Having travelled the globe painting murals for festivals, events and shows London gets its very own mural by London based artist D*Face. Despite living here in the city, the artists busy schedule has kept him in his London studio and we have not seen much large scale works from the artist as a result. An while the cities street furniture is plastered East to West with D*face stickers, the last London street piece from the artist that we recall seeing was a piece that coincided with an issue launch of VNA magazine on Commercial Street last year.
Working over a number of days this new East London Rebels mural from the artist has been painted on one of the large Sclater Street walls, a stones throw from Shoreditch Overground Station and right outside the recently launched space Rebels Alliance.
Formed in 2012 by D*Face and two old friends of his, first as a online space and more recently opening a physical space in Shoreditch, Rebels Alliance is a place for them to 'combine their love of good coffee, building motorbikes, clothing and motorcycle related artwork, all under one leaking roof!'
They launched the Shoreditch space in December 2015 with a show featuring new works from artist Will Barras, which are currently still on show in the shop. If you are in the neighbourhood checking out the new mural from D*Face be sure to stop into the space, have a coffee and check out the Will Barras artwork. Rebels Alliance also have a selection of other D*Face x Rebels Alliance tees and other products for sale at the space including D*Face recently released sticker packs.
Rebels Alliance and the new D*Face mural is located at 64 Sclater Street, East London, E1 6HR.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
It's been sometime since we caught up with the Israeli collective Broken Fingaz Crew, from what we have been seeing on the streets in and around Hackney Wick, crew member Unga appears to have passed through the Wick recently adding some smaller street pieces to area. Hailing from Haifa in Northern Israel, the collective was formed in 2001.
Unga and fellow crew member Deso have been in the UK the last few days working on a large commission piece in Manchester. With some time in London before they fly back to Israel the two artists took a stroll around Shoreditch yesterday afternoon looking for a spot to paint. Locating a spot on Red Church Street in East London the two artists set about creating a new mural that featured some of the Broken Fingaz crews signature styles, a combination of letters/ symbols, characters, and pattern work all brought together to give the finished mural an almost vintage sign look, like those often found in junk shops.
Their lastest creation is a little more family friendly, a PG rating if you will unlike some of there previous X-Rated Super Sex London murals. The first of the two included a naked woman with a panda (covered here) which raised some eyebrows among the local residents and another featured some acrobatic motorbike skeleton sex with another naked lady (covered here). Working late into the evening the duo managed to finish the mural last night, impressive considering the time scale they had and unlike the previous two murals mentioned which were both black and white pieces this one is a full colour mural. As to what the text reads we have no idea, perhaps one of our readers can help with that!
Sketching up the work on Redchurch Street.
Crew members UNGA and DESO at work.
The mural was painted on Tuesday 9th February and can be located on Red Church Street in East London.
Sunday, February 07, 2016
East London based street artist Mobstr returns to the streets of London with new work that appears to be mocking the Hollywood movie industry.
Know for his text based interventions the artists latest work sees him hijacking an East London billboard with the stencilled work pictured above. We are all familiar with the kind of big budget movies the artist is mocking in his work - the reboots, prequels, sequels, the unoriginal average movies that we all secretly love to watch 'LOADS OF ACTION, PREDICTABLE STORYLINE' as Mobster puts it.
The small print - CO-PRODUCED BY: BORED PEOPLE.
Ensuring his hijacked billboard poster has that authentic vibe, this 'Loads Of Action' movie poster includes five star reviews with over the top captions that read "Stunning", "Wow, Just Wow" and "Changed My Live". The artist has taken it one step further and created his own version of the small print, which most people never read! On this occasion we have read the small print and Mobstrs version reads as follows:
Mobstr productions in association with Mobstr entertainment presents a cliche movie. Directed by: Someone with no imagination. Story by: Someone writing the same old shit. Screenplay by: A Machine. Based on the Novel by: Didnt’t We cover this already? Co-Produced by: Bored People. 3D Visual Effects by: Filling up space to make this look authentic.
Passersby were bemused as to why we were stood in the middle of a busy road taking photos of a billboard!
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
This week has seen the welcome return to the streets of London from Italian street artist Alice Pasquini. We last caught up with the Rome based street artist on her last visit way back in December of 2014 (covered here) when she painted a mural with Global Street Art which unfortunately has long since been painted over, but one of her smaller stencil pieces from that same visit is still visible in Hackney Wick.
Pasquini took to the streets of East London for a quick visit installing these two small scale one layered stencil pieces pictured, to which she builds up additional layers of colour using Posca paint pens. As far as we know there are only these two new works, it is possible we might yet discover some additional new work from the artist. Feel free to let us know if you spot any additional pieces.
This photo of the entire wall gives you an idea of the scale of the stencil piece, it you are having trouble spotting the piece here is a hint, it's in the bottom right hand corner of the door!!
Alongside her new street pieces Alice Pasquini will be showing some new gallery works here in London as she is one of a number of contemporary female street and urban artists taking part in a group show opening Thursday 4th February.
Titled XX: A Moment in Time, the group exhibition taking place at the Saatchi Gallery has been curated by Olly Walker with support from Yasha Young of Urban Nation Berlin. Taking over the Prints & Originals Gallery space at Saatchi Gallery, the show will consist of works from a selection of emerging and established artists from around the globe, many of whom are exhibiting in the UK for the first time.
The artists featured in the exhibition include Aiko (Japan/USA), Alice Pasquini (Italy), Caratoes (Belgium/Hong Kong), Crajes (Spain), Elle (USA), Faith 47 (South Africa), Handiedan (Netherlands), Hera (Germany), Hueman (USA), Lora Zombie (Russia), Madamoiselle Maurice (France), Marina Zumi (Argentina), Martha Cooper (USA), Mimi S (Germany), Miss Van (France), Olek (Poland), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Vexta (Australia) and Zabou (France).
The exhibition is open from the 4th February until 6th March 2016.
Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London,SW3 4RY.
Nearest Tube Station is Sloan Square.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
We have been following the work of illustrator slash graffiti artist Goodchild for some time now via the artists Goodchild instagram account feed and of course via the occasional street pieces we have been fortunate enough to catch. Over the holidays the artist passed through Shoreditch hitting up a couple of walls on his visit, some of which have since been painted over by other artists works before we could photography all of them. We were lucy enough to catch the piece pictured from the artist, located at the still shabby end of Red Church Street in East London.
Originally from Bristol where he grew up with the cities rich graffiti scene, Goodchild is now based in London after he moved here to study illustration. 2015 would appear to has been a very productive year for Goodchild, what with murals, rooftops, trains, Paris Subways and cars! The artist has shared this great video with us showcasing what he’s been unto over the last year. Check out the video below and keep an eye on this artist, we look forward to seeing more in 2016.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Late last week with the London winter sun making an appearance we ventured outdoors with our camera to check out what's new on the streets. After a quick whizz around Shoreditch we jumped onto the bus and made our way out further East to Hackney Wick where we stumble upon this epic new work from London street artist Donk.
A regular fixture on the London street scene, Donk is well know for his photographic screenprinted wheat pasted work around the city. The artist is not shy of scaling up his work, having previously installed a number of large scale pieces around Shoreditch (covered here), but this new work is the largest work we have seen from Donk.
A regular spot with graffiti artists ideal for roller pieces due to the scale of the wall, Donk says “ I saw this place under the bridges on Lee river last summer, and decided to try and make a site specific paste-up to fit the gap between the two fly-overs”. We so much legal street art going up around London, it is great to see an artist create a site specific work of this scale without permission.
The title of this slightly post-apocalyptic photographic work is ‘Higher Ground’. According to Donk he "wanted to make an image that made some kind of a connection between human strength & vulnerability and the innate strength and vulnerability found within nature itself; an ability for survival and renewal beyond the odds. So eventually I ended up with an image depicting this lone female figure standing on top of a tower of debris, which is gradually being reclaimed by the wild."
Monday, January 25, 2016
The internet was abuzz late Sunday afternoon with talk of a possible new stencil artwork from British artist Banksy. A number of various cropped images of the new work began to surface on instagram following the story of the new Banksy piece breaking on the Guardian website shortly after 6pm Sunday 24th. Further confirmation of the pieces authenticity soon followed in the form or an image of the work appearing on the instagram account of Banksy's publicist, Jo Brooks.
The stencilled Banksy 'Les Misérables' work appeared overnight on Saturday and is located in West London directly opposite the French Embassy building in Knightsbridge. Spray painted onto boarded up windows of an empty shop unit, the new work sees Banksy criticising the use of teargas in the 'Jungle' refugee camp in the vicinity of Calais, France, where thousands of migrants are currently living while they attempt to cross into the United Kingdom.
The artwork itself of a young girl, Cosette is based on an engraving by French illustrator Émile Bayard created for the first edition of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables in 1886. The iconic image which has become emblematic of the entire Les Misérables story, has gone through a number of updates over the decades and has seen it being used in promotional artworks for various versions of the musical. Banksy's update of the Cosette image sees her with tears running down her face as the clouds of CS gas from the canister on the ground rise up and engulf her.
The work also features a first for Banksy and makes use of a QR code stencilled next to the work. When scanned with a QR reader on your smart phone it links to the seven-minute Youtube clip below of a police raid which was filmed at the 'Jungle' refugee camp early in January and clearly shows teargas being used by the French authorities.
The interactive component of Banksy's artwork includes a stencilled QR code.
Daytime shot of the Banksy work with damage where attempts have been made to remove the work.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
ZOOO Print & Press Collective have just been in touch with us about their latest release titled ERICAILCANE 2000-2015 "Come Quando Fuori NON Piove". The publication is the first anthology featuring all of the the wall paintings created by the Italian street artist Ericailcane, one of the most acclaimed and well-known international artists of the scene whose walls have changed the face of many cities around the world, from the greatest metropolis to the most ignored suburbs.
According to the collective “This book is the result of a meticulous work of research and documentation that follows 15 years of activity: over 250 murals in more than 20 countries, unique works that celebrate a world of people, places, meetings, and relationships.”
ZOOO Print & Press collective have released two editions of the book, a standard edition as well as a limited edition of 150 which includes an exclusive 4-colour silkscreen signed by Ericailcane. The hardback anthology includes 200 pages of the artists colour works and an additional 32 pages of black & white sketches. The two editions are available now online from the ZOOO Print & Press collective website here.
Check out the promotional video ZOOO Print & Press collective have put together below, then head over to their website and pick yourself up a copy of this new book.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
The last two years have seen us here at Hookedblog compile a collection of beautifully shot street art films and time lapses videos that we have featured / shared on the blog or on our social channels through out those year.
As we are well into 2016 and most people are done with their Top 10 lists of this and that for 2015, we thought now was a good time to finally share our selection of videos that caught our attention or those that we enjoyed watching in this our Hookedblog's Best of 2015 — Street Art Videos post. Check out the selection of videos below and if you think we have missed anything feel free to share your links in the comments section at the bottom of the post.
French duo ELLA AND PITR kicked off the year with this video PAR TERRE. featuring a collection of their drawing made between 2013 and 2015 in Chile, Portugal, Canada and France all seen from the sky.
Banksy invited everyone to make 2015 “the year YOU discover a new destination”
Vhils : Incision - The street artist's ode to Brazil's forgotten community, the Guaraní.
Paris based street artist Gregos collaborated with St.Germain to produce the cover artwork for the bands long awaited album Real Blues, their first in 15 years. He also starred in the bands music video for the first single also titled Real Blues.
PERSONNE - is a film made by artist Alex Void while he was in Montreal, Canada for the 2015 Mural festival. Please note this film is 40min.
Fifth Wall TV caught up with South American artists Elian Chali and Alexis Diaz who visited London for the group show "Entre Muros" at the MYA gallery. Both artist collaborated on this mural on Hanbury Street, London, UK.
We have been fans of British artist Adam Neate’s work for many years. In this film 'Adam Neate in Beijing 亞當·尼特在北京 ' shot early one morning during a trip he took to Beijing, China, the artist joined street calligraphers in Beihai Park, to practise the art of DiShu : water calligraphy, creating ephemeral works of art which disappear as the water evaporates.
Bristol based artist 45rpm was the focus of this Selina Miles directed film focusing our 45rpm’s illustration work.
Another quick video by Selina Miles, on this occasion shot while on holidays in French Polynesia and featuring the artist Sofles.
This Recap video of September’s The Unexpected first edition, organized by 64.6 Downtown and curated by our friends at JUSTKIDS took place in Downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas. The project saw completed murals from world recognized artists including Vhils, D*Face, Roa, Maser, Ana Maria, Bicicleta Sem Freio and Askew.
September saw the sphere, called "Earth Crisis" suspended between the 1st and the 2nd floor of the Eiffel tower in Paris. A project designed and implemented by Paris based Itinerrance Gallery in collaboration with the artist Shepard Fairey, known for OBEY.
Australian video director Selina Miles' third film in our Best of list, she created this fantastic Portrait of an Artist film staring Felipe Pantone, a contemporary slash kinetic slash graffiti artist living in Valencia, Spain.
ElTono continue to push the boundaries with this Canvas experiment video "6 Lienzos" (6 Canvases) created to coincide with his solo show "Aléas" at Delimbo Gallery, October 2015, Sevilla, Spain.
"WildClaw" ! made in Avignon featuring artist : GoddoG.
Vermibus - Unveiling Beauty
In September 2015, Vermibus followed the route of the most influential Fashion Weeks, travelling to New York, London, Milan and Paris for his Unveiling Beauty project. Unveiling Beauty, as the name suggests, reveals the beauty that lies hidden behind the make-up and the retouching that are used within the fashion industry and also as it publicly stages itself through advertising.
Brandalism 2015 - COP21 Paris Climate Talks
Two days before the launch of the UN COP21 Climate Conference, 600 posters were installed in outdoor media spaces across Paris. 82 Artists from 19 different countries made artworks to challenge the corporate takeover of COP21 and to reveal the connections between advertising, the promotion of consumerism and climate change.
Our Stavanger fiends at Nuart celebrated the 15th anniversary of the festival this year, if you missed it check out this film which gives you an idea of what went down.
So there you have it our Street Art Video selection from 2015, if there is anything you think we have missed or if you our readers have some favourites we would love to see them. Feel free to let us know what they are in the comments section bellow and we will add it to the blogpost. And if you missed our selection of shorts from 2013 and 2014 and you want to watch even more Street Art Videos you can still enjoy our Hookedblog 2013 collection here and the 2014 collection here.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
The ever changing Village Underground wall gets a fresh new coat of paint and it's first mural of 2016. Infamous street artist Dave the Chimp brought his celebrated cheeky Human Beans characters to the famed Shoreditch wall on Holywell Lane last week with a mural for the #NotACrime campaign, a global street art project to advocate for human rights in Iran.
Dave the Chimp a one time London resident now based in Berlin was invited back to the capital to create the mural depicting his human “beans” parading placards with positive slogans to raise awareness of the #EducationIsNotACrime campaign and specifically focuses on the persecution of Iran’s Baha’i religious minority. The Baha’is are currently barred from studying and teaching at universities because of their beliefs by the Iranian government.
Maziar Bahari, a former Newsweek journalist who himself was jailed in Iran started the #NotACrime initiative. Bahari said “I’m grateful that we’re able to shine a light on how the Iranian government is mistreating the Baha’is as I believe it serves as a barometer for understanding whether Iran is ready to operate like a modern and rational government,”
London based artist and curator, Cedar Lewisohn who was involved with the London leg of this worldwide campaign has said of the project: “I am extremely pleased to be a part of #NotACrime. I believe that art in public spaces can be a powerful force in reaching wide audiences. Dave the Chimp’s piece will take a complex political subject and make it understandable for people who will see it in London over the next few weeks, as well as the global audience online.”
You can follow the Education is not a crime campaign online by searching for the #NotACrime hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, for more information on the project stop by the Not A Crime website to read more.