I saw this compelling installation by Barry McGee (aka Twist) at SFMOMA while I was in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. Born and raised in SF, McGee has been a significant figure in bringing street art into mainstream galleries. His mixture of graffiti, colourful geometric graphics, and photography are displayed together in a distinctive style he adopted following a trip to Brazil, where he was inspired by a similar arrangements of artworks in churches.
You can check out my SF photo set on Flickr.
C215, aka Christian Guémy, is a phenomenal stencil artist who can take any surface, in any city, and turn it into a masterpiece. But Guémy does more than just leave his mark on the streets. His stencils reflect the emotions and spirit of the people who live on them, from street orphans in Sao Paulo to tramps in Brooklyn. It’s easy to see just how much of an impression the streets have made on Guémy and his art.
Sometimes you come across an artist who is so talented you can’t help but want to share their art with the rest of the world (or at least a captive blog audience). Alyssa Monks is one of those artists. Her talent for painting the human form is incredible but it’s her ability to capture the exposed emotions of her models that makes her work so fascinating.
Filed under: Projects, street art | Tags: Rough Cut Nation, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, street art
This week I visited the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to check out the Rough Cut Nation exhibition. The project gave Scottish artists the rare opportunity to paint, cut, paste, and project their work directly onto the walls of the grand neo-gothic gallery building. Inspired by street art and graffiti culture, the outcome is a modern day interpretation of the Gallery’s original mural painted in 1889-1898 by William Hole.
I can’t grow a moustache or play the Ukulele but I now feel the urge to own The Complete Ukulele Guide to the Moustaches of the World. Created by the folks at Xylocopa, the Ukulele will help school you in 25 moustache categories – each one illustrated to aid the budding moustache spotters among us.
Filed under: Art, Exhibitions, Graphic Design | Tags: Constructivism, Popova, Rodchenko, Tate Modern
While I was in London, I also went to the Rodchenko & Popova Defining Constructivism exhibition at Tate Modern. The exhibition comprises 12 rooms documenting the works of renowned Russian artists Alexandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova. Whilst it was their graphic design work I was mostly interested in, the body of work on display covers an impressive range of disciplines, including their abstract paintings, architectural drawings, sculptures, textiles, book designs, and poster advertising. I particularly like Rodchenko’s Spacial Constructions (c.1920) comprising a series of hanging three dimensional objects. During his lifetime he deemed these kinetic sculptures too radical for public viewing. He later went on to destroy them after documenting them in photographs. Below are replicas of the work on display: