On sunday september 13, about 200 street artists took over a very popular avenue, called 23 de maio, with a very wide range of public artistic intervention: grafffiti, pixaçao, sticker, posters, stencils, photo, videoart, street poetry, etc., as a way of protesting against the policy of the city administration of erasing all the city walls. 9 of the artists were taken to jail (as you can see in the video linked below) and some hours later were released with no charges, only beacuse there was some press covering the action. All the art seen on the video, which is only a part of the whole intervention, was painted/done in about 5 hours that morning. At night on the same day the works were being erased, and there are no works left today.
This month's main event takes place at Ad Hoc Art Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Friday, August 7th from 7-10 pm.
Armsrock and I will be working from the theme “I Know There is Love” from the Crass song of the same title.
We will be showing new work and installing in the space in attempt to draw out some feelings of hope.
If you can’t make it opening night the show will be open during regular gallery hours from August 7th – September 6th 2009.
Ad Hoc Art Gallery
49 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
14-time arresstee, and now arguably the most famous American artist in the 21st century, Shepard Fairey chats and stencils during an award acceptance video on USA Network. His original Obama image now lives in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery!
Paris' 2008 video, "Don't Stop the Movement" shows some serious protest going down in the streets of San Francisco. People are getting up in the background, and stencils, posters, tages, etc. are part of the uprising.