Posted on January 8, 2012
Here is the 2nd half of the Miami images we captured for you from the massive blocks long street installation party called Art Basel this year. Most of these pieces are legal, many are not. You can call them Street Art, but not all are actually on the street and many could also be classified as murals.
Now is a perfect window of opportunity to go see these as many will be buffed in the next few weeks and months, as property owners sell the buildings or decide they didn’t actually dig the art as much as they thought they would. Within a decade or so, this area in Miami will most likely be less enthused with and even hostile toward graffiti and Street Art in general, but the red carpet is laid out at the moment. Artists are flocking from all over the world to jockey for walls, hoping to be seen by potential fans and collectors, or at least to hang out with peers and make new friends. This is a moment on a timeline and, for right now, the colors, patterns, textures, messages and lucid dreams are pulsating on walls everywhere; a mountain of creativity set free.
So here are more than 50 images in our interview with the street, this week featuring 2501, Adjust, AM, Andrew Schoultz, Art Basel 2011, AWR, Bask, Ben Eine, Bik Ismo, Buff Monster, C215, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Col, Cope, Dabs&Myla, Des, Ema, Emo, Entes Pesimo, Ethos, Ever, Florida, Gaia, Interesni Kazki, Jade Uno, Jaz, Joe Iurato, Liqen, Miami, Michael DeFeo, Neuzz, Nomade, Nomads, Nunca, Pancho Pixel, Pez, PHD, Pi, el Pancho, Primary Flight, Remote, Retna, Roa, RONE, Shark Toof, Shiro, Smells, Spagnola, Stormie Mills, Vhils, Wynwood Walls, and Zed1.
With special thanks to all the people who helped us out, showed us around and provided insight and background, especially the good folks from Primary Projects and Wynwood Walls.
Liqen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Liqen’s metaphoric mural of miserable corporate finance workers in a labyrinthine maze may have been the singular most powerful and timely image this year. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Liqen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
International star Vhils and crew created a few signature portraits using his very original method of destruction and creation, a low relief sculpture that emanates from the wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rone’s model looked skyward from a few locations on the street. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shiro (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Now, why is that? Smells Like Junk (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ROA and Ben Eine hit up this little corner spot with Primary Flight. The unusual free-standing structure called “The Living Room” has played host to a number of graffiti, mural, and street artists over the last few years, and this year also featured a pop-up piano ensemble performance. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ROA (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JAZ (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Neuzz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Assume Vivid Astro Focus killed this wall last year and it still looks fresh. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Famed duo Assume Vivid Astro Focus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
New Jersey’s Joe Iurato (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jade Uno . Entes Pesimo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gaia and C215 appeared frequently with one another this year on the street. This one is bookended by some Nomade posters (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gaia, C215 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bik Ismo, a custom hot rod, and of course a couple of appreciative dudes. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zed1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Despite relative domestic tranquility, sometimes Felix and Ana were not sure if they were seeing the same thing. Ever (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Retna stretched his alphabet tall, and tucked in many tributes to local friends. (photo © Jaime Rojo)