
"Elephants have been dying on the streets of Bangkok while being used to beg for money, conditions are bad for them when they are brought into the city from the village to beg, they inevitably get ran over or die of disease/malnutrition."
March 13, 2008
This mural was done in Athens by an artist named Woozy. He tells us - "The title is "fire sale" and based on big fires that destroyed half of my country's forests last summer."
August 12, 2007
Location: Side of the spectrum theater in Albany NY. More photos here.
July 24, 2007
July 23, 2007
The piece above, a collaboration between JR and BLU is part of "Planet Prozess", a massive urban art event now taking place in Berlin.
For the organizers"
"(...)The participating artists place a special emphasis on the conjunction of internal and external space. The exibition will be a dynamic process whereby the Artists develop their work over the three weeks. For one month the former Senatsreservenspeicher, situated at the Spree, will become the nerve center connecting all artistic processes. “Planet Prozess” invites the public to join the creation-process every day of the exhibition; to meet the artists and to discover the variety of urban creation and communication. Participating and observing, the public can experience the diversity of street writing, graffiti or other forms of urban expression.
After 21 days the creative process comes to an end. We are going to celebrate the results with a Block Party and a second Opening. The works will be on show for another ten days. The internationally renowned artists, from train-writer to fine artist, reflect their national and cultural context in their work."
40 Artists/12 Nations
4 Floors/1.200 Quadratmeter
1 City/1 Process
Opening: 20. JULI 2007 6 pm
Final & Blockparty: 11. AUGUST 2007 2 pm
Finissage: 19. AUGUST 2007 2 pm
U-Bhf Schlesisches Tor (U1)
July 19, 2007
You can see more of Sam's work here.
July 11, 2007
"Some street artists in the city of Izhevsk in Russia paint “Handle With Care” signs on the walls of multi-stored apartment houses. You can meet “Handle With Care” “Don’t Turn Over” or “Don’t Get It Wet” signs on the house walls up to 100 feet (35 m) high. They claim that those signs act as guard sign against bad things for the inhabitants of those houses."
June 21, 2007
From Chase: "After a few years of getting weathered, it was time to touch-up and re-paint my little girl on main street in Santa Monica. She is part of my "Remember Who You Are" campaign, a public service I provide where I paint young children in the public domain with the text next to them saying: "Remember Who You Are". Children represent the closest stage in this lifetime to the Essence and have not yet been conditioned by today's world. No wonder they are so full of Love, Joy, Wonder, Peace and Truth.
The intent behind the "Remember Who You Are" installations is to stimulate the general public to re-consider and re-member with their inner child."
Later tonight, Chase will have a solo show in Los Angeles at Xin Boutique, located at 8064 Melrose Ave. The show goes on from 8-11pm.
From Jace - "Some weeks ago a guy called Christian called me to build a project: painting some stuff in an old dirty jail in the south of Reunion Island. Luckily the jail manager was ok to let me get in and do my own stuff . I went there for two days and painted 5 pieces in the corridor and different common places (i will probably come back and paint some inside the yard). Technically it was really strange cause I used a ladder and I had to be vigilant to avoid any escapes!! Some prisoners knew my work and were really pleased to see it coming inside their place ! The guards enjoyed it too, except one touchy guy who didn't want to get back in his office. It was so crazy he saw my angel and demon upon his wall and was offended cause his colleague joked at him and compared him to the devil! He began to be angry and asked me to cover my characters.
The manager arrived and became furious with the guy, i thought they gonna fight, it was so crazy !!!! Some guards separated the two persons to avoid the fight, oh man ! It was so weird to watch people react like that for a picture !!!! The director promised me that ALL the painting gonna stay for a while.... Believe me or not but jail is not "a place to be" even with gouzous ;-)) !!!
June 19, 2007
"this month i find myself in romania on the coast of the black sea
in a little town called vama veche
we have been given a giant wall to paint on 30 feet high
and have been up on rickety old ladders in between thunderstorms
and incredibly strong winds all week
i dont usually work on large murals or with spray paint
and am stupid scared of heights...
anyways i thought i would share the photo
June 18, 2007
"A piece made in London with Ericailcane"
"A wall full of holes in Bologna"
June 14, 2007
The work above was done in 2005 by Farhansiki, an Indonesian street artist working in Yogyakarta. The "kalicode bridge project" was created across the CODE river in Yogyakarta city.
June 13, 2007
Blu's latest work is for "ad'a area d'azione", an exibition of contemporary art in Imola. Italy.
May 14, 2007
April 30, 2007
You can see more of Blu's amazing work here.
April 27, 2007
Click image above to see the whole thing. (It's terrific) The artist is Blu.
April 26, 2007
April 24, 2007
The guy on the left says - "Maybe one day we'll be on that wall"
The guy on the right replies - "Impossible"
Seen On The Streets of Milan. More info here.
More from Jeff here.
More from Eltono and Nuria here.
More from Jace here.
April 23, 2007
April 1, 2007
Lots more here.
March 30, 2007
Europe: Flying Fortress, Pez, The London Police
Singapore: Antz, The Killer Gerbil, Zero
March 13, 2007
"our latests piece is dedicated to jean baudrillard who died aged 77 on the 6th march.
He was a famous French philosopher and sociologist and one of the first intellectuals who got inspired by the graffiti in new york which he called "the revolt of signs" therefore he wrote the in eresting essay »Kool Killer ou l´insurrection par les signes« in the early seventies at a time when there was hardly any graffiti on walls here in Europe."
March 11, 2007
(Photo nicked from here)
There are a ton of great street art related photostreams on Flickr, but Vitostreets' is definitely one of our favorites.
March 9, 2007
"been painting on the street of my liitle italian town, mostly cause i did'nt like that the museum closed at 6 pm".... Ryanspring Dooley
March 7, 2007
As a tribute to the now splashed iconic WK Ludlow Doors, Curbed (essential reading if you live in New York) has uncovered a series of terrific photos of WK putting up the work back in the Summer of 2002.
You can see the images here.
February 28, 2007
February 27, 2007
February 15, 2007
For years, the residents of Borovsk, a small town in Russia have been paiting murals on their homes that tell various stories. More photos here.
January 30, 2007
Over the years we've come to understand that the motivation behind so many of the great peices of urban art for the artist to take buildings that have been neglected and forgotten and to make them beautiful with art.
We absolutely love this massive mural that Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas did in Vila Cruzeiro, one of the most violent favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The artists painted together with two local kids from the community. Its amazing how the colors of the piece contrast with the grey building around it.
You can see a lot more about this terrific project here.
January 15, 2007
Photo by by Joseph Lee
Not sure how we missed this one until now.
From Joseph Lee comes word of an exhibition by the artist SheOne at Union Works in London. There are some terrific parallels to our Wooster on Spring project that we hope turns into a trend.
Union Works is a building from the 17th century that at one time was a bear baiting arena. It then became a factory and fell into disuse. It was set to be demolished yesterday (Sunday). But before that happened, a group of enterprising exhibitors got offcial access to the building and turned it over to James Choules for a week before the bulldozers moved in.
January 9, 2007
"A Chicano kid grows up with walls of many kinds around him. When somebody is born into that situation, there are several things he can do. He can ignore the walls and sink into apathy. Or he can become violent and try to blow up the walls. But there is a third way, a way that people have used for centuries. And that is to perform a kind of ritual magic to neutralize the force of the walls by decorating them with signs, symbols, and art. Chicano street writers choose this third way."
- Gusmano Cesaretti, Street Writers (1975)
Untitled Indio and V. Cholo 1975 3281 Olympic Blvd. (walkway) Acrylic on stucco, 32' x 24' Leopard crouching in a tree.
If you're interested in learning more about the graffiti and mural scene of East Los Angeles check out this terrific archive of vintage photographs on BrownPride.com. There's an incredible amount of information on the site attached to each picture.
Also, oli binnian found a book in the library the other day that was published in 1975 that has lots of old photos of Chicano graffiti from the early 70's taken by Gusmano Cesaretti. He's upload some of the pics on flickr here.
January 3, 2007
"i was buzzed after a 4th pint of speckled hen, and after a few wrong turns trying to find the next pub, i stumbled upon this gem in a tiny alley in covent garden called neal's yard"
December 31, 2006
Photo by Michael Barth
December 28, 2006
Here's the story of the piece above as told to us by Michael back in May -
"Back in the summer of 1998 I spent 3 weeks shooting a documentary film on Cuban life and culture with 3 other friends from Toronto. We ended up meeting a guy named Roberto. He sold books on the street in Santiago and had a really inspiring outlook on life. A quote of Roberto's that has always stayed with me is"me gusta pisar siempre adentro de la verdad, asi me siento mas seguro"...or roughly translated...I always like to stand inside the truth, in this way I feel most secure... I had an opportunity 2 weeks ago to put up a piece in a laneway behind the Cameron House in downtown Toronto....I thought of Roberto... "
December 27, 2006
This year Momo became one of our favorite artists working on the streets of our neighborhood, Soho. Not sure how we missed this but back in September Momo did his largest piece to date, created with Zosen from Barcelona. The piece only lasted one day as the guys who run the
"commercial poster" business on construction site "owned" the spot that Momo hit on Grand and Wooster and came by and made threats. They called the cops to bust Momo and Zosen but the two artists came back anyway to finish it up.
December 25, 2006
"Hiperion had a cat; it was her niece Artemisa-Diana, who hunted womanizers. The rose bushes behind the wall scratched me more than this great feline. THANKS LIZA!!"
"The garden of giraffes, the Castillejo of Murcia, another one of the murals from the 12 Shadows project for Alter-arte"
"Kiss that which you love, even if it seems unattainable; become closer with its familiarity without fear at the top of a ladder so that you don’t make the same mistake that Icaro did.
This is the only wall that will survive the renovation of Murcia’s Castillejo."
Because of the Wooster on Spring project, we didn't have enough time to do the "Best of 2006" roundup like we have done for the past few years. But if you were to ask us who our favorite artists of the year have been that we didn't know of last year (a question we ask each year), the answer would certainly be Sam3 in Madrid. Like Blu, Sam3 is setting the bar when it comes to scale. Every time we see more of his work we get more excited about him as an artist.
(Quotes and images nicked from Sam3's website)
December 22, 2006
There were many artists who we wanted to be a part of Wooster on Spring, but because of budget (the lack of) or logistics (difficult ones) it wasn't possible for them to come to New York.
The biggest disappointment for Sara and I was that Blu, one of our favorite artists working on the streets today, couldn't make it. We had met Blu at the beginning of the year in Milan (the same day we met Rekal) and desperately wanted him here.
Blu had a good reason for not coming. For the last month or so he's been traveling across South America with a documentary film crew creating massive murals with local people along the way. If there is one website that you should be reading each day, even more than ours, it is this one.
But here's what type of person Blu is - The night before the opening of 11 Spring my mobile phone rang. It was Blu. How he got my mobile number I don't know. He said he was in Argentina and that he wanted to personally say congratulations to all of the artists and that he was excited for them and that he missed them a lot. This meant a lot to me as it's not something that most people do.
The photo above came this morning from our friend Julian who's part the DOMA collective in Buenos Aires. It's a collaboration done in the last few days between DOMA and Blu.
December 8, 2006
Sam3's website can be found here.
November 22, 2006
Last week Lister, Goldtooth, Lister, Rinzen, James Alley, Dscreet, Cept, Paris Hair, Mysterious Al, MuteID, Dave The Chimp, Mjar , Showchicken, PMH and Saru got together in London for a paint jam. Here's a couple of snaps...
November 15, 2006
November 1, 2006
From P.Bloem in Rotterdam comes word that the Lastplak and various of their friends recently finished a massive wall 120 meters long and 6 meters high in the Netherlands. It took over a week to finish.
October 26, 2006
If you've spoken to Sara and I in the last six months, then you're already aware that we can't stop talking about Blu. Why we try not to play favorites, Blu is hands down our favorite artist currently hitting the streets.
Later this month Blu will be leaving his home base in Italy to spend two months traveling across Central America with two film directors Lorenzo Fonda and Ivan Sibe. They will be making their way across Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina meeting artists, painting, and searching for the best murals in each country. The film makers will be shooting everything and then they will make a documentary film about the whole project.
To track the progress of the project, they've put together a blog where you can "read the news and look at the photos of these four lost italians trying to survive in central America."
Also, this week Blu updated his website. So if you've never seen the work of Blu, or haven't checked out his stuff in a while, cancel what you had planned for the next couple of hours and check out the amazing work that this guy does by clicking here.
October 13, 2006
October 9, 2006
We first heard about the artist Conor Harrington from our friend D*Face in London a few years ago. D*Face had told us that he felt Conor was one of the most talented artists he'd come across in years, and after seeing his work, we immediately agreed.
The photo above are from a new series of pieces that Conor did at Arttrail 07, an arts
event in Cork, Ireland (Cornor's home town) which invites artists to work in and respond to a particular area of the city.
The Shandon area of Cork is a historical part of the city and an area undergoing a lot of social change with the influx of immigrants in recent years.Conor's studio work has always addressed the transient nature of both graffiti and society in general, and he wanted to highlight this impermanence by putting up charcoal on paper pieces, to see how the weather interacts, and decays the piece.
Keep an eye out for Conor's next gallery show in London which opens at Lazerides Gallery inout ab five weeks.
September 5, 2006
August 30, 2006
Faile has recently painted a mural for the Tiger Translate event in Shanghai at the Shanghai Sculpture Space. Tiger Translate is a global tour to present audiences with a vibrant vision of Asia through the eyes of emerging and established artists. For the Shanghai event on Saturday, August 5th 2006, Faile was commissioned to create a series of pieces which captured their vision of Asia. The 108 ft. mural consisted of 18 canvasses (Arcylic on Canvas) at 6ft. x 6ft. each. The mural was largely composed of Faile imagery and ideas juxtaposed with the bits and pieces collected during trips through Chinatown in New York City.
You can check out the full mural here.
August 25, 2006
July 17, 2006
From Peter: "In contrast to all bad news describing efforts and campaigns against graffiti and street art, we have secured a new relationship with the Mayor's Office in New Brunswick:
Albus Cavus have sponsored three new walls in New Brunswick, NJ this summer. They are painted by Michael Ciccotello, Michael Die and JOS-L. Two of them are done in collaboration with the Mayor's office. We have established this unique relationship recently and are expecting to provide many opportunities for street artists and muralist in near future. We are excited that we are able to provide these spaces for the artists and bring some colorful artwork to the streets. All of the projects have been very well received by the residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. For more info and photos visit www.albuscav.us"
July 7, 2006
July 3, 2006
Work done by doma, run dont walk, naza, kid gaucho, pum pum and more friends in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
May 30, 2006
Artist: Anais from France
May 26, 2006
May 24, 2006
It's been a while since we checked in with two of our favorite artists, the Madrid based team of Eltono and Nuria. They just returned to Spain from Brazil where they went to paint in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Eltono tells us:" it was the most exiting painting experience ever!!! "
You can check the pics here.
May 22, 2006
May 19, 2006
If you're not yet familiar with the public murals of Jeff Zimmerman, be sure to check out his website. Public murals can be a mixed bag, but Jeff's work is truely wonderful. The piece above was recently done in Terre Haute, IN.
May 15, 2006
May 12, 2006
May 10, 2006
The photo above is of the first wall being completed in the San Diego Aerosol Art Challenge. Artists include Crol, Werc, Pose2fx, Vyalone, Sake and Chorboogie
May 1, 2006
April 18, 2006
March 30, 2006
Artists: Cern and Cekis from Chile
Location: E 4th St. between Ave C and Ave D
March 21, 2006
Recently, Pez and Kenor spent a month on painting on the Canary Islands. Here's a couple of pictures:
March 16, 2006
The amazing thing about these peices by Jorge Rodriguez are that with the rain and the wind they will disappear.
The photos are by Socayo.
March 13, 2006
One of the highlights of last weekend's Armory Show in New York, was a massive installation that Os Gemeos did for Deitch Projects. It's called "History for Children's Sleep" and was over two stories tall. Unfortunately we we'ren't in town to see it, but C. Damage was. You can see more photos on the Flickr site here.
March 9, 2006
March 7, 2006
February 27, 2006
Last week we posted a series of amazing canvases done in Milan over 14 days by seven artists: Kami, Sasu, alexone , Will Barras, Jago, Microbo and Bo130.
From Bo130 comes some panaramas of the entire 105 meters long 2.5 high, 14 days, 7 people.
February 21, 2006
Run Don't Walk
February 20, 2006
Laat week our friend WK headed out to Los Angeles for a collaborative installation with Laker star Kobe Bryant at the Nike Gallery.
Here's some photos of what went down:
February 7, 2006
Last weekend in Buenos Aires, Doma, Fase, and The London Police met up on Zapiola & Matienzo Streets. Here's the results...
February 2, 2006
January 10, 2006
December 27, 2005
December 23, 2005
A group of local artist in Oxford, England were invited to paint a series of murals on a wall on Cowley Road that is owned by a local estate agent
They decided to illustrate a poem about thrid world debtwritten by a local poet named Nyarai Humba.
To their surprise they discovered that it had been painted out by censors the day after it had been finished. Here's the poem:
The Myth of Third World Debt
I hear tell
that the ‘West’ claims
‘Third World’ countries
owe them a debt.
The white people them
They come to our countries
the holocaust of slavery
the evil, parasitic, violent process
them call colonization.
What this means is
them rape Mother Africa
took her children to use as donkey
went right inside Mother Africa belly
and steal her resources
send them back home
to the ‘west’.
We the Africans,
funded the industrial revolution
with our blood, sweat, and tears and
So I don’t really understand
what the ‘west’ means
when them talk
‘bout ‘Third world debt’
I believe them have no shame
I know they full of untruth
they lie to themselves constantly
cause truth will kill them fe true.
I ask you to reconsider
who owes whom?
The west owes Africa
a debt so great
them can never
Though we may not say it,
don’t think we do not see it
We are silent
because white men talk too much
all in aid
of hiding the truth.
Third world debt
is a fiction of
white mans imagination.