how I love the smell of spray paint in the morning! So began a
two-day visual adventure that was none other than a graffiti scavenger hunt. The venue
was a massive, multi-story, abandoned concrete edifice just off the road going
north to Maejo. The organizer was an international group called 'Meeting of Styles'
This was their first event in Chiang Mai, but not in Thailand, having
had one last year in Hua Hin. Artists from a long list of countries,
plus lots of Thai artists from Bangkok and Chiang Mai, came for the
two-day romp which had an 'A' list of sponsors who provided free paint,
wet wipes, libations, etc. Corporate sponsors... who knew? I guess graffiti isn't just for rebels anymore...
Upon ascending to the main floor we were greeted by this handsome fellow in grisaille;
After that things got more colorful - here are some of the amazing works in progress that we witnessed:
|Tones from Geneva|
|Artist from Oz & Friend|
Seeing graffiti artists at work is rare: the ability to witness them working allowed us to marvel at their creativity and study their various techniques: spraycan, brush, fingers, masking tape, stencils... all were in use. The outcome was something to behold. Here is a collaborative effort by five artists from five different origins. Below is a composite photo (by Robert) of the final manifestation, followed by the parts in progress.
|OneTruth from Zurich|
|Man with cans|
|Jean Arp, call your office...|
|Caveman from San Patong|
|Tones (later) with his alter ego|
|CPSDude from Chiang Mai using stencils|
|Gobland (from Bangkok) and his portrait of a northern grandma|
|Gobland and giant paint can|
Labels: Caveman, CPSDude, Gobland, graffiti, Meeting of Styles CNX 2015, MOS, OneTruth, Tones