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L.A. noir to now

A visual tour of downtown Los Angeles, now and then:
[more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 26, 2014 - 22 comments

Kilroy is HERE.

The Google Street Art Project is an online collection and exhibition about the history, locations and artists of street art. Explore all the street art exhibits by place, artist, collection, medium, and more. Part of the Google Cultural Institute.
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 20, 2014 - 1 comment

It’s not just a food, it’s a lifestyle

The Best of L.A. Taco: L.A. Taco looks back at the best tacos, art, music and people celebrating the taco lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 1, 2014 - 35 comments

Get Busy

Sofles - Limitless, Graffiti + Timelapse (SLYT) previous
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 3, 2013 - 5 comments

Now it goes the way of all street art

5pointz is gone. Here's a tour of what one day in its history looked like. Here's 50 nice photos of the building and its surroundings. Bid farewell to one of the most (only?) iconic NYC subway views, as the 7 train emerges from underground. [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Nov 19, 2013 - 44 comments

Why is it so hard to find a job?

A new series from miniatures artist Slinkachu. Slinkachu main site. (Previously, + + +.)
posted by OmieWise on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 comments

Adventures in temporary art

Paris 13 is a massive art exhibit inside a soon to be demolished building in France's capital. [via MyModernMet] [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Oct 19, 2013 - 8 comments

Better out than in.

Last Saturday this guy was selling canvases of "spray art" from a Central Park sidewalk stall for 60 bucks each. He sold seven of them. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Oct 13, 2013 - 122 comments

Nothing I do is a true or absolute reality: Herbert Baglione's urban art

"1000 Shadows" is a series of works by the urban/street artist Herbert Baglione, which consists of spirits escaping from urban settings. His latest creations in this series are set in the empty rooms of an old abandoned psychiatric hospital in the city of Parma in Italy, which further increases the fascinating and frightening ambiance of his creations. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 9, 2013 - 3 comments

Infinite Variations on an Autograph

INFINITE is an amazing timelapse of Australian graffiti artist Sofles painting an abandoned warehouse. [slyt | via]
posted by quin on Jun 13, 2013 - 8 comments

Cage Against The Machine

Hanksy, underground street fartist.
posted by cthuljew on Apr 22, 2013 - 16 comments

A Love Letter to 2011

Molly Crabapple's Shell Game "Illustrates Occupy and the Revolutions of 2011" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 9, 2013 - 11 comments

Ghost Signs

Ghost signs are old hand painted signs that have been faded by time. Dr Stefan Schutt at Victoria University studies ghost signs in Melbourne, and he's been interviewed by ABC Local Radio and written up in the Sydney Morning Herald (photo gallery). You can see more ghost signs at the Ghost Sign Project or the the ghost sign Flickr group, which has more than 21,000 photos. Previously.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 13, 2013 - 14 comments

Color in the cracks of the city

Lego Bombing and the Art of Infrastructure: "Oftentimes the displays are little more than attempts at drawing the eye or conveying a message. Sometimes, though, the two combine to great effect, pointing out glaring, gaping holes in the world around us. In the case of Lego Bombing, as it has become known, those holes -- and therefore, that art -- crop up in our crumbling infrastructure. The colorful plastic blocks are being snapped into walls, streets, and buildings all over the world courtesy of Dispatchwork."
posted by jammy on Mar 6, 2013 - 21 comments

casualties of the info-war

The art project Street Ghosts turns specters of Google Street View into real life Street Art.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 6, 2013 - 2 comments

Evol's tiny world of apartments

Street artist Evol paints little apartment buildings on utility boxes, concrete blocks, park walls, and art installations (completed, but nothing lasts forever). More on his Flickr collection, or you can see highlights on Twisted Sifter.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 comments

Hey what's that down there?

'Meet Sluggo – a green semi-subterranean inhabitant of Ann Arbor, Michigan. This strange little creature first appeared back in 2008 on a sidewalk, and since then started peaking out of walls cracks, chilling on ledges or doing his daily routines all over the town. Turns out, it was drawn by a local graphic artist David Zinn.'
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 8, 2013 - 21 comments

It's A Pity Only Security See Our Graffiti

As happens all over the world regularly, one night a team of artists got together to paint some art on the sides of trains. This group, however, used their naked bodies... and a fire extinguisher. (SLVimeo, NSFW, via Common Folk Collective.)
posted by knile on Dec 22, 2012 - 44 comments

Indonesian Street Art

The Indonesian Street Art Database (ISAD) is an artist-run project that aims to archive street art in Indonesia as a documentation of the country’s urban culture. Art Radar delves into the ISAD archives to explore the breadth of street art in Indonesia and the concerns of the country’s urban artists.
posted by infini on Nov 3, 2012 - 2 comments

da Bomb x5

Five Full Films Featuring Graffiti [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 3, 2012 - 10 comments

Keeping Detroit Beautiful

Renowned L.A. based graffiti crew The Seventh Letter and affiliates have been working on the Detroit Beautification Project (Vimeo link). [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jun 29, 2012 - 6 comments

Space Invader

In Bed With Invader One night in Paris with street artist Invader (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 28, 2012 - 17 comments

Doel: Belgian ghost town turned city-wide street art gallery

Ghost town in Belgium will lose its street art when it ceases to exist. "For 700 years, Doel stood near Antwerp along the Scheldt River in Belgium. As Antwerp expanded in the 20th century, its port needed more space, and Doel quickly became a target for demolition. Trying to force residents out, the government scheduled demolitions multiple times, but were beaten by popular protests from the 1970s through the 1990s. But despite the will of the people, Doel could not be saved and in 1999, the town was officially scheduled for complete demolition. Since that time, residents have trickled out, but artists have made their way in. As more of the town became abandoned, street artists from across Europe came and began to debut their works around Doel." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 19, 2012 - 9 comments

Point, Counterpoint

International street artist ABOVE (Wikipedia; Flickr pool; interview from 2009) convinced diamond traders at Johannesburg's Jewel City to let him paint their exterior wall with the phrase "Diamonds Are A Woman's Best Friend" ... but he didn't mention that he would be adding "And A Man's Worst Enemy" to the adjacent wall.
posted by mrgrimm on Apr 10, 2012 - 15 comments

GrafRank

GrafRank: Global Graffiti Statistics is a new webapp project from Jake Dobkin of Streetsy (previously). With GrafRank, Dobkin codes street art locations from the Streetsy Flickr Pool, tagged by artist, to highlight where notable street artists are working in specific cities, their prolificacy, and the more popular areas in those cities for tagging.
posted by shakespeherian on Mar 8, 2012 - 4 comments

Flawed Symmetry of Prediction: time-lapse landscape, astrophotograpy and painting in high definition

Flawed Symmetry of Prediction is a 4 and a half minute long video, compiling time lapse images of abandoned buildings in rural, desert settings, plus strategic lighting and an optical illusion painting or two. See also: On the Inside Looking Out (The Brain of Infinity), another "street art" time-lapse video. If you want to see single images in more detail, photographer/videographyer Jeff Frost has a portfolio site up with some of pictures. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 2, 2012 - 7 comments

Translucent tape art of Max Zorn

Max Zorn makes translucent art with a scalpel and brown packing tape (though he has worked with blue and a bit of green). A self-taught "classical" painter, he turned to back-lit street art in May 2011, and now has a growing gallery of works that are inspired by American Realism/film noir.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 4, 2012 - 17 comments

Street Art Utopia

Street Art Utopia 106 of the most beloved Street Art Photos – Year 2011
posted by tomswift on Dec 19, 2011 - 12 comments

Some terracotta Lego figures were distorted during the making of this picture

3D street art terracotta Lego army. Here's how.
posted by twoleftfeet on Dec 12, 2011 - 10 comments

Now in pictures!

Latet examples of 3D street art from around the world ~ in pictures More from Artist Joe Hill
posted by mattoxic on Nov 18, 2011 - 5 comments

Montreal Street Art: The Flickr Pool

Montreal Street Art: The Flickr Pool [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 21, 2011 - 4 comments

Indian Street Graphics

Indian Street Graphics: a Flickr set. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on May 9, 2011 - 4 comments

Draw the change you want to see in the world

Gandhi street art. Classic. Armed. With friends. Writing. Silly. Warholesque. Urban. Meditative. Minimal. Grim. Shackled. Happy. Alone. Leading. On the fence. Mischievous.
posted by anirvan on Mar 30, 2011 - 4 comments

Street Art Rocks!

Last month our family watched "Exit Through the Gift Shop." We loved it. In fact Gracie was bound and determined to become a street artist when she grew up... Now of course we would never in a million years damage anyone's property. But we wanted to do something artsy. Something stealthy. Something public. Then I had a bright idea... A gallery of dozens of small rocks with cartoony faces hand-painted on them and placed back outside. (Via CNLT. previously. )
posted by ShawnStruck on Mar 7, 2011 - 40 comments

Banksy who?

The identity of Banksy is up for auction on eBay. Bidding currently stands at $999,999.00 with 38 bids. He has been "exposed" before.
posted by deadbilly on Jan 17, 2011 - 83 comments

Musical notes from the underground

Where can you see jazz1 shows,2 doo-wop performances,3 a vaudevillian dance act,4 found object5 percussion duos,6 opera concerts,7 international and intergalactic folk music gigs,8 and a pink gorilla playing the bass9? All for $2.25? [more inside]
posted by jng on Jan 14, 2011 - 11 comments

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a film by Banksy (copious previously) about himself, street art, celebrity, and Mister Brainwash. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Jan 14, 2011 - 72 comments

Rather be alive than remembered

Oakland's Turf Feinz (previously) dance in memorial for Oscar Grant (previously). While the riots in Oakland received more media coverage (previously, previously), there's been several memorial murals painted across Oakland and numerous songs channeling local anger, outrage, observations, lamentations, reflections, and frustration. The news gave the nation broken windows and burning cars, while the town continues peaceful protest, 2 years later.
posted by yeloson on Jan 1, 2011 - 11 comments

We'll Marry Our Fortunes Together

In recession-hit Saginaw, MI, the initial setting of Simon and Garfunkel's "America", mural painter Eric Shantz has begun painting the lyrics to the song on abandoned buildings.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Dec 19, 2010 - 41 comments

Kerfuffle in the LA Art Scene

Kerfuffle in the LA Art Scene- the possibility that both the mural and its whitewashing are the art - from artist Mario Muller's Truffle Hunting
posted by pt68 on Dec 14, 2010 - 14 comments

Protect the London rabbit

A 3.5m picture of a rabbit is going to be painted over in two weeks, if Hackney council get their way (a slightly clearer picture). The street artist ROA painted the picture with the permission of the building's owners last year, but the local council have said that it's a blight to the local area. ROA has done lots of other pictures of large animals around the area. [more inside]
posted by DanCall on Oct 28, 2010 - 52 comments

A Window to Elsewhere

Mural Locator highlights street art around the world.
posted by Xurando on Sep 27, 2010 - 2 comments

Art Without Asking

"Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art," a lovely looking guide to street art activations published by Taschen and soon to be released on the masses. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Sep 20, 2010 - 17 comments

Vancouver's Basquiat?

"if you see ken around the downtown eastside, chinatown, or gastown, buy his art or i'll stab you in the neck!" Ken Foster wanders the streets of Vancouver, painting the neighborhoods and selling the paintings he's made on found objects.
posted by cross_impact on May 7, 2010 - 4 comments

Picasso of the Ghetto Passes

Purvis Young, the street artist who adorned neighborhoods in Miami with his vibrant, expressionistic depictions of urban life, has died at the age of 67.
posted by cross_impact on Apr 29, 2010 - 4 comments

Rewarding Attentiveness: Street Level Urban Art

Ben Wilson's Chewing Gum paintings and Slinkachu's sculpture rewards the attentive pedestrian. The former paints tiny pictures on sidewalk gum. The latter sets up tiny urban tableaus with humor and sly social critique. Pays to watch where you walk. (hat tip -- Raw Vision)
posted by cross_impact on Apr 14, 2010 - 5 comments

Does Fairey have a posse?

Shepard Fairey's Fight for Appropriation, Fair Use and Free Culture Evelyn McDonnell ponders his career and quotes Fairey's reasoning about the Obama "Hope" poster that got AP angry.
posted by dabitch on Jan 21, 2010 - 7 comments

Pink Lady of Malibu

The Pink Lady of Malibu "One Saturday morning, on October 29, 1966, a massive 60-foot-tall painting of a nude pink lady holding flowers suddenly appeared as you headed into the tunnel on Malibu Canyon Road." Yep, that could be a bit distracting.. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob on Dec 1, 2009 - 17 comments

Ça vous étonne / Mais c'est comme ça

5bis rue du Verneuil is the home of Serge Gainsbourg in Paris. This short film peels off the layers of graffiti left on the wall there.
posted by creeky on Nov 22, 2009 - 12 comments

COMBO - a collaborative animation

COMBO - a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis. Made at Fame Festival 2009.
posted by Matthias Rascher on Sep 24, 2009 - 3 comments

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