February 2011

Black Book Gallery Presents: Galo, 2501 and Ottograph “666 Dollar Show” (Denver, Colorado)

666 Dollar Show
Opening Reception March 4th at 7pm
Artists will be in attendance
Open to the public

The March exhibition at Black Book Gallery is going to be a powerhouse display of three well-established, international street artists: OTTOGRAPH, GALO and 2501, all accomplished in their craft and all bringing their big style and influence to Denver.

Big style is not just a metaphor. Ottograph, Galo and 2501 all work large. 2501, for example, reads spacious surfaces like animate objects and then gives them the dignity of character they deserve with paint. Born in Milan as Jacopo Ceccarelli, the name 2501 marks a deliberate style shift and focus on blending wall painting, paint on canvas, sculpture and video. Circulating between Milan, Sao Paulo and Berlin, 2501’s work is best recognized in massive, highly detailed mural paintings. They are pretty amazing and give new meaning to the term, ‘urban renewal.’

Ottograph, also a large-scale muralist, has been slinging paint since the age of ten. Starting out in Amsterdam, where he is from, and then moving on to become an internationally sought after artist, Ottograph has established himself squarely in the middle of the global street and graffiti art movement. Simultaneously though, Ottograph has bridged the fine art gap with his work, an advantage that comes with age and time dedicated to painting. The Modern Art Museum of Antwerpen (Belgium) is home to a giant Ottograph mural. Ottograph’s contribution to street art extends beyond his own work, as he is also a community leader, having organized several cooperative painting commissions and operating the website “I Paint Everyday” www.ipainteveryday.com to encourage the tedious, yet necessary practice of serious painting.

Hailing from the same underground culture in Amsterdam, street artist Galo, will be the third of the group showing at Black Book Gallery in March. Originally from Italy, Galo moved to Amsterdam in 1998 to start his career and fell into opportunity after opportunity to paint. This is where Galo developed the bulk of his artistic abilities and a network that would take him on a world-class tour of painting, spanning ten years and four continents. Galo now resides in Italy and has recently opened the first official street gallery in Turin, The Galo Art Gallery (Ottograph was commissioned to deck the interior out). Galo’s signature characters are recognizable by their bulbous eyes, long jaws and open-teeth smiles, most of the time intertwined into a tessallation-like graphic, spanning whatever surface it is that catches Galo’s attention. In part, he is known for his willingness to tag anything in sight.


General Info:


Black Book Gallery is located on the West side of Santa Fe Dr. Santa Fe is a North bound one-way street. Meter free parking is available on both sides of street.

Gallery Address:
555 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, Colorado 80204


Tuesday – Friday
2pm – 6pm

12pm – 6pm

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Corey Helford Gallery Presents: D*Face “Going Nowhere Fast” (Culver City, L.A.)

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The winter months and grey, grey short days have been kept busy harvesting creatures, painting pictures, approaching new themes and reoccurring dreams… and as Spring approaches it’s time to unveil this new body of work… I’m pleased to announce my solo show at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City. LA. April 9th.

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA
310 287 2340

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Street Artist Edible Genius : New Topiaries On the Block

Street Artist Edible Genius : New Topiaries On the Block

Astroturf: It isn’t just for PR Firms Anymore

Astroturf has become so prevalent in sports that you may prefer it over natural grass. When it comes to subverting democracy of the grassroots, as in the case of the fake outrage by store-bought artificial citizens groups fighting against health care or workers rights, I prefer the real thing.


Edible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As pertains to Street Art, astroturf is cutting a new silhouette in the form of portraits by a new artist we’ve found named Edible Genius. The outlines of old-timey heads and shoulders in artificial grass are a cross between Kara Walker and Edina Tokodi and in this case are symbolic of what we lost in the simplifying of complex issues.  We like to talk about how busy we are, and how we are multi-tasking.  This work is questioning our comprehension of events, and what we are giving up in the simplification of individuals and issues.

The Street Artist who calls himself Edible Genius refers to his pieces as “topiary garden portraits” and has recently been installing them in neighborhoods in Brooklyn as a series. He says they’re a call to simpler times, and speaking to him about his work recently on the street the themes of discontent with mass media and our inability to discern fake from true came up in different ways. Like many young adults, there is a longing for a time he never actually lived in, a nostalgia for an era that looks more genuine and congenial. By putting up Street Art that is simply surreal, he hopes to jog perceptions about what is real.

brooklyn-street-art-edible-genius-jaime-rojo-02-11-1-webEdible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: What are your silhouettes of?
Edible Genius: My silhouettes are made out of astroturf: “fake grass-artificial grass”. The concept was around the idea that I and some of the artists that I  collaborate with have discussed, which is the belief that our society has become overly complex and artificial for our own good to the point that even our grass is now fake.

Brooklyn Street Art: Tell us about your name “Edible Genius”
Edible Genius: Edible Genius comes from the idea that, I guess is sort of a backlash to current times where a lot of people get their news through sound bites. Because of the nature of a sound bite you have to take a very complex idea and chop it down in a way that sort of it gets distributed to the masses. It is watered down or simplified. People are oftentimes making decisions from what they perceived as facts – or information that they perceive is whole, but it’s actually just a piece of something much greater.

I guess the name is more of a look towards a better time when you could basically pop something in your mouth and be a genius. That’s the edible genius. It would be a lot better if we could take very complex ideas and transmit those ideas in an efficient manner to everyone so when they are making decisions and forming opinions they are based on all the data and facts.


Edible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Why are you putting your art on the street?
Edible Genius: I have always been interested in public art. When I was growing up I would go around with my grandmother, who was an artist at one point in her life.  She would always take us to public art events and so I think I always viewed it as something that was inherent to any sort of civilization or advanced culture that you’d have a lot of public work. It’s almost as if I viewed it as the highest level one could achieve in the visual arts; creating something that the great majority of people can see. Also I guess, maybe from my middle class upbringing, I don’t view art as something that is for the rich or for a certain niche. I view it as being for everybody because various art exhibitions and public works were available to me when I was younger.


Edible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: And that’s the reason why you don’t mind when people take your art from the street and bring it home?
Edible Genius: That’s right. I get satisfaction out of knowing that people like the work to begin with. But then the fact that they can take it home is a response to the experiences I had when I was younger and I would go to various art institutions or galleries and I knew that the art was something that I couldn’t financially achieve at the time. If I liked the painting there was no way that I’d be able to ever acquire it. So I think that I like the idea that there’s work that is actually accessible to people and that if they like it then they can have it.  I was educated in finance as well as in art and art history and I’m very cynical with how commercial our society is now. So I think that is great that if people like something, especially art, then they can just have it. They don’t have to get a second job to pay for it or buy on layaway.


Edible Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Mint & Serf Curate “Well Hung, The Chelsea Chapter” At +ART (Manhattan, NY)

Well Hung


Well Hung, The Chelsea Chapter at +aRt
A Fundraiser Benefit for Free Arts NYC
Curated by Mint&Serf
March 5th – April 3rd, 2011

Opening Reception March 5th, 6pm – 10pm

NEW YORK, NY, FEBRUARY 18 – As the cold days of February come to a close, artists, gallery owners, collectors and creative people from across the globe begin their annual migration to New York City for the highly anticipated Armory Show.  Here at +aRt (540 West 28th Street), at a brand new gallery in Chelsea, we will offer a fresh alternative to the congestion and attitudes by showcasing the diversity between artistic communities.

“In an effort to create an exhibition platform for our friends during Armory week, we decided to revisit our past by opening up The Chelsea Chapter at +aRt. The Chelsea Chapter comes on the heels of The Stanton Chapter, an alternative art space we opened in 2008 in Lower East Side. ” – mint

Well Hung
is a group exhibition featuring photography, sculpture, paintings and drawings by an eclectic mix of old and new friends. Participating artists include: Adam Krueger, Alfredo Martinez, Andrew Poneros, Clayton Patterson, Curtis Kulig, David Forer, David Hochbaum, Erik Foss, Futura, Jeff and Will Robbins, Jordan Seiler, Julie Floersch, Kevin Bourgeois, Leo Fitzpatrick, Lucien Samaha, Maripol, Matisse Patterson, Michael Anderson, Mint&Serf, Misha Most, Norman Reedus, Oswaldo Chance Jimenez, Peter Pan Posse, Peter Passuntino, Pablo Power, Samantha West, Skullphone, Shadi Perez, Tristan Eaton and Victor Payares.

Free Arts NYC, is a charitable organization that recognizes that art exists in unconventional ways, and is proud to be the official charity partner and supporter of The Chelsea Chapter at +aRt. A portion of proceeds will be donated to their mission to provide under-served children and families with educational arts and mentoring programs. The Chelsea Chapter will host the opening reception on Saturday, March 5th from 6 pm to 10 pm. A schedule of events including artist workshops and sponsor-hosted programs will be available soon.  For further information on the exhibit, sales and events please contact Kelly Hulbert at kelly@stateofgraceny.com.

About Mint&Serf
Born in Moscow and Brooklyn respectively, Mint&Serf are Mikhail Sokovikov and Jason Aaron Wall. They took to the streets of NYC, which acted as a canvas for their creative vision, producing a vast range of artwork including large-scale murals, paintings, photographs, sculpture and graffiti. After launching The Canal Chapter in 2005 followed by The Stanton Chapter in 2008, Mint&Serf (otherwise known as The Mirf) have extraordinarily crossed relationships between street art and civic spaces. Most recently Mint&Serf finished a large commission at District 36, a new dance club in Manhattan.  For more information, please visit: http://www.themirf.com.

About Free Arts NYC
Free Arts NYC is a local nonprofit that brings educational arts and mentoring programs to underserved children and families by partnering with group homes, shelters, schools and community centers to give children the opportunity to express themselves in a supportive environment in order to develop communication and trust. Their programs and the relationships they foster help children and families experience new levels of hope and creativity.

About +aRt:
Set in the heart of West Chelsea, +aRt is located at 540 West 28th Street. The 13-story new construction building features 91 artfully designed condominium residences.   +aRt is being developed by Ekstein Development, L+M Development Partners and RD Management and is exclusively marketed and sold by Halstead Property Development Marketing.  For more information, please visit: http://www.540W28.com or contact Allison at allison@mediashoppr.com or 212-867-8778 x223.

NEW YORK, NY 10001

Free Arts NYC | 1431 Broadway, 7th Floor | New York, NY 10018
t. 212.974.9092 ext. 224 | f. 917.289.3975 | e. emilia@freeartsnyc.org | c. 973.903.6006

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On the Subject of Authority: Berlin Street Art References Golda Meir

It would be fair to say that the first decade of the the 21st Century didn’t augur jolly good times ahead of us. The nascent century brought enormous challenges worldwide:  There were numerous terrorist attacks; 9/11 in the USA was a transformative event that affected the society at large in ways that have not been previously experienced before.  Other countries such as Spain, India and England suffered their own devastating terrorist attacks during the same decade. There was the big economic crisis in 2008 spurred by the banks and the mortgage collapse in the USA and the subsequent massive layoffs from all sorts of industries and gutting of social programs. Not to mention SARS, bird flu, swine flu, earthquakes, forest  fires, hurricanes, mudslides and tsunamis.


A wheat paste of Golda Meir in Berlin (photo © Er1cBI41r)

By the time December 2010 arrived we were feeling exhausted from the past ten years. Only two months into a new decade few people could have expected that we would be witnessing radical changes taking place in The Middle East. Who could have imagined that the ray of hope in humanity would come from Tunisia and Egypt.  As the people fill the streets to demonstrate publicly to renounce their leaders, citizens in neighboring countries likewise are openly questioning the power and authority of the leaders in their highest offices.  The urge to speak up and demand in the street – it is as if a giant is awakening. Cries for change are coming from the ordinary citizens fed up with authoritarian regimes and amazingly, we are seeing the last gasps for air from shaken dictators who refuse to give up their lucrative and powerful positions.

From Berlin we received this wheat-pasted Street Art with the hand rendered illustration of Golda Meir. Meir was one of the first female politicians to be the elected as the leader of a government in the modern age, as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. She understood the perils of power and authority during a tumultuous tenure that saw terrorist attacks and the assassination of 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Interesting that various sources online have this quote attributed to both Meir and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, two people well acquainted with the topic of authority.

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Coexisting in Copenhagen

It’s always interesting to try to unpack the cryptic meanings of Street Art pieces that suddenly appear. In the end, you have to depend on your own interpretation of pieces, because their authors are not around, and there are no helpful little placards to explain the piece to you. Over the weekend a new stencil appeared on the streets of Copenhagen and it caught our eye. It is a take on a popular emblem that promotes understanding and tolerance. According to Sandra Hoj, who runs the blog Classic Copenhagen, it’s “the best spelling of coexist I have seen to date”. In fact, if you troll around the internet you’ll find endless variations, but we wonder what this one is meant to say.

brooklyn-street-art-Sandra- Hoj-coexistCoexist stencil in Copenhagen (photo © Sandra Hoj)

Perhaps the best known version of this combination of symbols, widely used by the rock group U2 and employed to foster tolerance between different people is on this bumper sticker from Peacemonger.org.


C = Islam
O = Peace symbol
E = Equality of sexes and orientations
X = Judaism
I = Pentacle of pagans/wiccans ( The five points represent earth, air, water, fire and the spirit. The circle connects them all)
S = Yin/Yang
T = Christianity

But as you might expect, there are a number of variations on the theme – like this one we found on Diary Of An Aspiring Nerd


According to the aspiring nerd, this is the breakdown for these symbols:

c – the Apple logo
o – the Ubuntu logo
e – the Debian logo
x- the skyOS logo
i  – the ChromeOS logo as the dot
s – the Solaris logo over the “s”
t – the Windows logo

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Hail to the Street : Presidents Day Street Art

Happy Presidents Day! In the US this is a holiday, officially to celebrate the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays were commemorated separately until about a decade ago when they were merged.  A lot of New Yorkers think today about skiing, since it’s really the last 3 day weekend of the winter – and it’s snowing this morning so a lot of kids will be shoved outside by their parents to go play in it. Or they may take them to the Met , Guggenheim, or MOMA, which are all open today.

brooklyn-street-art-senator-jaime-rojo-02-11-3-webGeorge Washington by the Street Artist named Senator (photo © Jaime Rojo)

But back to the gallery of the street, which is always open, we can get a little history lesson too.  Everybody knows that Shepard Fairey nailed it with his Obama posters a couple of years ago, but did you realize that Street Artists have been putting up many presidential portraits over the last decade? One artist, Senator, sometimes confused people with wheat-pasted pieces in the late 2000s because his name signed to the image lead you to think it was about the subject, like the George Washington image above. His black and white coloring-book style depicted many presidents – Lincoln, Adams, Jefferson, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan. As you can see below, Senator is not the only Street Artists to find US presidents a worthy topic.


Senator (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Abraham Lincoln by Visual Resistance (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smoking Jack Kennedy by Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Richard Nixon by Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Senator (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ronnie talk to Keith; The Gipper shaking the hand of a Photoshopped Keith Hernandez from a street art viral campaign a couple of years ago. Photo © Jaime Rojo


Sever focuses on the the Bush Cheney duo. Primary Flight Miami 2008 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The simple placement of a dollar sign was all this Street Artist needed to complete their portrait of George W. Bush. Photo © Jaime Rojo


President Obama’s image next to Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth is appropriated by Street Artist General Howe (photo © Jaime Rojo)


One of the many Obama street art pieces from 2008, this one is similar to the ubiquitous Shepard Fairey images around at that time. © Jaime Rojo

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Images of the Week 02.20.11


Our weekly interview with the street; this week featuring Aarhus, Clown Soldier, Don John, El Sol 25, Gaia, Michael DeFeo, CB23, Tats Cru, and Voina.


CB23. Recession Era Cartoons. Photo © Jaime Rojo


If you love something, set it free. Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Berlin, Germany (photo © Er1cBI41r)


Berlin, Germany (photo © Er1cBI41r)


Don John Stencil in Aarahus, Denmark (photo © Don John)


Clown Soldier (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Photo © Jaime Rojo


Michael DeFeo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Blue Swan (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tats Cru (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dude Asks Girl ; Street Art Plays “Cupid”

Street Art that is Highly Personal and Public


Video still from “Proposal” by Aaron Vanden

Graffiti and Street Artists have been employing the public space to communicate for a few generations, and every day we are seeing examples that the new generation is determined to take it in new directions. Here’s a dude who took his message to the street to win the heart of his girl. Brooklyn-Street-Art-2-Aaron-Tamara-Proposal-Feb-2011

Video still from “Proposal” by Aaron Vanden

While there are a number of interesting aspects about this approach you can observe, one is the idea taken from graffiti culture where the message is directed at a specific audience. While graff writers have used the street to speak in a coded way directly to their peers, (or like 70s train writer Lee Quinones, his mom) this Street Artist makes a succession of art pieces placed along a frigid winter path that speak to the object of his affection. Like graff writers, the pieces use symbolism specific to his personal story and of relevance to his intended audience.

With best wishes to Aaron and Tamara.


Aaron’s thanks to: Simon Stutts (simonsayscreative.com), Nic Trent (nictrent.com), Ty Bishop, Jane Sheldon (janesheldon.net), Monica Stringer

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Fun Friday 02.18.11


Curbs and Stoops in Bushwick for “Beat Nite” Tonight

The Grand Opening of Curbs and Stoops Active Space!  A proud New York tradition for artists and collectives – the opening of a big welcoming space in which to explore and celebrate the creative spirit.  This is where you find the wild seeds of what will grow tomorrow. Big Ups to courageous peeps like Ashley Zelinskie and Jeffrey Pena and all the friends that are putting their skills into action.brooklyn-street-art-curbs-and-stoops-Sebastian-Vallejo 5 Jardiìn-Galaìctico.-web

Sebastian Vallejo Detail. Image courtesy of Curbs & Stoops

The goal is to create a progressive cultural center designed to promote community through art; a 6,000 square foot space will host new works by Angel Otero, Ashley Zelinskie, Brian Maller, Brian Matthew, Christopher Rivera, Hector Arce, Hector Hernandez, Jason Mones, Jeffrey Pena, Jonathan Chapline, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pep Williams, Rachel LaBine, Sebastian Vallejo, Lapiztola Collective, UR New York Collective and Super Pop Collective

566 Johnson Street 2nd Floor
Friday, February 18, 6-10PM
Morgan L Stop

Opening night party with DJ Grimmace.
Sponsor: DogFish Head

For more information on this show click on Curbs & Stoops site:



Downloadable Map for tonights events in Bushwick http://www.nortemaar.org/

Shout out to Andrew Hurst for the poster design.

Street Knowledge by King Adz

Fumero and Mario Pena at Art Bazaar Tonight

Check out the artists collaboration show at Art Bazaar in Chelsea to see new work by a number of artists, including some you have seen on the street like painters Mario Pena and Fumero.


Participating Artists:

Cargoh Artist profile by Indigo

Steve Powers AKA ESPO talks about his Urban Love Letters

Opiemme “Barbarism Kills”

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Roa Right Now In London: New Work, Old Street

New Exclusive ROA Pics Just for You

As previously reported, Belgian artist ROA is currently in London now – which is grayer and chillier than the sun roasted Mexico he just left a minute ago. The boy just can’t sit still and the idea of keeping him off of a ladder and away from a beat-up decrepit bumpy old wall would be like prying my nephew’s hands off the PlayStation. Ain’t gonna happen. Charley Uzzell Edwards, artist and accidental gallerist at Pure Evil has gallantly provided BSA readers with some live exclusive ROA in action while he’s been working on a mural in Old Street.

Brooklyn-Street-Art-ROA-Pure-Evil-2-webRoa Photo courtesy Pure Evil Gallery © Pure Evil Gallery


Roa Photo courtesy Pure Evil Gallery © Pure Evil Gallery


Roa Photo courtesy Pure Evil Gallery © Pure Evil Gallery

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Curbs & Stoops Presents: Active Space X Beat Nite (Brooklyn, NY)

Curbs and Stoops
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Sebastian Vallejo “Jardiìn Galaìctico” Detail. Image courtesy of the Curbs & Stoops

Comin’ in hot: This Friday, February 18th, Curbs & Stoops is pleased to announce the grand opening of our space on Norte Maar’s Beat Nite. The Curbs & Stoops Active Space, is a collaboration with Welner Associates to create a progressive cultural center designed to promote community through art. This Friday we open the first 6,000 square foot of space our space. The Active Space will house artists studios, our residency program, exhibition spaces, and our art accessibility think tank that will continue to produce the Curbs & Stoops blog and curated publication. Friday’s opening will include five exhibitions, three open studios and a party all curated to highlight the scope and caliber of artists we will be collaborating with.
Participating artists include: Angel Otero, Ashley Zelinskie, Brian Maller, Brian Matthew, Christopher Rivera, Hector Arce, Hector Hernandez, Jason Mones, Jeffrey Pena, Jonathan Chapline, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pep Williams, Rachel LaBine, Sebastian Vallejo, Lapiztola Collective, UR New York Collective and Super Pop Collective.
About Beat Nite: Norte Maar’s well loved bi-annual Bushwick block party Beat Nite: Bushwick Art Spaces Stay Open Late is part art walk, part pub crawl, Beat Nite encourages an accessible and informal introduction to the neighborhood’s vibrant art community. This month’s episode of Beat Nite is sponsered by Hyperallergic, and will feature shows at local spaces English Kills, Centotto, Fortress to Solitude, Famous Accounts, and re-installation by Austin Thomas of the apartment gallery that started it all, Norte Maar.


566 Johnson Street 2nd Floor
Friday, February 18, 6-10PM
Morgan L Stop

Opening night party with DJ Grimmace.
Beers courtesy of DogFish Head.

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