I never thought about this, but hunting for street art through Google Maps Street View should totally be a thing. While clicking through Echo Park streets in Street View, this Low Bros (@low_bros) wall popped out. Looks like it’s a mural completed last summer to coincide with their solo show at Thinkspace Gallery. This random encounter facilitated by the Internets is probably the next best thing to serendipitously walking into it in person. I should get outside more, especially since the weather is so nice today…
-Los Angeles, CA (Thanks, Google)
The blog got a shoutout from Low Bros themselves! I guess someone on their team read the blog. Pretty cool.
As you walk up the stairs to the second floor of LBMA (@lbmaorg) to continue your tour of “Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape“, the first piece you will encounter is an untitled installation by Meggs (@houseofmeggs) of a familiar gun range target character bursting out the wall as if he had just shot a bullet through it. If you look closely at the wall in person, you can see where Meggs plastered the wall to create this effect. If you walk behind this wall, you will meet the gunman in full view, except now you will notice that he is in fact NOT holding a gun, but rather a spray can. This is a huge distinction that I did not catch the first time I visited.
“Art in the Streets” at MOCA, The Geffen Contemporary, in 2011 saw the beginning of museums opening their walls and exhibition space to the burgeoning street art community. The who’s who of the international street art scene were present at that show, past and current. We’re talking Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Kaws, Retna, Futura, Lee, Fab 5 Freddy, Os Gemeos, Barry McGee, Steve Espo Powers, Todd Reas James, Neckface, and these are just the artists off the top my head. “Vitality and Verve” seem to be looking to tap this niche as well.