urban art

Human Debris

If you just plain hanging around on a vacation to a beach, watch out for these curious installations made out of plastic bottles, wood planks and other garbage washed up from the sea. The project Human Debris by american photographer Jeremy Underwood spotlights the environmental condition of Houston’s waterways through the building of site-specific sculptures assembled out of discarded material.

Human Debris by Jeremy Underwood

Human Debris by Jeremy Underwood

Human Debris by Jeremy Underwood

HumanDebris4Human Debris by Jeremy Underwood

All images © Jeremy Underwood.

Don’t pay, play!

Florian Rivière describes himself not without reason as a »urban hacker«. His interventions are exclusively made by objects he found in the street. Reprogramming the city implies for him playing with the waste material lying around unattended, building and staging cheeky interventions that subvert the norm with bursts of spontaneity and humor.

Caddies, tape, parking, Strasbourg, 2011

Don’t pay, play!, caddies, tape, parking, Strasbourg, 2011

Seesaw wood + bycicle rack (Berlin - April 2012)

Seesaw, wood + bycicle rack, Berlin, 2012

ttrape pigeon baguette de pain + cagette (Strasbourg - mars 2012)

Attrape Pigeon, baguette de pain + cagette
(Strasbourg – mars 2012)

»Candy Kicker«, Workshop: hack the city into a soccer field - productor : Artitude Gallery (Berlin/Kreuzberg - june 2012)

Candy Kicker, Workshop: hack the city into a soccer field – productor : Artitude Gallery, Berlin/Kreuzberg, 2012

Somos Luz

I love these guys… Remember this work? The spanish urban art group Boa Mistura participated recently in an urban art revitalization project in Panama City. The city became a great artistic showcase, dressed up with sculptures, murals, paintings, films and photographs as part of the »Primera Bienal del Sur en Panamá 2013«. They describe their work and their reasoning as follows: »Somos Luz („We are light“) is the message we painted, with the neighbors help, on 50 houses at the building Begonia I in the community of El Chorrillo (Panama City). The concept is based on the color grid generated when every neighbor paints his own home. The intervention covers corridors and stairways, converted now into abstract color compositions that come to life with daily scenes like hanging clothes or people looking out the balcony.« All Images courtesy of Boa Mistura.

»Somos Luz«, El Chorrillo, Panama,  2013

»Somos Luz«, El Chorrillo, Panama, 2013

»Somos Luz«, El Chorrillo, Panama, 2013

»Somos Luz«, El Chorrillo, Panama, 2013

»Somos Luz«, El Chorrillo, Panama, 2013

»Somos Luz«, El Chorrillo, Panama, 2013

»Somos Luz«, El Chorrillo, Panama, 2013

»Somos Luz«, El Chorrillo, Panama, 2013

Your Opinion Means Nothing

The ideas are simple, yet ingenious! Brad Downey is a Readymade maniac and the king of urban interventions, light and playful and mostly with a dash of fun and irony. You can spend hours and days looking at the fine details that make him so special. And yes his homepage has recently been updated. Find some good words written by Jennifer Thatcher and watch out for his book called »Spontaneous Sculptures« released in September 2011.

Every Path Has It’s Puddle, 2012, Hamburg, Germany, Commissioned by Dockville Kunst Camp

»Every Path Has It’s Puddle«, 2012, Hamburg, Germany, Commissioned by Dockville Kunst Camp

»Tire Stack«, 2011, KØS, Denmark.

»Tire Stack«, 2011, KØS, Denmark.

»Castles Beneath Cities«, 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands

»Castles Beneath Cities«, 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Domesticated Waterfall, 2012, Grottaglie, Italy

»Domesticated Waterfall«, 2012, Grottaglie, Italy.

»The Pyramid«, 2012, Warsaw, Poland.

»The Pyramid«, 2012, Warsaw, Poland.

All images © Brad Downey

Washington DC

An Atlanta native, Alex Brewer (better known as HENSE) has been working as a visual artist for almost two decades. His free-form paintings and public mural installations are exploding. One of his latest murals, a church in Washington DC, is described as follows: »Hense has recently been painting beautiful abstract non representational paintings for some time, large scale colorful compositions involving texture and intense gestural elements. With a graffiti background and a new contemporary aesthetic Hense is able to effectively transition in scale without losing any of his works potency. Hense completely transforms the church with latex paint creating a monumental installation. Again we see an example of art vs. architecture, where today’s artists are transforming neighborhoods and skylines with murals and paint.« Discover more of it in his News section.

Friendship Baptist Church

Washington DC

Washington DC

Washington DC

Washington DC

Washington DC

Photo Credit Miguel »M.i.G« Martinez

Portable River

Madrid-based art collective Luzinterruptus has once again taken to the streets, this time in Caracas, Venezuela, to create an installation called Portable River. Choosing water is one of their recurring themes. To achieve their urban river, they created their own flow of crystal clear water packaged in 2.000 transparent bags, inside of which, in addition to light, they included samples of the life that dwells in it. Each bag was a small, ephemeral aquarium, a container of fish and plants, which, thanks to the light acquired an unsuspected value. Now, looking at the photos of this installation and seeing the water inside the bags, as if it were sacks of money, you cannot stop thinking about how some governments traffic in this basic need of human life, offering it to the highest bidder.

Portable River by Luzinterruptus’

Portable River by Luzinterruptus

Portable River by Luzinterruptus

Portable River by Luzinterruptus

Portable River by Luzinterruptus

All images © Gustavo Sanabria

Private Moon

What is fantastic about the moon is that it always gets around a lot. His personal travelling companion Leonid Tishkov is probably the perfect travel mate, as you can see. »Private Moon« is a series of stylized and sentimental photographs of both with a large illuminated crescent moon taken at various locations around the world. Fitting to this setting: J’ai demandé à la lune by Indochine.

Leonid Tishkov - Private Moon1
Private Moon in the Arctic

Leonid Tishkov - Private Moon2
Private Moon in Berlin

Leonid Tishkov - Private Moon3
Private Moon in Italy

Leonid Tishkov - Private Moon4
At the straw store. Cishan