STREET CANVAS

A transcendent experience now greets visitors at the rainbow-hued, geometric facade of a local chapel in Youssofia, Morocco. Street artist Okuda San Migual has covered the church in his signature eye-catching & multicolored shapes. Giving his art a higher level of power and spiritualism through the canvas of a church, the piece, entitled 11 Mirages of Freedom, is part of the British Council sponsored Street Art Caravane. The movement is taking place around Morocco and is helping to build an art community around the country. To check out more images of this spiritual prism-like artwork, read here.

In our smart phone and selfie-obsessed age, artists must wonder, how do you get the millennials and social media influencers on your side? How can street art bleed into these concepts of self-awareness and self-interest in an advantageous way? Artist Matty Mo, AKA The Most Famous Artist, seems to have discovered the answer. His pop-inspired, colorful graphic murals can be found around LA and coincidentally enough, the who’s who of popular Instagram accounts. With a new business venture, Matty Mo wants to continue exploring how these social media posters can be used to promote different art and businesses. His Selfie Wall backdrop seems the perfect starting point in discovering a way to do this! LA Mag talked with him about his art and his background as well as discussed viral advertising, online anonymity, and trends in art. Read his full interview over at LA Mag to get a deeper insight into his work...and why not take a selfie while you’re at it!  

Decaying French Village Becomes Canvas for Graffiti

Somewhere along the shores of an English Channel lies a former holiday spot near Pirou, Normand. Populated with over a 100 villas, the camp sits derelict like a ghost town, having never acquired the luxury hotel and swimming pool that was planned for it. Andia & Alpace Productions created 'Pirou: Le village fantôme', a short film which surveys and examines the fate of the ghostly summer camp using a drone. Watch how this little abandoned phantom village has transformed and attracted invading artists with their colorful tags, graffiti and murals!

Most art is political, whether it means to be or not. In “Agitprop!” at the Brooklyn Museum, politics is the whole point. Content is didactic; the creative part lies in how efficiently and effectively it’s delivered. Photography, prints and performance are favored media because they are, in different ways, portable, readily legible and easily reproducible. In general, monuments aside, political art isn’t made to last; it’s made to work. And it has to be ready to change as the news changes. Read more

From a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, Laila Ajjawi is making street art that questions women's role in Middle Eastern society. Though her themes vary from horses to the plight of Palestinian refugees, a common theme throughout many of her pieces is women's empowerment.In a recent profile on Cosmopolitan(which is an excellent read, by the way, so do take a look), Ajjaqi said that she has been painting and drawing since age five; however, she created her first piece of street art just one year ago through Women on Walls, a group of artists who use graffiti to advocate for women's rights, painting together to stay safe. The mural, "Look at my Mind," depicts a variety of colors, objects, and designs emerging from the top of a woman's head. She told Yahoo Travel that she hopes the image reminds men to view women as more than objects and reminds women to focus on developing their inner beauty. Read more

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The world of street art abounds with irony. Supporters of this art form (which is largely predicated on defacing other people’s property) have protested plans to demolish the graffiti-covered 5 Pointz building in Queens, New York. The “outlaw” Banksy is a savvy self-promoter whose new Dismaland project, in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, has been described as “the most shameless commercial art project since Disneyland”. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that this outsider art form now has its own official cultural venue in the Street Art Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. If such an institution seems a contradiction in terms for an art form that, by definition, is supposed to take place on the street, curator Nailya Allahverdiyeva seems to be its biggest opponent. “In general, I hate street art expositions, because I consider that to be a profanation of street art,” she told the Moscow Times. “I have done everything I can to drive artists out on to the street.”  Read full story. 

When he arrived in the United States for the first time, Alexandre Keto's first destination wasn't a tourist attraction, but Baltimore, Maryland. Armed with a backpack full of spray paint, the 27-year-old Brazilian graffiti artist wanted to see the neighborhood where Freddie Gray died while in police custody and where several hundred residents took to the streets in protest. 

"It was really important for me to be in Baltimore, so I could see with my own eyes," said Keto. Read full story here.