January 2011

Fifty24SF and Upper Playground Present: INSA “More” (San Francisco, CA)

FIFTY24SF Gallery in Association with Upper Playground presents:
“MORE” – A collection of new work by INSA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA [1.28.11] — Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery are pleased to announce London-based graffiti, conceptual, and fine artist INSA’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco opening on February 3rd, 2011. The exhibition is appropriately titled, MORE.

Within the new body of work in MORE, INSA explores themes of aspiration and expectation, wants versus needs, and happiness versus success in his most comprehensive study to date. Using exaggerated symbols of sexuality representing the commodification of both everyday life and underground subcultures, INSA examines the illusions of seduction while employing his own iconic brand of aesthetic allure to draw the audience in. INSA’s new work revels in lurid excess, embracing the insatiability of consumerism and highlighting the duplicity of morality and enjoyment.

Followers of the artist will be familiar with some of the themes displayed in MORE. INSA, constantly involved in interesting new projects, recently gained worldwide attention for his piece “Anything Goes When It Comes To (S)hoes,” (more commonly referred to as his “Elephant Dung Heels”) which were exhibited at Tate Britain in London. He has also been a pioneer in the world of graffiti on the Internet with his visually stunning, labor intensive “Gifitti.” This is all in addition to INSA”s continuing insatiable need to cover any surface with his signature “Graffiti Fetish” pattern.

MORE will feature 9 new provocative works, with INSA utilizing media such as sculpture and lights adding to the “glamour” of his work. The exhibition will also feature an exclusive SF edition of INSA’s classic “Heel” print and a selection of photographic prints.

MORE will run at FIFTY24SF Gallery from February 3rd, 2011 – February 28th, 2011.

FIFTY24SF Gallery Contact Information:
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 12-6 P.M. and by appointment
Address: 218 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Contact: Amanda Krampf / Phone: (415) 252-9144 / Email: Amanda@UpperPlayground.com

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Onethirty3 Presents: TitiFreak One Night Only (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

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Artists Installation space
Thursday, 24th Feb. 2011
The Artist will be present /////// // // / Open to the public for one night only


THE PLACES WILL BE LIMITED – email us with your name to get on the list. – info@onethirty3.com


6.30pm-9.30pm on Thursday, 24th Feb. 2011
Venue: Onethirty3, Unit 22, Hoults Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

‘One thirty 3 – ‘Artists project space’ will host six innovative and exciting wall based painting installations a year.
The invited artists will create site-specific art installations which will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to experience large scale examples of the best in contemporary street & urban art from around the world.

2011 Roster: April/May: Sickboy/Word to Mother – June: Herakut – August: Retna – October: Gaia – December: Special Guest

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Party with Mirf and BSA at District 36 in Manhattan

District 36

Join Mint&Serf and Steve & Jaime from BrooklynStreetArt at District 36 for this official opening to celebrate the new Mint & Serf installation.


Return to the roots of electronic music and join Mint&Serf and BrooklynStreetArt as we celebrate the unveiling of the Mirf Room at District 36, the newly opened 14,000 square foot dance club in the heart of Manhattan.



29 West 36th Street (Between 5th & 6th)
New York, NY 10018

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New Folk Hero Julian Assange Is Inspiring Artists

Pre-dating the modern “Street Art” movement, the street has traditionally been an outlet for the voice of the people and social movements have almost always gained purchase there. Posters of underground heroes are as old as “Wanted: Billy the Kid” nail-ups that people used to rip down and take home. The amount of politically motivated Street Art you see or even themes surrounding social issues seem to ebb and flow in quantity, but they are ever present. Villain to some and emerging folk hero to others, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has already inspired a comic book in addition to some pieces on the street.

We haven’t seen Julian Assange Street Art in person yet, but we keep hearing about pieces elsewhere as he slowly transforms into a Cause célèbre for freedom of information advocates throughout the world. Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-Julian-Assange-Coloring-Book

From the Julian Assange Coloring Book (©)(www.julianassangecoloringbook.com/)


Artist Thierry Ehrmann @ the Abode of Chaos (their Flickr)


From Melbourne, this double Assange stencil (© Regan Tamanui, Flickr)


A new stencil on a vinyl album by Amorfart Stencils (© Amorfart)

Here is a short video showing the process for making a five layer stencil of Assange by Hungarian street art site Amorfart. Read more here:


A Julian Assange stencil in West End, Queensland, Australia by Kamineko. (photo © Pawz)

brooklyn-street-art-julian-assange-John- CarrJohn Carr “Mendax (Assange)” (photo © John Carr)

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Images of the Week 01.30.11


Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Billi Kid, Poster Boy, RG, BAST, Logik, DanWitz, Wing, Oculo, and Shin Shin.

brooklyn-street-art-billi-kid-jaime-rojo-01-11Billi goes iconic. Billi Kid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-poster-boy-art-artist-jaime-rojo-01-11“You Better Punch!” Poster Boy (one of many) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-RG-jaime-rojo-01-11A patriotic second amendment sculpture. RG (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-bast-jaime-rojo-01-11A blast of Bast (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-flag-jaime-rojo-01-11Insight into the class war (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-dan-witz-jaime-rojo-01-11Logik and Dan Witz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-wing-jaime-rojo-01-11On a Wing and a prayer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-oculo-jaime-rojo-01-11Oculo surveys the street scene. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-lips-jaime-rojo-01-11 Read my lips, “No new jobs.” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-shin-shin-jaime-rojo-01-11Shin Shin leaves a patch of grass for the Manhattan cattle  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

All photos copyright Jaime Rojo

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Buff Diss and Aakash Double Bill is a Great Idea

Brooklyn-Street-Art-WEB-Aakash-Buff-DissOne of the benefits of being an artist and part of the active process of actually creating in a pool of peers is you will find that the same spirit that travels through you is evident in others.  When we were part of artist collectives in Brooklyn in the early 2000’s we would see that artists frequently manifested ideas and techniques that paralleled – without consulting one another. It was uncanny. Chalk it up to the idea that everyone drinks from the same stream of creativity that flows past us all the time.

Buff Diss uses masking tape to make incredible Street Art installations that interact with the built environment.  Separate and apart of him Brooklyn Street Artist Aakash Nihalani does something quite similar on the streets. While we have worked with Aakash – he was in our Street Crush show in ’09 – we never met Buff Diss. Wouldn’t it be cool if they were on a double bill together?

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Fun Friday 01.28.11


Titi Freak makes print for OneThirty3


Titi Freak (image courtesy of OneThirty3)

Titi Freak from São Paulo via Japan has created a unique voice in Street Art in the last decade. A perfect East-West mashup of all the things you kids love… fashion, pop, illustration, commix, graff, and color. He’s got a new print coming out Feb 24 with OneThirty3 and we have a sneak peak here.


More info at OneThirty3

Ben Eine in Action

Breaking: ROA and SEGO making new piece in Mexico City

From on the scene reporter Gonzalo Gag we got the news that a Street Art duet is taking place on the streets of D.F. right now.


Sego and ROA scope out the wall (photos © and courtesy of Gonzalo Gag) – Please credit.

How To Sell A Banksy

Winter Wonderland in Brooklyn

These photos by Jaime Rojo give you a little idea of the magic we had this week in the BK.

“Urban Diorama” (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


Red Vespa (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Don’t Forget LIVE Chat on Brooklynite Monday Night

You can chat with Martyn Reed of Nuart LIVE when you log in and see the WORLD DEBUT of the film this Monday the 31st.  It’s free and you might win a copy of the film. More HERE


Ever Wonder Why You Are Nervous All the Time?

Swearword Alert! Hilarious spoof on the predilictions of those cable news stations that tell you it’s ALL EMERGENCY ALL THE TIME!

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BSA Snow Day: “Took My Breath Away”

New Yorkers woke up today to find our city covered in snow again – this has been happening a lot, people. No schools, no buses and most certainly scarce taxis to get to places. By midday we are certain things will be back to normal but for the early risers it was a bit difficult to navigate the streets and get to work. Maybe it’s better to stay in bed. We took some images of what we saw in the morning to share with you. Enjoy them!

brooklyn-street-art-it-took-my-breath-away-jaime-rojo-01-11Signed “Take my breath away” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-8(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-1(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-2(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-14(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-12The Williamsburg Bridge is snow frosted and some of it is falling off into the East River (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-4(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-6(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-13(Photo © Jaime Rojo)


(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-7(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-11(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-10(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jaime-rojo-01-11-15(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-butt-jaime-rojo-01-11So last year (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chat With “Eloquent Vandals”: Film Debuts Monday at Brooklynite Online

You Chat Online With Martyn Reed Live Monday 1/31

We’re really happy to see that this project is finished and congratulate Martyn Reed for finishing his film “Eloquent Vandals”, made during the NuArt Festival in Stavanger, Norway. You can congratulate Martyn LIVE when you log in to chat with him and see the WORLD DEBUT of the film next Monday the 31st.  Brooklyn-Street-Art-Eloquent-Vandals-Still-Blek_le-rat-sheep

Shot and directed by Martin Hawkes, the film features work and interviews with Street Artists like Blek Le Rat, Graffiti Research Lab, Dface, Herakut, Nick Walker, Know Hope, Jimmy Cauty, Chris Stain, Wordtomother, Sten & Lex, Dotmasters, Zeus (UK) and Dolk & Pøbel.

Win a FREE Copy! To celebrate the World Premier, BSA is hosting a trivia game and giveaway of copies of the film and other NuArt goodies the day after the show — Feb 1.



Street Artist couple Herakut in this film still from “Eloquent Vandals” (© Nuart/Saft films)


French Street Artist and one of the early stencilists Blek Le Rat from “Eloquent Vandals” (© Nuart/Saft films)


Street Artist Know Hope shows how to keep warm by the TV in this film still from “Eloquent Vandals” (© Nuart/Saft films)

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* first image of post is a still featuring work by Blek Le Rat in “Eloquent Vandals” courtesy of Nuart/Saft films.

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Eloquent Vandals
Running time : 27 mins

Shot on location during Norway’s Nuart Festival in 2008, Eloquent Vandals
features candid interviews and work from some of the worlds leading street
artists including Blek Le Rat, Graffiti Research Lab, Dface, Herakut, Nick
Walker, Know Hope, Jimmy Cauty, Chris Stain, Wordtomother, Sten & Lex,
Dotmasters, Dolk & Pøbel.

Shot and Directed by Martin Hawkes
Produced by Nuart/Saft films

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BANKSY NOMINATED: Another Breathless Banksy Update 01.25.11


Congratulations to Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz for the Oscar Nomination! The Five Nominated Films for Best Documentary Feature Are:

  • “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz (Paranoid Pictures)

  • Gasland” Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)

  • Inside Job” Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)

  • Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)

  • Waste Land” Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)


Banksy. (photo © Bansky) Image Courtesy of Banksy

Banksy goes to Hollywood or will he? Now that the world famous British Street Artist has been nominated for best documentary for his film “Exit Through The Gift Shop” the rumour mill will continue churning fast and furious about whether or not he will attend the Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Sunday February 27 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

This, no doubt, presents Mr. Banksy with an existential conundrum: His anonymity, as it is, is clearly half of his identity; His fans and critics fill in the blanks with their own projections about a mythical creature; his personality occupying an anti-establishment court jester sort of space in the public mind. If half of his passionately guarded identity is replaced with a closer to real one, will his public stock go up? His wit certainly would be a benefit when giving a speech in front of an auditorium packed with golden heroes of the silver screen; The conundrum is not unlike that of a superhero, or super anti-hero in this case. One might consult with Superman, Batman and Spider man as they too have been presented with a similar fork on the road in their travels

Of course he could always ask Mr. Brainwash to be his stand in, walk the red carpet for him and (gasp!) accept the award on his behalf should he be the night’s recipient of such prestigious recognition. No longer his understudy, and having “mastered” the art of Banksy’s style and pretty much everything else, Mr. Brainwash would no doubt most graciously oblige.

Betting  has begun in earnest about his chances to win the golden statuette.

To learn more about the Academy Awards visit their official site at:

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“Space Invaders” at National Gallery of Australia

“Space Invaders” at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra  is open for one more month as it presents a survey of the vigorous homegrown and international street art movement that has developed over the past ten years in the Pacific Rim. Home to well known and upcoming street artists like Anthony Lister, MISO, Kid Zoom and Creepy, Australia contributes a distinctive voice to a developing school and vocabulary.

With this show the National Gallery joined the ever expanding list of major art institutions recognizing and meditating on the importance and influence of Street Art as an art form and art movement. Once again the public is involved in the conversation about what Street Art is and where is it going- through the protected confines and altering prism of a formal art institution.

Below an excerpt from the Gallery’s web site:

“Drawn entirely from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, the first Australian institution to have collected this type of work, Space invaders: Australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers surveys the past 10 years of Australian street art. Featuring 150 works by over 40 Australian artists, this exhibition celebrates the energy of street-based creativity and recognises street stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers as comprising a recent chapter in the development of Australian prints and drawings..

Space invaders looks at artists and their iconic street-based works at the point of their transition from the ephemeral to the collectable and from the street to the gallery”


HaHa “Ned’s Head Triptych” (detail) (courtesy National Gallery of Australia)


The current show name borrows from the French street artist, who borrowed from the video game.


Lister “Mr. Sinister” 2010 (detail) (courtesy National Gallery of Australia)


Jumbo “X-Ray Man-machine” (detail) (courtesy National Gallery of Australia)

National Gallery of Australia
GPO Box 1150
Canberra ACT 2601

  • Recorded information +61 2 6240 6501
  • General information +61 2 6240 6411

National Gallery of Australia Website  http://nga.gov.au/Home/Default.cfm

Space Invaders features stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers and will run until February 27 2011. If you are in the area and would like to visit the Gallery below is a list of upcoming events related to the show and the participating artists:

This Thursday (Jan 27) there is an artist talk with Mini Graff as she talks about her work featured in the exhibition.

This Saturday (Jan 29) there is a vinyl sticker printing workshop for teens
Print your own vinyl stickers with Sydney street artist Mini Graff. Translate your ideas onto vinyl stickers using screenprinting techniques. Please note that this program is at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery in Watson.

Sunday (Feb 6) there will be a screening of BOMB IT (DVD, 2007, not rated, 93 mins)
An explosive documentary about graffiti, the controversial art form shaping international youth culture today. By award-winning director Jon Reiss.

Participating artists for “Space Invaders” include:


DODD James
DOYLE Adrian
SIM Robert


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