Happy 2012! This past year, I’ve taken this little blog with me around the world, leaving my Berkeley home and venturing to Barcelona, my city of birth St. Petersburg and a few other destinations in between. It has been a true pleasure seeing so much art and creative energy on the street and meeting some of the people behind it. If you’re curious, here are the top 5 most popular posts of 2011. Picking my favorite artworks would be too difficult, but it’s interesting to see what people have been drawn to nonetheless. I’m going harder in 2012, just you wait.
Kashink at Sauvons La Jarry, Paris
3. Bronik at FemGraff, Barcelona
Vigilante Vigilante, Berkeley
1. JCHM, Barcelona
This giant wheatpaste by ATWA decorates an empty lot, bringing elements of the natural world to the urban landscape. The intricate braid-like pattern creates a soft texture in the owl’s cozy wings. Though the piece is probably horizontal due to space constraints, seeing an owl taking a nap like that is just so damn cute.
CORRECTION: My mistake, this was actually not by ATWA. Feel free to comment if you know who did this so I can credit them.
Tweenz’s rather morbid wheatpaste of a decaying head decorates an abandoned storefront in Oakland. The realistically rendered face looks like an illustration you’d expect to find in a dusty, centuries-old volume on anatomy or black magic, except perhaps filthier. The recognizable face devolves into a tangle of dark, chaotic forms that appear to consume what’s left of the head. Though the artist didn’t include any actual gore, the mass of lines creates a sense of the incomprehensibility of death.
CORRECTION: This is by ATWA, part of the crew Tweenz. Thanks for the comment.