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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.01.16

Posted on May 1, 2016

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“Hooray! Hooray! The first of May. Outdoor f***ing begins today!”

- Or at least that’s what we learned in school. Brooklyn’s hawthorn trees and lilacs are in bloom, as are the cherry trees in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. High school girls are wearing short skirts and long hair and boys are well, boys; strutting around like peacocks trying to get attention with fun and foolish behavior, and Duke Riley is setting pigeons free after dark till June 12.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring BAT, Billi Kid, Binho, D7606, Damien Mitchell, Enzo Sarto, Freddy Sam, JMZ Walls, Kafka, Maya Hayuk, Modus, Mr. Toll, Otto “Osch” Schade, Pyramid Oracle, Ricky Lee Gordon, Seb Gorey, Weed Dude, and Zeso.

Our top image: OSCH for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Seb Gorey. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Seb Gorey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ricky Lee Gordon AKA Freddy Sam for #notacrime campaign in West Harlem. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ricky Lee Gordon AKA Freddy Sam for #notacrime campaign in West Harlem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BAT (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Maya Hayuk (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Maya Hayuk. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Maya Hayuk. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Maya Hayuk. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zeso for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo Sarto with Kafka (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Binho for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Billi Kid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Modus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damien Mitchell for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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d7606 and The Ramones (currently at the Queens Museum) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Weed Dude (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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David Walker Paints Largest Mural at Belgian School for “Wild-Brabant”

Posted on April 30, 2016

“Just finished my biggest mural to date,” says Street Artist and muralist David Walker about this upward gazing fresh face in Belgium. Today we have photos exclusive to BSA readers of the new 17 square meter mural at an elementary school that is visible from many of the classrooms throughout the day – presumably for those times during class when students prefer to daydream.

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David Walker. Frenetschool De Pit. Belgium for Wild-Brabant. (photo © @StreetArtwerpenaar)

“Wild-Brabant” is the festival in this province of central Belgium and Walkers’ freehand full color portrait took an entire week at the Freinetschool De Pit in Diest school.

The project gathered the daily interest of the teachers, students, and various parents who brought him fresh cookies daily and watched Walker as he demolished 160 aerosol paint cans to create one of his signature women for the campus. The project was organized by Provincie Vlaams Brabant and Killerbee Workshops.

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David Walker. Frenetschool De Pit. Belgium for Wild-Brabant. (photo © @StreetArtwerpenaar)

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David Walker. Frenetschool De Pit. Belgium for Wild-Brabant. (photo © @StreetArtwerpenaar)

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David Walker. Frenetschool De Pit. Belgium for Wild-Brabant. (photo © DW)

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David Walker. Frenetschool De Pit. Belgium for Wild-Brabant. (photo © DW)

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BSA Film Friday: 04.29.16

Posted on April 29, 2016

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Os Gemeos Mural: Hangar Bicocca Building (Milan)
2. Tilt: Voyage – Aller Biennale Marrakech
3. Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains
4. Ryan Campbell Profile

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BSA Special Feature: Os Gemeos Mural: Hangar Bicocca Building

Graffiti writers and assorted urban artists have a romantic fixation with the steel monsters that snake through our cities and across the backyards and fields of entire countries. For the urban art culture subways and freights have distinct but overlapping associations with freedom, wanderlust, a daredevil mentality, … and Brazilian brothers Os Gemeos have just created their latest ode to the subway train in Milan – almost as big as any writer’s dream.

Tilt: Voyage – Aller Biennale Marrakech

We had the honor of seeing this sawed in half car with luggage stacked on top in Jardin Rouge with French graffiti artist TILT in February and to hear the stories about how it was made. The first part of a 2 part story about migration, families, city fok, country folk, and the stories we tell – this amazing sculpture stands on its own.

 

Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains

An astounding large scale “earth work” by Ugo Rondinone is taking place outside of Las Vegas in the desert. This informational video lays out the scope of the two year installation produced by Art Production Fund, New York and the Nevada Museum of art in Reno. Curiously, the artist himself does not appear in the video.

 

Ryan Campbell Profile

A quick short on Ryan Campbell and his mural Special Project: Line Segments number 40 (2016) . It is shot on location at Royale Projects : Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

 

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Salty New Character Appears On BK Streets

Posted on April 28, 2016

Birds, bees, flowers, fat caps. Warmer weather equals more new art on the streets – including new artists whose work you don’t recognize.

Also we know its spring because the email box is getting daily requests from soon-to-be-visiting or just arrived artists requesting that we help procure them a wall to paint. We stopped doing that a while ago, with the occasional rare exception.

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Violent Rabbit (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Naturally you understand that many out-of-town Street Artists make their long dreamed of journey to NYC for the first time hoping to “get up” in New York City. It is a rite of passage and a badge of pride to be recounted in multiple stories from this day on.

This week we noticed this cartoon character from an artist whose signature we don’t recognize, Violent Rabbit and we think it is either a new arrival or a passing-through tourist on spraycation.

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Violent Rabbit (photo © Jaime Rojo)

If you know the artist’s name or nom de plume please help – can’t read the tag.

UPDATE: Violent Rabbit is the artist’s name. Hailing from France.

Look closely and you’ll see that cartoon character with a bit of an attitude is hand made, hand painted and then wheat-pasted on the wall. You’ll also notice that the artist made it his or her mission to go directly over graffiti in the process for at least on these four pieces that we found, sort of using it for a backdrop. Graffiti writers and artists whose work is “gone over” like that usually don’t give it a warm welcome to this so we’ll see how long these new pieces remain.

Ah, Spring!

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Violent Rabbit (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Violent Rabbit (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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