Last week we paid another visit to FOAM, the wonderful, influential photography museum in Amsterdam, where there is currently a major exhibition of photographs by Stephen Gill. Included in the show were several images from the British photographer’s “Covered or Removed” series, a collection of photos of urban spaces in the U.K. where graffiti has been scrubbed or painted over. Great stuff.
The “Love Me” graffiti art message has spread like wildfire globally in the past few years and become an icon, if not a brand, in and of itself adopted by other brands and designers, such as Saturday’s Surf clothing store and Bear Pond Espresso shops in Tokyo. Pictured here is a big, bold graffiti takeover of a billboard next to a segment of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (or BQE) in Williamsburg, Brookyn, in New York.
We got a nice laugh out of this piece of graffiti we found one of those metal sidewalk basement doors one sees all over New York City. This one is on Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand streets, in the art-fashion part of the Lower East Side. The words “Skim” and “Milk,” as in “skim milk” are written on the edge frame of the doors in pink paint.
Brooklyn-based street artist Bast seems like he’s on a frackin’ rampage with his broad-stroked black tag throwing shade on commercial and commisioned work downtown. Check out this massive tag we stumbled upon Saturday on Grand Street in SoHo, New York City. We’ve been seeing more of these loud, ridiculous tags by Bast in recent weeks instead of his otherwise awesome and inspired wheat-pasted collage artworks. Though the heart is a nice touch.
We stumbled upon this tiny, droll example of sticker street art on W. 47th Street in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. The sticker art is a Sharpie-styled illustration of a laptop computer with audio lines emanating from the device.
Robin Hoodd (with two “d”s) wheat-paste street art on a mailbox at the corner of Prince and Crosby Streets. At first glance, we thought the face in this street artwork was that of French soccer star Thierry Henry, but it’s not. Anyway, these posters have been popping up everywhere downtown this past week.
The so-called “Black Carrot Duo,” a.k.a., Carrot Black, strike a spot in SoHo at the corner of Jersey Lane and Lafayette Street. The patten is the same: Large format, rectangular wheat-paste street art piece, the left half of which is devoted to a photograph, illustration, painting or other contemporary and traditional “fine art” styles, and the right half is a comic-book-like graphical silhouette of a carrot. This paste-up is the first instance we’ve seen with the words “Carrot Black.” There’s an interesting branding exercise going on here, and refreshing juxtaposition of imagery.
The artist and “Lady” tagger who goes by the name Lady Millard put her signature cursive and umlauted spray tag on this large black-and-white American Apparel ad on the side of a cast-iron building on Mulberry Street in Nolita, in New York City. “Lady” has been popping up everywhere downtown in recent weeks.