Weekend link-o-rama

Don't Fret

Lots of news to share this week and I’m late with this post, so let’s get on with it…

Photo by Don’t Fret

Weekend link-o-rama

A wall in Munich

Sorry this is coming a day late, but Thanksgiving and related activities took priority. Here’s what I missed posting about this week:

Photo by Luna Park

Weekend link-o-rama


With my mind still on Living Walls, I’ve got some catching up to do with what’s been going on outside of Atlanta. So here’s some of that catching up…

  • King Robbo is currently having serious health issues, and there’s a fundraising art auction at Cargo for him next month.
  • Brooklyn Street Art’s LA show, Street Art Saved My Life, opened and BSA has photo of the entire thing.
  • The Zoo Project are a major street art force in Paris, and this wall is one of my favorites from them in a while.
  • Tristan Manco contributed a list of his 10 favorite pieces of street art to The Guardian.
  • Shepard Fairey had quite an ordeal in Copenhagen. On the whole, I’ve got to agree with Shepard on this one. He made a mistake and tried to make it right, but people still beat him up and newspapers still sensationalized their stories in inaccurate ways. Uncool. That said, it’s worth pointing out that right in the midst of Shepard complaining about newspapers getting their facts straight and being ethical, he writes “I adhere to my ethical beliefs in all areas of my artistic and business practice.” I hate to kick a guy while he’s down, but it needs to be mentioned that Shepard did attempt to falsify evidence during his lawsuit with the AP, so those ethics aren’t always adhered to. Anyway, sucks that Shepard and Obey Clothing’s Romeo Trinidad were beat up.
  • Futura and Stash getting up in NYC.
  • James Marshal aka Dalek is trying something very different with his new work.
  • Nunca, Miss Van and others are at work on a mural project in Berlin.
  • Sao Paulo’s Museum of Art just opened a huge show of street artists including JR, Swoon, Invader and Remed.

Photos by Sabeth718

Holiday gift guide: affordable prints

So maybe this is the first of a few posts with street art related gift ideas, maybe not. Here are some prints that are available online for a very low price (but they aren’t cheap. Right Zeus?).


1. Logopops by Sickboy. Last night was Sickboy’s one night only show, Logopops. Lots of hand finished prints are available online for as little as £35 (though you are meant to get a few of them to create a custom cluster of prints).

2. Storm Clouds by Jeff Soto. I must admit that I am becoming more and more of a Jeff Soto fan, especially the watercolor pieces. At just £75, it costs a lot less than I expected.


3. Sprout by Josh Keyes. I am very very wary of recommending this. Josh Keyes is an amazingly talented painter and I do like his work, but I’m not sure if you get the same feel for it through a giclee print. You kind of need to see the originals in person to see what sets him apart from all the other guys painting post-environmental-apocalypse art. Could be awesome though, and it’s a book and (very large editioned) print for $85 so that’s nice.

4. Tempo Boxer by Ace. A staple of the London scene (Blackall Street in particular), Ace does some nice work and a nice print from him goes for between £50-55.

5. Dalek Blue by Dalek/James Marshall. Dalek has two “Space Monkey” prints available on his site, both very nice, but I prefer the blue one.


6. Homeless, Not Hopeless by Above. I mentioned this print the other day, but it’s worth showing again because all the profits go to a good cause.

7. Better Than Nothing by Kid Acne. I suppose you either like his warrior women or you don’t. I do.


8. Make Room For The Emptiness by Jim Houser. This is the print that I want to buy with my grandma’s Christmas money. Love it. And at just $75, I can’t believe it hasn’t sold out yet.

9. Mama Quilla by Fefe Talavera. Another beautiful and affordable print from The BLDG.

The Answer print

10. The Answer by Hera. This lithograph by Hera looks great and comes with my book The Thousands: Painting Outside, Breaking In. It’s £100 for the set, and since the book retails for about £25, that’s an affordable print if I ever saw one. The print is of a sketch by Hera, and she really knows how to sketch.

Cityscape exhibition in London


This seems like a cool line up for a group show. Especially looking forward to Skullphone, Neck Face and Taki 183 since I have never seen their work in the UK and I’m a big fan of Neck Face in particular.

Here’s the press release:

Lava Collective presents: Cityscape

Previews November 5th, 6pm – 9:30pm. Then open daily, 11am – 7pm.

The LAVA Collective has put together a group show of predominantly North American origin, focusing on street art and urban culture. Big names like Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Dalek and Skullphone vie for attention with an exciting selection of emerging artists.

The stars of the show are Brooklyn duo Peru Ana Ana Peru, who have been invited over especially to install a site-specific montage of their work. This couple have made a name for themselves in NYC with their vibrant and distinctive street pieces but they also produce video, sculpture, and fine art. They have got a big solo show coming up at the Brooklynite Gallery NYC before heading over here to oversee their first appearance in a London show.

Cityscape will also showcase the photography of Ricky Powell. The man they call the ‘Fourth Beastie Boy’ was on hand to witness the birth of hip hop culture in NYC. For this show he has submitted a selection of his classic portraits, including Run DMC, KRS One, Easy E, Eric B and Rakim. These extraordinary photos depict iconic musicians in intimate surroundings; Easy E is tuning a radio, Jam master Jay is all smiles at the airport. This is a rare opportunity to see Powell’s work in London.

For the full artist line up, go to www.lavacollective.com

Questions for James Marshall aka Dalek

A couple of weeks ago I posted an interview with James Marshall on FADwebsite, but I thought it would be worth reposting part of it here because I know not everybody reading Vandalog also reads FAD where I post from time to time.

So here’s the first half of what you can find on FAD:

1 When did you start to make art?
as a kid I started drawing all the time …just sort of went from there…

2 How did you evolve into a professional artist?
by accident…just sort of happened..in reality it is still happening…its never really a finished process.

3 What drove you to make art as a professional vocation?
if I could make a living making art then that was better than making a living doing some other shit.

4 Explain your inspiration?
it varies from day to day….it just sort of exist in different forms..at different times…

5 In what way does your inspiration transform into ideas?
naturally I guess…i don’t really think about it… I just trust that it will happen

6 From Ideas to production of art – how? And why?
that’s a good question for someone else… I don’t really think about it…

7 Could your ideas be portrayed in any other medium? If so which?
sure I guess… Any number of things…architecture…sculpture…fabric…

8 Which artists would you most like to blatantly rip off?
none….what would be the point of that..

9 Why is your art made?
because I make it

10 What does being an artist mean to you?
nothing… It just is what it is… Why worry about what it means…

11 Are you happy with your reasons for making art? i.e Are there any trade offs that make life hard?
life is hard regardless…if it was easy then you aren’t trying very hard… I am happy with the path I am on….its moving in the right direction…i learn as I go…and that’s good enough…I feel solid that I am pursuing things in a manner that make sense to who I am …and that’s all I can ask for really..Read the rest at FAD

Dalek and Delta at Elms Lesters

Dalek & Delta is the latest show at Elms Lesters in London, and of course it is a two person show with James Marshall aka Dalek and Boris Tellegen aka Delta. It’s open now and a great show for lovers of geometry.


Photos by s.butterfly

Dalek + Delta at Elms Lesters

I’ve got a book about Dalek sitting on my desk and just a few weeks ago saw some very cool work from Delta in Paris, so I’m glad to finally announce that these two artists will be doing 2 person show at Elms Lesters later this month. Dalek’s progression from graffiti to Murakami like precession and his ability to create new worlds is rivalled in street art only by perhaps KAWS, and Delta’s work just needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. The detail is too great for any jpeg to ever explain. This show should be a real treat.

Here are all the details from Elms Lesters:

28 August – 26 September 2009
Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm, Thursdays ’til 8pm

This exhibition brings together two International painters of magnitude.

James Marshall, aka DALEK, who currently lives in Carolina, and Amsterdam based Boris Tellegen, aka DELTA, are both masters of their handling of colour and texture.

Marshall, who spent a year as an assistant to Takashi Murakami, has developed and honed a technique of meticulously applying flat blocks of colour, whilst playing with shapes and exaggerated optical perspectives.

“Two changes in technique have recently allowed DALEK to ratchet the spatial complexity up a notch. In linear terms, there’s an increased overlapping between forms whilst, in colour terms, subverting the light-to-dark or conversely dark-to-light build-up of tonal depth by interjecting chop-change colour values at will across the picture plane to break up conventional recession “ Ben Jones – art historian

Conversely, Tellegen is constantly experimenting with his his complex ‘architectural’ paintings, collages and 3D sculptural wall pieces, discovering, through his use of colour and references to urban decay, how to play with perspectives through the build up of textures and shadows.

“There’s an openness in DELTA’s practice to organic breakdown which might at first seem antithetical to the precision of his work’s apparently precise graphic underpinning. Thinking back to one of his street pieces, with the moss proliferating and gradually covering the relief, helps point up in a rare natural example a key conceptual theme for DELTA throughout: the organic system and its threat to subsume the man-made.” Ben Jones – art historian

Private View: Thursday 27th August between 6 – 9pm

More at Elms Lesters

Street/Studio at Irvine Contemporary

Street Studio

What do you get when you put Swoon, Gaia, Dalek, Shepard Fairey, Imminent Disaster, Oliver Vernon, PISA73 and EVOL all in one show? I’m not sure, but it sounds like a recipe for awesome. And that’s just what Irvine Contemporary are doing in DC next month. And remember, Swoon is involved, so it’s not going to be your plain old group show. The show, called Street/Studio, is going to have a gallery component and an outdoor bit as well where the artists cover the alleyways near Irvine Contemporary. Can’t wait to see photos from this show. The only artists I’m doubtful about are Oliver Vernon and PISA73, but hopefully they make it work.

And don’t miss the panel discussion at American University on June 19th with the artists and the curator of Shepard Fairey’s show at the Boston ICA. Hopefully there will be video for those of us who can’t be there.

The press stuff after the jump: Continue reading “Street/Studio at Irvine Contemporary”

New Prints: L’Atlas, Dalek, and Miss Bugs

Some great new prints coming out this week:

1. Cosmic by L’Atlas: This print has made me love L’Atlas. A. It looks great, and B. It’s priced very well. It’s two prints actually, one black on white, and one white on black. Edition of just 25 each for $120.

Cosmic (Black) by L'Atlas
Cosmic (Black) by L

2. Winter 08 by Dalek: Again, not just one print, but three. There is Winter 08 (pictured below), with an edition of 200 for $75, and Pink Heads and Green Heads, editions of 150 each for $50. I can’t figure out why they are $25 less than Winter 08 for a smaller edition, but why complain? They all look great.

Winter 08 by Dalke
Winter 08 by Dalek

3. The Year of The Super Rat Nation by Miss Bugs: By far the best piece I’ve seen from Miss Bugs. An edition of only 30, priced at £135. In order to give anybody a fair shot at this print, Miss Bugs is using the FairQ system, so you have to register in advance (before 7pm PST today) to buy the print.

The Year of The Super Rat Nation by Miss Bugs
The Year of The Super Rat Nation by Miss Bugs

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