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Nether and New Community Murals This Summer In Baltimore

Posted on August 30, 2014

A colorful harvest of local folk on walls here as we bring you images Nether has been painting this summer in his native Baltimore by himself and with friends. A mix of community projects and independently initiated walls painted on Baltimore’s surplus quantity of abandoned buildings, the style brings to mind community murals of the past, but it also has a genuinely new spirit. Nether and others like Gaia, LNY, and Mata Ruda are among some who are influencing and ushering in what BSA is calling “the new muralism”.

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Nether. “The Fight For Building Blocks” Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

The new muralism has evolved in the last five years from clusters of Street Artists who were originally interested in getting their name out and to advocate in some cases for their sociopolitical viewpoints but who also are often responding to calls from communities for intermediaries who can help them tell their stories. Taking root in this city and others like Newark, Jersey City, Atlanta, Bushwick (Brooklyn), and others, artists take into account local roots and are creating themes and portraits of everyday heroes and heroines and telling their stories. These are US eastern seaboard names but we have seen and heard these sentiments from cities as far as Honolulu, Berlin, and Delhi. This is what happens when people talk to each other.

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Nether. “Tangled” Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

In cities where “Street Art” or “Urban Art” festivals have been hosted, artists and producers have heard criticism that the international circuit of visiting artists are not always sensitive to the culture and the history of the locality. Their point is enhanced by a certain homogeneity of styles recurring on walls in many cities that is somehow separate from the culture, like a chain store or restaurant. Many organizers have responded by being more inclusive of the locals and today we are seeing a mural making tributary of Street Art that is maturing with an altruistic, intention-driven interest in empowering neighborhoods and their various populations that is reflective of the local in addition to the global.

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Nether. “Fingers Crossed” Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

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Nether.  A tribute to the author and poet Maya Angelou in Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

Nether paraphrased this quote near this portrait;

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

- Maya Angelou

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Nether.  Vulpes Vulpes. Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

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Nether. Detail.  Vulpes Vulpes. Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

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Nether. Detail.  Vulpes Vulpes. Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

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Nether. Detail.  Vulpes Vulpes. Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

 

 

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BSA Film Friday 08.29.14

Posted on August 29, 2014

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. GIFS GONE WILD! in London Streets

BSA Special Feature: Guus ter Beek & Tayfun Sarier

Only one video this week because we have crossed a threshold with this one and it proudly stands on its own.

“GIFS gone WILD!” Otherwise known as “Internet Proposes Marriage to The Street”.

Guus ter Beek & Tayfun Sarier are just the sort of experimenters that keep the Street Art scene fresh and a live petri dish for interaction and discovery. Using a form of art that folks like Street Artist General Howe has been exploring in his military state wake-up-call cartoons online for the past year or so, these two guys invited fourteen GIF artists to display their rapid-loop digital optics to air on the street.

Oops, sorry if those Gen Howe bits were too violent and disconcerting. Lighten things up with this Cat GIF Tumblr.

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The framed iPads are affixed to lamp posts and stuck throughout locations in London like Shoreditch High Street, Curtain Road, Liverpool Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Westminster Bridge, and Trafalgar Square.  Yes, they do get attention, say the artists, and not surprisingly, from millenials who are already transfixed by their own handy flat screens at all times.

This is just the kind of experimentation we’ll be drawing attention to next week in Stavanger, Norway when we present BSA Film Friday LIVE at Nuart PLUS 2014, with special guest Vandalog. We’ll be looking at explorers, experimenters, and Anti-heroes who have been showing up on our weekly dashboard and RJ has already shown us some pretty funny new ones we hadn’t seen yet.

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Shout out to these experimenters and to the GIF artists including Dain Fagerholm Davidope, Disney, Second-Impact, Haydiroket, Nintendo-Gifs, 89-a, Totaleyefuck, Spacecadet, Endearingyouare, Caitlin Burns, Clay Rodery, Falcao Lucas, and Miron. Imagine what the streets will look like when tablets are for sale in the dollar bin.

 

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“Beautiful Times” hits Brooklyn, Beacon and Back to Colorado

Posted on August 28, 2014

The “Beautiful Times” tour by Amanda Marie and X-0 has brought them back to Denver Colorado where it began. We shared with you images and a semi-travelogue for their earlier installations along this summer tour in Denver and Philadelphia. In this final installment of their easy-going art-making project we find them in Brooklyn and the upstate small town of Beacon, New York, where many New Yorkers went to settle in the 2000s, creating a kinship that continues to today.

An now a quick look at their respective public works in Brooklyn, most of it in the DUMBO neighborhood. “We got our paint for this leg of the journey at a place called Park Delicatessen,” X-O says as he lists the items on offer there – and would you care to guess which ones he likes most? “Here is what they sold there…skateboards, flowers, spray paint, and smart sexy porn zines,” he relates. “Are you freaking joking? This is the most perfect shop ever.”

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Amanda Marie cutting stencils at a makeshift studio in DUMBO. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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X-O. DUMBO, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Heading north up the Hudson River, the two found that, “After being fully infatuated with the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, it was an unseen and uber appreciated change of pace to have our next stop in Beacon,” says X-0.

They liked to small town sophisticated vibe and couldn’t believe how nice the people were. “Amanda painted an amazing ‘campground’ scene alongside the Beacon Natural Market,” he says, and he made a new ‘lost object piece’ in the same spot that a Ron English piece had run on for a while. “I also made one small #emogarden called ‘real sweet noise’ while waiting for Mando to get done with her big wall.”

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Alan Goldsmith)

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © X-O)

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Alan Goldsmith)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Ethan Harrison)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © X-O)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Ethan Harrison)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Ethan Harrison)

Going back to Colorado after being pretty much city struck for the last few weeks was a welcome return.

“Immediately I escaped to the Rocky Mountains and made some ‘string stretches’ in the woods.  One of the most successful was a gravity piece I’ve called ‘Gravity Log 1′.  I left the cotton twine…Is that littering? Hmmm.”

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Aztlan Skate Park. F. Collins, Colorado  (photo © courtesy of X-O)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Launch. Colorado. (photo © X-O)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Rocky Mountains, Colorado.  (photo © X-O)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Rocky Mountains, Colorado.  (photo © X-O)

Amanda Marie and X-O would like to thank Todd Masters from Masters Projects in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

They would also like to thank Dan and Kalene from Thundercut/OpenSpace in Beacon, as well as a number of neighborly photographers who were generous with their time and talents in Beacon.

They would also like to thank Andy Weiss in Colorado.

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Amanda Marie and X-O “Beautiful Times” in Denver, CO

Amanda Marie and X-O “Beautiful Times” in Philadelphia

 

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