I finally watched Exit Through The Gift Shop. My immediate reaction: those Brainwash’ed Los Angelinos, snapping up that copycat art. On the flip side, the film helped me appreciate all the more that New York has gobs of good street art, as well as art on, of and from the street (and/or sidewalk). In honor of Banksy and his many East Coast contemporaries who make the city more interesting, here’s a roundup of a few favorites:
Sprinkle Brigade is as lowbrow as possible, but funny, detailed and creative. I gave their book to an ex-boyfriend who has a German Shepherd and therefore lots of the, uh, medium used by these artists. That picture book had better still be available for browsing in his loo.
Paul Richard, a Brooklyn-based painter and street artist, is skilled at drizzling what looks to be tar.
ROA, IMO, is OTH.
ROA time-lapse video:
The side of this building in south Park Slope is a blank canvas begging to be covered in a wheatpaste masterpiece, or perhaps a chiseled and painted subtle face a la Vhils.
Callie Curry aka Swoon describes the origins of “Swoon,” the trickster’s belief in miracles and how to “create cracks in the facade of impossibility” in this effervescent TEDxBrooklyn talk.
More street art snaps:
- I got no more. Egress through the Egress.