Category Archives: art

Alëxone Dizac’s Oediperies

source: blogaouane

We’re telling you, it pays to put yourself on every mailing list you can findAlëxone of illustrative and street art fame turns his attention to a show centered on graffiti form that still inhabits the whimsical and multi-colored landscape that we’ve come to expect from this French artist. This time it’s called Oediperies and it draws from Alëxone’s graffiti background from some 20 years ago.

source: blogaouane

source: blogaouane

From the Gallery Speerstra:

For his 3rd solo show at the Speerstra Gallery, Alëxone Dizac will temporarily puts aside his classic work on canvas to present his “Oedïpe” calligraphy, a style he usually works outside and on walls.

Meeting in 2009 the godfather of graffiti “Seen”, and his invitation to come and paint in his studio in Paris. Alëxone decided to undertake this project called “Oedïperies” for the Gallery.

Returning to his graffiti roots , the artist selected a dozen of works that are exclusively spray-paint on canvas. Spray because this is the medium Alëxone used when he started his graffiti career 20 years ago in Paris.

source: blogaouane

These are really tight- the line work and color combinations are very reminscient of Alëxone’s traditional illustration, but the form gives all these pieces a much different tone. Not to the mention the shadowing and effects really make the circular elements pop off the canvas. Oediperies will be running at Gallery Speerstra until May 14.

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HOW & NOSM in LA

source: Revok1

The sibling duo out of Brooklyn is killing it with their latest mural on 701 E. 3rd Street. The image density, pattern work and winding style is off the chain. Here’s a little close-up of the piece about 4 days in. There seems to be some explosively good works coming in with MOCA’s Art in the Streets underway in the following weeks.


source: Tatscru flickr

Does: Between the Lines Preview via Carl Allison

DOES (interviewed) just put us on to a promo shot by Carl Allison for his newest show Between the Lines opening at Rancho Notorious on the 14th. Really dope video, and a preview style that you normally don’t see for gallery openings:

Again, check out Digitaldoes for more information, and also a nice interview by Australia-based graff blog Invurt.

DOES, on his grind and keeping the works fresh, that’s what we like to see.

DOES’ Between the Lines previews

DOES (Interview), once again dropping these teasers on us for new works featured in his upcoming show at Rancho Notorious, entitled Between the Lines.

We are really diggin’ these works. Oftentimes you will find street artists and writers changing up their gallery style from their street style, but DOES is really staying true to his original roots, with a heavy emphasis on letterform and works that can be translated from wall to canvas. Really lovin’ the style and flow, but that’s without question. Stay up on new media and previews via Facebook.

LA Times interviews: Chaz Bojórquez, Risk and Craig Stecyk

LA Times dropped three dope biopic interviews on us with Chaz Bojórquez, Risk and Craig Stecyk, all pioneers in their own right, as a wind-up for Moca’s Art in the Streets opening this week. The problem that sometimes comes out of larger outlets covering sub-genres or artists is asking the wrong questions, however, LA Times seems to have their method down.

source: LA Times

From the LA Times article:

“This is not just a big street-art free-for-all,” adds the museum’s director, Jeffrey Deitch. “We are trying to see its history through a critical framework and identify where the innovations occur: the invention of Wild Style [graffiti] in New York, its adaptation in L.A. and the innovations in cholo graffiti and skateboard culture in L.A.”

source: LA Times

We’re diggin’ these interviews: timely, on point and covers cultural aspects that outsiders might not understand or have heard of. Obviously graff has a lot of demographic and geographic influences, and Art in the Streets will hopefully focus on that squarely in its exhibition and curation.

Man, wish we were in LA right now.

The Politics of Murals

source: Known Gallery

The ongoing whitewashing of street art adds to the Los Angeles’ growing reputation as an intolerant mural curator, an unfortunate tag for a city once known as the mural capitol of the world…(source: Known Gallery)

Known Gallery posted a really interesting (and lengthy) piece, originally written by KCET, on the gallery’s recent brush with LA’s graffiti removal unit, and also took a deeper look in this constant war and interesting geographic/chronological position that LA inhabits.

source: Known Gallery

About a week before MOCA’s Art in the Streets opened, this epic mural by Rime, Norm, Saber, Retna, Os Gemeos, Revok began to get “cleaned up,” by graffiti removal. In the past days, a chemical agent has been laid down over the paint that will remove it without damaging the mural underneath.

…The mistaken whitewash is a glaring example of the misguiding ordinances and city ‘s chain of command, says Daniel Lahoda of LA Freewalls Project, who recently arranged for the Downtown Arts District to become an outdoor gallery for French wheat paste artist JR. “When it comes to the city and murals, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.” Adds Lahoda.

The city hands know; they just are not very coordinated. Between fighting tagging, pressure from lobbying billboard and sign companies, numerous ordinances with multiple city departments has the city lose its grip with murals, especially with the street form becoming prominent in popular culture…(source:Known Gallery)

Head over to Known for the rest of the piece. The timing of this incident is perhaps the biggest point of the article, in that at the eve of one of the largest retrospectives and show openings on illegally placed art is being pushed forward, there is still the abrasion and friction from citizens, artists and the government, especially in a graff and art hub like LA.

Blek le Rat, filmed

Source: White Walls

Wallabies up in front is very deep in thought.

White Walls Gallery out of San Francisco posting some gems from their blog, including a little recon on French street artist Blek le Rat. Not the kind of person you were expecting is it? In addition to this lecture at the Free University in San Francisco, there’s a little video stimulation of Blek’s stencil technique.

So rad, this is one of OG stars of street art. It’s kind of interesting to see where we’re headed with younger and younger generations of street artists. Still, Blek le Rat holding it down as usual.

via White Walls