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El Raval In Barcelona: A Magnet Of Small Treasures

El Raval In Barcelona: A Magnet Of Small Treasures

Las Ramblas is a good place for rambling foot tours on a Saturday afternoon before reaching the ocean at El Raval. This neighborhood of Barcelona champions the small one-off Street Art piece – the antithesis of the large splashy murals that popular in other cities.

Rice (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

A barrio of narrow streets adorned with mysterious and grandly heavy wooden doors keeps the throngs of tourists at arms length. Windows and balconies with intricately and beautifully crafted iron work create an old world charm and invite smaller thoughtful portraits by Street Artists looking for a setting with character.

Turn the corner and there’s a genteel plaza buzzing with seniors in their golden years sitting on benches or at sidewalks cafes nursing a coffee or a brandy.

Rice (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Here in these secret niches, doorways, sidewalk level windows, lampposts, and just about any other surface you’ll discover small pieces of Street Art installed illegally. Multi-layered or one color stencils, one-of-kind, hand-painted wheat pastes, sticker multiples, fully realized acrylic portraits and posters; all small works waiting for a small audience.

BSA contributor and Barcelona native Lluís Olivé Bulbena recently took a stroll through the winding streets and found this treasure trove of goodies. Thanks to him and enjoy!

Hopare (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Guaté Mao (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Guaté Mao (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Ecloz (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Raf Urban (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Nenao (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Pat Brazill (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Ozzy (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Ozzy . Fatal Fake (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Fake Banksy (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Bronik . Utah . Ether. (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Bronik (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

Cane (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

El Rughi (photo Lluís Olivé Bulbena)

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14 From 2014: Rosanna Bach

14 From 2014: Rosanna Bach

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Happy Holidays to all of you charming and sparkling BSA readers!
It’s been a raucous sleigh ride with you and we thank everyone most sincerely for your support and participation this year. A sort of tradition for us at the end of this December we are marking the year with “14 from 2014”. We asked photographers and curators from various perspectives of street culture to share a gem with all of us that means something to them. Join us as we collectively say goodbye and thank you to ’14.
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Rosanna Bach is a photographer, writer and storyteller – who has told a story or two here on BSA. Originally from Switzerland and just out of school at Parsons in New York, the bohemian wanderer has been discovering her shooting and storytelling style while traveling across the US. As her favorite image of 2014, Rosanna sends this self-portrait taken in Zion, Utah this past summer, along with some things she says she has learned.

“Bodies are powerful, minds stronger.

To seek but not to look, faith not hope, love fear not.

Play, for the heart must eat. Sometimes, small moments of clarity leek through the repetitive machine that we have built and feed and run on.

When the skeleton of everyday life is stripped bare only one thing remains at its core; Intuition.”

~ Rosanna Bach

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A Song to the Self, August 2014 Zion, Utah. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

 

Read Rosanna Bach’s piece on BSA from last year >> Studio Visit with MRKA : Graffiti and Branding

 

 

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Street Art Dispatch from Bangkok, Thailand

Street Artist Blanco grabbed his camera while visiting Bangkok, Thailand this month and discovered walls full of color, character, and even some graff names he’s familiar with in New York. “Utah and Ether are all over the city, crushing it,” he remarks.

His timing for visiting the city was good too because it coincided with the BukRuk Street Art Festival that ran from February 16 through March 17 and featured 27 artists from Thailand and Europe painting murals and installations in the downtown area of Bangkok.

Thanks to Blanco for sharing with BSA readers these new shots he took of both the sanctioned murals and the unsanctioned works left behind by numerous crews on the streets of Bangkok.

Rukkit (photo © Blanco)

Rime (photo © Blanco)

Low Bros (photo © Blanco)

Irak Crew (photo © Blanco)

Akacorleone (photo © Blanco)

UFO 907 (photo © Blanco)

Bangkok local flavor. (photo © Blanco)

Utah . Ether (photo © Blanco)

Tika (photo © Blanco)

Space Invader (photo © Blanco)

MSK (photo © Blanco)

Jace (photo © Blanco)

Jace (photo © Blanco)

Ether (photo © Blanco)

Armandine Urrity . Nicolas Barrome (photo © Blanco)

Utah, Ether, BNE, MMT (photo © Blanco)

Click here for further information about the BUKRUK Street Art Festival

Artists participating in BUKRUK included;

AKACORLEONE Portugal,

ALEX FACE Thailand

AMANDIN URRUTY France

BEN EINE England

BON Thailand

BONOM Belgium

DAAN BOTLEK Netherlands

DEM Italy

HARITORN AKARAPAT Thailand

HATTIE STEWART England

IBIE Spain

KOBBY Thailand

KRUELLA D’ENFER Portugal

LEE Thailand

LOW BROS Germany

MAMAFAKA Thailand

NICOLAS BARROME France

P7 Thailand

RICK HEDOF Netherlands

RUKKIT Thailand

SADDO Romania

SAN Spain

TAWAN WATTUYA Thailand

TIKA Switzerland

TRK Thailand

YUREE Thailand

 

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Jeff Frost Timelapsed Desert Squatting, and Painting

Artist and photographer Jeff Frost from Anaheim, CA, loves to shoot everything but he specializes in timelapsed photography that, when painstakingly layered together into a video, can be breathtaking. In this video he roamed deserts in California and Utah looking to squat in abandoned buildings, and to make art.

Image © Jeff Frost

Frosts’ sense of adventure and wonder gives him an unlimited access to the night sky and the movement of the planet as plays among the stars, and the occasional wildfire in the middle of the night. It also gives him license to experiment with geometric shapes, perspective, and popping color in the wide open decay of buildings in the sands. Thanks to nearly 40,000 photos and his imagination, we get to see his work as a video as well as a glimpse of a world without limits.

Image © Jeff Frost

The artist explains his practice:

“I have a serious case of wanderlust. My favorite thing to do is roam the deserts in search of abandoned buildings. When I find a room I particularly like, I set up camp there (sometimes literally), and proceed to paint a large mural on the inside of it. I photograph this process with a combination of time-lapse and stop motion photography. At night, if I’m not squatting in random abandoned structures, I shoot time-lapse of the stars zooming overhead.

When I return to the city I have two things: 1) a body that feels like a mean, mean man has worked it over with a baseball bat, and 2) thousands and thousands of high resolution photographs, which I use to make videos.”

Image © Jeff Frost

Image © Jeff Frost

Image © Jeff Frost

Image © Jeff Frost

Image © Jeff Frost

 

Learn more about Jeff Frost on his website and follow him on Twitter

 

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Blanco Visits Beijing and Shanghai

China has it’s own graffiti and Street Art scene, but you don’t hear too much about it. You can get a tour of local Street Art and graffiti in Beijing, check out sites like FatCap and of course the pool on Flickr. New York graff legend Daze even had a show at a gallery here a couple of years ago. According to some state media reports, portions of the Great Wall were the focus of a 2004 archaeological study showing graffiti was popular a long time ago, as crafted by wives of soldiers, who “decorated parts of the wall with images of clouds, lotus blossoms and ‘fluffy balls’ (xiuqiu), ‘symbols of peace and love’.  Right now it appears to be a common practice of tourists to carve their names into the bricks, which seems a bit more damaging than a Krinks marker, to tell the truth.

New York Street Artist Blanco did a little touring around Beijing and Shanghai last week and took a few pictures to send back home during the tour. He liked finding some familiar names in an unfamiliar country, and he was even surprised. Along with a few quick pictures he caught on the way, he wrote to tell us about what he saw. Here’s what he says:

“I went to the Great Wall like all tourists do and I discovered Neckface tags on almost every garbage can I walked past.

Nasty Neckface in Beijing one the Great Wall (photo © Blanco)

In comparison to Beijing, which seems bureaucratic like Washington DC, Shanghai seems to be a lot like NYC, with more going on culturally, massive apartment buildings sprouting up all over, and a lot of money running through it.

A door with several tags by Utah and Ether in Shanghai (photo © Blanco)

In Shanghai I went to the French Concession neighborhood  and I found a door with several tags from Utah and Ether, which made my day. It was kind of cool because I also found a Utah tag when I was in Rome three years ago and I don’t know Utah but just knowing that she is from NYC and has been in the same exact places as me is kind of comforting.

Blanco in Shanghai (photo © Blanco)

The next day I went to this art neighborhood that has a graff wall where it’s legal to paint and there were some pretty good pieces but I get a little bored with legal pieces.

Vhils in Shanghai (photo © Blanco)

After some more walking I turned a corner and found an amazing piece by Vhils and a little while later, in a more secluded spot, I found a second Vhils piece. Unfortunately it is kind of blurry – I couldn’t get a great picture of it because it was getting dark and it was in a dimly lit hallway with only one exit. I was alone and I could hear someone moving on the second floor of the abandoned building so I took a couple shots before I got scared and left but both pieces were pretty cool.” ~ Blanco

Vhils in Shanghai (photo © Blanco)

 

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