Are you familiar with Morley? You HAVE to be... If you live in LA, you will recognize these black and white words of wisdom from all over town. My opinion? HE IS A GENIUS! And a nice guy to boot!
I moved out to LA in the summer of 2009, immediately I fell in love with the plethora of amazing street art. There are a handful of artists that have really pushed the envelope and molded the art form into something much bigger then ever seen before. Morley is one of them. I have lost count of how many I have run into since then, dozens- DOZENS I say- and I am always looking for more. His work brings such happiness to my day, there really is no way to explain the little jolt of happy I get when I run across a new Morley.
So when I'm having a bad day, or just need a pick me up- those are my days to hunt! I get on instagram and facebook and his website and start tracking new sightings. Recently Morley was out of the country spreading the love to a new audience, but when LA postings started to pop up last week though I knew that he was home and back at it! Oh happy day.
After a couple of hours of research, I was able to nail down five spots with a possible two others. Notes & locations in hand, I set out for a couple of hours to knock out the hunt. I came home with the five I set out for. Not a bad haul! After some more research and hints from fellow hunters- I am on to the other two... now to just set aside the time to get out again! It's hit or miss with these guys, some ride for weeks/months and others won't last a day. I always get a sense of urgency when there are new ones around. I NEED to get them before the buff man comes.
Fingers crossed, I'll keep finding my happy when I need it.
From his website-
Morley is a Los Angeles-based street artist that specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape. Blending humor, hope and his unique perspective on life, Morley's aim is to act as a friendly voice amongst the cacophony of billboarded messages and corporate slogans. This voice was given a face when he began including an image of himself in each of his pieces, looking to create a more intimate relationship between the artist and the audience than many of his anonymous contemporaries could allow.