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Thanks to txmx's annual submission massive, Hamburg, DE may be one of the most historically-covered cities here on Stencil Archive. Of course, San Francisco's archives have over 20 years of photo documentation. Thanks to txmx for the photos! (photo at left by txmx, in Hamburg)
Over in Germany, walls are rocking!
El Bocho (just one)
F.P.T. (just one)
Here in San Francisco, stencils between the rainstorms…
Protests in the streets
On Valencia St.
Literally in NoPa (just one)
rockin’ in Hayes Valley (just one)
<<<At the airport last weekend, in Philly
NEW inserra (from Italy, thanks txmx)
Argentina (thanks Amanda)
France (just one)
Greece (Women’s March)
Italy (thanks txmx)
UK (just one)
Meanwhile, in the USA… lots of protest stencils
NEW Bovey Lee
NEW Joseph Steininger (WA USA)
LA, CA (just one)
NYC (just one)
South Carolina (just one)
Washington, DC (just one)
I had a fun evening helping Mona Caron cut out the stencil she designed for this mural. We had tried before. A while back, I was going to cut/paint another stencil for another public art project of hers, but the muraled utility box was taken off the streets before the stencil could get painted. In the best way, these utilitarian stencils allow the viewer of the mural to see it at its best angle. Mona painted this ribwort plaintain weed in a way that makes it look flat on an unflat surface. Watch the video, and the stencil marks the spot to stand and see the magic!
My cut paper is informed by our oftentimes labyrinthine relationship with nature, reflecting on what we do to the environment with our super machines and technologies and what nature does back to us in reaction. Despite the fact that we often turn to nature when we crave serenity and balance, we have a competing obsession with overdeveloping land and building new structures, diminishing our opportunity to actually experience the peaceful retreat that we crave.
Based out of Seattle, WA, Joseph Steininger is an artist and innovator. Using intricately detailed and hand-cut stencils applied with spray paint, his personal work is influenced by street art culture and printmaking. Using the traditional and time-honored forms of fine art, his pieces are remarkably complex and masterfully represent this contemporary medium.
In the past few weeks, between the downpours of rain, RIP ORFN tags have appeared all over San Francisco. Aaron Curry, aka ORFN, died in December after a quick, lost battle with cancer. While mostly running with the BKF and US crews, Curry's span of activity dates back to the 1990s. His tags and throws were stylish and quick; his characters were funny and easy to spot all over the Bay Area. He went large and small, and even dabbled in cutting stencils and painting sidewalks in the Mission as HUNGRY WAIF. Around five weeks ago, Curry's friend Mark Cross posted on Instagram that "in September, Aaron walked into a hospital complaining of back pain and a roller coaster of progress and reprieve (of hope and despair) ensued. He has fought hard. With unbelievable exuberance and grace. Alas, for the past few days, Aaron has remained unresponsive... asleep." ORFN passed away soon after, and is now amongst the graff writers memorialized in paint.
Generous, Prolific, “Loco” – Stencil Artist Michael Roman Dies at 60
By Laura Waxmann (Mission Local) Posted December 29, 2016
Here is Michael's Stencil Archive.
KQED also has an article about the life of Michael Roman.
<< Photo by Linda Wilson
In art and in life, Michael Roman was a man of many layers, colorful visions and haunting complexities.
The stencil artist and silkscreen printmaker, best known for layered prints depicting cultural and political icons, died on Monday, succumbing to severe health complications. He was 60 years old.
Three months ago, Roman was out to see a movie with his partner of six years, Kate Rosenberger, when he suddenly began heaving and panting heavily.
The movie date ended with a three-week hospital stay for Roman, said Rosenberger. It was then that doctors discovered lesions on his brain, that two of his heart valves had stopped functioning, and that a “massive tumor” had taken hold of his right kidney, she said.
PUNK LATINO WILD STYLE
No surface is safe near Michael Roman.
The genius of Michael Roman is a free falling universe of audacious color, images and ideas. Sweet courtships meets fierce gods, sex goddesses dance with vipers. Flying begins in his underground world of monsters and marvels.
Michael Roman’s sensibility is personal and playful, outrageous and informed by a universal nostalgia, courting kitsch and madness, but delivering beauty and often profundity. His imaginative mixture of traditional symbols, off-register silkscreen, deliberately clashing hot and sweet hues and a surreal mash-up of modern life energize Michael Roman’s art.