Weekend link-o-rama

February 16th, 2013 | By | No Comments »
Kid Acne

Kid Acne at Village Underground in London

Sorry for the late link-o-rama. Caroline came to visit on Thursday, so I’ve been trying to stay offline.

Photo by HowAboutNo!


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Paris Koutsikos & Alexandros Vasmoulakis in Tel Aviv

May 31st, 2012 | By | 1 Comment »

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Alexandros Vasmoulakis and Paris Koutsikos recently painted this mural in Tel Aviv, Israel. Brilliant is part their “Pseudo-Advertising Series” and includes at least 10 kilograms of sequins, which you can kind of see from this image if you look at the text on the piece.

Photo courtesy of Alexandros Vasmoulakis


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Walls & Frames: The Review

May 5th, 2012 | By | 1 Comment »

Even though Walls & Frames by Maximiliano Ruiz has been out for a few months now, I have finally gotten around to reading it cover to cover and writing a proper review. With so many street art books (and how expensive the hardcover ones are out there today) we think it is important at Vandalog to try and write honest reviews about what we come across.

I have been really excited about the release Walls & Frames, not just because of the hand painted dust jackets sold during the book launch, but because the topic it covers is one that I have researched and continue to do so in depth. As street art continues to become more and more popular as a mainstream art genre, the transition of street art into a commodity is an interesting aspect of the genre. Each artists that comes from or works in both mediums deals with the transition in their own way, and I finally thought there was a book that was going to ask the tough questions to artists about working indoors. How do you feel about your work as a commodity? Do you have a different process with canvasses versus walls? How do you justify the price tag of your work if it doesn’t take as much time? Do you only paint outdoors to promote the sale of your work? These and more are what I thought was going to be addressed in Walls & Frames, but unfortunately, the book falls short of asking any of these questions and puts forth an array of 101 artists work (some of whom have never even gotten up in the streets). From the title alone, I at least hoped, at the very least, that the Ruiz would juxtapose artists’ outdoor work with their indoor pieces as the images and let the reader assess the differences, but alas, all of the images are of work that has been shown or sold by galleries around the world. Sadly, even just with a quick flip through, one will find Walls & Frames just another well designed coffee table book in which to impress your friends.

Right from the outface, the book is clearly more of a compilation of images rather than a critical perspective on the transition of street art. The only writing from Ruiz is in a two page preface, which states the obvious saying that street art has become a global mainstream phenomenon solidifying itself as a true art form. Using the phrase street art as an umbrella term throughout, there is no distinction about what constitutes street art and who is a street artist. Instantly confusing, the term is used a categorical phrase in order to group the names featured in the book, whether they have painted outdoors or not. The term is molded somewhat through artist quotes within the book, but does not directly address the overarching question that nobody has really answered yet: what can be described as street art in this day and age?

From the preface, the 101 artists are showcased alphabetically with their name, birth place and date as well as a quote about their work. Of course, the ones I find most interesting are those who actually address the topic of their street versus their fine art. Greek based artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis, who has successful created canvasses as amazing as his large scale abstract street art had to say the following:

My paintings are strongly influenced from my initial street artwork. However, when I exhibit my work in the gallery space, I consider myself a painter rather than a street artist. The street art market can be sweet and cozy for every young artist, nevertheless it could be a wolf in disguise. Generally, I do not really pay much attention to the location of my work. My first intention is to make something strong and worthy. This can be enough.

Thankfully, a majority of the quotes from artists are at least related to the transition from the streets to the gallery. Each artist had something different to say about the topic. Some like, Axel Void, don’t make any distinction, but many say the streets inspire their work with styles, materials or the environment. Others, like Bom K, separate the two as completely different creative entities to express themselves. Ben Frost discusses how he is mostly a gallery artist now because it takes so long to create a single piece while someone like Blek Le Rat paints on canvas since it is permanent while his street work is ephemeral lasting only a few days or hours.

While I may wish for longer read on the topic, the book is a starting point for others to continue Ruiz’s work. And besides, who doesn’t like to look at some pretty pictures once in awhile?

All images courtesy of Gelstaten


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More from Street aka Museum in Portsmouth, NH

June 6th, 2011 | By | 2 Comments »

Case aka Andreas von Chrzanowski

On now around Portsmouth, New Hampshire and at the Portsmouth Museum of Art is Street aka Museum, a show of indoor and outdoor work by street artists curated by Beau Basse from LeBasse Projects. The line up is Bumblebee, Herakut, Shark Toof, Alexandros Vasmoulakis and Case aka Andreas von Chrzanowski. The show is open now through September 11th. I recently posted a link to some of the murals that are part of this show, but here’s some work the indoor and outdoor work that wasn’t included in that last post…

Akut

Bumblebee

Herakut

Shark Toof. I'm not normally Shark Toof fan, but I do like this

Photos courtesy of the Portsmouth Museum of Art


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The Street Art Show at Opera Gallery

May 26th, 2011 | By | 8 Comments »

Rich Simmons "Homeless Superman"

I normally am not this much of an ass, but this was too good to pass up and not post. I have heard about this show at Opera Gallery for awhile now, as I am sure most of you have as well. I may have been able to overlook the ridiculous name of the show, The Street Art Show, because of the incredible line-up: Keith Haring, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Banksy, Blek Le Rat, Seen, Ron English, Logan Hicks, Crash, The London Police, Nick Walker, How & Nosm, Saber, ROA, D*Face, Sweet Toof, Mr. Jago, b., Swoon, Kid Zoom, ALEXONE, Anthony Lister, Alexandrous Vasmoulakis and Rich Simmons, but then I remembered that this is still a show put on by Opera Gallery, the home of the beloved Mr. Brainwash. They do put on good show as well as some really shit ones, and I really do want this to be good, but that association still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Plus I cannot help, but feel a bit suspicious since the show is launching on the heels of Art in the Streets.

The Street Art Show seems to be more for the collectors’ benefit who are still salivating over the interest in the LAMOCA show and want to buy more/start buying some pieces for their own collections. Well, at least Mr. Brainwash isn’t an option this time around, although i am sure he will be again soon enough.

The show opens June 17th at Opera Gallery in London.

Photo courtesy of Opera Gallery


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Nuart 2010: Landmarks

September 15th, 2010 | By | 1 Comment »

M-City

Stavanger’s Nuart festival is well under way right now with some huge walls finished or in progress. This year’s Nuart is called The “Landmark” Series, and artists are not taking the challenge lightly. While in Stavanger last year, I thought that the city had been pretty transformed by street art, but now things are getting bigger than ever. A few weeks ago, Elisa posted here about Dotmasters’ Toy piece, but that’s just the start of what’s been going on.

Vhils in progress

EVOL didn't actually go huge, but he made a bunch of these (check out the Know Hope tag that was already on the box)

Alexandros Vasmoulakis

And I mentioned this piece by Blu and Ericailcane a while back, but didn’t actually post photos, so here are some photos of it:

Photos by kalevkevad


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Alexandros Vasmoulakis in Shenzhen and Ljubljana

September 5th, 2010 | By | 2 Comments »

I’m looking forward to what Alexandros Vasmoulakis does at Nuart, so in the meantime it’s nice to be able to share some of the other things he’s being doing lately. The piece above was commissioned by an historic concert hall in Ljubljana and painted in collaboration with Paris Koutsikos. Here they are at work:

I’ll need to ask him for a close up because I can’t see the rhinestones he mentions are on the paper. That’s a nice touch.

This second piece is located in the Dafen Painting Village and was commissioned by the Dafen Art Museum. It’s a funny place for it to be, but it’s a nice piece. Faith47, Hitnes, Sonik, Run and others also took part in this project. I’ll have to look out photos of what they did.

– Elisa


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Parisian Art Calendar (November – January)

November 26th, 2009 | By | No Comments »

If you will be in Paris between November 26th and January 23rd, here are a few shows for you to go see.

Faith47

– “Art Mosh” (from November 26th), a big eclectic group show that includes case, Faith47 (image above via Campbarbossa), Pam Glew, Herakut and Alexandros Vasmoulakis (plus non-street-related artists such as Yoskay Yamamoto and Tessar Lo, both of whom are worth checking out if you don’t know their work already).

Doors Studios | 9-9 Bis Rue De Lesdiguieres | 75004 Paris

Koralie at Galerie LJ

– “EmanEssence” (December 3rd – January 14th), a solo by Koralie.

Galerie LJ | 12 rue Commines | 75003 Paris

Btoy - Ilia Mayer

– “Btoy” (December 10th – January 23rd), an eponymously titled solo by Btoy (Ilia Mayer, above, and Andrea Michaelsson, below).

This show is organized with the assistance of Samantha Longhi from Stencil History X so check her blog for updates.

Galerie Itinerrance | 7bis, rue René Goscinny | 75013 Paris

Btoy - Andrea Michaelsson


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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

November 2nd, 2009 | By | No Comments »
AV

Alexandros Vasmoulakis

Some great news from Gallery Nosco:

We are pleased to announce
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Private View: Friday 13th November from 6 to 8pm.
EXHIBITION OPEN: Saturday 14th November – 25th November 2009,
From 10am – 6pm.
133-137 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS, London

Artists:
Naomi Doran, Dran and Alexandros Vasmoulakis

The work that Dran had at Pure Evil Gallery earlier this year were exciting, so I’m glad to see him back in London. And while I usually don’t like Alexandros Vasmoulakis’s work, it should be nice to see him come to London and maybe he will surprise me.


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