Sand is the New Paper

August 19, 2012

Urban/Eco artist Gunilla Klingberg has truly got this beach printing lark all wrapped up. I can imagine the fanciest beaches around the world taking a cue from this idea. It all reminds me a little of a pair of sneakers I wore as a teen, which had patterns and a logo embossed on the sole.

Imagine the fun we could all have with designing our own rubber soles? Instead of free advertising for global corporations, we could pepper the beaches of the world with something a little more edgy. Maybe some art or doodles, quotes, personal manifestos, anything you’d like the world to see. Of course the police would probably treat it just like chalk graffiti and arrest everyone for walking :/

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Occupy Art by Guy Denning

August 13, 2012

Check out these ‘Occupy themed’ chalk/Conté sketches by Bristol born/France based artist Guy Denning highlighting the struggle of the 99%. Visit his site at www.guydenning.org for more.

Via: Empty Kingdom

This has to be one of the dumbest bureaucratic goofs I’ve heard about in a long time. L.A City Hall had honoured the graffiti artist Man One this June, however it seems their tastes don’t reach as far as the night cleaning crew. A few days ago, undercover of the night, an overzealous city worker with a power washer managed to completely destroy a massive mural by two of L.A’s finest graffiti artists, Man One and Vyal.

Even local business owners had commented how much passing trade the street art was bringing in. What’s worse, there’s a $h1tload of crappy tags just around the corner, and no one even thought of removing those. I’ve had it with dumb bureaucrats and their hankering for making every single urban sprawl look like the next. To save face, next time L.A City Hall should take a tip from Bristol, club together and lay some perspex over the murals they want to keep.

Read the whole story at: L.A Weekly

Andrew Salgado Interview

August 6, 2012

(C) Andrew Salgado // The Bewildered Pursuit, 2012

(C) Andrew Salgado // The Bewildered Pursuit, 2012

Check out this interview with Canadian born/London based artist Andrew Salgado at Yatzer. Salgado’s paintings are highly deconstructive – both on a technical and emotional level. His choice of colour combos always stick in my mind – they’re almost synaesthetic. His latest exhibition is at the Dosi Gallery in Korea (20 July /18 August 2012, 202-­2 Kwangan 2 dong, Suyoung-­gu, Busan, Korea). In case you’re not fortunate enough to visit the show, you can always visit his site at www.andrewsalgado.com.

If I was a government crony charged with the responsibility of getting rid of all street art once and for all, I wouldn’t hire an army of graffiti removal specialists. Instead, most likely, I’d create a street artist to infiltrate the ranks of the street arts community. One who’s approach was so tacky and awful that through sheer enthusiasm for the mundane and obvious, all others, be they street artists or fans, would simply turn away in disgust. If there’s one potential recruit for that role, it has to be former shopkeeper and hypemonger David Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash aka Thierry Guetta.

If you’re related to a well respected street artist like Invader and you buy a video camera, if you’re very lucky you’ll eventually you’ll meet Banksy. If you’re really lucky,  your footage of Banksy will be so awful, he might even edit the flick for you and unintentionally make you famous. Then you’re set to storm the world with a heap of B.S primed to make everyone re-evaluate “WTF happened to street art?”.

If you want to see his latest “project” where he believes he and a kid he met who can mix a bit, with the aid of some corporate soft drinks sponsorship will somehow alchemically merge street art and dubstep together into a new millennial hybrid animal of ultimate corporate sponsored entertainment… visit Facebook.

Otherwise read some rather cutting journalism on what might turn out to be the man that truly opens the floodgates for this kind of crap just about everywhere, and perhaps even eventually strikes a death knell into the heart of street art…

The Independent: Mr Brainwash: Banksy’s street-art protégé and his latest brainwave

Artlyst: Mr Brainwash Breaking London The Agony And The Ecstasy

Columbian street art legend Stinkfish, famed for his ginormous psychedelic murals of local faces is exhibiting in a group show opening August 11 to September 1st at “Primeval” Culver City, CA’s Carmichael Gallery. Also featuring work by graffiti artist Emol from Diadema City, Brazil, and California muralist/streetwear designer Zio Ziegler.

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