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Friday, July 17, 2009

Why Graffiti Is A Good Thing

The people over at Halogenlife introduced us to a provocative interview they conducted with Oakland-based artist Favianna Rodriguez. She is the co-founder of East Side Arts Alliance, which has grown into an artistic sanctuary for the local community. In the piece Rodriguez explains “Why Graffiti is a Good Thing”

We’ve included an excerpt from the interview below. To read it in full go here.

Art is a tool with which to organize and inspire. I think we really have to do this, especially as a woman artist and as a woman of color. The stories we experience are universal. Things are happening all over the world. We ghettoize and see them as happening only to us. But in reality that’s our being resilient and determined and surviving within negative experiences. It’s a celebration of humanity. What happens in Oakland is happening in many cities around the world. We can inspire people.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:36 pm  

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Banksy in West Africa…

A number of street art imagery found throughout Africa have surfaced on the web—particularly from one particular Flickr group that speculates that the pieces are the work of none other than Banksy. A few weeks back, we issued a post that featured the largest exhibition of Banksy’s work to date, currently on display at the Bristol Museum. You can view the image shown above, and the entire collection of the enigmatic artist’s work right here. Flickr user Olly C weighs in on his contribution to African cityscapes:

“I’ve seen this one in the flesh. Its in the suburbs of Bamako in Mali, West Africa. Banksy was there about 4-5 months ago. Sadly this has been partially painted over, Peaches Geldoff is no more and somebody has added a flower to the collection tin. There’s also a few local tags scribbled on the same wall.

There are a handful in Mali, stretching from Bamako to Timbuktu. Their locations are still unpublicised as far as I can tell.”


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:15 am  

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Graffiti Taxonomy

Artist Evan Roth, collected 2,400 individual graffiti tags from all over Paris for his new project called Graffiti Taxonomy. Evan explains that “the sets are not intended to display the “best” graffiti tags in Paris, but rather aim to highlight the diversity of forms ranging from upper case to lowercase, simple to complex and legible to cryptic.”

Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris, 2009 from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

via Wooster
“The ten most commonly used letters by Paris graffiti writers were identified for further (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:36 am  

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Living Portrait

Dig this eco-friendly piece produced by Edina Tokodi. It is made entirely of living, breathing plants. The piece currently hangs on the rooftop of Green Spaces NY in Brooklyn, and will be relocated to a public space in the weeks to come.


Detail 2

Detail 3

Detail Images courtesy of Robert Peters

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:34 am  

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Banksy in Bristol

The elusive Banksy makes an appearence to promote his most ambitious project to date. See the video above to get the scoop. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:27 am  

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Charges dropped for Shepard Fairey

Image from Juxtapoz

Charged for sticker slapping back in February in Boston. Prosecutors announced last week that 13 of the charges have been dropped.

Court papers filed Tuesday revealed that lawyers didn’t have enough evidence to prove that it was Fairey himself who placed stickers on signposts and other public property in Roxbury, Mass.

While this is a big break for Fairey still faces charges dating back to a missed arraignment on September 16th, 2000.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:08 am  

Thursday, May 21, 2009

NYSAT Project Map

For those of you that missed it. You can now access the artwork created during the NYSAT project that went down in NYC a few weeks ago through google maps.

In an attempt to build a coherent vision of what took place the 25th, this map offers images of 189 NPA city Outdoor advertising locations. Of those 189, nearly 130 show their progression from illegal ad locations, to whitewashed messaging boards, to artworks and communications created by concerned public individuals. The project, Lasting not much more than 24hrs, covered nearly 19,000 square feet of illegal advertising.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:38 am  

Monday, April 27, 2009

New York Street Advertising Takeover

Artist: Ji Lee

Photo above by Rebecca Fuller

Jordan Seiler’s “New York Street Advertising Takeover” hit the streets over the weekend when over 120 illegal billboards throughout the city were white washed by dozens of volunteers. Later in the day over 80 artists transformed the blank canvasses with original artwork.

NYSAT was organized as a reaction to the hundreds of billboards that are not registered with the city, and therefore are illegal. While illegal, these violations are not being prosecuted by the City of New York, allowing the billboard companies to garner huge profits by cluttering our outdoor space with intrusive and ugly ads.

Tristan Eaton (12th and 3rd Av.)

Jennifer Jacobs

Photo from here (Kenmare St. and Elisabeth)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:26 am  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition

During the 1970s and 80s, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the burgeoning New York City graffiti movement.

After twenty five years and more than a half a million copies later, Chronicle Books is happy to offer their book Subway Art in a large-scale, deluxe format. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:06 am  

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Who took all the eggs

The AIG Easter Egg Hunt. Classic!


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:51 pm  
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