C’est Si Bon!
From LA to London and beyond, so many cities around the world embrace a thriving and vibrant Street Art scene. Leave it to Opera Gallery (with its global presence) to realize that it just makes sense to curate a group show representing the artists of the world who never stop creating in innovative ways in an effort make sure that you never stop thinking about why things are the way they are. Because when you really get it, you know that Street Art isn’t just about creating a distraction, or making something that’s nice to look at; it’s about conveying a message.
Streets of the World collects the work of 40 global contemporary artists that have emerged from the Street Art Movement. A number of the participating artists, such as Banksy, Kenny Scharf and Os Gemeos, represent International Household Names of Street Artists. Others, including Ron English, Logan Hicks, and collectives The London Police and Trustocorp, exhibit regularly at Opera, so we were already familiar with, and fans of, their work. But many others were exciting discoveries. Overwhelming new favorites are selected works by How and Nosm (from Germany), Interesni Kazki (Ukraine) and Spain’s Sixeart. There is so much to see at this exhibit, and Opera has accented every wall — including the stairwell and the entire basement space — with exciting paintings, sculptures and collage.
In fact, we took so many cool pictures at last Thursday’s opening, it was hard to select just a few for this post. Please hit the jump below to see more work from this Do Not Miss Exhibit!
Streets of the World will be on exhibit at the Opera Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street in New York through May 30th, 2012.
See Tons more Photos, along with a Full list of Participating Artists and their Represented Regions, After the Jump!
In June of 2009, Périphériques Architectes of Paris, France participated in the second edition of the Contemporary Art Exposition Saint-Germain-des-Près with an installation on Place Furstemberg. The Pink Ghost installation was a sculptural transformation of the center of the square with a preservation stance. Made of pink epoxy, the installation enveloped four trees and a streetlight to a height of 2.5 meters, and covered the entire surface of the small central square.
While the covering work was in progress, the architects cleverly added approximately twenty chairs and five coffee tables under the resin, to turn this exterior urban space into an ‘interior’ lounge/salon situated outside. The project was meant to raise questions about the status of public space in the city. After its removal from the square, Pink Ghost was rebuilt in the French pavilion at the Biennale of Architecture in Venice, as a memory of the plaza and its new use.
“Let’s Dance, Little Stranger…”
Here at The Worley Gig, we have been reminiscing about our punk rock roots just lately, and so would like to pay a bit of tribute today to the late Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords of The New Church) who was born on this day, October 22nd in 1949. Stiv (born Steven John Bator) died of an untreated concussion on June 4th in 1990 at the age of 40, after being hit by a taxi cab in Paris, France, where he was living at the time. Let us remember Stiv today with the playing of some of his very fine music that he left behind.