Midzt in Silverlake
I was walking around Silverlake the other day....
And I found some of Midzt's recent drawings somewhere on Sunset Blvd (I forgot the cross street, but it is not far from the Sunset Junction):
I think this one is also Midzt's, but I am not sure. It was right next to the one photographed above, and it looks as though it was done by the same hand:
I was walking around Los Feliz the other day and found this gorgous stencil somebody put on their garage door:
This can be found a few meters east of Hillhurst on some residential street (I forgot the name).
I think this is one of my favorite stencils I have found so far in this city.
Finders Keepers in Oostende, Belgium
I just got a message from somebody in Belgium asking me if I am the artist of this piece he found at a gas station (in Oostende) he found in March 2006:
I'm not (but I wish I was!)
Here is a picture of the back with the signature. He asked me if I could try to help him identify the artist. Does anybody have any ideas whom the artist may be?
I was walking down Wilcox Ave. (from Franklin Ave down to Sunset) and found a few of these on the sidewalk in different colors along the way:
I have not seen them anywhere else around town other than on Wilcox Ave.
Look at Will's
Space Invader pics
This one is not there anymore, but it is very pretty. Its right underneath the 101 Fwy:
This is the same wall where Banksy put one of his rats
This one on Melrose is still there:
While you are at it, check out Will's Counter Invastion
site. Might as well check out THE Space Invader site
is an interesting article I recently came across titled:
"Cave Art: Prehistoric Teen Graffiti"
By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News
March 31, 2006— Testosterone-fueled boys created most prehistoric cave art, according to a recently published book by one of the world's leading authorities on cave art.
The theory contradicts the idea that adult, tribal shaman spiritual leaders and healers produced virtually all cave art.
It also explains why many of the images drawn in caves during the Pleistocene, between 10,000 and 35,000 years ago, somewhat mirror today's artwork and graffiti that are produced by adolescent males.
"Today, boys draw the testosterone subjects of a hot automobile, fighter jet, Jedi armor, sports, direct missile hit, etc.— all of the things they associate with the Adrenalin of success," said R. Dale Guthrie, author of "The Nature of Paleolithic Art."
Guthrie, who is a professor emeritus in the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, added, "I think the full larder (of) success of the excitement and danger of killing a giant bison or auroch in the Pleistocene was the equivalent of the testosterone art today."
He explained to Discovery News that many of the cave art images of animals are rather graphic, showing, for example, speared animals with blood pouring out of their mouths and noses.
Hunting and animals were not the only things on the cave artists' minds. Guthrie has also noticed that males were drawn sort of like a Ken Barbie doll, with no defined sexual parts save for a simple line designating the penis. Few men were even represented, but the images of women in caves tell a different story.
"Female images dominate and are nude, almost every one full-figured above and below," said Guthrie. "Unlike the other animals, the sculpted, engraved and painted human females and female parts are sometimes done schematically, distilling and inflating the primary and secondary sex characters."
Guthrie also determined that several cave art images are incomplete, overlapping, brief and rudimentary, as though people who were still learning how to draw created them.
This type of sketching dominates cave walls, which also display a handful of works that appear to have been drawn by well-practiced artists, who probably were adults.
Perhaps the most convincing piece of evidence for the new theory consists of 200 handprints that were left in the caves next to the art. These prints were produced by individuals who chewed ochre, held up a hand, and then spit the colorful orange-yellow spew all over the hand, leaving a wall imprint.
Guthrie analyzed the handprints and then compared the results with earlier research on male and female hands. The hand lengths, palm widths and the finger widths and lengths mostly match hands that would have belonged to boys aged nine to 17.
Some teen female handprints were identified in the caves, but young male prints were found more often.
Other handprints resulting unintentionally from people leaning against muddy cave walls, as well as footprints, also suggest that young boys were creating the cave art, according to Guthrie.
Paul Martin, professor of quaternary biogeography at the University of Arizona, told Discovery News that he is inclined to agree with the new theory and findings.
"(Guthrie) has an extraordinary knowledge of wild animal ecology globally, and especially in the Northern Hemisphere," Martin said. "In addition, he brings detailed knowledge of late Pleistocene fossils to his study of cave art. Finally, like many zoologists, especially those with children of their own, he is an astute observer of human behavior."
Martin added, "If he finds that much cave art reflects teenage or preteen preoccupations, I am prepared to believe him."
This reminds me of something
planted in The British Museum.
Behind The Submerged Art Gallery
The other day, while walking around the 'hood looking for things to photograph, I came across this random find:
It was like... a whole living room out in a parking lot. I couldn't photograph it all because I was running low on battery:
And the search for some "pubic art" that would catch my fancy, the closest I was able to find was stenciling on a giant garbage bin. This was actually right behind the Submerged Art gallery (hence the stencil):
And to give you a geographic reference (the CNN building):
There are paintings of old classic film stars painted on the store fronts on Hollywood Blvd. One of my personal favorites is the one of Alfred Hitchcock:
The best time to see all the paintings is in the morning before 9-10 am before all the stores closed.
The People's Gallery in Riverside
I went to visit my parents in Riverside a few weeks ago. I stopped by the downtown area to roam around and take some pictures.
Outside of The People's Gallery
A portrait of Jose, a Riverside
denizen I used to see a lot at Back to the Grind during the 1990's. The painting is by Glen Morris:
A portrait of the Harada family by Marian Semic
An ode to Marian Semic's deceased cat outside of her art studio window:
The People's Gallery is open from 6-9pm on Thursdays. I strongly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.
The People's Gallery
3643 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
Telephone: (951) 715-4641
(They can be found onmyspace
Here is a beautiful mural of Frank Sinatra with dumpsters covering a quarter of it close to the corner of Vine and Hollywood: