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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.19.14

Posted on October 19, 2014



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)


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


Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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)


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


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


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


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


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


bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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


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


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


She Wolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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


HOME (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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!


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.”


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!!


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


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


“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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BSA Film Friday: 10.17.14

Posted on October 17, 2014



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

Now screening :

1. Sofles in Paris
2. Russians Hi-Jack an Electronic Billboard in Hong Kong
3. Kid Acne: The Birth of Hip-Hop
4. RO: “Les Saigneurs”
5. David Zayas: “Animalia” From Tost Films.

BSA Special Feature: Sofles In Paris

Selina Miles has directed a few outstanding videos of Sofles in abandoned warehouses and in this comparatively tame new piece she takes you with style to a couple of quick spots on the streets of Paris, with a cameo at the end from duo Sobekcis. We say quick only because Sofles can knock huge burners out while other guys are still organizing their cans, and because he makes it look effortless. But check the concentration.

Russians Hi-Jack an Electronic Billboard in Hong Kong

‘During our last visit in Hong Kong, not only did we take a lot of awesome pictures, but we also made a video which was shot a few hours before our flight to Tokyo. The venue is the very heart of Hong Kong, a skyscraper with a huge billboard.”

Or so they SAY! God if you ever want your buzz to be instantly killed read the YouTube comments under this video – or any video for that matter.

But it still looks like it is totally possible for billboards to be Hi-Jacked these days. And it looks like a few Go-Pros and a drone can capture all the excitement. Main question remains – why didn’t they put up some pro-revolution message, or a shout out to their favorite band, or at least some guy giving his partner the old Russian sausage up on the screen. C’mon – you’re teenagers aren’t you?


Kid Acne: The Birth of Hip-Hop

One of the few Street Artist rappers out there, Kid Acne gets all Yes Yes Ya’ll on his new wall, a nativity scene to remind us what the upcoming holidayze are all about.

RO: “Les Saigneurs”

You really can’t say that you see many hand painted ink wheatpastes up under an overpass. Usually it’s a giant roller or a series of aerosol works. Here Ro is wheat pasting be-headed figures painted with average studio brushes in an illustration style remniscent of political cartoons near the dawn of the printing press.

Distinctly anti-fashion and pro-collabo D.I.Y. it is nonetheless somewhat difficult to follow with its frequent jump cuts to black and patchy audio, you gotta give Collective Souslesmurs (The Wall Collective) credit for getting out there to break some new ground.

David Zayas: “Animalia” From Tost Films.

 ”Hablamos un poco con David sobre sus principios como artistas, su motivo y su idea del muralismo dentro de su obra plástica,” says Tost films in this interview with 30 year old Puerto Rican painter David Zayas.

“Being an artist is not just about being talented. It’s a responsibility. and that has made me passionate,” says Zayas.



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