Street artist Michael De Feo created bloemen violet, a jubilant, graffiti-infused silkscreen print, one of 50, as a collaboration with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a New York City-based nonprofit that both provides inner city youth with significant exposure to the arts and supports emerging artists.
JR on Bringing His Interactive Street Art Initiative to Tsunami-Hit Japan
TOKYO — Winner of the 2011 TED Prize, which put him in the ranks of past recipients like Bill Clinton and Bono, the Parisian artist JR spent the past two years working on his “Inside Out” global art project, an offshoot of his earlier guerilla works photographing the inhabitants of banlieues on the outskirts of Paris and later of the slums of Brazil and Kenya, and then pasting massive renditions of his images on the facades of buildings. The current project invites people to submit portraits of themselves through his website, which are then printed in large format and given back to them to do with as they please. [READ MORE ON ARTINFO]
Using materials that for centuries have been reserved as tasty decoration the finest cakes and pastries, Montreal-based artist Shelley Miller attacks brick walls and deteriorating urban surfaces with cake icing to create ornate scrolls and decorative motifs. While the medium itself is purely culinary, her illustrations and patterns borrow heavily from calligraphy and decorative arabesque scrolls seen in ancient temples and mosques. Another added dimension is its impermanence as the works crack, drip, and melt off the wall, potentially disappearing in just a few days. [Read more on Colossal]
GILF! Out the Vote: The Brooklyn Street Artist on Her Enigmatic Political Work
"As for today’s election, Gilf! relates an episode where a woman, observing her anti-Obama piece, expressed delight — only to be dismayed to see that it would be placed right next to an anti-Romney piece. But for her, that’s the point: “Those two pieces right next to each other help facilitate a dialogue,” she says. “If you make political work about one side then you’re really only going to get one side listening to you. But if you talk about both sides, maybe both sides will be open to what you’re saying. You lose half your viewers if you only do one side.” [Read more on Artinfo]
For this project, JR slipped into fantasmatic places, the ones you see on TV when there is violence, the ones you might go close to but never enter and that you will not find on any tourist guidebook tour. Women are Heroes introduces women who sometimes look death in the face, who go from laughter to tears, who are generous, have nothing and yet share, who have had a painful past and long to build a happy future. In seeking what is common in their gaze, JR tried to get closer to what is universal: the human being. (Excerpts from the book Women Are Heroes, 2009) “I would like to bring art to improbable places, create projects so huge with the community that they are forced to ask themselves questions.” says JR in an interview published in Beaux Arts Magazine.
It’s not like Banksy‘s clever street art doesn’t already say enough as it is, but couldn’t it say even more if it was… moving? No, probably not. In fact, it might even lose a little bit of its poignant, stoic effectiveness by being merged with the fad-elicious format known as the GIF. But we love GIFs! So this is really one of those “why the hell not” kind of projects that we can totally get down with. This comes to us from ABVH, whose tumblr is filled with fun little GIFs, all of which are really well crafted, so you likely won’t have any complaints about seizure-inducing images that can occur when GIFs go wrong. Let’s take a walk through animated-Banksy-ville. [See more on the Creator’s Project]
Ordinarily electronics and water don’t usually go together too well, but that’s not the case for this public artwork Water Light Graffiti by artist Antonin Fourneau and Digitalarti Artlab. For this project—which was set up in Poitiers, France in July—the artist created a surface embedded with thousands of LEDs which light up when brought into contact with water. You can use any damp surface like a wet paintbrush, your hands, a spray, a bowl, even a bucket. Splash it on there and once the water hits the moisture-sensitive surface the LEDs light up to provide you with your masterpiece. [Read and see more on the Creator’s Project]
Call Parade is an ongoing public art project in São Paulo sponsored by Brazilian telecommunications firm Vivo, that paired 100 artists with 100 street-side phone booths giving them free reign to transform the peculiar hooded fixtures into anything imaginable. The exhibition has proven to be extremely popular and Brazilian photographer Mariane Borgomani set out to capture a number of the phones, my favorite of which is the painted day/night treatment above by artist Maramgoní. You can see a gallery of all 100 phones here. (via lustik) [See more on Colossal]