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Graffiti – Fine Art of the Street, Buenos Aires

Stroll down any boulevard in Buenos Aires and you are immediately bombarded with monochromatic stencils to elaborate brightly colored murals. Graffiti is everywhere–not just scribbles or the typical tags but well designed imagery. The best way to familiarize yourself with the abundant and sometimes overwhelming street art of Buenos Aires is to take a tour offered through graffitimundo.  graffitimundo is an organization which celebrates and champions the urban street art of Buenos Aires as well as helping develop and promote these artists. They offer several different types of tours including walking, bicycling, private and group tours. During your tour through the streets, guides share a first person account of the history of the graffiti renaissance, after the dictatorship and its collapse, which took the city like a wildfire. The tour gives great insight into the meanings behind many of the artworks and also arranges studio visits with artist. During our tour we were able to visit the studio of artists Jaz and Ever, two of the cities rising stars. Our tour concluded at the local Art Gallery/Bar Hollywood in Cambodia, where, over beers, we chatted with artists whose work we had seen on the tour and browsed though a plethora of original artworks. You must not miss this tour, it was our favorite one in Buenos Aires!

work by Gualicho

Mural by JAZ

middle piece by Entes and Pesimo

random street tagging and art can be found throughout Buenos Aires

Work by NERF

ghostly work from CHU

Work by female artist Pum Pum

JAZ

JAZ in studio he shares with EVER

Stencils from Cabaio

collaberation of multiple artist

collaboration wall at Hollywood in Cambodia Gallery/bar

a wall featuring multiple artist

originals artworks at Hollywood in Cambodia Gallery/bar

Interestingly, graffiti is overlooked by law enforcement and artists are never arrested as there are no anti-graffiti laws in the city. Many artists even paint their contact info or websites on their artwork so patrons can easily contact them.

mural by EVER

Eat, Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, and Explore Curated.

for additional information:
graffitimundo
Hollywood in Cambodia

Frank Lloyd Wright Houses of the Los Angeles Hills

Many people that live in Los Angeles go about their days not knowing there are pieces of art looking upon them. Frank Lloyd Wright, or “the greatest American architect of all time” designed a couple of textile block/cement houses in the hills of LA. Here are a few that are accessible from the some of most visited points in Los Angeles.

 Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House is located in Barnsdall Art Park in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles, CA at 4800. The park offers beautiful views of the hills and city and is free. The exterior of the house can be viewed from the park during daylight hours. The house offers tours but is currently under reconstruction.

See it on Google Maps

Ennis House

Possibly the most famous of the houses in the hills. It has been featured (or emulated) in a number of movie productions including Blade Runner, The Rocketeer, House on Haunted Hill, and Rush Hour. The house was purchased by Ron Burkle in 2011 and there is a stipulation in the sale that the house must be open to the public for viewing a minimum of 12 days per year (although no tour information is currently published on the Ennis House website…)

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Freeman House

This house is owned by USC. It is currently under repair from earthquake damage.

See it on Google Maps

Storer House

THIS IS A PRIVATE RESIDENCE, DO NO DISTURB!!! This property was built in 1923 for Dr. John Storer. In the 80’s it was renovated by movie producer Joel Silver. Moby commented on the house’s unique location on a recent interview with Arch Daily.

See it on Google Maps

These houses are iconic pieces of art hidden in the hills of the city. Open your eyes and search for them as you go about your day.

Metropolis II by Chris Burden

Metropolis II by artist Chris Burden @ Los Angeles County Museum of Art

When you first lay eyes upon the Metropolis II installation it conjures up visions of a band of inventive, mechanically inclined 12 year old boys who have rummaged and pillaged toy chests, garages, and the closest hardware store to build their own city. One might even consider this a large-scale erector set. On further inspection you will find this installation by artist Chris Burden to be quite complex and intricate. This is a living, breathing sculpture which depicts the energy, chaos, excitement, and synchronicity of a major city with the imagination of a child. We have found it to be quite a delight, and think you will to.

This Curated Life_Metropolis II at LACMA-2

 

LACMA, BCAM, Level 1, West
January 14, 2012–Ongoing
See Metropolis II in action at these times:
February 20—Presidents’ Day: 12:30–1:30 pm; 2:30–3:30 pm; 4:30–5:30 pm; 6:30–7:30 pm
Fridays: 12:30–1:30 pm; 2:30–3:30 pm; 4:30–5:30 pm; 6:30–7:30 pm
Weekends: 11:30 am–12:30 pm; 1:30–2:30 pm; 3:30–4:30 pm; 5:30–6:30 pm

www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/metropolis-ii

pxl. – Discover your inner design/abstract modern artist

pxl. is a hip, creative new iphone app, that allows you to create abstract, graphic designs fit for the walls of the Museum of Modern Art from your personal photos. pxl. is the brain child of Ranier Kohlberger, a Berlin based visual artist and designer. The app allows you to create 9 different unique styles, and has many options for customizing your new modern art abstractions.


Before pxl. – a dinosaur fossil in the natural history museum


After pxl. – a dinosaur fossil in the modern art museum


pxl. app icon


pxl. app interface

Dottie before pxl. app
Before pxl. – just a super cute dog

Dottie After pxl. app
After pxl. – a super cubist dog


Before pxl. – a photo of a fantastic graffiti mural


After pxl. – an intriguing modern design of a fantastic graffiti mural

Eat, Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, and start channeling your Inner Modern Artist.

additional info:
Apple itunes

Ranier Kohlberger

pxl. video

Carroll Avenue, Angelino Heights – Los Angeles

If you are a fan of architecture and want to see a collection of Victorian houses in the heart of Los Angeles, check out the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue. It is located in Angelino Heights, one of the first suburbs of Los Angeles. Overlooking the downtown skyline, it rests East of Echo Lake and south of Dodger Stadium. Because the street is so unique, it has been the location for many film and television productions. The Los Angeles Conservatory holds walking tours of the area the 1st Saturday of every month. More information at The Los Angeles Conservatory website. Be sure to explore Angelino heights completely. The area is almost dream-like, yielding something interesting behind every turn. Below is a selection of houses from the 1300 block of Carroll Ave.

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

You might recognize the below from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Video.

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

As you can see below, not every house is in pristine condition. This is where the nightmarish qualities of the neighborhood kick in!

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

angelino heights, los angeles, victorian homes, echo park, Carroll Avenue

Carroll Avenue on a map.