Street Art News


Written by Marlon Dolcy
10 Monday 10th January 2011
This week we will look at Otto Schade’s solo exhibition at the Lava gallery and his remarkable street work IN London. We will look at provocateur Lush’s exhibition in Melbourne and see how far he is able to push the envelope. Can we take him at face value, or are we street art lover’s taking ourselves too seriously? We will also preview BLU 2010, Blu’s new DVD and look at old style graffiti from the US National archives.
Otto Schade
In December Otto Schade completed a series of stencils on The Mother Bar 333 on Old street, detailing bandage-type portraits of movie characters including Marlon Brando as the Godfather, Marilyn Monroe and R2D2 from Star wars. Fairly new to the scene his elaborate stencils have been popping up all over East London (where else?) over the past year. His first indoor solo exhibition premiered last week Thursday as part of the Lava Gallery’s series of solo exhibitions. The show looks to highlight the idiosyncratic style of the artist and is on till the 19th.
Lush does not want you to like him. Actually he would really love it if you hated his guts. He wants to offend, he wants to push your buttons, and he’s un-PC. He is like a combination of South Park, Family Guy and Black face. However my belief is that Lush is one of the few street artists who is authentic and tells it how it is. None of that, "I want to do street art because it is fashionable" rubbish or "I am in it for money" like Banksy!
The Australian recently had his first solo exhibition in Melbourne. Talking to the Crack for Sore Eyes Blog he described street art as “a marketing buzz word/ friendly terminology for graffiti; they had to reinvent "graffiti" into something less sinister. It's like calling a "nigger" an African American. It doesn't hurt as much.”
The convict’s street work is highly provocative consisting of a high volume of genitalia. The art is mostly done with old style graffiti accompanying the images.
Following on from Lush’s observations about the new pretensions of 'street art', let us go back in the day; before Blek Le Rat and Banksy to a time when drawing on walls was just called graffiti. The US National Archives Flickr photostream showcases graffiti from 1970’s New York in the subways and ghettos. Gritty, urban and real - it seems pretty likely that the work of these bombers is in no way grounded in art school theology.
The Blu DVD
Street artist Blu’s long awaited DVD featuring animations over the past 10 years has finally been released.  You can purchase the DVD from The You Tube trailer below gives an idea of what to expect, and let’s just say that expectations are high!
Hope you enjoyed the ride, and till next time.


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