Little gems by Franki Elliot scattered throughout the neighborhood. This is why I walk. Take notice of your surroundings.
Projection LA is a conceptual art project by French artist Vincent Lamouroux. He’s taken over the long abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, better known as the Bates Motel, at Sunset and Bates in Silver Lake.
Lamouroux and his team have lime washed (a rep said it is 100% natural and will not harm the trees or environment) the entire property. This includes the motel, fence, bushes, and palm trees. Everything.
Surreal and striking against a bright blue sky, and even a different feel at night. I saw a few pictures posted on IG against an overcast sky and everything blends together. Definitely go at different times of day and different weather to have multiple experiences.
The project is said to represent a blank slate and I’ve heard there are plans to finally tear down the old motel in coming weeks, so this is it’s last stand. Quite a way to go out.
There’s always someone taking a few pictures out there, but the official opening reception is Sunday, April 26, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Street artists in the holiday spirit have struck in East Hollywood and Silver Lake to decorate the streets for Christmas.
A group of artists took over a small alley and decked it out with Christmas cheer. Tones’ Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” ushers you into the alley. A few steps in reveals a snowman, presents and Christmas tree.
Self, a great writer and member of CBS crew, styled the lettering like ribbon candy and used candy cane stripes for the fill. Fresh.
A googly eyed Cookie Monster by STP MSK dons a Santa hat and munches a cookie near the end of the wall while a sleigh and falling snowflakes bookend it all.
Not too far away, Tones converted his Dia de los Muertos mural into Jack Skellington and Sally watching over Fountain Ave. Vines growing up the wall were turned into Christmas trees with a little paint for snow and real tinsel, incorporating what was already there into the design.
Where there once was a sugar skull, is now an icy winter vortex surrounded by candy canes, gifts and holly.
Thanks to these artists, we have urban festivity this time of year. Happy holidays!
Risk and Bio
Friday evening we turned onto Sunset from Santa Monica, passing the Risk and Bio side of the Sunset Junction wall. It is always a welcome sight, signaling almost being home. It had been there almost two years, lasting longer than other iterations of the wall.
Saturday night, actually very early Sunday morning, we drove down Sunset. My welcome home sight was gone. I thought maybe one side had just been painted over in prep for another mural. I turned in my seat to catch a reassuring glance at the Mear One side. Not only were both murals gone, but the actual wall had been removed.
Shepard Fairey (taken by Larimie Garcia)
One of my first days in LA, before even moving here, I walked by the walls when they were painted by Shepard Fairy reading Heart and Soul. Perfect for Sunset Junction. I wish I had taken a picture.
Septerhed (taken by Los Angeles Love Affair)
The next version was by Septerhed. One side said “I’ve never hated anyone” and then wrapped to the other side “as much as I love you.”
Septerhed (taken by The Dirt Floor)
After a while, it changed again. This time Gaia Street Art painted a God-like figure with serpent men. After a few months, it was time for another change.
Gaia Street Art (taken by Melrose and Fairfax)
Risk and Bio did one side (first picture), which remained until just a few days ago. CBS member Mear One kept up the other side until now.
I would have taken parts of the wall, if I had known it was coming down. I think it came a surprise for the community and the artists that it was being removed. One artist said they better get ready for “shitty tags,” which is true. Murals add aesthetic and keep tagging at bay. A landmark of Silver Lake and Sunset Junction is gone.
Ben Slow and Mear One
Mear One and Tyer
But, business must go on. Behind the wall, there is a small store that had been unoccupied for the past few years. Today, it looks like they are getting ready for new tenant, Johnson Motors, Inc. to take over.
I set out on a quest to find Halloween and Dia de los Muertos art.
I came across this devil by Pike. And then I found out it is actually a satyr. I didn’t know what a satyr was either, but it is a Greek mythological woodland creature.
It didn’t look like there was anything seasonal around, but then I turned the corner and saw a huge skull and woman with a half-zombie half-calavera face. This is what I was looking for.
Not far, I found more Tonesink down an alley.
Before they were zombies and sugar skulls, they were old Hollywood stars and then Tonesink updated the mural for fall.
And a bonus devil (yes, this time I’m sure it’s a devil) by Sonek.
JR, Echo Park
In Paris, I saw some artists I really wanted to see, like Gregos and Fred le Chevalier, and so many artists I didn’t know, like Konny and Mygalo. But there was also some familiar “faces.” The streets of Los Angeles host a number of Parisian artists.
Kashink, Silver Lake
Though there are a growing number of female street artists, Kashink is one of the original and most recognizable. Kashink’s pieces are wonderfully colorful and depict four eyed men, usually with mustaches. She does murals, and some smaller pieces can be spotted in the Arts District in Downtown. In Silver Lake, you can find Kashink at Sunset and Westerly Terrace.
JR, Echo Park
Los Angeles is one of five cities, and the only US city, to be transformed by JR’s Wrinkles of the City project. Wrinkles of the City is a large scale project where JR photographed elderly residents who have seen the city change through the years, the people represent the city and vice versa. The blown up photographs were pasted seamlessly onto walls in Echo Park and Downtown.
Invader, Highland Park
Invader is all over Paris. It felt like every time I looked up or turned a corner, there was an Invader. Invader makes 8-bit Space Invader characters (along with other pop culture characters) with tiles. When Black Cat took over a laundromat in Silver Lake, they protected their red Invader during renovations, only to remove it after. You can still see the ghost of it on the side of the building. There was another Invader in Silver Lake, but it has been taken down in the last year. Sad! Invader is still up in Echo Park near Dodger Stadium and in Highland Park.
Blek le Rat, Silver Lake
Blek le Rat is one of the original street artists, pioneering stencil work and paving the way for Banksy. The stencils are multi-layered and depict classic art, political and popular figures, and original images with social commentary. Blek le Rat is at Living Room in Silver Lake.
Baron Andre, Los Feliz
André Saraiva aka Baron André isn’t French, but he does call Paris home and has been part of the Parisian street art scene since the late 90′s. His character, Mr. A is a fun, often dancing stick figure with long legs. Its simplicity is part of the genius. Baron André also did a series of concert posters with his fantasy line up (the ones I found included the Beach Boys, Phoenix, Beastie Boys, The Faint and Tame Impala playing the Wiltern). The posters are gone, but two Mr. A’s are at Umami Burger in Los Feliz.
This post also appears on Art Cricket LA’s blog. Art Cricket matches collectors to local artists from Los Angeles.