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FRA Biancoshock Re-Purposes Street Bollard for Pleasure (VIDEO)

Posted on November 26, 2014

Yes you do have a subconscious. It travels with you throughout your adventures in the city.

Often it is evolving and devolving on the path to sexual aspirations, and somehow the shapes and the curves of our built environment all seem to know this, evoking more of those stirrings. Cohabitating with  other needs for pleasure like food and drink, cities and these inanimate objects are downright carnal, if you think of it. The city itself could alternately bring you to orgasm or help you squeeze fresh oranges. Or both.

Fra. Biancoshock, an experimenting public artist from Italy discovered recently in Krakow that the decorative crown on those steel bollards that poke straight up from the pavement can also be employed for more pleasurable purposes than directing traffic.

It’s one of those things that makes you say,”why didn’t I think of that?”. Perhaps you did.

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Fra Biancoshock begins his installation in Krakow Poland with the help of the municipality… (photo © Fra Biancoshock)

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Fra Biancoshock. “Street Squeezer” Krakow, Poland. Nov. 2014. (photo © Fra Biancoshock)

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Fra Biancoshock. “Street Squeezer” Krakow, Poland. Nov. 2014. (photo © Fra Biancoshock)

 

Opiemme in Thailand and the Centrifugal Force of Flying Text

Posted on November 25, 2014

Did you see that movie Words and Pictures? A bit sappy and chock-full of 1st world problems, but some good acting and an underlying premise that has been argued for centuries; The battle between the power of words and the power of visual art.

With the proverbial “a picture is worth a thousand words” sending writers into nose bleeds and apoplexy to the delight of painters who insist they illustrate a greater universe, we need to ask what happens when someone uses words to paint pictures? Street Artist Opiemme makes work that embodies the battle, celebrating both.

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Opiemme with Kanaet on the right. (photo © Opiemme)

Here we have recent images of text and letters flying apart and magnetically clinking back together into shapes. These are lyrics, poems, prose. All are written across walls, like their cousin graffiti, but using the technique associated with Street Art – the stencil, sometimes the brush.

It is no surprise that Opiemme is poetic when describing these various new installations while travelling in Thailand. It’s all theoretical, theatrical, mythological, philosophical. He even quotes Italian biologist/geneticist Giuseppe Sermonti.

“We are discovering that we are made of stars,” Opiemme says, “stars born in nebula by materials from the Big Bang. Thanks to gravity, the elements are in a whirlwind-vortex.” As you look at the forms coming together and splitting apart with spiral movements in outer space, clearly the words and the paintings are both fundamental for Opiemme.

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Opiemme with Kanaet on the right and Sanchai on the left. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Vortex. Detail. (photo © Opiemme)

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Here is a tribute to Kurt Cobain in the 20th anniversary of his death, featuring a left handed Fender guitar comprised of lyrics from “Even in His Youth”, by Nirvana. Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Overunder: Key In Search Of A Home

Posted on November 24, 2014

Heading out to Nevada today to check out a mural on the plains that honors a cattle rancher and a freight-jumping graff legend cowboy as well. You may not think they have much in common but have you ever considered a cattle brand is essentially the same as a graffiti tag? Or corporate logo?

The connection Overunder draws here is the key. Literally.

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Work in progress. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

“This mural is called ‘Key in Search of a Home’,” he says, “and it is a tribute to John Key, an Elko, Nevada cattle rancher.” Commissioned as a memorial to Mr. Key’s passion, you can see the family ranch house in the horse shoe and the great sky in the masked silhouettes. Over the door to the house you can see the family brand; the shape of an old key.brooklyn-street-art-overunder-derek-yost-nevada-11-14-web-2

Overunder and Derek Yost. Work in progress. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

A decade ago Overunder and Derek Yost road bikes from Reno to Gurden, Arkansas and met Colossus (aka buZ blurr), who began putting his mark on the sides of freights in 1971. “buZ took us out to his ranch where he had two beat up Ford’s that he had been filling with keys mailed to him from every part of the globe,” says Overunder about the key association in his mind. “Since our visit I have mailed him countless keys and always think of him when I come across a key in search of a home.” So it only seemed natural to put buZ’s brand on this long cowboy themed mural, and the integration is a compliment to both.

The two painting friends re-banded to create this mural, so that may also be the key to the connection. “Derek now lives in Portland but it seemed only appropriate to involve him in this mural. Along with his awesome overall assistance he painted the cowboy silhouette composed of a golden eagle.”

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Work in progress. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost and an electrified tribute to the prolific train writer buZ blurr. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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