Stencils are not too common in Barcelona, but local artist Ezbai has his fragmented portraits on many a block. The faces in his works seem to be caught in mid-expression, revealing their distinct personalities. Though many abuse the quick reproducibility that the stencil allows, Ezbai does not saturate the streets with repeated images but rather uses the technique to represent his subjects’ uniqueness with detail.
This lime-green pig stencil is simple yet absurd. Despite the pig’s obesity, the scale of the stencil is tiny, allowing these swine to invade unexpected corners of the city’s infrastructure.
Not gonna lie, this is a pretty depressing stencil. In fact, it aptly describes how I feel as I prepare for my finals–but enough self pity. The stencil is very well executed; the shadows fall in the perfect places, giving it an eerily realistic effect. I’ll leave it to your imagination to decide what crawling ape men have to do with “The Human Condition.”
I saw this little stencil on an Oakland sidewalk. Though it’s small, I was impressed with the realism of the speaker and the skateboard. The shadows give the image a three-dimensional feel. As you may have come to know from reading this blog, I love puns. Usually I try to come up with a punny title but this stencil did the work for me. Funk…tion. Heh heh. A speaker on a skateboard is no doubt funky, but I’m not sure how functional that would be. It’s hard to say what the artist meant by this, but I suppose music and skateboarding go hand in hand for some.
I took this photo on campus; I thought it would be appropriate to post today since it’s the day of the student and faculty walk-out and rally against the UC budget cuts. I hope everyone is safe today.
This is an awesome stencil; note the interesting details in the eyes and hair (that is, after you stop examining those giant nipples). The girl kind of reminds me of an anime character because of the large eyes, sharp chin and big boobs. Personally, I like the large, elf-like ears and the cute dots on her cheeks. The precise shading effects of this piece make a nice composition with the other more organic-looking handwritten tags on this mailbox.
Happy weekend yall!