Many places, famous around the globe today, were created by a bunch of enthusiasts without money or outside help. These people lived for their ideas and were doing everything to turn them into reality. Official date of street art appearance is believed to be year 1942, fervor of World War II.
Street art: «5Pointz» in New York
Official date of street art appearance is believed to be year 1942, fervor of World War II. Then a creative worker named Kilroy from Detroit factory started writing a phrase “Kilroy was here” on every box with armament that was sent to the allies. Soldiers began to reproduce the phrase on the walls of buildings that survived bombings, using their own last names. Painters Cornbread, Cool Erl and Top Cat from Philadelphia are believed to be creators of graffiti as a separate area of pictural art. From there new phenomenon spread around the United States. New York became the capital of graffiti – one can find whole streets painted in such a style there.
Informed people call “5Pointz” in the district of Long Island on the cross of Jackson Avenue and Davis Street the temple of street art. Street painters from the States, Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil and other countries of the world turned buildings of the abandoned factory into a museum. “5Pointz” became the traditional place of gathering for graffiti painters, movie directors, photographers and numerous musicians playing hip-hop and R&B. Every day another extravagant performance is expecting the visitors, and, you mind it, absolutely for free. The project draws its support from donations and sponsor help.
Occupy: Kreuzberg squat’s district in Berlin
After the fall of the Berlin Wall many houses in the eastern part of the city emptied out – their inhabitants rushed westward. Then a variegated movement of youngsters from all over the world decided to make some use of the abandoned houses. After the self-acquisition, painters and musicians renovated newly-acquired dwellings and arranged them after their own manner. Thus Easter Berlin squats became sort of a bulwark of alternative art.
Kreuzberg is probably the most picturesque districts in this respect. Palette of nationalities, representatives of which settled here, is rather wide and everyone brought to the general picture a speck of own culture. Aura of underground and dissent reigns around. Local citizens are constantly protesting against something. On a broad meadow overlooking river Spree beneath huge graffiti “East and West” and “Golden chains of capitalism” a small group of people can be found protesting against rise in price year around. Painters, photographers and musicians fighting for so-called independent art free from walls, capitalistic exhibition halls and censorship, can be found here. To show their protest, they paint walls and windows, making a never-ending open performance thus amusing themselves and the visitors.
Trash art masterpieces: Foreverton Park in Wisconsin, USA
In the circles of environmental activists there is a saying: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Painters who work in the style of trash art take it pretty literally. They create off-beat pictures, sculptures, furniture and even whole fun fairs out of a pile of household rubbish.
Probably one of the most ambitious art objects ever formed from garbage is a creation of Dr. Evermore in Wisconsin. Huge sculptures made of scrap metal were constructed by a 70-year old American Tom Every. He had been collecting elements of old cars and electronic devices his whole life in order to craft together his vision of Apollo expedition out of it. Every had been dreaming about something of the kind since childhood but he only started construction when he retired in 1983.
In Foreverton – this is how this garden of urban sculptures was nicknamed by the visitors – an exhibit of 70 figures of fantastic birds can be seen. Some of them have an in-built music box to amuse public with equally whimsical tunes.
The artist from New Zealand Hayley King working under the brand FLOX is well-known all over the world for the fascinating pictures showing the enlightened beauty of wild nature. Her colorful birds, picturesque landscapes, and fairy-tale-like animals remind us about the necessity to get united with the primordial nature. Hayley King creates the type of art giving inspiration and vitality. She is concentrated onto recognition of ancient heritage of the sacral places and making it spread among the wide publics. In the interview the artist told us about her social projects, travels and the modern cultural trends inherent to New Zealand.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Remember how the little prince taught to see not a hat, but a boa constrictor digesting an elephant? So, in San Francisco you have the opportunity to see the street part of which is swallowed by a boa. A serpent Lombard Street crawled into almost all the Frisco city guides.
The German Embassy in Ukraine traditionally organized an open day in September - the German Garden. Kiev citizens and guests of the city could get acquainted with the activities of Germany in Ukraine and talk with representatives of German intermediary organizations.
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
The Japanese are one of those peoples who zealously respect the ancient traditions. They respect old age, being interested in ancestors and often know the family ancestry by heart. With such a worldview, it is not surprising that a unique technique for the restoration of kintsugi appeared exactly there. Read about it in Outlook.
The eccentric elder Katsushika Hokusai was the real star of the Edo period, the creative genius and the brutal debtor of the half of his city. He used at least 30 names, changed 93 houses and created a lot of prints, drawings and paintings. His internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is mesmerizing. But only a few people know that this block printing, as well as many other works, was created by Hokusai with assistance of his daughter - artist Katsushika Ōi, lost in time and overshadowed by her genius father crazy about art.
‘Love evolves when one looks in the eyes of the person beloved seeing there God’, in such a way the lines of some Arabian song called Qawali is translated. The authorship of this chant is ascribed to Eastern strangers Sufi who tending to find the sense of existence strolled around the half an Earth bare-footed. In the travels they composed songs where they told narration describing what they had to endure.
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti with his unbelievable works.
"Dali in a skirt", "The greatest provoker of the last century", shocking and inspiring confidence in the almost limitless potential of man, Frida Kahlo surprised contemporaries and continues to admire the admirers of her work today. The people of Kiev can now look behind the scenes of the life of the Mexican genius. With the support of the Embassy of Mexico in Ukraine in the National Museum named after Taras Shevchenko an exhibition of photographs devoted to the relations between Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera was opened.
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue, sensed fragrance of violets that a neighbor of mine was growing on her balcony and a recollection of Funtik from floor 5 and his tail evoked a flush of tenderness towards the shaggy monster.
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life. Twilight land of legends always have a shelter for a weary traveller: no one is alone on the paths of spirits.
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
Dirty cars are like a host for an artist. One may treat such art differently. Someone will wrinkle his nose and disdainfully wrestle his clothes. Others necessarily want to put a finger in such a picture in order to check the fragility of the "canvas" and smear its outlines. However, others will definitely make a selfie. However, nobody can pass by.
In every art there are formats and rules – once in “mainstream” an Artist won’t have to starve. Even more so in totalitarian times when every sphere of people’s life is controlled and affected and selfhood has to be forgotten as such. It is probably in the face of a system natural talents emerge for their work to become immortal. Today Outlook recalls one of them, artist Kateryna Bilokur.
Only dancing and wearing mask, Korean peasants were able to express their disgust towards rudeness or greed of the hosts or apply to some deity with extraordinary request. Keeping anonymity, the people played out the scenes from life, cried, and laughed. At the end of the performance the destiny awarded the good characters and punished villains.
Behind the window sad eyes of old man peered at Petrograd engulfed by revolutionary fire. This fire spread on his life's work: a proud four-story building was invaded by noisy commissioners and sailors, whose presence seemed a cruel joke after regular customers. Workshop owner Carl Gustavovich Fabergé, apparently, noticed in this chaos approaching decay of his career. However, he could have a secret gleam of hope for another life of his heritage. If only he knew that it would come true, maestro would hardly have lost his spiritual strength...
We have amber flowing through our veins, joke the Balts. They believe that a sunny stone comes from tear drops of their goddess Jūratė. According to legend, she was careless enough to fall in love with a mere mortal fisherman named Kastytis who day by day cast his nets to the Baltic Sea. Jūratė forgot that immortal ones are not allowed to enjoy simple human happiness, she fascinated the young man to the bottom of the sea into her amber castle, and there the couple in love lost count of days and nights. On hearing this, the lord of gods Perkūnas decided to punish them: bolt of lightening stroke mortal lover, and disobedient lady was chained within her precious possessions for all eternity. Since then, the grieving goddess cries dropping yellow tears, and waters of the Baltic carry them to the shore for others to enjoy.