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Streets: Phlegm / Abandoned School – Sheffield

Phlegm’s work in and around Sheffield has always given us a buzz here at AM, so when recently driving past Sheffield, we stopped by to take a look at the Art Fag that Kid Acne recently painted as we heard that Phlegm had made an addition to the mural, painting some of his distinctive buildings to form a smouldering end to the giant ciggie. Whilst driving up the hill to the elevated site, we passed a dreadlocked figure painting a huge mural at the riverside which […]

Preview: Hush – “TWIN” @ New Image Art

It looks like Newcastle-based Hush’s (interviewed) will be returning (see 2009) to Los Angeles for another solo show on May 21st, this time at New Image Art. Judging from the photos, his work is becoming increasingly more intricate and textured; something that was evident in his NY show last year (covered). Also, he seems to be moving away from the influences of the Kawaii aspect of Japanese manga and towards a more somber and serious tone. More preview photos from his studio as well as […]
'Privatised Pat'. 2011. "The Times They Are a-Changin' for Postman Pat."

Viewpoints: Peter Kennard + War Boutique — ‘shooting@earth’ @ Black Rat Projects

Black Rat Projects in London recently hosted shooting@earth, a three-day event running from 5 to 7 May which launched @earth, the new photo-essay by Peter Kennard, assisted by Tarek Salhany. The exhibition also showcased a collection of works that packed a punch by former armour designer, War Boutique. Although AM felt War Boutique’s art was sometimes a little easy or obvious, at other times it was remarkable: You think it has the subtlety of an old Panzer IV, that you can see it coming from […]

Openings: ESPO – “Days” @ V1 Gallery

Steve Powers aka ESPO has had a busy few weeks.  First, came his part in the time-consuming Street Market installation at the MOCA for the historic Art in the Streets exhibition. Then, last Friday in Copenhagen, he opened his latest solo show at the V1 Gallery entitled simply Days. A fitting title as the work in the show includes some of his daily metaltations ruminating on the complexities of everyday life with his poetic world play and signature visual language using enamel paint on metal. […]

Streets: Blu (Poland)

It looks like Italian street sensation Blu is not shy about letting the world know his views on religion.  First came the mural in Bologna over the Easter weekend featuring a praying man eating his own “pasta” brain, perhaps indicating religion is all created in the mind.  Now, this new piece in Krakow features a bullhorn made from a bell (maybe the famous Royal Sigismund Bell regarded as one of Poland’s national symbols?) speaking to the mindless masses. Does anyone recognize the seal? *edit* Ah, […]

Videos: POW WOW Hawai’i 2011 Part I

One of the people we connected with in Hawaii for the POW WOW event (covered) was videographer Mikey Inouye. It seemed him and his crew were everywhere at the same time documenting all the action. The fruits of their labor are now evident with this new video. In association with Hypebeast TV, this is the first in a three part series featuring footage of the setup, live painting, and interviews with the participants including founder Jasper Wong. If you like what you see, you can […]

Focus: Invader – “Art in the Streets” @ MOCA

With the MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibition on track to potentially break attendance records and Invader’s recent LAPD arrest for making art in the streets of LA, we thought that it’s time for another Art Focus – in the form of little Easter Eggs left by our friend Invader. With all the spectacular art and installations at this exhibition, it’s easy to get lost in the thick of things. Invader took an interesting approach to making his mark at the MOCA while he stayed […]
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Streets: Shepard Fairey (Chicago)

After a little down time since putting the finishing touches on his multi-wall installation of new and old stencil collage works on paper and canvas (covered) for Art in the Streets, along with a nice mural within the MOCA store (covered), Shepard Fairey (featured) made his way to the Windy City last weekend for the Art Chicago Fair. Bringing his Revolutions exhibition for the fair itself, a series of album cover art inspired mixed media works in varying formats and scale first shown in Santa […]

Overtime: May 2 – May 8

So Yoon Lym’s series of works based on aerial views of braiding. Some drawings on panel from John Casey. Allison Sommers’ creatures Killing Time. Yoskay Yamamoto working on an album cover for Children of Nova. Filmmaker Isaiah Seret and artist Neck Face will share and discuss their collaborative short film at MOCA on May 15.  RSVP here to attend. Opposition raised to bringing the Art in the Streets exhibition to the Brooklyn Museum. Ben Davis on graffiti, street art, and MOCA’s Art in the Streets. Shepard Fairey interview on Artinfo. Ukrainian […]

Openings: SABER – “The American Graffiti Artist” @ Opera Gallery (New York)

Continuing the near relentless barrage of street inspired exhibitions arranged to coincide with Art in the Streets, SABER (interviewed) opened The American Graffiti Artist (previewed) at Opera Gallery in New York last night. While his impressive efforts within MOCA (covered) paid homage to his roots within Los Angeles graffiti lore, his newest body of work riffs on a more recent manifestation. In an aesthetic chapter first penned in 2009 when he created a video for the “Organizing For America’s Health Care Reform Video Challenge” (covered) that […]