Weekend link-o-rama

September 7th, 2013 | By | 4 Comments »
Paul Insect and Sweet Toof

Paul Insect and Sweet Toof (and Sope)

For me, school is back in session. Hopefully everyone else out there is still enjoying the tail end of the summer. Here’s some art to keep your weekend interesting:

  • Martha Cooper and I have announced our picks for the MOCAtv Upload More Art challenge. You uploaded your street art videos, and we selected our favorites. I used the opportunity to highlight videos of Enzo & Nio and A.CE. As you can probably guess when you watch me explain my picks, I made those picks during Illegal August, so those sorts of thoughts were on my mind. Martha Cooper also selected two videos to highlight.
  • Just because Colossal Media paints murals based on designs by people like KAWS and Faile doesn’t mean there should be any love for them. They paint advertisements. That is their business. If they paint some murals on the side, that doesn’t excuse billboards invading public space. Unless you think BP sponsoring art exhibits excuses oil spills and pollution…
  • Also what’s up with KAWS’ work being used for a mural (I hesitate to say he did a mural, since it appears all he did was license his imagery)? He’s spent the better part of this site’s existence distancing himself from street art and graffiti and his public art has consisted of sculptures and flyposted advertisements (if you consider that public art).
  • Maybe I’ll be able to ask KAWS about all this myself soon, since presumably he’ll be in Philadelphia for his show at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Arrested Motion has a bit of a preview, but I think the link really worth checking is PAFA’s website (and this archived version of the same page from mid-August) because of this section of the show description which has since been removed: “Placing KAWS’ sculptural works throughout PAFA’s historic galleries will further the ‘graffiti effect,’” and the edit of (emphasis added) “KAWS grew up in Jersey City, where he emerged as a graffiti artist in the early 1990s.” to “KAWS grew up in Jersey City, where he emerged as an artist in the early 1990s.” So that’s interesting.
  • I’ve never been a big fan of Elle’s work, but I do love this ad takeover.
  • And here are more ad takeovers, these from Jordan Seiler.
  • So many nice graffiti pieces on Ekosystem today.
  • I really like this new print from Shepard Fairey.
  • Pablo Delgado tiny pieces alway makes me smile.
  • Speak of small street art, here’s BSA’s take on the subject.
  • FAME Festival is no more, although ad hoc projects will continue to be organized in the town of Grottaglie, Italy by festival organizer Angelo Milano. It’s definitely sad news, but Angelo is always ahead of the times. Maybe this glut of street art festivals is just too much. Maybe it’s time for something different. Let’s hope Angelo figures it out. I can’t wait to see what he tries next.

Photo by Alex Ellison


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  • Rhiannon Platt

    “Just because Colossal Media paints murals based on designs by people like KAWS and Faile doesn’t mean there should be any love for them. They paint advertisements. That is their business. If they paint some murals on the side, that doesn’t excuse billboards invading public space. Unless you think BP sponsoring art exhibits excuses oil spills and pollution…”

    I can’t speak for everyone, but for me all the gripes about Colossal Media painting for artists is just a call for my transparency in street art. Just call a spade a spade.

  • Bucky Turco

    RJ, sometimes I wonder if you just blurt things out or actually think shit through before you post some items, but I must say: Who are you to say anything about Colossal Media??? Do you not do the same thing? Are you not operating a website that intersects art and advertising? Do you NOT see the irony in you posting this? Are there not advertisements on this here site? You do know that Adrian Moeller, who founded Mass Appeal magazine, actually wrote graffiti right? He then parlayed that knowledge into the successful business that Colossal has become. The only difference? He didn’t do it with daddy’s money. I mostly ignore a lot of the gilded, bratty shit you post, but sorry, this deserves a pointed response. Now go into the corner and recite this 1000 times: “I will not pontificate hypocritically.”

  • http://blog.vandalog.com/ RJ Rushmore

    There is a significant difference between ads in magazines or on tv or websites and ads in public space. I choose to run ad-blocking software when I’m online, and regular readers of this site can also get the content add-free via email or RSS feed. If I owned a TV, I could DVR things and skip the ads. Or, I can just mute them on Hulu. I don’t have to read magazines. I can effectively opt-out of those ads. Certainly, you can opt-out of the ads on Vandalog. But I do have to go outside in places where there are billboards. For me at least, there’s not really opt-out for billboards or other forms of public advertising. So, no, I am not doing the same thing as Colossal Media.

    I think Barry McGee had an interesting take on this whole “murals by some artist but painted by Colossal” thing. He half-jokingly suggested that his mural on BAM be hit by a writer with a fire extinguisher – http://theopeninghours.com.au/2013/04/19/interview-barry-mcgee/. He took their money and Colossal Media took some money too and everyone’s happy on that front, but Barry also didn’t seem to care for the mural and would have been happiest to take their money and then see it destroyed, if he was being serious of course.

  • Bucky Turco

    I could write so much more and really go in on your multiple layers of hypocrisy, but in a nutshell. Colossal hand paints ads IRL, Vandalog posts ads URL. You don’t operate outside of the advertising/marketing-industrial complex. My apologies if you didn’t know this.