Street art has a long history in Los Angeles. From graffiti artists like MEAR ONE and SMEAR to the internationally-known street artist Shepard Fairey, outdoor works of art are sprawled across the city.
Here's a sampling from the piece by Jessica Allen.
An adhesive made from equal parts flour and water; also the name for a type of street art that relies on it. To put up a wheatpaste, an artist covers an area with the paste, then unfurls a poster, drawing, painting, or photo made off site. After smoothing out the paper’s wrinkles and bubbles, another smear of wheatpaste goes on top. The result is sometimes called a paste-up.
Icy and Sot
A design cut into heavy paper or cardboard, then spray-painted onto a wall. A stencil may be a phrase, an image, or a combination thereof. Some stencils are one-offs; others are repeated throughout a geographic area or around the world. Blek le Rat, the so-called father of stencil graffiti, popularized the form via images of rats he began putting up in Paris in the early 1980s.
And if you want to make it a field trip, this best-of list from LAist includes a slideshow of street art that you can check out around the city. The street art blog Melrose & Fairfax posts regular updates on street artwork found in Los Angeles.
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