London is looking alive and on top of things at mid-winter, with a great variety of materials and techniques, imaginative styles and of course varying results, according to your tastes. During a quick trip on a somewhat blizzardish day, photographer Geoff Hargadon found “tough conditions: snowy, cold as f***, and a camera battery that refused to stay charged.” Tough going for the intrepid Street Art photog you see. Of course the upside of inclement weather is that no one is outside to obscure your shot. Except the falling snow, that is.
Vhils (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
From the comfort of you warmly glowing flatscreen, this selection of pieces looks like Street Art in London is largely mural based, right now, as much of the scene continues to be. The players are more or less familiar to your eyeballs, with a few newbies on the scene.
Enjoy these exclusive shots just for BSA readers. And special thanks to Geoff for his heroism and for sharing these scenes with us.
Shok-1 with RemiRough (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Local favorite Stik shows what may be a lady in a burka in this coupling. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Stik (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Stik, simple, and effective. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Calm (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
This sculptural installation appeared during the London Olympics, the arrows of the gods falling like rain and piercing the side of this building. The installations around the city included javelins, shot puts, bows and arrows and is called “Gifts of the Olympic Gods”.(photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Nasa . Milo Tchais (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Obey looking completely graphic while the snow falls. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
This dude doing a head spin is by Run. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
finDAC (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Jimmy C (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
David Walker (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
El Mac (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
The Frenchman C215 is in the window (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Phlegm brings one of his creatures into the street dimension, looking like he is ready to inspect somebody’s backpack. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Phlegm (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Excellent use of the front of this bus by Phlegm. Might mess up the visibility though. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
ROA’s prickly friend looks startled. Could be excited about the new super sewer for London. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
D*Face crushes a car . Invader . Obey (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Burning Candy is awfully monochromatically romantic in a digital sort of way. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Burning Candy and a sliced screen series from BomK Liliwenn (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Canvaz. Sort of like Warhol portraits of Darger’s Vivian girls, but that’s just me. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Amigo . Malarky . Milo Tchais (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Tonight it will be 7 degrees farenheit in Brooklyn, and the wind will blow down the East River to the Verrazano, around Coney Island and the Rockaways in a bashing fashion. New York City in January can be an inhospitable and unfriendly city, especially if you are a new arrival. “Where are all the people?” New Yorkers, all clad in blacks and grays pile out from the subway tunnels in droves and scurry fast down the sidewalk, like ants whose mound has been disturbed. The puffy fashions often mute gender, causing a great many otherwise fashionable or sexy dudes and dudettes to look like large tubers. Outside is a place to pass through as you stomp toward your dwelling without looking around or upward. Exhausted by layers of fabrics and zippers and buttons and laces and pulling on, over, and off – dropping bags and backpacks, the peeling off wet socks and salty boots are the final salvo before collapse. Depressed yet?
The flip side of this is that a lot of Street Artists are working in their kitchen/toolshed/studio right now and really putting a lot of effort into it – some are even stockpiling like squirrels for spring. If it is sunny for a minute in the afternoon, and you can peer over your scarf on the icy snow piled sidewalks of Brooklyn for a second you’ll see there is some new Street Art here and there. There is one reason to go outside and it’s encouraging to see that some street artists that call New York their home have been getting up despite the elements. It’s not really surprising to find that Street Artists are a scrappy lot; it kind of goes with the territory. Nonetheless it can bring a smile to your frozen face. Happy Winter.
And now our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring AVOne, AWR, BAST, DAIN, General Howe, Jim Darling, Katsu, Nasa, Nohj Coley, Rae, Skewville, Sofia Maldonado, Surge, and the Witness
Rae (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nohj Coley’s first interactive piece on the streets (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Mucho Gusto!” Nohj Coley First interactive piece on the streets (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nohj Coley detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wanna see a movie? Nohj Coley detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A big new Dain about town looking quite continental. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Double the pleasure with Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)
AVOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Oh, fine thanks, except that I had to kill my boss.” Bast (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bast (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville shows you to your entrance (photo © Jaime Rojo)
General Howe commentarty on past and present events in our still young Nation (photo © Jaime Rojo)
On to warmer climates…. and here are some more images from the glut of new work in Miami that we’ve been showing you this month.
Sofia Maldonado. Primary Flight Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jim Darling created this expansive sculpture made entirely from found objects. We learned that the owner of the lot was at first pretty disturbed by the accumulation of junk until the piece began to take shape. Now of course they love it and the streets are a little cleaner too. Primary Flight Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jim Darling. Detail Primary Flight Miami 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Witness AWR NASA (photo © Jaime Rojo)