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This Art Is In The Bag: Beautiful Landscapes Made From Common Trash

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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The last time that you saw a plastic bag abandoned in a gutter, did you think of it as street art? Artist Vilde J. Rolfsen turns trash into treasure in her efforts to “make plastic bags look magical.” Illuminating the delicate creases of ordinary plastic bags, Vilde creates vibrant, abstract images that evoke mountainous terrains, cresting waves, and frigid caves.  [Read more...]

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Creativity In Motion: The Making of Poetic Kinetic’s Coachella Snail

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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If you were one of the lucky ones who was in attendance at Coachella 2013, then undoubtedly you got to experience the amazing Helix Poeticus AKA Coachella Snail. With Coachella 2014 just around the corner- literally this weekend- we can’t wait to see what the makers of Helix Poeticus, Poetic Kinetics, will be bringing this year. The creative team, co-founded by Patrick Shearn and Cynthia Washburn, is based in LA, but they have brought their large scale kinetic sculptures to festivals all over the US and even to Beijing for the Olympic Games in 2008. The Coachella Snail arrived last year completely bare, but with the help of graffiti duo Herakut, Helix Poeticus got styled for the event with designs and the memorable quote, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” [Read more...]

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OakOak Uses Street Art to Clean Up the City

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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During the waking hours, the man known as OakOak goes about his 9-5 day, working in a typical office in Saint Etienne, France. But, once the workday is finished, OakOak becomes a creative sniper, scoping out opportunities to shoot paint in the urban spaces of the city. [Read more...]

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Fluid Graffiti Portraits by Noé Pauporté

Saturday 04.05.2014 , Posted by
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Emerging from swirls and splatters, and vibrantly colored geometric patterns, come realistic portraits. Born in 1985, Noé Pauporté has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, but he didn’t hone his overlapping character graffiti on canvas until 1998. The self-taught artist studied at the foundation for Fine Art in Brussels paints both realistic and imaginary characters using varying techniques such as acrylic, ink, bomb, Posca, pencil, and oil paint. He focuses mostly on living creatures in his artworks, humans especially. He also composes electronic music under the name KhromaSoma. [Read more...]

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Get a Sniff of this Street Art from Plastic Jesus

Tuesday 03.25.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a huge pile of cocaine, a rolled up twenty dollar bill and an American “Excess” card? It’s not hard to understand why people are bowing down to LA street artist Plastic Jesus and his wonderfully satirical brand of subversive art. His pieces have been springing up around the world, winning him plenty of praise, and doing something truly special: making people laugh and think. [Read more...]

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“Roadsworth” Takes Art To The Streets – Literally

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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Public art takes a left turn with the inventive markings of public artist Roadsworth. Since 2001, Roadsworth – aka Peter Gibson – has been painting the pavement of his native Montreal as well as various international destinations. Reworking crosswalks into rows of bullets and transforming turning lane arrows into whales’ tails, Roadsworth imagines ordinary street markings as simply the beginnings for bigger, bolder, and more fantastic imagery.  [Read more...]

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Abandoned Hotel Becomes a Temporary Street Art Gallery

Friday 03.21.2014 , Posted by
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Somewhere deep in the U.K. is an abandoned hotel. While busy wasting away in the foggy land, a collective group of street artists decided it should serve as their next temporary canvas. Creating an “alternative art gallery,” the artists painted their works throughout the ten story building. In the process, debris were cleared for walkways and it became a nice space for locals to explore and see the various works. [Read more...]

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The Adventures of Little Wooden Cutouts in A Great Big World: Street Art by Joe Iurato

Sunday 02.23.2014 , Posted by
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Using layers of hand cut wood and spray paint, Joe Iurato narrates his life story by placing his defining moments in a miniature form around the streets and parks of NYC. Using the same style he used to do for large scale street art pieces, Iurato creates small figures and finds imaginative places to put them in this big world. The figures represent different stages in his life and he leaves them to interact with the environment and the community in whatever ways they see fit. [Read more...]

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What if City Billboards Where Plastered with Art Instead of Ads?

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re the citizen of any world city, you’re used to seeing ads just about everywhere. From cosmetics models staring back at the bus stop, to flashing electronic billboards advertising bubbly sugar water, it’s hard to avoid being bombarded by advertising – subliminal or not. French artist Etienne Lavie has a solution that will make artists happy and ad execs sad: fill the city with art. Lavie has imagined replacing the many billboards of Paris with classic artworks, from Renaissance to Impressionism. [Read more...]

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Living, Growing Graffiti: Moss Typography & Mural Designs by Anna Garforth

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s a type of graffiti that environmentalists, store owners, artists, and passersby can all appreciate. UK based artist Anna Garforth has been making buildings more lively with her graffiti designs, but unlike the typical spray painted designs, hers actually make the air cleaner. Garforth “goes green” by using moss for her lettering, producing beautiful typographic designs that appear to grow out of the brick walls where she places them. Her designs have been popping up all over the UK and some in Hong Kong and it’s one tag nobody will be complaining about. Garforth ironically got the idea to work with living materials while she was at a cemetery. She noticed how beautiful it looked where moss was growing on the lettering of the tombstones. [Read more...]

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