Walking around in the abandoned areas of Baltimore gave me a peace of mind that the NYPD would never allow in New York. However, engaging life-long citizens of Baltimore about the graffiti surrounding them in the streets came with its own merits. The blending of New York and Baltimore-based artists that I saw in the the city’s innards was mirrored in its streets. With the, then recent, invasion of international artists for Open Walls Baltimore, the city had become a hub for any east coast street artist to visit. As long as you had friends in the area or on the roster, chances are you ended up there. Read the rest of this article »Category: Photos | Tags: avoid, baltimore, cash4, doodles, droid, fisho, gaia, gilf, lny, mtn, nanook, ngc, nugz, overunder, OVNI, reverend, veng
This is part 2 of our series of The Painted Desert Project, in which Gaia, Overunder, Doodles, Labrona, Jetsonorama, Tom Greyeyes and Breeze painted and wheatpasted in the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. The first post can be found here.
Here’s how Overunder describes the impetus for the project:
The Painted Desert Project began as Jetsonorama, aka Chip Thomas pasted one of his photographs on an abandoned roadside stand only to return months down the road and see the very same stand now open for business. Amazed, he pulled over and chatted with the folks only to learn that their impetus to re-open was based on seeing tourists stop to take photos of the art work. They figured it was the best captive audience they’d seen in years and the only thing to make it better was if there was another one for traffic going the opposite direction. Unabashadly Chip let them know about his altar ego Jetsonorama and the cogs started turning.
Before the paste could dry Chip and fellow street artist Yote had a plan to bring some of their favorite artist to the Painted Desert to paint run-down stands in an attempt to rejuvenate the life of those in need of business and as Chip states, “explore how this might build community.”
Overunder has more about his part in the project on his blog.
After the jump, we have photos of work by Jetsonorama, Doodles and Gaia… Read the rest of this article »Category: Events, Photos | Tags: doodles, gaia, Jetsonorama, overunder, painted desert project, tom greyeyes, yote
Last month, Gaia, Overunder, Doodles, Labrona, Jetsonorama, Tom Greyeyes and Breeze participated in the first iteration of The Painted Desert Project, a project developed by Yote and Jetsonorama and which took place in the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.
Of the project, Jetsonorama says:
We hoped to connect artists with vendors working along the roadside in homemade structures where food and jewelery are sold. We attempted to familiarize artists with the culture before they started painting. Because of the location of this project where large walls are few, the emphasis was on establishing a connection with the community. Both Tom Greyeyes and Breeze are Native American and came to the project already sensitized. We’d hoped to get more local youth involved in working with the artists but will have to pursue this with future iterations of the project.
As much as I enjoy the mural projects going on around the world right now, things like The Painted Desert Project are fantastic low-key but potentially impactful counterpoints to the hype and huge walls that seem to accompany more urban festivals.
Jetsonorama is a talented photographer who took some spectacular photos of the artists at work and of the finished walls and signs, so it’s going to take more than one post to show everything. After the jump, we’ll start with work by Labrona, Breeze and Overunder… Read the rest of this article »Category: Events, Featured Posts, Photos | Tags: breeze, doodles, gaia, Jetsonorama, labrona, overunder, painted desert project, tom greyeyes, yote
As Caroline mentioned earlier this month, the group Young New York is having a charity art auction this Tuesday at White Box Gallery in New York to raise money for their restorative justice art workshops with teenagers who have been put into the adult court system in New York.
Here are just a few of the dozens of artists with work in the auction: Steve Powers, NohjColey, Joe Iurato, Cake, Overunder, Gaia, Rudie Diaz, LNY, Blackmath, Mare139, Doodles, ND’A, Radical!, C215, Clown Soldier, Jill Cohen, Labrona and Luna Park. And here are a few of pieces that will be on offer:
Photos courtesy of Young New YorkCategory: Featured Posts, Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: blacksmith, c215, cake, Carlos Mare, clown soldier, doodles, gaia, jill cohen, joe iurato, labrona, lny, luna park, nda, nohjcoley, overunder, radical, rudie diaz, steve powers, Young New Yorkers
Young New York: A Silent Art Auction & Fundraiser is an fundraising initiative for the Young New Yorkers (YNY) program, which aids and raises awareness for teens who have been legally classified “adults” and thrown into New York State’s adult criminal justice system.
The silent action will be happening Tuesday May 29th from 6pm-10pm at WhiteBoxes projects, and feature works by Steve “ESPO” Powers, LNY, Steven Holl, Gaia, Labrona, NohjColey, the YOK, ASVP, Doodles, Radical!, Feral Child, Cake, Ian Kuali’i and many others. All proceeds will go toward enabling workshops with successful artists, designers, teachers and social workers who will use creative theraputic methods to reach out to these teens in New York State’s criminal justice system.Auctions, Featured Posts | Tags: ASVP, cake, doodles, Espo, Feral Child, gaia, Ian Kuali’i, labrona, lny, nohjcoley, radical, steve powers, Steven Holl, The Yok, Young New Yorkers
Thanks to Open Walls Baltimore and also Martha Cooper, there are a lot of new murals coming up in Baltimore these days. Here are a few from Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Nick Mann aka Doodles and Interesni Kazki for Open Walls Baltimore and a wall by Never2501 and Pixel Pancho organized by Martha Cooper.
Via Street Art NewsCategory: Featured Posts, Festivals, Photos | Tags: 2501, doodles, Interesni Kazki, martha cooper, maya hayuk, open walls baltimore, pixelpancho, swoon
Artists whose work I follow somehow slips through the cracks and, even though I’m a fan, their doesn’t wind up on Vandalog for whatever reason. When I realize these slips ups, I try to correct them. One mistake that I noticed this week is that it’s been far too long since I posted about Doodles. So here are a few random shots of his work.
Photos by Doodles and RJ RushmoreCategory: Photos | Tags: doodles, luke ramsey
Open Walls Baltimore is a project that I have been personally coordinating with the not for profit Station North and is supported by the PNC foundation and a generous Our Town grant from the NEA. The intention is of course to produce great art on the streets and put on for my city that I love so much. Yet, of course, as every public art project must be, the OWB initiative will hopefully produce more than just spectacular murals. This is about an investment in a neighborhood that is burdened by 150 vacant homes and bridging the gaps between the artist community that calls Station North home and the residents of Greenmount West. Inspired by my experience with both Wynwood Walls in Miami and Living Walls in Atlanta, this initial and very exciting start will hopefully result in a continued support for public art and experimental intervention that can become more holistic as time moves forward. The current line up is as follows: Interesni Kazki, Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Specter, Doodles, Jaz, Ever, Freddy Sam, Mata Ruda, Nanook, MOMO, Vhils, Sten and Lex, Chris Stain, Jetsonorama, Overunder, and others. The website is now live. More to come!!!
Photos by Martha CooperCategory: Featured Posts, Festivals | Tags: chris stain, doodles, ever, freddy same, gaia, Interesni Kazki, jaz, Jetsonorama, mata ruda, maya hayuk, momo, nanook, open walls baltimore, overunder, specter, sten & lex, swoon, vhils
Later this month, Atlanta is going to be taken over by street artists from around the world for this year’s edition of the Living Walls conference, Living Walls: the City Speaks. From the 12th-14th of August, there will be film screenings, lectures and artists painting murals around the city. Living Walls have brought together an impressive artist roster from around the world including (but not limited to) Doodles, Swampy, Gaia, Roa, Labrona, OverUnder, Sam3, Freddy Sam, White Cocoa, Nanook, Greg Mike, Paper Twins, Clownsoldier and Gawd. And I can’t complain about the keynote speakers either: Tristan Manco, Gaia, Ricky Lee Gordon and me.
So if you’re in Atlanta, come out check out the opening party at The Sound Table on Friday the 12th, lectures at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia on the 13th during the day, a party at The Goat Farm the night of the 13th and a tour of all the new murals on the 14th. I’ll post more details about exact times later. And of course, I’ll be posting plenty of photos from the conference as well.
In September, another Living Walls event will take place in Albany, NY. More on that later.
Photo by Greg Foster PhotographyCategory: Featured Posts, Festivals | Tags: clownsoldier, doodles, freddy sam, gaia, gawd, greg mike, labrona, living walls, nanook, overunder, papertwins, ricky lee gordon, roa, sam3, swampy, tristan manco, white cocoa
Doodles aka Nick Mann and two collaborators (Lawrence Martinez and Alex Fermanis) are hoping to travel the USA this summer to collect crystals, which will be incorporated into an art installation in Atlanta (more on that soon). To fund the project, they are using Kickstarter. Here’s their Kickstarter page. I’ll let Alex explain a bit about the Crystal Eyes project:
The trio is now trying to raise the $3,200 they need to realize Crystal Eyes. The gifts that you can get for funding this project are pretty cool if you’re a fan of Doodles’ artwork. For just $25, there’s this screenprint. If I were gainfully employed and my walls weren’t covered in prints and sketches already, I’d definitely be get one of those prints. You can get involved yourself here.
Sketch by DoodlesCategory: Random | Tags: doodles