Here is a very interesting article about censorship and aersol murals by Posh One. On the bottom of the page are three stories about aersol murals that were legally made but then censored by local officials and then removed.
Thomas Suriya Mural Re-Invaded
This is a mural by Thomas Suriya on the corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Blvd (I have posted about this mural before but this picture below by True2Death is way better than the ones I took:
If you have never been, and you have the opportunity to go, ya just gotta go! Its a few blocks away from the 103 St blue line station.
Watts Towers was built by Simon Rodia (all by himself!)- You can read more about Watts Towers here.
Now, about my visit...
I went on a Saturday afternoon with some friends from out of town. I have never been before, but have always wanted to go (in theory) but in practice I just wasn't that motivated to travel that far south. It just looked so far away on the metro map. But really, it took about 40 minutes to get there via red line (Hollywood & Highland), blue line (103rd St) and foot. -And the travel time went by really fast.
Watts Towers is right in the middle of a residential neighborhood, being out of place with its surroundings (Rodia built the towers on his property). There were quite a few people in the houses nearby lounging around on their porches and children playing in the front yard which kind of gave the neighborhood a personable and interactive feel. I asked some guy who was chill'n on his porch with his friends "Whats it like to live across the street from Watts Towers?" "I see the towers everyday so its kind of boring." he said while sipping is beer.
I would so love to live on this street.
We went to buy our admissions ticket (which was about $7-$8, I forgot exactly) in the building west to the towers and then waited around outside the locked gate for the next tour (the general public is only allowed in for the guided tour, after the tour roaming around to look at the place yourself is allowed).
The guided tour lasted about 15-20 minutes. The tour guide has a monotoned voice and would tell us precise details about Rodia's life and the Towers, as if he did this everyday several times a day.
After the tour we watched a 15 minute video that was made in the 1960's about Simon Rodia and Watts Towers. - I would recommend watching it.
On our way back to Hollywood some dude was singing (on the bottom left) in the blue line and a security guard was groov'n along. That is the very first time I have ever seen an MTA security guard just chill and enjoy the music.
[For those not in the know, performing in MTA trains and buses can get you kicked off or fined up to $250.]
The following is a copy and paste from Ed Fuentes' blog:
"LA Souls: Portraits of Los Angeles in it’s 224th year" is an photo exhibit of Los Angeles photographers shots of Downtown and it's people during the year. Shown together to celebrate a city’s 225th birthday. The most photogenic city in the world has photographers living, working or simply shooting Downtown with an intimate POV to form a dialog of people and place. Without exploiting myth, they gathered evidence of a city and by chance present a community as art.
LA Souls is a group show that includes Gary Leonard, Daryl Furr, Victor Obeck, Edward Fuentes and Ernie Varela. Opening and closing night will include Eric Richardson of blogdowntown. LA Souls opens at Lost Souls Cafe during the week of Downtown Arts Walk with a drop-in reception Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 6 pm. The show runs until October 15 with a closing reception at Downtown Arts Walk Thursday, October 12, 2006, 6pm.
LA Souls: Portraits of Los Angeles in it’s 224th Year Lost Souls Cafe 124 W. 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 Between Main and Spring 213.617.7006
Shepard Fairey's Solo Show at Merry Karnowsky's in Los Angeles
The title “Rise Above” is inspired by the lyrics of one of Shepard Fairey's favorite punk bands, Black Flag. “Jealous cowards try to control... rise above, we're gonna rise above”. Beyond just a Black Flag reference, "Rise Above" is both an attempt to reveal and skewer abuses of power, governmental hypocrisy, and loss of civil liberties, as well as a call for people to rise above these problems. Fairey's work encourages people who don't like the system to change it or work outside of it. Peace advocacy and the questioning of power and authority are dominant themes. Shepard Fairey's new body of work contains politically-charged screenprint, stencil, and collage mixed media pieces which use metaphor, humor, and seductive decorative elements to deliver provocative but beautiful results. These works blur the perceived barriers between propaganda and escapist decoration, political responsibility and humor with the intent of stimulating brain and heart/viscerally and intellectually.
Merry Karnowsky Gallery Solo Exhibition September 16th through October 14th, 2006 Opening Reception: September 16th, 8-11pm 170 South La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 www.mkgallery.com
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Hundreds of Paris Hilton albums have been tampered with in the latest stunt by "guerrilla artist" Banksy. Banksy has replaced Hilton's CD with his own remixes and given them titles such as Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For?
He has also changed pictures of her on the CD sleeve to show the US socialite topless and with a dog's head.
A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK.
She told the BBC News website: "He switched the CDs in store, so he took the old ones out and put his version in."
Recently at Self Help Graphics..
I went to Self Help Graphics a few weeks ago to check out whats up on the walls inside. My timing was awkward because they were in the middle of taking down this exhibition. I only had about 15 minutes to look around (not nearly enough!) and fell in love with this guy's work.
I'm just a sucker for pieces that incorporate the local landscape into their work.
This was one of my favorite pieces. This picture doesn't do it any justice, but here it is: