Doel, somewhere between paradise and hell

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ROA, Santos, Resto

The most spellbinding urban exploration I ever experienced in an doomed place…walking down the streets of this town, the heavy silence all around you, and all the amazing art everywhere on the walls trying to bring back to life the so desperately abandoned and empty houses… Doel is a small town close to Antwerp, in Belgium. Despite a rich history build over several centuries, the government decided in the 1970′s to erase Doel from the map in order to make way for the extension and widening of Antwerp’s port. Despite decades of protests, the residents had no choice but to leave their homes. Some residents proudly continue to resist, but you can presume that the game is over. It’s this mix between human tragedy and beauty of art that made this place so attractive to me. I had a vague idea of the art I would find in the streets, Doel is now an urban art legend, but I never expected to be affected like this! And even if the most of the art has suffered from the passage of time and vandalism, it has been a blast! Here is the work of ROA, Santos, Resto, Psoman, Rotti, Koekoes, Asep, Lastplak, Jiem, 0331c, Show, Bue, Amigo, Reab, Topo, Steaz, Wacks. And more from Doel here.

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ROA

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Psoman

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Rotti, Koekoes, Asep

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ROA, Resto, OX- Lastplak

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Chris Dyer and friends

January 10th, 2013 | By | 1 Comment »

Entangled Love Union

Chris Dyer is a Peruvian artist now based on Montreal, Canada. Paints colorful murals that might seem a bit scary if there weren’t so many smiling faces, and he’s collaborated with artists like Bue and Labrona.

Chris Dyer, Chase, and Bue

Chris Dyer, Chase, and Bue

 

Chris Dyer, Bue The Warrior & Sam Scarpulla

Chris Dyer, Bue, and Sam Scarpulla

Mop the Cat n Stijn WEB

Old Wagon Burn WEB

Photo by Chris Dyer


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The Walls Project in London

November 29th, 2012 | By | 1 Comment »

Chase

The Walls Project is a series of legal spots organized by the folks behind Global Street Art. To date, they’ve organized over fifty of spots in London for local and international artists to paint. A lot of the spots they find are the roll-down shutters for shops in East London. It’s great to know that there are a couple of friendly guys in London who are simply interested in helping artists find more spots to paint and making their daily commutes a bit more interesting. You can see more of the walls and a map here.

A side note: Global Street Art are currently working on releasing their first book through Unbound, a sort of Kickstarter for books.

Here are a few of my favorites shutter pieces from The Walls Project:

2Rise and Gris

Ador

Roma

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Event-o-rama

August 22nd, 2012 | By | No Comments »

Stephen Powers, who has a show coming up at Joshua Liner Gallery

There are a lot of shows coming up soon worth checking out. Here are some of I wish I could check out in person…

  • This week, the Iranian brothers Icy and Sot will have their first New York solo show, and it’s only open this Thursday through Saturday. Made in Iran will be at Openhouse, 379 Broome Street, New York.
  • Lush also has a show opening in NYC this weekend. His will be a show of drawings at Klughaus Gallery. It opens on August 25th from 6-10pm. Lush’s show are practically a place to expect surprises, so best get their opening night before a blog like this one ruins the shock value for you on Sunday. If you do miss opening night, the show runs through September 7th.
  • Next month, Stephen Powers aka ESPO will have his first New York solo show in over 7 years. A Word is Worth A Thousand Pictures opens September 7th from 6-9pm at Joshua Liner Gallery.
  • Galo Art Gallery in Turin has a great two-man show coming up with Bue and Chase. Brothers from Different Mothers opens September 9th from 5:30-9pm.
  • aMBUSH Gallery in Sydney, Australia has a big group show coming up with 67 artists including Anthony Lister, Askew, Does, Numskull, Vexta and The Yok. For Black and White All In Between, all the artists have painted on canvases of uniform sized and only used black ink. The show opens on August 31st from 6-9pm.
  • Jonathan Levine Gallery‘s next three solo shows open on September 8th and you will not want to miss any of them: Judith Supine, Audrey Kawasaki, and Jeff Soto. All three shows open from 7-9pm on the 8th. And speaking of Levine, I caught their current show earlier this week and it is great. Go it see before it closes.
  • Gold Peg’s Release The Wolves go-karting project in South London will have a gran-prix expo on September 1st. It’s gonna be some crazy and fun stuff. And art too, but I think that’s secondary.
  • Shepard Fairey is finally showing those paintings he did for Neil Young’s latest album. The few pieces I’ve seen photos of are impressive. Americana opens at Perry Rubenstein Gallery (which recently moved to LA) on August 25th from 7-10pm.
  • Finally, this last one is a mural festival, and it promises to be a big one… This year’s Urban Forms festival in Lodz, Poland includes Os Gemeos, Aryz, Inti, Otecki, Lump and Shida. Certainly the most-anticipated work of Urban Forms is the promised collaborative mural between Os Gemeos and Aryz. The events run from August 24th through September 30th and will bring the total number of murals organized in Lodz by the Urban Forms Foundation to 22. I can’t wait to see the photos of these pieces.

Photo courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery


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Bue and friends

May 16th, 2012 | By | No Comments »

Bue in Berlin

Bue never fails to put a smile on my face. Here’s some of his most recent pieces, including collaborations with Mazuprozak, Squid, Sheryo and Jamz.

Squid and Bue in Ghent

Mazuprozak and Bue in Ghent

Mazuprozak, Bue, Sheryo and Jamz

Photos by Bue


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Big Up… Bue the Warrior!

August 16th, 2011 | By | 1 Comment »

This is Belgium’s Bue the Warrior. Recently he’s been collaborating with Billy and Low Bros in Berlin on some fantastic walls and shutters, pictures of which I posted last week. I rather like his style, (maybe because it’s similar to a few other artists I like), so here a few of his other pieces from all around the world. Enjoy.

Pointdextr, Pest, Roa, Bue and Resto (2009)

Resto and Bue (2009)

Roa and Bue (2009)

Dextr and Bue (Gent, Belgium 2008)

Topo, Resto, Zosen and Bue (Gent, Belgium 2011)

Pest, MR Fixit and Bue (Zomergem, Belgium 2011)

Bue (2010)

Pez and Bue (Barcelona 2007)

Bue and Pixel Pancho (Paris 2009)

Dhear, Bue, Smithe, Stnk and News (Mexico City 2010)

For more pictures of Bue’s work check out his flickr here.

All photos by Bue.


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Billy meets Berlin, Berlin meets Billy

August 5th, 2011 | By | 2 Comments »

Just over a month ago Billy departed London and headed east to Berlin on a bit of a jolly. It seems that since being there she has spend half her time painting, often collaborating with others, to rather good effect. Here are a few of her fantastic pieces…

Late Paint. By Billy, Bue and Nerd.

Andale! By By Billy, Bue and Nerd.

Diamond Juice! By Billy, Low Bros, Iggy and Mr Penfold.

5 Silver Rings. By Billy, Bue and Mariana.

Berlin No.1 By Billy, Low Bros, Iggy and Mr Penfold.

Berlin Bandits Part 2. By Billy, Bue and Nerd.

Foxy. By Billy and Nerd.

1 bike, 1 beer, keep moving. By Billy.

Gaybear. By Billy, Bue and Nerd.

All photos by Billy


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The start of Kosmopolite Brussels

May 10th, 2010 | By | No Comments »

Photo by From Tia

The Kosmopolite Street Art Festival (Brussels edition) kicked off a few days ago, and it looks like they’re painting some massive walls. Can’t wait to see the finished work. The festival runs through May 15th.

Photo by Julius - Laid Back

Photo by Julius - Laid Back

Photos by From Tia and Julius – Laid Back


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A taste of Bue

March 30th, 2010 | By | 1 Comment »

Somehow, I’ve neglected to ever mention Bue on here before. He’s a street artist who works a lot in Belgium and paints some fun characters. Here are two of his paintings:

Photos by oemebamo


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