Street Art News


Written by Marlon Dolcy
29 Monday 29th November 2010
 In Street Art News this week we look at a lovely mural in Lower Clapton. We assess the controversy surrounding a new work by Mark Sinkler depicting the bombed bus on Tavistock Square, we check out French Street artist’s new show at the Marks and Stencils gallery, and we look at an auethentic Banksy mural being recently painted over in Southampton.
Normally Street Art does not reach as far as the postcode E5, but this wonderful piece by the artist Run on Linscott road just off of Lower Clapton is exceptional.
Combining the urban with the surreal, an urban landscape rests on the face and hands of the artists subject. Could this landscape be Hackney, who knows? It was created sometime this year opposite the Biddle Bros Pub which has its own piece of street art on the premises. A sillhoute image of the landlords dog. Either way it is a welcome sight for those on the bus, making way to their “miserable” lives at work.
In Banksy world this week, a mural titled No future in Bevois Alley, Southampton has been painted over after only just being indentified as authentic.The image of a child with a ballon displaying the said phrase would have raised the value of the property by at least £20,000. C'est la vie – you can’t put a price on good art.
A bit of indirect controvesy surrounding Banksy as his Marks and Stencil Gallery is host to a particular piece of artwork that has got people up in arms. Bristol based urban artist Mark Sinckler’s Age of Shiva depicts the wreckage of the bus destroyed on 7/7 in Tavistock square, and the souls of the victims are shown ascending into heaven done in the style of a Catholic Renaissance period piece.
The fuss surrounding the piece comes from people who claim that the work is insensitive and done in bad taste. Yet the imagery is blatantly simple. It is a homage and tribute to the victims of the atrocity. Art has always had a fascination with war and atrocity; Franz Marc’s paintings of World War 2, Goya’s interpretation of a firing squad or Picasso’s Guernica fro example. Perhaps the furor is fuelled by the fact that the artist is Muslim as the Sun sensationally reported. But the tabloid’s fury may lie in the fact that someone else apart from them might be making money off of 7/7.
The Age of Shiva aside, at the Marks and Stencils Gallery, a new show by the street artist Dran opened last Friday; the first of a two part show organised by Pictures On Walls, the second I Have Chalks occuring on the December 2. Dran’s work is exciting and subversive. Downstairs, the more primitave but best examples of his work were displayed on bits of cardboard, and there were interesting sculptural setpieces. Such as a replica art studio with a sinister looking figure in a red hoodie, a kiddies bike chained to a parking metre and Happy Hour a highly graffited public telephone with an ironic reference to the Cartrain/Damien Hirst beef (link)
Irony and humor is a big factor within Dran’s work but this show is also a fantatsic damnation of our consumerist culture, and a social commentary on topics such as hooliganism, pornography, life and well art. Really this is a quality show, from a quality artist, big thumbs up. More pictures here:

Thats all for now folks. Till next week. 

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  • Guest: brandoh22
    Thu 02 - Dec - 2010, 10:44
    we have pulled out of Iraq and I think yes Guernica was showing the horrors of war but this is also in a way showing the horrors of terrorism which the article is implying
  • Guest: outsidethelinesisfine
    Wed 01 - Dec - 2010, 23:01
    Picasso’s Guernica was not painted out of a fascination with war, but to show the horrors of war. People were charged a small fee to view the painting when it was shown in London, the money being put towards the fight against fascism in Spain let's hope the proceeds of Sinckler’s piece are going to the war against terror. lord knows our troops in Iraq need the money for equipment the government can't afford to buy to protect them
  • Guest: mcdolcy
    Wed 01 - Dec - 2010, 11:00
    Hello RJ, Thanks for the info. I really enjoy your blog by the way (Vandalog).
  • Guest: rj
    Tue 30 - Nov - 2010, 16:33
    The work on Linscott Road is by the artist Run.