Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SYDNEY: May Lane street art

This is part one of a series on the May Lane Street Art Project in St Peters, Sydney.

It is probably the closest Sydney has come to Melbourne's Hosier Lane, or any of its world-class lanes. May Lane is one of the relatively few parts of Sydney where street art is an accepted part of the urban landscape.

Vexta recently visited the lane for a solo project. Artists who have also worked there include Deb, Mini Graff and Bridge Stehli.

Today's music selection is Panda Bear's 'Bros':

Here is one from N4T4. The detail in the 'fighter birds' and overall 1950s film poster composure is impressive.

This is by Mini Graff. She has a thing for targeting corporate branding, the failure of the Australian Dream via a suburban narrative and also highlighting the narrative's protagonists - consumers, i.e. you - are inherently weak.

This is by sculptor Will Coles. He doesn't normally work in foreign languages. However, he told me on Facebook the can says 'death'.

Acid Midget has published an image of found art like this from a trip to Melbourne.

I'm not sure who does these. If you know please comment or send an email.

As she put the gun in her mouth she realised it wasn't love. He didn't love her. She jolted her back in anger. No, it was him. He pushed her against the wall. Put this fucking pistol down the back of your throat, he said. She did as he ordered. A warm tear trailed down her cheek as she closed her eyes. She would not wince in her final moment. A memory of him crying behind the school canteen flashed through her mind as he pulled the trigger.

This is another Will Coles sculpture.

And here is another. Do Coles' mass-produced electronics sculptures, embedded with portentous words, show how consumers use these goods for entertainment and communication yet ignore the damaging changes they have made to their lives?

Wheatpastes which worry me a great deal.

Wheatpastes of the average Newtown woman. Yes, they look like stickers.

A stencil of Ben Chifley by Colin the cabbie, which we also found at Denham Lane. Check out more of his work here.

An N4T4 mural over someone's garage. Note the ASPIRE graffiti on the driveway. We published that tag in 2009 along with a HaHa sticker.

Detailed shot. The pointillist pattern sends the disco palette bouncing off the screen. Easily the most striking mural when I was there.

A smoking skull on a garage door. I'm actually more interested in the house number though. Looks like a fun place to live.

Oh look, it's Mysterious Street Art Tart at the back of the frame. What should I say about her? Nothing for now.

Check back soon for part two of Acid Midget's May Lane Street Art Project series.

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