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Street Art Santiago : A Captivating Look and Insightful Read

Posted on August 4, 2015

Street Art Santiago is an in-depth and attractive look at the current dyanamic graffiti and street art scene in this Chilean city, minus the hype.

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Street Art Santiago by Lord K2. Schiffer Publishing. Atglen, PA. 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Using his own sense of discovery and a reporters’ tenacity for uncovering the story, Lord K2 (David Sharabani) scopes the walls for riveting images and first person accounts, digging below the obvious to present economic and social data along with a historical context of murals and their role in political life up to today.

Street Art Santiago adeptly draws connections between the quality of life, a lack of social mobility, and the soulful persistence of artists on the street who interpret the Santiago scene as one with its own distinct voice.

“The graffiti in Chile is mutating. We don’t want to paint graffiti from the Bronx anymore. We want to paint what reflects our Latin roots,” says Wend.

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Street Art Santiago by Lord K2. Schiffer Publishing. Atglen, PA. 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With many accessible interviews and photographs of the artists you can understand a communal connection despite natural competition; a mutual respect for other artists and of the graffiti tradition that now evolves into what is called Street Art. There also is a belief that this means of expression makes an impact that is potent and meaningful to a city.

“Persevere in you technique and style, apply color, strength, and identity to your work,” says an artist named Vision.” Deliver messages. Put up on a wall the things that you have seen and liked. Make the world vibrate.”

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Street Art Santiago by Lord K2. Schiffer Publishing. Atglen, PA. 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Street Art Santiago by Lord K2. Schiffer Publishing. Atglen, PA. 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Street Art Santiago by Lord K2. Schiffer Publishing. Atglen, PA. 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Street Art Santiago by Lord K2. Schiffer Publishing. Atglen, PA. 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Street Art Santiago by Lord K2. Schiffer Publishing. Atglen, PA. 2015

 

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REKA Completes His Largest Mural in Paris 13

Posted on August 3, 2015

July always brings out massive public artworks in the northern hemisphere and this year you can add this one, his largest, by Australian street artist REKA in Paris  which he completed last week. Tracing his surrealist abstract pop composition diagonally to the upper right corner of this multi-story building, the Melbourne-now-Berlin based aerosol artist labored for five days laying his flat shapes across this brick façade in the heart of the city.

 

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

The building is a few blocks from Le Seine and Université Paris Diderot in a district called Paris 13 that is now known for massive murals by street artists from around the world. The wall and opportunity was organized by Gautier Jourdain, director of the Galerie Mathgoth and this mural is being followed closely by an equally expansive piece by artist JACE.

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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REKA. Galerie Mathgoth. Paris, July 2015. (phot0 © courtesy Galerie Mathgoth)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.02.15

Posted on August 2, 2015

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Did you see the blue moon over New York Friday night? Looked to be more crimson actually. Welcome to August and the hot sticky band of dirty grit that comes with it. Escape from New York if you can, even if it is just on a lawn chair in a park. NYC parks have a lot of free movies this summer and a huge array of free concerts all through the remainder of dog days. Naturally there is great deal of artful expression on the streets available on your way to and from the venue, very dramatic in its own way.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring $howta, 52, Brolga, BustArt, Esteban Del Valle, Dain, Dasic, Don Rimx, Droid, JR, Julien de Casablanca, KFA, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Ron English, Rubin415, Sokar Uno, and Willow.

Top image above >>>  London Kaye. This is perhaps the artist’s largest piece and, as is the artist’s practice, it was made entirely with crocheted yarn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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KFA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ron English. Hot Pink Temper Tot. Zephyr. For LoMan Art Fest 2015/L.I.S.A. Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dain for LoMan Art Fest 2015/L.I.S.A. Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rubin415 . Dasic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Esteban Del Valle . Don Rimx (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bikismo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI. Portrait of Indian girl Dongria Kohnd. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI. Portrait of Iranian kid. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Willow. Portrait of Rwandan child with Emu turban. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR. Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia. For Mural Arts Program “Open Source” Series. (photo Steve Weinik. Courtesy Mural Arts Program).

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Sokar Uno (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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52 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Julien De Casabianca (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BustArt and shades of Lichtenstein in Basel, Germany. July 2015. (photo © Bustart)

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BustArt. Basel, Germany. July 2015. (photo © Bustart)

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Brolga goes skinny dipping to beat the summer heat (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ben Felis traces flight patters with tape (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ben Felis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Droid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Baphomet (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Flying over New York State. July 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Barlo and Andrea Casciu and “The Dance” : Housing, Squatters, Art

Posted on August 1, 2015

Barlo and Andrea Casciu did a summertime mural project in Bologna last week as a metaphorical commentary on machinations and struggles happening during the current housing crisis in Italy. It is an awkward, tormented series of movements in concert with and against partners entitled “The Dance”.

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Barlo . Andrea Casciu. Bologna, Italy. July 2015. (photo © Barlo)

Not enough places are available for people to live so squatters have been taking over abandoned or unoccupied ones. The government has been passing legislation to widen options of affordable housing but restricting illegal takeovers. Add to this certain elements of anti-immigrants, racism and ongoing corrosive attacks on the social safety net, and you understand how tensions run high.

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Barlo . Andrea Casciu. Bologna, Italy. July 2015. (photo © Barlo)

The figures in conflict here in the new mural symbolize the forces at odds – and a contested 9,000 square foot settlement from the political collective Làbas in the former Caserma Masini symbolizes all of it. The collaborative illustration itself is located in “Làbas centro sociale” (Labas Community Center) in “an occupied structure very active in community activities related to the housing emergency in Italy – in the city center of Bologna,” says Barlo.

No angry slogans, no marches, no eggs were thrown; It is good to see art being used to depict powerful struggles underway in the heart of a disputed space.

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Barlo . Andrea Casciu. Bologna, Italy. July 2015. (photo © Barlo)

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Barlo . Andrea Casciu. Bologna, Italy. July 2015. (photo © Barlo)

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Barlo . Andrea Casciu. Bologna, Italy. July 2015. (photo © Barlo)

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Barlo . Andrea Casciu. Bologna, Italy. July 2015. (photo © Barlo)

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