Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tha Bum's drawings may be on tees, but his heart is in the streets. "Street art is all about getting up in the streets," he insists, "but it's much more than that. It's a style of art that is very distinctive and it's also a lifestyle." When it comes to getting up, Tha Bum is never scared. He only fears, he insists, "not pursuing my dreams."
Tagging can lead to some unfathomable adventures. "One time in Vegas," he explains, "a homeless man asked me for change. I said, 'For sure, if you hold up one of my stickers so I can take a flick.' He agreed, but then changed his mind and didn't want to give me my money back. We almost got into a fist fight, but I got my money back."
Street art is ephemeral, but Tha Bum hopes to leave his mark. "I'd like to work for myself eventually," he says. "I just want to make sure my work is around even after I die. Right now, I'm working on a few things for some clients and trying to finish up one of my own pieces." Don't be fooled, this Bum is no slacker. Be on the lookout for fresh pieces in your hood.
Thanks a bunch, man! For more photos or info, stop by his MySpace. Alright, it's the weekend. Time for some watermelon and sun on the porch.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I'm back! Did you miss me? After a week of swimming, biking, and eating fish, I've returned refreshed and ready to write more posts. No, I didn't bring you back a stuffed lobster or a corny tee shirt, but I did manage to whip up some headlines before I threw all my laundry in the washer.
First off, I’d like to draw your attention to the “Primary Sources” sidebar. We’ve got two new neighbors. Andrea says “hej” from Fubalu in Zurich while Emily says “what’s up?” from Madison Street Art. Definitely give these folks a shout and check out what they’re posting!
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is getting a facelift from graffiti artists with its “Rough Cut Nation” exhibit.
Manchester, Mass., residents said “no” to a proposed graffiti mural.
If you’ve looked at a light post on New York City’s Lower East Side, you’ve probably seen Jim Powers’s mosaics.
This blog contains some drive-by shots of street art in LA.
San Francisco’s Mission District is teeming with street art and artists; here's a sample.
Here’s Kurt Werner’s newest pseudo-3D piece in Bettona, Italy.
In this video clip, Billy the Artist gets excited about his new Swatch designs.
Hush has some sassy new projects online at Urban Angel.
UIC student Firas Alktaheeb created the Obama “Joker” posters, but his hands are clean of wheatpaste.
Michael De Feo recently returned from Hong Kong after “planting” a few pieces. View the end product at his website.
Rod McPhee implores Yorkshire graffiti powerwashers to give it a rest.
Even little kids can’t draw on Devon sidewalks anymore; their chalk scribbles are getting the scrub, too.
Art teacher Ian Sands and his students placed colorful critters around Apex, North Carolina, to brighten up the neighborhood.
San Francisco’s 1AM gallery offers stencil classes this Wednesday from 5:30-7 pm.
Shepard Fairey and Eastsider blogger Jesus Sanchez went head to head when Sanchez discovered that the artist covered the exterior of his gallery with anti-graffiti coating.
Princess Hijab’s posters are included in “The Seen and the Hidden: (Dis)-covering the Veil,” a show running through August 29 at New York City’s Austrian Cultural Forum.
Good question: If the NYPD is fining street artists and sending taggers to jail, should they be doing the same to companies putting up illegal ads on our walls?
Curbs and Stoops posted a write-up about Indonesian artist Arkiv last week.
Shell Sheddy’s photographs document New York’s graffiti scene in “Reading the Writing on the Wall.” The show runs through August 29 at the Tompkins Square Park Library Gallery.
Jon Burgerman’s visit to the U.S. was nothing but busy. He painted in BK, created some stickers for Japan, and opened his latest show (aptly titled ‘My American Summer’) at Giant Robot in L.E.S. New York City thanks you, Jon!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Matt knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist. He only had to look to his family for inspiration. His grandfather was a successful abstract artist, his older brother is a painter, and his mother dyes textiles. “I grew up drawing pirate ships with my grandfather,” he recalls. “Then I started blowing glass at eleven at an art camp called Buck’s Rock. I learned everything there like woodworking, printmaking, boutique, ceramics and glass blowing. The glass blowing really stuck with me so I ended up doing it through college, but I been doing artwork my whole life.”
While he doesn’t work on the street, Matt believes that his medium reaches a broad range of people. “A lot of people ask whether it’s selling out to put artwork on products,” he says. “Once something is sold on the shelf, you’re automatically considered a sell out. I think that’s crap. I think it’s a great way to have your artwork on all sorts of different people walking around. They’re like living canvases and other people get to experience the artwork that way.”
Matt’s latest project is a collaboration with Swatch. Back in the ‘80s, Keith Haring contributed some designs for the company’s campaign. Today, Matt’s colorful critters decorate three separate watchbands. “I haven’t seen anyone wearing my Swatches yet,” he says. “But I have a lot of clients in China that saw some big billboards with my name and watch design on them. My sister-in-law has seen my work on ads in the subway and on the streets in Barcelona.”
Whenever one project ends, Matt's already on to the next one. “I’ve got a lot of ideas,” he explains. “I’m working on a children’s book. I want to do a lot of stuff for home décor like wallpaper, interior design, and other stuff like that. I also want to do some stuff with Crayola, and maybe Sharpie. I want to collaborate with shoes maybe Nike or Converse.” While he may have big plans, Matt hasn’t allowed his success to inflate his ego. “I do a lot of cute and innocent looking work, but I’ve got a pretty filthy mouth and a huge sense of humor,” he says. “I’m just a fun guy who doesn’t take life too seriously.”Matt’s story got me thinking. What kind of an impact is street art making on the art community? And what about the commercial community? What does it mean when advertising uses the same street tactics as artists? Can commercial art serving the same purpose as street artists? Can commercial art maintain ‘street’ sensibilities? I’d really love to get some feedback. This post is a bit out of the ordinary for me, so I’d love to hear what you guys have to say. After all, this blog is about our community! Right now, I’m heading out to Cape Cod for the week. Don’t cry, though. You can catch up on any posts you missed, take photos in your neighborhoods, and send me photos for when I get back. Have a great week and come back on August 24 for headlines, posts, and profiles. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
“Born in 1978 in Argentina’s Tucumán province, Nazzar was raised and trained in Buenos Aires. This stencil artist uses his discipline as a means of personal expression. He rephrases and uses public space in order to convey a message.”
“Through his stencils, he actively intervenes in the community. Nazzar is committed to his surroundings, seeking to generate reactions and promote greater social awareness. While he also dabbles in illustration, tattoos, music, and designs, he specializes in stencils.”
“In 2006, Nazzar participated in major international exhibitions. He displayed his work in French and Viennese galleries. You can also find his works published in stencil books in Argentina and France’s Stencil History X.”
“In addition to his Argentine projects, he’s also worked on the streets of Germany, England, France, and Brazil. Currently, he’s involved in numerous projects. Each piece focuses strongly on the idea of content. He strives to carefully produce works with substance so his paintings leave more than just a visual impact.”
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"She is also a member of the right religious organization called OPUS DEI (The right of the right in the Holy Fucking Catholic Church) And lastly, she said that GRAFFITI is not an ART, and that Madrid spends 6 millions per year erasing graffiti, demagogically concluding, ‘With this money, we could have built 6 hospitals.’” “’I´ll destroy GRAFFITI’", she added.'”
“For all these reasons, and as a reaction to the stupid letter that she sent to every Madrilian with her signature arguing, among her measures for ‘integral cleaning of the city,’ that all graffiti was going to be removed, we had the idea of doing this open action using her own medicine! In fact, with so many politicians proposing recently to use municipal money to hire forensic graphologist to identify taggers and other street artists, we thought it would be a nice touch to use her own signature in this project. That action became really popular in Spain and also in other countries. For instance The Independent of London talks about us.”
“Welcome to this International Stencil Conspiracy! In essence, we are an open, global, and street-art action that criticizes and mocks a prominent politician who prosecutes graffiti. She also holds other backward opinions and policy proposals (from anti-gay rights, to reverse sustainability and social exclusion, you name it...) In response, the open group encourages artists and sympathizers to stencil the globe with her own signature.”
“While it has a strong tongue in cheek component, I believe it also encourages the discussion of public space usage, the right to the city, and the role that art and open participation has to do as an active agent of change. The project has picked up quite a bit of traction, with interventions in Madrid. Several other Spanish cities, such as Cadiz or Cuenca, have picked up on our mission. We also reach out to places like Washington DC and are planning interventions across Latin America.”