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.