The Brazilian twin street artists known as Os Gemeos (@osgemeos) announced this morning through their Instagram page that they have been tapped to bring animations of their colorful characters to Times Square billboard monitors. The videos will begin at 11:57pm and end at midnight every night from August 1st to the 31st.
Titled “Parallel Connections”, this project will bring attention to their art, and indirectly to street art in general, to millions of casual New Yorkers and tourists alike that frequent the popular spot in Times Square. This is big news!
If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by once. If you do, please tag #bestdamnartblog on Instagram and hopefully we’ll feature your video.
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.
It’s no secret that bestdamnartblog.com is a huge fan of the photo-sharing app Instagram. It is the only social media outlet in which we are active, and you will have noticed that we link to the Instagram pages of all artists covered in our posts. Instagram became a natural gathering ground for collectors, artists, and gallerists alike due to it elegant and simple interface and obviously because of its relationship to the artistic endeavor of photography.
Every week we’ll try to bring you a group of 5 Instagram pages that you probably aren’t following yet that you should. Read on to see the list.
“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.
We start off exactly where we left off last time, in Long Beach, CA. I will admit that most of the artists below are new to me, but that is why events like Pow! Wow! Long Beach are so valuable to expand your horizon of artists that you were unfamiliar with prior.