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Nick Walker Falls in Love With NYC

Posted on October 20, 2014

Bristol born graffitist turned Street Artist and fine artist Nick Walker has fallen in love with New York during these last couple of years. The stencilist whose work pre-dates the popularity of his town-mate Banksy, has been bringing his bowler-hatted avatar to streets around the world after beginning in Bristols 80s-90s graffiti scene. The well meaning and smartly dressed quizzical investigator is a vandal at heart of course, but one who appreciates culture and architecture.brooklyn-street-art-nick-walker-jaime-rojo-10-14-web-2

Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Walker’s pop-up show “All I Ever Wanted Was My Name On Fire” opened last Friday and if you don’t want to miss it we recommend you take a trip to the Lower East Side to see it before it closes this Friday. In it you see the myriad new venues that Nick has discovered in Gotham and you get a simplistic sense of the discovery that so many newcomers have when first developing a romance with dirty old New York. It’s a romance that you never want to end actually.

A new print run is nearly sold out (if not already) but you also have the opportunity to purchase a copy of his new book at the gallery.

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nick Walker’s “All I Ever Wanted Was My Name on Fire” is currently open to the public until this Wednesday, Oct 22nd. Click HERE for location and hours.

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.19.14

Posted on October 19, 2014

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We start this weeks images of the week with a postering campaign by nice, friendly, educated photo-journalists who illegally put up wheatpastes of their artistry this week in many parts of the city. “We’re not trying to vandalize,” says a member of #Dysturb in an article published yesterday by The New York Times, “It’s pure journalism”. Following on the heels of the arrest of wheatpaster COST the week before, you have to wonder if these folks, whose full names are given in the Times piece, will gather praise or condemnation for doing essentially the same thing.

Or is there a difference? Not quite Street Art, not quite a campaign for a concert or a perfume or shampoo, these folks use the same techniques as many others on the streets and say it is for high-minded purposes. Similarly, there are a number of Street Artists who address social and political themes which we all could agree on are honorable in some way or another. Gentrification, child slavery, sexual harassment, racism, the housing crisis, indigenous peoples issues, human trafficking, environmental issues – all of these have been addressed on the streets in the last handful of years by artists whose work we follow and present here daily.  The waters are invariably muddy when it comes to this form of expression.

On a related side note: It is interesting that in published articles about COST and #Dysturb, we learn what kind of ride they each have; Porshe versus Cadillac. We totally have to up our game next time we rent a Zipcar to go on a studio visit.

Meanwhile, here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring #Dysturb, Bunny M, Clint Mario, Crummy Gummy, James Bullough, ME, Myth, Pyramid Oracle, Ramiro Davros-Coma, Sexer, She Wolf, Smarty, Smeller, and Thievin’ Stephen.

Top Image >>#Dysturb photograph by Alvaro Canovas. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crummy Gummy. It is a fact of life that in order to make it in NYC one should be equipped with more than one skill and be prepared to work more than one job at a time. E.T. knows the drill and to that extent he wants you to know that if his acting chops are not what you are looking for perhaps you might consider his exotic good looks and hire him as a spokesmodel for an advertisement campaign. Also, his keyboard skills are fierce.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Yeah, you and me both, doll. Sexer for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth dips back to the nineties for this version of Darkwing Duck. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A singular Mexican musician here to serenade a senorita outside the window. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The tide is high. Ramiro Davaros-Coma (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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An illustration outside Lucky Chengs in The Lower East Side. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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FRESH! Me and Clint Mario team again for this telephone booth take over. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Smeller  and Smarty on a sunny day. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thievin Stephen has all the fried chicken you can eat for The Bushwick Collecive (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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She Wolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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James Bullough for The Bushwick Collecive (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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HOME (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. NYC Sky Landscape. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Could We Kill a Panda The Same Way We Kill a Bull? Michael Beerens in Paris

Posted on October 18, 2014

The Bullfight! The historic tradition! The glorious danger of a confused and raging bull ready to charge at his tormentor. The bulging manhood of the Matador as he proudly steps around the coliseum in his ornate and regal costumery!

And now ladies and gentlemen, the Pandafight! Watch as the athletic and handsome slayer taunts the raging Panda with a red flag and runs quickly away! See how he stabs with colorful blades into the panda’s back, thrusting his sword between the shoulder blades!

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Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

On a wall in Paris’ Chinatown (Belleville) Street Artist Michael Beerens re-imagines the national animal of China standing in the place of the traditional bull, ready to be killed slowly and publicly to entertain the assembled fans.

“I noticed that in the eyes of man, all animals do not have the same value,” says Bereens, who challenges an ingrained thought pattern that finds the cuddly cute photogenic ones more valuable in some cultures than others. “For example, crushing a spider is good but a ladybug is saved; rats are killed but we like squirrels and hamsters.”

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Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

To complete this wall, which he says he did not have permission for, Bereens simply showed up to it with a lot of equipment and paint cans.  He says some people stopped to thank him for putting color on the walls, and others stopped to take photos of the wall, of him, of themselves in front of the wall.  “It’s a free exchange,” he says, “I try to convey a human message but I have nothing to sell except my ideas.  I’m not trying to sell Coca Cola,” he explains.

Which reminds of those white polar bears

Let’s go to a Polar Bear Fight!!

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Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

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Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

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“The three ‘bandrilles’ that the panda has in his back represent the 3 countries where the bullfight is still practiced legally; France, Spain and Portugal,” says artist Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

 

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