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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.28.16

Posted on August 28, 2016

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“Back in the USSR” comes to mind as we touched down in Moscow yesterday to see and speak with the 60+ Street Artists who are creating this impressive 2nd Street Art biennale “Artmossphere” just a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin, Red Square and The International Military Music Festival that runs all week as well. We’ll be bringing you new stuff all week as part of our partnership with Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art (UN), investigating the creative process with artists, curators, and the organizing force behind all of this event.

In the mean time, we bring you work from New York and elsewhere in this week’s fine edition of BSA Images of the Week.

So, here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Aduk, Buff Monster, Crisp, Hiss, Lena Shu, Logan Hicks, Olek, and Wolfe Work.

Above: Logan Hicks. Detail of his mural “Story of My Life” on the Houston/Bowery wall,  which pays tribute to the personal and professional friends and family who have helped him in the last 10 years in NYC. New York City. August 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Logan Hicks at work on his Houston Wall mural. New York City. August 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Logan Hicks. Detail. Houston Wall. New York City. August 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Logan Hicks. Houston Wall. New York City. August 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Olek Our Pink House for Kerava Art Museum. Finland. August 2016. (photo © Olek)

Our Pink House is a new crocheted covering for a house (the second) by Street Artist OLEK – this one associated with Kerava Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition Yarn Visions, which will place the spotlight on knitted, crocheted, tufted and embroidered works.

Drawing an analogy of protection and safety in these pink crocheting patterns that stretch from the top of the chimney to the foundation of stone, this building in Kereva in southern Finland, where many bombs fell during The Winter War of 1939-40. Olek says she is concerned about the 21 million people worldwide who lost their homes due to war and conflicts in 2015 and she wants to create community based projects like this one to draw attention to the topic, and to provide some healing as well.

This particular project enlisted the help of a large group of volunteers, immigrants and women from a reception centre for asylum seekers who she brought together to crochet this covering. “Our Pink House” is about the journey, not just about the artwork itself.  It’s about us coming together as a community.  It’s about helping each other. We can show everybody that women can build houses, women can make homes,”she says. – OLEK

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Nailed it! Hiss is caught up in the Pokemon Go craze that has captured the attention of children, teens, and a certain photographer we know who is a perennial child at heart. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Wolfe Work (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CRISP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ADUK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Lena Shu in progress for Artmossphere – Moscow International Biennale of Street Art 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unintended collaboration on the streets of Moscow.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Moscow, Russia. August 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“UNIQA” Public Sculpture Project Begins in Łódź with “LUMP”

Posted on August 27, 2016

One of the most successful mural festivals in Europe is shifting the focus to the sculptural, considering seriously the public interaction with objects in the 3rd dimension.

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LUMP for  UNIQA Art Łódź Project. Łódź, Poland. August 2016. (photo © Michał Bieżyński)

6 years of Łódź Murals is now giving way to the UNIQA Art Łódź Project and, by years end. 6 new artists will be installing temporary and permanent sculptures, bas-reliefs, installations, and site-specific realizations in this Polish city of 722,000.

Today we have the first series of installations that reclaim public advertising columns as oversize kitchen objects commonly found in Poland during the 1950s-1980s, when this country was called The Polish People’s Republic.

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LUMP for  UNIQA Art Łódź Project. Łódź, Poland. August 2016. (photo © Michał Bieżyński)

A subtle ode to a period that the new generation of Millenials will not be familiar, the “Kingsize” project by the artist named LUMP recreates a coffee machine, vacuum flask, pepper shaker, jub, washing machine, and seltzer bottle that all would have been common in homes during those decades.

The three month installation along Piotrkowska Street by the Szczecin-based artist are meant to revive a sort of common memory, if not a longing for an earlier time – or maybe just to remind you of Grandma’s kitchen.

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LUMP for  UNIQA Art Łódź Project. Łódź, Poland. August 2016. (photo © Michał Bieżyński)

“ Łódź’s murals are famous all over the world and have become major icons of the city,” UNIQA director Michał Bieżyński, as he explains his new vision for these new artworks in the city that people can view from a different perspective.

“Diverse materials and technologies will be employed to make the project as varied as possible. It is essential that residents be presented with the broadest possible range of graphic solutions so that the project, beside the purely artistic format, will offer some visual education.”

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LUMP for  UNIQA Art Łódź Project. Łódź, Poland. August 2016. (photo © Michał Bieżyński)

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LUMP for  UNIQA Art Łódź Project. Łódź, Poland. August 2016. (photo © Michał Bieżyński)

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LUMP for  UNIQA Art Łódź Project. Łódź, Poland. August 2016. (photo © Michał Bieżyński)

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LUMP for  UNIQA Art Łódź Project. Łódź, Poland. August 2016. (photo © Michał Bieżyński)

 

Our most sincere thanks to Mr. Bieżyński for sharing this project in exclusive with BSA. For more about UNIQA Art Łódź Project visit:

www.facebook.com/lodzmurals

https://instagram.com/lodzmurals

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BSA Film Friday: 08.26.16

Posted on August 26, 2016

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

Now screening :

1. Ella & Pitr: Utsira Island
2. Shepard Fairey Paints Fannie Lee Chaney mural “Voting Rights”
3. The Sound of Strijp-S Mural

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BSA Special Feature: Ella & Pitr: Utsira Island

It is funny to see this video stamped with the name “Street Art, Utsira ” because Utsira is an island with about 200 inhabitants off the coast of Norway, and there not many streets.  Also, this piece is not on a street.

Regardless, french roof painting couple Ella & Pitr made a trip there recently and squeezed in one of there cuddly characters, who looks like he is on the lamb from the huge childrens story book that he escaped from. Stay tuned for some exclusive shots and reportage on the making of this piece and their upcoming show at the local pub!

 

Shepard Fairey Paints Fannie Lee Chaney mural “Voting Rights”

It’s not finished yet in this home made time lapse, but it is is educational to see how Shepard Fairey works when creating this mural across from the entrance of Burning Man.

Based on a James Marshall photograph of Fannie Lee Chaney, Shepard is teaching us about civics and the importance of the right to vote. Mrs. Chaney’s son was killed along with two white friends while trying to register black people to vote by the Klu Klux Klan in the 1964 Freedom Summer rides in Mississippi.

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The Sound of Strijp-S Mural

A very slick and commercial mural of artists who have performed here in the Strijp-S district of the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

This is the home of electronics giant Phillips, which explains the shout out on the mural. The eclectic lineup of artists includes Belin, Zenk One, Vincent Huibers, Sven Sanders ,Pim Bens and Studio Giftig.

The London Police Arrest The Quin Hotel

Posted on August 25, 2016

Chaz and Bob, those lads from London, have come to 57th street in Manhattan to show some new and previously displayed artworks in the lobby of the Quin Hotel. Under the direction of curator DK Johnson, the lobby has been home to a number of brief exhibitions in the last couple of years by Street Artists and their ilk.

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The London Police. Detail. At The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For a limited time you can see the precise handiwork of these two as The London Police takeover the welcoming area of the hotel, as well as adding to the shipping/receiving doors to the left of the entrance on the street.

In addition to the new collaborative black ink drawings by the The London Police, there are a few larger canvases featuring more expansive otherworldly scenes hinting at their global exploits, studies of space, architecture, robots, graffiti tags, favorite bands, assorted friends, and their iconic LAD characters.

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The London Police, with special guest, Jane Fonda. Detail. At The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Of particular note are the animated sequences of images floating gently across the multi-screened collage in the lofted lobby, a permanent digital display that has become part of the Quin gallery experience and provides a new way to appreciate the featured artist/s.

Don’t forget you can catch their huge wall at Coney Art Walls as we enter autumn and you can see this summer’s collection of walls by some of the best public/fine/street/urban artists in one dizzying maze.

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The London Police. Detail. At The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The London Police. Detail. At The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The London Police. The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The London Police. The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The London Police. The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The London Police. The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The London Police. The Quin. Curated by DK Johnston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

The London Police Solo exhibition at The Quin in Manhattan is currently on view and open to the public. Click HERE for further information.

 

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