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One of the biggest surprises of Art In The Streets was the inclusion of Banksy, who I don’t think was mentioned on any of the publicity materials. Or maybe I just had no idea he was going to be there, either way, I was pleasantly surprised to see his work. It ended up being a mix of both older and newer work, as well as several old stencils that are almost iconic with the idea of Banksy, much like the ‘Andre the Giant Has A Posse’ sticker and Shepard Fairey. Randomly, he also included the piece of paper above, which was sitting on the giant, bloody flattening machine, which gives some important information about his part of the show.
First is the fact that his part is an ongoing project, and will shift and change as the exhibit goes on… or he may have just been late. It also describes that the giant cathedral tag window was done in collaboration with the City of Angels school, showcasing the work of a ton of kids. It also notes that the taxidermy dog was not killed by Banksy, it was found in a freezer, so don’t get all crazy about that part. Overall I thought his section was really great, I definitely spent a little while looking at his pieces and smiling. Maybe Banksy isn’t getting boring…?
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I have so many photos from Art In The Streets that I’m still trying to get all the photos edited and put together, it’s quite a process. These images are of the Street Market, a recreation of an exhibit that was originally at Deitch Gallery back in 2000. I was only 18 when the gallery originally was created so it was an amazing treat to get to walk through this amazing exhibit with an exhibit. It’s made up of pieces from Steven Powers (who you can see with Kyle in the photo above), who also goes by ESPO, Todd James, who’s also know as REAS, and one of my all-time favorites Barry McGee, whom you might know as Twist. These guys have created an entire city block covered in art.
This was one of the first things that I experienced when I got into the space, and it was overwhelming in the best way possible. There’s just so much to process that you’re walking through with your mouth open, or that was my reaction, at least. I just can’t believe they were able to reconstruct such an immense work. It’s not identical by any means, but it’s still the same in spirit and that’s what’s important.
I’ve got 58 photos under the cut, all of which you can see larger versions of. I encourage and implore you to take the time and look at all the insane details that went into this space. I hope you enjoy the photos.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever gasped at art before, at least not until seeing Swoon’s immense installation at Art In The Streets. There are few things that are amazing about her installation that gave me such a sense of awe. First, it’s in a room of it’s own, that has to be at least 30 feet tall. There are two entrances to the room, one is the through the front which is masked by some currents, the second is through the Spike Jonze video exhibit. I went through the Spike Jonze video entrance, which you can imagine is pitch black so you can watch his film. The experience of going from darkness and almost, discovering, this immense, yet fragile installation is shocking. I was literally shocked, couldn’t move, couldn’t catch my breath.
Another interesting fact is that she worked on the piece for nearly a month, mostly in complete secrecy. She let only a select group of people into the exhibit until she was done. It’s also worth noting that some of the paper is cut by hand while other pieces have been laser cut. The way the light from under the exhibit is extremely beautiful, as it creates even more precious shapes all over the white, linen walls. This was without a doubt my single favorite thing in the entire Art In The Streets exhibit. The sheer scale and work that was put into this piece is beyond my comprehension. If there’s one reason to see this exhibit, it’s the chance to walk around this piece and take in it’s beauty.
You can see more photos of the installation under the cut, lots of photos of the details and minutiae that makes this piece so special. I’ve also put a video under the cut which gives you a making-of video by Levi’s Workshop (we’ll get to them as well) showing the construction of this piece. Thanks to Wellington for the heads up.
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I wanted to share one of the photo sets from Art In The Streets, even if it is a bit late in the day. I’m gonna be sharing more of these sets over the next couple days, but I thought Shepard Fairey was a good way to start. I’m a huge fan of his work, I love what he’s done with his art and where his career has gone. His inclusion into the exhibit is a no duh, and I was glad to see that he was afforded a nice space to be displayed in. What was cool is that he had a few original pieces in the show, including what I think is the original Obey Giant sticker from way back in 1989. That’s pretty sick. What’s crazy is you see all of the paintings in these photos, but his part of the exhibit is such a tiny part of a larger scheme.
Check back tomorrow for two more photo sets by Swoon and the area called the ‘Street Market’. There’s also more photos underneath the cut, don’t miss ’em.