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Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place – New York Times
Though street crime is relatively low in Japan, quirky camouflage designs like this vending-machine dress are being offered to an increasingly anxious public to hide from would-be assailants.
The Wooster Collective recently featured video of a piece of street scultpure by Joshua Allen Harris. It could be describe as kinetic pneumatic art, and features an inanimate pile of material attached to a subway grate. When a train passes in the tunnel beneath the grate, the upward flow of displaced air fills the material and produces a medium-sized bear. The continued flow of air makes it appear as if the bear is actually animated, like it’s shaking off some arctic water. When the train is gone, the bear retreats to its former state of hibernation, waiting for the next train so it can rise again.
This was in due to be posted last week, but I just forgot to unwrap it from my drafts, so for those who missed the happening held in Rome, by Mad-hatter artist Graziano Cecchini who has struck again. He released 500,000 brightly colored plastic balls Wednesday from the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome.
The balls, similar to the ones you can jump into at a Chuck E. Cheese pizza parlor, “represented a lie told by a politician,” Cecchini told the Italian press.
The stunt cost Cecchini close to $30,000. Excited tourists grabbed the balls as artistic mementos, while Italian police proceeded to arrest Cecchini. Look for overpriced plastic balls on eBay.
He was the same public-art prankster who filled the Trevi Fountain in Rome with blood-red dye last October.
Bethlehem is one of the most contentious places on earth.
Perched at the edge of the Judaen desert at the intersection of Europe, Asia and Africa in the state of Palestine it was governed by the British following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. After World War II the United Nations voted to partition the region into two states – one Jewish, one Arab and thereâ€™s been fighting ever since.
Itâ€™s obviously not the job of a loose collection of idiot doodlers to tell you whatâ€™s right or wrong about this situation, so youâ€™re advised to do further reading yourself (this monthâ€™s National Geographic has an excellent article all about Bethlehem).
We would like to make it very clear Santaâ€™s Ghetto is not allied to ANY race, creed, religion, political organization or lobby group. As an organisation the only thing weâ€™ll say on behalf of our artists is that we donâ€™t speak on behalf of our artists. This show simply offers the ink-stained hand of friendship to ordinary people in an extraordinary situation.
Every shekel made in the store will be used on local projects for children and young people. Not one cent will go to any political groups, governmental institutions or, in fact, any grown-ups at all.
This wall marks the spot where over 40 people were killed during the first Intafada (the little holes along the top are from bullets).
While Banksy was painting it a lot of people came over, some to shake his hand and others telling him to go away. Eventually the local MP was called out to diffuse the eighty-strong crowd that had built up (by which time Banksy had left and the piece was completed by the local kids).
Shepard Fairey exhibition Via Wallpaper Mag’s Blog.
Whether you hail him as the originator of the modern urban art scene or a propagandist provocateur, it is undeniable that Shepard Fairey is a staggering success. Since coming to prominence in 1989 with his â€˜Obey Giantâ€™ sticker campaign, Fairey has achieved cult status amongst high-end galleries and graffiti artists alike.
Prolific New York-based Parisian artist WK Interact holds his first ever Barcelona exhibition, courtesy of Maxalot Gallery.
Never-before-seen renditions of his distinctive black-and-white action-based graphics will be featured inside and outside the gallery; his canvas the gallery walls and doors, the street outside and wooden objects found on the streets of Barcelona.
As well as limited screen-prints, mixed media painted works, and an outdoor triptych mural, the exhibition will feature an installation showing the artist’s “guerilla gear”, his work uniform and tools for pasting and bombing cities all over the world.
His graphic works, installations, and painted murals have been exhibited at high-end contemporary spaces around the world including Cooper Hewitt (New York), Visionaire Gallery (New York) and Colette (Paris).
A set on Flickr with walls painted with well-known comic strips, on this French Village (Angoulême) where the biggest Comics festival in the world is held. See an history of the festival. More info on the set.
Blake et Mortimer – André Juillard & Yves Sente – 2000