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Jef Aerosol in NYC, “Black is Beautiful”

Posted on October 23, 2014

Jef Aerosol, the French master street stencilist for over 3 decades was in NYC this week. He took part in a couple of commercial events and to visit other Street Artists shows and events like Nick Walker’s show on the LES/Chinatown border and the L.I.S.A. Project outdoor jam in Little Italy with Zimad, Bishop203, Carlo McCormick, Martha Cooper, and a cast of hundreds.

He told us he is lining up a couple of projects for next year in New York, which is good to hear, and of course he managed to hit up a handfull of spots himself at The Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, including a large piece he’s calling “Black is Beautiful”.

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Freewill Gallery in New Yorks Military Bunker on the Beach

Posted on October 22, 2014

Exploring Fort Tilden

National monuments are typically solemn places for reflection and remembrance. In the case of many decommissioned military installations across the world, the hidden parts of forts and bunkers are also serpentine galleries of freewill art shows. You may call it graffiti or you may call it a colossal explosion of creativity and unscripted free speech, but in all likelihood you will be moved by the clandestine display it in one way or another.

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The entrance… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The site of New York’s abandoned WWI era military base (and site of the first Trans-Atlantic flight departure), Fort Tilden, also conveniently is a beach for many of its creative types and related mis-matched fun loving miscreants. While there are snide asides about this being a hipster spot, it is much more than a place for one-dimensional posers – if only because it is sort of hard to get to.

But it is also a little utopia for the grimy self-powered soot-covered bicycling city-set who gravitate to the margins and outskirts for a day at the beach; There are art shows and ad hoc performances, long days of reading and snacking, splashing, Backgammon, and nudity. Sometimes all at once.

Additionally the entire site can be a hidden, yet open, art gallery.

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Artist Unknown. Also, Mika loves Mea. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Perched atop the bunker you can have a 360 degree view of the ocean and most of New York City, including the cluster of skyscrapers in yonder Manhattan. Inside it’s labyrinthine spaces below with a flashlight you will discover a 360 degree view of most all of the graffiti and Street Art techniques that are freely experimented with in these mid twenty teens.

On a recent overcast/sunny day at the end of the summer season we took a tour of the darkened spaces that are open to the public to find what kind of art gallery is on display and to discover hidden gems, furtive artists, discarded liquor bottles and the occasional condom. Are these the aesthetic meanderings of mad minds, the seeds of tomorrow’s art stars, or simply the unfiltered mark-making of youth on a summer day’s spraycation?

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DAN (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NAD (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elvis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A monument to Walt Whitman by artist Patty Smith is one of many placed here during this summers “Rockaway!” art show here, organized by PS1′s Klaus Biesenbach. Whitman’s masterpiece “Leaves Of Grass” begins with the words carved on the stone above. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I Celebrate Myself. And what I assume you shall assume. For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you”

~ Walt Whitman. July 4th 1855

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KUMA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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You Go Girl . Mistakoy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Newserf. Collab between News & Serf. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“United States of pills and corn syrup”, says ARC as he washes down an Oxycontin with Coke. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Armer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The New York Skyline from the top of the bunkers. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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This article is also published on The Huffington Post.

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Salton Sea Road Trip with Eddie Colla, 2wenty, Caratoes, and Nite Owl

Posted on October 21, 2014

New images today from the barren detritus by Salton Sea in the Colorado Desert near the San Andreas fault line. Here near the water is a landscape littered with sheet metal, stories, tumbleweeds, and skeletons of simple squat structures once useful, now merely casting a shadow.

Until someone decides to clean up the man made remnants of industry and architecture you can be sure that some artist is going to consider that leaning structure or door-less domain to be exactly the perfect canvas for experimentation. Saltier than the Pacific ocean, this sea is also man made; “accidentally created by the engineers of the California Development company in 1905,” says the Wiki entry, and the arid climate will likely keep some of these facades till they are fossils.

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Dark pop illustrational psychodelia from Caratoes  (photo © 2wenty)

Far from any cities or urban landscapes,  four Bay Area artists took a road trip recently to do some site specific works and to photograph each others’ creations here under the enormous expanse of sky. Thanks to Eddie Colla, 2wenty, Caratoes, and Nite Owl for sharing what they found here, and to Nastia Voynovskaya for bringing this to our attention.

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“2wenty takes long­ exposure shots that enable him to write in the air by physically moving a light source across the frame as the camera captures its motion,” says Nastia Voynovskaya, “This writing, invisible to the naked eye, lives on only in the form of photography.” 2wenty (photo © 2wenty)

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Nite Owl (photo © 2wenty)

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Nite Owl (photo © Nite Owl)

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Nite Owl (photo © Nite Owl)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

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Eddie Colla (photo © Eddie Colla)

 

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