British artist CodeFC recently reached out to invite us to view his upcoming solo show, “20:12″ in London at the Curious Duke Gallery on Thursday June 7th. As we won’t be able to get across the pond for it, we wanted to feature his truly incredible work, and show our support as fans.
Code has been working over the past couple of years on developing a conversation in the streets of London about the upcoming Olympic games that the city is hosting this summer. His work features stenciled athletes with heads of cameras and camcorders, suggesting that we look at how much the media and hype of such an event actually affects the sport, the host city, and people who live there. This quote from a press-release for the show says it all:
Last week Snyder visited LA and graced the streets with two huge murals. One that he was authorized to do on a garage pannel of Positive Eyes On Optometry on Melrose and Stanley. This piece was themed for an episode of the Yahoo web series ‘Ultimate Surprises’, with one of the characters sporting a pair of glasses as a nod toward the business of the building.
The second mural stands further east down Melrose, a block up La Brea, in a zone that’s become a recent hotspot, visited by other artists such as Zombie, Earl, Word Bird, and, as of today, a new Army of One piece. For this installment Snyder used a character that has been seen a few times before, but not like this. The boy pulling a zipper reveals more than just a part of a wall. This unzipped window opens up to a world of art, a glimpse into what can exist amongst the streets if we open our eyes to it.
Check out the photos of the two new murals from Snyder below, as well as other pieces placed around LA by the artist.
(Melrose and Sycamore – West Hollywood – 5/10/12)
(Melrose and Stanley – West Hollywood – 5/12/12)
(Melrose and Alta Vista – West Hollywood – 10/9/11)
(Melrose and Spaulding - West Hollywood – 10/9/11)
(Melrose and Spaulding – West Hollywood – Post Lister Visit - 1/8/12)
(Melrose and Vista – West Hollywood – Collaboration with Gregory Siff - 2/17/12)
(Alley north of Melrose and Stanley – West Hollywood – 1/8/12)
(Sticker at 2nd and La Brea – Park La Brea – 4/10/12)
Chicago based artist Left Handed Wave had a recent paste pop up on Fairfax this past weekend. As usual, the artist placed his iconic face in a festive outfit. Using just the top of his character for this piece, the face rocked a fluffy head of a bunny, a design we’ve seen before (note the photos below), but covered in cheetah print. Fitting for a fashion forward city like LA that seems to be stuck on print patterns at the moment. We hope to see Left Handed Wave pop up some more and shake up the city with his fashionable character.
Check out the photos of the paste we found in LA at Fairfax and Clinton below, as well as examples of his work around Chicago from 2011.
(Fairfax and Clinton – West Hollywood – 5/12/12)
(Diversey east of Clark – Chicago – 12/26/11) (Milwaukee and Wood – Wicker Park - 12/26/11)
(Diversey west of Clark – Chicago – 12/22/11) (1531 N. Milwaukee Ave – Wicker Park - 11/25/11)
(Fullerton east of Ashland – Chicago – 6/7/11) (Addison east of Clark – Wrigleyville – 12/24/11)
(Diversey west of Clark – Chicago – 5/6/11) (Milwaukee South of Damen – 11/5/11)
(Milwaukee South of Damen – Wicker Park – 11/25/11) (North Ave east of Damen – Wicker Park – 12/26/11)
(Diversy East of Broadway - Chicago – 4/30/11)
(Chicago Ave and Bishop – Chicago – 5/11/12) | [This photo courtesy of Megan G. from Chicago]