The pieces of Xuan Alyfe arrive from a variety of influences rarely found in street art. His work is largely abstract, but peppered with figures and other recognizable objects. The murals seems to subtly reference minimalist, surrealist, and even graphic design styles. Aylfe’s art even seems to piece together various influences of other street artists into his own distinct style. Perhaps appropriately, then, he has exhibited and painted murals worldwide.
Dutch artist Iepe Rubinigh and the Anonymous Crew took the term “street art” very literally with their piece Painting Reality. The group, equipped on bicycles, purposely spilled over 130 gallons of eco-friendly water soluble paint in a Berlin’s busy Rosenthaler Platz intersection. The cars then acted as brushes spreading the various colors through street. An abstract painting detailing the fluid-like flow of traffic unfolded over the next several minutes and 2,000 cars. Painting Reality introduced pleasantly bright color to otherwise drab asphalt. More than that, though, the “strokes” of paint documented the moving life of a city. Check out the video to the see paint drop and spread.
We each seem to know someone caught on Google’s Street View – even I can be found in my driveway on the online map. While its surreal finding a part of real life online for anyone to see, artist Paolo Cirio brings it back to real life again with his series Street Ghosts. Cirio finds images of people in Google Street View and prints life size posters of them. He then wheat pastes each person in the physical location he found them on Street View. Cirio makes a point of mentioning that the wheat pastes were printed and posted without authorization. This underscores that these images of various were acquired without permission to begin with. The series raises questions and concerns in regards to salvaging privacy in an increasing technological and commercial world.
The Billbored series of artist Dan Bergeron (also known as fauxreel) undermines the all to common visual language of advertising. His hijacked billboards, particularly his series featuring Carl the Plastic Baby, challenges passers-by to consider what they see more deeply. Like much of his work, Billbored investigates identity, consumerism, and the places they intersect. Carl the Plastic Baby, for example, playfully offers an an easy alternative to actual children. A website accompanying the billboard offers visitors the opportunity to buy a “child” of their own – their very own Carl delivered to their home.
This is the first in a series where each week we’ll gather some of our favorite street that you definitely won’t want to miss. This week we have a mural from Blu that, like much of his work, utilized features of the building. You’ll also find one in a series by Herr Nilsson of some fiendishly violent princesses, a smart wheat paste piece from Peter Drew, as well as new pieces from INTI, Seth, and Ever. Finally, we have Lego block interventions from Jan Vormann, European historical figures with the heads of Olmec statues by Mata Ruda, and a kitty piece from Jesse Olwen. Enjoy!
Brazilian street artist Claudio Ethos creates huge black and white murals often cover entire buildings. His unique highly detailed style resembles wildly enlarged drawings. However, this isn’t entirely far from the reality of Ethos’ process. His pieces often begin as meticulous ball point pen drawings. Ethos’ talent isn’t only in his creative imagery or drawing skills, but his ability to replicate these drawings on an enormous scale. The resulting style is one that is large in size without being imposing, personal as if you were holding the page yourself.
To the street artist known as R1, the city is a living thing and he creates his ‘interventions’ accordingly. The city and its streets are something we interact with each day. R1′s simple interventions reveal our relationship with our urban homes. Perhaps more importantly, though, it challenges us to interact with the city in an entirely new ways. R1 says of his process:
“I consider the street as an open canvas. I work with urban interventions and collect every day found materials, transforming them and placing them back where they came from, to become a part of the city’s journey. The resulting artwork is tactile, moving within the motion of the cityscape. Like the street, the work finds its meaning once an interaction with the passer-by takes place.”
Just when you thought Banksy was the real trickster of the art world, along comes . . . Hanksy, the puntastic street fartist. His use of satire not only challenges the smug, but playfully subverts the current street art standard with a necessary dose of light antagonism.
Check out the video after the jump to see a short documentary about Hanksy’s mysterious persona: his meager “greeting card” beginnings and current mission statement, which centers on a dream of meeting Tom Hanks.