Here Norway’s Strok brings them to a wall at Hsinchu International Land Art Festival in this Taiwanese city known for being very windy. He’s been experimenting with perspectives and angles on the figure and here he brings the classic bboy move to the wall to defy gravity and fly through the air.
Strøk had some help from a lift operator while painting who had to take a break periodically to check on a very fine feathered friend. “He rescued a small baby sparrow that had fallen out of its nest during the recent typhoon,” Strøk says of his new friend. “He kept it in a nest in a basket inside his operator hut and was feeding it at regular intervals.”
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening :
1. Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda: Changing The Face Of Barcelona
2. Nychos X Udon Lords Crew in Taiwan
3. ERICAILCANE / Mexico City
4. Pref ID
BSA Special Feature: Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda: Changing The Face Of Barcelona
“It’s not necessarily street art and its not necessarily the known directions of contemporary art,” says Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda as he describes his mural paintings of a woman he photographed. His critical eye toward the way images and messages are marketed to us by advertisers is not new, he says, having devised ways to culture-jam and deface ads in the public space in New York in the past. Now he has developed a voice that in praise of the everyday person and is giving it volume on this vast façade in Barcelona.
Nychos X Udon Lords Crew in Taiwan
Building and pumping adrenaline is the cohesive device that ties together these images of people in action and the audio outtakes from adventure films, evangelists, propaganda and advertising slogans. Nychos loves to rip the mortal coil open for you to examine its contents and his metaphor is the innards of animals. This vicious/comedic somewhat exploding dragon is in itself a symbol to generations of people and by juxtaposing it with text based graffiti lettering and these intercut messages you know he is examining the beast from as many angles as possible. Director Cory Ring captures this quote in Taiwan: “But what we know is art is not a crime. The crime is the state of mind” to end the brief but effective visual and aural onslaught.
ERICAILCANE / Mexico City
Rapid drums and bass and reggae keep the painters animated for the creation of “The Rabbit & the Fox”, a new mural by the Italian Street Artist Ericailcane in Mexico City.
Images and editing by Alice Bettolo.
Northwest London’s Pref takes us into his studio and onto walls in a test of how he interprets words thrown to him freestyle. His overlapping word and letter styling is compelling and his point of view is clear. But hang in there for the paper-cut collages!
Connecticut based artist BiP (short for “Believe in People”) is sampling a handful of the aesthetic styles associated with the past decades of art on the streets – including this recent one “Worth Every Blow” that draws from the graphic poster style many people will associate with Shepard Fairey.
Completed for a Taipei museum last fall the piece has been published before elsewhere but is a prime example of the impact that the popularity of Street Art is having on the work of new artists including BiP who has reportedly courted an Ivy-leagued audience with multiple installations on and around Yale’s campus in New Haven. Here you will see BiP also cycles through the conventions of pop, light irony, illustration, and even tries his hand at a throwie, albeit with a five syllable word. Oh, word?