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CAKE and Käthe Kollwitz, “Persons of Interest”

Posted on March 3, 2015

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BSA is in Berlin this month to present a new show of 12 important Brooklyn Street Artists at the Urban Nation haus as part of Project M/7.  PERSONS OF INTEREST brings to our sister city a diverse collection of artists who use many mediums and styles in the street art scene of Brooklyn. By way of tribute to the special relationship that artist communities in both cities have shared for decades, each artist has chosen to create a portrait of a Germany-based cultural influencer from the past or present, highlighting someone who has played a role in inspiring the artist in a meaningful way.
 
Today we talk to CAKE and ask her why she chose her person of interest, Käthe Kollwitz.

CAKE is preparing a portrait of Käthe Kollwitz, the German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work spoke to the harsh realities of the human condition. “The broad spectrum of her artistic work embraces both crucial aspects of life suffering per se, poverty and death, hunger and war,” said art dealer, collector and artist Hans Pels-Leusden, who founded the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Berlin in 1986.

For CAKE, whose wheat-pasted paintings on New York streets since the late 2000s have spoken to her own observations on emotional and physical pain, addiction, and troubled family dynamics, Kollwitz is a natural kinship, a touchstone of humanity.

“I picked Käthe Kollwitz for so many reasons. She is an artist who gives to her subjects.  She gives dignity to the suffering in her work.  She takes the suffering, the hungry, the dying, the scared, and she gives them humanity, she gives them the gift of themselves again, despite the life circumstances they are in the middle of.

They are not presented as less than, and she has become an advocate for them. She wanted to give through her work – she wanted to help. She was completely dedicated to the work, and as an artist I connect with and value this deeply.

I look to Kollwitz to remind me that making work is a powerful way to connect to life, and to offer one’s self to service through making it. I cannot express enough the gratitude I have for this artist.  Some art has the ability to immediately bring you into the present moment, into your humanness, back into your soul, and when it does this, it is more crucial than just about anything I can think of.

Kollwitz’s work does this for me.  It breaks my heart and then heals it all at once.”

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A recent piece by Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Axel Void and DalEast In New Delhi for St+ART India 2015

Posted on March 2, 2015

Axel Void and DalEast are somehow brethren here in New Delhi at the 2015 edition of St+Art India, if not because of a shared style then because of a shared appreciation for things you cannot see – alchemists with an uncanny ability to reveal.

 

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Axel Void begins his mural. (photo © Pranav Mehta)

Today we have excellent shots of the new murals by both of these artists taken by photographers Pravan Mehta and Akshat Nauriyal, sure to make you step back a little and appreciate some people’s ability to re-cast a public space into something much more.

Axel helps us out here with a description for his mural in Azadpur Market entitled “जिं द गी” (life), part of his “Mediocre” series. It is a simple depiction of a still life, he says, ” One of the most frequently recurring themes in the history of classical painting.”

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Axel Void. Process shot. (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

He says he was inspired by the Azadpur fruit and vegetable market, one of the (or possibly the) largest in Asia, where he was surrounded by people, cars, sounds of the metro, buyers, sellers, a family of monkeys, and goats, chickens, pigs, and cows. “The wall is painted over the Delhi Cold Storage and next to the Azadpur Mosque,” he says.

After the Axel Void piece you’ll see DalEast, who tends toward the philosophical and spiritual in his compositions of forms taking shape before you. DalEast takes a somewhat typical piece of architecture and transforms it with a flooding rush of birds flowing through an open arched doorway. It is a constellation of energy and life that flying at you when the curtain goes up, instantly metamorphosing a public space into a possibly sacred place.

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Axel Void. Process shot. (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

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Axel Void. Process shot. (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

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Axel Void (photo © Pranav Mehta)

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Axel Void. The finished mural on the wall of Asia’s largest fruit and vegetable markets. (photo © Pranav Mehta)

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DALeast. Process shot. (photo © Pranav Mehta)

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DALeast. Process shot. (photo © Pranav Mehta)

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DALeast. Process shot. (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

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DALeast (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

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DALeast. Process shot. (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.01.15

Posted on March 1, 2015

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Happy March! With the brutally frigid temperatures we had for the whole month of February it is no small wonder that we can still find fresh new pieces on the streets. Some are weeks old and others are days old — all are executed under bitterly cold conditions. Just ask the artists…if you catch them.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Agni, Alex Seel, Alex 25, Bifido, Brown Boyz, Don Rimx, Eder Muniz AKA Calangoss, Foxx Face, LMNOPI, LNY, Clint Mario, Mata Ruda, McDemott & McGough, Mr. Prvrt, Osch,

Top Image >> LMNOPI. Boy holding a pigeon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. PRVRT (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eder Muniz AKA Calangoss. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alex25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Agni (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Agni (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bifido. New piece in Marseille, France. (photo © Bifido)

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McDermott & McGough collaborate on most of their projects in a varied range of disciplines such as painting, photography, movies, sculpture and the occasional piece of performance art. Add to that Street Art if you will. From their Facebook page, “From our recent tribute to the late Andy Warhol. In 1986, when were were living in Naples, we were inspired by the Italian tradition of posting posters to commemorate the recently deceased. After we returned to NY and were confronted with the untimely death of Warhol we decided to plaster to the East Village with commemorative posters in his honor. This year, since we find ourselves once again in Italy during the anniversary of his death, we had the poster reposted all over NYC. Look for them in Chelsea, LES, Williamsburg and Bushwick!” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Any takers? He is asking politely. Artist Unknown. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A well placed collab between Clint Mario and Foxx Face. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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OSCH. New piece in Shoreditch, London. (photo © OSCH)

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Signed by Brown Boyz, the piece was executed by Don Rimx, Ricardo Cabret, LNY, Alex Seel and Mata Ruda. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Central Park, NYC. Winter 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

AIKO in New Delhi for St+Art India 2015

Posted on February 28, 2015

New York Street Artist Aiko is cutting a new stencil in a dusty warehouse space with huge windows, but instead of being in an industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn, this time she’s in New Delhi. The new image of a woman and child and sword is not quite standard fare for the feisty streetwise Aiko, who has depicted scantily clad women in very sexualized scenes as a way of expressing power in the last few years. Perhaps bowing to local norms, the new Indian mural is much more modestly attired, yet still an image one will interpret as powerful.

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Aiko cutting the stencils at the studio in Delhi. (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

Here for the 2015 edition of St+Art India, a mural festival featuring mainly Street Artists from around the world, the artist whose work has appeared on New York walls many times is here with the help of the Japan Foundation. With excellent assistants on the ground Aiko knocked out the first of many murals in India’s capital which we’ll be posting for BSA readers.

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Aiko at work on her wall with the help of assistants. (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

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Aiko at work on her wall with the help of assistants. (photo © Pranav Mehta)

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Aiko at work on her wall with the help of assistants. (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

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Aiko (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

 

 

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