According to his website, the street artist OakOak “is a French artist who likes to play with urban elements”. Using simple means and materials, OakOak undermines his neighborhood with playful results. He uses a minimal amount of actual original artwork, instead re-purposing signs, facades, cement blocks, chipping paint, and more. OakOak transforms a neighborhood’s imperfections into its own adornments. He says of his interventions:
“The less I intervene on the wall or the road, the better, especially if I can totally change the sense of the urban environment” [via]
Street art has undergone some interesting developments of late. While not entirely forsaking its aerosol heritage, street art has definitely become more adventuresome in terms of medium in the past few years. Artist MRtoll exemplifies this well. While MRtoll’s aesthetic may resemble that of a stencil or poster artist, his medium is a bit more peculiar: clay. MRtoll works the clay into various images or texts then installs them on walls throughout Brooklyn. He often uses his clay in a nearly painterly manner creating impressive two dimensional work. Other times, his work is text based, seemingly a text or a tweet, playful much like its medium.
Australian artist Buff Diss brings an interesting medium to the spray paint dominated world of street art: tape. Intricately cut and stuck, Buff Diss’ often large scale pieces can be astoundingly complex. Some of his work intentionally interacts, even plays with the surrounding environment. At other times his work seems to reference classical sculpture and painting. However, he consistently works in this peculiar medium. Regarding the reasons for using tape in his process he says:
“The functional or practical nature of tape is one of its best aspects as a medium; you don’t have to walk into a snooty, over-priced art store to find it. The linear quality of tape also makes it a quick medium to work with. Only drawback is looking like you’ve got a stationery fetish when you open your bag.” [via]
Argentinian Street artist Jaz can often be seen at work with an aerosol can in one hand in a brush in the other. He sprays and blends in a way that makes his work especially expressionistic for street art. Jaz’ style and process are more often found on the smaller scale of the canvas gallery. While consciously veering from the typical New York based street art style, Jaz says
“But the main idea about graffiti is to work in the street. It isn’t about the tools you use of the paradigm of signing your name” [via]
Dutch artist Daan Botlek creates commissioned murals and work for the street. His art makes use of simply conveyed bodies often contrasting the inside with the outside. Many of Botlek’s pieces illustrate a sort of literal introspection, looking inside each character. The characters peel off, crawl out of, and smash off outer layers to expose the inner person. Botlek works both in the gallery and on the street, his figures populating walls through out the city inside and out. [via]
MOMO is a street artist working internationally. His pieces can range in size from relatively small to the size of city blocks. It is his style, though that is peculiar. His murals forgo text or figuration in favor of an abstract form. His work often has a deceptively simple composition. MOMO’s technique resembles simple print aesthetics while even referencing mid-century abstract painters.
Curiot is a Mexico City based artist who combines indigenous and street art to make some incredible, mythical murals. I would recommend making the trip south to see some his murals in person; it’s 100% worth it. If you get there and can’t find any, you might be able to pick up some of his sculptures at La Vamp skateboard shop in La Roma.
This isn’t the first time anyone’s ever used long exposure photography to make compositions with light, but Jasper Geenhuizen (Netherlands) is doing some of the best I’ve seen. Strong colors, and perfect set up and location. This is how you do it right. There’s no gimmick to these either- I would dig these pictures with or without the light work. They emit a damp, nocturnal atmosphere that’s not easy to reproduce. In Geenhuizen’s words, “Everybody can make light graffiti, but it is truly art to be able to combine the light with the place.” Hope to see much more from this guy going forward.