Although Reykjavik is by far Iceland’s biggest city, with a population of 200,000 within the greater metropolitan area, I wasn’t expecting much more than a beautiful, quiet little town. However, as I was walking to my hostel in the downtown area, the graffiti and street art quickly caught my eye...
La sélection street art de la semaine revient avec des jeux, une jolie fille, des legos : Les autres street art of the Week Si vous avez repéré des jolies oeuvres sur le net ou sur près de chez vous, vous pouvez nous les envoyer à...
Earlier this month a collective of artists and activists hacked their way into dozens of sidewalk billboards on the streets of Toronto and over the course of one night replaced advertising with whimsical hyper-local maps and one-off illustrations. GOOD caught up with cARTographyTO, the group responsible for the adbusting, to find out more about their mission and the tactics behind their acts of creative disruption.
GOOD: So what do you have against billboards?
cARTographyTO: Billboards privatize and commercialize public spaces. These spaces are supposed to be for everyone, but are sold to those who already have the most resources and power. It is a highly inequitable distribution of voice. Most advertizing promotes an unsustainable culture of unchecked consumerism, creating artificial desire and relying on making consumers feel perpetually inadequate.
In Toronto, as well as in other cities, our streets and other public spaces are suffocated by visual pollution as companies compete to be bigger and louder in a costly advertising arms race. Billboards are designed to get your attention, and are successful in being a major distraction. It is not hard to see how dangerous this can be when motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians share space. Public spaces should be kept public...
As part of the George Town festival, a month-long celebration of art going on in Penang, Malaysia, Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic created this piece of two life-size siblings taking a ride on an actual bike. The wall painting provoked a fascinating and creative response from its visitors. People were taking pictures of themselves doing everything from chasing the children down the street to levitating next to it. (We love the ones where people look like they're getting run over.)
C'est une première au monde : 26 street-artists internationaux se liguent pour dénoncer l'invasion de la publicité. Baptisée "Brandalism", contraction de "brand" (marque) et de "vandalism", leur opération fait du bruit ces jours-ci outre-Manche.
Boing Boing reader Peter Schwagly sends in the photo of Breaking Bad street art above and below, and says, I'm a super fan of Breaking Bad and Boingboing as well.... is there something to the shared alliteration?
Ils se surnomment Azek, Siana, Rodez, Limo, Pisco, Rensone, Flow, Hope, Debza, Bims... pour les Français. Il y a aussi les internationaux Cisco, Puer, Rita, Danger, Ender, Mover, Inok, Nikita... Ils participent ce week-end au Meeting of styles (MOS), le Festival international de graffiti impulsé par l’Union internationale de la street culture (UISC)...
The crossing over of street art and comics is nothing new, with street artists trying all sorts of narrative tricks and co-opting comic book characters, and comic book artists like Jim Mahfood and Damion Scott proving that the influence runs in both directions. The street artists Jim Rockwell, Vision and Probs of the End Of The Line crew have recently completed two murals, one in tribute to Jean “Moebius” Giraud, and another publicizing the East London Comics And Arts Festival. They’ve done a decent job of copping the styles of Giraud and McBess (designer of the original ELCAF 2012 poster), and it’s fun to see Major Grubert on a London street corner....
Le street artist anglais Phlegm est de retour avec de nouveaux graff après son passage en Irlande, à Bantry. Longeant le cours des rivières, ses œuvres explorent un thème plus aquatique avec la présence d’étranges pêcheurs et autres poissons. A découvrir.
Mr Brainwash first came to the world’s attention as the star of Banksy’s Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. The film was so extraordinary it was met with a storm of hoax accusations. It followed the then Thierry Guetta, a perfectly ordinary (well, ordinary-ish) French-born owner of a vintage clothes shop in Los Angeles, who had an obsessive hobby for filming things. With a camcorder permanently attached to his face and no need for sleep, Guetta began turning his lens on other nocturnal creatures: street artists.
Over several years, with help of his cousin the French artist Invader, he fell in with Shepard Fairey (famous for the Obama Hope motif) and other graffitists in the LA scene. The famously coy Banksy even agreed to be filmed (under strict provisos of control of footage), having been told by others that Guetta was making a documentary about the particularly fruitful early 2000s period of street art – a misconception Guetta was happy to let rest.
Guetta scaled buildings, held ladders, ran from police and became a helpful, if insistent, fanboy in this strange night-time art world. But he made no attempt to turn the hundreds of hours of footage he had collected into a film. Eventually responding to pressure from Banksy he spent six months splicing, editing and producing one. The result was a completely unwatchable mish-mash of snapshots that did nothing for street art except give the watcher a headache.
Click here or on "View Gallery" to see Mr Brainwash artwork...
Editor's note: Richard Howard-Griffin is chief executive of Street Art London, an independent arts organization that seeks to document and represent the London street art scene.
(CNN) -- Hackney Wick is nestled next to the Olympic site, separated only by a waterway known as the Lee Navigation. It is a half industrial, half artistic enclave, little known to Londoners, but which has, in recent years, become rich in street art from a cast of artists who have been integral to regenerating east London and informing its cultural identity.
With the Olympics now underway, Hackney Wick can been seen as a microcosm highlighting the forces that street art faces across east London.
Street art meets Locog
The Olympics organizing committee, LOCOG, has been asked to deliver a long-remembered games, and multifaceted legacy for London. This is no easy task.
Read more: Why gritty East End is London's gold standard
Unfortunately it has failed, overwhelmingly, to engage with London's street artists.
It seems the cultural thinking behind London 2012 is being carried out from within an impenetrable ivory tower, with scant access granted to decision makers.
In essence, there has been a top-down imposition of what LOCOG thinks is the relevant cultural identity of London -- and this has been presented to the world.
To many in east London, where the Olympic Park is located, this imposition feels alien. It feels akin to a form of cultural imperialism, out of synch with the true culture, including street art which may be found just a stone's throw from the Olympic Stadium...
In addition to his brilliant mini-billboard, the Paris-based paste-up master Ludo and his unmistakable green paint occupy a notable section of the top floor, including a full-scale bus shelter (crappy tags included.) For the real experience though, pick up the map supplied at the front desk and follow it to the various “treasures” left by artists around the city. Ludo has posted three large pieces out on the town...
The small town of La Louvière, in Belgium is host to a brilliant Urban Art exhibition being held at “Centre de la Gravure et de’limage imprimée” (The Center for Engraving and the Printed Image). Showing through September 2, 2012, “Vues sur Murs” (Wallscapes: Prints in Street Art) features an impressive list of international artists, many making new work specifically for this exhibit and also hitting the town with huge pieces...
Some day a real rain will come and wash all the trash off the sidewalks, as Travis Bickle psychotically says in Martin Scorsese's film Taxi Driver. That rain is the Olympics, and it is threatening to wash London's streets clean of irreverent images like this portrait of a corporate clown carrying the torch.
This week a graffiti painter– who claims he only works on legally sanctioned projects – was among several individuals banned from Olympic venues and London public transport, in a pre-emptive police strike against supposed threats to public order on the eve of the London Olympiad.
This attack on one of contemporary London's most renowned traditions reveals how deeply uncomfortable the cultural relationship between this city and the Olympics really is. An event that is all about massive finance, colossal scale, hyper-organisation and culture delivered from above is being superimposed on a capital that happens to be best at improvisation, dirty realism, punk aesthetics and low art. It's like Versailles versus the sans-culottes. And this time Versailles is determined to win.
Will the cultural fame of modern London survive this summer?...
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