Artists Create a Mural Honoring George Floyd at the Site of His Murder by Hakim Bishara from Hyperallergic

The colourful painting has become a memorial site for Minneapolis residents to honour Floyd and mourn his death.

As protests against the murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd continue, a group of local artists created a mural to commemorate the slain 46-year-old at the street corner where he was choked to death by a police officer on Monday, May 25.

“I can’t breathe,” Floyd pleaded with the four officers who arrested him on Monday morning as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground. One of the officers, Derek Chauvin, was recorded on camera pressing his knee over Floyd’s neck until the unarmed man stopped moving and needed to be delivered to a hospital.

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Floyd was declared dead at 9:25pm that day. The four officers who were involved in his arrest were fired on Tuesday. Since mass protests have erupted in Minneapolis and across the country as protesters demand the court system and government bring Chauvin to justice and address the issue of police brutality against Black citizens. But it wasn’t until today, March 29, that Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder.

The mural, located on the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis, is the work of artists Xena GoldmanCadex Herrera, and Greta McLain. The group started working on the mural on Thursday morning and finished it within 12 hours with the help of artists Niko Alexander and Pablo Hernandez.

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More: https://hyperallergic.com/567663/george-floyd-mural-minneapolis/

Trees Grow from Bricks and a Storefront on the Streets of New York by Pejac by LAURA STAUGAITIS from CLOSSAL

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Elusive Spanish artist Pejac (previously) travels the world creating street interventions, often integrating natural elements into man-made structures through a combination of stenciling and trompe l’oeil painting. His most recent projects have brought him to New York City for the first time, where he has created two arboreal artworks in Bushwick and Chinatown.

Pejac formed Fossil, in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, using a brick-sized stencil to spray paint carefully placed shadows on a brick wall. This illusion of bricks sinking back and surging forward  creates a pixelated tree. Chinatown’s Inner Strength is fully hand-painted, depicting a cherry blossom branch growing out of a security gate and surrounding by flying swallows. Pejac, who often addresses humanity’s fraught relationship to the natural world, describes his newest artworks to Colossal: Taking a sturdy structure and familiar urban element as a base, Fossil is proposing a hypothetical fatal future in which the only memory of nature is the fossilized appearance of a tree on a brick wall. Opposing the first work, Inner Strength is an empowering piece portraying another hypothetical future in which nature breaks the barriers imposed by the hand of man, recovering the lost ground along the way.

In addition to his outdoor work, Pejac occasionally creates editioned prints using a variety of techniques ranging from lithography to screenprinting. You can follow the artist’s travels on Instagram and Facebook. For those in New York, Fossil is located at 27 Scott Avenue in Brooklyn, and Inner Strength can be found at 2 Henry Street in Manhattan.

More: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/04/trees-on-the-streets-of-new-york-by-pejac/?mc_cid=7ef2a4d03e&mc_eid=0636b89ddf

eL Seed’s New Scripts – Interview by Johnny Hanson for ARAMCO WORLD

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Let’s start with “calligraffiti.” There are quite a few artists who do it now. Did you coin the term?
No, to be honest with you, this is a term that has been used the first time in New York for a show, I think in ’84. A show created by Jeffrey Deitch for some calligraphy artists and some graffiti artists from New York. He had this vision 30 years ago that calligraphy and graffiti would merge together. To be honest with you, me today, I don’t even use this word to define myself. I’m just using calligraphy in my artwork. I do sculpture, I do canvases, I do art installations. I’m trying to get out of the box that I think I used to be in a few years ago.
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More: http://www.aramcoworld.com/en-US/Articles/July-2017/eL-Seed-s-New-Scripts

New Alex Senna Street Art Around The East End

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A few weekends back saw the return after a long break from London of Brazilian Street Artist Alex Senna who was over ahead of his current solo exhibition ‘The Nada’ at the Unit 5 Gallery – which is a fantastic show and one we will be reporting on shortly. Whilst over Alex Senna treated London to four delightful works, ranging from warm to surreal in subjects and all presented in that whimsical illustrative style that is so instantaneously Alex Senna.P1800254

Lovely work in Bacon Street featuring a delightful quaint scene with a mother cycling along carrying her trio of children.

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Surreal and fun work in Hanbury Street.

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Fun work in Yorkton Street, Hoxton outside the Unit 5 Gallery.

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Large-scale work along Hackney Road and at current our favourite of the few murals we have seen on this wall over the last year or so, such warmth. This work was put up…

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An artist is pasting images of paintings from museums on Indian street corners from Scroll.In

Julien de Casabianca ‘rescues’ the subjects of famous paintings from their frames and takes them for outings in the city.

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When French and Corsican visual artist Julien de Casabianca visited The Louvre, a museum filled with the work of universally revered artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt, he was inspired by an obscure painting featuring a beautiful young female prisoner. “I had a Prince Charming compulsion to liberate her from the castle,” he confessed.

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While the urge to swoop in and save the damsel was a primitive one, de Casabianca’s idea of rescue was unusual – he photographed the painting, printed an enlarged copy of it and pasted it on an old and decrepit wall in Paris.

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New Dale Grimshaw Street Art In Brick Lane

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Last week saw Street Artist Dale Grimshaw set to create his latest mural in Hanbury Street just off of Brick Lane, ahead of his current solo exhibition ‘Pride & Prejudice’ at the well Hung Gallery in Hoxton (which we have been to see, is fantastic, and shall be reviewing soon). The fantastic work features a Papua New Guinea tribesman as its subject and is yet again a real delight to gaze upon. The work featuring Dale Grimshaw’s signature subject style, maintaining a preference for strongly tribal portraits, on this occasion accompanied with graffiti presented as part of the warriors decorative presetation. all fused with that air-brushed effect that makes for such exquisite images, enthused with a sense of passion and depth that is just fundamentally Dale Grimshaw, always an absolute pleasure to witness. This work was put up with support from Mark Hat, Monoprixx & Not Banksy Forum.

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(Interview) Yazan Halwani: Uniting The City.

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Although he’s only in his twenties, Yazan Halwani is a name you will hear a lot in Beirut. For the last couple of years his work is among the most notable ones when it comes to Arab street art. Halwani has adorned walls of Beirut (and cities all over the world) with portraits of the writer Khalil Gibran and legendary singers Fairuz and Sabah, as well as everyday local heroes like Ali Abdullah, a homeless man who died one winter’s night in 2013 and Fares, a 12-year-old flower seller from Hamra street.

I meet Halwani in a quiet cafe in Gemmayzeh, a vibrant area of cafes and small shops in downtown Beirut. He’s relaxed and easygoing, with a big smile on his face, and remains of paint on his fingers. We move from topic to topic, he speeks with ease and eloquence. We talk about…

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An Eleven-Story-Tall Tree Hugger Sprouts on the Side of a Building in Chileby Kate Sierzputowski from Colossal

Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giogino, or Millo (previously here and here), has painted his latest sky-high mural in the heart of Chile. Never Give Up, created in his signature cartoonish style, features a female figure in the forefront clutching the trunk of a tree. The city behind the girl is black and white, causing the eyes to focus most clearly on a single green vine growing from the heart-shaped stump. The work, which aims to express the hope that Millo believes all hold in their hearts, was produced for Hecho En Casa festival this past month. You can see more of his nature-based and murals on his website, and on Facebook.

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More: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/12/an-eleven-story-tall-tree-hugger-sprouts-on-the-side-of-a-building-in-chile/?mc_cid=8682a862ed&mc_eid=0636b89ddf

New Spray Painted Tile Floor Installations by Javier De Riba by Kate Sierzputowski from COLOSSAL

Spanish street artist Javier De Riba (previously here and here) paints floors instead of walls, mapping out interlocking patterns in the style of intricate tiles. All of his pieces are created with spray paint and stencils, yet the resulting works are almost indistinguishable from the floors of traditional Catalan homes where he was raised. Typically placed in abandoned buildings, De Riba’s geometric patterns stand in stark contrast to the derelict walls that surround them, each painting breathing new life into crumbling architecture.

Recently De Riba has released some limited editions of his spray painted works. You can find these prints on both his website and Etsy.

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Iranian Artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo Hits Shoreditch

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Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo was in Shoreditch over the weekend painting a piece on Saturday in Redchurch Street and a second one on Monday in Holywell Lane. I was fortunate enough to stumble across this artist, of whom I had not heard of, but was instantly impressed by what I saw. Born in Iran in 1981, Ghadyanloo worked as a farmer, before moving to Tehran and gaining a degree in Fine Art as well as an MA in Animation. Combining these two disciplines with his own approach to street art Ghadyanloo has gone on to become one of the most famous street artists in Iran.

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For the past eight years Ghadyanloo has been involved with the Municipality of Tehran’s Beautification Scheme, promoting mural art in the city. For Ghadyanloo street art is the perfect means to beautify his grey and polluted city. He achieves this through the use of bright colours on a…

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