Street Art // Monday, December 31, 2012
The panopticon is a type of institutional building designed to allow a watchman to observe inmates of an institution without them being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. The architect for this design was Jeremy Bentham who described the panopticon as "a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example." Here Spanish artist, Escif, applies the panopticon concept to the typical modern family activity of watching television together. Painted in his hometown of Valencia, Spain.
Street Art // Friday, December 28, 2012
Escif may be the only person painting right now; he apparently has plenty to say of the holiday season. This new piece with Santa tossing a molotov cocktail is entitled “Black Christmas.”
Street Art // Tuesday, December 25, 2012
What an optimistic and uplifting view of an alternative method in decorating your Christmas tree! We would expect nothing different from the political Spanish street artist, Escif. Merry Christmas everyone!
Street Art // Saturday, December 22, 2012
Spanish muralist, Escif’s most recent piece depicts two riot police officers carrying a bench. The artist posted a photo of two riot police carrying a protester to accompany this wall. Recent protests during nationwide strikes in Europe and local strikes in Spain against austerity have resulted in massive violent clashes between protesters and police.
Street Art // Thursday, December 13, 2012
Humorous and proactive imagery painted in the streets of Spain by Escif. A person is halfway in a large dumpster with their legs sticking out. Reminds us of an installation Mark Jenkins created that made it appear like a human was casually laying in a dumpster. Continuously creative work from this Spanish muralist.
Street Art // Monday, December 10, 2012
Never one to shy away from controversial social or cultural topics, Escif’s newest mural in Niort, France shows a soccer player with a ball and chain around his ankle. This piece is entitled “Slaves” and to better understand its context, the artist attached text from the Madrid-based writer and philosopher, Santiago Alba Rico.
Street Art // Monday, December 03, 2012
The visual image of ballet skirt wearing police officers beating a man makes humor of an otherwise horrifying situation. With this new piece, Escif attached a video of the original police beating edited in unison with a symphony. Clever work as usual from this Spanish artist.
Street Art // Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In the left corner of this wall where Escif’s new “Security” piece was painted, you can see a tiny portion of where a Blu mural once was. A large building previously existed here, with this small wall being all that is left. Check out the photos from before and after of this Tudela, Spain location.
Street Art // Friday, November 23, 2012
Simply titled “Peace”, Escif ‘s version of the symbol doesn’t include a dove, but a pigeon holding the olive branch sitting on a trap.
Street Art // Monday, November 19, 2012
Gentrification has been an ever-present topic for people living in major U.S. cities, often attributed with a negative connotation. Escif painted his interpretation of the “population migration” in his hometown of Valencia, Spain. Brilliant!