Defiant, farcical, profane: These are the words that come to mind when attempting to describe the street art that photographer Yoav Litvin has chronicled on the streets of New York for the past few years.
Semi-sanctioned, quasi-legal, or downright illegal, the works that draw Litvin’s eye—those created by alternative painters, graffiti artists, collagists and muralists—are compiled in his new book, Outdoor Gallery: New York City (Ginko Press).
The resulting collection makes a compelling case that ephemeral street art is a cultural treasure.
Although society tends to look at these outdoor works as vandalism, Litvin takes a longer view.
The book profiles 46 artist, mostly pseudonymous personalities—Toofly, Miyok, Icy and Sot, Gaia, Kram and Bunny M being just a few—to prove street art’s current wave impacts contemporary aesthetics just as powerfully as the Salon de Refusés did in the nineteenth century.
Much of that has to do with exposure: While posting on private and city-owned surfaces ensures these works won’t be around for long, the street provides enviable visibility while they last.
These days the format is distinguished by its rebellious edge, too: As Litvin told me, “I can appreciate the rush and risks artists take when putting up pieces in public.
I also really admire their generosity in taking these risks to share their vision.”
Between her colorful street art creations and her graphite on paper illustrations, the talented French artist Amandine Urruty reveals an incredible dreamlike universe, populated by fantastical creatures, hidden meanings, symbols and references to pop culture or mythology.
Some beautiful and very detailed artworks that will tickle your imagination as much as your analytical skills!
Have you ever had a dream about flying? Or are you more a walking down the street naked kind of person?
We try not to encourage public nudity, but if you’d like to fulfill your dream of having wings, then there is a way you can.
Street artist Colette Miller believes that humanity craves beauty and she wants to bring it to them in her own medium. What she came up with was a street art phenomenon called Wings.
The pieces usually stand around three metres high are vibrantly coloured and located in places you won’t expect. Rather than putting them in a museum, she uses the wings to spruce up dull corporate facades.
They act as a sign of fearlessness and imagination in the concrete jungle.
Shivvy Archer, Trix and Ray Harland at the Brunswick
PSYCHEDELIC mushrooms may soon be joined by shotgun-wielding badgers on the façade of a Gloucester pub.
Artist Trix has already spent 14 hours emptying 36 tins of spray-paint on the white walls of the Brunswick which is changing its image.
While it will still cater for the city metal scene, the Park Road venue will also host a “full spectrum” of musicians – from drum and bass DJs to reggae bands.
Shivvy Archer, back of house manager, said: “The first reason we are doing this is because we are trying to get away from the idea this is just a heavy metal pub.
“And the other is because we are trying to spearhead graffiti art for Gloucester because there is no other pub in the city that has done this before.”
Bar supervisor Ray Harland said: “Essentially, our tagline here is ‘bistro bar for the creative minded’. We have a heavy metal crowd which is loyal but they can’t drink every weekend – variety is the way forward.”
The pub’s beer garden consists of a series of picnic benches adjacent to the pub’s side wall which has now come alive with a series of brightly-coloured mushrooms, a forest and a mystical-looking waterfall.
But the graphics will not stop there. Other “bits of bobs that mean something to Gloucester” will soon emblazon the pub walls, as may a satirical image of the controversial badger cull.
Trix has been working tirelessly at the pub and said: “I am pretty sure I have had heat stroke three days in a row now, mixed with the effects of the fumes.”
The project is part of the Gloucester Paint Jam festival.