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Enzo & Nio and Their Eclectic Collaboration Bid Adieu

Posted on August 2, 2014

New York Street Art watchers over the last three or four years have been familiar with the polished irony and gentle sarcasm that Enzo & Nio purvey on often appropriately chosen walls, lamp posts, electric boxes.  A collection of inside jokes rendered in a handful of styles, the duo has used photorealism, collage, cartoon, and sloganeering to speak to social ills things like consumerism, surveillance, and our passive acceptance/glorification of violence in the culture, and their own fixation with the archetypal cat and mouse game between graffiti makers and the law. With wheat-pastes and custom stickers that are cryptic, poetic, smirking, inverting, almost invariably un-permissioned, each new E&N occasions a second look and a piqued moment of curiosity.

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Enzo & Nio most recent installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA has published perhaps a hundred or so images of the pairs’ work over these past few years and with recent rather public news on Gallo’s Facebook page announcing their split, we scrambled through our collection to discover that we had, well, quite a collection. The nature of the Street Art conversation is one of continuous re-invention so we can’t all be shocked by change but as this mostly ephemeral scene evolves, we take a moment to recognize the space on the timeline that has marked Enzo & Nio’s eclectic and original voice delivered with a sense of marketing. Witty, salty, poignant and yes funny, here are some examples of their work on the street.

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Enzo & Nio most recent installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio most recent installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio most recent installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio most recent installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2011. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2011. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2011. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio from 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

BSA Film Friday: 08.01.14

Posted on August 1, 2014

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

Now screening :

1. This Is Berlin Not New York

BSA Special Feature: This is Berlin, Not New York

“We’re trying to express the poetry of what we are doing in a non-traditional way”

New York collectivist artist stories are still happening thank God, even if the midsummer  bleached out sun of an August day on tenement bricks awakens you now in Ridgewood, Queens or Bedstuy, Brooklyn now instead of the Lower East Side or Williamsburg.

But why experience the creative chaos here only when you can find an equally tilted staircase in a Berlin neighborhood, and even more abandoned possibilities just by climbing on a plane at JFK?  The Antagonists Movement, a self formed crew (or gang) of 10 artists were inspired to pick up their collected works and ideas and transport them to Berlin in ’07 to mount shows and make art and meet people and sell t-shirts.

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We’re so drawn to this story because the collective we were part of called “Open Ground” on Grand Street in Williamsburg did an amazingly similar cultural exchange with Wedding in ’05 with an artists group there and they also came to BK to mount a show in our space. We called it a “Williamsburg Wedding” and even then both these sister neighborhoods were beginning to feel the twinkling fingers of gentrification. We all could begin to feel it getting the upper hand; an increased call for the professionalization of art, and dwindling space to experiment and fail and experiment and succeed.

So when we saw the unpolished cacaphony of Ethan Minkers film, comprised of low-fi video and stills and doodles and animation and sound quality that veers from ditch to highway to hallway, we swooned. We knew these poems of discovery were inscribed on his heart as they are on the hearts of many artists still. The film stands on its own as a collection of events and conversations and collaborative craziness, which when stitched together with blunt instruments and colorful yarn creates a comfortable quilt on which to crash on the floor next to your friend who is on the couch.

This is Berlin, but really this state of mind is stateless.

Thanks and congratulations to these folks: Arturo Vega, Ted Riederer, Ethan H. Minsker, Richard Allen, Brett Farkas, James Rubio, Un Lee, and Crispy T.
Screenplay By: Ethan H. Minsker Directed By:Ethan H. Minsker
Produced By: Antagonist Movement.

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Amanda Marie and X-O: “Beautiful Times” in Denver

Posted on July 31, 2014

Amanda Marie and X-O have begun a road trip across the US – a summer spraycation for two artists who approach public space from different perspectives yet are complimentary somehow. It is not completely unheard of to trek across country painting – just ask any number of freight riders. It is probably kind of rare to name the campaign like and raise money for charity.

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Amanda Marie. “Beautiful Times” Greeley, Colorado. (photo © Joe Lee Parker)

It would be cool if they had some kind tour t-shirt with all the cities on the back:

“Beautiful Times” Summer 2014 Tour

Denver

Boulder

Philadelphia

Beacon

NYC

They didn’t do that unfortunately but they make a Kickstarter for it, which is equally smart. So if you are inspired by the work here, go over and drop a dolla in their cup.

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Amanda Marie. “Beautiful Times” Greeley, Colorado. (photo © Joe Lee Parker)

So, “Beautiful Times” is underway in Denver, and they already had a small venue change. Amanda Marie found a wall in nearby Greeley, and she began what X-O described as “quickly smashing a wall with one of her dreamy dream scopes.” While she was busy doing that, X-O was scoping for random wood to build his piece, or what he calls doing “recon”.

“I was busy doing recon to collect the wood and other random materials necessary for building my ‘Lost Object’ piece in the garden of Futuristic Films in Denver.  Whilst grabbing my coffee at the local caffeine haven, Crema Coffee, owner Noah Price offered a tour of a space across the street where they are starting a large bar and food truck renovation… looks amazing… and had pretty much everything X-O might ever dream of for materials … recon successful,” he reports.

So here you can see Amanda at work on her dreamy dream scope and X-O on his “Lost Object” piece. Looks like beautiful times indeed.

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Amanda Marie with stencils scattered about. “Beautiful Times” Greeley, Colorado. (photo © Amanda Marie)

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Amanda Marie. “Beautiful Times” Greeley, Colorado. (photo © Joe Lee Parker)

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X-O. Process shot. “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Joe Lee Parker)

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X-O. Process shot. “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Joe Lee Parker)

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X-O. Process shot. “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Joe Lee Parker)

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X-O. Process shot. “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Joe Lee Parker)

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 X-O. “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Brandon Carter)

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Amanda Marie. Mural in progress. “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Brandon Carter)

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Amanda Marie. Mural in progress. Night shot. “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Brandon Carter)

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X-O. Detail. “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Brandon Carter)

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X-O “Beautiful Times” Futuristic Films. Denver, Colorado. (photo © Brandon Carter)

“Beautiful Times” is a collaborative project between artists Amanda Marie and X-O. Their goal is to raise awareness about the world we live in and to protect our children and wild flowers. To learn more about “Beautiful Times” Click HERE. To donate HERE.

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