Los Angeles local street artist Phobik, and Arizona transplant Madman recently were granted the wall owned by fellow artist Kai Aspire on Spaulding, just north of Melrose. The duo have moved along the streets of LA together and separately with each individual’s respectful work for the past year. From pasteups to stickers and murals, both of these artists have taken your attention without asking. Are you angry about it? As the iconic image of the “Phobik God” 3-eye-devil, and the variety of characters from the Mad world have permeated our line of sight practically all throughout the city, it didn’t come as a surprise that the two artists would take the opportunity of such a big wall to show Melrose, let alone LA, that they had more in store. We agree, when you’ve got an audience, don’t let go. That “more” that they had in stock transformed from a window looking in, to a door-wide invitation, entering directly into a world undoubtedly recognizable of both artists’ styles and mindsets. Developed to an extent of fantastic scenes, and enticing,dramatic visual dialogue, this new mural speaks. As the caption “Let’s Get Weird” suggests, the art is not something to comfort the average spectator, but to console the urges of the strange, the uncomfortable, the weird.
Check out our photos of the artists at work as the wall developed and was completed. To see examples of both artists’ gallery work, check out our coverage of the LA Woman art show from the July Downtown Artwalk.
A couple weeks back local artist, Kiosk (of RTH) completed a huge mural in Hollywood. The wall is located off Hollywood boulevard, and Kiosk’s new piece accompanies an older Chase mural. The fresh paint job was warmly welcomed, and, in hindsight, needed, as Kiosk’s addition makes the wall pop more than ever. Architecturally influenced, but with physics-defying personalities, Kiosk’s characters pop right out at you, and demand you to step into their world.
This piece went through quite a few changes and stages before it came to its conclusion. Luckily, we were invited by the artist himself to join as he painted, and were there to capture each stage individually. Check out the progressive photos of the wall and Kiosk’s new work below.
Other examples of Kiosk’s mural work can be found below coverage of this newest mural. To see Kiosk’s gallery work, check out our coverage of the recent LA Woman art show that he, as well as many other LA street artists, were featured in.
Last month, for the July DTLA Artwalk, The Groundfloor Gallery hosted a show featuring an impressive range of artists in a semi-cramped space. What made the night even more memorable was that Groundfloor happens to be located at 433 S. Spring Street, which also was where the Occupy LA movement and outburst took place. This was great for the show as many more people were in front of the space, and even entering just to get off the streets. However, the flood of pedestrians was accompanied by the buzz of tasers and congested, cloudy air due to smoke bombs. After the fact we learned that artists were being harassed and arrested for drawing on surfaces with chalk, possibly the most easily removable and temporary medium to use for street art. Check out our coverage of the show and the events that took place that night.
Common Cent$ got up the other day to take over the garage wall on Spaulding north of Melrose. This wall is usually a huge canvas that draws the best from the biggest contenders, and is always covered from top to bottom. It even recently drew in New York based artists Ski, Col and 2ESAE to have their go at it (check out there mural on the spot here.). But, not even a week after the NYC crew had visited, the wall was covered again by a paste advertising a show for the artist Kai Aspire. Although Kai’s show was quite impressive to see in person, the choice of ad and spot were nothing but upsetting after the whole neighborhood had gotten to watch some out-of-towners brighten the block, despite Kai having covered the wall previously.
One of the most prophetic street artists in the game right now, Gregory Siff, has also been one of the busiest. When you see his work, you understand why. Everyone wants a piece of his iconic fresh art because of the simplicity in how the painter’s pieces appear. Yet, Gregory’s style does nothing less than what any significant bump in the art-time continuum has done before. He connects people. Siff’s style draws an audience so wide, from children he helps out with at grade schools, all the way to top-notch art collectors that place his pieces alongside Warhol and Basquiat. At this level, art transcends class, it transcends savy interpretation or monetary value, and becomes something much more significant. It becomes a movement.
As we said, everyone that knows about Gregory wants to be a part of this movement. So, naturally the guy is busy doing commissions, appearances, and even art battles (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, check it out here). Siff was even recently recognized on the television show Access Hollywood for one of his newest works on display at the Mondrian Hotel. Check out their shout out to him in the video here.