russian street artist nikita nomerz transforms abandoned structures in various cities including his home town of nizhniy novgorod by re-purposing their features into distinctive characters through graffiti. nomerz continues the project by traveling and transforming urban debris, tree trunks and dilapidated buildings into peculiar illustrations full of personality and quirk. converting chasms into mouths and crumbling brick craters into eyes, the artist re-interprets what was once abandoned and uncared for into spirited characters peppered around town.
Though artists such as Mr Brainwash make it easy to forget, street art and politics go hand in hand and there’s no better way to reignite that fiery connection than at the ‘Follow Your Art: Street Art Against Slavery’ exhibition. Leading artists such as Sweet Toof, Rowdy, Pure Evil, Olek and Toasters have come together to highlight the existence and complexity of modern day slavery at Village Underground this Wednesday October 3. The one day exhibition will include a DJ set from Massive Attack and performance from Leon Rhymes, as well as an auction for Anti-Slavery International. With limited spaces, this is a hot topic sending it straight to the top of this week’s Hot List.
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Sarah Al Abdali is a 22 year old street artist who came to prominence in Saudi Arabia by stencilling graffiti around Jeddah criticising the commercial redevelopment of Mecca. She talks about her work....
I've been making street art since 2009 and have traveled to 13 countries to focus on children who are homeless and living on the street. I make cardboard cutouts that I mount to walls with high tack mounting tape or propped up as stand alone pieces. If no one removes them from the streets, the pieces will decay and be destroyed by the harsh environment. If someone does take it, then they can keep it in their home. If it survives, there is hope for them to continue on as pieces of art, just like there is hope for the actual homeless and street kids.
During my last trip to Asia I stayed in an orphanage in northern Thailand and got to know the kids there. I spent two months with them, listening to their stories, and then I represented these young people in this body of my recent work.
IN the dead of night, with their steamy breath hanging heavy on the chill air, three men prepare to break into London Zoo.
Keeping a keen eye out for a patrolling police car or chance passer-by, they hoist each other over the huge fence and drop silently into the enclosure in Regent’s Park.
They know if they are caught they are in deep trouble but they do not want to nick cash from the tills — or even steal a rare animal to sell to a collector.
All they want to do is get into the penguin pen and spray paint the words: “Let us out of here. The food in here is crap.”
Well, actually, only one of them wants to do that. The other two are just there for the crazy ride.
And that man is celebrated and mysterious graffiti artist Banksy.
Even people with no known identity need a friend, as Robert Clarke discovered when he became mates with the elusive artist after a chance encounter in 1994.
Also from Bristol and an artist, Robert was working on the reception of the bohemian Carlton Hotel in New York’s Manhattan when a man calling himself Robin checked in.
That was Banksy — and so began a seven-year friendship that afforded Robert a front-row seat to the bonkers world of the guerilla artist.
Today, Banksy’s work sells for millions to the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — but life wasn’t always so sweet.
In a new book, Seven Years With Banksy, Robert lifts the lid on the humble beginnings of the Bristol-born tagger — days spent in shabby artist hang-outs in rough New York neighbourhoods, plus the mischievous London Zoo break-in.
There has been loads of speculation over Banksy’s true identity.
In 2008 it was claimed his real name is Robin Gunningham.
Although Robert does not mention his surname, he seems at least to be confirming they have his Christian name correct.
He also describes his appearance, which matches some of the blurry pictures supposedly of Banksy.
Robert writes: “He is quite tall but not overly so. He is slim and slightly gangly. His dress sense isn’t really together. His clothes didn’t make any sense.
“He wasn’t trying to concoct a look or identify with some youth code. It was nondescript.
“This guy was a crow. He didn’t stand out, or in, you just wouldn’t notice him. He could blend in or out at will, as if he had an invisibility cloak.”....
In the annals of "Fine Art History," graffiti is usually placed squarely outside of the mainstream dialogue. Usually, it’s relegated to a foggy category sometimes called Urban Art--or worse, Urban Contemporary.
Wanna see some serious eye candy? Then check out these awesome French wall artworks by an amazing tagger known as Flow. It's the most fun you can have with a dozen cans of spray paint.
TWE Crew is a loose association of talented graffiti artists working in various parts of France. From social statements using hip-hop artists, dino-gangsters, bikini-clad assassins and tributes to sci-fi, fantasy and horror movies, nothing escapes their nozzles.
Their wild walls can be gawked at in Bayonne, Nice, Labenne and Biarritz, decorating chic boulevards and abandoned alleys throughout the country. Flow is one of the prominent members of the TWE paint posse, and here are 13 of his more memorable works from the worlds of Alien, Batman, Mars Attacks and more...
Here is a rough edit for a Film that Christopher Heary directed and currently finnishing about the Graffiti scene in the UK (London) during the 80’s.
It focuses on it's most influential artists, one of the 5 featured is Fuel, who was once in the U.K's top ten most wanted Criminals and has never appeared on camera until this film. He along with Part2ism,SHEONE,Prime and Pride reminice about how they have evolved as artists and where Graffiti has evolved.
This metallic giant skull sculpture is called the Very Hungry God and is the work of Subodh Gupta, who made this amazing creation in 2006. This sculpture is crafted by using hundreds of kitchen utensils like pans, pots and so on. This sculpture weights around one ton and is displayed at the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park in London.
The organizers of Prague’s Stuck On The City, an international exhibition on street art and graffiti, released this nifty video of street artist Tron working on a huge mural. It’s set to Kompakt artist Coma’s outstanding track “Fiction.” The effect is all-around hypnotic.
The exhibition is being held on October 10, and will feature work by Swoon, Zedz, Bior, Delta, Escif and others. If you’re in Europe, check out the Stuck On The City website for location information.
These colorful, blobby creatures, called Flossis, are taking over Germany! Designed by artist Rosalie, the installation of playful figures can be seen climbing the exterior walls of many buildings in Düsseldorf, Germany, including The Roggendorf House. The decorative figures add a fun element along The Rhine, as viewers observe the invasion of the human-like forms who fearlessly climb the walls with their suction cup hands and feet. Upon reaching the top of the building, the happy clan of sculptures are placed standing or sitting, with legs hanging over the edge of the roof, happily waving down to the audience of passers-by below.
This strange building looking similar to something out of a Dr. Seuss novel is the result of covering the structure in huge blocks of polystyrene with resin and adding a heavy coat of white paint on top. Used as a contemporary arts space, the idea for the building was created by French artists, Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus.
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