NFTs are the current buzzword in the art world and street artists are getting quite excited about their potential for street art. Street art overlapping the digital realm is nothing new and one of it longest standing exponents is the self-styled guerrilla animator Dr Cream who has been producing street art animations for the past decade.
Springbot by Dr Cream feat also the Rolling Fool, Cat Rider and Shark Army, 2017
In the famous Star Yard off Brick Lane there is at the moment a lovely collection of paste ups from Dr Cream comprising the full set of frames required to replicate one of his famous street art animations. You can do this yourself, take a few quick snaps and hey presto with a bit of photoshop create your own replica of one of Dr Cream’s animations. Other animation makers may be available. The Star Yard collection yielded this version of Daisy Riot’s strike.
Daisy Riot Guitar Swat
For years we had failed to locate every necessary frame to make a seamless replica of one of his animation, this changed at the London International Paste Up festival last year when Dr Cream obligingly put all the frames for another Daisy animation.
Daisy Riot animation frames by Dr Cream
You may wonder why bother with this complex process fusing the real and the virtual when you could just make a wholly digital animation. There are several great reasons for doing it this way: the fun, the audience but most of all it is the beauty of introducing random chance abstract colours and textures from the street into the animation.
Daisy Riot back lift axe
As for NFTs, hey are coming to street art and there will benefits and there will be negatives, maybe we’ll go into that another time.
Check out the long history of Dr Cream’s street art animationsHERE
We love signs of Spring! Today London bathes in well above seasonal average temperatures and blue skies, the cherry blossom has been out for several weeks and street art feels warmth in its bones.
Springbot by Dr Cream
Last Sunday Dr Cream heralded Spring literally when he introduced his Springbots to the streets of Shoreditch. These jagged looking characters, linocuts on hand torn paper appeared in several locations around Brick Lane.
Springbot by Dr Cream
As usual for Dr Cream the final “art” in his project comes in the stop frame animation seen online not on the walls, here is his Springbot in animated action created by photographing the Springbots he pasted up on the streets.
Spring is here for sure – hip hip hurray!
Springbot by Dr Cream also feat The Rolling Fool, The Cat Rider and Robot Shark Army
A clutch of Mexican artists have just passed through London and created some beautiful art on Shoreditch’s walls.
Mazatl has placed some classic wood cut and linocut prints on the streets, classic in the sense that this is very much from the template provided by Swoon and Elbow Toe in the late 2000s.
Maxatl – El Hogar
Mazatl – Shoreditch
Mazatl had a busy evening or two out with British screen print paste up artist Donk and Columbian artist Stinkfish, placing their work in many locations together, probably none more spectacular than this:
Donk, Stinkfish, Maxatl
Said Dokins is an artist who like Mazatl features campaigns for social justice at the heart of his art. Alive refers to a situation in Mexico regarding the “disappearance” of a group of students, wanted back alive. The calligraphy is stunning.
Said Dokins – Alive
Maxatl and Said Dokins were in town to participate with Mexican compatriots Acuro and Fusca in a four person group show at Hoxton gallery. The show opened last week and after this moring’s tour I was able to pop in to catch this excellent show for the first time. The woodcut and lino cut prints by maxatl are stunning and the fact that he issues work through justseeds.org in the States tells me his work places social conscience in the foreground. Here is a selection of photographs of art in the show:
There is also a set of three night photographs of Said Dokins doing some light painting, we have seen light graffiti before but I have never seen light calligraphy like this, it’s well worth popping by Hoxton Gallery at its new location for that.
Said Dokins, Maxatl, Acaro, Fusca
59 Old Street (same block as “Look Mum No Hands”, the City Road end of Old St)