Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wrinkles of the City - Hunt for JR's Award Winning Street Art

When I first watched this video I was astounded.  The images and the purpose behind his art is so powerful.  Driving down Glendale in Silverlake, I realized that Parisian artist and activist JR came to LA.

"Conceptually, he believes his work gives the people in his photos a voice not normally recognized in the world or city in which they live." - LA Weekly

The images scattered around LA "depict older folks, mostly ethnic Angelenos.  The irony of brown wrinkled faces ... will be inescapable."  As Jimmy and I discussed, the (ethnic) elderly is not the first thing that comes to mind when you say Los Angeles - a town based upon youth culture and age preservation.

20 secret Los Angeles locations!  I gotta catch them all.

We found two while in Venice this afternoon:
1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd

And then cruising Venice Street in a random neighborhood.
8663 Venice Blvd

Though unfortunately, we were too late for the one on Melrose.  The owner of the building explained it was pulled one month ago as a part of a street art rotation.
7769 Melrose Ave
This is what it is supposed to look like:
Damn, it was one of the more exciting ones!  Good thing Graffart.Eu recorded it.

5 down, 15 left.  With this trusty map, I should be able to do a clean sweep of 6 downtown in no time.
But apparently more was added, "LA Weekly's map is missing two of the best ones on Spring Street, between 6th and 7th, in the Old Bank District." -Judy L.  Duly noted.

And recently two more were added - one by Short Stop (where I had my bday last year) and West Hollywood on Sushi Roku.

In Rio - A part of his "Women are Heroes" project
Love this.

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