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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/

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/

Alexa Meade

15 Jan

There’s hope. Alexa Meade is 25 and has never been to art school. Many artists use people as models but Alexa uses them as canvas. She plays with acrylic paint and broad brushstrokes to create a living, breathing oil painting. In a two-dimensional photograph they really do look lifeless and incorporeal but as one of her works of art saunters through the aisle of a subway train you have to concede…you have been deceived. Like The Picture of Dorian Gray, Meade’s bodies are works of art that age and interact and question your perception. She claims that what we experience should not always be interpreted at face value, seeing is not always believing.

For more visit:

http://alexameade.com/

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.

Street Art

3 Jan

Every so often a painting on a bus stop or a drawing above a urinal makes me smile. My favourite of all time is one I saw in a Brighton pub. Someone scribbled “I FUCKED YOUR MUM” and underneath someone else replied “GO HOME DAD, YOU’RE DRUNK”. I struggled to keep the urine porcelain-bound.

Street art has great potential, primarily because it’s so accessible. You don’t need to pay an entrance fee or wait for some dawdling tourist to sidestep. It’s everywhere. Sometimes unwelcome, sometimes a joy to ponder while you’re waiting for a bus or marching to work. What’s important is that they give pleasure, wether it be Isaac Cordal’s diminutive sculptures or Robbie Rowland’s Street Signs, they provide a break from standardised, mass-produced objects. A beautiful blot on a built-up canvas.

Here are some links to walls and pavements which should be left untouched:

http://www.isaac.alg-a.org/

http://www.megx.de/#1

http://www.janvormann.com/testbild/dispatchwork/

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Book Art by Guy Laramee

29 Dec

Guy Laramee carves landscapes out of books. He creates mountains and valleys out of encyclopaedias. He renders printed forms obsolete. His deformation of books alludes to the loss of cultures and devalues vast records of knowledge. Our curiosity and our need to classify things has endangered many cultures in the past. Guy Laramee’s papery prospects promote the beauty of the unknown.

For more hollowed-out encyclopaedias visit:

http://www.guylaramee.com

Phil Hansen – Seize the Limitations

27 Dec

Phil Hansen is an artist who has permanent nerve damage in his right arm. He dropped out of art school because he couldn’t draw a straight line. He still can’t draw a straight line but he uses this inability to create art on a grander scale. He started drawing scribble pictures. Then he worked on a larger scale with different materials. He started looking for limitations and found that this approach to art opens up a great potential for creativity. Through asking ‘what if I can only paint with karate chops?’ he created a large black and white mural of Bruce Lee. He’s created the Mona Lisa using burger grease. During a one year experimental art series called Goodbye Art, Phil Hansen worked with the theme of destruction. By creating art and destroying art in the same moment, he shows that art doesn’t need to be serious, tangible or permanent. He builds an image of Jimmy Hendrix from matches and then lights it moments after. It is forever lost. The Goodbye Art series demonstrates that art can destroy itself. His drawings on banana skins are gone, forever blackened by rot.

 

You can watch a review of his project ‘Goodbye Art’ here:

http://www.philinthecircle.com/goodbyeart.html