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Shepard Fairey and the Future in New York’s Little Italy

Posted on August 27, 2014

Before the summer ends New York is still happily awash in myriad public festivals, concerts, street fairs, free Shakespeare in the park, stoop sales, fire hydrant fountains, rooftop parties and of course tourists who would like to scale a bridge. Last week our August dog days extended to welcome one of Street Art’s bigger names to swing through with a new mural that drew small crowds with a decidedly optimistic message.

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shepard Fairey doesn’t really do small. It has to be a vast designed and balanced swath of red, black and ochre that takes over an entire wall or it is nothing. Well, maybe he’ll slap up a couple of stickers on lamp posts while you’re not looking.

He also doesn’t appear to do fake. When that extended crane lift finally lowers him to the ground he makes time to say hello to admirers, artists, and the occasional antagonist and to sign his name, shake a hand, listen to a story and offer a thoughtful opinion.  In this age of quickly spreading news across social media, word of Fairey’s new mural on Bowery and Broome didn’t take long to ricochet across phones and before you knew it there were people on the sidewalk and dangling off roofs to get a good view.

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Not strictly Street Art and not strictly in Little Italy, the new work is part of a commercial neighborhood improvement initiative that has brought pleasing murals by Street Artists to the tourist frequented area of Little Italy over the past two years. Over the course of three days the socially conscious Fairey and his brand Obey scored one wall for a symbol of peace during a summer that has pounded in our ears with war drums in Ukraine, Russia, Syria, Libya, Israel, Palestine, and Iraq, among other sites of strife on the world stage.

A slogan at the bottom of the banner says “Transform Our World With Creative Response”; a nebulous enough sentiment that may be interpreted a few ways, and somewhat ironic on this island that is no longer open to young struggling creatives unless they can pay the $5K monthly rents this neighborhood often demands. But the burning fire in the chest of the dove – we’ll just take a chance and say that it stands for our collective yearning for peace and freedom.

Let’s hope Fairey sees something in the future many of us are missing.

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

To learn more about The L.I.S.A. Project, click HERE.

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Faring Purth Repairs “Cookie”, Somber in St. Louis

Posted on August 26, 2014

Faring Purth just wrapped up another large mural piece in St. Louis and it was a rough ride to the finish.

“Some idiot vandalized the latest work from new-to-St. Louis artist Faring Purth Thursday,” reported The Riverfront Times when the painting in progress was strewn with words common to boys in seventh grade.

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Faring Purth. “Cookie” St. Louis, MO. August 2014. (photo © Virginia Harold)

“Her name is Cookie,” say Ms. Purth about the character on the red brick wall. “She was actually tagged the night Mike Brown was shot,” she says of the killing of a young man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that has gripped much of the country this month, and she can’t help but see a connection. “A random act of violence across her heart – they always get the soft spots,” she says.

With her customary tact, Purth has repaired her rather somber painting, and we’re happy to share it here with BSA readers. If only all wounds could be healed so quickly.

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Faring Purth. “Cookie” St. Louis, MO. August 2014. (photo © Mark Jankowski)

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Faring Purth. “Cookie” St. Louis, MO. August 2014. (photo © Mark Jankowski)

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Faring Purth. “Cookie” St. Louis, MO. August 2014. (photo © Virginia Harold)

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Faring Purth. “Cookie” Detail. St. Louis, MO. August 2014. (photo © Faring Purth)

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Faring Purth. “Cookie” St. Louis, MO. August 2014. (photo © Faring Purth)

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Faring Purth. “Cookie” Detail. St. Louis, MO. August 2014. (photo © Faring Purth)

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Faring Purth. “Cookie” St. Louis, MO. August 2014. (photo © Faring Purth)

 

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Labrona and Troy Lovegates Join Season 3 of “Painted Desert Project”

Posted on August 25, 2014

We’re in the Arizona desert today where the third season of Street Artist Jetsonorama’s “Painted Desert Project” has been gently and purposefully been rolling out this summer. The wholistic blend of the political, social, and personal in these works completed in the Navajo Nation is a natural alchemy; the idea of separating them is a non-starter for this doctor/artist/organizer/activist otherwise known as Chip Thomas.

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Labrona and Troy Love Gates AKA OTHER for The Painted Desert Project. Navajo Nation. Arizona.  (photo © Labrona)

With the project and his own work Chip says he aims to amplify the voices of the people on the reservation. The invited artists roll in at different intervals through the year, giving them time to absorb the life and the environment and to respond to it in a way that is perhaps more integrated than other projects with Street Artists.

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Labrona and Troy Love Gates AKA OTHER for The Painted Desert Project. Navajo Nation. Arizona. Detail. (photo © Labrona)

“Photogenic country, eh?” says the Canadian Street Artist named Labrona, who shows us today some of the works he left with his buddy Troy Love Gates AKA OTHER, who he doesn’t get to see too much of these days since OTHER moved to California. “It was a great trip and I got to spend time with Other.”

Included artists over the course of this years “Painted Desert Project” are Monica Canilao and Doodles (Nick Mann), LNY, Jaz, Hyuro, and next year Nicolas Lampert of Justseeds is already on board.  Chip and Monica also have completed a collaboration that is also being used as a poster in coordination with Justseeds to promote the “People’s Climate March” in New York next month. See a copy of the poster at the end of this posting.

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Labrona and Troy Love Gates AKA OTHER for The Painted Desert Project. Navajo Nation. Arizona. Detail. (photo © Labrona)

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Troy Lovegates aka OTHER for The Painted Desert Project. Navajo Nation. Arizona. (photo © Labrona)

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Labrona and Chip Thomas The Painted Desert Project. Navajo Nation. Arizona. (photo © Labrona)

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Labrona and Chip Thomas for The Painted Desert Project. Navajo Nation. Arizona. (photo © Labrona)

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Troy Love Gates AKA OTHER for The Painted Desert Project. Navajo Nation. Arizona. (photo © Labrona)

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A collaborative image created by Jetsonorama and Monica Canilao for JustSeeeds and the promotion of the People’s Climate March in New York September 21.

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