Several years ago, artist and yoga teacher Amanda Giacomini visited India's Ajanta Caves, a sacred spot that is the site of 29 rock-cut Buddhist Cave monuments. For Giacomini, who has been creating devotional art for many years in tandem with her spiritual and physical yoga practice, inspiration hit. Shortly after her visit, she began the 10,000 Buddhas Project, setting out to paint 10,000 Buddhas as pieces of public mural art around the globe
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Thanks so much - Russell
Do you love stencil art? Ever been curious about how they are made? Perhaps you have thought up an idea that you think would make a fun stencil. Maybe you have an art/crafts project going and think a stencil may help with the final item.
No matter what your skill level is, if you want to make a stencil while getting hands-on instruction, advice, and help…. then the Stencil Making Workshop at the Orange Room may be a great place to start!
Join Stencil Archive's very own Russell Howze for an afternoon of all-things stencils. Show up with an idea if you can and be prepared to immerse yourself in the world of negative space! Some equipment will be provided, but if you have your own paper/plastic/board (to cut out a stencil with), x-acto knife, cutting board (and even spray paint), please bring it. All skill levels welcome.
You don’t need to be an artist to learn and create. No idea is a bad one and no question will be denied.
Sunday, January, 20 from 12pm to 4pm
2885 Ettie St., Emeryville, CA
Photo art: Ana Rossi
TXMX in Hamburg just informed the Stencil Archive of the death of Robi the Dog (his Stencil Archive). Swiss artist Robi the Dog pasted up intriguing, surreal, and humorous stencils throughout Hamburg, Berlin and other parts of Europe. He died late August of 2016 at the age 37/38. In an interview with streetartbln.com, Robi the Dog stated that he got into street art in 2006, and was interested in giving as much art to the people by "exercising his right to change the environment that he lived in". Stencil Archive extends its sympathies to the friends and family of Robi the Dog, as well as to all of those whole admired his art work.
Let's hope that 2019 is full of negative space!
Thanks for the submissions! Cheers to: Amanda, Brooklyn Street Art, Hugh, and Josiah.
Photo: Amanda S.
Banksy (just one)
>NEW< stencil legend Peter Kuper
Raf Urban (just one)
Sol (just one)
xoooox (just one)
Battle against taggers makes its mark as San Francisco’s graffiti plague eases
SF Chron (LINK)
Evan Sernoffsky Jan. 4, 2019 Updated: Jan. 4, 2019 4 a.m.
They usually strike at night. Spray can in hand, they scrawl their crude tags on San Francisco’s historic brick facades, business windows and sidewalks.
And when morning reveals the destructive spree of graffiti, the vandals are usually long gone, leaving property owners with a stubborn cleanup job — possibly even a fine.
But thanks to an aggressive new strategy by police and prosecutors, such incidents of vandalism appear to be in decline, according to the latest numbers. Reports of graffiti to 311 have hit an all-time low since the city started tracking the data at the start of 2016.
There were 3,371 such calls in November compared with 7,611 reported during March, according to data provided by the district attorney’s office.
Eye Speak, (1980 - )
Excerpted from "Peter Kuper: Conversations," edited by Kent Worcester, from a 2009 interview with Kuper by Christopher Irving (pp. 76-77).
Your stencil style: How do you go about doing that?
Kuper: I photocopy my pencil drawings, and then cut a stencil out of the photocopy paper. I spray them with enamel spray paint, not an airbrush, so I can pick up one can, put it down, and then spray another fast.
How did you first arrive at using stencils for comic book art?
Kuper: My lifelong pal, Seth Tobocman turned me on to them. I was looking at an illustration he did this way and it rang my bell. It was apparently a very loud bell, because that was in 1988 and here, to this day, I'm still doing stencils. At this point, I feel like I want to move away from spray paint because of its toxic nature. The irony of doing pieces on our degraded environment using aerosol sprays is too much.
Spy vs. Spy is done in stencils, right?
Kuper: I did it in stencils when they asked me to try out for the job figuring they wouldn't go for it. I didn't want to try to mimic the style of [Antonio] Prohias', I thought that "If I'm going to do this, I'll do something that's different. I thought they'd thank me for my kooky approach, bid me adieu and I'd go on my merry way." When they said, "You got the job," I thought I'd probably just do it for a year. I'm in my thirteenth year of Spy vs. Spy.
Do you do these stenciled comics a panel at a time, or the whole page?
Kuper: I do it a page at a time. I usually spray a base in red and black. I spray the red paint first and then spray the black on top of it, which gives a glow of the red under the black. Occasionally I do more than one stencil per piece, but not that often. I'm experimenting now with rolling or brushing on acrylic paint with a stencil.
Later in the book, Seth Tobocman briefly mentions stencils in the 2014 interview with Steven Heller (p. 100)
Early November’s update is here! Thanks to: Amanda, Brooklyn Street Art, and Devin. Today’s vinyl LP work music: The Residents (RIP Hardy Fox) and Classically MAD (1958).
(Photo from up the hill on Turk St., SF)
>NEW< Raf Urban (FR)
Colombia (just one)
Germany (just one)
Indonesia (more ancient cave stencils)
NYC (just one)
Russia (just one)
South Carolina (just one)
Uruguay (just one)
:::::::: SAN FRANCISCO
Financial District (advertisements!)
Upper Haight (just one)
The Richmond (just one)
40,000-year-old cave art may be world's oldest animal drawing
The Southeast Asian island of Borneo joins a growing number of sites boasting early cave art innovation.
BY MAYA WEI-HAAS
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 7, 2018 (LINK)
COUNTLESS CAVES PERCH atop the steep-sided mountains of East Kalimantan in Indonesia, on the island of Borneo. Draped in stone sheets and spindles, these natural limestone cathedrals showcase geology at its best. But tucked within the outcrops is something even more spectacular: a vast and ancient gallery of cave art.
Hundreds of hands wave in outline from the ceilings, fingers outstretched inside bursts of red-orange paint. Now, updated analysis of the cave walls suggests that these images stand among the earliest traces of human creativity, dating back between 52,000 and 40,000 years ago. That makes the cave art tens of thousands of years older than previously thought.
But that's not the only secret in the vast labyrinthine system.
In a cave named Lubang Jeriji Saléh, a trio of rotund cow-like creatures is sketched on the wall, with the largest standing more than seven feet across. The new dating analysis suggests that these images are at least 40,000 years old, earning them the title of the earliest figurative cave paintings yet found. The work edges out the previous title-holder—a portly babirusa, or “pig deer,” in Sulawesi, Indonesia—by just a few thousand years.
“In the entrance, there's a little chamber to the right, and it's there—bam,” says archaeologist Maxime Aubert of Griffith University. It's not the earliest cave art ever found. But unlike earlier scribbles and tracings, these paintings are unequivocal depictions of ancient animals, his team reports today in the journal Nature.
The bovines and handprints join a growing array of artwork of similar age that adorns the walls of caves around the world. These paintings mark a shift in how early humans thought about and engaged with their environment—from focusing on survival and daily mundane necessities to cultivating what could be the earliest threads of human culture, explains Paleolithic archeologist April Nowell of the University of Victoria.
“I think for a lot of us, that's a true expression of human-ness in the broadest sense of that word,” she says.