Edge of Canvas resources

This is a resource for the Edge of the Canvas class at Seattle Art Museum. The artists listed are just the tip of the iceberg of amazingly inventive people who are creatively contributing to our surroundings with ephemeral art. These artists were chosen specifically for their unique approaches to what is considered Street art.


Jean Michel Basquiat a/k/a Samo

Ellis G
ellis g
Arrested Motion interview

Barry McGee a/k/a Twist
Barry McGee
Swindle Magazine interview

Anthony Lister
anthony lister
Fecal Face Interview
Interview with Zak Smith for Rumpus

gammablog interview

Poster Boy
poster boy
NYMag Profile


NY Times Profile

Aakash Nihalani
aakash nihalani
NY Times Magazine interview
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David Ellis a/k/a Skwerm
david ellis

Judith Supine
judith supine
Articles from the Village Voice


Mark Jenkins
mark jenkins
Myartspace Interview

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Rundown on Kenya Project
BBC Faces of Favelas

Graffiti Research Lab
Graffiti Research Lab

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NY Times interview

Deuce 7
deuce 7
deuce 7
Village Voice Profile


Wooster Collective
What You Write
Arrested Motion
The Seventh Letter
Art Crimes“”

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Videodrome 7/30/09

Briar bonfacio
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Matthew Briar Bonifacio Rodriguez 2009

It’s been so hot here in Seattle that it’s hard to sit down at my extremely hot powerbook. So for today it’s just films I like right now.

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    Bubblin’ 7/27/09

    Robert Hardgrave
    Entitled Robert Hardgrave

  • Galleries are still getting battered by these trying economic times.(myartspace)
  • “I remember the extraordinary enthusiasm for the internet, but now it is a surveillance-work tool, or a social-work tool. What one dreams of is escaping that. The 90s ideas of cyberreality seem preposterous now. We design more and more elaborate means of captivity for ourselves.” Simon Critchley, nihilist philosopher, on social networking websites. (via Tomorrow museum)
  • “O’BRIEN: What did you make of Paul? I mean, the contradiction of making these films about all the things he was really always griping about—drugs and freaks and drag queens. Paul was always at the Factory saying, “Get that drug trash out of here.” And then he’s directing you shooting up.

    DALLESANDRO: I’m sure it was weird for him, but he felt it was a necessary part of the story he wanted to show. I remember him saying once that he was tired of films like Easy Rider [1969], you know, glamorizing smoking pot or drugs. He wanted to show drugs for what they really were. I mean, the biggest hope a drug addict could have was to get on welfare, you know? So I think he made his little points in his films.” Glen O’Brien talks to Lil’ Joe Dallesandro about working with Paul Morrisey and the Warhol factory (via interview)

  • I know I am late on this but this is a pretty interesting read on the circumstances surrounding the death of Dash Snow
  • I never thought i would ever say this but I can’t wait to see the new Tron Legacy movie.
  • Artist Dan Bordon’s video for Seattle band Truckasauras.

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    Viet Ron, posting notice 7/15/09

    Rene Mederos
    1972 Viet Nam Series Rene Mederos via Javier Hernandez-Miyares amazing photoset on flickr

    I have a curriculum to write and have been having a hard time concentrating on it so this week there may or may not be more posting but as it is it’s going to be spotty at best.

    I do want to let folks know about the performance that I have facilitated for the Seattle Chinatown/ International District Artwalk this Saturday July 18. Seattle based avant Hip Hop group Linda and Ron’s Dad ( Think Christian Marclay meets RZA over blunt’s followed by some thrift store crate digging) performing their multi media piece Viet Ron. Viet Ron is a suite of music and candid video footage based on percussionist/artist Tyler Swans (Truckasauras, Foscil, LnRD) experiences while traveling through Viet Nam in 2007. While there Tyler acquired a small collection of war era Vietnamese pop records which he has recontextualized into a soundtrack for the footage he filmed while in country with his partner, artist Chi Pham. This will be only the 2nd time the complete Viet Ron suite will have been performed and the first time it will be performed in a gallery setting. The performance will be held :
    July 18th @
    666 Jackson street
    between Maynard and 7th
    in the Seattle International District
    Chinatown Artwalk Map

    The space will be open 5pm – 8pm
    Viet Ron performance at 7pm
    also featuring
    photography by Carina del Rosario
    Mosaics by Monica Rodriguez

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    Before I let Go 7/9/09

    Greg Lamarche
    Magic In your Fingers Greg Lamarche 2007

  • Western contemporary art aesthetics have a hard colonizing effect on the way artists around the world are creating work. I’ve seen this first hand in the realm of “Street Art/Grafitti” when artists that have absolutely no credibility in the world of graff become proclaimed the next great “street” god. (via TAN)
  • ” You can’t just stick with one thing. You have to let your natural style come through, and paint what you naturally like to paint.”
    “Why are you so into Southwestern patterns?”
    ” I just like them. I don’t know. I would like to make a rug. I don’t think they are that hard to make. I have seen them do it. They shoot one spool of string through this frame, then they close it and shoot another one across.” Mark Gonzalez can’t stick to just one thing as he prepares for his upcoming solo at Half gallery (via interview)
  • we also need to recognize the times in our life when we’ve allowed ourselves to become too much of a slave to our data stream.” Uhmm, dude I don’t understand what you mean. It’s not good to spend hours everyday scouring the internet for picayune. (via Bygone Bureau)
  • A QnA with the director of the must see documentary Soul Power
  • All I need is Love
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    Didn’t know my own strength 7/7/09

    Yinka Shonibare
    Yinka Shonibare (via gold coast)

  • “They’re all people I know. Most of them close friends and I like to choose people that have interesting features and can say a lot with their eyes because I don’t want it to just be like a pretty portrait – I want it to be a persona that really exists in the piece.” Street artist ElbowToe discusses his process and what he looks for in a good model (via arrested motion)
  • An awesome how to for running a guerilla drive-in movie operation. now all you need is oneof those roller hotdog machines. (via PSFK)
  • If Sonic Youth thinks your cool – Some of your favorite bands because they told you so (via flavorwire)
  • As Graffiti matures in the 21st century there are craftsmen that are taking this folkart form into amazing new directions while flexing a level of skill previously unattained. I believe Rime is probably the top graffiti writer working right now
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    Love won’t be easy 7/6/09

    Matt Lee
    South Indian Film Posters Matt Lee ( via Jux)

  • An extended look at the work of Mode 2, Sharp, Delta, and Enron at the Urban Affairs show in Germany (via Ekosystem)
  • The BBC has produced a great slideshow/interview with French photographer/ street artist JR on his work in Rio’s oldest Favela (via ektopia)
  • Post economic bust ghost towns photographed by Edgar Martins (via mental floss)
  • Fancy Fast Food is an amazing site in which cooks take fast food favorites and reinterpret them into “Fine Dining” items like a beautiful quiche made from a burger king croissanwich ( via TWBE)
  • Another great day in Atlanta
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