Category Archives: Street art

Southern Berkeley street scenes: One afternoon


We begin with a sidewalk doodle. . .

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 9 mm, 1/1000 sec, f4.4

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 9 mm, 1/1000 sec, f4.4

A wall with a southern exposure. . .

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 14.2 mm, 1/800 sec, f5.1

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 14.2 mm, 1/800 sec, f5.1

And patterns on a creosoted pole. . .

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 24.4 mm, 1/125 sec, f5.4

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 24.4 mm, 1/125 sec, f5.4

A shoe defooted. . .

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 23.1 mm, 1/80 sec, f5.4

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 23.1 mm, 1/80 sec, f5.4

And a skyline delineated. . .

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 86.9 mm, 1/100 sec, f5.9

4 October 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 86.9 mm, 1/100 sec, f5.9

Front porch view, revisited


We’ve posted the view of this wall before, the first sight to greet our etyes when we walk out our front door.

Now another, fresher view, with an assertive addition.

19 February 2013, Nikon D300, ISO 320, 32 mm, 1/160 sec, f4

19 February 2013, Nikon D300, ISO 320, 32 mm, 1/160 sec, f4

Video Interlude: Street art, London style


From Agence France-Presse:

Breaking the Set: Art, artists, and politics


It’s been a while since we offered an episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin’s RT show. Martin launched her career in video journalism on Berkeley community cable before landing her own show on RT. In this episode she talks art [including her own].

The program notes:

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin Talks to Bob English, Financial Contributor, about the recent jobs report and US financial policy. Abby then showcases some of her political artwork and explains art’s importance in reflecting the times. BTS airs a short interview with artist Andrei Molodkin and his exhibit ‘Crude,’ a critique on the global oil industry. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with muralist, Mear One, about his art and inspiration.

Neighborhood images from a new camera


With the help of a Christmas gift from our son and his lady, we acquired a new pocket camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS19, with a 24-280mm f3.3-6.4 Leica lens.

One of the reasons for our purchase was my concern about getting my camera gear stolen. That’s of concern because area strong-arm types have taken to ripping off gear from TV news crews. In addition, our full Nikon gear including bag, two bodies, four lenses, flash, cleaning gear, and monopod is a hefty burden in these low-energy days of chemo. The new camera fits easily into shirt and pants pockets.

We had a pair of errands to run, and grabbed some shots from our first, a stroll to and from the neighborhood post office to mail out bill payments.

Without further ado. . .

A neighborhood cat, setting out for an explore.

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 86 mm, 1/400 sec, f6.4

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 86 mm, 1/400 sec, f6.4

A second floor window, with enigmatic content.

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 60mm, 1/1000 sec, f5.9

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 60mm, 1/1000 sec, f5.9

A spritely house, palms behind.

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 24.4 mm, 1/640 sec, f4

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 24.4 mm, 1/640 sec, f4

Scrawlings on a utility box.

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 19.4 mm, 1/1000 sec, f5.3

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 100, 19.4 mm, 1/1000 sec, f5.3

A collage assembled from rust and residue.

BLOG Jan pole

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 125, 86 mm, 1/400 sec, f6.4

Fence-top still life of jar and bewebbed succulent.

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 125, 86 mm, 1/400 sec, f6.4

28 January 2013, Panasonic DMZ-ZS19, ISO 125, 86 mm, 1/400 sec, f6.4

Street art: A downtown existential observation


A creation in chalk spotted on the wall of a ventilation shaft for the downtown Berkeley BART [rail transit] system on Shattuck Avenue in the heart of downtown Berkeley:

1 October 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 450, 60 mm, 1/30 sec, f7.1

And a detail. . .

1 October 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 250, 60 mm, 1/30 sec, f7.1

Street seens, from strolls along Shattuck Avenue


A visual potpourri, captured on two strolls along one of Berkeley’s busiest streets.

Ghosts of graffiti past. . .

25 July 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 640, 18 mm, 1/1000 sec, f5

A poster departed, and annotated. . .

25 July 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 640, 56 mm, 1/1250 sec, f5

A message, scrawled on a downtown tree. . .

25 July 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 640, 32 mm, 1/1000 sec, f14

Cutout hearts, messages in themselves, stapled to a pole. . .

26 July 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 640, 48 mm, 1/400 sec, f14

The ghosts of flyers past, fading on a power pole. . .

26 July 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 640, 08 mm, 1/400 sec, f14

A battle-scarred bulletin board. . .

26 July 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 640, 34 mm, 1/400 sec, f13

And a forlorn discarded feather. . .

26 July 2012, Nikon D300, ISO 640, 170 mm, 1/800 sec, f13

Greek street artists express a nation’s outrage


A fascinating report from Jacob Greaves on the passionate of street artists of Greece, who are using their talents to express their anti-austerity rage at eurocrats, banksters, and politicians.

In Bed with Invader: A Parisian street artist


From director Raphael Haddad, a just-released 14-minute documentary without words about Invader, a unique Parisian street artist who works in tile rather than paint.

H/T to Metafilter.

Scene in Berkeley: An existentialist slap tag


On an East Bay Express distribution box on Adeline Street.

19 November 2011, Nikon D300, ISO 320, 52mm, 1/400 sec, f5

 

Spotted on Adeline Street in South Berkeley


19 November 2011, Nikon D300, 24mm, 1/400 sec, f5

When we first walked by the figure, our camera’s battery has died, or we’d have had a shot before the taglines were added.

Slap Tags: Examples from the Berkeley streets


Slap tags are the latest in tagging, using paste and paper instead of spray cans and acid etch.

Here are a some examples, the first two spotted on a pot clinic wall during a weekend walk along Shattuck Avenue in South Berkeley. We’ll start with the largest and most enigmatic:

30 July 2011, Nikon D300 60mm, 1/1250 sec, f3.2m ISO 320

And here’s a trio of smaller tags, aging gracefully:

30 July 2011, Nikon D300, 60mm, 1/1250 sec, f 3.2, 320 ISO

Finally, an assortment of tiny slaps on the back of a stop sign.

30 July 2011, Nikon D300, 60mm, 1/8000 sec, f3.2, ISO 320

Berkeley Street Scene: Along Adeline Street


Covering an underground utility access cover.

Nikon D300, 21 July 2011, 90 mm, 1/8000 sec, f3.2

A hydrant bank at the Ashby BART station.

21 July 2011, Nikon D300, 90mm, 1/5000 sec, f3.2

And a street sign. . .

21 July 2011, Nikon D300, 1/1200 sec, f3.2

Pranksters hack Fox news scroll in the Big Apple


Three cheers to vlogger hiropro999 for finally forcing Fox News to tell the truth, though more people will see it online than witnessed the actual events on the news scroll on the side of the odious corporation’s Manhattan headquarters.

Here’s a video of the event:

And the explanation from hiropro999:

UPDATE: Fox is of course saying this didn’t happen. So I will maybe post a video explaining how I did it later.

Hello

Monday night I hacked into the FoxNews news ticker on 6th avenue in NYC.

Here’s the video. If you’d like to know why, just read the message in the hack.

I accessed the Fox ticker basically to get your attention. Also because Fox deserves it: they’re the 24/7 mouthpiece of the right wing. They are huge perpetuators of the big lie.

This country isn’t broke. Question is: where is the money going?

Americans have a right to know their pockets are being fleeced by corporations and tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy and we can no longer tolerate the deceit FoxNews is perpetuating.

For the record, I am not connected to Anonymous or any of the recent attacks on the PSN, PBS, Nasdaq or So-net.

We are being lied to and you cannot stop Americans from fighting for the truth. Sorry my friend is somewhat annoyingly enthusiastic in the video but it’s one of the best hacks in recent memory so cut her a break.

For those who think this is fake and that the sign can not play color.

Street art, along a Parisian guerilla garden


27 January 2007. 50mm, 1/250 sec, f8

One afternoon on Telegraph Avenue. . .


14 November 2010, 90mm, 1/3200 sec, f5.3

So now we know the real reason behind that smiley face. . .Click to embiggen.

Animated graffiti: Delightful, witty, provocative


From blublu.org comes “BIG BANG BIG BOOM: an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end.” It’s one of the most remarkable expressions ever of the street art form. Watch and enjoy!

Blu’s blog is here.

Lisbon street art: Corpocracy wickedly defined


Sucking the earth dry, his crown bejeweled with the logos of Big Oil, the corporate monster is skewered on an abandoned Lisbon building by the street artist Blu. More pictures of the rest of the building–all amazing–are here. H/T to Jorn Barger. [Click on the image for fullest impact.]