Posts tagged ‘urban’

November 19, 2010

Spraycan Swat Team Covers Entire Train with Graffiti in Minutes

by Matt Forcey

Compared to some of the street artists featured on Watch. Read. Repeat. who tend to, relatively speaking, take their time when creating their images, this group in Germany is a friggin graffiti swat team.

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November 1, 2010

Play Digital Spy with Covert USB Drives Hidden Around the City

by Matt Forcey

In a scrupulous world, this would be a really cool idea.  As part of his residency with EyeBeam in New York City, Aram Bartholl has created an interesting sociological experiment.  An anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file sharing network.  On the sly, he has secreted USB flash drives into walls, buildings and street curbs, in publicly accessible spaces

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October 27, 2010

“A” Train Dancers Bust a Move on the NYC Subway

by Matt Forcey

The unexpected and spontaneous can often be a lot more fun than planned and calculated.  This is one of the reasons I love street art.  A chance encounter with a captivating image can be an enthralling experience.  Not limited to spray paint on concrete, street artists and performers share their talents in unexpected venues, as do these dancers on a New York City subway car.

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October 15, 2010

Scratching the Surface with Portuguese Street Artist “Vhils”

by Matt Forcey

Only 23 years young, contemporary Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, chips away at established notions with his destructive approach to street art.  Reverse graffiti, architectural sculpture, creative vandalism?  Whatever you chose to call it, the images he scratches into building facades with jackhammer and pick are downright mesmerizing, haunting even.  Weather-worn faces gazing out from alleyways, lonely apparitions consigned to oblivion.

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September 20, 2010

Drainspotting: Japan’s Beautiful Manhole Covers

by Matt Forcey

As the title suggests, Remo Camerota’s blog Drainspotting,  requires an eye for the odd bursts of color along city streets.  The covers are part of a 20 year beautification program between Japanese cities and various foundries to make manhole covers that reflect the particular culture of the city in which it’s located.

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September 17, 2010

My Beautiful Terrible Magnificent City: “Metropolis, Episode 1” A New Film By Ryan Spring Dooley

by Matt Forcey

Many thanks to Ryan and the folks at Wooster Collective

September 16, 2010

Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art

by Matt Forcey

Wooster Collective founders edit a new book of the most astounding outlaw street art

Books on street art are as common as taggers who think they’re going to be the next Banksy. So when we heard the elusive artist himself wrote the intro to “Trespass,” a book billing itself as a “A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art,” we decided to take a closer look.

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September 15, 2010

Brooklyn Street Art, “Mutual Discrepancy” by GAIA & NohJColey

by Matt Forcey

Straight outta Brooklyn, brooklynstreetart.com tracks the new creative spirit that runs in the streets, the artist studios, and galleries of New York and beyond. New hybrids, new techniques, and new mediums are expanding the definition of public art, street art, graffiti, and urban art; each vying for the attention of passers-by.

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September 15, 2010

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

by Matt Forcey

By Michael Kurcfeld

Today we take it for granted when seeing graffiti art in a posh gallery, but arguably the first artist to channel the urban street frequencies of his time and get it onto the “white walls with white people with white wine” was Jean-Michel Basquiat.

In 1988 this singularly gifted artist, who had leapt to fame in Warhol’s New York, died of a drug overdose at the age of 27. Filmmaker Tamra Davis took all of the footage she had shot of her good friend, including a never-seen interview and B-roll of him working in his studio, and put it in away in a drawer. 20 years later, she decided it was not hers to hide anymore and made it the core of a superb documentary, Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

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September 9, 2010

Pier Pressure: Banksy’s Politically Charged Dolphin Ride Mocks BP

by Matt Forcey

If you think this dolphin looks furious — it is — and with good reason!

This colorful kiddie ride comes courtesy of gleeful art prankster Banksy, an artist well known for his graffiti and politically charged installations.

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