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Spider Tag Interacts at Night in Worcester, Massachusetts

Spider Tag Interacts at Night in Worcester, Massachusetts

Spanish Street Artist Spider Tag continues to expand his medium far beyond the first string and nail sculptures that we first began giving his art exposure about a decade ago. Now it’s electrified, interactive, and controlled by remote!

Spidertag. Interactive Neon Mural#5. Worcester, MA. (photo © Spidertag)

Participating in the commercial franchise mural festival Pow!Wow! in cooperation with Worcester Business Development Corporation, the Federal Square Condo Association, and others this eye candy for the Massachussetts town will definitely be appreciated at night.

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Spidertag Creates ” Interactive Neon Mural #4″ in Montreal

Spidertag Creates ” Interactive Neon Mural #4″ in Montreal

Spidertag started in the early 2010s as a string artist an we used to bring you his installations in abandoned places in Spain. He then moved to experimentations with neon electric wire in unusual public activations in city margins, a sudden maze of intertwined light strings transforming in three dimensions. Today we see the latest experiments of Spidertag at the commercial/community Mural Festival in downtown Montreal.

Spidertag. Mural Festival. Montreal, Canada. June 2019. (photo © Spidertag)
Spidertag. Mural Festival. Montreal, Canada. June 2019. (photo © Spidertag)
Spidertag. Mural Festival. Montreal, Canada. June 2019. (photo © Spidertag)
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Spidertag’s Impromptu GOAL! In Marseille

Spidertag’s Impromptu GOAL! In Marseille

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Call it the ‘World Cup Effect’ as your daily news features rousing updates about wild eyed athletic men kicking a ball on a grassy plane in Russia. How this impacts your day, one cannot be sure, but don’t tell that to your brother-in-law, who is currently screaming something and jumping up and down in front of his living room screen, covered in bi-color grease paint that matches his teams’ kit, a sword in his hand. Or is that a spear?

Spidertag. Marseille, France. June 2018. (photo © Spidertag)

Spanish Street Artist Spidertag is in Marseille, France this week working with Galerie Le Container and late one night he decided to create an impromptu glowing geometric form in the goal cage, floating aloft. This holy apparition of electric string appears on a field very near the Cathedral, so may be some sort of sign perhaps, or a bit of drunken reverie.

Spidertag. Marseille, France. June 2018. (photo © Spidertag)

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Spider Tag Casts His Glowing Web Higher in Helsingborg

Spider Tag Casts His Glowing Web Higher in Helsingborg

When Street Art passes into the realm of public art it takes on the character of permanence that will withstand time. While that may happen with the occasional graffiti burner or mural, more conventional Street Art is illegal and will be crossed over by a rival or eroded by the elements.

Spider Tag. Helsingborg, Sweden. Januray 2018. (photo © Spider Tag)

Spidertag, whose work we began documenting for you years ago when his tools were a hammer, nails, and yarn, has just created his first permanent mural in the city of Helsingborg, Sweden – and he’s more than pleased.

“I’m very happy cause it was a difficult one and a dream come true!” he tells us of the 300 meter long cable on the side of a multi-story building is meant to last for a number of years. The abstract geometry is best seen during nighttime hours, giving it an ethereal quality that occupies an area, rather than simply a wall. Spidertag says that he has his own special cables and this is the largest he’s done.

Spider Tag. Helsingborg, Sweden. Januray 2018. (photo © Spider Tag)

 

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SpiderTag Traces Electric Geometry on the Swedish Waterfront

SpiderTag Traces Electric Geometry on the Swedish Waterfront

The Argentinian Street Artist named Spidertag has freed his work from the wall these days and prefers to trace geometry in the air.

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 5. (photo © Spidertag)

Using a relatively new glowing fluorescent chording that emulates his previous yarn compositions Spidertag spent a week in Helsingborg, Sweden experimenting and creating one new artwork every day.

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 7. (photo © Spidertag)

The installations on the ground, on walls, on ship docks and piers, and levitating in the air were not always simple to achieve, he tells us, and he required the help of three assistants and a car lift.

“I´m super glad of the result, the effort and the levels that I pushed myself to during this amazing week,” he says, of the multiple configurations that lit the night during Artweek, curated by Peter Erikson for Kulturhotellet. Every day at nightfall his temporary, installations suddenly lit up hidden places, many in concert with the beautiful views of Helsingborg.

The images here show the works in situ, some from multiple angles, without photo manipulation. As his electrified tags and geo-webs continue to evolve, one can imagine more complex pieces developing into the future while Spidertag tests the limits of the medium and his imagination.

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 1. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 2. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 3. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 4. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 4. Detail. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 5. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 5. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 6. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 6. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Artweek. Helsingborg, Sweden. Day 6. (photo © Spidertag)

 

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Spidertag’s Electrified Geometry on Beach in Cadiz, Spain

Spidertag’s Electrified Geometry on Beach in Cadiz, Spain

Electrified geometry and abstraction isn’t just for the street anymore, thanks to Spidertag’s vacation at the beach this month. Europeans and their famous vacations during August are always surprising us – by their solidarity as workers to demand those month-long vacations, to the fact that the continent stays drunk for such a long continuous stretch. Just kidding!

Spidertag. Cadiz, Spain. (photo © Spidertag)

Anyway here’s the Spanish Street Artist bringing his work to the beach here in Cadiz in Andalucia in the south of Spain. Always the experimenter, we find him sketching new ideas as night falls on this part of the Mediterranean. Something new perhaps for the oldest city in Europe.

Spidertag. Cadiz, Spain. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Cadiz, Spain. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Cadiz, Spain. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Cadiz, Spain. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Cadiz, Spain. (photo © Spidertag)

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Spider Tag + NesPoon. Up North Fest X BSA: Røst, Norway. UPN Dispatch 3

Spider Tag + NesPoon. Up North Fest X BSA: Røst, Norway. UPN Dispatch 3

This is the third year for Northern Norway’s UPN Festival and this year it’s on an Island called Røst and includes a collection of artists eager to do site-specific and environmental works – one evolutionary development in the mural festivals that blossom throughout the world right now. This week BSA is proud to bring you images and interviews along with Urban Nation this year at UpNorth, where the seagulls never stop calling and the sun never goes down this time of year.


This year we tried to focus more on installations/sculptures than earlier years,” says Gøran Moya of UpNorth Festival, pointing to a discipline within the organic Street Art milieu that is sometimes overlooked but is elemental to the spirit of free expression that one often discovers in abandoned places. “Spidertag did his light installations in a time where there is 24 hours of daylight, but everything turned out amazing!”

Spidertag. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)

He’s speaking of the glowing geometric shapes inside of an old barn structure by the sea which Spanish Street Artist Spidertag has focused on as an enclosed dilapidated stage for this installation.

He began his string art about a decade ago and BSA may have been one of the first to publish it actually, transforming and framing spaces in abandoned or neglected venues, bringing a workman’s toolbox and an alchemists zeal for new astral formations in places where most had given up.

Spidertag. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)

Now he has been toying with this glowing string perhaps in the hopes that in six months when this place is purely nocturnal there will be a radiant reminder of the summer in Røst.

BSA: Can you tell us about the piece that you did for UpNorth?
Spidertag: I did 5 pieces in total; 4 interior and 1 outdoor. The challenge for me is that in summer in the north of Norway, there is no darkness, no night time. So, for my light installations it was a difficult…but I made it! And the wall will be turning on in a few month…

Spidertag. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)

BSA: How would you describe the environment working in Røst?
Spidertag: Amazing location. The old and abandoned houses made of wood were perfect for my nails and also to contrast styles. Was a nice experience!

BSA: How are you challenging yourself as an artist right now
Spidertag: I continue to keep on developing; growing up and experimenting with my wires.

Spidertag. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Spidertag)

Spidertag. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Spidertag)

NesPoon. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)


Poland’s NesPoon is bringing the decorative element of lace to this Norwegian island, an historical patterning that one may associate with hearth, home, and the finer practices of handicraft.

It is an unusual element in Street Art, though not limited to NesPoon (New York’s Hellbent comes to mind), bringing a sweetness to the urban landscape that befits a feminine character, rather than the hardcore testosterone infused hooliganism that the scene may like to portray about itself.

NesPoon. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)

We met NesPoon in Moscow at the Artmossphere Biennale last year when she was doing an installation focusing on the so-called “Precariot”, the current worldwide worker class that is made to be insecure about their jobs, healthcare, shelter, food, future. So don’t think this stencil work is purely about decoration – more likely it is about asserting the feminine into public space and claiming the right to steer the dialogue and set the agenda.

NesPoon. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)

NesPoon. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)

NesPoon. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)

NesPoon. Up North Fest 2017. Røst, Norway. (photo © Tor Ståle Moen)

Our thanks to our partner Urban Nation (UN) and to photographer Tor Ståle Moen for his talents.


See our Up North roundup piece on The Huffington Post

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SpiderTag, Nails, and Abstract Geometry in Madrid (VIDEO)

SpiderTag, Nails, and Abstract Geometry in Madrid (VIDEO)

Madrid-based Street Artist Spidertag is one of the new crop of young artists using yarn in their work; a genuine departure from aerosol and wheatpaste that once was an anomaly is now widespread enough to call a trend. Let’s call it New Folk Street Art – at least until next week when someone coins another term.

He’s done his share of aerosol bombing, but perhaps because one of his first loves was sculpture, Spidertag was looking for a new way to do interventions back in 2008. Coupled with an interest in abstract and geometrical design he began to experiment with materials that he could physically manipulate to sharpen shapes… and to interact with.

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Spidertag. Madrid, Spain. 2014 (photo © courtesy Spidertag)

Pounding nails into walls of abandoned buildings (and many other surfaces) was very satisfying and he began constructing and defining spaces with yarn around the iron post constellations. It was a good way to study in geometry and space and one that he continues to experiment with . After discovering the abstract geometrics and symbol-based work of fellow Street Artist and urban interventionist EC13, Spidertag knew he had found a kindred spirit to work with to call out, create and define spacial and planular dimensions in the man-made and natural environment.

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Spidertag. Madrid, Spain. 2014 (photo © courtesy Spidertag)

Today we look at community garden space Spidertag was drawn strongly to in downtown Madrid in the neighborhood of Lavapies, and the squatted garden called Solarpiés. “This is an abandoned place in the city center that was squatted by local people. Like many empty lots I saw in New York, people in my area have converted it into a free urban garden,” he says.

Brooklyn Street Art: You have done installations in abandoned places with nails and yarn previously. What characteristics are you looking for when selecting your next wall?
Spidertag: The location is almost everything to me. I look for special places that inspire me. That´s what I think Street Art is all about.

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Spidertag. Madrid, Spain. 2014 (photo © courtesy Spidertag)

Brooklyn Street Art: You speak about a new minimalism in your work – Does this refer to the amount of empty space that complements the occupied space?
Spidertag: More or less, yes. It´s about being more simple in the creation and composition. With this artwork, I think that I have started a new era for my work. What I´m doing now is more like the red parts of my piece; less of the green….

Brooklyn Street Art: Who are some of your favorite artists whose work influences this direction for you?
Spidertag: More than being influenced by other artists I would say I was more influenced by my collaborations with other street artists, especially EC13 that have brought me to this place.

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Spidertag. Madrid, Spain. 2014 (photo © courtesy Spidertag)

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Spidertag. Madrid, Spain. 2014 (photo © courtesy Spidertag)

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Spidertag. Madrid, Spain. 2014 (photo © courtesy Spidertag)

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Spidertag. Madrid, Spain. 2014 (photo © courtesy Spidertag)

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Spidertag. Madrid, Spain. 2014 (photo © courtesy Spidertag)

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Spidertag in Madrid: “Mucho Verde, Nuevo Rojo”

 

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BSA Film Friday: 02.14.14

BSA Film Friday: 02.14.14

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Painting, Yoga and Love on the Roof
2. Spidertag in Madrid
3. HOTTEA in St. Paul Home Depot
4. Pillas Brothers at Wallplay Gallery
5. H0tBox “Remember That One Time?”

BSA Special Feature: Wall Painting, Yoga, Love and Valentines

Our little Valentine to you …

The sweet yoga couple Kristina Serna and Joerael Elliott, who go by the name of Soulvision, show us some zen-like poses on the roof while Joerael takes a break from painting a mural. “We don’t have money for much, we just hang around,” says the soundtrack by Kotchy.

Spidertag in Madrid: Mucho Verde, Nuevo Rojo

Whip out the midi tech muzak and grab the suitcase full of yarn because estamos en Madrid, kiddies. In the urban squatted garden of Solarpiés, Spidertag found a great wall and some vegetation with which to begin of a new minimalism in his work. Seems simple enough, but that’s when it is deceiving.

 

HotTea in St. Paul

Thinking strategically when the temperature drops to -20F

Yep, Hottea is back with one strategy for shaking off the cold.

Number 1. Don’t do Street Art.

Number 2. Go to Home Depot and look for some fencing.

 

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Watch the Pillas brothers do an inside wall celebrating Wutang Clan’s 20th Anniversary at Wallplay Gallery on Orchard Street in New York.

 

H0tBox “Remember That One Time?”

From Chicago’s ONLY mobile gallery, a quick greatest hits collection from 2013, including fun with painting the Box Truck everybody loves.

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BSA Film Friday: 09.20.13

BSA Film Friday: 09.20.13

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening: La Catedral Futumétrica with EC13 + El Niño De Las Pinturas + SpidertagMeggs and FareShare in Australia, and Five More Minutes with C215.

BSA Special Feature: La Catedral Futumétrica
with EC13 + El Niño De Las Pinturas + Spidertag

This week you get to take part in the exploration and re-creation that will inspire you to take another look around the very environment you are sitting in right now. Graffiti/Street Art/fine artists EC13, El Niño de las Pinturas and Spidertag bring you with them, with Spidertag as director Maldito Dwarfi behind the camera, into a sacred space. The Spanish relic of a building is now christened a cathedral, and they backpack into the space to lay out their art materials onto the mottled concrete floor, arranging and rearranging before choosing their locations in this holy place, a gallery for modern abstraction and do it yourself set design.

With nails, tiles, caulking, aerosol, thick yarn, and tape, the two set about occupying space, defining space, tracing and framing and revealing invisible lines and physical relationships – even evoking spirits and memories, if not memorials. Breezes and sunlight wander by, as do flies, nesting birds, and a couple of goat kids. When they are finished, you are invited in for a drink and a melody and meditation. Loosely enclosed by these walls made by hands that resolutely stand while windows and doors and roof go missing, the work of the artists may cause you to re-see and re-define every line you observe as you return to your world.

 

Australian Artist Meggs teams up with FareShare

Five More Minutes with C215

A portrait of the street portraitist by Estelle Beauvais.

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The Perpetual Magic of Small Art On The Streets

“I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things.” ~ Bell Hooks

On the street, the most magical art is sometimes the most miniature.

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TV With Cheese. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

It can be easy to overlook the small and smartly cut stencil or meticulously markered sticker that pops up on a dumpster or illuminates a light pole when you are being overpowered by the panoramic painting that swallows the expanse of an entire wall. Getting up big is big right now. Making a splash with an ocean of pigments appears to be the norm rather than the exception in art in the streets at the moment – thanks to very organized festivals and welcoming real estate folks and an ever more appreciative appetite by the public.

But that doesn’t mean the petite pieces have perished. At times they appear to proliferate.

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TV With Cheese. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Small Street Art pieces seem to pop up on the streets overnight like mushrooms in the urban forest – aided by the darkness and fertile conditions – small and surprisingly shaped upcroppings, some tasty and complex and others that may poison your pleasant disposition. We still remember the thrill of walking the desolate streets of Williamsburg, Bushwick, Red Hook and Greenpoint in the late 90s/early 2000s and discovering the “hidden” Street Art that suddenly surfaced without announcement. Amidst a sorry series of sadly deflated industrial sites you would see a hand drawn sticker, a grease-penciled poem, a knitted pole cozy, a pasted collage of textures, photos, and text. Its less frequent right now, but the practice has continued partly because it is quick to install and the effect can have impact and a certain intimacy.

Also, not everyone has a burning need for the big stage. As we all know, the biggest talker in the room is not necessarily the most humorous, insightful, genius or certainly, the most magical.

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TV With Cheese. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TV With Cheese. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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K8 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz. From The Natural History Street Art 2013 Series. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz. From The Natural History Street Art 2013 Series. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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RAE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CB23 . Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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H (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (Signed but not legible). (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Spidertag (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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R (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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