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Urban Nation: The Power Of Art As A Social Architect

Posted on September 19, 2018

With Director as Curator, Urban Nation opens it’s second exhibition since last years’ inaugural opening show, entitled “The Power of Art as a Social Architect” next week on September 27th in Berlin.

“My curation is a play on Beuys and the idea or ‘radical theory’ that everybody by simply being a human is an artist which to him is the essence of what it means to be a human being: The deep need and fundamental ability to create and be creative,” says UN’s Yasha Young. But on the opposite end of the spectrum almost as a mirror I place the philosophy of Dr. Seuss and his approach and huge social impact via simplicity and compassion.”

In addition the museum is planning to unveil their Artists in Residency Programme with 11 artists invited to participate including “Nespoon, Herakut, Li-Hill, Snik, Ludo, Mia Florentine Weiss, Sellfable, Dot Dot Dot, Louis Masai, Wes 21 and Onur.”

BSA is headed to Berlin to see what’s happening and will bring you an update soon.


Place : Bülowstrasse 7 Urban Nation
Time : 8pm
Date: September 29, 2018


Flyer artwork by Herakut

ASU Calligraffiti and Contorno Urbano

Posted on September 18, 2018

“Leave the rationality of your brain and listen to your heart, what you feel, what vibrates,” recommends ASU, the muralist painting the Contorno Urbano wall in Barcelona this month.

ASU. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, September 2018. (photo © Alex Miró)

Since he was a kid the Franco-Spanish philosopher-artist says he has been inspired by sacred art and in particular the great pyramids of Egypt. As an artist he also looks at his work for a sense of balance, and you can see that here as he fills the forms with an evenly weighted layering of gold and silver calligraphy; yin and yang.

ASU. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, September 2018. (photo © Alex Miró)

He says that he enjoys the public interaction when painting and he had plenty of it during the four grueling days he dedicated earlier in the month here.

“I like to paint on the street. People talk to you, try to understand, bring you some snacks, something to drink. It’s very nice to receive this kind of generosity, kindness,” he says in his posting on Facebook.

Now we are intermingling the spiritual and mystical with snacks. We propose that to get your mind in the right place while looking at this new calligraffitied sprinkled circle, you may wish to think of donuts.

ASU. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, September 2018. (photo © Alex Miró)

ASU. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, September 2018. (photo © Alex Miró)

ASU. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12 + 1 Project. Barcelona, September 2018. (photo © Alex Miró)

Luca Ledda, Carnivorous Plants, and “Gulia Urbana” in South of Italy

Posted on September 17, 2018

“Gulìa Urbana” is what its called here in Mangone, Calabria in the South of Italy. Nestled in a wooded mountainous area and surrounded by agriculture and small vineyards, the festival for the roughly 1,800 inhabitants marks September as the end of summer and the beginning of harvest.

Luca Ledda. “Sarracenia Flava”. Gulìa Urbana Festival. Mangone, Calabria. Italy. (photo courtesy of Luca Ledda)

It features costumed reenactments of historical activities, tours through the snugly small winding streets, street demonstrations of the making of traditional recipes, locally produced wine, live music, performances, speeches, and of course some freshly painted murals.

“Ricoglitive !”

Turin based Street Artist Luca Ledda tells us his piece is called “Sarracenia Flava”, something he considers “the utopian relationship between humans and nature.” Aside from the fact that this is a carnivorous plant eating the sitter, you couldn’t agree more.

A character painted in a style one recognizes as Ledda’s, the artists idea of Utopia perhaps is the story of life’s cyclical nature; unless you are cremated after all our bodies will likely be consumed by plants and animals and disintegrate into the soil.

You’re welcome. Happy Monday!

Luca Ledda. “Sarracenia Flava”. Gulìa Urbana Festival. Mangone, Calabria. Italy. (photo courtesy of Luca Ledda)

Luca Ledda. “Sarracenia Flava”. Gulìa Urbana Festival. Mangone, Calabria. Italy. (photo courtesy of Luca Ledda)

Luca Ledda. “Sarracenia Flava”. Gulìa Urbana Festival. Mangone, Calabria. Italy. (photo courtesy of Luca Ledda)

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.16.18

Posted on September 16, 2018

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Welcome to the beginning of fall in New York, hopefully not the Fall of New York – although you can never tell when monetary policy is incredibly loose and we’re living in an “everything bubble” about to burst. Here in NYC people used to say the major industries were FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) and it is probably still true to a large extent. You could add Casinos to the acronym today because the this falsely high-flying and treacherous economy feels like a giant windowless drunken room full of sparkly lights, laughter and speculative plays. CAFIRE! Totally made that up. Might stick.

Also this week Manafort flipped, NYC voters got clipped, Hieronymus Bosch’s “Triptych of Temptation of St. Anthony” is alive on the subway, and Loren Naji is living in an 8 foot ball of reclaimed wood from demolished homes on the street.

So here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring 1312, 1UP Crew, Adele Renault, Adopt, Bailon, Ben Slow, Daze2, Dede, El Sol 25, Jonathan Allen, Marshal Arts, Mr. Joul, Nick Flatt, Nitzan Mintz, Not Pinky, Paul Punk, and Sandra Chevrier.

Top Image: 1UP Crew at Urban Spree in Berlin. Anthony Lister is preparing his show inside the golden windows. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Hi Art Machine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marshal Arts in Berlin for Paste Up Festival 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede and Nitzan Mintz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Daze2 in Berlin for Paste Up Festival 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Daze2 and Not Pinky in Berlin for Paste Up Festival 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

1312 in Berlin for Paste Up Festival 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bailon for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

NYC Subway ad take over by Jonathan Allen. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

NYC Subway ad take over by Jonathan Allen. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adopt (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adele Renault at work in Jersey City, NJ. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ben Slow for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Unsere Werte” (Our Value). Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nick Flatt and Paul Punk in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist…or is this an ad? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Oh! One more thing. Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Joul in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sandra Chevrier for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Downtown Manhattan. September 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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