Travel and family obligations occupied the majority of my time since early October. Before I leave town again later this week I wanted to post the latest interview with the streets of Charm City.
In prior posts, I described how the ancient world used wheat paste to post legal decrees, public notices, advertisements, and ephemeral artwork. In our time, the term wheatpaste characterizes a particular form of street art: an illustration, painting or photo that an artist adheres to a public surface.
Late last week Charm City Streets had the pleasure of touring New York’s Astoria neighborhood and capturing images of the artwork created in early June during the 2018 Welling Court Mural Project.
PhoebeNewYork is the alter ego of New York City artist Libby Schoettle. Phoebe springs to life from collages the artist creates and pastes up all around the city boroughs and increasingly around the world. As you can see from the following images, PhoebeNewYork provides a cornucopia of entertaining thoughts and witty comments on life and love.
The flurry of incredible artwork in Graffiti Alley continued unabated this month. Ernest Shaw Jr. painted a stunning tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, and to John Coltrane, the ever remarkable jazz saxophonist. Megan Lewis created two more beautiful murals in her #blkwomen series next to which Ernest painted a stern-looking portrait of Pablo Picasso. West fashioned a dope 3D face peering out of a corner wall … as well as
July was a hectic month, both personally and art wise. I spent the first couple of weeks visiting family in Seattle and the last week or so getting the house ready to go on the market. Our daughters and grandchildren now live in Seattle, so my wife and I have decided to move to the Emerald City. Despite all the hustle and bustle, I made time to photograph the latest art in Baltimore’s public spaces. Of course, it took me until the end of August before I had time to process the images. Thank you for your patience.
Friends and family visiting from Germany and Seattle plus attendance at the 2018 Bushwick Block Party keep me busy throughout June. I had little time to photograph so unfortunately missed the opportunity to capture all the new art in Baltimore’s public spaces.