In an residential section of Montreal,
below: A boy with a slingshot by mateo
below: Large mural of woman by Drew Merritt
There are numerous paintings by Bulgarian street artist Dimitar Mekhandziiski (aka Stern) in Plovdiv Bulgaria. Here are some of the ones that I saw in April 2017.
below: A dragon hand puppet on the end of a blue arm and another man in a red hoodie, looking down on the stage as a man walks past.
below: The making of a wooden puppet?
below: The crocodile (alligator?) has a blue glass heart between its jaws. Be careful! Is that a grenade inside the crystal?
below: Empty chairs and a table in front of a mural… a pink creature beside another ugly creature with green skin, beady eyes, and a very long tongue. Inside the window next door is the face of a strangely beautiful character with long hair, pink eyes, and blue skin. In its hand (with watch on its wrist) is a flaming torch.
below: Riding the dragon (crocodile?) and wearing a mask.
below: In contrast to his other work, this frog and these mushrooms look much more realistic.
On an apartment building that is 20 storeys high, there is a large mural painted by Adnate. Apparently it is the tallest mural in the southern hemisphere. Recently completed (Sept 2018), the mural consists of four faces of residents of the public housing building.
below: The top of the mural features the face of a young Vietnamese girl
below: First grader Arden
below: The face of Badria Abdo, from Ethiopia, who arrived in Australia in 2006 via a Kenyan refugee camp where she spent seven years.
below: On the bottom is a man recently arrived from West Papua (Indonesia).
Street art seen on doors in Barcelona Spain, April 2018
below: Vegan bunnies. One releases a caged bird and the other has scissors in her hair.
below: Cat and mouse by Cisco KSL who is also a tattoo artist. The mouse has a couple of vices. I wonder what the cat’s key will unlock?
below: She lives at 202 Carrer de L’Escorial
below: Reaching out
below: A bloody mess, a painting by Sarah Pitel – an American from Portland Oregon.
below: Cats? Cats with very long necks. (Ooops! Not a door).
below: It started with a street art piece by Arte Ignorante of a woman in blue tipping her hat with the girl in red beside her.
below: Handmade in Barcelona, the shoe maker at work, with a line of shoes above.
below: Black and white, two women looking at you.
below: BOB is on the right.
below: Pandora’s box and bright finger nails.
This post is also a “Thursday Doors” blog post. This is a weekly occurrence and a number of bloggers participate. If you are interested in doors in general and want to see more door themed blog posts, here is the link.
The north wall of the Angel City Brewery has a few large blue triangles painted on it. Those triangles have become the background for a large number of paste-ups and stencils.
below: A young boy with an oxygen mask uses the stump of a very old tree that has been cut down as a table.
below: The statue of liberty holds up a large blue LA glove, by sellout. A black stencil “selfie this” gives the finger, by crisp.
below: Pheobe from New York sits quietly reading about the quiet life.
below: A wall of graffiti.
The old Mission Linen building is at the corner of South 1st Street and Coolidge Avenue in Las Vegas. The following photos were taken when I was in Las Vegas in October 2015. The east wall of the building (facing South Casino Center Blvd) was a canvas for a number of street artists in a project curated by Dr. Lepper. It was covered when I saw it and it was being added to as well.
below: Artist John Pacheco was putting the finishing touches on a mural about Donald Trump and his wall. It also features Gandhi, the Pope, and Mother Teresa. Pacheco told me that he planned to paint the word ‘freiheit’, German for ‘freedom’, above the wall. In hindsight, perhaps a word in Russian would have been more appropriate?
below: In the mural, Trump is saying “I want in. I can win”. As I write this, it’s the 18th of Jan 2017 and Trump’s inauguration as President of the USA is only 2 days away.
Back in June 2015 I spent a week in Havana. The street art that I saw there ranged from scribbles on walls to elaborate murals and pictures. The following photographs cover almost all the street art that I saw.
below: A young boy by 5 Stars
below: A variation on a slogan, “just do it”
below: yellow faces, holding up a portrait
below: Charlie Chaplin and the kid
below: A fish out of water, swimming down the street
While I was in Havana, the Duodecima Bienal de La Habana was also on and some of what I saw on the streets, including the photo below, probably belonged to that. The Bienal De La Habana is an art festival that occurs every three years (yes, three years even though bienal means every two years!). The next festival will be in November 2018.
below: The little blue signs says “Gabinete del imaginario” which translates to Cabinet of the Imaginary.
below: Oops I did it again, scribbles on the wall.
below: Black and white portraits overlooking the street
below: “…no quiero mas el queso” or, I don’t want more cheese. It is signed as Cuba Ecuador 2015 as well as Ratador. So far I haven’t been able to find any information on this artist.
below: “A las almas” To the souls, on one side of the door while a woman rides her bike on top of the world on the other side of the door.
below: An eye over number 156
below: Waves of hair, waves of water
below: Calling Seth
There are also a number of political pieces. I suspect that some state are sponsored and some are not.
below: CDR #8 refers to Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (Spanish: Comités de Defensa de la Revolución) which is a network of neighbourhood committees across Cuba. Their purpose depends on what side of the fence you are on. They promote social welfare and report on counter-revolutionary activity or they are a secret police organization. Take your pick.
below: This is the symbol of the Young Communist League in Cuba. In Spanish it’s Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas or UJC. Estudio, Trabajo, Fusil = Study, Work, Rifle. The symbol shows the faces of Julio Antonio Mella, Camilo Cienfuegos and Che Guevera. Mella was a founder of the Cuban Communist Party while Cienfuegos and Guevera were major figures in the Cuban Revolution.
below: A UJC mural, “fieles a nuestra historia ” or Faithful to our History.
below: Che Guevera on his own.
The next three pictures are of a mural on Callejon de Hamel (callejon is a lane)
below: A woman looks out the window above the mural. The words on the beige part say “Puedo esperar mas que tu, porque soy el tiempo.” This translates to, “I can wait more than you because I am time. ” On the red section the words are “Salvador 26 to 95”.
below: And last, a picture that was definitely a part of the Bienal. ‘Identidad ‘ by Julio Cesar Garcia It is part of a series of photos called Resistencia. The words that accompany it are given below along with a translation – not the best but with my beginner Spanish and the limitations of google translate, you get what you get!
Identidad da inicio a una serie titulada Resistencia. Apelando al uso del lenguaje y el concepto de arte callejero, la serie esta compuesta por retratos de gran formato ubicados, a largo plazo, en varias ciudades del pais. La intention es intervenir muros, edificos, aceras y calles de la ciudad con gigantografias concebidas en forma de mosaico sobre cartulina cromada. Las obras, en relaction directa con todo tipo de publico desede el proceso mismo de su instalacion, tendran un caracter efimero. Resistencia sera una consigna, una actitud, un modo de vida y de hacer el arte.
Identidad is the first in a series titled Resistencia. Appealing to the use of language and the concept of street art, the series is composed of large format portraits located, in the long term, in several cities of the country. The intention is to intervene on walls, buildings, sidewalks and streets of the city with large photos made in the form of mosaics on chrome paperboard. The works [In direct relation with all types of public from the process itself of its installation] will have an ephemeral character. Resistance will be a slogan, an attitude, a way of life and making art.