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Street Update #177

  • 2501, Luca Barcellona, Rancy and Zedz in Milan
May 31, 2019
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

The month of May was quite busy when it comes to street art festivals. It is impossible to cover all of this splendor, but we bring you the best of the best, as well as a couple of amazing individual initiatives. To always stay up to date with murals worldwide, be sure to follow us on Instagram.

Oliver Vernon, Joram Roukes and Telmo Miel in Aalborg

The 2019 edition of the mural project Out in the Open in Aalborg, Denmark, brought a stellar artist line-up, aiming to break away from a museum setting and have street art of the highest caliber more accessible to the public.

Oliver Vernon created his biggest mural yet – an outstanding piece of art within modern abstraction. The artist initially started with a very large and detailed sketch, only to surrender to the spontaneity of the movement. The Netherlands-based artist Joram Roukes created an amazing piece in his unique and inspired visual style which expertly combines high and low art. Telmo&Miel created a piece titled Exquisite Waste of Time, questioning whether our constant impatience and desire for everything to go really fast, at the end leads to something better.

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INTI in Lyon

A Chilean urban artist, INTI draws his inspiration from Latin American socialist murals and graffiti art. His work combines iconographic elements, color and designs from pre-Columbian traditions with the graphic aesthetics of graffiti. The artist recently visite Lyon, France to take part in the Peinture Fraîche Festival, a co-production between TROI3 and UNAGI. Titled Soleil, Blinded by the Light, the mural is a beautiful and touching piece of work.

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2501, Luca Barcellona, Rancy and Zedz in Milan

The POLI Urban Colors project brought artists 2501, Luca Barcellona, Rancy and Zedz to paint on the walls of the Campus Bovisa-Durando of Politecnico di Milano. Artists were assisted by 20 Politecnico students, who had a valuable training experience and created either a personal or collective work. The project celebrated the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, whose thought and teachings were reinterpreted and contextualized in many of the works that have been created.

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Felipe Pantone in Madrid

The district of Fuenlabrada in Madrid is getting an Open Air Urban Art Museum. Among artists who first contributed to the initiative is Felipe Pantone, an Argentinian artist known for straddling conventional graffiti, typography and abstraction. Titled #OPTICHROMIE FNLBRD, the mural is located on the city hall building of Fuenlabrada and it combines bold colors, geometrical patterns and Op Art elements.

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Banksy in Venice

During the opening night of Venice Biennale, Banksy made a bold statement in Venice by setting up his own illegal art installation. Soon after, the elusive artist also revealed that he is an author of a mural created earlier this month depicting a migrant child wearing a lifejacket while holding a cracking neon pink flare. It is located in Venice’s Dorsoduro district.

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MTO in Jacksonville

A French artist known for his grey scaled photo-realistic works of art, MTO recently visited Jacksonville, Florida to create a new amazing mural. Curated by Iryna Kanishcheva and organized by GNV URBAN ART, the mural is titled On lâche rien and is made in support of the Yellow Vests Movement in France.

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MadC in Copenhagen

A graffiti artist from Germany, MadC is known for her personal universe of forms, colors and fonts that make sure her work is instantly recognizable. The artist’s latest work is executed in Copenhagen and it is a vividly colored, dynamic piece which captures the energy of painting on a massive scale.

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SEPE in the Philippines

A Polish street artist, SEPE is known for ais quasi-mannerist figures, defined by delicate but deliberate lines, which seem to illustrate the numerous stories of the streets they are placed in. During a 4-month long trip to the Phillipines, the artist created four amazing pieces titled Bago UlitBwal Umihi Dito, No Future No Past and One Day O. All the pieces are striking black and white portraits executed in his unique style

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Gummy Gue in Breda

The square in the middle of the neighborhood Gerardus Majella in Breda, the Netherlands was recently renewed by adding a football cage, named after Hein van Gastel, who grew up in the area. The Italian art duo Gummy Gue, composed of two brothers, Marco and Andrea Mangione, transformed the square into a colorful work of art.

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Seth Globepainter in Paris

The French artist Seth Globepainter is on a mission to cover the world with his colorful street art. Wherever he works, he incorporates local symbols and subjects from the surroundings, sending a message that is often playful and political at the same time. The artist has recently created an amazing mural in Paris. Titled Enter the Vortex, the mural references his lithograph by the same name, a hymn to the personal and private world that makes each of us a unique being.

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Featured image: 2501, Luca Barcellona, Rancy and Zedz in Milan. Image courtesy POLI Urban Colors.