Wednesday, April 3, 2013

It's not the end

This will be my last post on Acid Midget. I began this blog in 2009 as a writing experiment to share street art I found in Sydney. It was also a platform to express the awkward feelings I had of being alive here, with you. I had no plans for what this blog would be and I still don't. No plans, no rehearsals, no budget. Just as illegal art is spontaneous, so was this blog's creation. I've enjoyed sharing it with you more than I can say. But it's time for me to move on. I've met so many inspiring and creative people during the past four years. I found a lot in common with the artists and readers I met. Most are just as unsure of why we're here as I am - but sharing ideas is a driving force we all have. Your work is a reminder that free thinking is what we make it.

Every Acid Midget reader has been an inspiration in their own way. Those who have journeyed with me since the beginning - thank you. To everyone, thank you for sharing your love for expression without rules. Thank you for accepting my odd sense of humour. Thank you for the kind emails, comments and handshakes. Thank you for reminding me why I started this project - to lose ourselves. And I'm still at the beginning, wading through life, trying to work it out. Since 2009, many people have said, "I saw street art the other day and I thought of you". Maybe that's enough. Maybe I'll never figure it out.

But it's not the end. All my posts will stay live. I'll also continue sharing street art on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Acid Midget has morphed into a social network. If you're not already following me there, you should.

And thank you.
Thank you.

Selected posts
Red Bull x Acid Midget

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Space Invader reaches Cancun Bay

Invader is not content with bombing the civilised world. Last year he sent one of his mosaics to space and now he's gone the other way - deep into the ocean!

He recently went scuba diving in Cancun Bay, where he found an underwater town. With the help of artist Jason deCaires he stuck Space Invader characters in the sea. How do you think this latest bomb will affect street art walking tours in Cancun?

Do you think Invader is a visionary street artist, or is he just polluting the earth with pieces of quadratic stone?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Anthony Lister documentary trailer

LISTER (Official Trailer) from Alex Gee on Vimeo.

I went to see Les Miserables last weekend and, during the previews/ads/self-help segment, I saw the trailer for Anthony Lister's forthcoming documentary Lister.

I got happy for ~3 seconds because it felt like this blog mattered, like something I cared about was good enough for real-world people to turn into a film using a lead character + narrative arc + commentary on contemporary art.

Then I felt sad again at the realisation that one more street/gallery/fictional artist was no longer our secret, but would become another dinner discussion with the parents/grandparents/Jesus.

Will you see Lister's doco when it comes out? Not sure if I'll watch it, or just focus on blogging 'illegal' street art on Instagram + Facebook :(

Friday, December 7, 2012

DJ Shepard Fairey rocks Art Basel Miami

Persecuted artist Shepard Fairey has moved from humble beginnings as a street artist to cutting sick on the decks in Miami during Art Basel.

From achieving global recognition for his Obey brand, moving into gallery and museum exhibitions and starring in an Oscar-nominated film - Shepard Fairey has become an artist's artist.

Do you think Fairey is happy with his career trajectory since going viral? It doesn't look like it, given that he's trying to reconcile appearing genuine to his followers in the post-authentic street art world.

Although I usually keep my opinions to myself, I think he's done a good job of maintaining the rebel image via his recent criminal contempt charge via the Hope Poster via America's first black president via Tupac.

Check out these sweet pics of DJ Shepard Fairey, aka DJ Diabetic (WTF?) ripping it up!

Photo credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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Hope poster sentence
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ben Frost exhibition, Shooting Gallery

Ben Frost recently had an exhibition at Shooting Gallery in which he bagged McDonald's (who I often bag) while touting the Psychoanalytic virtues of Hentai.

I predict the merging of cartoons with p-rn as the inevitable direction entertainment is headed. Sometimes I worry about us. Weird people read this blog. But remember - ur spesh 2 me.

Check out the disgusting artworks Frost has made below. Complaints can be made to

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