DALeast sent over his two latest murals in Johannesburg and they are some of my favorites from him. Crashing Ego depicts a car crash in progress, and Counterattack Company shows a hunter becoming the hunted and turns the corner of a building so that the mural is split over two walls. The mural over two walls seems like an effective but simple way to switch things up.
Let’s see what has been happening off of Vandalog this week.
I recently wrote a list of Complex.com giving my thoughts on the 50 greatest street artists right now. Let me know what you think. So far, the main criticism (besides the usual “screw you” flame war stuff) seems to be that I did not include enough women.
The London Vandal broke a story about British former graffiti writers being arrested and being released on bail until November under some absurdly restrictive conditions. For example, they can’t enter a train station or use trains in London until November unless they can prove that they are going to court, to visit a lawyer or to make a journey relating to business or education. The New Statesman corrected some of The London Vandal’s claims and so the story is perhaps not as wild as initially reported, but it’s still a pretty messed up situation where bail conditions are being used solely for the purpose of maybe making The Olympics run more smoothly. Hyperallergic has more.
WALL\THERAPY is a mural event in Rochester, NY being put together by, Dr. Ian Wilson and The Synthesis Collaborative, the same people who organized last year’s Visual Intervention. This year, artists from Rochester and around the world will be painting as part of WALL\THERAPY: Faith47, DALeast, Ben Eine, Liqen, Case, ROA, Cern, St. Monci, Mr. Prvrt, Thievin’ Stephen, How & Nosm and Siloette.
The murals will be painted July 20th-27th, so that might be a fun time to visit Rochester.
Showing once again how he is one of the most visually arresting muralists around, Dal recently painted this mural of a whale in Melun, France. It is called C. And yes, I’m aware that I posted this tweet last night. Dal’s mural is big, but that’s not what makes it good.
Dal East has his first solo show coming up this week in Milan with Urban Painting Gallery. While some pay say that Dal is just another guy painting animals and maybe that’s the case, he does also have quite a cool style and some real technical skills. I am looking forward to seeing what he brings out for this show, Fever of the Worn Land. If you can get an invite from Urban Painting Gallery (urbanpainting-at-ymail-dot-com), you can check out the show on May 3rd. Otherwise just wait until the 5th when it will be at a new location and run through the 23rd.