Posts Tagged ‘ Graffiti ’

Akacorleone Tricks Eye Anamorphic Installation


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Portuguese artist Akacorleone is presenting a solo show at the underdogs gallery, lisbon, comprised of a vast collection of installations, graffiti works and illustrations. At the exhibit’s centerpiece is the anamorphic ‘find yourself in chaos’, a richly colored circle which bears the piece’s namesake as a bold typographic composition. Comprised of various objects, items and memorabilia, the dynamic teal colored installation is optically different at every angle and tricks the eye by appearing as a two-dimensional surface when viewed straight on. Symbolism behind the work and notions addressed throughout the exhibition are described by the artist as ‘the feeling of excess of information in the brain which makes it impossible to focus on one task alone, the idea that we’re never satisfied making us therefore accumulate, the visual pollution to which we submit ourselves without questioning’. Akacorleone is currently exhibiting ‘find yourself in chaos’ and other works at the underdogs gallery.

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Nielly Francoise’s FIN Collection.


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The French artist Nielly Francoise has a multifaceted collection titled Fin, that shows off her artistic skills to the fullest respect.  The super colorful collection of street art styled portraits leaves an indelible impression in the mind.  To purchase some of these prints for yourself, click here.

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burn Collector Series – Nasty Can


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With his typically new yorker style, Nasty is one the biggest street artist of the last 20 years. Since his debuts in 1988 and until now the graffiti artist has pretty much painted everything. From the big apple’s walls to the parisian subway passing by things you wouldn’t imagine like extinguishers, he has pretty much put his style on anything possible. Now he  presents his collaboration with the energy drink, Burn. Simple but sober, the can is really cool, highlighted through a cool video produced by The Creators Project.

New York’s Hidden Subway System.


Deep in the belly of New York’s subway system, a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence. Stunning decoration with tall tiled arches, brass fixtures and skylights run across the entire curve of the station, almost a miniature imitation of Grand Central Station… But it sounds like something straight out of Ninja Turtles, right?

It was opened in 1904, with the hope of making it the crowning glory of the New York subway system in elegant architecture and a place for commemorative plaques to honor the work that had resulted in such a successful underground mass transit system. It was to be the original southern terminus of the first ‘Manhattan Main Line’; however the station was closed and boarded up in 1945. The gem of the underground began gathering dust, forgotten by the general public, as passengers were forced off at the Brooklyn Bridge Stop before the train continued on to the terminus to make its turnaround.

The reason for its closure was that newer longer cars were required to match the demand of passengers that passed through the system. But as the stations tracks were severely curved, a dangerous gap between the train doors and the platform was formed making it an unsafe area. This combined with the fact that only about 600 people used it, resulted in its closure with only mythical plans of turning it into a transit museum. But this was never followed through.

However, now you don’t have to take my word that the secret City Hall Station exists, as the 6 Train will now allow the passengers who have been enlightened with the knowledge of its whereabouts to stay on the train during its turnaround and see the Station. You won’t be able to get off, but you’ll be taken for a slow tour of the platform and see what a beauty it was in its heyday.

And if that isn’t enough, The Underbelly Project has turned it into a kind-of off-limits art gallery. They are a group of street artists who have painted the walls of the unattractive concrete areas with their art in a spooky art exhibition that will be witnessed only by urban explorers who prowl the deep train system at night and Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers.

But if you want to go and view these art works, you will most definitely run the high risk of being arrested as venturing the tunnels is both highly illegal and dangerous.  I’ll just stick to seeing the photographs as I’m pretty sure my search for art would turn into a horror story down in the black tunnels… or I’d get hit by a train.

Another Set Of Examples Of Brilliant Street Art.


Street art is honestly by far my favorite medium for visually expressing ideas.  It literally comes in all different forms, and can inspire, scare, bewilder, warn, and make people laugh.  This is probably my 9th or 10th street art collection on this blog in the last 2 years.  So although I think one or two photos may have been repeated in previous posts, check out all these incredibly interesting pieces of street art.

The Urban Stylings Of Tasso.


The urban art of the German graffitist Tasso is all incredibly detailed and life like.  I wish I had more to write about his background, but I don’t speak German, and my translator is at work elsewhere.  BUT, if your interested in more of his work you can take a look right here.

To Award A Vandal.


Does it make sense to hold a graffiti awards show? Some say no way, the whole idea of vandalism is to do your thing and never get caught. The rest say sure, why not? Have some fun, eat some snacks. (Who doesn’t love snacks?) But some took this premise very seriously, and came up with the Artaq Awarads. There are the Artaq Awards in both Paris and Berlin. This event is known as the first EVER international Urban Arts competition. In it, artists from the most representative sects join together to showcase the evolution of all of their styles. The contest consists of six awards: Awards by category – Graffiti – Painting – Collage – Sculpture – Digital Art – Photography. In Situ Performances. The award winners will have their work shown in several galleries in Europe (this is what you’ll see below, here,) and the Artaq Bookzine will present their work and will be distributed at each of the trendy exhibition venues.

Smart-Ass Remarks To Everyday Signs.


Amongst my friends I’m know for having a somewhat… acquired taste in terms of my humor.  I love to say and do things that most would find crass, but I personally think are hilarious.  So seeing a collection of every day signs that others have decorated with the intent of sarcasm was refreshing to me.  I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one with a odd sense of what’s funny.

Paper Donut Makes Anamorphic Graffitti?


I know I for sure threw some people off with the name of this post, but so will these incredible pictures.  French collective Paper Donut has painted a series of walls with three-dimensional shapes.  The image above is part of an ad campaign for fashion store Sqwear, and the other two visuals are personal projects.

All You Need To Know About Graffiti.


Graffiti is often misunderstood, and it is difficult for a graffiti writer to explain what he feels about it. Writer Benoit Ollive decided to do something a bit more interesting when asked to write about it.

I have been asked by a book publisher to write few pages to explain to teenagers how to practice graffiti. After hours and hours I came to the conclusion there was nothing to teach about it except providing the tool to do it. The new generation needs to discover it by practising it instead of reading lessons. Rather than a long sterile speech debating on the good or bad vertues I created my own book to share my point of view through a conceptual message.

Wild Street Graffiti


I’m familiar with ton’s of illustrators and designers who all have different specialties, and who all are extremely good at what they do.  When I see some street graffiti however, I’m reminded that it takes such a different type of skill and love for your craft.  Running the risk of getting arrested for simply expressing yourself is just one of the minor pitfalls of this type of art, climbing to insane heights, venturing into dangerous areas, or risking being mistaken for a thief by police are all things that happen quite often.  This is why it amazes me to know the some people go through that and still manage to display stunning works of art.  Check some of these pieces out below.

Further Graffiti Analysis


Its rare that I re-post something so quickly, but so many people have asked me about the Graffiti Analysis video I found, and asked if there was any more content on it. The original video was put up on vimeo by Evan Roth, and he has two more “Graffiti Analysis” demonstrations that really wowed me, so check the method below.

Graffiti In A New Form.


Graffiti Analysis is an extensive ongoing study in the motion of graffiti. Custom software designed for graffiti writers creates visualizations of the often unseen gestures involved in the creation of a tag. Motion data is recorded, analyzed and archived as Graffiti Markup Language (.gml) files, a specifically formatted XML file designed to be a common open structure for archiving gestural graffiti motion data.  So for all the non-nerds reading this post, what the computer talk boils down to, is an amazing visual experience that amplifies the talent of the already incredible graffiti artists who get to use this technology. Check the method below.

60 Crazy Ups


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Here is a collection of 60 ridiculous examples of sweet graffiti pieces from all around the world collected by a German website.  Here are only two of the examples of people getting up in a major way.

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