This morning while I was searching for a completely unrelated item I came across this video on Vimeo about artist Andrea Bergart and a project she was working on about a year ago. The short film looks at how she transformed cement trucks in New York into rolling murals that feature her brightly colored, geometric works. It’s a great idea, and one that she talks about in the film. Why hadn’t anyone thought about painting cement trucks before and turning them into rolling murals? The short film by Aruninator and Simon Biswas has a really nice quality to it. High production value, nice 70’s inspired soundtrack, casual, fresh and informative.
“It was this shock of the new that led to many a trespassing adventure and a lifelong fascination for graffiti. “One day a young boy said to me: ‘why don’t you photograph graffiti?’ He opened his note book and showed me his drawings. The minute I understood that there was a systematic designing and painting on the wall I became fascinated.”
Submarine Channel, the folks that give you websites like “Forget the Film, Watch the Titles” have a website and a Vimeo channel that is dedicated to interviewing artist, filmographers, designers, illustrators, musicians etc. I try to check it out on a regular basis but time tends to get in the way, so unfortunately I don’t. This morning however, I stopped by and found this great interview with photographer Martha Cooper, the Grande Dame of Hip Hop Documentation who has over the last 30 plus years documented some of the greatest graffiti artist in the world. This short film shows not only her passion for the work, but her deep fascination with the culture, and creativity that goes into so much street art. Even though there were some issues with the way the film is shot and edited for me, the five minute short is worth a watch.
Street Artists Ro and l’Homme Pendu have been creating a series of paper paste up monsters in Berlin and Paris over the last few months. The works entitled Animae Dementia (roughly “soul madness” or “animal madness”, feature giant mythical creatures that appear in the photos to be preparing to devour their creators as they are being constructed. The images are great, and the photos from the website are pretty impressive, showing not only how they are made, but the scale of many of the final pieces.
GML is a new open source piece of software that was developed by Jamie Wilkinson, Evan Roth, Theodore Watson and Chris Sugrue. The software which is available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and the iPad imports a .gml file which is created with “Graffiti Analysis”, and then converts it to 3D geometry based on the data. The file is then exported as a .stl file (a common file format compatible with most 3D software packages including Blender, Maya and 3DS Max) which can be printed using a rapid prototyping machine. The software extrudes time in the Z space and pen speed is represented by the thickness of the model at any given point.
Originally created for the Street and Studio exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wein, Evan Roth collaborated with an anonymous Viennese graffiti artist and had the sculpture printed in ABS plastic. Graffiti motion data of these tags were captured on the streets at various points around Vienna. This is a great example of how outsider art manages to take emerging technology like motion tracking, and rapid prototyping and elevate the experience.
A version of Graffiti Analysis 2.0 is available here for Linux, Windows, and OSX . It comes with data files collected from Vienna graffiti artists. The GA 3D software and source code will be available at graffitianalysis.com shortly, and of course there is already an iPhone slash iPad app called DustTag that you can download from the app store.
A friend of mine sent me these images tonight. They are by Berlin based street artist mentalgassi. While this is a simple optical illusion the effect is really nice. A simple black and white photo cut into strips and pasted to the vertical risers in a fence. I love it. If you get chance go to the site linked above and check out the rest of the work. Great visual plays on everyday objects.