Street Update #17
Street Update is back and presents: Fantastic hemispheres; reality; the dark side; tributes; and dreams. The murals we have lined up for you have concepts, hidden stories and meanings behind them. Paired with the artistic excellence of Curiot, Jason Botkin, BEST | EVER , Case, Os Gemeos and Fintan Magee this weeks murals might be the strongest we had in a while.
Curiot and Jason Botkin
The first International Public Art Festival (IPAF) in Mexico invited Curiot and Jason Botkin to the beautiful of Holbox. The newly found street art team didn’t waste much time and created this colorful and imaginative mural on a brick hemisphere. The collaborative piece looks like the portal into a fantasy universe. Like we’d expected from Curiot the artistic craftsmanship is astonishing. The small details that make up the fantastically aesthetic overall images are outstanding. The mural integrates a lot of symbolism and Mexican folklore imagery to melt with its masomenos urban environment. The IPAF states “Its main goal is to build a space that enriches the artistic creation, the cultural and the touristic offer in the Holbox Island“. Good thing they invited Curiot and James Botkin.
BEST | EVER
The London street art duo BEST | EVER hit the street of their hometown and painted a beautiful surrealistic mural. The mural has photorealistic elements like the face or the eyes. This is a characteristic trademark of BEST | EVER that we love. They seamlessly combine two profoundly different artistic styles into one unique street art masterpiece. The masterpiece was done with the support of DePaul, a night shop service provider in the UK that offers accommodation for homeless teenagers. The mural picks up on its support my giving the dog a think bubble that reads: “I grew up all twisted. I ended up running away. it’s rough living in the street. Been attacked a few times”. For the boy lying on the ground sleeping BEST | EVER added a looking glass into his thoughts. On blue background the boy dreams of home. Best ever street art!
The Frankfurt based German street artist traveled to Berlin to show capital city what he’s capable of. Case unleashed a gigantic hand on the corner of Köpenickerstrasse in Kreuzberg. The mural is a photorealistic painting that shows itself in more natural colors. Other than on previous murals Case doesn’t use neon color but more natural color that looks like covering the fingers and palm of the hand. The hand in the front shoes his desire for peace while the dark hand in the background grasps for the other. The dark hole both hands appear out of completes the artistic metaphor Case has conjured in Berlin. Case closed. No wait. See how it’s done…
Os Gemeos mural in San Francisco is a tribute to the three late graffiti artists JADE, NEKST and TIE. The Brazilian street artist integrated the names of all three artists into their mural. The yellow man’s hat reads JADE, the pin on his bag TIE and the spray cans NEKST. It was painted in conjunction with their exhibition in September at the Luggage Store Gallery above the venue. For his new mural OS Gemeos painted over and older one they completed ten years ago. The guys from Arrested Motion where granted access to the gallery’s roof to take some close up pictures.
Fintan Magee is now officially Street Update all-star. The Australian street artist made it into our selection for the fourth time. That is not without reason: Fintan Magee paints dreams. Dreams we only dreamt when we we’re children and we don’t dream anymore. Fintan Magee still dreams like a kid and fortunate for us he is gifted with superior skills to artistically express them. Thanks for dreaming and craftsmanship.