While we’ve always had a strong distaste for the most basic, utilitarian type of territorial graffiti tag — raw vandalism without taste — there’s an element of that aesthetic employed in this graffiti-inspired street art on a pair of doors on About Kinney Boulevard in Venice, in Los Angeles. The tight spacing of the letter forms and its overlapping composition are rendered in plain white on black. The paint drips to form root-like tendrils below the rectangular block of indecipherable text. The door forms a canvas, and the doorway with its white-painted brick forms a kind of frame. The over all composition is one of cohesion, boldness and abstraction made more mysterious and evocative by the otherwise restrained plainness of the color white. Love this.
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. 🙂