As part of the exhibit ‘Above The Radar II,’ The Fridge and Albus Calvus teamed up on a workshop this past weekend to teach elements of graffiti style and technique. Two ‘crews’ worked with pros to sketch out the lettering, characters, and colors to create their own murals.
Above The Radar II is on display at The Fridge thru December 3. More details below.
Earlier this summer, before Art Whino’s G40 at Vitamin Water Uncapped Live in early May, an unusual scene was happening at the corner of 14th + Florida Ave. NW: legal graffiti writing, in daylight, out in the open.
Above: writers work on murals at the corner of 14th + Florida Ave., DC.
The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) is searching for mural sites in all DC Wards to be considered for the MuralsDC program from June-August 2011. MuralsDC is a partnership between DPW and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) – created to help replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize the DC community, and engage DC youth.
There are currently 27 MuralsDC projects throughout the District. Each tell a unique story of DC’s diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. DPW and DCCAH will focus on sites that are frequent targets of graffiti.
It’s exciting to find a fresh new mural in DC, like this one we stumbled on while walking around the city last week. A friend says “the pieces were done for 368 music group artist Da Phuture for his single Stupid Dope Moves, as a custom paint job by Art Under Pressure. Also featured in the picture is “2” by Cave and “Dali” by SLR.”
It’s rare to find a mural that’s so bright, clean and spacious. Writers and crews often fit as much as possible onto available wall space, even spilling over like you see on the pavement at the bottom of “Moves”. Graffiti style in general tends to be wild and crazy. It’s cool to see the contrast of clean wall space and color that allows the styles in the lettering and character to really come through on the mural.
Below, the music video the mural was produced for. Note, lyrics NSFW:
Sunday is the closing day of Washington Color and Light, an exhibit at the Corcoran full of, well, local color. It features work by D.C. artists starting from the late sixties, especially large works exploring color. It’s in the light-filled upper galleries, and as promised, I felt like I was just soaking in color and light.
Only weeks ago, we were warned of an imminent, global cultural tipping-point: that we, as a human race, are on the cusp of true belief in alien life. And that’s when it happened. Extraterrestrial graffiti started popping up all over DC.
Above: a message. And a preview of what’s to come.