If you tried to visit the Stencil Archive last night, you probably saw an error page. We aren't sure what happened and it appears to be all good and up again. Apologies if this interrupted your stencil enjoyment in any way. As always, this project is a bootstrap, grassroots one. Any support goes straight to the admin and upkeep of the Stencil Archive. Profit of any kind is hilarious in this age of hypercapitalism. As a great street artist once said, "art should be free to the public and not inside a stuffy old building."
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Sash's interest in creating street art stems from the idea that art is for all people to enjoy and it should serve to stimulate thought and dialog in the individual. As a means to engage a broader and curious-inclined audience through her street art, Sash has developed and implemented the use of geohashtags in conjunction with social media to interact with her audience.
Three-day weekend and nothing to do? Time to click through some stencil pics!
Music by WRAS and KTRU ::: Efficient split-screen by El Capitan ::: Thanks for the submissions: Celeste, Josiah, Amanda, Paul, Terri)
Blek in NYC (thanks, Paul Delano)
C215 in San Francisco and Istanbul (thanks, Amanda)
>NEW< JPS (UK)
>NEW< AINAC (Art is not a Crime)
Fekner in the Bronx
Logan Hicks in San Francisco
Eclair in San Francisco
fnnch in San Francisco
>NEW< Down n’ dirty with JR in Upper Haight
The Mission (thans, Terri)
A few on Divis
One at Caltrain station
SoMa (with big, bad Bluewolf advertisement)
Two on Geary St.
One in the TL
VVVV more pic links after the break VVVV
Stencils for Bernie: The campaign to elect Bernie Sanders as President of the United States in 2016 is a true grass-roots movement. In the spirit of that effort, we are making stencil templates available to anyone that would like to use them in support of this historic run for the presidency. Feel free to download and cut any of the de
AINAC is based out of Brooklyn, NY. He made his first appearance in NY in late 2012. Ever since then, AINAC has been marking his territory with his tag of a presidential head of Abraham Lincoln. For several months, AINAC's tag of Abraham Lincoln as well as other significant and controversial pieces of artwork have been displayed throughout the boroughs of NYC. With constant improvement and continuous progression in his artwork, AINAC's work has evolved and developed into a unique and original style. The very latest series of work that he has been putting his time and effort into is titled the “Construction Series” which stems from the craftsmanship being implemented. This series includes hand-built, hand-sanded shadow box frames, with 3 dimensional scenery and images. This series of work also consists of various backgrounds including leather and wood to set the bar high for other artists. Various new pieces are shown on AINAC's website in effort to promote a new form of hands-on artwork.
Who owns street art?
21 September 2015 By Tim Maxwell, Becky Shaw, Andrew Bruce for Law Society Gazette
In a judgment handed down on 11 September in The Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Limited  EWHC 2556 (Ch), the High Court held that a tenant was not entitled to remove a Banksy mural from the wall of its leasehold property and must deliver it up to the claimant.
As well as being one of the first cases to consider the ownership of street art, it also raises points of general importance in landlord and tenant law.
The mural in question, ‘Art Buff’ (pictured), appeared on the back of an amusement arcade in Folkestone in late September 2014 during the Folkestone Triennial, a public art event organised by the Creative Foundation, a charity promoting the arts as part of the regeneration of the town. Art Buff quickly became popular locally, but just over a month after it first appeared, the tenant of the property, Dreamland Leisure Ltd, arranged for the mural to be cut out of the wall, without the landlord’s knowledge or permission, and then sent to the US where it was offered for sale.
"We decided to leave [our Twenty-third street loft] on October 20, 1972.... Robert [Mapplethorpe] and I stood together alone in my section of the loft. I had left some things behind - the lamb pull toy, an old white jacket made of parachute silk, PATTI SMITH 1946 - stenciled on the back wall- in homage to the room like one leaves a portion of wine to the gods." - Just Kids by Patti Smith (p. 208)
The Dotmaster, a UK artist, started painting on the streets of Brighton in the early ’90s. He takes a sideways look at a populist media with a typically English sense of humour. His work is impeccably detailed – his half-tone work, stark black and white street pieces and unique, photo-real colour stencils all create street-based illusions that fool the eye.
STRØK / anders gjennestad – IS A NORWEGIAN STENCIL ARTIST WHO EXHIBITS IN GALLERIES; ON STREET WALLS HE GOES BY THE ALIAS STRØK. HIS HAND CUT MULTI LAYERED STENCILS CREATE PHOTOREALISTIC IMAGERY, WITH DEPTH AND DETAIL THAT IS COMPLEX, TACTILE AND MENTALLY ENGAGING. THE PLACEMENT AND CHOICE OF MATERIAL PAINTED ON, RUSTY METAL, GRITTY WALLS, SHINY GLASS, DEPICTS THE NATURE OF THE SUBJECT AND ENABLES THE WORK TO INTERACT WITH THE SPACE.
1AM Gallery is pleased to present "Memento Mori" a new collection of works by the profound stencil artists C215 and Logan Hicks. Memento mori, Latin for "remember (that you have) to die" is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
Join us for the opening of this exhibition Thursday, September 17th, 6:30-9:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. For inquiries or art catalog preview email Artsales@1amgallery.com