Monthly Archives: February 2015

Abbot-Kinney Street Art … Venice Beach, Los Angeles

This image of a woman’s face is in an of itself not a remarkable image, and such subject matter and high-contrast portraits are so common to street art so as to scarcely give it further thought.

But this artwork is unusual in its use of materials and aesthetic. Look closely and the viewer will notice that it is neither painting, stencil nor wheat-pasted print. The image as been created by cutting out pieces of the wall’s plaster-like layer to expense sections of brick underneath. Clever.

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Street Art Memorial to Andy Warhol … New York

This mysterious memorial to the late artist Andy Warhol appeared last week on on facing walls along a stretch of Ludlow Street just south of Grand Street (a segment of the block also known unofficially as the “Ludlow Street Art Gallery”). The appearance of these posters is on the anniversary of Warhol’s death on February 22, 1987. Warhol was a seminal pop-art pioneer and lived and worked in New York City up until his passing.

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Sweet Toof at Woodward Gallery … New York

New commissioned artwork by artist Sweet Toof at the Woodward Gallery’s Project Space on Eldridge Street in New York City.

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Chalk Drawing of “Left Shark”

Within a couple of days of appearing as part of pop singer Katy Perry’s concert at the 2015 Super Bowl half-time show, “Left Shark,” an errant dancer dressed in a cartoonish shark costume, appeared as a chalk drawing in the lobby of an advertising agency.

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“Mast” Graffiti Art Truck … Chinatown, New York

These ubiquitous delivery trucks in New York’s Chinatown are often usually covered in trashy graffiti. Occasionally, you see some eye-catching graffiti art pieces. And rarely you see a truck with a real work of art on it. This “Mast” street art work on a trucked parked on Broome Street is a masterpiece of the genre.

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Gummy Bear Mugshot by WhisBe at Equinox … SoHo, New York

We stumbled upon this sticker of the famous gummy-bear mugshot street art image by the artist WhIsBe on a locker door at the Equinox gym in SoHo, New York City. That’s probably the last place we ever expected to see street art.

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Berto Love Mural … Venice Beach, Los Angeles

One of several vibrant and excellent “Love Berto” wave murals in and around Venice Beach, in Los Angeles. This one is in the stylish, fashionable Abbot-Kinney neighborhood.

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How YouTube Changed the World

The U.K. newspaper the Daily Telegraph has just published an excellent interactive feature titled “How YouTube Changed the World” that looks at the profound ways the online video website has impacted not just pop culture, but society, media, politics, celebrity and the world at large. YouTube is the third most-visited website in the world (Google and Facebook are first and second, respectively), and as such has a share of — has the attention of — a vast global audience.

As the Telegraph explains …

What is beyond debate is YouTube’s influence (spotted by a far-sighted Google in 2006, when it bought the site for $1.65 billion). Almost anyone can upload almost anything to YouTube, for free, and be in with a chance of reaching its one billion monthly users – whether they’re activists, terrorists, politicians or pop stars (or just the proud owner of a “mutant giant spider dog”). It has changed our world.

True that.

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St. John x Vans “Smoking Whale” Mural at Pilgrim … Brooklyn

A sweet mural by St. John with support and in collaboration with Vans and Pilgrim at Pilgrim Surf Supply in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We thought this was an image of a whale smoking a cigarette, but actually maybe it’s just a very large fish … smoking a cigarette. In any case, it’s a beautiful piece of commissioned artwork. We really like the aesthetic and color palette. It’s a nice, warm spot of brightness on yet another dreary, frigid winter afternoon in New York.

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