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Barcelona Dispatch : A Street Art Survey From a Fan

Posted on May 6, 2015

By his own account Lluís Olivé has been shooting images in the city of Barcelona for about 50 years; street scenes, demonstrations, parades, architectural details, tiles, iron work, doors, doorknobs, windows, and of course, graffiti and Street Art. Calling himself an amateur, Señor Olivé nonetheless has captured a lot of Barcelona’s changing Street Art scene in the last decade and shares a handful of his favorites from the 2,500 or so street art images he has shot in the city.

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MAMM. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

“My experience shooting graffiti began in 2005 when I discovered an aerosol painting of the face of a girl and I was so impressed by it that I began to look for more,” he says, describing how he was first bitten by the bug. “I started to tour around different neighborhoods and even though I lived 150 kilometers from Barcelona at the time, I took trips there as often as I could to take pictures of the graffiti and Street Art.”

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ManuTwice. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

Since 2010 he has moved much closer to the city and thanks to the friendships he has formed  he says that artists have reached out to him to come and shoot their new work. He favors murals, portraits and faces, illustrations, photorealism and fantasy. Since he now lives closer to the art he has adopted an approach that is methodical. “I research on the internet, search certain hashtags, and check my email – I usually follow more or less known weekly ‘routes ‘,” he explains.

Unfortunately for Street Art fans like Olivé, the city has taken serious steps to limit organic street art in recent years. Areas of the city that once burst with thousands of murals, pieces, stencils, and wheatpastes had begun to attract tourists to an art scene that outshone many major cities but according to many artists the city and real estate industry saw new development opportunities and smothered a scene that had inspired books, websites, videos, galleries, and related cultural events.

 

 

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Penao. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

While the city’s clean-up efforts have spawned a criticism in certain quarters that the organic nature of the street art scene has been cynically expunged in favor of commercial retail stores and corporate dullness, municipal advocates respond that the city has also created “zones” for individual creativity to be expressed with little restriction.

Señor Olivé believes that both parties have a point. “Since I began taking photos in Barcelona I have seen a huge change from when I started – the amount of Street Art has decreased due to new municipal policies high penalties. But the city has also created 8 or 10 ‘approved’ zones for graffiti and the quality is often very good.”

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MAMM. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

One of his favorite sanctioned spots to shoot is in a park inaugurated in the 1990s where a light and power station once operated and where three tall chimneys from the previous century still tower as a reminder of the history of the city. “Jardines de las Tres Chimeneas” (Three Chimney Park) provides a number of paved skateboarding spots and walls specifically reserved for an ongoing graffiti exposition that is renewed weekly. The park has events including skateboard competions, electronic music performances and exhibitions of hip-hop and break dance.

He is retiring from his regular job this July and plans to take a trip to a number of cities in the US to celebrate with his wife, and to take photos.  He has a post-retirement photography plan already. “Starting this October I am planning a new project for myself to do a one-year weekly documentation of the ‘Tres Chimeneas’,” – perhaps to present in a gallery or some other formal venue.

And of course, there is still plenty of the unsanctioned stuff to shoot, it just may be a little harder to find…

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Millo. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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P.Nitas. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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Reuunit. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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Roc BlacBlock. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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Feo Flip . Roc BlacBlock. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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Marino. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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M2. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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Enric Sant. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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El Pez. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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Cranio . El Pez. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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PAM SR. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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Aryz. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

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Chanoir . Xupet. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbuena)

 

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This article is also published on The Huffington Post

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Dulk Illustrates Out on a Limb in Rome

Posted on May 5, 2015

Antonio Segura Donat, aka Dulk is an illustrator and graphic designer from Valencia, Spain who is now also known in many cities for his painting in the street. Since copying images in encyclopedias as a kid, he continues to love drawing and painting animals, exaggerating their features and personalities to tell fantastical stories. While he is part of a graffiti crew called Wildcans and he did some writing for a while as a teen, he remains more committed to his work as an illustrator these days.

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Dulk at work. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

Dolk says he says he “enjoys creating characters and stories based on his own dreams and everyday events, mixing fact and fiction, with a touch of pop surrealism,” according to his bio, and with these kind of skills you can easily imagine how Dulk will be doing a children’s book one of these days, as it appears that his work originates with a childlike imagination. In fact he and his brother illustrated a book based in Brussels a few years ago that gives a better idea of his small-scale drawing talent.

Here you can see Dulk’s initial outlines on the wall before his inhabits them with color and volume. The new wall is part of “Street Heart,” a project sponsored by the 5th Municipality of Rome, curated by Marta Gargiulo and Varsi Gallery along with Massimo Scrocca and Marco Gallotta.

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Dulk at work. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Dulk at work. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Dulk at work. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

 

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Tristan Eaton and Cyrcle in BK for a Mural

Posted on May 4, 2015

Starting off the week with some fresh shots of new mural work going up by Cyrcle and Tristan Eaton who both were in Brooklyn last week hitting up a spot in what used to be ratty old arty Williamsburg before it became overpriced suburban-office-park Williamsburg. Times have changed but both Tristan and Cycle keeps upping their skills! Let’s see how long it takes for a car maker to exploit them.

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Tristan Eaton on the right with Rabi from Cyrcle on the left. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rabi from Cyrcle at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rabi from Cyrcle at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sketch on the wall in preparation for the portrait. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton and Rabi/Cyrcle collaboration in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton and Rabi/Cyrcle collaboration in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton and Rabi/Cyrcle collaboration in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton and Rabi/Cyrcle collaboration in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton and Rabi/Cyrcle collaboration in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton and Rabi/Cyrcle collaboration in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton and Rabi/Cyrcle collaboration in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton and Rabi/Cyrcle collaboration in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.03.15

Posted on May 3, 2015

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We’ve been seeing an increase in the number of politically charged pieces showing up in the street lately. It is no surprise given the rise in marches and demonstrations and discussions in our city and country about topics like racism, police brutality, and rising economic inequality.  Street Art has a tradition of addressing socio-political topics, sometimes gently, sometimes yelling at the top of its lungs.

This comes at a time where the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is banning all political speech and religious ads in the advertisements it runs. “Hateful speech is not harmless speech. Only a fool or rogue would argue otherwise,” said Charles Moerdler, an MTA board member and Holocaust survivor who voted for the new policy. Of course any time you start to ban speech you don’t like, you are risking someone banning yours.

One could argue that all speech is political but you don’t recognize it when the message expresses views endorsed by the dominant culture; BP ads tell us that it is splendid to burn fossil fuels, CitiBank ads on bicycles tell us that bankers are nice community-minded people, and McDonalds ads tell us that eating meat is nutritious. Nothing political there right? Do you think the MTA would allow you to run an advertisement saying the opposite of any of those messages? Or would that suddenly be political?

The first few messages of this weeks walls are examples of speech, some of them political, some of them not. The streets will decide which get banned.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 907 Crew, Adam Cost, Anthony Lister, Balu, bunny M, Cash 4, David Shillinglaw, Defs, Deeker, FWC Crew, HA3, Icy & Sot, JR, Kaws, London Kaye, Merve Berkman, Myth, Omen, R2, Rambo, ROA, Rubin 415, SEA, Smells, Sote, and Specter.

Top Image: Turkish Street Artist Merve Berkman brings this Syrian refugee with child from the streets of Istanbul to the streets of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu and his portrait of Malcolm X (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who are oppressing them” a quote from Assata Shakur in this new Myth piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Davaid Shillinglaw . Lily Mixe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Adam Cost. Tell me about it. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cash4 . Rambo . Droid . Smells (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Roman . 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rubin415 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA. Detail. Omen . SEA . Kaws (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA . HA3 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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SOTE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Anthony Lister and friends. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR from his series Walking New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR from his series Walking New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DEFS and FWC Crew in Dubai (photo © DEFS)

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bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. SOHO, NYC. May 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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