Check out this interesting PSA from 1976 that explores graffiti during a time when the art form had just blown up in public consciousness. This video really allows you to appreciate the status which graffiti has achieved today, even if we’re not all the way there yet. Though it presents many views on its subject, the piece comes off as biased. Make sure to look out for gems like “kids who write on toilet walls have psychological problems – let’s help them straighten out their heads.” Watch the 13-minute video after the jump.
Chinese street artist DALeast studied sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts and began doing art on public space at 2004 under the alias DAL. He is inspired by the way the material world revolves, how the spiritual world unfolds, life’s emotions and the infinite space around us. His massive murals resemble thousands of strands of yarn or thread that are continuously unraveling and coming together to create incredible sweeping imagery. (via)
Hailing from Valencia, Spain, Vinz Feel Free’s large scale wheat paste street art installations where nude women’s heads are replaced with bird heads and the heads of business men are altered to look like reptiles.
“Birds and naked people are extracted from the book of Genesis in the Bible. Mayas, Aztechs, Sumerians etc. talk about the figure of reptile as the animals which take control over us, like police in our world. And the frog appears in Apocalypse scenes and is responsible for Humanity disasters. This is why I use them to build men in suit characters.” (via)
While his street art pseudonym might not be the most creative (we’re guessing he uses his real name), the French artist simply known as Seth’s bold and colorful portraits of locals city dwellers painted in every continent is quite the creative endeavor. One of our favorite parts of Seth’s project is that he often times gets locals to pose next to murals. We’re not sure if the paintings are directly based the individuals posing in the photographs but they certainly do add a bit of extra charm and humor to the images. More images from China, India, Mexico, and everywhere else imaginable after the jump!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area you still have time to check out Barry McGee’s show up at Prism until June 30th. As usual with all of McGee’s shows his latest offering features dynamic installations that cover every corner of Prism’s massive gallery space. With this new body of work you’ll notice a greater transition towards the abstract and patterning with only moments of his signature graffiti references and typography. Could this be signs of an evolution out of the street iconography that McGee built his career on? I doubt it but the new evolution is quite nice nonetheless.
British street artist Phlegm’s works don’t use bold fluorescent colors that we usually associate with street art but reference the ancient art of woodblock prints and engravings. With mythical imagery of dragons, elongated fishermen, and unearthly beasts, Phlegm’s detailed black and white drawings use the contemporary medium of street art to take us back to mysterious centuries from long long ago.
When you think of graffiti geometric abstraction isn’t the style that comes to mind but E1000 has managed to mix graffiti and the long and rich history of geometric abstraction on city streets. Filled with rich warm hues that gradate from dark to light E1000 is bringing minimalism and geometry into the most unexpected places.