medium /// urban street art

i’m jealous of banksy

I have loved the work of Banksy for ages. I’m not sure why I’ve never written about him before… in all honesty, I thought I had… but no. Hm. Anywho, since most of us probably spent the weekend watching the London Olympics get underway, I thought I’d do my own artsy ode to London… via Bansky, and his ridiculously creative work. Oh look, a little pole vaulting to kick things off:

So clever ♥

i’m jealous of an old feather factory

Yep. An old feather factory turned into a gallery, and several artist studios {psst… that are for rent!}. The Active Space is in Bushwick Brooklyn, and looks like this:

Oh, it’s like a huge blank canvas! I desperately want an artist to paint a giant feather mural all over the exterior… wouldn’t that be cool!? Maybe in gold!!! Anyway, this post is about them {not my feathery mural ideas} so let me get back to the point! It’s a space with one large showing gallery, and several individual artist studios {free heat included in the rent – you can’t beat that!}. Here is a layout of the space, two examples of the rooms, and some jealousy-inducing work from a few of the ‘Active Space‘ artists:

{1. Lauren Clay 2. Sebastian Vallejo 3. Matt Nichols }

They are having a grand re-opening this Friday night, February 24th from 7 – 10pm, and you should go!  They’ll be featuring the work of street artist Criminy Johnson:

Have an amazing time on Friday night… and tell them about my gold feather mural idea! Thanks ; )

girl crush

I have a crush. Well, I have quite a few actually… so many, in fact, that I’ve turned them into a new series of guest posts, that start today, on the always lovely sfgirlbybay. The series is called girl crush. Can you guess why? Yep, the posts will feature amazing women artists that I have huge art crushes on! Here’s why I chose to do this…

When I was in university, I minored in Art History. As a young female artist, I wanted to know why there weren’t more women in my textbooks… surely they existed?! And it wasn’t just the Renaissance and Rococo periods that were lacking – I have a Pop Art book filled with artists that I love, but there is not one woman in it. Doesn’t that seem kinda crazy? Yes, yes it does. Luckily, contemporary art seems to be balancing things out a little more… I know that more than half of my posts feature women. Granted, I’m jealous of work regardless of the artist’s gender, but as a woman artist myself, I absolutely love to see, and celebrate, the successes of inspiring, crush-worthy “girls”… hence the catchy title of this series! Sigh… I have so many crushes, on so many artists, that these posts just might go on forever! So, now that I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve, you can tell me… who do you ?

{textbook worthy images by: 1. Tina Berning 2. Martha Rich 3. Maia Flore 4. Laura McKellar 5. Beth Hoeckle 6. Margaret Kilgallen ♥♥♥}

i’m jealous of carlos donjuan

Well, it only makes sense that with a name like Carlos Donjuan I’d be smitten, right? His color choices, those masks, all of that beautiful wood grain… oh, so much to love from this Dallas based graffiti artist/painter. Sigh.

{… if you’d like to read more about his work there’s a great interview, by Kate Singleton, in New American Paintings}

i’m jealous of indigo

Spray paint on water color paper. Wait… spray paint?! Yep, painstakingly stenciled spray paint. I know. Amazing, right?

So, remember when I said I met lots of great people, from every possible area of expertise, when I was at Alt? Well, there was a very cool couple, Paul and Cariann, who run ~ an online marketplace filled with lots of very nice work. A woman named Indigo is one of the artists they feature, and when I saw these owls on Friday, I literally thought  “Oh yes… that’s my Monday post.” And voila, here it is!

i’m jealous of leo & pipo

As if you need another reason to go to Paris, but I’ll give you one anyway… well, two actually… Leo & Pipo. They are the artists behind these beautiful, and kinda ghostly,  life-sized portraits that can be found on lonely concrete walls all over Paris. Maybe it’s because Hallowe’en is just around the corner, but I have to say, that boy on the roof scares me a little bit… not enough to stop me from buying a ticket to Paris mind you, but enough to freak me out in a “sixth-sense/I see dead people” kind of way.

i’m jealous of stephen powers


Seriously, can you think of  a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than riding the rails in Philadelphia PA? Thanks to the very talented Stephen Powers, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, you can book a ticket on a slow-speed train that will take you leisurely past all 50 of the murals in Stephen’s A Love Letter for You project. Sound good? Well, then grab that engagement ring you’ve been hiding in your underwear drawer and get down to the train station pronto!

{Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Mural Arts Tour Office at 215.685.0754}

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone… see you on Monday

i’m jealous of vincent pacheco


Damn, I really wish I thought of this. Mixed media installation graffiti… is that even a thing? I guess it is, because Seattle based Vincent Pacheco {aka Mudchicken} is making me insanely jealous with it. Not only is he running all over town turning concrete walls and abandoned buildings into gallery space, he’s also the founder of WAFA, ‘a global artist collective dedicated to the support and development of emerging artists.’ Wondering what WAFA stands for? Check the url when you click through to the site… I couldn’t agree with it more!

{One of my favourite artists, Anthony Zinonos, is a member of WAFA. I wonder if they’d make me an honorary member if I begged?}

i’m jealous of liu bolin


What category am I supposed to put this under? Painting? Well, yes, he’s covered in paint. Installation? Kinda. Street art? I guess so. I should probably just start a new category called ‘Slightly Mind Blowing’. All of these pieces are from a series called Hiding in the City by Chinese artist Liu Bolin, also known as The Invisible Man. I’m sure you can see why… if you look really hard.

i’m jealous of slinkachu


This is proof that great art is all around us, you just have to look for it… and try not to squish it with your shoe. London street artist Slinkachu has a series called Little People in which tiny ‘little hand-painted people are left in London to fend for themselves’. So cool. I wonder if anyone ever finds them or if they just go unnoticed? That’s it, I’m going to check every pop can I pass from now on.