When Ironlak discovered a large warehouse in Brisbane was marked for demolition they arranged for Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench to have unfettered access to its interior walls. Luckily, Selina Miles was there to capture their aerosol orgy in gorgeous time lapse so we could all experience what happened. ENJOY!
Thanks for writing in to share this with us, Nathan! Cheers!!
Betz & Sainer are two Polish artists (from Łódź and Turek, respectively) who collaborate under the ETAM Cru moniker and are just as comfortable creating screen prints and canvases as they are painting huge-ass murals. The attached images are just a small sampling of their work so, if you want to see more, hit up their individual blogs (Betz / Sainer) or the official ETAM site. Enjoy!
P.S. If you like what you see here, be sure to check out Aryz’s work, too.
“I don’t really know what [my work] should be called, some people call it graffiti and some [call it] street art. I don’t really care. I started painting graffiti, and then I started doing characters and big walls…I don’t know. I think [my paintings] are just interventions in outdoor spaces…more”
“A message, for me, is something secondary. If I have to say something, it’s worth representing it and doing it big but sometimes my art is simply about the pleasure of painting and nothing more, or the simple fact of joining colours together. The shape [of a wall] is an excuse to put colours in one place or another. I don’t give much importance to the message…more”
Barcelona-based Aryz is young (23 at the time of this post), talented (see attached images) and – judging from those two quotes above – far more concerned with creating aesthetically beautiful work than fussing over which labels to attach to it. See loads more on both his website and Flickr feed or click here if you’d like to watch him paint in HD.
Taking part in a conversation about what is or isn’t art is the intellectual equivalent of masturbation; it’s probably fun for you but isn’t of much utility to anyone else. I obtained a four-year degree in art during my early twenties which means – beyond accruing an obscene amount of debt – that I’ve spent more than enough time locked in my own head, enamored with how wonderful my own thoughts were on the subject.
This is not something I’m proud of.
That being said, I’ve found that thinking intentionally about anything is rarely a waste of time, just as long as you don’t allow the procesc to transform you into a pretentious douche. The net outcome of my autoerotic cognitive fiddlings? Two things:
The first item above is self-explanatory but the second is why I instinctually dismiss performance artists, ‘found-object’ impresarios or anyone else whose manifesto over-leverages the word ‘exploration’ and tend to revere potters, illustrators, photo-realists and graffiti writers.
Smug is an exemplary example of the latter two. Anyone who has attempted to draft anything with aerosol will attest to how difficult it is to get it to do what you want it to. I tried my hand at it during my late teens and was instantly repelled, knowing immediately that I didn’t possess the patience to be competent, let alone great. Just look at the images I’ve collected above, marvel at their draftsmanship and the artist’s mastery of color – can you believe a human being is capable of this shit? Attached is just a small sampling of his work, hit up his Flickr for loads more.
Kid Zoom/Ian Strange is an Australia-born, Brooklyn-based artist who combines a graffiti/street-art sensibility with photo-realistic draftsmanship. His work is super-ultra-dope; it’s quietly contemplative one-moment but big-and-loud the next, equally engaging from far away as a whole or up-close where you can get lost in the details. This video is comprised of footage shot between May 2010 and January 2011 in NYC and LA for his This City WIll Eat Me Alive show. The first three minutes are upbeat, showing Ian at work (both indoors and outside) but the mood shifts to chill for the second half when Boards of Canada‘s excellent Kid For Today provides the ambiance for a private stroll through the gallery and an introspective encounter with his work. Enjoy!
The latest large-scale-abstract-animated-graffiti-story-telling masterpiece from Blu. He describes it as, “an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life…and how it could probably end.”
Check out 2:12, makin’ it look easy. Well done, sir. Well done.
This is like a moving DAIM or SYCO03 piece…only wilder and more tech-heavy. If I’m honest, it could use a tighter edit but don’t let that stop you from watching it all the way through cause the ending is pretty rad. As is the soundtrack by Christ. No, not that dude with the holes in his hands, this guy.