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Above on Bansky in Paris 27 September 2010

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Above sent IrishStreetArt.com in his most recent stencil from Paris. He told us ‘Last year I was traveling for 3-months around Europe and spent 2 weeks in Paris. One day when I was walking around Paris I found this spot but unfortunately I had just 1 day before my flight to Rome. After observing the large concrete frame on the wall, it gave me a lot of inspiration for several ideas on how to creatively interact with the un-used frame and location. One idea was to juxtapose an “art thief” stealing a popular painting like the Mona Lisa from the frame. I felt the idea and site-specific stencil would interact well with the un-used frame and the fact that the Mona Lisa is located just 10 minutes away inside the Louvre museum.

Time always changes things and with that new situations arise. Since last year when I was in Paris I’ve noticed a lot of new topics in street art and more importantly the thievery of art works in the street. I felt it more interesting and relative to have the art thief portrayed in the stencil stealing a piece of art that actually gets stolen quite often. The English artist Banksy is one of the most popular street artists and highly publicized victims of his street artworks being stolen. It’s not by random chance this happens to Banksy’s art as first and foremost he makes great work but also due to the fact that his indoor works have sold for several hundred thousand dollars you can imagine when he paints outside in the street his works are soon sought after by thieves.

It’s an interesting concept and somewhat of an irony as we the artists and the thieves are both working in an illegal manner. One illegal activity inspires another. The artist paints illegally with spray cans on a wall, while the thieves jack hammer and chip off illegally painted walls, illegally. It’s kind of like the pot calling the kettle black to a degree.
I took the initiative to comment and create a situation in this piece that could mimic both illegal acts simultaneously executed here in the painting and in the process.

Many years ago before Banksy’s mass appeal he painted his popular rat image that read, “Because I’m worthless.” Times have changed Banksy is a common household name as well as the increased value of his artworks. I felt like it would be applicable to the current state of affairs to appropriate his previous statement to “Because now I’m worth it” to reflect the past and current thievery of his street artworks.’

“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to”
Banksy

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Above Hollywood 15 July 2010

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Having just flown back to Portland from Los Angeles yesterday night Above told IrishStreetArt.com ‘I worked all day on getting the recent “Above Hollywood” video finished from the recent street works hung in Los Angeles.’ Above spent the last 12 days down in Los Angeles hanging his newly themed “Movie star arrow mobiles” site specifically in Hollywood where all of the movie magic is created. There were 50 of each male and female (100 arrows hung total) movie stars as the topic and face of each arrow mobile. Above explained ‘I enjoyed giving back to Hollywood a large dose of what it is infatuated and consumed with, that being movie’s and the actors that make the movies.’

Hollywood was the kick off city of Above‘s four month long summer tour around the USA and Europe. including New York City, Paris. London, San Francisco, and Berlin. Above leaves Portland for New York city tomorrow night for an intense thirty day street project in Manhattan… Living the Dream!

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Above Haiti – Help Thy Neighbor 17 February 2010

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World renowned street artist, Above told IrishStreetArt.com “I just recently got back from Cuba where I made a very important and special site specific stencil commenting and drawing more awareness to the crisis in Haiti!”

Help thy neighbor

Cuba is less than 90 miles away from Haiti making them very close neighbors. The young and courageous neighbor is embarking to Haiti to help out those who have fallen victim. The recent earthquakes in Haiti has taken over 230,000 innocent lives, wounded 300,000 and made 1,200,000 people homeless.
Please GET INVOLVED and help donate to send aid and resources to the people of Haiti.

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Friday’s Time Lapse 13 November 2009

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This week irishstreetart.com brings you the latest stop motion pieces the internet has to offer. Enjoy!

Stop motion video of D*Face creating a piece in downtown LA. Corner of 7th st and Matteo. Part of the LA freewall project, a collaboration between Lahoda fine arts and Jet-Set Graffiti.

Stop motion video documenting D*Face painting an illegal street mural in the Meat Packing district in New York city to coincide with his Ludovico Aversion Therapy/All your dreams belong to us show at the Jonathan Levine

A wall piece made in stockholm, kungsholmen october 2009 by Ceke and Forget in colaboration with Kollektivet livet

There are two sides to every coin, and we all know two wrongs don’t make a right but somehow when it comes to filming a video in reverse then reversing it, it makes total sense? Confused? Watch the video to get a better idea. If you still don’t understand, I can only suggest to try and watch it in reverse?! Go above!

The reverse side also has a reverse side. -Japanese proverb.

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Above the streets of Paris 4 November 2009

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A big thank you to Above who has sent IrishStreetArt.com his most recent work from Paris, France. Above tells us ‘I thought you would enjoy the feeling, “2-D”site specific stencil, and 3-D “arrow kite” installation.’ It definately gets our seal of approval. Click here to go above

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The Naked Truth – Above 9 June 2009

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Below is Above‘s latest street art installation.

Don’t be shy, take a peek inside the shower curtain!
The “naked truth” is only found by those who look.
New installation/stencil works in Copenhagen, Denmark

Above told us “I’m happy to say that I finished making the video of my most recent works from here in Copenhagen, Denmark. I would be most thrilled to have your support with this post as it is 5000+ miles from my last piece in California and It would be a wonderful way to kick off the new tour that has started here in Europe. I had such a fun time incorporating the installation elements like the shower head and shower curtain along with the mixture of stencil and proverbial wordplay.”

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Above – Easter AIG Hunt 30 April 2009

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Here is just one of a whole host of great ideas from the amzing Above. Visit Above’s Vimeo page and get inspired!!!

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