Wheat Paste Diary

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

ZOO: Revolutionary Tunisian Art

Posted 2011-04-16 15:51:36 | Views: 11,341

As the history books will state, after more than two decades of authoritarian rule, the people of Tunisia had enough and collectively revolted. Successfully overthrowing the government, they now find themselves in the process of establishing a democratic society.

Algerian French street artist ZOO Project wanted to be at the epicenter of the historic movement. To celebrate the revolution, he placed hundreds of life-size figurines around the city. They represent the brave, ordinary people who risked it all to make it happen, particularly the 200+ people that lost their lives.


The Tunisian Revolution 

Art in The Streets at MOCA L.A.

Posted 2011-04-13 15:49:08 | Views: 10,761

Art in the Streets is the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art. Curated by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch and Associate Curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose, the exhibition will trace the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Sao Paulo, where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved. The exhibition will feature paintings, mixed media sculptures, and interactive installations by 50 of the most dynamic artists and will emphasize Los Angeles's role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to seminal local movements such as cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. A comprehensive timeline illustrated with artwork, photos, video, and ephemera will provide a historical context for the work.


Art in the Streets is made possible by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.


This exhibition is generously supported by the Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment.


Major support is provided by Levi's. Additional support is provided by Mandy and Cliff Einstein, Nike SB, MOCA Contemporaries, Janet and Tony Goldman, MOCA Partners, Montana Colors, and Greg Escalante.


In-kind media support is provided by Ovation, Los Angeles magazine, and KCRW 89.9 FM.

Saturday in the Streets is presented by Ovation.




This is huge! If you are in L.A. you must attend this. Major hats off to the ones that are showing in this history in the making exhibit. This will change everything.

If your important you will be here.

Members' Opening
Art in the Streets

04.16.11 7:00 PM
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Iain Macarthur's Masked Illustrations

Posted 2011-03-30 23:53:19 | Views: 16,691


MaCarthur's illustration work is amazing. He does a lot of album covers for bands and artist's. His various styles and methods should not be overlooked. If I was in a band and I had an LP coming out I would reach out to this guy for sure!

Here's a link to more of his work. You will be looking at all his projects for a while. Trust me!

Escif Wall Stories

Posted 2011-03-30 08:05:48 | Views: 19,232

escif: street narratives

These wall works by Escif are filled with a graceful and simplified approach that is moving and refreshing. You can tell this street artist lives true to his voice. This is his visual language and lifestyle. The pieces on the older walls are the most pleasant to the eye. Learn more about this street poet at his FLICKR page.

Tetsuya Ishida

Posted 2011-03-23 15:39:19 | Views: 11,435

tetsuya ishida: Dark Surreal Realities

I Just recently discovered the works of Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida. He died very young after being hit by a train, from a possible suicide but nobody is really sure. Tetsuya painted scenes of ordinary life in Japan. He would alter figures to look like machinery or treated as part of a production line. He gave his painted people the sense of being overworked like cattle or like robots.


It appears his work will get more awareness then when he lived. On November 26th 2006 – one of his paintings, Untitled" 2001, sold at a Christies Hong Kong "Asian Contemporary Art" auction for 780,000HKD (over USD $100,000). The Christie's pre-auction estimate on the sale price of the painting was only 60,000-80,000HKD.

1973 - 2005

Zander Blom and his Scene

Posted 2011-03-15 13:12:34 | Views: 10,431

zander blom: scene

Outrageous interior installations of metal, punk culture with a slice of demonic expressionism.

Zander Blom is a Johannesburg-based artist who utilizes painting, drawing, assemblage sculpture, and, crucially, photography, to interrogate received ideas about creative endeavour and Modernism in Africa.

View more works: Rooke Gallery

Conceptual Street Artist, Johnny Robles

Posted 2011-03-10 18:04:52 | Views: 11,946


This is a mural Johnny did at Cafeina in Wynood, Miami. The mural ended up in a French Magazine.

I will post pictures of him doing the mural.

The art of Mark Bradford

Posted 2011-03-09 18:36:21 | Views: 11,410

mark bradford: Noah's Third Day

Mark Bradford is an artist who incorporates ephemera from urban environments into mixed-media works on canvas that are rich in texture and visual complexity. Though he has experimented throughout his career with many different artistic media, including public art, installations, and video, his signature and best-known work takes the form of massively scaled, abstract collages that he assembles out of signage and other materials collected, most frequently, from his own neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. Bradford’s aesthetic language makes use of such elements as bits of billboards, handmade advertisements, foil, string, and permanent wave end-papers from beauty shops, which he arranges, layers, singes, sands, and bleaches into brilliantly hued, painterly structures that appear to sprawl and swirl. Loosely gridded and often cartographic in character, these pieces both reflect his interest in the formal traditions of modernist abstraction and reference the communities from which he culls his materials.

Glimpses of partially legible text and imagery within his map-like works evoke a multitude of metaphors and suggest intricate systems in a constant state of flux. In the multilayered tableau Los Moscos (2004), bursts of bright yellows and reds radiate through a predominance of darker fragments, calling to mind clusters of pulsing city lights viewed from a collapsed and distanced perspective. With this piece and numerous others in his increasingly ambitious body of work, Bradford is developing a visually arresting means of representing in two dimensions the dynamism and depth of the sites and streets he excavates.

Mark Bradford received a B.F.A. (1995) and an M.F.A. (1997) from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

Digital artist Florian Kuhlmann

Posted 2011-03-09 08:16:17 | Views: 10,140

florian Kuhlmann

multi-layered digitial collages

Rosson Crow

Posted 2011-03-08 22:29:59 | Views: 16,623


Rosson Crow's exhibit "Bowery Boys” featured her talented nostalgic snapshots of the streets of lower Manhattan. The beautifully rendered works featured periods from the 1800′s to the current landscape depicting the gritty urban facades of the “Big Apple”. Fully utilizing the grand space that Deitch Projects is renowned for, Rosson’s ginormous environmental pieces transported the audience to a dreamy realm that only “Ro-Crow’s” imagination could. The house was packed from the opening moments as many out-of-towners were drawn to see what Deitch and Rosson could produce. Via: (ArrestedMotion.com)