My wave of accolade breaks on the shores of Brunswick. As the "Fitzroy" flasher I am envious. Let's face it, Brunswick is cooler than Fitzroy. It's a few years behind in the gentrification. All the really good stuff is happening there - think Kaff-eine, Freshchop and the next to roll off the tongue has to be D_O_C_T_O_R. Occasionally she makes a house call to the ailing oldest suburb, checks our pulse and keeps our ticker going. She gives the Old Bird some hope and makes us say "yay" out loud. In stencil, paste and poetry, she really is IT.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I am a collector, and an addict. I scour the streets obsessively searching for more of this, earlier works of that. There is an artist whose work I photograph so obsessively that I challenge anybody, including her, to have a greater collection. In fact, I think the only reason she hasn't put a restraining order on me is that she knows who I am. I famously found a hit up a dead end alley obscured from street view. So here is a sample of the thousands of images I have, from the prolific street work of the ridiculously talented, brilliant and ever modest Kaff-Eine...
Monday, May 23, 2011
There are phrases that have universal appeal: just do it; choose life; Be Free. There are artists that people love to hate, who take the audience to dark places, piss them off or confront them. And then there are artists who tickle peoples fancy. I believe anything that intends to express and be felt, is Art. Lush tagging Kaff-Eine is brilliant. But Be Free, the artist to whom I tip my hat today, is brilliant in the latter sense. There is an innocence and longing in every piece. They invite you to pause, reflect, smile and remember. I have many people message me about this or that thing they saw, and hands down 9 times out 10 these days its a Be Free: "I saw this cool piece, it was this girl, and she had these cards" ... Be Free - you have our hearts.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Only a week to go before That exhibition so I decided to sneak past one of the iconic walls we know and love, which over time has been layered and revisited again by many of the greats, and many more of the rising stars. In particular, one of the most versatile local talents in the trade has added vibrancy to the mix. Her work is so diverse I honestly don't know what her exhibited works will contain and I can't wait for the surprise. I have to search outside my comfort zone for this artist but its worth it! From stencils to paste ups and poetry: rich, poignant and playful. And thats just the street - wait until she peels away the layers even farther. I can't rave more about Precious but that's all for now - I am beginning to sound like a crazed fan!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Thankful for the loan of an iPhone, yet somewhat disappointed that I could not conquer the Nokia, I jumped back on the wagon today. This took me into the heartland and beyond, only briefly and with a promise to come back.
Shida thawed me out with the smoothest, most subtle resurgence that I wondered if I had Post iPhone Loss Amnesia and had forgotten the old and familiar - but no they were new and they were amazing.
I continued to daydream about Fiber Femmes, primarily because I can't wait but selfishly too because I want them back on the street!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Check him in Flickr too
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The tags on the strings below say "black"