November 20, 2012 |
Filmmakers Z.S. Grant and John Carr have spent the better part of the past year ricocheting around the country, capturing the stories of politically minded street artists for their documentary series, "Voice of Art. " Their eight-episode Web series - currently airing on rapper Pharrell Williams' YouTube channel, i am OTHER - is as cutting edge and iconoclastic as the neon bright cast of characters featured in it. Each 34-minute episode is...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2012 |
Four straight rows of four palm trees each stand on the northeast corner of 2nd and Spring streets downtown - a block from Los Angeles City Hall, right alongside LAPD headquarters. They're directly across from the newsroom. I stare out at them from my desk. Lately they have come to look like hourglasses running out of time. Small tufts of green fronds reach to the sky. Ample brown ones drag down toward the dirt. Will the dead fronds ever be trimmed? Would it make a difference?
September 19, 2012 |
A mystery street artist with a sense of humor has turned parts of downtown L.A. into a guerrilla art installation. Eight neighborhood landmarks or areas have been marked with official-looking city placards that offer what appear to be background information about the location. One, for instance, says that a downtown dumpster was designed by Andy Warhol. Though the artworks are unsigned, Culture Monster has learned that they are called "Art Appears" and are the work of the artist who calls himself Wild Life. [ Update, 12:08 p.m. Wednesday : At least two of the signs have been removed since Tuesday, one near City Hall and one near the LAPD headquarters.]
July 23, 2012 |
With the Olympics only a matter of days away, competitors of another sort have begun making their presence known around England: street artists. While the athletes begin settling into their temporary homes at London's Olympic Park, a variety of artists have been tweaking the games from various angles, including one piece by Criminal Chalkist that first appeared last year in Bristol and is now making its way to London shops as well as ...
July 17, 2012 |
Adding to the already vertiginous thrills that can come with a visit to the Grand Canyon, artist Kurt Wenner has taken the natural wonder to a new, disorienting level with a recently opened installation at nearby Tusayan, Ariz. Appropriately called "Grand Canyon Illusion," Wenner's piece that recently debuted at the canyon's visitor center near the south rim allows visitors to interact with the canyon's head-spinning depths while never taking their feet off the pavement. Initially created with pastels and transferred to more permanent digital prints, the work spans a section of the courtyard's floor and up a wall, giving viewers the illusion of tip-toeing from sandstone spire to spire while looking down a trail spiraling into the apparent distance below.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2011 |
A nonprofit group seeking to raise awareness of a deadly conflict in Africa apologized Thursday for pasting its campaign posters over one of Los Angeles' best known street murals. The group, Falling Whistles, admits it "screwed up" this week when it covered the mural, known as "Only Time Will Tell," at 2nd and Garey streets in the heart of the Arts District. The mural was a global effort by street artists from several nations, many of whom show their works in galleries and museums around the world.