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On the Street in: Denver

DENVER 2016 ~ On a short trip to Denver, Colorado back in April, I took some time to wonder the streets and captured some of the vibrant street art scene there.

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I stayed on E. Colfax near Park Avenue and the first thing I noticed right off-the-bat was the strong sticker game going on there. Being a big sticker fan myself, I got a little obsessed trying to document all the slaps. Every sign, newspaper box, dumpster and drainpipe were plastered with plenty of great sticker work.

Names like MESR, INVIZ, SPB (Silly Pink Bunny / Jeremy Fish), YESM (tribute?), AEKS and HB9, led me from sign to sign.

YESM ? (tribute?) WKT, EMT

INVIZ, FTSK – Label 228

IMOK (If Mother Only Knew) – Jive

SPB (Silly Pink Bunny / Jeremy Fish)

FTSK Label 228 & Hello my name is BERT

Some nice 228 Labels, hand styles and graphics were seen in some out-of-the way places too.

Then I made my way over to the Larimer Street area near 27th St. where there are tons of sanctioned murals but even more unsanctioned stuff. There are two alleyways on either side of Larimer St. that are chock-full of tags, murals, wheatpastes, throwies, and just about anything else you can think of.

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Trashbird, Lomax and??

One of my favorite discoveries there was the “Kwiatkowski Press” prints. A project by Brian Bradley, working under the name Frank Kwiatkowski, he carves his designs on sections of old traffic cones to make the prints. I saw at least five of them up on walls and other surfaces. He has a very unique style that reminds me of the raw and revolutionary work of Emory Douglas in the 1970s.  Kwiatkowski often centers his work around the healthcare industrial complex and his struggles in dealing with diabetes.

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Another wonderful discovery was the work of Koko Bayer (@kokonofilter). The grandchild of groundbreaking Modern Bauhaus Artist Herbert Bayer, Koko’s project “brings his work back to life” by reproducing images and getting them up out in the streets, and adding a contemporary twist here and there. Now a whole new generation can be introduced to his masterworks through this collaboration that defies the bounds of time and mortality.

Koko Bayer also documents the weathering of the pieces over time.

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While walking through one of the alleys I was surprised to see a huge piece by one of my longtime favorite artists: GATS (Graffiti Against the System). @GATSPTV

I first came across the work of GATS while visiting ROME in 2010. The East Bay artist has one of the most recognizable styles on the streets. This double-faced piece behind The Meadowlark Bar music venue was so rad, I did my best to move the dumpsters out of the way to get a full shot, but the left one was full of cooking oil, so it was no-go.

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So I shot this Impossible Project / Polaroid of one face.

There was waaay too much wonderful stuff to mention all of it in this post. So I’ll show a few more here, then you can click the link at the bottom of the page (or here) if you’d like to flip through my Flickr Gallery of 80 photos.

CORPSE ART (@c0rpse___)

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Scot LeFavor WHAM! mural

There’s tons more to see, so click through the gallery below to fully immerse yourself in the Denver street scene.

Check back soon for the next installment of our “On the Street in:” series.  Hint: it’s often preceded by “Moon’s Over…”

Stay Up! ~ Peace.

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ALL TEXT AND PHOTOS BY LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN


Tristan Eaton paints historic wall at Bern’s

TAMPA — World famous mural artist Tristan Eaton spent the past weekend painting his first wall in Tampa. The Los Angeles-based artist, whose work is part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, was brought to Tampa through a combined effort of CASS Contemporary art gallery in Tampa and Bern’s Steak House.

“CASS owners, Jake and Cassie Greatens, always thought that the wall facing Howard Avenue had great potential,” gallery director Janet Malin said. “This past fall, they approached Bern’s owner, David Laxer, about their idea to turn the wall into a powerful piece of art work.”

The Bern’s team was immediately on board, and they commissioned Eaton to create the mural in honor of the restaurant’s 60th anniversary.

“I love the shape of the wall,” Eaton said during a break from the spray-cans on Friday. “It’s really unique and it feels historic and important in its architecture.”

Working his first wall in Tampa has been an experience worthy of his stylish hosts. “They’ve been really good to me,” Eaton said. “Having a steak dinner after I paint, and being able to stay in the hotel directly across the street and have a view of the mural from the room. It’s a really amazing experience.”

The mural is sure to turn some SoHo heads with its rich palette of reds and oranges and its stylized depiction of large jungle cats intertwined with classical figures. The design was inspired by the restaurant itself, Eaton said.

“The place is filled with art, design and pattern. There’s ornate architecture and furniture … so I wanted to capture that regal heritage, with some humor and soul,” Eaton said.

 

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ALL TEXT AND PHOTOS BY LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN

 

LINK:  @tristaneaton on Instagram


On the street in: Key West

On a recent trip to Key West, Florida, (in November 2015) I documented what I came across during my touristic wanderings. Plenty of stickers and little tags, but not many large pieces or murals. Here’s what I found…

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Here’s a decent sticker bomb site including The London Police, buenowun, INFOE, YU 246, CYNE and more.

CYNE was up absolutely EVERYWHERE in Key West. Here’s just a sample of what I came across by this “SouthernmostWanted” graffiti, paste-up & sticker artist…

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These CYNE wheatpastes are really artful.

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CYNE

 

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CYNE & TWICE

 

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Here’s CYNE with SiD, and UTAH & ETHER – VISAH TATER – SODUH

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CYNE – INFOE – YU 246

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Here’s a lovely tag on a utility box. I can’t tell if it’s “Ambrose”, “Aimlose” or what… Anyone know this one?

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I love this WILZA blue skull paste-up. Good Style!

 

Here are two paste-ups with “Relax, Dude” using Batman & James Bond” I saw another Bond one that was even more torn off.

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Here’s a nice little hand-drawn USPS Priority sticker. Anyone know who this is?

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Here’s another really awesome sticker. I can’t decipher it. Any guesses?

 

 

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Icon face with glasses USPS Priority sticker.

 

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OK face multicolor sticker.

 

Sorria (or Soffia) sticker (Nasck?) - Key West -8833

Sorria (or Soffia) sticker. Is this NASCK???

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SICK double priority sticker.

 

Here are two cool skulls with hats. Reminiscent of dia de los muertos.

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Skull with sunglasses & hat (dia de los muertos) and little p-nut.

 

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nice white on black peat (or peal?) sticker. Anyone know this one?

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Very cool little painted wooden wheel screwed onto a telephone pole. 

 

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d1NYC – #duelris – Adventures of Rainbow Bush & cool green stripey spray dude with his tongue out.

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Visah & Papa George?

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INFOE & SiD w/ Gnarles Jr. (band)

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INFOE & SHOWDRAWN.com

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heres a very cool little tag sticker. Anyone know??

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UTAH ETHER & VISAH TATER with a nifty little GRILL sticker.

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Another one of thole little grill stickers, UTAH ETHER & VISAH TATER

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INFOE stickers.

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This was a very cool little photograph, framed in wood and bolted to a street sign post.

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sticker quote from @byoungz

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RENONE

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CYNE & PawnWorks

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and to finish it off, here’s an unknown “Hello my name is” hand drawn sticker.

This was a quick trip to Key West, my first time there. I put up some of my RayJohnsonFanClub collage work and also a couple of my Picturecrossing Polaroids. I’ll be posting them up here a bit later…

Ciao


Ray Johnson Fan Club hits Florida

RJFC sticker #42

RJFC sticker #42

Ray Johnson Fan Club hits Florida with trashy street art.
Read the article here: http://rayjohnsonfanclub.com/2014/01/29/fla2013/


RJFC Hits Brussels with Trashy Street Art

RJFC Hits Brussels! ~ Stickers #38, #39 & #40

Ray Johnson Fan Club sticker #40  Ray Johnson Fan Club sticker #39  Ray Johnson Fan Club sticker #38

On two separate trips to Brussels recently, I made these stickers using only trash found on the streets there.

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RJFC Sticker #38 was completed using trash found on the streets of Brussels.

I made it while sitting at Le Pain Quotidien in the Galerie de la Reine in Brussels.

RJFC sticker #38 (left in Brussels)

I left it the same day on a wooden construction barrier beside the Montana Shop & Gallery Brussels along Rue de la Madeleine. (above)

RJFC sticker #39

RJFC Sticker #39 was also completed using trash found on the streets there

and made while sitting at Le Pain Quotidien in the Galerie de la Reine in Brussels.

RJFC sticker #39 (left in Brussels)

I left it the same day on a Taxi Parking sign in Brussels near Rue du Marché aux Herbes.(above)

RJFC sticker #40

RJFC Sticker #40 was completed a few weeks later, also using trash found on the streets of Brussels.

I made it while sitting at Café de la Presse on Avenue Louise near Ixelles in Brussels.

RJFC sticker #40 left in Brussels

I left it the same day on a Dior perfume advertisement outside the Ici Paris XL perfume shop

on Chaussée de Waterloo at the intersection of Rue Vanderkindere.

Brussels is a great place to find materials on the ground to work with and also a great place for stickers. I see new and interesting ones every time I visit.

More coming soon!

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Do you LIKE me? www.facebook.com/rayjohnsonfanclub
USING TRASH OFF THE STREETS TO MAKE ART ON THE STREETS.
I use only trash and found items to collage these handmade, signed & numbered stickers. They are made to compliment my larger works which in which I use trashy paperback book covers, record & magazine covers, CDs, posters, postcards and other mass-produced media as a base for my hand-cut & paste collages, which I usually leave out on the streets for anyone to enjoy (or destroy.)

See all my stickers here!

or find out more at: www.rayjohnsonfanclub.com SERIOUSLY TRASHY STREET ART!


I was unknowingly part of an experiment (and liked it!) Illegal August at Vandalog.

I was unknowingly part of an experiment (and liked it!)

Illegal August: Vandalog’s month-long experiment revealed and explained.

 


Ray Johnson Fan Club hits Geneva

USING TRASH FROM THE STREETS TO MAKE ART ON THE STREETS

“Ray Johnson Fan Club” is one of my Noms de Guerre.

I use only trash and found objects in my hand-cut & paste collages.

Then I usually leave them out on the street for anyone to enjoy (or destroy.)

I made and posted four stickers and one larger collage during a recent trip to Geneva, Switzerland.

RJFC Sticker #30 RJFC sticker #32 RJFC sticker #31 RJFC sticker #33

RJFC Sticker #30

RJFC Sticker #30 was actually made 5/4/2013 using trash found on the streets of London.
I made it while on the ferry from Dover to Calais.

RJFC Sticker #30 left in Geneva
I left it in Geneva, Switzerland 5/25/2013 on a public trash can in front of the Mont Blanc store on Quai du Général-Guisan. (above)

RJFC sticker #31

RJFC Sticker #31 was completed 5/17/2013 while sitting at “Le temps d’un café” in Mons, Belgium.

RJFC sticker #31 (left in Geneva)

I left it in Geneva, Switzerland 5/26/2013 on a dog poop bag dispenser at a little park in Place de l’Octroi in the Carouge neighborhood.

RJFC sticker #32

RJFC Sticker #32 was completed 5/25/2013 using trash found on the streets of Geneva. I made it while visiting there at our rental apartment near Carouge.

RJFC sticker #32 (left in Geneva)

I left it in Geneva, Switzerland 5/26/2013 on a roundabout street sign on Rue Charles-Galland, between the Museum of Art and History and the Palais de Justice. (above)

RJFC sticker #33

RJFC Sticker #33 was completed 5/26/2013 using trash found on the streets of Geneva. I made it while visiting there at our rental apartment near Carouge.

RJFC sticker #33 (left in Geneva)

I left it 5/27/2013 on a large rusty planter in front of the Microcosm center at CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research) in Meyrin, just outside Geneva. (above)

It was a fairly productive visit for me and I also made one larger, record cover collage.

Relationship LXVI - "A new fashion of temptation without taboo in Swiss made BROADWAY"

Ray Johnson Fan Club Relationship LXVI
“A new fashion of temptation without taboo in Swiss made BROADWAY”

Click here to see where it was left!

SEE MORE OF MY COLLAGE WORK AT:

http://www.rayjohnsonfanclub.com

Thanks for looking ~ Lance Aram Rothstein

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RJFC Sticker #18 left in Paris

reblogged from http://www.rayjohnsonfanclub.com

Ray Johnson Fan Club sticker #18

RJFC Sticker #18 was completed 2/6/2013 – and left below the window of the Mail Art Exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Espace Culturel on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France.

RJFC Sticker #18 (left in Paris)

Do you LIKE me? www.facebook.com/rayjohnsonfanclub
USING TRASH OFF THE STREETS TO MAKE ART ON THE STREETS.
I use only trash and found items to collage these handmade, signed & numbered stickers. They are made to compliment my larger works which in which I use trashy paperback book covers, record & magazine covers, posters, postcards and other mass-produced media as a base for my hand-cut & paste collages, which I usually leave out on the streets for anyone to enjoy (or destroy.)

See all my stickers here!

reblogged from http://www.rayjohnsonfanclub.com

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PX No.539

PX No.539 by LANCEPHOTO
PX No.539, a photo by LANCEPHOTO on Flickr.

reblogged from http://picturecrossing.blogspot.com/

picturecrossing No.539 (SX No.450) A torn sign on a gate in front of a graffiti wall along Invalidenstrasse in Berlin, Germany.

CAMERA: Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 SE – c.1978
FILM: Polaroid 600 (expired 9/2006)
DATE:12/30/2010

LEFT:PX No.539 was left in Barcelona on 12/29/12 on small post in the center of the Labyrinth Park of Horta. (see photo below)

PX No.539 (left in Barcelona)

See more at: www.picturecrossing.com


C215 at Montana Gallery Barcelona

C215 at Montana Gallery Barcelona

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If you weren’t lucky enough to catch this C215 show at the Montana Gallery in Barcelona before February 2, 2013, well… it’s too late now.  But lucky for you, I WAS able to go and I photographed much of the brilliant work on display there. I waited until the show was over on this one because I didn’t want to give away the goodies for those who were planning to attend.

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C215 exhibit at Montana Gallery Barcelona 12/2012.

I first happened across C215’s work while roaming the back fondamentas of Venice in 2009. At the time, I’d never seen such a distinctive stencil painting out on the street and it led me to research this brilliant Parisian artist and his work.

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C215 stencil in Venice 12/2009.

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C215 stencil in Venice 12/2009.

While C215 (Christian Guémy) has been a street artist for more than 20 years, his signature stencil technique really evolved into its own style after 2006 and has been progressing ever since. Most people know him for his intricate portraits of street people: the homeless, orphans, laborers, the poverty-stricken denizens of desperation. While on the surface, it may appear to be an image of someone who looks down and out, upon closer examination they often also seem to be brimming with unbridled joy.

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C215 stencil on the streets of Barcelona 12/2012.

But there’s much more than that in his big bag of tricks. Lately you can see more lovers, animals, and even mythological figures in his work.

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C215 painting on rusted metal on display at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

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Large C215 painting on display at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

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Detail of C215 painting on display in Montana Gallery 12/2012.

This show included a variety of works by the artist. Many on wooden boards which gave a nice added texture to the paintings. Some even had tiny hand-crank music boxes attached to them giving each one its own analog soundtrack to be performed by the viewers themselves.

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C215 paintings at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

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Detail of C215 painting with music box at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

There was also a strong series of works done on street/construction signs. These paintings made great usage of the saturated yellow and stark black of the signs allowing the artist’s sharp details to stand out.

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C215 painting at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

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Detail of C215 painting at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

In addition to beautiful portraits, these sign paintings included some political and more serious works.

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C215 painting at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

(notice the “Cash for Your Warhol stencil just below this painting?)

C215 also selected some works tackling the battles of drug addiction and incorporating some very strong phrases.

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C215 painting at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

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C215 installation “Buy Art Not Cocaine” at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

One break-away piece was this installation appearing to be “stencilled” by cocaine on a mirror.

C215 often works on what he calls “urban furniture” like mailboxes and such. There were several of these pieces in the show, embellished by extending the paint onto the walls themselves as he did with most of the items at this exhibition.

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C215 painting at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

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C215 painting at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

One of the larger works in the show was this “Summer of Love Music Festival” painting on wooden planks.

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C215 painting at Montana Gallery 12/2012.

So, all together, a fairly small but very strong exhibition highlighting some of the many different styles of this versatile artist. C215 is one of the most prolific artists out there today and would likely make most people’s top 25 list.  So keep a lookout for his work. It often blends right into it’s environment, and that fits right in with the artist’s intentions.

“I try to interact with context, so I place in the streets elements and characters that belong especially to the streets.” – quoted from C215’s Facebook page.

On my way to the exhibition at The Montana Gallery in Barcelona, I walked right past this piece without even noticing it until my wife pointed it out.

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C215 painting on the streets of Barcelona 12/2012.

And when possible, be sure to get up close and personal with his work. The details don’t disappoint.

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Detail of C215 painting on the streets of Barcelona 12/2012.

all photos and text © Lance Aram Rothstein for Labeauratoire.

LINKS:

C215 official flickr stream / website

C215 Facebook Fan Page

Christian Guemy’s Instagram feed

Montana Gallery Barcelona

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