A veteran of the street art scene in London, Stik leaves androgynous “stik people” wherever he visits. His work strives to capture the importance of body language in human interaction, with large success. Not long ago, he left this mural called “Liberty” in the the East Village, on the corner of E 9th Street and Avenue A. ”This deceptively simple stick figure raises one arm in a plaintive gesture of solidarity to the artists, activists and outsiders who have occupied Tompkins Square over the years,” according to Dorian Gray Gallery, which commissioned the work. The gallery will hold a reception for Stik’s Liberty Project on December 12. (more…)
This mural includes work by Buff Monster and The Yok.
In addition to Five Pointz in Long Island City, Bushwick is one of NYC’s major street art hubs, with an outdoor art gallery known as the Bushwick Collective. Over the past two years, Joe Ficalora, a Bushwick native, has taken the lead as the Bushwick Collective’s curator. Ficalora told the New York Times that commissioning these murals is a way to help him reclaim a neighborhood full of painful memories, including his father’s murder in 1991 and his mother’s recent death. He simply began googling street artists and inviting them to come paint. Business owners donate their wall space and the artists contribute their time and pay for their own supplies.
Today there are over fifty murals lining the buildings on Troutman Street and that number is constantly growing. We’re taking you on a street art tour beginning on Jefferson Street, up Wyckoff Avenue and continuing on Troutman Street towards Saint Nicholas Avenue. (more…)
Shepard Fairey, the street artist most famous for designing the Obama Hope poster, recently unveiled a new mural on the side of the BQE in Dumbo. Fairey’s mural is one of many in a series created for the tenth anniversary of the Wooster Collective, which highlights ephemeral art on the streets in cities around the world.
Shepard Fairey has created a lot of buzz around the street art community and opened up many debates about what defines street art. Does it make a difference if a mural is legally sanctioned? Do street artists have more street cred if they tag illegally and get arrested? In a recent interview, Fairey told Gothamist that he has been arrested sixteen times, but he doesn’t feel that he has more street cred for it. “To me,” he said, “street art was always about finding a democratically accessible form for art.” (more…)
This may not look like our typical Street Art Hotspots, but sometimes you need to look beyond the obvious. Faile, aka Brooklyn-based duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, created this mosaic mural out of thousands of hand-crafted tiles. The work is aptly titled 104 N. 7th Street based on its location in Williamsburg, just blocks from their studio. Faile is most well known for their comic book style prints and collages that use ephemera from the last one hundred years. Though 104 N. 7th Street departs from their usual bold, graphic style, Faile’s artistic voice can definitely be seen in the collage-like quality of the mural. Here, patterns and color make a bold yet subtle impact. If you look closely, you can see their signature on the tiles. (more…)
Cuban-American artist José Parlá and French street artist JR‘s Wrinkles of the City project has been taking over metropolises from Havana to Berlin. Starting in Cartagena, Spain in 2012, JR and Parlá interviewed and photographed twenty-five senior citizens who lived through the Cuban Revolution. They took these incredible portraits and pasted them onto the sides of buildings, sometimes embellished by Parlá’s signature whimsical line drawings. According to Parlá, “these works are time capsules, mixed documents of memory and research; part performance, as I impersonate the characters that leave their marks on walls.” (more…)
In Paris, one is constantly bumping in to Keith Haring. Not the man himself–usually it’s just advertisements and posters about the well-recieved exhibit “Keith Haring: The Political Line” at the Musée d’Art Moderne and Centquatre. But Keith Haring’s work can also be found in some surprising places in Paris, from the church at St. Eustache to a hospital. (more…)