Street Art // Saturday, September 05, 2015
For the catalog of the 2015 Nuart Festival, we were asked to write an essay on the topic of "play" and its role in Street Art. It got us thinking (and writing): Even in researching this year’s new art, I came across an essay that summed it up for me from 1958’s Internationale Situationniste #1; “The new phase of affirmation of play seems to be characterized by the disappearance of any element of competition.” It goes on to quote Dutch historian Johan Huizinga as saying play “brings a temporary, a limited perfection.” WeI do like the way this sets up this year’s Nuart.
Street Art // Thursday, September 03, 2015
It's so good to be back. This is our fifth (maybe sixth, who's counting?) year at Nuart, and not only is this the festival's 15th year, but they have an outstanding line-up creating art around Stavanger, Norway with the topic of play and intervention at its heart. We just got into town, and the artists are all hard at work, so before the talks, the drinks, and the unveiling of all the tunnel installations, here is a look at some of the works in progress.
Street Art // Monday, August 31, 2015
Now through September 14, Brooklyn-based artists FAILE (who also have a exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum right now, what a summer for these dudes), have an interactive-installation in Times Square called "Wishing on You." As they said on their Instagram, the project is a "Spinning the 7ft tall, hand carved wooden wheel kinetically powers the neon lights in the ceiling of the sculpture. The entire structure is made of wood and carved wood a nice organic contrast in the midst of Times Square." Our contributor Joe Russo was their to document the whole thing!
Street Art // Friday, August 28, 2015
Holy. Ella & Pitr, who we have mentioned on this site before, just absolutely went big and bonkers in Norway for Nuart 2015 this past week. As Nuart told us, prior to our trip there, "the world’s largest outdoor mural has been completed in Klepp, Rogaland, in just four days! Backed by an army of volunteers, the French artists Ella & Pitr have worked at lightning-quick pace to cover the vast majority of Block Berge Bygg’s 21,000m2 roof on the outskirts of Stavanger and created a beautiful new addition to the Rogaland landscape." They even got the Guinness Book of World Records involved.
Street Art // Friday, August 28, 2015
Last month PangeaSeed hosted his second annual mural festival “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans” in collaboration with 1xRUN, Tony Delfino, and World Art Destinations. This ground-breaking street art project beautified the Caribbean island of Cozumel, Mexico, while brought education, connection, and inspiration to the community.
Street Art // Thursday, August 27, 2015
If you live in San Francisco or have visited here recently, it is likely that you traveled down Market Street and encountered a wonderful addition to the city's public art. Our friend and local bay area artist Lauren YS teamed up with Tatiana Suarez and Caratoes to paint a beautiful mural at Market and South Van Ness as part of Jansport's #LiveOutside campaign. We stopped by a couple of times to catch their progress, but for those of you that weren't able to or aren't able to see it in person, follow Jansport's video series document the 5-day process of painting a 55-foot wall!
Street Art // Monday, August 24, 2015
We are super excited to be in Stavanger, Norway next week for the kick-off of the 2015 Nuart Festival, one of the world's best continuing street art-centric fairs. The show officially opens on September 5, but street works will be popping up in the coming days, and DOLK has already started working on the streets with these really cool abstract expressionist-style works all around Stavanger. Fun times ahead, with updates!
Street Art // Thursday, August 20, 2015
French art duo, Ella and Pitr, together les Papiers Peintres, offer their illustrations to the streets of Paris. Their street art cuts across walls, but often bleeds out onto nearby horizontal spaces. They also create oversized paintings on large swaths of the ground, art best viewed from above. You can find more of their art on their tumblr, as well as on the adorable videos they create.
Street Art // Monday, August 17, 2015
We are excited to once again be part of Nuart 2015 this year, not only as as media sponsor, but a part of the great lecture program the Norwegian festival puts on each year. From September 3—5, 2015, the festival happens around Stavanger with talks and street pieces across the city, and the exhibition itself runs 6 September - 11 October, 2015. Even better, Nuart is celebrating its 15th anniversary, "Alongside the recurrent theme of Situationism, this year’s festival will explore notions of play and the ludic tendencies within street art and urban culture. . . "
Street Art // Tuesday, August 11, 2015
In May 2015, Jeffrey Deitch, along with Thor Equities and and Joseph J. Sitt, unveiled Coney Art Walls, an outdoor museum of street art at the legendary theme park in Brooklyn. The project brought together an exceptional group of international artists in an already iconic location. Our Joe Russo captured the making of the project for a few months, documenting the artists in process and with their finished walls.