Street Update #92

September 9, 2015

So many interesting things happened last week in the universe of street and urban art, both indoors and outdoors. With UpNorth festival behind us, we had the opportunity to see some of the best creations captured by Henrik Haven. Also, Nuart festival is officially open in Stavanger Norway and we took a look at some of the pieces created so far. For those who prefer to enjoy the works of their favorite artists indoors, the good news is that there are two great joint-exhibitions happening as we speak, one of them being Vesod and Denial in Turin, Italy and other L’Atlas and Tanc in Geneva, Switzerland. This week also made a list of some of the best Doctor Who-inspired street art pieces you definitely need to check out and tried to solve the everlasting question whether graffiti is art or vandalism. Street artist Alaniz had some remarkable thoughts on the subject of illegality of street art practices and you can read more about that in our interview.

During the past week, our Facebook page was filled with some amazing street art pieces, and it is time to see which of them you liked the most, so scroll down and enjoy your favorites…

Nafir in Berlin

Iranian artist Nafir was recently in Berlin, collaborating with the Urban Nation and creating a couple of new pieces in various locations over the city. As a self-taught artist, he started his career on the streets of his hometown of Teheran and many of his first works were influenced by the traditional Iranian art and culture. This time he drew the inspiration from another cultural milieu, depicting the Japanese warrior battling against the Facebook like symbol. Entitled Samurai Likeism, the artwork visualizes the struggles of traditional culture in the time of social media, with the final result of the split like button and ironically more than four hundred likes on our Facebook page.

Photo via Nafir

Martin Whatson for Nuart in Stavanger, Norway

Earlier this week, Norwegian street artist Martin Whatson finished his second mural for the Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway. Whatson created a large figure of a female dancer with the colorful dress made of graffiti and tags, staying true to his signature style which combines monochromatic stencils with vibrant graffiti techniques. Nuart festival is heating up, so stay tuned for Martin Whatson’s new works from Stavanger as well as the reports on other artists projects.

Image via Nuart

Levalet in Paris

Franch artist Charles Leval, better known as Levalet, decorated the walls of Paris with yet another of his street art pieces. One of the main features of Levalet’s art practice is the clever incorporation of artworks into their surroundings. Just like in his previous works, the new piece entitled Nausée interacts with the local fountain architecture. The artwork brings a painting of a man, placed around the bronze sea monster gargoyle, resulting in an eerie and grotesque mixture of animalistic and human elements in the state of nausea.

Image via Levalet

Tasso in Plauen, Germany

German street artist Tasso, the founder of the Ma‘Claim crew was one of the participants in this year’s IBUG, Urban Culture Festival in Plauen, Germany. After six days of extensive work, Tasso created an astonishing piece, celebrating the festival’s tenth anniversary. Tasso’s new work brings the filtered portrait of a swimmer emerging from a pool in a masterfully achieved illusion of water-optic. IBUG festival usually brings artists to paint on the walls of abandoned buildings which are later demolished, and since the building on which Tasso painted is not on that list, the artist decided to destroy the artwork himself at some point, following the tradition and commentating on the temporal nature of street art.

Photo via Tasso

Millo in Heerlen, Netherlands

Italian muralist Millo created a large-scale mural in Heerlen, Netherlands recently. The black and white mural features one of Millo’s signature cartoonish characters sitting on top of the skyscraper and playing with the heart-shaped yo-yo. The mural was made with the support of Heerlen Murals, an organization dedicated to the promotion of public and street art practices, both in Heerlen and worldwide. The city of Heerlen is now richer for another astonishing public piece done in Millo’s recognizable monochromatic painting style, exploring the artist’s favorite themes of love, loneliness, and urban environments.

Photos via Millo

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