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“Lost Optics” and his Post-Graffiti Mural for SISF Festival in Sibiu, Romania

Posted on July 22, 2017

Found!

Here in Sibiu, Romania for the 3rd International Street Art Festival is an artist named Lost Optics.

Lost Optics Gestaltism at International Street Art Festival Sibiu 2017, Romania. (photo © courtesy of Lost Optics)

“My proposal for this year’s mural is a kind of post-graffiti,” says the Bucharest-based member of Sweet Damage Crew, using a term being bandied about by scholars and academics these days to describe the period we are now in, as well as the number of art practices being employed on the street today.

Lost Optics Gestaltism at International Street Art Festival Sibiu 2017, Romania. (photo © courtesy of Lost Optics)

An fan and experienced practitioner of the traditional graffiti letter form, Lost Optics says that he is updating his personal practice by defragmenting them – perhaps feeding them through a refracting optic glass? With modern elements of glitch and pixel art, you can see how this new mural may be his interpretation of urban in the context of digital media.

The festival is produced by the ART FACTORY Transylvania Association, a group of artists and professionals who are interested in promoting the city as well as bringing art to the youth in this picturesque 13th century metropolis of 425,000 in southern Romania with winding cobblestone streets, Germanic architecture, the Brukental Palace, Evangelical Cathedral and Bukenthal National Museum.

 

Lost Optics Gestaltism at International Street Art Festival Sibiu 2017, Romania. (photo © courtesy of Lost Optics)

The murals created this year by two dozen local and international artists are added to those of the first two Sibiu Street Art festivals for a full fledged two hour bicycle tour. These pieces of course are fully realized legal murals: Not sure where to go to see actual Street Art, but local writers and crews can surely show you the way.

Lost Optics Gestaltism at International Street Art Festival Sibiu 2017, Romania. (photo © courtesy of Lost Optics)

Lost Optics Gestaltism at International Street Art Festival Sibiu 2017, Romania. (photo © courtesy of Lost Optics)

2017 SISF artists include:

Camilo (Pt)
Otto Constantin
Ștefan Radu Crețu
D 21
Homeboyldj
Jabra 22
John.S
Kaps Crew
Kero
Kitră
Lost Optics
Lucian Sandu Milea
Luchian
Ocu
Ortaku
Pandele
Pisica Pătrată
Mircea Popescu
Robert Roca
Sweet Damage Crew
The Orion
Ana Toma
Urka (It)
Wasp Elder (UK)


BSA Film Friday: 07.21.17

Posted on July 21, 2017

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1. Jessie + Katey Cover a House Completely in Massachusetts
2. Fabio Petani in Kiev, Ukraine
3. Ampparito in Walthamstow, North London
4. Chris Wunderlich in Portland: Painting with an overcast sky
5. The Future of Cities

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BSA Special Feature: Jessie + Katey Cover a House Completely

Bringing art to the public sphere is dicey when you have to be on the run – but that is how some vandals self-style. Others think of the work as a big open-air craft project and are happy to engage with the public. During their month long residency in Allston, Massachusetts in May, Jessie + Katey covered an entire building on Western Avenue with colorful geometries. They’ve been transforming large public spaces with their projects for six years, and each site-specific art installation redefines the relationship between you and the location – often making both more engaged.

 

Fabio Petani – Kiev- Art United Us

We posted the images and some background of Fabio Petani’s new wall earlier this week (Fabio Petani and the Golden Light in Kiev for Art United Us) and now we have the sweet video to accompany it.

Painting with Ampparito in Walthamstow, North London

Spanish Street Artist Ampparito sits with Doug from Fifth Wall to talk about his singular image of a typical Spanish napkin that would be recognizable to his countrymen and countrywomen but not necessarily to people in this neighborhood. See him soon here when we bring you the action at Nuart in Norway this September.

 

Chris Wunderlich in Portland: On how it is much better to paint with an overcast sky

A strangely named architectural creation called the Fair-Haired Dumbell in Portland, Oregon also has the distinction of being a radically patterned double full-building mural under creation this summer. A quick talk with muralist Chris Wunderlich gives you insight into some of the logistics.

The Future of Cities from Oscar Boyson

For urban planners and designers and, well, the rest of us: A quick paced and riveting examination of the urban environment and how it is likely to change in global locations as cities become the place where the majority of human populations live.

Louis Masai in Shanghai with a Red Panda Talking About Deforestation

Posted on July 20, 2017

New images today of a red panda painted by artist Louis Masai in Shanghai. The quilt piece covered animal rises from street level with an endangered bee nearby ready to stitch him together. The image is familiar to anyone familiar with Masai’s work of publicizing species who are endangered around the world.

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

His first time in Asia, the Londoner says he was impressed with the trucks washing and cleaning the streets twice a day in Shanghai while he was painting. He also says air quality was quite challenging. When he wasn’t painting he did a bit of sightseeing as well.

“There are pockets of city life protected for the tourists and they have great historical value,” says Masai. “They are stunning with the Yu Garden in particular showcasing a fine example of indoor and outdoor living working in perfect harmony.” But much of Masai’s work is about animals threatened by our disharmonious ways.

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

He says he chose the red panda as a focal point because of its endangered status in China due primarily to deforestation and destruction of its natural habitat. “There are many reasons for their decline; from overpopulating humans, to canine disease. Perhaps the worst impacting factor is deforestation,” he says.

“Pandas mostly eat bamboo and the lack of growth after the flowering season, due to increased deforestation, leaves the pandas with a severe lack of food.”

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

Louis Masai. Red Panda. Endangered & threatened by deforestation & climate change. Color Way Of Love. Shanghai, China. July 2017. (photo © courtesy of Louis Masai)

Graffiti Writer “Miedo 12” for Contorno Urbano Project 12 + 1 in Barcelona

Posted on July 19, 2017

“Just like a drop of water is the origin of everything, here the spray is the one that, with its effluvium, originates the clouds of inspiration,” says MIEDO 12, the graffiti writer about his lettering coming into view amidst a forest of aerosol ideas. A member of the 21 year old Italian crew called BN, this Valencian began his writing career almost as long ago in 1998.

Miedo 12. Nothingness more than infinite. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

Since then MIEDO 12 has travelled and participated in exhibitions and competitions like the 1st Spanish graffiti contest in Móstoles, True Skills (Milan), Mos México, Wall Talks, and Roskilde (Denmark), among others, and his artworks have appeared in graffiti magazines like Innercity (France), Blazing (France), Graphotism (England), Bong-now (Italy), Pointless (Italy), Arcano (Italy), and Balcans (Russia).

“Nothingness More than Infinite” is the name of his new mural for the 12 + 1 project in l’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona, España) and you can see the wild affinity MIEDO 12 has for the letterform – and where it comes from. “ It embodies the learning, the experiences, the life of the creator,” he says, “and all of this is necessary to generate the whisper of the clouds that originate the letters.”

Miedo 12. Nothingness more than infinite. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

Miedo 12. Nothingness more than infinite. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

Miedo 12. Nothingness more than infinite. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

Miedo 12. Nothingness more than infinite. Contorno Urbano “12 x 1” 2017. Barcelona. (photo © Clara Antón)

 

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