intervention

The Weight of Life

Urban Interventions by Tony Spyra

The Weight of Life, Kraków, Poland, 2013

The Weight of Life, Kraków, Poland, 2013

»Physalia«, Ostend, Belgium, 2013

Physalia, Ostend, Belgium, 2013

Abandoned Shipwreck, Vienna, Austria, 2012

Abandoned Shipwreck, Vienna, Austria, 2012

Career, 425 x 101,65 x 118,75cm, 2014, Picture: Hannes Katherl

Career, 425 x 101,65 x 118,75cm, 2014, Picture: Hannes Katherl

All images © Tony Spyra.

The Great Travelling Art Exhibition

Using his finger to scribe into the layer of dirt built-up from exhaust emissions, Lancaster-born artist Ben Long creates elaborate drawings on the rear shutters of white haulage trucks. In this on-going series, collectively entitled The Great Travelling Art Exhibition, Long expands upon the daubing and crude slogans that commonly adorn commercial freight vehicles. Dirt ist beautiful! Sometimes…

Bird Truck Drawing I - The Great Travelling Art Exhibition, 2001, Drawing in dirt on haulage truck, 650 x 246 x 341 cm

Bird Truck Drawing I – The Great Travelling Art Exhibition, 2001, Drawing in dirt on haulage truck, 650 x 246 x 341 cm

Horse Truck Drawing - The Great Travelling Art Exhibition, 2002, Drawing in dirt on haulage truck, 650 x 246 x 341 cm

Horse Truck Drawing – The Great Travelling Art Exhibition, 2002, Drawing in dirt on haulage truck, 650 x 246 x 341 cm

Stag Truck Drawing - The Great Travelling Art Exhibition, 2007, Drawing in dirt on haulage truck, 650 x 246 x 341 cm

Stag Truck Drawing – The Great Travelling Art Exhibition, 2007, Drawing in dirt on haulage truck, 650 x 246 x 341 cm

Hubwagen

Reality is a just a concept. Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade transforms and duplicates unnoticed everyday objects like a hand pallet truck into the language of illusion, an imaginary, parallel dimension. The possibility not to function (or function differently?) is a subconscious capacity. Hubwagen by Alicja Kwade.

Image © Edition Block. Photo: Uwe Walter

Image © Edition Block. Photo: Uwe Walter

Alicja Kwade – Die Editionen 2008 – 2014
Edition Block GmbH Office
Duration: May 2nd – July 26th, 2014

Wrap

Do you remember? Last year Spanish street artist SpY wrapped a german police car as part of the CityLeaks Urban Art Festival in Cologne. I really don’t know why I never mentioned this guy on this blog. Since the 1980s, his interventions and graffitis may be encountered in cities all over the world and his ideas are as strong as ever. Funny, fleeting and confusing at the same time.

WRAP - Cologne (Germany), 2013

WRAP – Cologne (Germany), 2013

Spy Wrap Cologne

Spy Wrap Cologne

Some older works…

Leaves - Madrid, 2009

Leaves – Madrid, 2009

LIVE - Rosarno (Italy), 2012

LIVE – Rosarno (Italy), 2012

Street Wars - Madrid, 2008

Street Wars – Madrid, 2008

Web - Madrid, 2008

Web – Madrid, 2008

All images © SpY.

TOMS Marfa

The famous Prada Marfa sculpture in Texas has been hit by a vandal calling himself the TOMS Marfa. The interventionists spraypainted it blue, and covered the sculpture with TOMS stickers along with a manifesto explaining the reasons for the attack.

TOMSpradamarfa

Public Art Horsens

Once again, Brad Downey transformed »un-used« public space in a sliding and swinging playground for urban explorers. Horsens, an old, Danish city of about 55.000 inhabitants, is once a year the center of a unique festival focused on urban art. A selected group of contemporary artists took over the port and city center with public art works. See more at Fecal Face.

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images ©  Brad Downey

All images © Brad Downey.

r1

Johannesburg based artist r1 reduces his work to the most simple material transforming them and placing them back where they came from, to become a part of the city’s journey. His »short-time-based installations« likely cause confusion among viewers. »Like the street, the work finds its meaning once an interaction with the passer-by takes place«, he says on his homepage.

»blue blow«, medium: barrier tape (South Africa)

»blue blow«, medium: barrier tape (South Africa)

»The tower of Isaac«, medium: plastic bottles

»the tower of Isaac«, medium: plastic bottles

»The tower of Isaac«, medium: plastic bottles

»the tower of Isaac«, medium: plastic bottles

»city cage«, medium: barrier tape (South Africa)

»city cage«, medium: barrier tape (South Africa)