Miami is in full effect! Murals and cans and scissor lifts and beers and cameras are all going at once! Street Art has never been so well represented in Miami’s Art Basel as it is this weekend – in fact it is impossible to follow it all unless you are an octopus.
Anthony Lister and Col in process in Miami (photo © Mike Pearce)
And opportunities are seized, while others are missed, and some are trampled underneath. Carlo McCormick writes in Paper Mag a pleasantly prickly on-point overview of the current events with an eye toward some of the sliminess. McCormick should know about the polluting and homogenizing effect of commerce and hype on a scene born in the street, having witnessed and documented first-hand the explosion of graffiti in the NY Downtown scene during the 1980s as well as the market implosion that hurt so many artists in it’s wake. Perhaps that’s why his piece ends with the populist summation,
“It’s all good whatever side of the town you want to walk on, but to our view the art that is taking place with the 99% in mind rather than in whorish acquiescence to the 1% is infinitely more lively, vital and relevant. It may not be making much money (unlike many here we’re too polite to ask about sales), but believe it or not, that’s not the point of art. “
Meanwhile, the giant magnet Miami has attracted artists and their dreams and stories to paint walls today. New York photographer Mike Pearce shows BSA readers some murals in progress.
La Pandilla working carefully on their piece. (photo © Mike Pearce)
Augustine Kofie brings his vintage futurism. (photo © Mike Pearce)
TooFly from the streets of New York to Miami . (photo © Mike Pearce)
Shark Toof knocking out his piece. (photo © Mike Pearce)
Ben Eine seems to be trying to communicate a message here. (photo © Mike Pearce)
Pixel Pancho: Increible. (photo © Mike Pearce)
Myla tests a can of white while Mr Dabs works on his top hat. (photo © Mike Pearce)