Like the streets of 1980s New York, London’s streets today are being reclaimed by an ever-increasing army of street artists of which Sweet Toof is one of the most prolific and artful.
Sweet Toof’s work starts with and evolves out of his street art; whether as a solo graffiti artist or in collaboration with others.
Equally disciplined in traditional painting and printmaking techniques, typical tags, throw-ups, and more elaborate street pieces become a whole language that informs his studio works.
Mixing urban detritus with bygone decadence, Sweet Toof masterfully combines layers of historical and current cultural references with the ease of a grin.
This week's 'On the Streets' focuses on the subtle humour and finer elegance of street art. The pieces that caught our attention, located mostly in NYC and London, are all conceptually fresh, original and have something of a Duchampian aura.
Leading off is this brilliant Jilly Ballistic 'Exit' paste-up somewhere deep in the Brooklyn subway. Well-known for her intelligent, full of humour interventions, the artist continuously put thought-provoking anti-advertisements or into fine-looking collages, not being afraid to speak out; pasting stickers of gas-masked nurses and WWII soldiers. The result is more than satisfying. Image via the artist.
Other notable pieces come from Mobstr in London, Pose and Joei Urato in NYC, Cyrcle in London, Anthony Lister in Melbourne, Nunca in Paris and Borondo back in London.