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”.

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/

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/

Shadow Portraits

7 Jan
Shadow Portraits by floorvan
Shadow Portraits, a photo by floorvan on Flickr.]

Tim Noble and Sue Webster use household waste, scrap materials and taxidermy animals to create shadowy profiles on blank walls. The one pictured is called Dirty White Trash (with Gulls).

Jeffrey Deitch, the director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, writes:
“Dirty White Trash (with Gulls) is a confluence of beauty and filth, form and anti-form. It is a work of art made out of the process of its own conception, an embodiment of formalist logic. At the same time, it is a negation of everything that formalism stands for…The artist is at the center of the work. It is deliberately entertaining, and revels in its own theatricality.”

The piece represents a cycle. The six months worth of beer bottles and crisp packets, once reformed and illuminated, create a shadow of two smoking and drinking figures. These habits allude to our most wasteful evenings which leave arid landscapes saturated with empty cans and packed ashtrays. So the cycle continues. We should be aware of our waste. It preserves the environment and thus the shadows that exist within it.

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.