Tag Archives: Street Art

Space Invaders in Sao Paulo

21 Sep

Space Invaders are now truly an international phenomenon as they have reached the Southern American continent. Sao Paulo saw the pixelated creatures infiltrate their graffiti-covered walls in July 2011. Incidentally, graffiti in Sao Paulo (called Pixa├žaos) is very distinctive and has its own characteristic style. Invader chose to scout the many old tiles shops around the city in search for material, used later to make up the creatures. A very smart move that placed the space invaders a bit closer to the local culture. The invasion was followed by an exhibition in the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo. Go here for more.


MWM’s free form flow

31 Aug

Artist MWM shared on his blog the wall he painted during a graffiti jam in Moscow. Reone, his moniker, is tagged in a free style manner with cursive letters as opposed to his more intricate geometric designs. I have to say I have a personal preference for his impressive colorful patterns, but the way this mural is executed is absolutely beautiful. I love the organic way in which the letters come together merging with the dots and colors, and how he used the windows to set the rhythm of the word instead of it having a dividing and splitting effect.

JR’s Inside Out project documented

9 Aug

French street artist JR, the 2011 TED Prize winner has made good use of his wish of making a global art project that would turn the world inside out. Indeed, since then, the site for the project has been launched and anyone can upload their portraits and receive a print that they can paste up around the city.

“INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Upload a portrait. Receive a poster. Paste it for the world to see.”

Besides the obvious message of empowerment of Inside Out, the artist’s first destination was quite symbolic too given that it was Tunisia after the massive manifestations that led to Ben Ali’s fall. Portraits of Tunisian people were plastered over the same walls that used to feature the dictator’s portraits.
It’s a testament to the power of art helping people re-appropriate the city and regain control over symbolic public places. Find below the first episode documenting the project (we’re promised many upcoming episodes), and some pics of Inside Out in Tunisia. Beautiful and inspiring project!

Lora Zombie’s grunge art

3 Aug

Lora Zombie is a graffiti artist and painter who masters an amazing illustration style. She uses mostly ink and watercolor with a beautiful treatment of the lines and colors. The subjects depicted look like they came out of fantastical twisted fairytales, and her artworks are often witty and stark commentaries, with some humor. Check out her site here, and below are some of her work and a video of the artist at work, which gives a bit more insight on how her pieces come together.

Pablo Delgado’s mini paste-ups

21 Jul

Don’t Panic has an interview with street artist Pablo Delgado (read in full here) about the proliferation of his mini paste-ups all over London’s East-End area. The artist talks about his Victorian inspirations as well as the main drive behind his works. It was nice to discover an artist with such attention to detail whose works also act as social commentary, whether he’s referencing the cultural diversity of London in his doors series or making a point about the raising prices in the area through his mini-prostitutes.

“The prostitutes represent various things. One aspect is certainly the historical background of the area, but the second is they represent what’s happening to East London. The area is selling itself – especially with the Olympics just around the corner. Rent is getting higher, new places are opening every day; everything is for sale and people are taking advantage of this and raising their prices in anticipation of the demand to come. They’re prostituting themselves essentially. Finally I guess it’s also a reference to how I go out and use the streets as a canvas, making myself public by using public spaces.”

You can view more of his work on his site.

Ism Ism: 1979 New York graffiti documented by Manuel de Landa

21 Jun

This fascinating super 8 film dating from 1979 was shot by Manuel de Landa, a philosopher, professor and author of many books, who focuses heavily on the theories of Gilles Deleuze. He has made several short experimental and art movies in the 70’s and 80’s, Ism Ism being one of them, that got recently restored by New York’s Anthology Film Archives.
Ism Ism is set to the music of the New York Dolls and documents the late 70’s graffiti and ads’ subversion of New York City’s subculture. I think the way it’s shot captures the exact feel of the time and space. The jerky camera work and rough saccades combined with the soundtrack work perfectly with the street art and collages shot, as well as the ideas driving them. Really worth watching!

(via Flavorwire)

Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary

17 Jun

Different animation techniques and styles are creatively combined to create this brilliant spot for the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International. Directed by Carlos Lascano with music by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer and nominee Lorne Balfe, the emotional video makes references to street art (Blu’s work, among others, comes to mind). Which is very fitting, given that graffiti has always been a way to express thoughts of resistance and refusal to conform.
Beautiful work for a good cause! You can check out the making of here.