Street Update returns with: social media disappointments; 8-bit pixelated video game characters; Sartre’s No Exit; Matryoshka dolls; and enlightened flowers in the darkness. Fuck, I would be intrigued too. This week I: ♥; invade; feel; play; and dream. Street Update #18 goes to: a coastal seaport; the city of love; a land of ice; where grizzlies live; and dark alleyways. Holy shit! Please enjoy the murals of: I♥, Invader, Lonac and Svenki, Guido van Helten and Borondo.
There is not much known about the sprayer with heart. I♥ is probably from Vancouver, Canada. He says this much about himself: Just a boy with ideas, opinions and a whole lot of aerosol. Reading between very apparent lines tells us that: Writing on walls does not make you an anarchist, but it’s a start. I♥ doesn’t give a shit if: Nobody likes him. You know why?! He’s got a fucking life. I♥’s lives the life of a stenciling street artist. His pieces are usually basic in execution but witty in conception and idea. His most recent “Nobody Likes Me” stencil criticizes youth’s dependency on social media acknowledgments by others. Not so basic after all, ey?!
From Paris to Hong-Kong and back. L’Invader is back in his hometown and continues to invade. At his studio he prepped the mobile game character Flappy Bird. The mosaic has a diameter of approximately 170 cm and pretty high up the wall. Our guess would be that’s around 40 points for his 1088th invasion of Paris. Considering the recent Flappy Bird crisis maybe 45 points. The mobile game that is published by an independent game studio in Vietnam was pulled of the market last month because the addiction risk was to high. This might very well be Invaders response to the somewhat incomprehensible decision to cancel THE BEST GAME IN THE WORLD.
Lonac and Svenki Vidoviti
A while back the Croation street artist Svenki Vidoviti design the concept of the Matryoshka doll mural. Now he has teamed up with Lonac to develop his idea even further. Svenki painted the Matryoshka dolls in his cartoonish style and Lonac added the photorealistic bear found under the last doll in the line. The mural covers the entire length of a building and the pictures of them painting indicate the large-scale of this beautiful, funny and perfectly executed mural in Zagreb.
Guido van Helten
In 1961 a theater group performed Jean Paul Sartre’s play “No Exit” Reykjavik on Iceland. The photographer Andres Kolbeinsson took several pictures of the screenplay that are now archived in the Reykjavik Museum of Photography. As part of the RVK-RVX project Guido van Helten painted three images photographed by Kolbeinsson on three sides of the Loftkastalinn’ building in the Old west side of Reykjavik. These beautiful photorealistic murals look as if they were drawn with pencil and the detail, considering the size, is unbelievably. Viewed from wide this mural building is just breathtaking.
The Spanish street artist from Madrid is back in the United Kingdom. To be precise Borondo is in east London’s Shoreditch were he painted this mural with his signature touch of romance and melancholy. The mural shows only the lower half of a man’s face. The upper half is covered in flowers that form a bouquet growing toward the light above. Borondo completed this mural with his characteristic paint roller technique that gives his murals the fine-art feel. This mural is again testimony for the museum-worthiness of Borondo’s art, hanging right next to the photographs of Fabiano Caputo and a 1988 TV showing this video: