How can one not fall in love with Lisbon! When you walk the streets of this city, in tourist areas or less known places, you see art everywhere. Graffiti, tags, and a diverse array of street art explodes on the walls. Add to all the illegal activity Vhils’ UnderDogs project, and you end up going from surprise to surprise at every street corner.
Lisbon was hit hard by the 2008 economic crisis. As a result, a lot of buildings of the city were abandoned by their owners, quickly enlarging the playground of graffiti and street artists making the city attractive to many international artists.
It’s now a kind of “street art place to be”, which is okay, but you soon find yourself torn between the pleasure of discovering new stunning art pieces and frustration caused by having already seen photos of so many of the murals on the internet. Still, better to share the artwork than not, so here’s some Lisbon street art from Cane Morto, Vhils, Créons, Sumo, Exit-enter, C215, Tinta Crua, Os Gemeos, Kraken, Sam3, Ericailcane, and Mr.chat.
I had last visited Bethlehem in 2008. Few of the pieces I saw then on the Separation Wall or in the city itself remain. The wall and its surrounding environs continue, though, to serve as a canvas for a range of – largely political – art. Here’s a bit of what my son and I captured during our recent visit:
Sam3 doesn’t say on his website exactly where this wall is, but hints, “This wall is facing the sea, where it is imagined that one day was Ulysses.” I’m not so well versed in Greek mythology, so I’m just gonna go with the wall being somewhere in Greece…? UPDATE: The wall is in Italy.
Wherever it is, I’m a fan. Sam3 is really a master of playing with space, both the space of the wall itself and the positive and negative spaces he creates in black and white.
Public Art Horsens is a festival along the lines of Nuart or last year’s Komafest, where a town in Scandinavia has invited some of the world’s top artists to liven things up a bit. Horsens, Denmark has about 55,000 residents, and they’re currently being blessed with some new work by Sam3, Escif, Pobel and Brad Downey. The festival is organized by Municipality of Horsens, Simon Caspersen from ArtRebels, photographer Henrik Haven and the local creative community ‘Stormsalen’.
To start, we have some photos of Sam3’s works in Horsens.
So as finals exams and essays begin to creep up on me (70-ish pages to write in the next month), these link-o-rama posts are going to become essential until the school year is up, so you know, I encourage you to read them closely.
Aryz has a solo show coming up in San Fransisco at Upper Playground’s Fifty24SF. David Choe is a fan, and says that it’s gonna be a “feeding frenzy” with collectors wanting to buy out the show 100x over even before anyone has seen the work.
Of course, if you’re looking for something you can get your hands on, I’m loving this print from Unga.
Ron English recently released a monochrome grey version of his Temper Tot figure on his website.
Well, the big story this week was of course Hyuro’s wall under threat in Atlanta, but a lot more has been happening elsewhere on the web, plus I missed a week of link-o-rama when I was in Atlanta myself, so here’s what I’ve got to share:
Living Walls mentioned in the New York Times last week, but not because of Hyuro’s mural or even in the arts section. For some reason, some narrative was created about Living Walls relating to the recession. Well, whatever. I guess it’s a hook, and strange press is better than no press.
Everyone’s been quoting this Steve Powers interview where he says “Most Street art isn’t art and it isn’t street.” He’s such a provocateur (read: guy well-respected enough that the world allows him to be an asshole). Actually though, as annoying as the guy can be, he’s right. Particularly that most street art isn’t art. A lot of it is great graphic design or illustration or signpainting. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s a misnomer that confuses a lot of people.
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Sam3‘s latest piece is this wonderful attack on buff. His forced collaboration with the graffiti removal squad/person re-energizes the wall and makes the mismatched buff into something to be noticed. I wonder what the next bit of buff on this wall will look like. Maybe this can be an ongoing collaboration, like this piece by Mobstr.