Finally! Today, I’m sharing with you the street art & graffiti that I found during my recent trip to London.(Photos I have not already posted here and on Instagram.)
Before you take a peek, please note:
I still need to label artists if I can figure out who they are. Any help is appreciated.
Layers upon layers of artwork. No piece is sacred. A mural is a mural. Street art is street art and street art is temporary.
The street art is not all over London. There are two main zones for street art/graffiti These zones are filled to the brim with art so when you go there, every corner is a delight to explore. Plan to spend two days looking through those neighbourhoods.
HNRX – I found him in London. Go check out the artwork we have here in Munich at Tumblingerstrasse and the Kultfabrik. We are lucky to have his work here. Go enjoy it while it is still up on the walls.
Good. Bad. Great. Mediocre. Big. Small. Paper. Sticker. Paint. Spraypaint. Marker. The artwork is made with different mediums and all of the pieces exist in the same space and covers the same walls. The walls have a texture that is sculptural with pieces extending out into the street. It feels like the walls are talking to you when you walk down these streets – a loud art conversation asking you to join in.
The neighbourhoods where you find the street art in London encourage street art. In other areas of London, you will find very little street art. The artists know where they are welcome and they go there to share their artwork and not worry about cctv cameras. Some of the larger pieces on specific buildings are not commissioned but are created with permission from the store owners. A nice piece of street art = tourists/visitors/photographs and a positive digital footprint encouraging people to visit.
If you want to go painting on the streets of London, contact Wumi. We showed you some of his work here. Wumi is really cool and knows where to paint and will tell you where you can get your art supplies and maybe if he likes your work, he will paint with you.
For a few months, I’ve been passing this sticker on my way to the studio.
Da Tut sich was… means Something is happening (I think)
The sticker is very close to the Grossmarkt hall and the klo Haeuschen which is a tiny tiny gallery in the old public toilets of the Grossmarkt hall (all cleaned up of course)
The space where the sticker is posted was at one time a fish market and then the fish market was kicked out for renovation but the space stayed closed and unrenovated for a long time.
Late in 2015 they renovated the space and it has been empty until this month. I thought it was funny to have this sticker on the building. I hope they keep it there as a nod to what the space was in the past.. but if you follow my photos, you know what Mingas do to stickers…
I’m going to get you sticker.
Shadows Do Not Impress Dogs
The dogs don’t care about shadows. I used those shadows in the current installation at Odeonsplatz. I saw someone on instagram using shadows like these on a model. Artists love shadows but dogs don’t care.
I answered the Phone
I never answer my phone unless a name appears but I was busy writing this post and pressed the button without thinking and said “Hello” as I kept writing about my dogs.
An artists invited me to her exhibition. I guess the universe wants to drag me to Gauting to look at art on a Saturday afternoon so,
If anyone is in Gauting on Feb 13th and wants me to visit their studio, please let me know. I may be in the area visiting Aqsa Owais’s first solo exhibition in Munich, Germany. Her artwork will be up for a month. I have no clue what it looks like yet but she said it is fabulous. (not really. She didn’t hype her art.)
Remember, if you are trying to get me to leave the city, you better make it worth my while. If you have an art event, I will share your event page on our Facebook page. Just send me an invite to a public event page and I will add it to Munich Artists Facebook page.
Yesterday I visited Ingrid Mueller at the Kunsttreff Quiddezentrum to see the exhibition space that Munich Artists will be using from April 20 until May 5, 2016 for a TBA group exhibition/party.
The space is located in Neuperlach in a deserted shopping center. My first thought was “How cool! I want a studio here.” That was a gut reaction without my brain joining in on the discussion because I live in Sendling and work near Viktualienmarkt so a studio in Neuperlach would make no sense whatsoever but, I do have a car and a love of oldish buildings where I can make artsy messes and where I can see street art everyday.
This building reminds me of my deluxe lego set which I played with for hours building square buildings with little windows for my matchstick cars. The building also feels hipster and cool and a great place to kick back with a coffee and a camera and a few Munich Artists. (Bring your own thermos because the place is empty except for art studios and the gallery spaces. There are no hipster coffee shops here BUT maybe we can do a popup Foodie event on the evening of our gathering?)
Getting out of my car, I glimpsed this art piece on the side of the building:
and then this one:
and then this one!
After snapping the three art pieces, I wondered where the other street artists were hiding? Why was this building naked? In other cities this building would have been coated with art because the walls can be reached without a cherry picker and everybody knows the building is eventually going to be torn down. Hello? Street artists? Anybody wanting to go pimp this building before the exhibition in April? The building is going to be torn down this year. Time is running out!
Ingrid Mueller is a Bavarian artist. Here is all the bio stuff that might interest you. Her website is called “Moments of Human experience.” Don’t Google for an Ingrid Mueller website because that does not belong to this Ingrid Mueller and I don’t want you to be confused between the two Ingrids. The bavarian Ingrid Mueller has a website entitled “momente-des-menschseins.de”
I met Ingrid Mueller at the Kunsttreff to see the exhibition space and then we walked over to her studio and she showed me her current work which is very different from her prior work. (I took not a single photo of her older work.)
The photos below are of my favourite piece. It is two sided and Ingrid used acrylic on canvas with these cutouts she made from books. The cutouts on this piece are cut from the text of an art encyclopedia. I like that German artists are treading into old book manipulation & using them as raw art material. Books are much more valuable to Germans than to Americans so this seems to mean more for some reason. German artists are now willing to destroy a book to make something new from it. I wonder what dark and dingy trail art historians will go down from this observation.
Here are a few more pieces in this mixed media style:
Looking at Ingrid’s older works, I could not believe it was the same artist. I asked her if she had some kind of epiphany but she just shrugged. That is an ok answer for me. Who really cares why an artist goes from straight figurative to exploring “Heimat” in a mixed media format in a flat two dimensional way that has nothing to do with “real life” figures as long as it is the same artist and it is a pivot in her art production/style development and she continues to explore her theme without falling back into her safety zone classic figurative artwork.
Ingrid has a few pieces where the artwork is based on the text of the book she destroyed. one art piece has Kafka’s cockroach story which I figured out (kind of) because I saw a transformation from human to something else but I didn’t get the cockroach until she mentioned Kafka.
There were lots of A3 collages with animals and flowers done on paper. I thought these would make good collaboration pieces for other people to work on using Ingrid’s piece as a starting point. I also thought Ingrid could work with her husband on these type of collaged art pieces using his nature photography and her new style.
I enjoyed visiting with Ingrid and practicing my German. If you like to see Ingrid’s work or want to meet her at her studio, you can connect with her at the following :
It is always a pleasure to see new urban art in Munich. I tried to capture the full images so you can see the names of the artists on the works. I’m not that great at “reading” the signatures, so if you are the creator of one of these works, and you want your name on the photo, please send me your data to email@example.com. Thanks!
Over the last 12 years, street artists created a collage on the facade of the LUX in Berlin X-Berg. Unfortunately for these diligent collagists, a graffiti artist has covered their collage with gray paint and the words “Thank STERBN.” According to the Berlin group trying to restore the piece, the wall showed how artists can create artwork together and they want it restored.
The LUX (building) and the artists who worked on the original collaging want to remove the gray paint from the The LUX, located at Schleisische Str. 41, 10997 Berlin.
Berlin’s mural artwork attract undesirable graffiti or people who have no idea how to create graffiti or urban art and just splotch scribbles on a wall. In 2014, Vrubel Dmitri, organised an art cleaning of his mural “Brotherly Kiss,” to remove graffiti left by visitors and artists looking for a few minutes of fame. Check out the link to see what his artwork looked like before it was cleaned up.
In Munich, Commissioned street “graffiti” art can be found under the Donnersburgerbrucke and at Candidplatz. Curated Street street art can be found along Tumblingerstrasse and at the Schlachthofviertel. If you want to see what other street art I find on my weekly walks around town, please subscribe to Munich Artists’s instagram feed which will show you Munich street art and graffiti found as I wander the city.
Should we be Cleaning and Restoring Street Art?
Public street art murals are not graffiti and open to manipulation, collaging or overpainting. The street artwork at Candidplatz and Donnersburgerbrucke are not graffiti. The city subsidized the creation of the art pieces and allowed the artwork to be created. The city invited specific urban artists to create the work so the artwork does not fall under the definition of graffiti which is:
[an] unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface.
Urban styled artwork in the public realm is not graffiti unless it fits this definition.
The artwork on the Lux building is allowed by the owner of the building. The artwork is not graffiti but urban street art where the artists have permission from the building owner. The artists in Berlin worked for 12 years on a public art piece which has been covered by a graffiti artist who did not know. Maybe they were from another city or were not involved in the street culture of Berlin.
The graffiti artist decided to add to the artwork with a different agenda and covered over the artwork of the other artists. This happens all the time on tumblingerstrasse. Great artwork is covered over to make room for mediocre work. The walls change with the weather and Munich artists understand that artwork that goes onto those walls have a temporary life which is captured by Munich photographers because permission does not mean permanence and we want to remember the great artwork created in Munich.
If you would like to see some of the street art in Munich captured by Munich photographers, you can check out the following two books:
“Munich Street Art – A road safari”.Roy Hessing and Jörg Müller anchor, 12 Euro, ISBN 978-3-00-033149-7 (We have a few copies at Frauenstrasse if you would like to buy one.)
Street Art Munich a book created by Reinhild Freitag shares artwork by Munich artists Loomit, Eazy and LawOne.
As an urban artist, I enjoy seeing the artwork of artists on the streets but don’t confuse graffiti with urban art murals. The two are not the same. The artwork at the locations mentioned above are allowed by the city or the owners of the particular buildings so the artwork has left the realm of graffiti and has become Urban public art.