All posts filed under: Street Art

Ben Wilson at ‘For One Week Only’

For One Week Only presents BEN WILSON – THE CHEWING GUM MAN The last time I stumbled across Ben Wilson’s figure crouched on the pavement and amongst his working utensils was in front of the Royal Academy. I had just been to see the Van Gogh Exhibition when I saw Ben, was putting the finishing touches on a commissioned piece outside the gates of the RA. Ben is a long time and dedicated pioneer of, Pure Street Art in and around London. See previous entries and an interview on this blog. The opening of his solo show at ‘for one week only’ included bigger canvases and a series of humorous pieces of carefully painted figures and scenes on reclaimed finds of the everyday rubbish in the street. The event was so busy, that it was not the right time to ask Ben about the stories that had prompted him to make the individual pieces on show. But catch him another day and he will tell you how every one of the small gum pieces links …

Aware Art Fashion Identity

Royal Academy GSK 02.12.10 – 30.01.11 Aware demonstrates how Art and Fashion amalgamate to show that clothing is a powerful instrument for communicating identity in many different ways. I was particularily struck by Alicia Framis installation in the show. Alicia Framis addresses social components in contemporary living. Her work highlights shifts between different cultural heritages and the emotions of fear and tensions linked to intercultural dynamics. For this piece she collaborated with several fashion designers to make up dress designs using the Chinese flag the very fabric and emblem of China. I visited the show with a friend over on holiday from Beijing and on viewing Alicia Framis work I found him to be quite shocked at seeing the flag turned into fashionable wear. ‘That, he said, you could not show in China, it could be seriously dangerous to do so. In Europe and America I have seen many celebrities from pop stars to actors pledge their nationalism by wearing the flag. But China went through a phase of militant anti-fashion ideology during Mao’s Cultural …

A Stroll around Kreuzberg

Strolling around Kreuzberg so famous for its Street Art and Graffiti everywhere I came across this famous piece by Blu in Cuvry Strasse which leads down to the river Spree. I have heard said in London recently that Street Art is dead. Not so in Berlin the European Capital of the Street Art just hosted Grafftitibox Summer Jam at the Ostbahnhof for the week end attracting 200 or so sprayers which were provided with plenty of walls to work on. The scene is international and gets progressively younger with artists as young as 12years old taking part. http://www.ilovegraffiti.de/en/2009/08/09/graffitibox-jam-2009-impressions Walk on down from Cuvry Strasse along Schlessige Strasse and you will come to Flutgraben and the Berlin Arena. A multi complex used for events concerts plus an artists studio complex. I spent Sunday Evening there at the Badeschiff. A swimming pool designed originally for a competition in 2004 by Artist Susanne Lorenz. This Pool in the middle of the river glows azure and is lit at night in the middle of the river Spree. I got …