Face the Strange, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

647. Upfest 2016 (96)

One of the pleasures of Upfest 2016 was the sheer volume of wheatpastes that appeared on billboards, lamp posts, letterboxes and other utility boxes. One of the busiest of these paste up artists was Face the Strange, who must have come to Bristol with a suitcase filled with his work.

Face the Strange, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Face the Strange, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

This piece is really rather odd, odder than many of his other pieces and that is saying something. A raspberry lady in a business suit walking with crutches – what is going on here? It isn’t so much shocking as just weird. I rather like it though and you can see that a lot of thought and effort has gone into this small wheatpaste.


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6 thoughts on “647. Upfest 2016 (96)”

  1. Love wheatpasting. It is strange. The colors work well together: white, black and red but as to the meaning…
    I am still having trouble getting on WordPress. Sometimes it lets me comment and others no. I can’t post a post. I don’t know. We are having power trouble here and thus internet problems as well.

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    1. I have had problems recently too. I think they have been rolling out upgrades. The stats show longer time periods now, for example. Functionality has probably been compromised on different operating platforms. Such rubbish jargon, sorry.

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  2. I love this image – to me it is a subconscious comment on the NHS crisis. We are bombarded with media information on what healthy foods to eat especially fruit and vegetables, but these are constantly being contradicted 5-a-day, 10-a-day, meanwhile we are being told to “buy more” from the fashion industry. Both the health industry and clothing industry (note the smart clothing) are currently “crippled” with mismanagement and lack of investment. (Note Cockney rhyming slang “raspberry” for cripple from raspberry ripple – bless Ian Dury).

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