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Nuart Day 1: Isaac Cordal Installs His Preoccupied Little Businessmen

Posted on September 1, 2015

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Tor (@toris64) picked us up at the airport using his hand-made faux-Banksy Nuart sign, wearing his fresh Dismaland t-shirt, and we immediately knew we were home here in Stavanger. Born and raised in this town Tor knows it’s every turn and twist and because he travels extensively for his regular profession, he also gets to explore other cities and take photos of Street Art and share them on Instagram. Luckily there is a pretty notable festival right here and his enthusiasm grows with the opportunity to meet so many of his favorite artists each year.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This small Norwegian town is again hosting a kick-ass mural/street art/graffiti festival again this year and its sort of rainy today but Icy & Sot are painting anyway, as are Ella & Pitr.  Ernest Zacharevic has arrived and Martin Whatson has finished his piece, as have Pejac and Dot Dot Dot. Harmen de Koop is devising a live performance with an economist giving a lecture on a wall Thursday (not kidding), Bordalo is gathering garbage and throwing it into the back of a truck for his trash installation, and Martha Cooper just arrived this morning and Tor took her to find a hidden conceptual piece in a doorway by Fra. Biancoshock that says “Martha Please Take a Picture of Me”.

Once settled in yesterday we immediately began tooling around town with Isaac Cordal, the Northern Spanish activist with a big heart in these small sculptures of desperate/guilty/soulless little corporate men who he positions in precarious locations wherever he travels. We carried a bag full of these fellows yesterday while he shouldered an expandable ladder and marched though the hilly streets looking upward, scanning battered Noregian industrial architecture for opportune ledges for his little men to teeter off the edge of.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As we have featured his work numerous times over the years on BSA, it was finally great to meet Cordal and accompany him on his interventions – which sort of magically transform a mundane spot into a stage for his “figurativos” to contemplate their lives. Cordal says they are meant to symbolize many things – one of them being the corrupt wolves in business suits who are running much of the world today, and you immediately know of whom he speaks. Comedic in placement, dastardly in deed, you want them to fall, or jump, but somehow it is better that they are frozen in the midst of their drama, frozen with fright and fear.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cordal also talks about the current romance that many public art fans are having with the mural as a means of public expression (which we can verify) and how he feels like his very small concrete (now resin) men can be just as powerful as a large mural. And in a way we can entirely agree – the placing of these figures transforms the space by engaging your imagination, and you KNOW where that can take you; the key unlocks a part of the viewer that he or she once accessed regularly as a child when wild stallions and robots and Jesus and pop stars and Darth Vader all seemed like plausible characters in the same play. Seeing Isaac and his enthusiasm will assure you that art in the streets can have a formidable impact on a passerby, no matter its diminutive scale.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Pixel Pancho Briefly in Bushwick, Now On to Stavanger

Posted on August 31, 2015

The new Pixel Pancho piece in Bushwick is the last mural we cover before we begin our Nuart 2015 coverage in Norway, where Pixel Pancho is also a scheduled artist. Such is the life of the international and traveling Street Artist these days.

This wall is mid-sized in comparison to others he has done for his customary human/robot figures. This wireframed female is looking over her shoulder perhaps, her bottom half swallowed in a botanical swell of blossoms and leaves.

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.30.15

Posted on August 30, 2015

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Dude, Dudette, this is the moment to make the most of Summer before it in subsumed into crazy New York fall. There is so much art on the streets you may not even want to go inside. Actually, if you haven’t seen the China: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum, you have to go – it could blow your mind with all the video and costume and power and history and modern western interpretations of it, sho nuff.

If you wonder what we’ve been up to and what on the near horizon- check out yesterdays posting “Round Up! BSA at NUART, Borås, Coney, BKM, and ON Brooklyn Streets”

Right now Street Artists are beginning to take into account a large pimple on the butt of the US, Mr. Donald Trump. Of course the streets always render opinions in such clever and pointed ways – helping us to cope with a corporate media infotainment machine that can’t help but chase a fire and pour gasoline on it for ratings. Actually NemO’s new mural of a man caught inside a TV-as-guillotine is also apropo.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adam Cost, Aiko, Clint Mario, DRE, Ernest Zacharevic, Foxx Faces, Hanksy, Hunt, Indie184, Ivanorama, LUDO, Mr. Toll, NemO’s, Overunder, Phlegm, Raphail, She Wolf, Sure We Can, Thiago Goms, and Zed1.

Top image above >>> Ernest Zacharevic sidebusts COST. Overunder looms close by. Please help ID the tags. You may recognize the scene depicted from a very familiar promotional image for Nuart 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NEMO’S “Stocks – Pillory” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hanksy. Clint Mario doesn’t seem to mind the stench from the sack of shit on the street. Not the same with the pedestrian going by. He is covering his nose. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hunt (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ivanorama (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thiago Goms in Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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LUDO for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LUDO for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DRE – The Secret Society of Super Villain Artists (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Raphail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikki Peaches and a pinch of Dain for taste. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Indie184 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sure We Can (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sure We Can (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Faces (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Aiko for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phlegm (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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She Wolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Times Square. Manhattan, NY. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Round Up! BSA at NUART, Borås, Coney, BKM, and ON Brooklyn Streets

Posted on August 29, 2015

BSA is excited to be at the Nuart Festival to celebrate 15 years this week. As we told Katherine Brooks in The Huffington Post yesterday “We’ve always admired their willingness to push past comfort zones and embrace a hybrid of academic programming and a rebellious streak that stays true to graffiti’s roots.”

And if you look at the lineup of artists, speakers, and assorted guests you can see that the quality and intellectual firing of synapis is there again this year.

BSA is doing two events for visiting Street Art fans and academics alike – similar to what we did last year – BSA Film Friday LIVE, with the theme of “Play in the Streets” at the theater downtown (sfkino.no/sfkino/stavanger),

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Also participating in the seminar portion of the days events will be Pedro Soares Neves (Founder, Lisbon Street Art and Urban Creativity), Xavi Ballaz (Founder, OpenWalls Barcelona), Eirik Sjåholm Knudsen (Norwegian School of Economics) and Marcus Willcocks (Research Fellow, University of the Arts London/Graffolution) all addressing  “The academic invasion of street art”.

Day 1 will feature an impressive roster as well – co-hosted by Juxtapoz and VNA – discussing institutions and DIY culture with Henriette Roued-Cunliffe (Assistant Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen), Geir Haraldseth (Director, Rogaland Kunstsenter), Eva González-Sancho (Curator, Oslo Pilot) and the artist Julien de Casabianca of Outings Project. Carlo McCormick will talk with Jamie Reid (!), and Evan Pricco teams up with artists Futura and Ernest Zacharevic.

See the full list of artists and special guests and events at http://www.nuartfestival.no/artists/2015 and we’ll of course be keeping you in the action first hand all week.

Thank You for Coming Last Week to Coney Island Museum!

We had a stupendous time meeting you and talking about a handful of artists we have “On The Radar” last weekend at the beach – yes Brooklyn has a beach and it is as clean and as dirty as you imagine. We had a blast and were really pleased to be invited by Jeffrey Deitch, who has curated the 30+ wall show currently on view along with cool DJs and performers all summer at Coney Art Walls. Thanks to everyone, including the dudes on impressive choppers who roared in next door and made us act tough and swear a lot.

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BKM-BSA Street Art Tour Was Hot, Humid, Cool

We had a stupendous time leading a tour for @brooklynmuseum members on the 22nd – Thanks to everyone for coming out!

We don’t really do the tour thing much – once a year or two – but smart engaged curious folks from many perspectives like these make it a pure joy – and widen our own understanding about this amazing time in the realms of public space and artistic expression. Thanks for inviting us, for seeing the value of art in the streets and for this opportunity Brooklyn Museum, Sharon Matt Atkins, and Lauren Zelaya.

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Coming Up Next

BSA in Sweden with No Limit Borås

And you’ll be coming with us to check out year number two of this festival organized by artist Shai Dahan.

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BSA at the Brooklyn Museum On Stage with FAILE

September 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join FAILE artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller for an in-depth conversa­tion with Brooklyn Street Art founders Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo. The artists explore their evolution from stenciling and wheat-pasting collages made from found imagery to their most ambitious work, Temple and The FAILE & BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade. Book launch and reception to follow.

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Thank you everyone for your support. We really appreciate it.

 

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