Picture(s) of the Day – Popart at Barbican

It has a been a busy month at SF towers, and by that we mean alcohol, food, Christmas jumpers, snow, late nights and a lack of time to update. That and the two bust laptops that broke in the space in 24 hours.

In other news SF dropped by the Popart exhibition at the Barbican. Some great stuff there but nothing mind blowing, the best bits you will see below. If we are totally honest it was £12 for a whole bunch of nice things to look at but the narrative was a bit weak. It was a shame because the Barbican is one of the best Galleries in London with some brilliant exhibitions and events.

Oyvind Fahlstrom

Oyvind Fahlstrom

Something a little kinky?

Allen Jones

Allen Jones

Slick and angelic cowboy

Jann Howarth

Jann Howarth

 

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The Don of Portraits

Unmistakable style

Unmistakable style

A little return to street art for SF, after a little search for some nice piece by a certain Paul Don Smith (link missing as his website seems to be down, so find it yourself you lazy so and so’s)

Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key

PDS has been an active artist on the streets of London for over 25 years, his pieces are unmissable and you could not confuse them with anyone also, dreamy colouring of culturally relevant characters have come to be synonymous with the artist. Not exclusively a street artist or one for galleries, just an artist who choses the place and subject and gets on with it, some may say too commercial being that he has done many a celebrity but if it spreads the work then who are we to argue.

Familiar faces from London 2012

Familiar faces from London 2012

PDS uses both stencils and free hand spraying which in itself shows his versatility and skill.

Swallow Your Pride

Swallow Your Pride

Marlon

Marlon

If you hit Brick Lane and just around by the Barbican centre you will be able to find numerous Paul Don Smith pieces

Hackney Road – Paint on walls

Noyiaki - For the <3 of Cock

Noyiaki – For the

Hackney Road is hanging on to it’s few street art walls, before all the nice new flats are built and the road gets a Starbucks, and M&S, an All Saints, etc etc.

Before these disappear SF thought it a good idea to document a few that we have not featured. These are easy to find so no sign posting required

Colour of Rolling People

Colour of Rolling People

Yet another Eastend Graf art tour….. but some good designs an d a cool space…. until it becomes a gourmet burger joint

DMNK & KEFT

DMNK & KEFT

Summer sunshine on the walls of Hackney Road

Is this Lennon and the Stones?

Is this Lennon and the Stones?

Innocent stencils on Hackney Road, a commentary on how easy it is to make money? How it is child’s play? Somehow think not, SF like to think it is something more menacing with the sharp scissors and the blurred face

$ Dollar bill y'al

$ Dollar bill y’al

Funnily this is found right by a gay bar. Gays like a bit of trash.

Slutpink

Slutpink

And an old friend. We haven’t seen him for a while and this is not a new one so it was probably about time that our friend Sweettoof dropped by SF

Eye i Eye

Eye i Eye

Hidden East London Gems

Two artists seen all across the Eastend and are possibly the most recognisable. Finding a new and hidden gem is quite a feat and something SF enjoyed this week during brisk walks around the sun baked streets of London.

Many a street art tour has sprung up showing the usual well trodden pathes so it is nice to be able to seek out some lesser seen pieces. Canals, high rises and general shit holes are the perfect places to find these

We give you Phlegm found not a million miles from Old Street roundabout

Terrible twins

Terrible twins

And a personal SF fave, a certain Stik a cheeky lil number, well hidden and just off of Mare St. You will have to work a bit to find this gem

Hidden  Stik

Hidden Stik

Paint out East – Unknown artists?

SF has been looking for new paint, away from the well trodden tracks of Brick Lane, the canals, Old Street, etc etc. A little cycle out past the Olympic stadium past Newham and beyond through up these lil gems. No idea of the artists as yet so suggestions would be welcomed, top line diggery suggests the below.

IDKY

IDKY

Great colours and freehand with some stencilling to boot. 2013 so pretty fresh too

Kid1

Kid1

Simple old skool, nice colours and freehand

Sish Man

Sish Man

Pink. Everyone likes pink, not just ladies and poofs. Words mixed in to the brain matter, with an on switch. Big like.

Cheese Freedom

Cheese Freedom

Pyramid, all seeing eye and the idea of Cheese Freedom, who knew that the shackles were on for the fromage. Liking the slick writing style

Head to Newham on the cycle paths for your own view

Toil-art in the Eastend

You find some of the best and most interesting, witty things scrawled on the walls of toilets, regardless of which city, country or continent you are in.

Does this say…..

a) Lance Armstrong is innocent or

b) Lance Armstrong is no c*nt

Livewrong

Livewrong

Below it comments that all ‘we all ride bikes on drugs….’ Good ol Eastend

Plus two scrawled cocks on the walls

Then a couple of other bits SF thought you’d like

East

East

Wall tag

Wall tag

 

Everything was moving, just too slowly

NYC - nothing like the deep south

NYC – nothing like the deep south

Twelve brilliant photographers from across the globe in one place, the Barbican Centre London. Everything Was Moving covers thought provoking, amusing, dark, and difficult subjects in colour and black and white and using a variety of methods which were revolutionary back in the day. These days any Thomas, Richard or Harold can use an app to put an effect on a shot an make it look good, but not even close to these original shots using good old fashioned cameras with film.

Arse peacock

Arse peacock

With Apartheid graphically explained by Ernest Cole and David Goldblatt to Bruce Davidson and William Eggleston documenting the Civil Rights movement that shook up the USA in the middle of last century. Added to this Vietnam pictures, shots with Chairman Mau, Mexican black and white pictures and an Asian flavour with Raghubir Singh.

GoldBlatt - Size of the problem

GoldBlatt – Size of the problem

The most powerful shots for me were of the South African Apartheid from David Goldblatt, showing the European’s rather short sighted view of the black people in Soweto and Joberg. It was quite astounding what went on in South Africa when you consider the Worldwide outrage at Nazi Germany, although not as extreme in the results, quite as wrong in the thinking and affect it had on the people, the perception of all involved and the effects to this day.

Goldblatt - Looking for a solution

Goldblatt – Looking for a solution

All shots were accompanied with text to give added depth but the facial expressions told a thousand stories. From the deluded white settlers to the strong proud mine workers of Soweto.

Boris Mikhailov - Exposure overlays

Boris Mikhailov – Exposure overlays

Plus this dude looks pretty amazing….

Eggleston - capturing something very American

Eggleston – capturing something very American

On until January 13th, a top SF pick.

Hackney Wick-ed

Doom

Doom

Love a bit of Wick, loads of paint, stickers, stencils and even toad stalls. It also has some cool little galleries, art studios and painfully east london cafes. Plus of course a lot of Sweet Toof

Sweet WiP

Sweet WiP

In the shadows of the Olympic village there are ever changing walls, apparently untouched by redevelopment for now. For those non-Brit readers amongst you, we are currently experiencing a little bit of a rape and pillaging of our memories and childhood in something to do with a creepy old TV presenter. Hence this piece

Now then now then

Now then now then

Counter Cafe has a mini gallery and art work shops, and does a killer breakfast as well. Plus they have a fat pissed Spiderman

Letting himself go

Letting himself go

Poison toadstool

Poison toadstool

Wasteground

Wasteground