This week seemed busy on the streets of New York after LA graff writer Saber started us off on Sunday with a sky-writing campaign that was politically charged arts advocacy and a social media-soaked smackdown of the right wing in the US. From culture-jamming to political commentary to social advocacy, it looks like some Street Artists are getting back their voice in many pieces that are espousing a message. Not all of them of course.
So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bast, Billi Kid, Creepy, Classic, Espo, Home Sick, JB Rock, Jeice 2, Meer Sau, ND’A, Olek, OverUnder, PM AM, Reader, and Ugo Rondinone. Locations include New York, Istanbul, London, Portugal, Sicily, and the Pilbara desert in the Northwest of Australia.
Sevin’s Errline. This ad-bust wins the week. In this case the artist(s) attached his/her /their decomposing, surrealist airplane to a huge vinyl banner that is shilling luxury condos in Manhattan. It’s a prime example of how un-commissioned and illegal Street Art can create and lead conversations on the street. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Home Sick (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Reader says “Call Your Mom” in this year old piece on a condemned building. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mixed media artist Ugo Rondinone still believes in love on this grey day. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
OLEK. This is a brand new piece on the walls of the Village Underground in Shoreditch, London. Explains Olek, “It is in conjunction with a campaign with street artists for an anti-slavery event that is happening this week.” ESPO’s words are across the top. (photo © OLEK)
Billi Kid smacked up this new piece skewering Mittens Romney called, “Shoot First, Aim Later” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jeice 2 in Istanbul combines his realistic animal rendering with an abstract poppy piece. (photo © Jeice 2)
Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Meer Sau. “Austrians on holiday in Portugal” (photo © Meer Sau)
ND’A and OverUnder collabo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
J (photo © Jaime Rojo)
And now I vil play a leetle classic piece on my bass for all you jazzy cats. Classic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mimicking grocery store signs, Street Artist Bast actually went over himself here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JB Rock “Tutto Torna” The Emergence Festival. First Edition in Giardini Naxos, Sicily. (photo © JB Rock)
As he paints the giant 8-shaped snake biting it’s tail, the Italian Street Artist JB Rock explains his new piece this way, “This is a portrait of our modern society and especially of my beautiful but very counterproductive country. For this work I’ve been inspired by the UROBORUS concept, remixed with the Infinity symbol”.
JB Rock “Tutto Torna”. Detail. (photo © JB Rock)
PM AM (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Creepy in the Pilbara desert adorns the carcass of a double decker bus. (photo © Kyle Hughes-Odgers)
“I traveled up to Port Hedland which is an industry Port in the North West of Australia and painted some walls and found objects in the desert as part of a residency with FORM gallery,” says the Perth-based Creepy.
Creepy in the Pilbara desert on the back of an old pickup. (photo © Kyle Hughes-Odgers)
Yes, this was shot in Brooklyn, in case you were wondering. Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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