June was a busy month. Like wildflowers in a meadow, colorful new artwork popped up and blanketed the city.
In the Clipper Mill neighborhood, the celebrated Brazilian artist L7Matrix created a pelican serenely floating amidst frenetic motion. It was fascinating watching L7Matrix in action. First he sprayed on the rough outline; painted the remarkably life-like eye with a brush; and, then added the basic fill, contours, and dimensionality with spray paint. Next, he threw paint with a brush to generate those swirling lines and shapes that suggest the visual motion and spray of water surrounding pelicans feeding at sea. This attention-grabbing mural came about thanks to the cooperation of Creative Labs, Urban Walls Brazil, and A Workshop of Our Own.
Well-known artist Jeff Huntington created a dramatic new mural along Key Highway in Locust Point. This large-scale mural depicts three prominent figures in Baltimore’s history: Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key, and Billie Holiday. Read Charm City Streets’ full report here.
Along Clipper Mill Road in Hampden, Nether painted a triptych on a commercial car repair shop. The three panels feature a Baltimore oriole, repair tools, and a raven. The raven’s feathers have a remarkably realistic sheen.
In conjunction with several local groups in the Middle East community, Pablo Machioli is busy fashioning a striking new mural at the intersection of E Madison and N Madeira Streets. The two-story tall artwork depicts an indigenous trio playing drums.
In mid-June a number of Baltimore’s eminent graff writers gathered at the Bay Island Seafood House in Sowebo. Arbor, Daver, Rezist, Stoe, and several other recognized writers raised the ambient temperature of the neighborhood with the dope burners they painted. As you can see below, the burner (a #wip) by Jurne offers a special visual effect which initially caused me to misread it.
Meca, Twig, and Teer (unfortunately dissed almost immediately) painted tributes to fellow writer Cedyk who passed away suddenly. Here you can also see the burner Cedyk and Bones painted on Mother’s Day in Graffiti Alley.
The Station North Arts District was a hotbed of artistic creativity as Moter, Mawk, Jah, Oilrig, and others rocked the walls along narrow Morton Street.
Charm City Streets experienced tunnel vision again as Chuck, Daver, Jakot, Jurnes, and other graff writers were busy lighting the darkness beneath city streets.
Elsewhere around the city Absurd, Again, Drips, Meca, Nsane and many others found new concrete canvases.
Be sure to read the reports Charm City Streets wrote earlier this month on the annual Bushwick Collective Block Party in Brooklyn and the Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria, Queens. The artwork was myriad, and the artists simply incredible.
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