We felt this really simple billboard ad re-appropriation is the perfect way to start that improvised 'list' of ours. The message is so clear and straight to the point , that it hardly needs any further analysis. Plus, we could not have said it better.
The three photos below are a gentle reminder that creating images and art on surfaces is an enjoyable, constructive positive activity, that goes beyond the limitations of age, race, geography and social status boundaries. We are thankful for the constant reassurance by Aidathat ' Hashtag Won't Save the World', art and creativity will...
Wilson and Kelling's ' Broken Windows' (1982) is a rather negative scary and outdated theory. RONE's 'Broken Windows' (2014), tells a much happier, positive story. Needless to say we prefer the one in Geelong, Australia. Image via the artist.
It seems that RONE is not the only one raising questions about art in open public spaces. The Outings Project, set as a global 'participatory' one, provides an unique opportunity for everyone to get involved and decide how their urban environment should look like. In Julien de Casabianca ( project's main instigator) own words:
'It's a way to discover how we can share the same urban environment with different generations and different kind of persons : when we stick, we obtain exactly the same reactions from both young and old; hip-hop teenagers to harpsichord old men. Everyone finds it beautiful... Maybe because the aesthetics in these paintings is in our common culture, without opposition of generations'.
Image: courtesy of the Outings Project.
Our review continues with highlights from the Art Basel Miami craze:
Close up shot of the wall.
Hush, Wynwood. Miami. Image: Brock Brake.
Spaniard Aryz has completed many impressive murals in numerous countries, but this particular one in Bilbao, named 'El fin justificado', is amongst our favourites. Because it is a fair and genuine representation of the artist's aesthetic understanding. In Aryz's own words (check the video below):
If they cover it up, so be it. I wouldn't mind it so much. In fact, to me it would make sense if it gets covered up... Everything is ephemeral and everything has to come and go.
Image via StreetArtNews.
Banksyonce said that 'street art has a short life span' ( Exit Through the Gift Shop). His outdoor works, however, often have a different that expected post-creation life. Soon after their appearance in the urban environment, the pieces become 'protected' under the watchful eyes of caring building owners and entrepreneurs, more concerned about the fiscal rather than the intrinsic value. Surprisingly, the work below was quickly removed (buffed) by Tendring district council, after a single complaint of being 'racist' and 'offensive'. Ironically enough, the council reported that they would 'obviously welcome an appropriate Banksy original on any of our seafronts and would be delighted if he returned in the future' (see more details here). The importance of this image is summed up beautifully by art critic Jonathan Jones, as follows:
Only part of the content of an image is determined by the artist. The rest is born in the mind of the person looking. What you see is not what you get - it is what you bring. Banksy is in the eye of the beholder.
The piece intact before removal. Image via the artist.
Leaving the contradictions for a bit to look at the times when art imitates life. Or in the case of the artists below, nature... Images via StreetArtNews and own archive.
DALeast, Lodz, Poland. One of our favourites.
JADE's 'Dreamcatcher' brings back nature into Lima's build environment with such an ease.
ROA, Werchter, Belgium. Impressive.
Faith47, Hackney Wick, London.
Stanley Donwood, Bath, UK.
Florentijn Hofman, 'Moon Rabbit', Taiwan.
Location, when putting art in public spaces, is everything. Below are examples of work totally on point with it; utilising as best as possible the fabric of cityscapes. The results are... well, see for yourselves. Images via StreetArtNews, unless stated otherwise.
Vhils, Lodz, Poland.
El Mac, Toronto, Canada.
Shepard Fairey, Charleston, USA. Below are two examples of murals that he completed over the course of a few days - both quite representational for the artist's painterly style and philosophy. Images via Charleston Daily.
Green Power, Charleston, 2014.
We also included this Brett Novak short film, as it gives a fuller understanding of the skateboarder, artist and creative individual that is Shepard Fairey. Enjoy!
Andrew Antonaccio, San Juan. Image via Amateur Magazine.
Os Gemeos, Vancouver - the largest, 360 degrees project the twins ever painted. Image: personal archive.
Cyrcle, Berlin, Germany.
When talking size and location, what comes to mind is Moniker Projectsand Create joint efforts - Living Walls. This complex public arts programme for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London spread on appr 2.5 km of the fence around the park, featuring unique creations of four artists - Mark McClure, David Shillinglaw, Ben Eine and Jo Peel.
Uphoarding, Mark McClure. Image via the artist.
Tapestry, David Shillinglaw. All Images: Nick Tucker.
Meet Me in the City. Jo Peel.
Another ambitious, large scale project, which transformed the North African island Tunisia into an open air museum is Djerbahood, also covered here. Below is a mini gallery collection of shots and the official project's video to give you an idea of its scope. All images are © Aline Deschamps, unless stated otherwise.
Alexis Diaz, Djerba, 2014.
Faith47, Djerba, 2014.
Seth Globepainter, Djerba, 2014.
David de la Mano, Djerba, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist.
We are back in the realm of unsolicited works and interventions in the public domain with examples of :
Street art - Banksy, Cheltenham.
Below: images before it got anonymously tagged and after.
After. Image: David Houghton.
Street art - Invaderx COST collaboration, Paris. Images via the artist.
Space Invader, Paris.
Sweet Toof, Hackney, London.
Advertisement re-appropriation - Vermibus, Paris. Image via the artist.
Brandalism (largest advertising takeover - 40 street artists, 10 cities, 365 ad takeovers) - below a snippet of the project with examples by Polyp, Paul Insect, Know Hope; Anthony Lister. All images: Brandalism.
Paul Insect, 2014.
Know Hope, 2014.
Anthony Lister, Bristol.
Street art - Mobstr, London, 2014.
Space Invader, Swiss Alpes.
So, by the looks of it, 2014 was a diverse, colourful, exciting year. We can only hope 2015 will go brighter, better and more creative!
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