Posts Tagged ‘Street Art’

New York Graffiti Pics

Posted: November 2, 2012 in Art, Graffiti, New York
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So, EastCityRat has temporary traveled further afield to the ‘Big Apple’ New York.
Whilst dodging hurricanes, I was able to add some NY graffiti to my UK based posts.

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These two linked into one large piece

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These three despite their delicate appearance are on a correctional facilities wall

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Brighton Graffiti

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Art, Graffiti
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During a weekend visit to Brighton I had to stop and take a few pics of amazing graffiti down a few side roads. I actually have to thank @teaandchocs who braved the rain to take them with her iPhone (while I was hiding under shelter).

A few pieces all close together (wish I had taken the road name down)

Who would have thought that Run DMC would make an appearance

Dark side of the Smurf’s

A quick update on some of the pieces that caught my attention this week.

The original piece was one of my favourites, however this is a worthy successor.

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Not sure I have done this piece justice, but pretty cool and dark.

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Poor old Cookie Monster, I like the little stencil pieces that can be found.

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A new David Shillinglaw piece next to the brilliant No Limit Tattoo on Bacon Street.

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An old favourite from Eine

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That’s all for now, hope you enjoy.

If you have a few hours to spare one evening or over the weekend, I highly recommend a visit to the Natural History Museum. To be specific I am highlighting their current Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which runs until next March. It provides an amazing selection of digital photographs by amateurs ranging from adults to children.
The pictures provide an insight into the beauty and cruelty of nature alongside the destructive influence of man. There is a great mix of visually striking images, to the simplistic solitude of a single animal with a minimal terrain.  The visit was completed with the obligatory walk through the dinosaur section.

I then travelled back to east London and the repetitively visited Redchurch Street, where two exhibitions caught my eye.
First was the debut solo show by stencil/graffiti artist ‘Snik’ who’s work was hosted at ‘The Gallery’. The collection is under the title of Nocturnal and the theme of darkness prevails through each piece. I have been a fan of his work for some time, and the vibrant bright flashes of colour scream out off the darkness enhancing all of his techniques used. In addition to work on canvas, Snik  also uses a chair, piano and vintage cases to display his work. A collection I really recommend, I am already regretting not purchasing a signed print that I saw a couple of years ago.

A few steps further and I arrived at the Londoncastle Project Space to view ‘Lawrence Watson Photographs Noel Gallagher’. Watson had unprecedented access to Gallagher during the 18 month period leading toward and including the recording of his first solo album ‘High Flying Birds’.
Each selection of photographs (that range from black & white to striking colours) follow Gallagher from the UK across America. I was pleasantly surprised at the volume of images on display, although there were more than I thought there would be the total was perfect for the journey being tracked.
The end of the gallery had a projected video of Gallagher discussing the recording process, and although I haven’t heard the full album yet it provided a great insight into the meaning behind the album. The exhibition closes on the 13th so be sure to visit the gallery before it closes.

I know I posted some similar pics a few months ago, however I believe the following blow them ‘out of the water’.

I apologise in advance at the picture quality, I used a BlackBerry at 06.45 to get most of the shops shut.

A bright start to the list

About time there was something new from Sweet Toof

Old Street’s very own Pure Evil, at the excellent Print Club

Wish I knew this artist.. Let me know if you do

Keep an eye out as the next post focusses on one piece that is the best I have seen for years.

For the majority of this week I have been away, so I haven’t had much time to get ‘out and about’. However, walking down Brick Lane, I did notice some new posters and graffiti which I thought I would share.

Being a massive Twitter fan, this new poster stood out

This was next to the last poster

Another funky poster in Brick Lane (by chance with my Brothers initials added to it)

This stencil is on the wall next to Beyond Retro

The final and my favourite, a little dark but that’s my style (Puma Court)

That’s all for this week, I will get back to writing shortly.

This week bought up an interesting issue that I hadn’t (rather naively) considered beforehand. What would happen if I was away for the majority of the week & weekend?

Well, it happened this week, my initial thoughts were to skip a week’s post and just reread of some of my earlier notes to see how they had come along. With that I noticed that my first blog sold the praise of the local street art on show, however I never really followed up on this with an up to date report.

Therefore, a quick change of plans and a mini report, about a short hunt to go find some pieces of work. First off Middlesex Street just in time to see the stalls of Petticoat Lane Market closing up, and the great ‘in your face’ piece by Ben Eine. Then it was time to cut back via Spitalfields Market to a favoured Redchurch Street to see a large piece by Roa, and different styles sprayed around that always bring a smile to my face.

My final and most memorable location of the day was Pure Evil’s gallery on Leonard Street, a quick turn from Old Street to see the opening of Isaac Cordal’s solo exhibition.

I didn’t find the it particularly original however there was charm in the work. The small stone figurines carefully placed around the gallery, while background photos & video provided a greater interaction for effect were interesting and sometimes fun to view, the work itself didn’t really engage me and my eye soon found something far more interesting, a silver print by my favourite underground artist Jacob Bannon.

I have been a fan of Bannon’s for nearly 10 years and I have already purchased two of his prints. If you are not familiar with the artist he also the frontman for the band ‘Converge’ who still can’t really be pigeonholed into a particular genre while heading up the brutal and awesome record label ‘Deathwish Inc’.

Other than the thought of adding a new print to my collection, what really made it a memorable visit was the opportunity to speak with the galleries owner ‘Pure Evil’, not only about Bannons work but also some of his own future pieces. I also own a Pure Evil print, so having a great first meeting with him has pleased me further. I also have more appreciation for his work after talking with him.

I’m off to look for enough pennies to buy that print!