Archive for the ‘paste up’ tag
This rat is riding a shopping trolley on a red wall on Llankelly Place, Potts Point.
A lot of glue has been spilled on walls since we last walked through.
It’s been quiet on the street art front lately. But there’s a wild amount of development happening on Llankelly Place at the moment, it seems like every second shop is a new cafe. End result, a heightened graffiti scene?
These paste ups by Loom have a heavy sea shanty vibe. Ink fading and dog-eared, despite being new, which seems appropriate to the subject. A bearded old man of the sea, a kindly Neptune?
And a lean pirate, twitchy for his next target.
On the other hand, here’s a robot and another wise old man.
It’s really interesting on Llankelly Place at the moment. A lot of development, but still a lot of empty retail space. We were impressed when it first reappeared, but it’s taken a while to pick up.
This instant gallery is a long way from Dubbo, that’s for sure. It’s under the Burton Street bridge on Barcom Avenue, Darlinghurst.
That’s just one piece of paper fixed on the wall. But there are plenty more, fixed to the walls with fat slathers of glue. The DIY gallery runs on the walls on both sides of the avenue. Lots of names checked, and plenty of different styles.
Lots of collages. Mostly printed on paper. But otherwise, not much in common.
It seems like the work of a bunch of artists, maybe an art class?
[UPDATE June 7, 2010]
Turns out it *is* a group of artists, thanks to Hamish in the comments below. It’s a crew called International Noise – some of their work points to a site at internationalnoise.org, but there’s nothing there. You can find out more at Valentina Schulte’s website, she’s a member of the group. Apparently it’s a Sydney based artist run initiative with local and international artists collaborating using guerilla tactics to do art on the streets.
This linocut kid holding a spray can is up on the corner of Jesmond and Crown Streets, next to the Blank Space gallery.
On the other side of Jesmond Street, this sticker covers a Telstra box – a comment on Telstra’s practices, a general comment about telecommunications/electrical infrastructure, or just a random surface to paste something on?
This spaceman is near the corner of Mary Lane and Albion Way, Surry Hills.
Paste ups occupy pretty much the same spot in the hierarchy of street art as tags. Quick to get up on a wall, and often barely sketched out, they rarely rise above their function.
For a while the only creative, really original paste ups we saw were from Jumbo and Zap. They’ve been quiet, so it’s good to see new characters pop up.
It’s Valentine’s Day on the weekend, so it’s no surprise to see people breaking out their best romantic moves in the neighbourhood.
These two are walking home via a bollard on Macdonald Street, Paddington – just over the bridge from Darlinghurst, after it stops being Burton Street.
It’s a paste-up, with Mini Graff‘s distinctively clean, pop style, though it’s the first of her cute characters I’ve seen about in a while.
There’s a new paste-up on the wall of the Hopetoun Hotel, Surry Hills, by Jumbo and Zap.
But it’s not just Bourke Street, and it’s not just those two.
Whoever is Premier of New South Wales next week might well front up to a press conference on Macquarie Street and talk about getting tough on graffiti. But on the streets this year, Sydney has witnessed a huge resurgence in public art — for its own sake. We’re enchanted by the stuff because it’s ephemeral, because it adds an unexpected magic to our streets, and mostly because it’s absolutely obviously clear that the artist made it for us.
That’s the beginning of a piece I wrote, covering a lot of great stuff that’s had first airing here, you can find the rest at New Matilda.
There’s been a real vacuum in Surry Hills since the Hopetoun hotel’s surprise closure in September.
The old fold-back doors are boarded up – they were always perfect for the kind of summer afternoons we’re shaping up for. You can just imagine the kind of forlorn looks locals give the place every day.
Well enough is enough. One of our favourite street artists in this town, Zap, kicked off a one-man cultural reclamation this week, on one of those boarded up doors at the corner of Bourke and Fitzroy Streets.
It’s a fairly abstracted, Madvillain-esque character, and it’s one of the coolest Zap paste-ups I’ve seen.
There’s a new Jumbo and Zap paste-up pop piece in the driveway of a warehouse on Kippax Street, Surry Hills.
The lanky pair had a big spate of work around inner Sydney several months ago. But they’ve been relatively quiet since. Probably because they’ve had work in a few gallery shows, including Go Font Urself, and Melinda Vassallo’s book, Street Art of Sydney’s Inner West.
Just around the corner from Central railway station, the little alcove’s rich in paste-ups, though fading.
In that mostly non-descript part of Surry Hills, filled with cut-price rag-trade outlets and offices, it’s hard to imagine anyone finding fault with Jumbo and Zap’s bright bit of experimental typography – least of all the people living in the warehouse upstairs.
There’s a new Zap paste-up on Fitzroy Street, near the corner of South Dowling Street – opposite the Cricketer’s Arms hotel – in Surry Hills.
This one’s got some extraterrestrial space funk vibes.
We have to
get out of here
Zap the monster
hand is going
to take us
to the galazy
we are ants
A reference to Sun Ra, P-Funk, or the graffitiist’s ’80s funk name sake, Zapp?
I know, I know. We’re at risk of becoming a Zap fan blog. But occasionally you come across someone who’s doing something cool, right at the moment they’re doing it.
Walking home last night, about 10.30pm, I caught ZAP in the act.
Nonchalantly, I walked through the car wash between Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road, silently cursing myself that I’d left the camera at home. All the while, 2 capped men plastered a “J” on the wall of the stencil gallery, adjacent to the rapping dinosaurs.
This morning, their handywork was up for all to see.
Strange message, Zap.
Mystery solved. But like most solutions to mysteries, it’s a bit disappointing.
The car wash between Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road is home to a veritable stencil gallery, but it’s been quiet for a while.
Looks like the artist, ZAP, might have done a large scale paste-up to get around the proprietor.
Two dinosaurs rapping? Hip-hop gesticulation?