About two years ago, a group got together to take over about 50 billboards throughout the UK in the course of a few days. It was the Brandalism project. And they are back. Last month, Brandalism brought together the work of 40 artists, including a few very big names, to replace 365 bus-shelter ads in 10 UK cities. The results are beautiful and impressive. Here are a few of my favorites (okay, it’s a lot, because there’s a lot of great work in this project):
Opening this Friday, Australian paint-roller connoisseurs “Rawhide” (aka Ankles and Smile) have decided to display their craftsmanship through collage in their show • C R E W / C U T S •. The video echos a few themes of the show, which Ankles describes best: “the visual equivalent of sample-heavy scratch DJs such as Cut Chemist, Kid Koala and The Avalanches. It is a time-consuming process digging through crates of pre-1970s magazines and books, removing type and image from their original context and rearranging it to form some self-referential narrative.”
If you’re in the Adelaide, South Australia area on Friday, March 19th, stop by Magazine Gallery to check out the work!
Back to school on Tuesday. Actually, I’m okay with that. And of course, it means more time blogging because it means more time procrastinating. Here’s some of what we missed this week while Caroline and I were on vacation:
This mural in Adelaide, Australia by Numskull, Run Cracker, Ankles, and Smile is a great example of how mural can relate to the business whose wall it’s on (it’s on the side of a diner, presumably one with some tasty food) without simply being another giant billboard polluting the city. Here’s a video of the wall coming together:
There’s something about these RAWHIDE rollers by Ankles and Smile that I really like. Obviously they’re influenced by ReadMoreBooks, Steve Powers and maybe AvoidPi, but that’s alright by me. These guys are doing some rollers that are a step above what you’re likely to see day-to-day. And they are (or at least Ankles is) based in Adelaide, Australia, so it’s cool to see something so nice coming out of a city that isn’t internationally known for their street art or graffiti.