Tempt One is “Getting Upper”

Tony Quant aka TEMPT ONE

Tony Quant aka TEMPT ONE at Getting Upper in Pasadena

At the Pasadena Museum of California Art a poster project and museum exhibition is up that examines how communication and typography has been infected by graffiti and street art. Twenty-six graphic designers were each asked to create a silk screened poster that reinterprets a letter of the alphabet in the spirit, but not conventional styles, of graffiti. (more…)

Interview with the incredible & inspiring South African street artist Faith 47

The Ginko Agency brings us Faith47, a painter and street artist known best for the giant murals that adorn the city of Cape Town.

“Public spaces should be used for the public to engage with each other in. If you look globally the street art scene is huge, and there is a lot of really high quality work being done. It’s really like a new art movement that a lot of people can’t get there head around, but I think in 20 to 30 years from now people will be reading about it in all the art history text books.”

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Freshness from Japan – KAMI & SASU

Renowned for their giant collaborative zen pop murals, KAMI and SASU’s works combine elegant geometry with ebullient, uplifting colors.

KAMI and SASU are collectively known as Hitotzuki which literally means “Sun and Moon”. Another great video by Melbourne based independent film maker Louis Mitchell.

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Barry McGee hits Sao Paolo

“Compelling art to me is a name carved into a tree. Sometimes a rock soaring through a plate of glass can be the most beautiful, compelling work of art I have ever seen.” – Barry McGee

Retna – Downtown LA

Retna crushes murals all over LA. His work is characterized by massive scale, incredibly detailed and cryptic typography, and it is almost always coupled with a figurative piece by his partner in crime MAC. If you ever drive around LA, they are impossible to miss.

Retna lets us peek his downtown LA studio (and coincidentally drives past my studio) and brings us to a recently mural he did with MAC at a church on Skid Row.

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The Wrinkles of the City by JR

The Wrinkles of The City – Shanghai – by JR

Once again JR is on a massive crusade, this time in China’s worn down industrial neighborhoods of Shanghai. JR makes the world his gallery and it’s inhabitants become both his subjects and his audience. His ability to capture the burden of a city’s most subjugated citizens through portraiture never ceases to amazes me.

This is how street art changes the world and for JR this is just the beginning.

To learn more about JR’s projects, visit his website by clicking HERE.

Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 11:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Banksy gets wild with the opening sequence for The Simpson’s!

Street Artist Banksy directed a ridiculous version of the famous opening sequence for The Simpson’s! And just like Banksy, we all love capitalism and consumer culture, especially when slave labor, unicorns and dolphin heads are involved!

“MoneyBart”, which is the name of the episode in which the themed opening sequence, featuring Banksy’s name written on some of the famous Springfield landmarks, was (according to the BBC), apparently inspired by reports the show outsources the bulk of their animation to a company in South Korea. The episode was screened in the US over the weekend and will hit UK screens later this month on October 21.

Thanks to Tommy for this golden nugget!

Published in: on October 12, 2010 at 10:37 am  Comments (4)  
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TRESPASS: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art

This video is on point and the book TRESPASS: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art is going to be even better… Make sure you grab yourself a copy! Sara and Mark from The Wooster Collective sat down with writer Carlo McCormick of Paper Magazine, artist WK Interact, founder of Creative Time Anne Pasternak, and photographer Martha Cooper to talk about TRESPASS which hits stores worldwide this October.

Featured artist include: Faile, Billboard Liberation Front, Shepard Fairey, Graffiti Research Lab, KR, Steve Lambert, Leon Reid IV, Laura Keeble, Vomito Attacko, Martha Cooper, Michael DeFeo, WK Interact, Ron English, Thurndercut, Txtual Healing, Alexandre Orion and many more.

Pose – RUMBLE!! @ Known Gallery

Opening May 22nd, 2010
8 – 11pm
Show runs May 22nd to June 12th

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Killer show coming to Hollywood’s Known Gallery! Graffiti and fine artist Pose is going to be rocking some rad art, get ready to RUMBLE!!

Corey Hudson – Chi-towns how we ride…

Chicago is a dope city… Cody Hudson knows what it’s all about, that’s why he is not trying to leave. This Chicago based artist, designer, and human being lives to create, and creates to live. This video, put together by Upper Playground, is an introduction to Cody Hudson and a small window to the art scene of Chicago. Chi-Town’s How We Ride…