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BSA Film Friday: 04.17.15

Posted on April 17, 2015

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

Now screening :

1. Hyrtis Animates David Bowie and “Life in Mars”
2. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda. “Grounded Gratitude” Paris, France.
3. Street Art in Dunedin, New Zealand

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BSA Special Feature:
Gladys Hulot, AKA Hyrtis Animates David Bowie “Life in Mars”

BSA readers will dig this animation of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars,” Gladys Hulot, also known as Hyrtis, brings Bowie to slink through the cracks and around the concrete underground, dripping with piercing drama, and plenty of distinctive style. The voice here is stunningly replaced with a musical saw, giving the chameleon just one more layer to his multiple identities.  Not precisely street art, but Bowie’s ties to the street are undisputed.

 

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda. “Grounded Gratitude” Paris, France.

With “Grounding Gratitude” painted at the festival In Situ Art of Aubervilliers during spring 2014, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada paints Nicole Picquart, a social worker who helps people to have a better life.

 

Street Art in Dunedin, New Zealand

 A quick overview of the murals for Dunedin in New Zealand.

 

Gola and Some “Olio Santo” to Heal Italy’s Olive Trees

Posted on April 16, 2015

Barcelona based Italian Street Artist Gola is worshipping at the mystical the tree of life. He even emulates a tree as he stands atop the scissor lift; arms pulled inside his roomy sweater and extending branches out of the openings where hands would normally appear, reaching skyward, striking an open and powerful stance.

If only his power could save the olive trees of South Italy.

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

A bacterium spread by insects has been blamed for the devastation of tens of thousands of acres in Apulia (Puglia), and now the European Commission is proposing the destruction of up to 11 million olive trees. France has just announced that it will ban import of vegetables from the region.

Gola is looking for some holy oil (“Olio Santo”), or some sort of miraculous solution to a growing crisis that strikes at the heart of Italian cuisine, history, its economy, and cultural identity. With “Olio Santo” as a campaign he has created this image of an olive tree in trouble on paper, on canvas, as a t-shirt design, and now upon a huge wall.

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

“It symbolizes the obscure circumstances around Xylella fastidiosa (the plant pathogen) and the olive trees sickness, the epidemic, and the dramatic measures that have been proposed to solve it. Zoology and botany are his baliwick, and his murals often include these natural elements combined with his unique appropriation of spiritual traditions and innovative aesthetic weaving. He’s taken this worldview to Russia and Palestine, Brazil, and Kazakistan, Canada and Japan.

But this land is his home, so a sacred healing ointment is sorely wished for. The gold and masonic symbols hold special meaning to him and Olio Santo is actually the name of a popular olive oil made with the fruits of these endangered trees. Luckily for us the sacred oil here is shared for anyone who happens to be walking by.

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

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Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

 

The artist wishes to express his most heartfelt thank you to Pigment Workroom for facilitating this project.

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Streets at the Table for Artists Ball at Brooklyn Museum

Posted on April 15, 2015

Five years into it, The Brooklyn Artists Ball has become a glittering spectacle that speaks to the traditional, the contemporary, and the beat on the street. This years greatest hits collection not only features new elaborate installations by three of Brooklyn’s celebrated Street Artists of this century, Swoon, Olek, and Faile, the custom created environments from equally charged modern thinkers like Jennifer Catron & Paul Outlaw, Fernando Mastrangelo, Duke Riley, SITU Studio, Dustin Yellin and Pioneer Works all speak to the undeniable emergence of the Brooklyn influence on the contemporary art scene.

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Man of the hour amidst an explosion of color; This Dr. Arnold Lehman cut-out from the museum’s photo archive will be displayed in multiples and will probably be the visual element that generates the highest number of selfies. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The sky-lit Beaux-Arts Court hosts the dinner that serves as fundraiser, exhibition, and aesthetic theme park, with each artist or collective given tables to adorn and transform. With the guests touring the tables, meeting the artists, watching the awards ceremony and placing bids on the live auction, some guests may forget to eat. This crescendo of course is a celebratory tribute to the museums’ retiring director Arnold Lehman, who effectively has opened the doors to wider audiences and welcomed participation and collaboration during his nearly 20-year tenure – boldly taking risks and diplomatically shepherding the enormous institution into a contemporary relevance envied by some and which now routinely makes guests and patrons enthusiastic, engaged, and dare we say it, proud.

Here are some behind the scenes preparations for the dinner that will honor Lehman and artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, and Kiki Smith. In addition to the dinner there is a temporary exhibition of 125 exceptional works of art collected during Lehman’s tenure and a full-on dance party with more installations and which is curated by Fool’s Gold, the independent record label based in Brooklyn. We visited the museum early in the week to catch up with the artists as they were creating their tables – below are shots of the works in progress. None of the tables were completed yet so the images reflect the tables in process.

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Swoon’s display includes the original models used for many of her projects, including these two for her Submerged Motherlands exhibit last year at The Brooklyn Museum (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

People dining at this Swoon table will see maquettes of the three boats she sailed with merry Brooklyn anarchists across the Adriatic to triumphantly arrive at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A view of the Braddock Tiles model from Swoon and her project in Braddock, PA. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Olek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn’s Olek is transforming two tables with her signature crochet vocabulary to incorporate elements paying homage to honorees Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kiki Smith and Takashi Murakami.

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Olek and Basquiat, whose notebooks are currently on exhibit here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Olek and Murakami (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Olek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Oh, they’re calling that a soul now? Olek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crochet Goddess Olek at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn’s Faile illuminate: Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller have a concept for their tables that includes turning them into giant light boxes where patrons are going to dine while looking at iconic film from their silk screen work. Street art followers will recognize many of these images from their work on the street.

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Patrick and Patrick constructing their light table (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Z Behl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Z Behl’s table is a multi-part female trickster and her chariot – is one of three tables being presented by Pioneer Works/Dustin Yellin.

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Z Behl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Z Behl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Brooklyn’s Duke Riley, whose waterborne performance projects around New York have frequently landed him in trouble with the authorities, will send some guests out to sea. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Duke Riley (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Duke Riley (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A surrealistic “collaboration” between a reflective Arnold and the gilded Olek. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Tickets for the Ball are sold out. There are still tickets available for the Dance Party.

 

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Skount Paints an Inner World Outside in Kuwait City

Posted on April 14, 2015

Kuwait is upping its game by encouraging more Street Art and artists to come and create – like this new one by Skount completed as part of the Alwan Art Festival.

In his typical cosmological and spiritual manner, Skount invokes the planets as experienced by figurative vessels in folkloric inspired attire. Here “In/Out Inner World Projection”, the title of the mural, you have an idea of the artist is bringing to the wall after he says he had a few days experience learning about the Kuwaiti people and the culture.

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Skount. Alwan, Kuwait. (photo © Skount)

“Each individual comes from a determined inner ‘universe’ that is made of a story, culture, ideology, beliefs, norms, religions and different perceptions,” he says. He would like the mural to talk about “how we share and receive information from other individuals from another different inner “universe”,  and how these experiences and perceptions “can make the individual psychologically project a world or inner universe that combines both peoples.”

The project is organized by Visual therapy and we are pleased to share these new images with BSA readers.

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Skount. Alwan, Kuwait. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Alwan, Kuwait. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Alwan, Kuwait. (photo © Skount)

 

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