Vinchen is a really underrated street artist from Columbus, Ohio who I haven’t given nearly enough attention to. Vinchen is one of the few politically-minded stencil artists besides Banksy who can consistently interest me. Here are a few Vinchen pieces that I really like, although they aren’t all particularly recent:
Vinchen is Columbus, Ohio’s best-known street artist, but now Vinchen is taking things indoors with Art? Show, presented by Columbus’ Rivet Gallery. Art? Show won’t be taking place at Rivet Gallery, but rather at a (secret for now) pop-up location and will only be open for two days: October 21st and 22nd. The location will be revealed on October 17th. Just what exactly the show will be like is something else that Vinchen is keeping secret for now, but here’s an artist statement:
Photo by Vinchen
You know that artist or musician whose work you really like, but nobody else has ever heard of them? That name you can use to sound like your knowledge of culture is slightly more cutting-edge and eclectic than the other guy? Vinchen is one of those artists you can mention. Yeah he’s been on Wooster from time to time, but seriously, this guy is good and rarely does his name over come up online or in conversation. Vinchen lives Columbus, Ohio, which could explain why his name is moderately obscure while Dickchicken finds himself on Playboy’s website.
Anyway, enough of my ranting (for now, the end of this post gets rant-y again). The important thing is that Vinchen is a cool artist who does some great work outdoors. These are some of my favorite pieces from him.
Check out more of Vinchen’s work on his website.
All photos by Vinchen
Okay here’s why I get rant-y again:
This is a bit of a tangent, but back in November, I criticized the media for labeling SpY “The Spanish Banksy,” and I stand by that. But one argument I’ve heard for why Mr. Brainwash’s popularity is that people are looking for “The American Banksy.” Now, I think that whole thing is pretty silly, but if people really are searching for an American Banksy, Mr. Brainwash isn’t the only option (just the one with the largest marketing budget). Vinchen is way the hell more interesting than MBW, and his work is more politically challenging without directly ripping off other artists. So America, what do you think? Could Vinchen be your Banksy? Do you need one?
One of the best thrills of street art is walking by a piece a dozen times before realize it is there. Here are a few pieces of unauthorized signage that might just pass at first glance, and then once you get the joke, it’s totally obvious.
This piece by D&D, perhaps the kings of this sort of work, has been up since 2003.
Of course, there are hundreds of these sorts of signs. Leave your favorites in the comments section or shoot me an email. I’d love to do a Part 2 of this post.