Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
1. A Playgirl and Lowrider Life in Paintings
2. DRM Crew & Edward Nightengale in Berlin. I LOVE GRAFFITI
3. Elmgreen & Dragset: Useless Bodies
BSA Special Feature: LA Playgirl and Lowrider Life in Paintings
“One of my friends said, ‘You make fine art for cholos,” says Los Angeles-based painter Jacqueline Valenzuela who depicts women lowriders in urban landscapes, murals and street art.
“For me its more important that the communities that I’m depicting feel like I am doing them justice.”
DRM Crew & Edward Nightengale in Berlin from I LOVE GRAFFITI
These young graffiti fathers are somehow feeling middle-aged and trapped: looking for the chance to return to painting trains. An open diary narrated describes the yearning to return to an earlier way of life, specifically graffiti bombing Berlin trains. The camera, sounds, and storyline all reveal how far they are willing to go to recapture memories for Berlin for graffiti writers Acid79, Micro, Shus, Area, Mad and Edward Nightingale. The result is an honesty about vandalism that is almost touching; a study of technique, materials, and patience – and a passion that is never quite quenchable.
Elmgreen & Dragset: Useless Bodies
Elmgreen & Dragset explore the present condition of the body in the post-industrial age – of course street art fans will think of Mark Jenkins here, but their additional narrative tells you that they think of the displacement of people wandering through post-industrial modernity, while his often references a more hopeful outlook.
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