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Painting the Streets of Philly

Street Painting – Franklin’s Footpath / Photographer: Henry Groskinsky, 1972

Artist Gene Davis putting finishing touches on his 414-ft-long painting. “Franklin’s Footpath,” painted on the street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

I don’t care how distracting this would be to drive on! We need streets like this in our cities. There would be so many more happy drivers.

Via Aqua-Velvet.

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Inspiration ➡ Matthias Heiderich

I’ve seen Matthias Heiderich’s work numerous times on blogs like grainedit and ISO50 and every time I view his work I am so intrigued like I was the first time I seen them. The way color is treated in Heiderich’s photos is very wistful and gives off a real positive vibe. He crops his images in a very clever way almost making them seem like designed compositions. These works are just a few of my favorites.

Check out more of his work on Behance and Flickr.

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Inspiration ➡ Josh Vanover

I’ve been busy like crazy lately and I can’t recall where I came across Josh Vanover‘s. I’m thinking it was most likely on ffffound. I was really intrigued by his use of distortion with a (most likely) television image process. I created a typography project last fall in the graphic design program at Sac State where I used a very similar process. I am planning a shoot with The New Humans some time before this year ends and the project will reminisce a similar but very different treatment to this series.

Check out more of Josh Vanover’s on Behance and his site. The photos are featured in a series which can be found on his flickr by his name spaceknuckle.

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Daidō Moriyama

Lipstick

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Nylons

Heel

streets

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Really diggin’ the griminess of Daidō Moriyama black and white photography. He is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan. The pictures are so grainy and dirty looking which adds a concrete style of Moriyama. Kanye recently posted his work up on his blog.

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How it would be, if a house was dreaming!

555 Kubik created this facade projection called How it would be, if a house was dreaming. I initially didn’t know what to think of the video because I never seen anything quite like it. The projection is so precise on the building it looks real.

The conception of this project consistently derives from its underlying architecture – the theoretic conception and visual pattern of the Hamburg Kunsthalle. The Basic idea of narration was to dissolve and break through the strict architecture of O. M. Ungers “Galerie der Gegenwart”. Resultant permeabilty of the solid facade uncovers different interpretations of conception, geometry and aesthetics expressed through graphics and movement. A situation of reflexivity evolves – describing the constitution and spacious perception of this location by means of the building itself.

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Thank you Cyr!

Hostess Ride

ice cream truck 1

bushwick

rsquire

RV Sketch 1

minnie

Kevin Cyr that is. He is a Brooklyn based illustrator with a ill talent. His work gives me some nostalgia of my younger days growing up in my neighborhood. We used to had a camper really similar to the RV on the bottom.

In a culture in which people are easily lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt landscapes. I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.

In this particular series, I commemorate commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust, working vehicles, and well-traveled recreational vehicles. I find that there is so much character in old delivery trucks and vans—especially when covered with graffiti—and in the old RVs parked in someone’s yard off a main road. Removing them from their everyday context gives them portrait-like importance. I paint with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age.

Painting and drawing these objects gives me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.

Kevin Cyr

Check out more at kevincyr.net

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