Dlux, or, as he is more commonly know these days, James Dodd, was there, amongst it all, a part of the beginnings of a movement that have continued to this day. Where once street art was truly underground, it is now, in many ways, a commercial, comodifiable product – and yet artists such as Dlux have retained their ability to “keep it real” whilst navigating the many opportunities and pitfalls associated with the rise of street art as a cultural phenomenon. Although his work has evolved in many differing directions in the decade since, it still retains an element of authenticity that was, in all probability, spawned within that period of time – the rebellion, the enthusiasm and gleefully poignant philosophical elements are all critical elements of his work, and it would be hard to discern if so many of these elements would be present, if he had not been there to see it all in its rambunctious glory.
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Interview – DLUX – James Dodd
It’s 2004, Melbourne, and things for the cities vibrant stencil art community are about to change. For many years the stencil was king – so much so that books were written, international websites spawned and a global movement eagerly watched the streets come alive in nooks and crannies with cut and sprayed works of art. from the political to the humourous, – in these days, freedom aerosol was still, for the most part, mostly practiced by graffiti artists and what we know as the “street art scene” was dominated by stencils and the artists who created them, plied a swaths across the city.
But 2004 was the year of a major international event in Melbourne, the Commonwealth games, and with it came a massive cleanup across the city – walls washed and sterilised in the name of “making shit look better”, and with the cleanup went many of the cities beloved stencil art. The City of Melbourne, as hard as it may be to believe these days, went to “war” on graffiti and street art, one which, in hindsight, it appears it was less a victor than at the time it had thought it had been.
It was the year that the first incarnation of the Blender studios was shut down, and the year that the Everfresh studios opened – it was a time of transition between the old, and the new. Artist such as Sync, Ha-Ha and, of course, Dlux, three artists who had been right in amongst the stencil art and street art movement, moved off into different directions – continuing to pursue their works and enlivening their, and consequently our, surroundings.
I am writing today because I'd like to invite you to check out my website update, it's here: adam5100.com, there are lots of new things on there, from new works, to links to my "morning warm up series", as well as links to my social media and such (where you can keep track of my studios day to day). Please click all the buttons, or don't it's up to you. :)
In the news department, I have been doing a year of commissions, from wrapping up a six piece commission for the new San Francisco 49ers stadium, to doing a ceiling painting for a new restaurant. All of this after last years personal successes, such as winning the Herradura barrel art program here in SF. and coming real close to selling out the show last August. My next show will be September at a place called "The Battery" also here in SF. After that I will be headed back to my home of Albuquerque for a two week residency at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography.
At the turn of the millennium Melbourne’s visual street culture was undergoing the beginnings of an extreme makeover. HA-HA, SYNC & DLUX! - pioneers of the city’s widely celebrated street art scene presented their first collaborative exhibition in 2003. It was an early experiment into bringing imagery most commonly found on the street into a gallery space. Many things have developed in the decade since then, in the artists, the communities, the spaces and the contexts in which they all operate. Now & Then is an exhibition that will present early works from these artists alongside more recent investigations in a celebration of times past and time’s passing.
Opens Friday May 16th, Second Story Studios, 159 Sackville Street, Collingwood
Urban Soule: Portraits, Patterns and Pochoir
For this Gallery exhibit I created an array of patterns and portraits by incorporating modern and traditional use of paper cutting (Pochoir), hand applied textures, various paints such as aerosol, latex and acrylics to make my colorful, thought provoking artwork. My images will range from Queen Elisabeth to Ancient Buddhist Mandalas along with Graffiti and Endangered Animals. Come see me (and my biggest solo show for 2014) at the Opening Reception April 10th from 5-10pm during the Kirkland art walk.
Ryan James Fine Arts
11905 124th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
White Walls Project Space is pleased to announce This Side Up, a new solo show from 2013 Stencil Art Prize winner, David Soukup.
● Featuring a continued exploration of the urban landscape, inspired by the fire escapes of Chicago and told through hand cut stencils--some requiring more than 100 hours to complete--based off of the artist’s own photographs, layered and textured onto wood panels with combinations of plaster, concrete, oil, acrylic, latex, and spray paint.
● At White Walls Project Space, 886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.
● Opening Saturday, April 12 from 7-11 p.m. On view through May 3, 2014.
● Free and open to the public.
What do April Showers bring? Less drought and more stencils…..
Thanks to everybody who submitted work for this upload.
Musika support by Piotr Kurek (Pietnastka) and WFMU for being so amazing.
Afghanistan (just one)
Argentina (thanks Anna!)
Brazil (thanks Chris)
Costa Rica (thanks Monica)
Oakland and East Bay
>NEW< Victor Gastelum
Eclair (thanks Devin, Monica, Josiah)
Sasquatch23 (just one)
The Mission (thanks Josiah, Dave)
Valencia Street (thanks Josiah)
Western Addition (thanks Esmeralda)
Clarion Alley (just one)
SoMa and the FiDi (viva St. Stupid)
The Castro with Noe Valley (thanks Josiah)
The Tenderloin (just one)
Pacific Heights (just one)
Graffiti taggers could face a much bigger price tag
Graffiti in San Francisco is a mess - literally and figuratively. That's not a scoop, it is merely a discouraging reality.
It begins with the city being a mecca for spray paint vandals from across the country. (Check YouTube.) It continues to the criminal courts, where, when taggers are finally caught red- (or yellow- or green-) handed, they are generally treated as misguided youths and given community service instead of meaningful punishment.
And then there's the final insult. Property owners who have their buildings tagged - sometimes daily - are ordered by the city to clean up the mess themselves or face a fine or even a lien on their property.
"It cost me $15,000 to clean up my building last year," says Laurance Mathews, who owns the building at 245 Van Ness, which, ironically, houses a paint store. The Department of Public Works had a mural painted on his building to try to stop the tagging, "but since they did the tagging increased from a few times a week to several times a day. And there's not a damn thing you can do about it."
A new strategy
Well, maybe there is. It's just a start, and Mathews is skeptical, but Supervisor London Breed has announced a citywide graffiti plan that might begin to turn the tide.
SF takes aim at graffiti vandals, tries to lessen burden on victims
Posted by Joshua Sabatini on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM
Supervisor London Breed has introduced legislation targeting graffiti vandals; police made 203 graffiti-related arrests in 2013, most of them adults.
San Francisco’s $20-million-a-year graffiti problem has seemingly caused more problems for victimized property owners and public agencies than for the vandals.
But now the City Attorney’s Office could be allowed to go after graffiti vandals in civil proceedings that would force them to pay for the damage and perform community service.
Supervisor London Breed and other city officials say the current process does not work and penalizes the victims, since property owners must remove graffiti within 30 days or face fines.
“We estimate that over 90 percent of the graffiti offenses are committed by the same people,” Breed said Tuesday, when she also introduced legislation to address the issue. “The criminal courts have proven an inappropriate medium for prosecuting such offenses.”
Additionally, Breed’s proposal has come with an agreement from city departments to provide more resources for the effort and collaborate. The Police Department, Breed said, “will have an additional crime analyst and a police officer on an as-needed basis so that they can develop these particular cases.”
Start off with something new and different this year! 1AM is back with our Stencil Class taught by Strider the last Saturday of this month from 12:30pm-3:30pm. Sign up now to reserve your spot and walk away with your personalized spray piece on your own take home T-shirt!
Learn to make your “mark” on the world by studying the art of stencil making. This class covers the fundamentals of stenciling: each student gets to practice cutting and spraying stencils. After this class, you’ll be able to design and make your own stencils. In addition to learning to stencil on different materials, you’ll be taking home your very own stenciled T-shirt!
*Ages 14+ welcome or accompanied by a chaperone
*$55/person (class is 1 session)
*Minimum of 4 signups to hold class
*Classes are non-refundable
Upcoming Class Dates:
March 22nd 2014 (12:30pm-3:30pm)
June 28th 2014 (12:30pm-3:30pm)
- See more at: http://1amsf.com/classes/stenciling-class
NEWSLETTER SPECIAL: If you refer a friend and/or family, we will also give you ANY free can of paint or a 1AM iPhone cover case! (Valid only for March & April classes. Must note it in check-out during registration.)
Don't wait on it, classes are also great holiday gifts for friends and families!