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OGILVY & MATHER

8 Jun

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Argentinian Street-Art tackles prostitution. The wheat paste-ups are folded around Buenos Aires street corners as part of an AMMAR campaign. On one wall we see the provocative image of a street worker, on the other is a pram with a few words printed above. “86% of sex workers are mothers. We need a law to regulate our work”. You need to see both sides of the picture to understand the art. The aim is to promote awareness of basic human rights and build a respect for mothers no matter their source of income.

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DRAN

1 May

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a bit of art I thought worth sharing but Dran paints pieces worthy of contemplation.

Dran is blend of graffiti, humour and Banksy-esque social commentary. He creates Tintin book covers with anglo-french violence, tourist photos with pickpockets, Papa Noel doing lines of coke and tonnes of other stuff!

Check it out @ http://graffart.eu/blog/2010/07/dran-art-pack-1/

ARTILLERY ORCHESTRA

1 Apr

Pedro-Reyes

Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist who has been collecting arms from his native country for over 4 years. He uses them to create instruments of social interaction and collective collaboration. In the western Mexican city of Culiacán – a city known for high levels of gun crime – Reyes’ work actually encouraged locals to donate their firearms. Coupons were exchanged for weapons which were then melted down and given to hardware stores. The coupons could then be used at the hardware stores to buy domestic appliances or tools.

His most recent project ‘imagine’ is a collection of 50 musical instruments sculpted from revolvers, shot-guns, machine guns etc. The project lasted two weeks and involved six musicians but Reyes managed to turn an impressive gun amnesty into a fully functioning orchestra with a flute, guitar and drum-kit.

 

Pedro Reyes: Disarm is at Lisson Gallery, NW1 (020 7724 2739, lissongallery.com) until May 4. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; closed Sundays. Admission free.

Baltimore Love Project

14 Feb
Baltimore Love Project by krapow
Baltimore Love Project, a photo by krapow on Flickr.

As it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re all suitably filled with Hallmark helium, here is a love-themed project from Michael Owen. Not the 33 year old Stoke City footballer who can’t outrun a parked car but an artist who aims to spread ‘LOVE’ through the city of Baltimore. It’s called the Baltimore Love Project and aims to connect communities by reproducing the shadowy graphics on over 20 walls. Billboards with burgers make me want to eat so I guess a wall with the letters L.O.V.E. should make me want to love right? You decide. And visit this link to watch the documentary:

http://www.baltimoreloveproject.com/

Invaders

22 Jan
Space Invader #1 by ultrahi
Space Invader #1, a photo by ultrahi ]

Invader is a French Artist known for his 1978 arcade game mosaics. It’s a simple idea, not as eye-catching as some Banksy installations but just as rewarding when you spot one lurking under a walkway or hiding behind a subway sign. They’re everywhere, mixing a classical technique such as mosaic with urban sprawl. And they’re documented with books and maps so you can locate each invader. The invasion has gone global, from Paris to Mombasa. In some cities, if you manage to locate all the space invaders on a map, they form a giant space invader. It’s fun. It mixes childhood obsessions with art and adventure. It also alludes to the pixelation of our culture. Face time is giving way to Skype conversations and real experiences are substituted for photographs on memory sticks. Pixels is a 2010 animated film directed by Patrick Jean and it celebrates classic 8-bit video games by documenting their invasion of the world. Space Invaders attack cars, Pacman eats subway stops, Tetris blocks fall on to buildings, Arkanoid paddles play against the bricks of Brooklyn Bridge and Donkey Kong lobs barrels from the top of the Empire State. In the final shot, our world turns to a single pixel. The End.

http://www.space-invaders.com/

“This is the official website of Invader. He has no account on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network”.

Candy Chang. Before I Die…

7 Jan
Antes de morir yo quiero... by Daquella manera
Antes de morir yo quiero…, a photo by Daquella manera on Flickr. ]

Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in chalkboard paint, stencilled “Before I Die, I want to…” all over it and then left a box of coloured chalks for the locals of New Orleans to write what they wished. Seems simple but no one else did it. And it has made a creative space out of nothing. Twenty-four hours after it’s construction it was bursting with red, yellow and blue scribbles:

Before I die I want to be tried for piracy.
Before I die I want to fry a toad.
Before I die I want to understand.

Some messages will make you smirk, others will make think. A lot of them will simply make you shrug but it is an honest window into the human condition. Some of us aspire, some of us don’t. Some of us have suffered , some of us haven’t. But we all share the same public walls.

Nele Azevedo

5 Jan

These are a few icy soldiers from Nele Azevedo’s army of melting men. The pools of water left by the Brazilian artist have been attributed to climate change but they also allude to the dissolution of the individual. The bodies are perishable like ice caps and are absorbed effortlessly into the stone. The sculptures are not heroes, they’re faceless, featureless men. One minute they’re sitting on city steps, the next they’re not. Forgotten. Stepped on. Lost.
It seems that one figure could potentially go unnoticed but several send a message. They demand attention like a crowd of protesters outside a G12 summit. How long they last depends on the climate so let’s work together. Let’s sit together. for as long as possible.