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Apr 12: This Side Up, David Soukup (SF, CA)

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.

http://www.whitewallssf.com/project-space/this-side-up

Over 125 New Uploads to the Stencil Archive

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)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Middle_East/Afghanistan

Regan Ha-Ha
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Australia-AU/Australian...

Argentina (thanks Anna!)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/The_Americas/Argentina

Brazil (thanks Chris)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/The_Americas/Brazil

Costa Rica (thanks Monica)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/The_Americas/Costa_Rica

El Quimico (Peru)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/The_Americas/Artists_of...

Colorado
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Colorado

Oakland and East Bay
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/California/East-Bay

Amanda Marie
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Artists_USA/Amanda-...

>NEW< Hanksy
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Artists_USA/Hanksy

>NEW< Victor Gastelum
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Artists_USA/Victor-...

Eclair (thanks Devin, Monica, Josiah)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

HAR2UNG
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

Sasquatch23 (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

The Mission (thanks Josiah, Dave)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/The_Mission

Valencia Street (thanks Josiah)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Valencia_St

Western Addition (thanks Esmeralda)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Western_A...

Clarion Alley (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/ClarionAlley

SoMa and the FiDi (viva St. Stupid)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/SoMa_Fina...

The Castro with Noe Valley (thanks Josiah)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/The_Castr...

The Upper Haight
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Haight_Di...

The Tenderloin (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Tenderloi...

Pacific Heights (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Other_SF_...

SF Graffiti taggers could face a much bigger price tag

 

Graffiti taggers could face a much bigger price tag

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Graffiti-taggers-could-face...

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

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.”

1AM Stencil Class this Saturday (SF, CA)

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!

A Parodist Who Calls Himself Hanksy

A Parodist Who Calls Himself Hanksy
By JOHN LELAND
FEB. 14, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/nyregion/a-parodist-who-calls-himself-...
The street artist who calls himself Hanksy, on Orchard Street in Lower Manhattan with his piece “Walter Flite.” Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

This is a story about art in the age of social media — about anonymity and self-promotion, about feral cats and viral cat videos.

In April 2011, a law school dropout in Bushwick, Brooklyn, newly arrived from the Midwest, had an idea that he thought might make a splash. He admired the street artist Banksy; he grew up on the movies of Tom Hanks. Why not mash up the two? Using simple computer software, he downloaded a Banksy painting of a rat holding a paint roller, then added an image of Mr. Hanks’s face. The whole thing took 10 or 15 minutes to create. He printed a cutout and pasted it on a wall at Mulberry and Kenmare Streets in Little Italy, signing it Hanksy. It was a stupid pun, he knew, but he was a sucker for stupid puns. Isn’t everybody?

He photographed the wall for his Instagram and Twitter accounts, and emailed it to the Wooster Collective, a popular street art website. Then he went to sleep.

“And then it just went viral,” Hanksy said the other day, speaking in a Lower East Side coffee shop near the restaurant in which he is a partner. “I remember counting at the time that it had been tweeted to four- or five-million accounts.”

Editing the Ole' Stencil Archive

From time to time, I wander around the Stencil Archive photo files and make attempts to delete duplicate photos, rename files with typos, investigate text and artists, as well as other updating. Being an effort of the heart, I sometimes speed up the process of getting images online: older Hamburg and Australia files are a great example of my hasty process. Ususally this happens when I'm on the road and have little time to figure out what I photographed in stencil-rich locations.

Other times, an artist appears and becomes a repeat tagger. Eclair is a great example of this. She stencils so much, over and over, here in San Francisco, I sometimes cannot keep up and/or figure out what I already have.

Sometimes new artists show up and eventually need their own Artist Archive. Case in point: HAR2UNG here in SF (and a bit in East Bay). This artist keeps popping up in SF's Financial District via stickers. The posts are signed, but I had a hard time reading the graffiti-style name. I finally stared at it long enough to assume it is the above name, and thusly today gave HAR2UNG (HARBUNG?) an archive: 

>NEW< http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

I have a few newer ones to post soon as well, and now there's an archive for him/her. 

So.... if you've bookmarked an image and can't find it, maybe search for it (sorry the PHP Gallery back end only allows searchs for filename text.... something I try to think about when I name the stencil images). And if you are curious about why I post things the way I do (what, no duplicates?), then check out my Submit FAQ:

http://www.stencilarchive.org/submit-your-photos

As always, PLEASE PARTICIPATE in this ongoing project. Without the community, this site would only have what I've found and photographed. Fortunately, this site has friends and artists who have sent images over the years making the Stencil Archive a distinct ark of art. 

Thanks as always......

11 April: Swoon at Brooklyn Museum

Submerged Motherlands

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/swoon/

April 11–August 24, 2014
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor

Brooklyn-based artist Swoon celebrates everyday people and explores social and environmental issues with her signature paper portraits and figurative installations. She is best known for her large, intricately-cut prints wheat pasted to industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

For this exhibition, Swoon creates a site-specific installation in our rotunda gallery, transforming it into a fantastic landscape centering on a monumental sculptural tree with a constructed environment at its base, including sculpted boats and rafts, figurative prints and drawings, and cut paper foliage.

Often inspired by contemporary and historical events, Swoon engages with climate change in the installation as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy that struck the Atlantic Coast in 2012, and Doggerland, a landmass that once connected Great Britain and Europe and that was destroyed by a tsunami 8,000 years ago.

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands is organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

VIDEO: Jeremy Novy: Art and/or Vandalism

2.15: A Saturday with C215

A SATURDAY WITH C215
February, 15, from 5 pm to 8 pm


No need anymore to introduce C215 who is well-known by by urban art lovers but also a large audience, as much in France as worldwide. His stencils have flourished in cities all over the world and in Vitry-sur-Seine, the town he is currently living in, a outdoor museum of urban art since 2009.

The Paris based Galerie Openspace is now delighted to welcome C215, a stencil art master, in partnership with Print Them All, around a signing, a print release and an exhibition.

BOOK SIGNING
After a first book published in 2009, Critères Publishing was not able to resist publishing one again 5 years later. Far away from a fashion flow, the success of C215 is well-deserved. So here is the 41st opus délit released in bookstores and at Galerie Openspace.
Christian Guémy aka C215 will be present for signing his book "Un maître du pochoir" published in the Opus Délits collection, along with the author Christian Omodeo (Le Grand Jeu).

PRINT RELEASE
In partnership with the online gallery dedicated to limited editions of ubran contemporary artists Print Them All, Galerie Openspace organizes the exclusive release in France of a lithography recently edited by Idem. 15 copies have been put aside for Paris ! Each copy is unique and hand painted by the artist.

http://www.openspace-paris.fr/

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