Tag Archives: graff

Claudia Walde (MADC) in London

Wow. MADC going big in London with this massive wall piece for her upcoming show MADABC opening tomorrow at Pure Evil Gallery in London. From Molotow’s write up:

… In dedication of her book and love for letters she will show several alphabets on canvas, classic MadC pieces on canvas and wall, as well as a selection of sketches. The show runs until 1st of May. The show is also the launch party for her book “Street Fonts – graffiti alphabets from around the world”…

source: Molotow

source: Molotow

source: Molotow

Going so big with this piece, on top of the process video. This is some really new school styling, super abstract with a strong emphasis on depth and interactivity with the medium. This is what we’re talking about right here. Diggin’ this MADC! Check out more info at Molotow.com.

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.

The History of Graffiti Interview… presented by PBS

source: PBS video

PBS news gets the scoop on all of us with this this interview piece starring Caleb Neelon and Roger Gastman, as they give us a little perspective on the history of graff, from geography, to demography and a little psychology behind graffiti through the ages. Graffiti is the Rock n’ Roll of Visual Art (Neelon).

source: PBS

Kilroy is the best example of how the art form moves with history, in this case, a Boston-based throw-up that was carried around the world, post World War II. A lot of books at taken a bite out of this [graffiti history], we basically tried to swing as hard as we could. (Gastman)

Source: PBS

Yo, this is graff documentation at its best, covered by public broadcasting, and casting as wide a net as possible. Although writers, commentators and city cleaning crews will harp for days about what the genre means for writers, but this doc shows that spirit that we were all once captivated by.Whether it’s making it to a gallery, or just putting your name in as many places as possible. …paint more trains, paint more walls, paint more freeway signs, everyone has a reason. (Gastman)

These guys are spitting some truth. If you’re committed to the form, then go all out. Anyway, check the video here, and also pick up The History of American Graffiti next time you’re hunting for deals at a defunct Borders.

Ennui Interviews: DOES, Love Letters Crew, Ironlak team Europe

DOES, of the Love Letters Crew and Ironlak extended family, hails from the Netherlands and has been hard at work recently for his upcoming solo shows I Love Letters and Between the Lines. We caught up with him to get some ideas about graff movement into gallery settings and to get a perspective of a dope writer in the current environment. Check out digitaldoes for more information, and you won’t want to miss Between the Lines opening at Rancho Notorious Gallery on April 14.

Throw-up Thursday: Key Bridge

There are several small underpasses around the Key Bridge that look like war-zones as they are constantly bombed, then buffed, leaving chunks of dense tags and areas of clean open space.

You can tell local authorities are trying to keep this area clean but even as waterfront real estate is getting more and more developed in this area there is a still pretty dense activity. Check out this area if you’re in the neighborhood. As usual, more on the flickr.

Moca presents Art in the Streets

From the Museum of Contemporary Art Press Release:

The Museum of Contemporary Art presents Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art. The exhibition will trace the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved. Following MOCA’s presentation, the exhibition will travel to the Brooklyn Museum, where it will be on view March 30–July 8, 2012.

Art in the Streets will showcase installations by 50 of the most dynamic artists from the graffiti and street art community, including Fab 5 Freddy (New York), Lee Quiñones (New York), Futura (New York), Margaret Kilgallen (San Francisco), Swoon (New York), Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles), Os Gemeos (São Paulo), and JR(Paris). MOCA’s exhibition will emphasize Los Angeles’s role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. The exhibition will feature projects by influential local artists such as Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz BojórquezMister Cartoon, RETNASABER, REVOK,and RISK.

Well, this is going in to the calendar. Talk about pulling out all the stops for this one. Basically any name attached to graff and street culture that has seeped into any kind of social sphere is going to be “featured” or otherwise participating in this travelling exhibit… seen at Moca’s the Curve. Definitely an ambitious undertaking.

Fatcap’s Unga Interview

source: Broken Fingaz

Unga of the Broken Fingaz crew out of Haifa, Israel was recently interviewed by Fatcap’s Anna Lyrenäs. We love reading street art interviews from other countries specifically because the mentality is much different than in the states, but aspects of it are still very relatable.

Haifa, the Israeli harbour city, is full of bad attitude towards its street artists. Buffing is a promise strong enough for any painter to flee. Still, the Haifa based Brokenfingaz crew has made no attempts to move. Fatcap met a hungover Unga.

source: Broken Fingaz

Yes, it seems like the message rarely ever is in the painting. People don’t go writing “make love not war”.

No, maybe a few people do it but it just doesn’t affect anyone and here in Israel everyone is cynical. Writing “stop the war” won’t change anything especially here where we see political commercials and propaganda everyday. We don’t notice it anymore, but I know for myself that if I’m walking down the street and see a rooftop with really nice, colourful graffiti I stop because it’s very inspiring. Someone came there at night, for no reaseon, on his own and climbed all the way just to do it.

This is some positive-ass thinking and we dig that so hard. When you print your first set of stickers or do your first throw-up, there is always that exhilaration that goes with it, and even for a seasoned crew like Broken Fingaz it’s nice to see people still appreciative of all graff. One big warm family, haha.

Anyway, these guys are ill, check out this video from a 2010 expedition in China of all places, and also the rest of interview write-up at Fatcap.

Flickr Friday: Salchichón’s photostream

Rizote, photo by Salchichón

If you haven’t noticed by now, Ennui loves the potential of social media (and alliteration). However, particularly in street art/local culture landscapes, oftentimes the increased connectivity of websites like Facebook, Twitter and blogging platforms represents a double sword. Although we are subject to beautiful rich media like the above image, an increase in media volume will also lead to oversaturation and dilution.

In a move that goes against our usual criterion for postings, we’ll try and introduce to you, each Friday, a Flickr photostream that embodies both a unique photographic perspective, and also a reflection of the everyday. We encourage you to sign up for Flickr if you haven’t already, and add these users as contacts so that you can follow their growth and changing perspectives with us.

This week’s column highlights the work of Salchichón, based in Paris. Salchichón’s graff photography is top notch, and not only shows nice rangefinding and composition, but a great grittiness and unique color balance. Keep the photos coming!

Saeio, photo by Salchichón

DC Watch: Nero

The mystique of a street piece or throw-up is being in the know. When you make a city your canvas, it’s Ennui’s obligation to find you and document. Introducing the first in a series, Nero.

This is a pretty prolific writer, with multiple quickies all over 14th and P, moving northeast. One of the things I love is Nero’s placement, opting for some high visibility areas including blowing up the opening to several alleyways, car lots and an abandoned laundromat. KEEP OUR CITY BEAUTIFUL, NERO.

Keep tabs on the flickr, as we hope to be constantly updating on Nero and others in the future. Also, if you have any snaps, we’ll be creating a pool for every artist.