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Nemo’s Hangs Us Out to Dry “Without Name” in Italy

Posted on October 13, 2015

Nemo’s is hanging us all out to dry with his newest mural on a multi-story factory wall in Messina, Italy that features his familiar hapless chaps clipped to a clothesline, sans clothes.



Nemo’s. Messina, Italy. October, 2015. (photo © Nemo’s)

His critique is of a shallow and shock-addicted press and media that exaggerates and simplifies the suffering, the unmitigated tragedy of people – sometimes for our comfort.

His focus is on immigrants escaping oppression who have drowned and the pseudo-compassion of contemporary news coverage and grand-standing politicians that feed xenophobia. He says we are overlooking the complete desperation of an escaping individual that causes them to take such risk, only to be swallowed in a watery death due to unseaworthy vessels.


Nemo’s. Messina, Italy. October, 2015. (photo © Nemo’s)

“I’m depicting an insane state imbued with selfishness, where the deaths of the sea are overshadowed by sterile discussions on how migrants can create much discomfort to our conditions,” he says. Here he points to us behaving as outsiders, perhaps guilty of xenophobia, willing to flatten a tragedy of its dimension in order to keep the “other” at arms length, distancing ourselves from any responsibility.

“With those four naked bodies I am representing, through a surreal metaphor, the total and absurd unconsciousness that newspapers and diplomacy use for talk about the theme of the deaths in the sea.

In the tragedy of death, the worst and selfish aspects of our society, with banal and thoughtless actions, take the bodies from the sea and hang them out like clothes to dry. It is as if the problem of these people is to be wet and not to be drowned.”

His method is a dark comedy, depicting these very similar looking guys in an unlikely situation. His attached message may not be clear to the average unlooker, but it may pique their curiosity to inquire what NemO’s newest piece is about.


Nemo’s. Messina, Italy. October, 2015. (photo © Nemo’s)


Nemo’s. Messina, Italy. October, 2015. (photo © Nemo’s)


Nemo’s. Messina, Italy. October, 2015. (photo © Nemo’s)

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Ernest Zacharevic Painting Martha Cooper in Brooklyn

Posted on October 12, 2015

If you are looking for a neighborhood that is analogous to what the Lower East Side of Manhattan was like in the 1970s, you have to go to the outer part of the outer boroughs because very few working class everyday people can afford to live on the island anymore. When photographer Martha Cooper was shooting with black and white film in those days the LES was more or less a bombed-out scene of urban abandonment and municipal decay.

Drugs were prevalent, so were gangs, police were not. Nor were jobs, opportunities or parks that kids could safely play in. Cooper was interested in capturing the games that kids devised, sometimes out of the most common items that were available – like giving a ride to your brother by commandeering his stroller around the sidewalk at top speed.


Ernest Zacharevic x Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lithuanian Street Artist Ernest Zacharevic is sitting cross-legged on a sidewalk in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn that is rapidly changing – at least that’s what real estate interests have banked on. On a typical weekday you will see many families struggling to keep the bills paid, more carefully selecting food and household items from the stores along Broadway and Graham Avenue and Metropolitan than in previous years – many just balancing their payments, others falling behind. Here on a graffiti tagged wall Zacharevic is painting with brushes to bring Cooper’s 37 year old photo from Manhattan to life in Brooklyn.


Ernest Zacharevic x Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As he has done in Malaysia principally and in selected other cities in Europe, Zacharevic is creating street art that includes a sculptural aspect that pops his portraits out from the wall, bringing the street scene closer to you, somehow closer to life. The image of children at play is integrated with its surroundings, a scene that may be repeated in the flesh here on the sidewalk while you watch him carefully checking his source image and replicating with brush.

In this second of three installations he is creating in New York using Cooper’s photos, Ernest is an unassuming figure and completely focused on his work as the car horns honk, brakes squeal, and the elevated train rumbles inelegantly overhead. In fact, most people walk by without taking note of his work and few stop to ask a question, so integrated is his small scene with the surroundings.


Ernest Zacharevic x Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ernest Zacharevic x Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ernest Zacharevic x Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ernest Zacharevic x Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.11.15

Posted on October 11, 2015




Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 2:12, Boxhead, Buff Monster, bunny M, City Kitty, drscO, Fanakapan, Haculla, Icy & Sot, Jilly Ballistic, Jorit Agoch, Lungebox, Miishab, Myth, REVS, Stikman, Voxx, WA, and What Will You Leave Behind.

Top image above >>>Icy & Sot for #NotACrime Campaign. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jorit Agoch (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jilly Ballistic (photo © Jaime Rojo)


bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)


2:12 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Fanakapan (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Fanakapan (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Voxx (photo © Jaime Rojo)


What Will You Leave Behind (photo © Jaime Rojo)


What Will You Leave Behind (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Haculla finds the whole thing funny. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)


REVS (photo © Jaime Rojo)


As Putin’s Russia co-bombs Syria with the US, someone is assessing the politics. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


City Kitty with friends Miishab and Lungebox. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


drsc0 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


How dare you, Myth? (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boxhead (photo © Jaime Rojo)


AW (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. NYC Sky Landscape. Manhattan. 2105 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Daze Does a “Paix” Piece in Port Au Prince, Haiti

Posted on October 10, 2015

New York graffiti artist DAZE just got back from Haiti where he was inaugurating a mural project for The Academy of Peace and Justice in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Along another admired and well-revered New York graffiti artist KET, DAZE worked with local students to create some new pieces for a huge new project spearheaded by pop artist and APJ advisory board member, Peter Tunney, who hopes to launch it as the “Haiti Walls” project.


Daze (photo © Daze)

“The design that I came up with doesn’t deal with peace in a political or military sense, but is more about inner peace,” DAZE tells us. “I wanted to create something that would be offering a kind of inner peace in order to achieve further goals.”


Daze (photo © Daze)

In his original design (above) for the huge piece DAZE included an area for students to add their own voice, enabling this school of nearly 3,000 students on 100% scholarship to take ownership of the artwork as well. Not only did students paint, they also played music for the team just in time for the beginning of the school year.

Taking inspiration from the letter forms, patterns, and color palette used in signage and everyday street life, DAZE incorporated a gently held and supported “PAIX” (peace) to the streets as well.


Daze. Selfie. (photo © Daze)

“During my time in Haiti I did see many examples of extreme poverty that were hard to bear,’ DAZE says of his daily explorations while there. “A lot of the students I worked with came from an area called ‘Cite de Soliel” which is the largest slum in Haiti. I also saw many examples of the 2010 earthquake that remained. Having said that, I saw many examples of a resilience, resourcefulness, and creativity that could only be found there. The Hatian people were kind, generous and open to my presence there. The cultural creativity there is incredible. Haiti is a really beautiful country that I encourage people to experience firsthand.”


A lot of horse power in the Puissance Devine bus! Daze. Haiti bus. (photo © Daze)


Daze. Market (photo © Daze)


KET (photo © Daze)


Daze . KET (photo © Daze)


Daze (photo © Daze)


Daze. Students (photo © Daze)


Daze. Students group shot. (photo © Daze)


Landscape (photo © Daze)


Daze. CLICK on photo to enlarge. (photo © Daze)

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