Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Up Close with Jimmy C

Jimmy C aka Jimmy Cochran

Our regular readers are sure to be familiar with the work of London based Australian street artist Jimmy C, aka James Cochran. The last few years have seen the artist creating a number of murals in his energetic pointillist / drip style that he has become associated across London and beyond.

We recently featured the artists beautiful 'Cosmic Mind' mural painted in Shoreditch (covered here) and on a recent visit South we finally caught some pictures of this classic David Bowie piece from the artist in Brixton.

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Kick starting the New Year, the artist has published this short visual documentary shot by e@e with a macro lens giving us an up close glimpse into Jimmy C's creative process while at work in his studio. Check out the new short below.

Find Jimmy C online:
Jimmy C Website
Jimmy C Instagram

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

RexRomae Presents Borondo's ANIMAL


Spanish urban artist Gonzalo Borondo has been wowing us all here in London over the last year with his varied body of impressive street works from his images scratched into glass windows of empty shop fronts (covered here) to his reflective murals in Hackney Wick on walls (covered here) and narrowboats along the canals of the city (covered here).

Running into Borondo at a Hackney Wick Karaoke party over the holidays, we were excited to hear the news of his upcoming London show, titled 'ANIMAL'. The exhibition is set to be Borondo’s most ambitious display to date with the artist creating an immersive experience for the show attendees. The exhibition will bring you on a sensory path where you will discover the various predicaments of the relationship between human beings and nature across eight thematic spaces.

According to the press release, "Borondo aims to explore the conflict between our innate animal instincts and our present lives, which are coated with the dependence of technology and our fear for the unknown."

Apart from his characteristic painting style and imagery, Borondo will explore this confict with the help of three fellow artists, resulting in a variety of techniques and views. The exhibition is set to include video installations and painting animations in collaboration with Carmen Maín (ES), with sculptural installations, created together with Edoardo Tresoldi (IT) and Despina Charitonidi (GR).  Photographer Fabiano Caputo has created a short film with Borondo giving us a brief glimpse of what we can expect to find at this eagerly awaited exhibition

The ANIMAL show, presented by RexRome Gallery will take place at the London Newcastle Project Space in Shoreditch and will be open to the public from the 5th through to 28th of February 2015.

London Newcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP (Map)

Monday, January 05, 2015

Amara Por Dios Paints the Village Underground Wall


We have returned to London to find street artist Amara Por Dios has completed work on the iconic wall of Village Underground in East London. The Swedish artist now based in London has been decorating the streets of city for the last two years with her vibrant tribal like murals featuring various characters and repeat patterns in a style that is now instantly recognizable as hers.


We caught up with Amara Por Dios in December in the early stages of her mural which took her five days in total to complete. Due to time restrictions, the sheer scale of the Village Underground wall and the bitter cold December weather, on this occasion she opted to strip out the colour and create a black and white only mural for what is her largest mural to date.

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The completed mural from Amara Por Dios can be seen on Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London. This wall tends to have a high turnover of murals some last a few days others a month or two so we suggest swinging by and checking it in person if you are in the neighbourhood.


And finally videographers Whitesao followed Amara’s progression from start to finish on this mural, see what she got up to in this their first in a series of Whitesao Disclosed Vlogs.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Hookedblog's Best of 2014 — Street Art Videos

After the positive response we got to our Best of 2013 — Street Art Videos post we thought it would make sense to kick of the new year and share a another selection of some of the street art films and time lapses videos that have caught our attention over the last year. As with our 2013 post the films featured below are in no particular order but are a selection we thought you our readers would enjoy.

Following on from his impressive work on an Airport Control tower, stencil artist M-City returned to Stavanger in Norway for this years edition of the Nuart Festival where he painted 'Ocean Art' - a 90m long offshore supply vessel - covering 200 m2 of it's bow. After three long days of painting the ship was christened and set sail, the film above show M-City at work.

Zio Ziegler "The Pursuit of Human Potential"
Shots by Jacquelyn Emmarie & Aerial Film Group
Watch Zio Ziegler paint his 160ft mural at the NRG Energy plant in San Francisco, USA. This is his biggest mural to date and possibly one of the largest in the United States.

Art Collaboration with Portuguese graffiti/street artist Alexandre Farto aka VHILS and LeBasse Projects in Chinatown.

Brooklyn based artist Beau Stanton staged his first first European solo show ''Tenebras Lux' in a Bristol crypt earlier this year which we were lucky enough to catch the show(covered here). The time-lapse above sees the artist working on a mural in the heart of Astoria in New York and titled 'Ornamented Man Mural'.

Melbourne based artist Rone visited London back in April, painting a wall on East London Hanbury Street (covered here) ahead of his solo show 'Wallflower' at Stolen Space Gallery. Australian production house Robot Army caught up with Rone in December and produced the above film in which Rone talks about what he does, how he does it and how he got to where he is today.

Isaac Cordel

Street art duo SNIK featured in this short film shot back in September 2014 was released ahead of their London exhibition 'U' in which they revealed elements of their much talked-about artistic process.

Ella & Pita
Short documentary about the street artists, ELLA & PITR, from France, and their work at 180 Creative Camp, in the Portuguese town of Abrantes.

London based Australian artist JIMMY C features in the above film.

And finally this film featuring an video interview with a young Caledonia Dance Curry better know as SWOON. Strictly not a new film, but one we have not seen before and one that has just recently appeared online so we figured it was worth sharing here. The film was shot by Joey Garfield as part of a documentary film series he filmed with Upper Playground.

We hope you enjoyed our 2014 collection, if there is anything you think we have missed let us know and we will add it to the post. And if you missed our selection of shorts from 2013 you can enjoy the collection here.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Alice Pasquini visits London


Earlier this month we caught up with Rome based artist Alice Pasquini who was in town to speak at this years 3 day Graffiti Sessions conference taking place in London. Alice was one of a number of international artists invited to speak at the conference which also saw presentations from Ben Eine, Dotmasters, Inkie, Noir and Jay “J.SON” Edlin.

We unfortunately missed her talk at the conference but we did catch up with the artist a few days later as she was working on one of a number of legal walls she painted around the city, the one pictured organised by the team at GlobalStreetArt. We also found one of her beautiful stencil works in Hackney Wick. Below are a number of images we captured during her visit.

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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.

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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