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. :)
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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!
A Parodist Who Calls Himself Hanksy
By JOHN LELAND
FEB. 14, 2014
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.”
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:
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:
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......