Suspended Shirt Installations by Kaarina Kaiakkonen
Using hundreds of second-hand shirts Finnish environmental artist Kaarina Kaiakkonen creates site-specific installations suspended above roadways or inside large warehouse spaces. Her most recent work Are We Still Going On? (top images), was conceived at Collezione Maramotti, a private collection of contemporary art in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and involves hundreds of children’s shirts hung in rows to resemble the interior hull of a giant ship. The shirts are organized by color on each side of the skeletal boat to represent a sort of symbolic dialogue about gender. You can learn more over on Art Texts Pics and see a brief video of the piece here.
The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga
Since 1997 Brazilian artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga has been turning haphazard, porous, or cracked surfaces into a bizarre, misshapen faces in his unique style of street art portraiture. His site-specific paintings have appeared around the world this year in places like Senegal, Portugal, Berlin, Amsterdam and of course his native Brazil, and he’s also known for much more elaborate and polished graffiti murals. You can see much more of his work over onFlickr, and if you liked this also check out the work of Nomerz.
Unexpected Weather Change on the Streets of Riga
A Latvian group that goes by the name Kut who describes themselves as “a creative collective consisting of filmmakers, musicians, artists, politicians and cats,” recently undertook an action on the streets of Riga called “Oh Joy!” where the group brought nature to the city and made the weather change unexpectedly.
Call Parade: 100 Phone Booths paired with 100 Artists on the Streets of São Paulo
Call Parade is an ongoing public art project in São Paulo sponsored by Brazilian telecommunications firm Vivo, that paired 100 artists with 100 street-side phone booths giving them free reign to transform the peculiar hooded fixtures into anything imaginable. The exhibition has proven to be extremely popular and Brazilian photographer Mariane Borgomani set out to capture a number of the phones, my favorite of which is the painted day/night treatment above by artist Maramgoní. You can see a gallery of all 100 phones here.
Malaysian Street Art by Ernest Zacharevic
A great new street artist is making a splash in Malaysia this month. Painter Ernest Zacharevic created four new works where his painted figures of mischievous children are seen interacting with their physical surroundings: an old bicycle, a motorcycle, or even windows on the side of a building.
Origami Street Art by Mademoiselle Maurice
Using hundreds of origami, she temporarily redecorated the walls of Paris with colorful street art that everyone can appreciate.
Beyond the appearances, Mademoiselle Maurice seeks to deepen the link between individuals who form that human network which we belong and we frequent every day.
Geological Street Art by Paige Smith of A Common Name
The past couple months I have been working on a street art project around the Los Angeles area. Rather than using traditional paint or wheat paste methods in a 2D platform, I’ve been using paper in 3D. These sculptures come in all sizes and fit in the holes of buildings and pipes found while walking around. The finished shapes represent geodes, crystal, quartz, or any mineral formation that you would normally find in nature, now in our planned out cities.
The Green Carpet in Jaujac France
Citizens of the small French village Jaujac got the VIP treatment this month. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its art and nature trail programs, the town rolled a green carpet throughout the idyllic village. The path represents a “piece of nature designed to create a communion between nature and man through art.”
The grass carpet spans 1,400 ft. through the old village. Created by Gaëlle Villedary, the project hoped to bring nature into the town. Viewing the pictures, it is nice to see the people of Juajac interacting with the path. The green grass twists and turns through the buildings, bringing the green surroundings into the village that is made up of mostly grey structures.
Here comes the Neighborhood
Legendary photographer Martha Cooper has been documenting graffiti and graffiti writers since the late 1970s. Her and Henry Chalfant’s book “Subway Art”, originally published in 1984, was largely responsible for the globalization of graffiti. She has remained a fixture in the community and culture, and has been documenting the Wynwood Walls since the project began in 2009. Her photos tell the story of the Wynwood Walls from its inception to expansion, and all of the artists and their respective works. In graffiti and street art, nothing is permanent, even commissioned walls. Because of the temporary nature of the medium, Martha’s photos outlast almost every piece of graffiti or street art itself.
source. The Kids Should See This