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NUART 2014 Begins with “Broken Promises”

Posted on September 1, 2014


For our 6th consecutive year of covering Nuart for you BSA is actually here in Stavanger this time. The plane touched down at 2 pm with Icy and Sot on board as well from Brooklyn and we all were whisked away by waiting cars. BSA got to ride in the schmancy new Nuart branded Tesla – that has a screen on the dashboard big enough to serve an entire pizza on – and get an amazing tour by street art photographer Tor of all the previous walls that are still riding in this Norwegian port town. – Stuff we’ve posted for ya’ll but have never seen in person by ROA, C215, Nick Walker, Dot Dot Dot, Swoon, Dan Witz, Evol, DALeast, Vhils and more!

And of course the large phallic M-City out the plane window at the airport – can’t forget that.


NUART 2014. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

The freshest new addition on the Nuart first tour came from veteran Street Artist and socio-political commentator John Fekner, who has reprised one of his famous text based “Word-Signs” from the bad old days of 1970s New York urban neglect. It was a shock to see this iconic placard on a Stavanger wall and a cool way to make the New York – Nuart connection.


John Fekner. NUART 2014. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

Mr. Fekner is on the official artist roster for this years’ festival, but you can count on seeing him at Nuart Plus along with special speakers including yours truly. Some interesting conversations and exchanging of information and opinion will buttress the brand new works outside by the guests artists, with presentations, discussion, film screenings, and plenty of herring. Just checking to see if you were still reading.


Nuart wheels when you need them. NUART 2014. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

 John Fekner Broken Promises Falsas Promesas South Bronx NY 1980

Click HERE for NUART 2014 full schedule of events and details.


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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.31.14

Posted on August 31, 2014



A powerful group of images this week as we do a drive by on Labor Day Weekend in New York. We know it’s the last weekend of Summer but hell no!  I’m gonna have another strawberry ice cream out on the stoop.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Alice Pasquini, Bast, BLY, Cesar Mieses DALeast, Dek, Jerk Face, Paul Insect, Pete Kirill, Ryan McGinness, Sean9Lugo, Seymour Chwast, Solus, Swil, Tripel, Willow, Wing, and You Go Girl!

Top Image >> Summer Time Baby. YES! (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Wing (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DALeast (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DALeast (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sean9Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


BLY (photo © Jaime Rojo)


You Go Girl needs some heart mending. Time is the only proven method, Girl.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Alice Pasquini in Syracuse, Sicily. August 2014 (photo © Alessandra de Grande)

“This is my latest wall, painted in Syracuse, Sicily with the support of the Istinto Naturale cultural association,” says Alice Pasquini of this new tableau.

“Titled ‘The myth of Arethusa and Alpheus’ it was inspired by the spring of Arethusa in Ortygia (Syracuse), a body of fresh water close to the seashore. The legend says that the nereid Arethusa, trying to escape the advances of the river god Alpheus, fled by turning into a stream, eventually breaking ground in Ortygia where Alpheus found her and was able to mingle in her waters.” ~ AP

Let the mingling begin! Although you have to admit that she doesn’t look like she’s quite committed to the idea.


Willow and Swil (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Willow and Swil (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Willow and Swil (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dek’s installation of Bronx native Seymour Chwast’s posters from 1987. The timeless and timeliness of a 27 year old poster on the streets is remarkable. War Is Madness. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)


The folks at Colossal are having a laugh with this hand painted rendering poking fun at the deluge of probing glass and steel luxury condos that are springing up around Williamsburg these days. “Insert Yourself Into Exquisite Luxury Surroundings”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Paul Insect (photo © Jaime Rojo)


In this new piece in Wynwood, Miami, Pete Kirill depicts James Bond (Sean Connery) as 1990′s hip-hop artist Vanilla Icee.  (photo © Cesar Mieses)


 BAST (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tripel (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Solus for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The only surviving plate from the series Ryan McGiness installed in collaboration with DOT for Summer Streets Series. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jerk Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. Summer 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nether and New Community Murals This Summer In Baltimore

Posted on August 30, 2014

A colorful harvest of local folk on walls here as we bring you images Nether has been painting this summer in his native Baltimore by himself and with friends. A mix of community projects and independently initiated walls painted on Baltimore’s surplus quantity of abandoned buildings, the style brings to mind community murals of the past, but it also has a genuinely new spirit. Nether and others like Gaia, LNY, and Mata Ruda are among some who are influencing and ushering in what BSA is calling “the new muralism”.


Nether. “The Fight For Building Blocks” Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

The new muralism has evolved in the last five years from clusters of Street Artists who were originally interested in getting their name out and to advocate in some cases for their sociopolitical viewpoints but who also are often responding to calls from communities for intermediaries who can help them tell their stories. Taking root in this city and others like Newark, Jersey City, Atlanta, Bushwick (Brooklyn), and others, artists take into account local roots and are creating themes and portraits of everyday heroes and heroines and telling their stories. These are US eastern seaboard names but we have seen and heard these sentiments from cities as far as Honolulu, Berlin, and Delhi. This is what happens when people talk to each other.


Nether. “Tangled” Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

In cities where “Street Art” or “Urban Art” festivals have been hosted, artists and producers have heard criticism that the international circuit of visiting artists are not always sensitive to the culture and the history of the locality. Their point is enhanced by a certain homogeneity of styles recurring on walls in many cities that is somehow separate from the culture, like a chain store or restaurant. Many organizers have responded by being more inclusive of the locals and today we are seeing a mural making tributary of Street Art that is maturing with an altruistic, intention-driven interest in empowering neighborhoods and their various populations that is reflective of the local in addition to the global.


Nether. “Fingers Crossed” Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)


Nether.  A tribute to the author and poet Maya Angelou in Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)

Nether paraphrased this quote near this portrait;

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

- Maya Angelou


Nether.  Vulpes Vulpes. Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)


Nether. Detail.  Vulpes Vulpes. Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)


Nether. Detail.  Vulpes Vulpes. Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)


Nether. Detail.  Vulpes Vulpes. Baltimore, MD. (photo © Nether)



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