There is a girl in Brooklyn named Katie who started putting up random thought bubbles around her neighborhood and then photographed people as they walked by them. “Do you ever wonder what people are thinking about when you pass them on the street?” This is great execution and it seems she never had any intention involving fame or cash, just love and discovery.
I have a prediction for 2009.
Those street artists who milked the gallery system will return to working on the streets once the collectors udders are empty. Those who do not return, they were never about the art on the street anyway.
I was at a gallery booth at Scope where they were selling some Dalek originals and prints a couple weeks ago. They told me Dalek wasn’t making any large edition prints, and that the reason they were pricing the prints like photographs (the more prints sold the higher the price) was due to Supply and Demand. Well, what the fuck is this print then? Huh, Gallery? A gorgeous, large edition print by Dalek that will stay the same price (affordable) until they are sold out. You should buy one, and also I should buy one.
Quite a productive/successful year for Shepard Fairey and his studio. A lot of trees felled too.
(If I missed any, let me know)
All images courtesy of TheGiant.Org, where you can also find more information than anywhere else about Shepard Fairey
James Stroud, Viktoria. This is an entry for The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2008. The Contest showcases emerging young photographers through anonymous selection. Entries are currently being exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.
Audrey Kawasaki paints amazing pictures of soothing nudes. This link takes you to her ffffound page to see where some of the reference material lies.
Dave the Chimp gets interviewed by Sneaker Freaker. It is nice to hear an artist talk truthfully about about the state of street art, collaborating with corporations, and all that other hype-driven jank that is present in culture today.
Misaki Kawai‘s latest exhibition Outdoor Club, opens at Paul Bright’s Toronto gallery tonight. The opening is from 7 – 10pm and the exhibition runs through the 24th of January. Don’t miss it. Press release after the jump
Opening the same night as the Brooklyn Block Party at Ad Hoc Art, C215′s Junk Store blew away anything else in the gallery. Showcasing the French artist’s stencil skills and color palette, Junk Store is a refreshing addition to a genre of art that has begun to look all too similar. My favorite piece is above, and—because of my self-imposed moratorium—is still available at a very affordable price tag. Check out the rest of the room on C215′s flickr page.
“These Predicaments” David Stoupakis at Corey Helford Gallery. On View December 13 until December 31, 2008
“Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present “These Predicaments”, a solo exhibition of new works by pop surrealist David Stoupakis. For his second solo exhibition at the Gallery, Stoupakis parlays his talent for the supernatural and macabre into dramatic narratives that reveal symbolic turning points and unexpected dilemmas. A delicate balance of childhood innocence and haunting imagery, the series of oil-on-panel paintings and graphite drawings recounts grim fairytales of the decadent and demure. Marking a new direction for the artist, Stoupakis employs a brighter color palette than before and will unveil his largest piece to date for the exhibition…”
Long before the London ‘Urban Art’ Scene took off, there was Elms Lesters Painting Rooms.
“Whilst marking the gallery’s 25th anniversary, the book specifically catalogues our exhibitions over the last 12 years and covers 17 selected exhibitions and the work of a number of the contemporary art world’s most high profile artists; Adam Neate, José Parlá, Phil Frost, Anthony Lister, Futura, James Marshall (Dalek), Boris Tellegen (DELTA), Mark Dean Veca, Ron English, Space Invader, Stash and WK Interact.”
SWOON on Ludlow Street, 2005
The show is open through this Saturday (December 20th), so don’t sleep.