Saturday, 22 January 2011

book review #2

hey! i picked up this little beaut when me and Demo Dan went to Hamburg in 2009. by the state of the buildings in Hamburg, which are plastered from top to bottom in the best graffiti you've ever seen, you'd think the city had been taken over by kids. it stinks of creativity. the place was so covered in street art that i went into a spray paint shop and had to ask if it was actually legal to do it. "DON'T BE STUPID!!!!" was the reply i got haha, but you couldn't blame me for asking. i mean, at one point i was openingly just drawing on the floor of the venue we were in, and no one gave a shit. it was heaven.
Anyway, while we were wondering around in awe of the insanity, we stumbled across the WOOLWILL gallery (www.woolwill.com). Dave the Chimp had an exhibition on, and thats when i first heard of him; was instantly blown away and instantly bought this book, and one of his pieces.



his images are very bold, very basic, but at the same time, very clever. all the street art i saw of his, around hamburg, brilliantly interacted with it's surroundings. look at the two images above; absolutely awesome. the top one, especially, is one of my favourites; it has the tasty combination of cuteness and cheekiness, and the lack of outline is something i definately want to start have a pop at.

he also experiments with street art in ways i've never seen; the image above is of his The Chapel of Saint Martin project; micro chapels made from cardboard boxes, with screen-printed interiors, made for homeless people and street drunks as a place for rest and contemplation.

his Street Sleepers (below) are too cool.




these Human Beins were the subject of the exhibition we saw; they spilled out of the gallery, all over Hamburg, and were on sale in the gallery too. so simple but so very brilliant. i got one, pretty fucking sweet!
buy this book, it's only little so it's not going to break the bank, and there's a shit load more stuff that i haven't even said about, like his projects with Vans and his links to skateboarding. also, check out www.davethechimp.co.uk to see more images and read interviews.

also, go to Hamburg.