Posts Tagged ‘street art’

A creative approach to street art: using explosives. Here’s the blurb from Gearlog giving some of the background:

If art always seemed a little bit too passive for your liking, we have a little something that might change your mind. Wall artist Alexandre Farto has been creating images without paint, pen or charcoal, opting instead for very precise explosions. He places charges into a wall and then detonates them, blowing off bits of plaster to create large murals, with the contrast between the exploded bits and intact wall forming the image.

The murals can be found around London and Moscow and are part of a series called “Scratching the Surface”. His site contains images of other pieces he’s made with explosives, as well as links to his other works (mostly of the more tame, non-volatile variety).

The artist, also known as Vhils, collaborated with the musician Orelha Negra to create a video of the creation of the pieces, explosions and all. Watching the bits of plaster fly off the wall, leaving behind a simple slogan or picture is honestly breathtaking, especially given how carefully targeted these blasts had to be to make this happen. Can’t help but think that required art classes would be a bit more fun using his technique. Check out the video after the break.

[via Hack-a-Day]

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Upringing in Modern Life

Posted: December 26, 2010 in creativity
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Modern Life (Wooster Collective)

“Known to its creators and participating artists as the Underbelly Project, the space, where all the show’s artworks remain, defies every norm of the gallery scene. Collectors can’t buy the art. The public can’t see it. And the only people with a chance of stumbling across it are the urban explorers who prowl the city’s hidden infrastructure or employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.”

The abandoned and unfinished station

Zigzag flag by Faile in the abandoned subway station

The dining table is an installation by Jeff Stark

Damon Ginandes, a New York artist, putting the finishing touches on his painting

All images New York Times – go there too to read the fascinating whole story. Via Streetkonekt.

[Music by Air: La Femme d’Argent]

Iranian Grafitti

Posted: December 26, 2010 in creativity
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Some awesome Iranian street art on this Flickr site – makes you wonder how much worse the Mullahs’ attitude is to this kind of street art than the already bad one here in the West …

Brooklyn street/gallery artist Ellis Gallagher aka © Ellis G. takes us on a personal ride through his creative process and the defining moment that led him to his signature style of shadow-based outlines.

It’s a nice concept to focus on shadows, which we generally filter out in our way of seeing, and also on time: the things that existed in the same place before we were there (eg the shadows and/or objects of the night before). The artistic end product is not aesthetically complex, but it certainly is an attention stopper, a re-orienting point in our habitual ways of perception.

The video has a few hints of another, this time cultural habit: the omnipresence of the market. In this case it’s its art part, with street art morphing into its opposite: gallery art. But at least in Ellis G.’s case it can’t always be the simple copy/paste job that so many street artists go for when transferring their works onto canvas or gallery walls; hard to demount a street light and move it into a gallery. Its easier though with the objects Ellis often takes to the stage of his productions, like milk crates and bikes.

And they and their shadows do look different in a gallery setting. Being stripped of the rawness and real life character of street reality, the object and its aesthetically manipulated shadow have become colder, more abstract, arty, sophisticated. Rather than adding vibrancy to daily life, they are transformed into decorative objects with market value, to be transferred into the mansions of hip Wall Street bankers whose money never runs out and who know something about being cold. Money rips the soul out of life and therefore the artist who sells his.

This video doesn’t show yet the full extend of this life-expiring process – go to Urban Prankster to see the updated, slicker 2009 marketing version of this clip that seems to parallel the journey from street art to gallery fame. Tellingly, in that newer version the nice 120 seconds spot on respect, graffiti and street art closing with peace has vanished. Pity.

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“New York Street Advertising Takeover” Brings Art to Over 120 Illegal Billboards in NYC

Not the latest news, but nevertheless worthwhile spreading it, especially since a campaign against illegal billboards in New York has been going on for years. This latest campaign is Jordan Seiler’s incredibly ambitious “New York Street Advertising Takeover”, which became a reality in April 2009, when according to Wooster Collective “over 120 illegal billboards throughout the city were white washed by dozens of volunteers”.

NYSAT was organized as a reaction to the hundreds of billboards that are not registered with the city, and therefore are illegal. While illegal, these violations are not being prosecuted by the City of New York, allowing the billboard companies to garner huge profits by cluttering our outdoor space with intrusive and ugly ads.

After the illegal spots were white washed, late in the day yesterday over eighty artists transformed these spaces into personal pieces of art.

Here are some of the initial photos taken:

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[Images nicked from Wooster Collective]