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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/

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”.

Mark Jenkins

7 Jan
Mark Jenkins -  Embed by tiexano
Mark Jenkins – Embed, a photo by tiexano ]

This faceless figure is a creation by Mark Jenkins, an American artist known for his surreal street installations. This particular piece is from the ‘Embed’ series. Jenkins places the bodies around cities in ways which seem to provoke the authorities. You might see his sculptures sitting on the sides of high-rises, sleeping on billboards or lying face down in a puddle of water. They make you stop and ask the question ‘is that a real person?’. You check under the hood, it’s not, okay. What would you do if it was a person? What makes Jenkins’ mannequin different from the homeless person who sits outside your local shop from morning to night? Well, quite a lot actually but sometimes it must feel as they re no different from a packing tape sculpture. I would predict that Jenkins’ hollowed men get a lot more attention than those with features and the ability to feel.

For more examples of his installations visit:

http://www.xmarkjenkinsx.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.

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.

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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