Sorry for the delayed post today. A bit too much holiday cheer over the weekend has got me moving more slowly than usual. When I wasn’t reveling, I was out and about doing holiday shopping and running errands and couldn’t help but notice some amazing street art cropping up around West Hollywood. Well, I guess street art isn’t a fair characterization in all cases. The first “installation” I saw was on the corner of Orlando and 3rd. It appears that the owner of this commercial building decided to take a page from my beloved Sol LeWitt when s/he painting their ground floor like this:I love the large scale and repetition of pattern using different colors. It makes each panel feel completely different and unique but unified. The blast of blue above the garage entrance is a surprising counterpoint to the red, yellow and gray and acts as a wayfinding tool, drawing you into the garage. I love the gutsiness of this paint job and am both inspired and impressed.
While I was taking these pictures, a guy walked by and was curious about what I was doing. When I explained, he turned me on to a fantastic blog that documents the street art cropping up around the neighborhood called Melrose & Fairfax. Check it out – you will be surprised how much is out there that we pass by every day.
Then, I was off to La Brea and came across this:I immediately pulled over and moved in for a closer look at this Keith Haring-esque wall mural. It turns out that a commercial real estate group named District La Brea is transforming eleven buildings along the La Brea corridor for a mix of retail, dining and what they call “creative” offices. While the construction is being done, they have commissioned artists to create murals on the wooden walls around the jobsite. This one was done by Aaron De La Cruz and there is a very cool video showing its creation on Vimeo.
Further north on La Brea, I came across another mural, also by Aaron De La Cruz and part of the Distric La Brea project:Again, there is a video documenting the process and it’s amazing to watch him paint the whole thing freehand. It takes a fully formed vision and a hell of a lot of confidence to approach an enormous white wall with nary a guideline or sketch.
Just around the corner is this upbeat declaration:As far as I could find, this piece is uncredited, which is a shame because I would love to say a hearty thank you. Who doesn’t like a little unexpected positive affirmation? I am so impressed with District La Brea’s choice to bring art to this area while it is undergoing it’s transformation. It makes this area dynamic and exciting instead of just noisy and grungy and bodes well for what is to come when the construction is complete.
And finally, as I was heading home, I looked up and saw this billboard:It feels festive and funky and unexpected and I was intrigued. What was this image doing on a billboard? Since it was positioned directly above the super hip Undefeated sneaker store, I thought I’d see if they had anything to do with it. Indeed they did. Turns out that together with Aaron Rose and Nike, they commission both fine and street artists to tackle the billboard above the store in any manner of their choosing. The current piece was done by Sanford Biggers, an artist whose work has been shown at the Tate in London, the Whitney and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among other venues. Check out the Undefeated website to see images of past artists and learn more about the project.
So much to see if you just keep your eyes open, huh? Anybody out there have any images of cool street art in their area? I’d love to see them. Happy Monday!