A few weeks ago (I have been trying to find time to write this post for quite a while) London was visited by two artists from LA, Megzany and WRDSMTH. WRDSMTH is no stranger to London, this by my recollection could be his 4th visit to London for the purpose of putting up some street art. On his last visit just before the New Year he collaborated with a number of street artists from the UK.
Working with mixed media stencil and pasted paper, WRDSMTH’s work has charm, occasional pathos and a subdued humour often tinged with romance. His work is thus, very popular. On this occasion, WRDSMTH put up his largest typewriter piece on his visits to London.
There was also the small matter of his words appearing on large paste ups on the back of London’s iconic red telephone boxes.
The same day these new WRDSMTH pieces were spotted, a large crisply sprayed biplane with a curious message appeared on a wall on Brick Lane. A bit of searching online revealed the artist to be Megzany, also from Los Angeles. Megzany certainly knows how to spray a clean single layer stencil and her stencil construction technique has a lot of similarities with WRDSMTH’s.
Apart from stencils, Megzany also pasted up images evoking sentiment about objectification exploitation of women and errr mermaids, placing them in vending machines.
A fellow LA artist Kai Aspire has also been putting up loads of art over the past couple of months in London in entirely different forms, that may be the subject of another port sometime but it is great to see artists from a city so noted for its creativity coming all the way to London to brighten up a rather dull Summer.
All photos: Dave Stuart