Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Exploding Toasters in Brick Lane, London from the streetart collective

Toasters have been appearing across the streets of London for many years now, your're sure to have spotted the iconic toaster logo at some point on your travels across cities including Berlin, Stockholm, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, Montevideo, Sydney, New York, Cape Town and Amsterdam.

Having appeared on stickers, posters, stencils, huge murals and even on birdboxes in Hoxton Square in London, the secretive crew of three street artists originally from Wolverhampton and now based in London. Since the formation of the crew in 1999, they have continued to push the boundaries with their single toaster image used in their artwork. Recent years have seen the Toaster image popping up in unlikely locations not normally associated with street art. From flags at music festivals such as Glastonbury along with huge banners in football stadiums their iconic Toaster has appeared well just about ‘Everywhere’.

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The last few weeks has seen the Toaster crew hitting the streets across the UK with a series of free art drops.  Clues to the locations of their Toaster Tuesday artworks are shared on their various social media accounts so we suggest you check out the links below. To date work has been left in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Derby and London as part of Toaster Tuesday.

It's also been great to see some fresh mural work appearing recently from the crew in London, the piece pictured featuring a series of toaster shaped silhouettes with drop shadows was painted in a small car park just off Brick Lane with another mural in North London.

  Toasters Mural

To find out more about the artists visit:
Website: www.thetoaster.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/toasterseverywhere
Twitter: @TheToasters
Instagram: thetoasters

Sunday, November 23, 2014

We Like Static Mural with Wood Street Walls


Leaving the comfort of our local stomping grounds, Hookedblog left Shoreditch over the weekend and ventured further East. Hopping onto the Chingford bound train from Bethnal Green station, a 20 minute train journey and we arrived at our destination station of Wood Street. This is the furtherest East we have been in some time, and with the address punched into google maps on our iphone we set off to catch up with the guys running the recently launched Wood Street Walls Project.

While Shoreditch will always be seen as the centre for London street art, it's exciting to see pockets of street art popping up in other parts of the city beyond the Shoreditch boundaries. Looking to brighten up their neighbourhood with some street art is the Wood Street Walls Project. Inspired by art projects such as Wynwood Walls in Miami and the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, they hope to develop a similar community project in Walthamstow.

Based in the Wood Street & Walthamstow Area, Wood Street Walls founder Mark Clack has enlisted the help of local artists We Like Static for his first project. On our visit to the Ravenswood Industrial Estate, just a short walk from the Wood Street station we caught up with We Like Static as they were working on the first of many planned murals Mark wants to bring to the neighbourhood.


Tom Jackson and Craig Evans from We Like Static were creating a three dimensional mural for the site and had already installed the cut out wooden feathers to the wall when we arrived. With the heavens opening up we all took shelter under a gazebo and watched the two artists at work as they hand cut a replacement stencil for the main feature piece of the wall after the first was lost to the rain.

Despite the winter rain, falling temperatures and fading light the two artists worked late into the evening on the piece, with car headlights providing some much needed light and not forgetting some tasty beers from the Wild Card Brewery (we suggest trying their Jack of Clubs!) who are also based in the Ravenswood Industrial Estate.

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With the new stencil cut and the remaining details sprayed onto the piece, the large 3D female face cut-out was lifted into position by the team and fixed to the wall. We managed to capture one last picture of the piece in position, pictured up top before the car battery cut out and we lost what little light there was left.

We Like Static and Wood Street Walls

With work complete on the mural we retreated to the warmth of the Brewery for another beer and a chat with the artists and Mark from Wood Street Walls. We discover that plans are already in motion for a second mural, with a site in the area already secured.

Mark also shared with us details of their plans to establish a new creative space for Wood Street's artist community. The mural Tom & Craig (We Like Static) created is the first step and also marks the launch of Mark's crowd funding project which plans to raise funds to revive the disused Manual Instruction Centre building, turning it into Wood Street Studios spaces. Alongside the much needed studio space for artists in the area, the space will also host free monthly workshops for the local community to encourage the next generation of young artists in Waltham Forest and the surrounding area.

The crowd funding campaign is now live and you can show your support by donating to the project on their campaign website which includes all the details of the project. Stay tuned for more from Wood Street Walls and images of the finished We Like Static mural soon.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Clet Abraham's New York Street Sign Interventions

Clet Abraham

For the last four years, Florence based French street artist Anecleto “Clet” Abraham has been hacking street signs across Europe. His altered street signs which see the artist adding vinyl street sign stickers to the existing road signs are to be seen in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Great Britain and Spain.

We featured a large selection of the Clet's work when he visited London last year (covered here), hitting up parts of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Old Street in East London as well as parts of Soho in Central London. While some works were removed almost instantly, there are still a lot of the pieces still running on the streets. It's like a never ending treasure hunt trying to document all of Clet's London work. Just when you think you have seen all of his London work, one will pop up unexpectedly like a recent spot in Southwark near the Tate Modern, suggesting that there are more to be found in this neighbourhood! And so the hunt continues.

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In late October of this year year Clet headed to New York City with his sticker interventions, hitting up the streets signs of Manhattan. New York blog Animal New York caught up with Clet during his US visit, following him around the Lower East Side in Manhattan on a Citi Bike, capturing some of the 50 or so street signs he altered during his visit. See the artist at work in the short film below.

(Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork) 

 If anyone spots any other London street signs please feel free to drop us a message on email (hookedblog@hotmail.com) or post a comment below sharing your find and we will add the location to our map.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Meanwhile Back in the Wick Opening @ Prompt>Gallery_


Friday evening saw us venture out to Hackney Wick for the preview of the 'Meanwhile Back in the Wick' exhibition. Presented by Prompt>Gallery_ who for this their debut show have resurrected what was Hackney Wick’s first exhibition space in Queens yard, on the 5th floor of Mother Studios. 

Reinforcing the locations reputation for being one of the most exciting and creative artist communities in Europe, the gallery selected to feature the work of three Hackney Wick based artists, Aida, John Atherton and OKO. Below is a small selection of image we took at the preview, the large crowds in attendance made it difficult to get photographs of all the work and a return visit is definitely on the cards.


"Aida and John Atherton left the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane in 2008 in search of a more affordable and less saturated solace, to live and work. Since then, they have progressed individually, with Aida growing as a seminal printmaker and Atherton establishing his Wick Art Store business in the area as well as developing his creative practice."


"OKO uses the world as her canvas; she has been a permanent fixture in the street art revolution since 2005, traveling extensively, skating or painting her intricately drawn work. Dubbed a “National Treasure” in Croatia and working with clients such as Adidas, Prompt>Gallery_ are delighted that she has decided to call Hackney Wick her new home."


The 'Meanwhile Back At the Wick' exhibition will be on show at Prompt>Gallery_ until the end of December, with the gallery space open Fridays 5 —10pm, Saturday and Sundays 12 — 8pm.

For those planning a trip to the exhibition, we suggest you visit over the weekend of the 21st -23rd November as Mother Studios will also be hosting their Xmas Open Studios event 'Something For Mother'. With over 70 artists selling original art from the 38 studio's located in the building,  workshops and  tours by Hackney Tours there will be something for everyone.


Prompt>Gallery_, 5th floor, Mother Studios, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN

For more info on the artists, find them online here:

Aida's Website: http://aidaprints.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/aidaprints
John Atherton's Website: http://john-atherton.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/johnathertonart
OKO's Website: http://oko176.tumblr.com

And finally check out this super short Vine clip we shot at the opening evening and if you are using the app be sure to say hello and follow us at Hookedblog. 

David Walker's 'A Blank Canvas is a White Flag' in London

David Walker

Earlier this year we caught up briefly with artist David Walker as he was putting the finishing touches to this colourful mural on Rivington Street, in East London. Created in his signature multi-layered style and working with only spray paint, the artist created this photo realistic portrait which is still to be seen on Rivington Street's Bedroom Bar.

Based in Berlin since 2012, Walker will return to the city where he first made his mark with a major solo show entitled ‘A Blank Canvas is a White Flag’ which will feature a major new body of work including paintings, sculptures and editions. For this his first London gallery show in three years, Walker will present a fresh new take on his signature portrait style in a show named after a mantra coined by the artist himself; which refers to the creative battle an artist wages to create work in today’s climate in the face of conspiring forces both internal and external.


Join Lawrence Alkin Gallery and David Walker on Thursday 20th November from 6pm for the opening reception at Hoxton Gallery. Note: This is strictly a guest list only event, for details please
RSVP: gallery@lawrencealkingallery.com

The exhibition is being presented by Lawrence Alkin Gallery at the Hoxton Gallery.
Location: Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA
21st November - 30th November

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Super-sized Sticker Mural by Street Artist Edwin

Edwin Mural in London

London based Australian street artist Edwin recently completed work on a new mural, located on one the ever changing walls on Hanbury Street, just off Brick Lane in East London. Known among London street art fans for his ongoing series of hand drawn stickers that are to be found on street furniture in and around Shoreditch, Brick Lane and the Hackney Wick area.

This new wall sees Edwin supersize the iconic United States Postal Services' Label 228 address label stickers. The freely available labels are used by sticker/ graffiti artists the world over and Edwin has covered the wall with a series of works based on these labels. Stencilled directly onto the walls, each of super-sized labels features it's own unique hand painted and spray painted images, which also see Edwin making use of the 'To' and 'From' text of the address label in the works. Check out his work below and if you happen to be in London stop by and visit the work on Hanbury Street.

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Roid and SatOne for Wahaca

Roids & SatOne for Wahaca

Building on their long running association with street art, Wahaca the UK specialists in Mexican street food once again team up with author/art curator Tristan Manco for their arts programme. With each new restaurant Wahaca enlist Manco's help to select interesting street artists from around the world, matching the right artists to a particular space or project.

We have previously featured the work of Mexican street artist Saner and French street artist REMED, who Manco selected back in 2012. The two artists decorated the exterior of Wahaca's pop-up space which was made up of 8 sea shipping containers perched on the terrace of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank in London (covered here).

For the most recent site Wahaca has revamped a unique building located in the heart of Brixton, on the corner of Electric Lane which has been empty for 12 years. According to Manco the building "is much loved by the locals and was a former Railway hostelry and the site of the old Brady’s pub. Above the building run the overground lines and the surrounding area are the famous Brixton markets".

Acclaimed street artists Roid and SatOne were chosen for the project, collaborating together to create work that was sympathetic to the architecture of the building. Manco says, "rather than destroy the old layers of history our brief was to work with the exterior and interior surfaces we found. Having grown up in the area local artist Roid took inspiration from patterns such as the dutch wax african patterns sold in African material shops in the market. The respected German artist SatOne had collaborated numerous times with Roid before and seemed the perfect partner for the commission"

We ventured down south to the new Brixton space to capture some images of their new mural to share here with you here.

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Wahaca have also produced this video below which tells the story of the artwork from the two artists' perspective, check it out.

To find out more about the artists visit:
SatOne Instagram: http://instagram.com/satone_satone_sa...
Roids Instagram: http://instagram.com/willis82

Friday, October 31, 2014

NuArt: Adventure in Stavanger Part 01


Following a hectic month of work, travel, art fairs and a dose of the flu we have finally found some time to process a selection of images from our travels to this years Nuart Festival.

The brainchild of Martyn Reed, this annual indepandant street and urban art festival has been on our radar for a number of years but 2014 marked our first visit to the festival, in the city of Stavanger on the Norwegian West coast. Our journey to Nuart has been a long one, our first planed visit in 2008 unfortunately never happened as the lure of italian food and September sunshine saw a trip to the southern italian festival Fame win over that year. The subsequent years, the festival always seemed to clash with work or other events previously planned, so with a free weekend it was with great excitement that we finally made it to Nuart six years after our first planned visit.

With a strong european vibe, this years invited artists included Andreco (IT), Borondo (ES) Dotdotdot (NO), Etam Cru (PL), Fra.Biancoshock (IT), Icy & Sot (IR), John Fekner (US), Levalet (FR) M-City (PL), Martin Whatson (NO), Mathieu Tremblin (FR), SPY (ES), Strøk (NO) Tilt (FR) and ±Maismenos± (PT)

We have already shared a selection of the cities extensive street art collection across two blog posts. If you missed the posts about this street art hot spot, you can view the collection of images here and here.
Below is a selection of some of what took place at this years edition. Stayed tuned for part 02.



Martin Whatson's collaboration with BON and Alex Face who also happened to be in town for the duration of the festival created this work on the side of Stavanger’s Scandic Hotel, the official Nuart Festival Hotel where many of the artists and invited guests stayed during their visit.