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Recap: Forest For The Trees (Portland) – Part I

With most of the Forest For The Trees murals finished, now’s the time to do the first part of our recap of this year’s event (also see 2013, 2014). The name of the mural festival comes from the phrase “they can’t see the forest for the trees” which signifies the inability to understand the greater picture when you’re too focused solely on what’s in front of you. Organizers Gage Hamilton and Matt Wagner of Hellion Gallery hope that the art will draw Portland’s residents away from their daily routine. Enjoy some photos […]

Streets: Aaron Li Hill – “Rise and Fall” (Berlin)

Recently in Berlin, Aaron Li-Hill (interviewed) finished up a sweet mural for the One Wall Project organized by Urban Nation. Entitled Rise and Fall, the new piece takes inspiration from the greek goddess of victory as well as the film Wings of Desire, both sourced from the background of the capital city. Navigating 24 windows on the facade of the building measuring five stories high, the wall painted ended up being Li-Hill’s largest one to date. The American artist further explains these fallen angels – “Based on two source points, […]

Streets: Invader (Paris) – Summer 2015

After an update in July, on top of that now a recap what Invader has been up in his home city of Paris during the summer months. Taking advantage of the warmer months, with the “streets are empty, the inhabitants have left and the nights are mild,” the French artist got up over 30 new pieces in the capital city. Tackling a wide range of imagery, the distinctive tiled works took the form of Smurfs, Bugs Bunny, smiley-faced Napoleon, and of course video game inspirations […]

Overtime: Aug 31 – Sept 6

More stories from the week that ended Sept 6 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Noah Davis, who died at the age of 32 from complications of a rare cancer. NY Times also writes about his death. Papillion remembers him. Polaroid image above by Quam Odunsi. RIP: Nelson Shanks, who died at the age of 77. RIP: The Pizz, who died at the age of 57 after killing himself. Jacob Antonio Weiss is the fourth suspect sought in the stabbing of man who tried to stop […]

NuArt ’15 / Streets: Ella & Pitr – “Lilith & Olaf”

One of the highlights of this year’s NuArt Festival is the completion of what is billed as the world’s largest outdoor mural in Klepp, just outside of Stavanger. Created by French artists Ella & Pitr along with a crew of some 30 volunteers, the 21,000 square meter mural was completed before the festival officially started. Painted on a rooftop of the Block Berge Bygg building, this project was the first in a three-year relationship between the festival and the company. It was slated to take two […]

NuArt ’15 / Streets: Sandra Chevrier @ The Aftenblad Wall

As part of the 2015 NuArt Festival, Canadian painter Sandra Chevrier (interviewed) created the inaugural mural for The Aftenblad Wall in Stavanger, Norway. Festival 2015. The wall is a partnership between NuArt and the Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper, and will provide selected Norwegian and international artists with a prominent public space on which to display their art. For the first rendition of the wall—and Chevrier’s first ever outdoor mural—Chevrier created a work entitled “La Cage Pres du Ciel (The Cage Close to the Sky),” which consists of […]

NuArt ’15 / Streets: Harmen de Hoop – “Permanent Education”

In what was without a doubt one of the most unique works of “street art” AM has ever experienced, Dutch conceptual public artist Harmen de Hoop contributed to the NuArt Festival a performance piece, entitled Permanent Education. The performance held on the streets of Stavanger consisted of a site specific lecture by Jan Uboe, professor of statistics and mathematics with the Norwegian School of Economics, on the theory behind stock option pricing. The complex topic was chosen because of its relevance to the recent global financial […]

Recap / Streets: UpNorth Festival (Norway)

After highlighting a mural from Deih for the UpNorth Festival in the small village of Sulitjelma in Northern Norway, we now have a recap of the entire event for you. The festival was curated and organized by anonymous Norwegian artist Stein together with Trond Solstad and also featured the work of Borondo (seen above), Sabek, M-City, DotDotDot, StayOne and Stein. Photo credit: Henrik Haven.

NuArt ’15 / Streets: First Look

AM has arrived in Stavanger on Norway’s western coast to experience firsthand the city’s annual celebration of street art that is the NuArt Festival. Despite the jet-lag, we hit the streets to get a first look at some of the murals that have already been completed and others that are still in process. It didn’t take long to find some amazing street pieces. Close by the hotel (and actually on the hotel), we located two by Norway’s own Martin Whatson, each combining detailed black and […]

Streets: Deih – UpNorth Festival (Norway)

After introducing you to the work of Deih back in July, we now have another wall from him to share with you from the UpNorth Festival. The Spanish artist once again used wide range of colors to render out more of his comic-inspired characters that seem to be taken out of a fantasy or science fiction novel. The event held in the small village of Sulitjelma in Northern Norway takes advantage of the large abandoned factories after mining companies left the area. Curated and organized by anonymous Norwegian artist Stein […]