Tag Archives: Street Art

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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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/

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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VOINA

18 Dec

VOINA is a group of artists who have been egging the minds of Russian authorities with thought-provoking public installations for almost five years now. The art collective have performed such audacious stunts as throwing cats at employees from McDonalds, staging the mock execution of migrant workers in a Moscow supermarket, and illuminating a courtroom with an impromptu punk performance.
In 2008, twelve activists from the group, including one woman with child, had an orgy in a biology museum to poke fun at the ‘pornographic’ elections which saw Dmitry Medvevev take office. Since baring all, the group have gone underground.
The biggest and most notorious VOINA piece since then must be the 65 metre paint penis drawn on the Liteiny bridge. The mammoth schoolboy doodle was completed just minutes before the bridge opened so that it occupied the landscape outside the windows of the KGB’s successors. I had to look at a penis for years when Melvin the geriatric nudist moved in across the road, apparently he was hideously allergic to closing the blinds. The FSB got off lightly. The enormous whitewashed penis actually won the 2010 innovation prize, awarded by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow. VOINA donated the £9,000 prize money to political prisoners.
VOINA aims to create the image of an artist as a romantic hero who breathes life into a soulless, commercial world. Art should be a provoking, emotional and topical experience with traditions of absurdity and sarcasm.
VOINA’s actions provoke the question; art or crime? Some might dismiss it straightaway as crime. It’s vandalism, it’s public indecency, it’s hooliganism. One VOINA activist stole a chicken by putting it up her vagina. This is a crime but also pretty impressive, some said it should’ve won the prize for innovation.
So, what’s art? What’s crime? Is cycling on the road without lights more of a crime than cycling on the pavement with no lights? The pavement is safer but according to the rulebook, more of a crime. Maybe we should rethink both crime and art. And while we’re rethinking it what would you like to be looking at, a McDonalds full of flying cats or a piece of contemporary art not dissimilar to a Dulux colour chart.