Wheat Paste Diary

Art on the street all the time. Blogging one can at a time.

Futura 2000: Future Shock

Posted 2012-08-16 13:51:48 | Views: 15,254

The world knows Leonard McGurr as Futura, and Futura can divide the world into two distinct places that have impacted his career and his art. Both the Big Apple and the City of Lights have shaped Futura over his 40+ years in the game.

Raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Futura came of age during the '70s, eventually sharing a studio art space with Fab 5 Freddy, another pioneer. In 1981, Futura travelled to Paris with the Clash during the lead-up to the release of Combat Rock.

Though his work is closely associated with the downtown scene, the gallery that reps him, la Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, is located in Paris, and the artist identifies with France heavily; after all, he met the mother of his children there.

Now, Futura is preparing for his first solo show in NYC in over a decade. Opening September 6, the "Future Shock" exhibition at 560 Washington St. will navigate our current dystopia. In the meantime, let the artist show you around his cities.



Revok vs. Giant: The Video Game

Posted 2012-06-26 16:33:18 | Views: 12,413



From Diego Bergia: "Now that I've got two graffiti legends down with the project, I figured I'd create my version of the Street Fighter 2 car destruction bonus round. I'm working on a longer piece right now, but couldn't resist getting this out in the meantime." 

Via: theprimaryinvasion.com

This is amazing. 2 world class graffti artist battle it out Street Fighter style...sort of! Even better! 

Kourtney Eugene Brown: Creos Aetas

Posted 2012-04-23 18:14:56 | Views: 13,560

Kourtney Eugene Brown



 A better view of "Creos Aetas" Timepiece Installation, Borinquen Healthcare Center Headquarters, FL. These joyful yet menacing heads make up this interesting clock right in the center of Miami’s design district. As each hour passes the heads go from light to dark literally and figuratively. Brown lives and works from Miami, FL. He is also an active Freemason. 





Tati Suarez: Machete

Posted 2012-04-05 20:23:19 | Views: 14,639


Tati Suarez is an artist/illustrator that works from Brooklyn, NY by way of Miami, FL. Her work pulls from pop surrealism and imagery of the Brazilian orisha Yemanjá. She incorporates her own personal motifs of bugs, fruit and wildlife into the long, at times curly hair of goddess figures that end up as oil canvas paintings and giant murals. The image in this post is titled " Caiubi " Oil on Machete 2012. Via: Tati Suarez 


Robert Howsare

Posted 2012-03-23 16:16:07 | Views: 12,635

robert howsare: drawing apparatus

The revolution of the records create drawings that serve as a markers of temporality.  The drawings also speak to the idea of the editionable print through their ability to be replicated using domestic materials.

Designer/artist Robert Howsare has discovered a new drawing tool. It would be interesting to see him develop more drawngs by other musical or domestic materials. Make sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post. It's hypnotizing!

Cain Caser: Visual Hierarchy

Posted 2012-03-09 14:19:24 | Views: 13,133




"The paintings have been conceived as portraits. Occupying the gap between figuration and abstraction they exploit the tendency to see faces where none exist and in turn be interpreted according to an individuals own unique visual hierarchy."

I pretty much discovered the work of Cain Caser about 2 days ago. I am pretty aware of what is happening in art and design. So, when I discovered the maturity and energy of Caser's work I was very confused why I have never seen it before or why he isn't more popular. That is art for you! At any case, his Flickr page is endless eye candy.


His work makes you think of so many well-known painters yet the integrity of his work shines above all. When looking at his work on the computer screen, it is very difficult to determine whether his paintings are digital, collage or what. But, after much research they are collaged paintings with mixed media and photocopies as well. Below is a quote from an interview he did with Sick of the Radio.


"As a kid growing up I was obsessed with graffiti. I lived near the end of the Metropolitan line so everything that was going on in London was delivered straight to my doorstep. The people, style, mystery and adventure of it completely fascinated me.By twelve years of age I had started writing graffiti and at sixteen it was dominating my life."

Alex Yanes: Elephants

Posted 2012-03-08 17:03:32 | Views: 13,826



Alex Yanes was born in Miami , July 20th 1977. His art is characterized by the romanticism and sublimeness of its color, content, and the deliberate precision of its form and lines. It is the duality between the conceptual and the graphical that makes his art both inspiring and accessible. Yanes' art serves as a metaphor for the conflict between reason and imagination and the divided nature of the human spirit.


Along with vivid colors, he uses bold outlines to define his intricate figures. His most recent works are mixed media, three dimensional images. This process consists of drawing then cutting the image out of panels using power tools. Once they are cut, the individual pieces of the puzzle are sanded and painted using a mixture of acrylic , spray enamel and epoxy resin. Finally , the pieces are attached in multiple layers, revealing a multi-dimensional experience. Yanes is represented by Michael Margulies.

Elephant in the Room


Street Work of Pavel Puhov

Posted 2012-01-22 21:00:44 | Views: 12,035



We recently discovered Pavel's street work by various blogs. He works out of Russia and he uses the urban enviroment in very  new and powerful ways we haven't really seen before. His more traditional street art is cool, but not as strong as the work like the one on this blog post. He should keep rockin' things like this! Check out a collection of his work here. 

Santiago Rubino

Posted 2011-12-26 17:01:33 | Views: 12,200

Inspired as much by dreams as by chance encounters with complete strangers, his beautiful creatures with their pensive and melancholy expressions, evoke feelings of love, sadness and longing. Dark-haired figures dominate sparse backgrounds giving the impression of characters alone in the desert or even outer space. Spanning time as well as space, Rubino draws on sepia toned paper and attires his subjects in anything from Victorian dresses to S&M spiked heel black leather boots. These juxtapositions give his works a timeless quality that adds to the eeriness and universality of their appeal.


No matter their attire, the figures are stoically composed; whether they look ahead at the viewer or off into the distance their gaze is of such intensity the viewer can only begin to imagine what memory or daydream consumes them. The black graphite and the restraint Rubino employs to make the drawings reveal a dark undertone to the work that addresses the human capacity for evil and destruction in the face of beauty.


With his artwork, Rubino creates an elaborate cosmology that encapsulates his views on the interconnectivity of individuals throughout history and his belief in karma and an ever-flowing energy through which everything is bound.


Rubino, is a self-taught Argentinean, first known by local police and the admiring public for his exquisite graffiti paintings, is successfully channeling his energies and gaining attention in the art world.




I've been following Santiago Rubino's work for years. His drawings have crazy detail and the narratives tap into a place we can all connect with. His murals are just like his paper drawings. Check him out.

OWS Sculpture: Dissing Jay-Z?

Posted 2011-11-23 06:59:56 | Views: 13,833

Daniel Edwards: Jay-Z as Scrooge 


Last week, it was reported that Jay-z made OWS supporters real mad after refusing to share profits from Rocawear’s ‘Occupy All Streets’ tees with the actual Occupy Wall Street movement.  An angry sculptor who was livid that Jay, who earned $63 million last year, would profit from people who were being arrested for what  they believe to be one of the most important social justice movements of our generation, created a piece which he describes as a Scrooge Totem pole.


The sculpture, created by artist Daniel Edwards, features Jay-Z wearing chains with a big dollar sign on his chest at the base and animated characters that have played the money-hungry Scrooge character on television stacked on top of him. Above Jay is Mr. Burns from ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Scrooge McDuck’ from Disney’s ‘Christmas Carol,’ and Richie Rich.



Daniel recently discussed why he chose to make the sculpture of Jay-z:

“I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of [the] Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against. Maybe Jay-Z is strivingto be in the one percent? Which is why I chose the composition of a totem pole because I thought it would resemble the number one. Rap stars who turn ‘Scrooge’ have to suffer some damage to their street credibility.”


Russell Simmons recently spoke out defending his friend’s choice to sell ‘Occupy All Streets’ tees, saying that the movement isn’t being against business or branding, it’s just against those businesses controlling our government.

“What’s wrong with selling goodness? There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s not the most preferred. In yogi scripture, at least, the highest form of giving is giving without expectation. Selfless. But a lot of people need incentive.


You should sell things you’re happy about. You should sell products that you’re inspired by, that promote lasting and stable well-being. Give the world something or sell the world something that you’re proud of. Jay-Z didn’t make a T-shirt [that said] “F— the Bums on the Street.” He wrote a T-shirt “Occupy All Streets” – I’m happy, it furthers the movement, it inspires the movement.


Listen, I’m going to get every corporation that wants to support us to get branding as part of the process. No one’s against business. We’re against business having too much control over our government.”