City walls are arguably the most common place to find graffiti – everything from hand styles, to burners, to masterpieces. However, graffiti writers and artists also make use of such off the beaten path locations as tunnels, highway underpasses, abandoned buildings, and more.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) awarded artist Ali Duggan the 2016 PNC Transformative Art Prize for her large-scale mural project in West Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood. At the intersection of N Fulton Avenue and W Lanvale Street, Ali is creating a series of notable murals entitled A Step Forward. Charm City Streets understands that a future community garden will accompany this mural project.
Street artists Mateus Bailon, Richard Best, John Gingrich, and Stefan Ways created large-scale murals at Section 1 Project’s Creative Labs in the Clipper Mill Industrial Park. Shiva, a 3D anaglyphic collaboration by Richard Best and John Gingrich; Reclaim, Remain Antman by Stefan Ways; and, dueling waterfowl by Mateus Bailon of Urban Walls Brazil.
In the Station North Arts District, there is an L-shaped alleyway known as Graffiti Alley. Graff writers and street artists regularly cover these brick walls with a fresh coat of paint, because it is the only place Baltimore City legally permits graffiti.
With the exception of shoveling out from under the biggest snowfall in Baltimore’s history, January saw little art activity across the city during January. Thus, today’s post turns retrospective and presents the top twenty-five images Charm City Streets captured during 2015.
Last weekend Stefan Ways traveled to Baltimore from his new home in Portland, Oregon to coordinate Shift, a mural project in the Highlandtown Community Garden. Prominent artists from Baltimore and DC took part: Chelove, Ernest Shaw, Jr, Mas Paz, Nether, Pablo Machioli, Reed Bmore, Stefan Ways, and Wake.
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the month of February, 2015. Snowstorms, sleet, ice, freezing temperatures, and severe wintry weather forced most artists to stay indoors this month.
During the week before New Year’s, Nether, Sarah Sioux, and Stefan Ways spent a couple of days in DC working on a collaborative mural with MasPaz and other DC artists. Here you can see the artists at work as well as several different views of the completed mural.
To see the real thing, head to Garfield Skatepark in SW, one of several open walls sponsored by Albus Cavus.
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the month of December 2014 and features a new collaborative mural by Nether and Stefan Ways. Their work is in remembrance of McKenzie Elliott, a three year-old victim of senseless gun violence earlier this year in Baltimore.
You will also see two new wire sculptures by Reed Bmore, several views of Toronto artist Shayan at work; plus, work by four other artists in Graffiti Alley.
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the second half of November 2014 and features a new mural by Stefan Ways; a new Red X wheatpaste by Nether; and a new wire sculpture by Reed Bmore; plus work by several artists along the Jones Falls waterway and in Graffiti Alley.