Street artists and fine artist David Hollier has made innumerable portraits of political and pop figures in the last couple of decades – often with their own words, and often with stunning capturing of their likeness. Today on President’s day in the US, we give you John F. Kennedy.
The words with which the President’s features are created are lifted from one of his more famous speeches in April of 1961 given to the American Newspaper Publishers Association in New York. He had been discontented with the press coverage of the Bay of Pigs incident and spoke of a need for “far greater official secrecy.”
Rome-based artist Greg Jager is “dismantling” the forms of architecture in much the same way that modern graffiti writers have been “deconstructing” the letter form in the last decade. The results have great similarities, but a careful eye will detect the original source possibly.
Here in Ragusa (Sicily) Greg Jager has selected a wall in the industrial ruins of the A. Ancione factory to reinterpret the shapes, colors, and juxtaposition of forms. Part of the Bitune public art festival that has crossed the city that with new public works in the last five years, Jager says that his new mural is his attempt at creating a “dialogue between architecture and anthropology” as this former asphalt industry is claimed by a developing artistic hub.
He calls his new work “Dismantle”.
“It’s not simply a name that I’ve chosen to underline the charm of decadence,” Jager says, “it represents for me an ethical approach to art: the idea of dismantling, deconstructing, stripping is present in all my practice and it’s with this spirit that I related to the majestic industrial archaeological site.”
As you look at these hulking forms and heavy materials, it is perhaps difficult to imagine how such technologies with presence, power, and footprint can be considered obsolete, no longer germane to modern industrial processes. Here we see construction waste, broken glass, bricks, iron pallets – all part of the residue of the past that we’ve built upon. Once considers as well that the processes of the past have an impact on our present: environmental, economic and political.
“In my artistic research there are traces of anthropization,” says the artist. “Urban landscapes, large architectural structures, bridges, quarries, – all represent alterations of the natural balance that have led man to face enormous catastrophes.”
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening :
1. Our Nation’s Sons – Joe Caslin
2. Ludo: The Chaos Theory
3. Stinkfish Smashes Austrian Bus
4. Tom Herck: Searching for Light
5. The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra Fashions Music from Garbage
6. Mary Poppins Says “Raise the Minimum Wage”
BSA Special Feature: Our Nation’s Sons – Joe Caslin
“As a nation we have pushed a significant number of our young men to the very edges of society and created within them feelings of neglect and apathy. It is now time to empower these young lads and give them a sense of belonging,” says artist Joe Caslin of his Street Art project in Ediburgh, Scotland entitled “Our Nation’s Sons“.
The project that addresses marginalized youth is captured with a moody cinematic flair in this new video featuring the most recent wheatpaste of Joe Caslin’s drawings in Galway.
Ludo: The Chaos Theory
A one minute promo of Ludo in studio as he presumably prepares for his big show at Lazarides in October.
Stinkfish Smashes Austrian Bus
The world is just in black and white until Stinkfish sets it alive in color, completely smothering a huge Graz city bus in paint to promote the Livin’ Streets Festival in Graz, Austria.
Tom Herck: Searching for Light
A stained glass tribute by artist Tom Herck on the side of this decommissioned hospital has more meaning than this simple video can imply.
The image is a tribute to his mother who he says was rescued from the street as a child by the nuns at St-Anna hospital (St-Truiden Belgium), and who also worked here for more than 45 years as a cleaning lady.
“The hospital is closed now and I wanted to do a tribute to my mother,” he tells BSA.
The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra Fashions Music from Garbage
D.I.Y. as a means of survival is not the same as art school graduates joining a knitting circle on Wednesday nights. This community lives on a landfill and has ingeniously, no, miraculously, produced musical instruments from refuse. The resulting music and sense of pride is mountainous and the reason we stay in this beautiful journey to discover the creative spirit.