Just in case you can't read it or thought you read it incorrectly the first time: Your Visits are Recorded for Your Safety.
Only in the South would the surveillance CYA be hand painted script, have motherly intentions, and be nestled behind a birdhouse.
There is the obvious anti-establishment and most often anonymous aura that surrounds street art -- at least anonymous in the sense that you can continue doing it without getting busted. It’s cool if people know who you are when you aren’t bellowing it to the masses. Good graff has a subcultural caché that speaks sideways.
This pixelized water spout is one of my favorite pieces of street art ever. It appeared in New York in the East Village in 2008 and disappeared into the ether soon thereafter. This particular photo was taken right as it was graffed upon by a throw-down artist of much lesser skill.
For those super micro into the deets, there is a Listed Buildings Act to protect such graffiti structures in the UK. They have the Beatles Abbey Road as protection. It’s about time we start doing this here in the US, but how?
Melinda Brocka wrote a nifty piece in last week’s HuffPo Arts about graffiti finally getting more than street cred: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melinda-brocka/should-banksys-graffiti-a_b_937221.html#s340605
*edited for my typo love.
I'll look forward to sharing more of these as I can create them again :-).
Having two seconds to rub together, I thought quickly to introduce to you to awesomeness in the form of two Oregonians known as aaron and ayumi, aka APAK. I kinda want to keep them a secret. But why be greedy? They painted this wood original I snagged at a Giant Robot exhibition in San Francisco (that if you zoom in to see) liiterally rocks my studio windowsill. If you're quick enough, and the lucky type, you may get your mitts on something like this > http://www.etsy.com/listing/15463263/limited-edition-print-up-the-hill.
My APAK sits next to an 80's Soviet doll head brought back from a videographer friend who travels to cool places all the time. It's frequently mistaken for a head with feet attachech to it; this factor has creeped most people out over the years no matter how cheerful its surroundings may purport to be. I'm sure it's probably from Chernobyl. And of course there's that tray of Pigmas from .01 to .5 with tumbleweeds blowin' over them because ain't nothin' analog happening in my world these days.
More here: http://bearpawandbearpaw.blogspot.com/2011/05/bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2011.html
Super cool ad campaign for Greenpeace encourages homeowners to paint their roofs white. Wait, it's the photos and whole human participatory element thing that radly touch upon where advertising should be headed.
‘White is the new green’ ads are created by the Johannesburg, SA office of Ogilvy & Mather. They are arting up the entire community with enclaves of hares, foxes, and polar bears. I hope they all get along. :-)
Obviously, such pauper’s gold as drywall was never meant for their hearty backsides, because these signs were meant to shine on wood posts or barn walls where they could do their best commercial damage for unwitting passers-by.
“If they rip at the waistband, we will pay you fifty cents.” Well, hotdamn. And done with that kind of flourish and typesetting? Well, sign me right up for a pair ☺.
I love the early attempt at white labeling for G. A. Smith from West Paris, Maine, where I can imagine these suckers are selling like it’s their job.
Marco explains “In this way I manage to bring the rapt aura of old paintings into my representation—all done in the style and manner of my masterly predecessors."
Communication Arts just did a big spread on Marco’s work in the July/August 2011 issue here: http://venturamarco.com/blogwp/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/MarcoVenturaCAJuly-August2011.pdf
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