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.
the movie, the soundtrack, the comic book
A compilation of single-panel dramas by Victor Gastelum
PREORDER NOW from END FWY...
This item will ship April 30th.
Genre: Single-panel Dramas
Publication date: April 24, 2015
Publisher: END FWY Press
Edition & Language: First Edition, English
Format: Comic Book
Product dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in
Some of these pieces first appeared in:
CRUMP COMICS (Upland, CA)
THE PUNCHLINE (San Pedro, CA)
THE RISE AND THE FALL (San Pedro, CA)
STOOL (Long Beach, CA)
As well as on LP & CD cover art for bands such as:
RIG (San Pedro, CA)
NOTHING PAINTED BLUE (Claremont, CA)
CALEXICO (Tucson, AZ)
Some of the pieces dated 1991-1999 were compiled as
DAFT (the incomplete compilation of single-panel dramas by Victor Gastelum)
Compiled here as VELVETEEN ANGEL 1991-2007
Victor Gastelum has been creating his spray paint stencil multiples since 1988, and showing them since 1992. The multiples are usually limited to 10 pieces, and because of the spray paint technique, no two prints are alike. Most of the stencils are sprayed on aluminum, heavy drawing paper or heavy holographic card stock. Gastelum’s art has been published in numerous books and magazines including F*cked Up + Photocopied, Ciudad Hibrida/Hybrid City and The New York Times Magazine. Victor Gastelum has also collaborated with his long-time friends, Tucson-based band Calexico, creating art for many of their albums. In addition Victor has collaborated with other artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Raymond Pettibon and Rolo. He has been published by Hamilton Press (Venice, CA) in the form of a collaborative lithograph and an art book cover and by Self-Help Graphics (Los Angeles, CA) in the forms of serigraphs as well as monoprints of their albums. Victor Gastelum is a native Californian and lives with his wife Ivy and kids Ariana and Adrian in Long Beach, California.
[When I'm not obsessed with stencils, I'm working for the amazing environmental NGO Center for Biological Diversity. CBD mostly protects endangered species, and I was excited last year when a co-worker told me Roger Peet (Justseeds) - an artist in my book Stencil Nation - was organizing murals across the USA for CBD. Eventhough I have co-painted some stencil peices for CBD, I'm out of the loop on this project (Hey, I'm doing other serious work for the org!). Much to my surprise, Icy and Sot have painted the latest mural with Roger and CBD. I'm grateful that the folks at Brooklyn Street Art hung out on the roof with them as they put up this great piece! - Russell]
photo by Jess X. Chen
ICY & SOT STENCIL AN ENORMOUS BLUE WHALE IN LA
Posted on January 21, 2016
Street Artists Icy & Sot are thinking about the ocean. More specifically they’re thinking about its largest resident, the blue whale.
Up to 110 feet long and 330,000 pounds, the blue whale literally can go to the deepest part of the ocean, or hang out on the surface.
This brand new mural is the brothers’ first stencil to address endangered species and it took a lot of blade wielding in their Brooklyn studio this month to cut the maritime scene before flying to Los Angeles to spray it out. Their work often speaks of social and political ills such as homelessness, war, arms proliferation, immigration. This is their very first that gives voice to those whose habitats are regularly contaminated and polluted by industry and individuals.
“We wanted to use a species that lives in water,” says Sot as they discuss the special project with the Justseeds Cooperative for the Center for Biological Diversity.
Banksy's offical site, with a map: http://www.dismaland.co.uk/map/
Rumors collected at the Daily Beast.
Dismaland is the name of Banksy’s gloriously subversive theme park that is heavily rumored to be opening this weekend—that is Friday, August 21—in the UK. Pictures of its mysterious construction in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England, began surfacing online late last week.
According to the Bristol Post, the amusement park is being billed as a “sinister twist on Disneyland,” and includes a pink dystopian version of the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle, a horse-like sculpture, an S-shaped gas tanker [Mike Ross's Big Rig Jig from Burning Man], and various other oddball attractions. The mammoth structure(s) is being built at the Tropicana, a 10,200-square-foot lido site that’s been abandoned since 2000, and the area’s reportedly been closed off for the past several months under the guise of a Hollywood film shooting there called Grey Fox. The construction site had signs reading “Crew Notice Grey Fox Productions” put up around it to distract onlookers, and the so-called film project claimed it was produced by Charles Roven’s company Atlas Entertainment—behind the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice—and directed by Declan Whitebloom, whose representative denied he was in Weston-super-Mare according to The Daily Mail. Banksy’s representative Jo Brooks could not be reached for comment.
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Back in 2008, the Everfresh crew offered piles of hospitality for me when I visited Melbourne for the Stencil Nation tour. They also fed me pizza and beer. In the history of modern stencilism, Everfresh was at the nexus of using the tool as a new form of expression and art. Their site stencilrevolution.com went live just after Stencil Archive and instantly had hundreds more photos due to Everfresh's better design skills. If any of these artists show in your city, please support their art and offer them some food and beer. - R.
Sep 6, 12-5pm
5 Perry St, Collingwood
It's been a long while since we have written, we've been a little busier than usual but Everfresh Studio are excited to announce we're back in Collingwood!
Late last year we became homeless for the first time in our 10 year history. Luckily we had help from a few friends and were able to find a temporary home down in Abbotsford by the river, so we packed up 10 years worth of stuff and away we went.
Select Urban Soule artwork has been picked up by CB2 (Crate & Barrel), Target and Hobby Lobby!
Be sure to check stores Spring of 2015 to see what's been chosen!
Meanwhile, check out Urban Soule's work locally, up in the Seattle area:
Bellevue Festival of the Arts
July 25th-27th 10am-8pm
Booth number #143 facing 8th street
Anacortes Arts Festival
August 1st-3rd - 10am 6pm
Booth number #605E
Located in Anacortes,WA
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. :)