To paraphrase Jerry Lee Lewis, there has been a whole lotta shakin‘ of spray paint goin’ on recently in Northeast DC. Over the weekend Charm City Streets took a journey down to photograph this fresh graffiti. Unfortunately, the existing light conditions provided way too much contrast and precluded the chance of capturing quality images.
What did 45 do now? What’s the latest political uproar? Does this have anything to do with b-ball? None of the above. We are talking about the tantalizing scent of aerosol paint wafting over Northeast DC for the past two weekends.
Acclaimed writers from Baltimore, DC, and environs gathered for a paint jam at the ginormous wall behind Forman Mills on Rhode Island Ave NE. Highly respected crews such as FGS, HOD, KPG, NSF, PA, TGE and others were well represented.
Brazilian artist Alex Senna, with collaborative support from Section 1 Project and Urban Walls Brazil, created a fascinating new mural on Union Street in Woodberry. Entitled Oh, Baltimore ain’t hard just to live?, the mural depicts three children playing with a small fire that’s generating a lot of smoke. To see more of Senna’s artwork, visit his website.
While driving the other day along North Howard Street near the armory, I suddenly heard Tweedy Bird saying: I tawt I taw a puddy tat! I did! From a wire high overhead, the Cheshire Cat smiled serenely down upon passing motorists. Twas no advertisement for a performance of Alice in Wonderland; rather, the latest wire sculpture by Bawlmer’s incomparable Reed Bmore.
This month Charm City Streets continued its search of locations off the beaten path and discovered captivating recent artwork by Arek, Daver, Jakot, Jekel, Jurne, Stab, Stoe, and Walt. In addition, Charm City Streets encountered
Abandoned and derelict buildings possess character, project a unique atmosphere, and assure graffiti writers and urban explorers alike an irresistible sense of adventure.
Over the past few months Charm City Streets has encountered spectacular graffiti in a variety of vacant sites. Please note that a physical visit to these dilapidated buildings requires care. Falling beams could squish you. A rotted floor could suddenly give way beneath you. Plus, there is danger of entrapment and myriad other unpleasant incidents.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year to all the artists and writers whose creativity and art make Charm City Streets possible … to our readers whose interest in and appreciation of graffiti and street art fuel our photography … and to fellow photographers whose comradery and guidance allow Charm City Streets to capture images of artwork otherwise unknown or inaccessible. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of you.
Section 1 Project was quite prolific this month. Three large-scale murals went up at their Creative Labs in the Clipper Mill Industrial Park. The first mural, a collaboration between Pablo Machioli and Argentinian artist Federico Segatori, headlined Section 1’s cultural exchange program Roots/Raices – an event that explored the cultural identities that shape our urban communities. Alongside the building facing the Light Rail tracks, Nether created the second mural which he named The Guardians. And, toward the end of August, Section 1 Executive Director Richard Best started work on the third mural. It will feature a new 3D painting technique.