New York based street artist Dan Witz has recently visited London to create a politically charged emotive street art campaign. Dan WItz started painting delicate realistic hummingbird on the streets in the 1970s and is now known for eerie street art featuring despairing oppressed humans incarcerated behind doors and gratings.
Danger of Death
Empty The Cages is a new PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) campaign for which vegan Dan Witz aims to raise awareness of the cruelty inflicted on animals in the quest for more efficient and cheaper meat production to feed the worst parasite this planet has ever witnessed – mankind.
These pieces have been placed mainly in the Kings Cross and Clerkenwell areas of London. The pieces stand out for their accomplished finish, their coherent message and the daringness of their placement.
A full description of the merits and meanings of this street art campaign can be found on our sister blog Graffoto
Street artist INSA has explored the far off boundaries of technology with his latest hi-tech work in Shoreditch.
Source: Insa Tumblr
“The Cycle Of Futility” exploits Augmented Reality technology. You download a free App onto your iPhone, point the at the wall and the powers of augmented reality replace the static real-art on the walls with the whirling animated gif on your phone. Wow!
The Cycle Of Futility, INSA, 2014
The Cycle of Futility features the full spectrum of ages from life’s beginnings to skulls representing death while the in-between is represented by the unrelenting assault of authority. Perhaps we can take some pleasure from the fact that the police endlessly chase but never catch anything.
For more background and info, check the full report on Graffoto
A burst of activity by English street artist Skeleton Cardboard resulted in the discovery of a number of new nuggets by several Shoreditch Street Art Tours over the weekend.
We found the above painted doors yesterday morning on a route which we hadn’t explored since Saturday morning. A pair of skeletons exhort us to abandon various false media, perhaps we have to learn from their example, look where too much TV, too much responding to the junk mail, living on the never never got them!
Skeleton cardboard is not one of those globe trotting street art mega stars who gets high profile permissioned murals where ever he goes round the world, he has been doing small and generally witty pieces on Shoreditch walls and we can see a clear trajectory of improving street art over the past two years or so.
Just a couple of weeks ago Skeleton Cardboard had a solo show in Monty’s Bar on Brick Lane. The walls were peppered with dark, day-of-the-dead skeletal characters who mocked those stern proclamations prohibitions issued by various authority figures or found on product packaging which we are expected to read and heed. “Nothing of value stored in here” or “invalid if opened” takes on a darker meaning when juxtaposed with a grinning skull on a dancing skeleton.
A couple of tour groups over the weekend also found new paste ups of skeletons painted on found vintage magazine paper. The magazine in question was a supplement to Amateur Gardening, a respectable gardening periodical it seems and the content was Percy Thrower’s picture guide, to what isn’t stated but we guess gardens. There is no date on the paper but Percy Thrower passed away in 1988, he bestrode the worlds of TV and horticulture like a garden centre goliath but those were days when a man mimicking various bird calls was prime time TV.
Good street art pops off its background and Skeleton Cardboard has certainly found a couple of gorgeous locations for placing these paste ups.
We have previously found free art by Skeleton Cardboard on the streets, see here
A perennial favourite, street artist ALO has been busy in Shoreditch in the past few days creating several stunning new portraits. This first one caused quite a stir when we unexpectedly found it on the route of the Shoreditch Street Art Tour this week.
The second of the all female trio is one block away from the Shoreditch Street Art Tour meeting point in Spitalfields.
This third one (below) is actually a matter of yards from where the Shoreditch Street Art Tour usually ends.
Sometimes it is nice to know that others share your love for a particular artist, as passionately declared by this tagger off Brick Lane.
I love your work
After a long period where fans of his work found purchasing canvasses tricky and he was not easy to find online, ALO broke cover with a solo show this Summer at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery, covered here.
Hail To The Loser
.Always popular on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour, it is good to know that we aren’t running out of ALO art anytime soon, join the tour to see other examples of his great work.