A certain surreality is slipping through the sunbaked streets as we cross the summer threshold. The mashup aesthetic of course has been going since the early days of Bast (or before), but now that visual moorings are loosed, all manner of recombinant strains of references and their assigned meanings are also aflight. Not all of these are examples of this movement, but many appear influenced by it. As usual, Street Art is as much a reflection of the society as it is a participant in its directional moves.
Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Banksy, Clown Soldier, CV, Cyrcle, Delicious Brains, Gaia, Hellbent, Hugh Leeman, ILL, Imminent Disaster, Jolie Soutine, KAWS, Mosstika, QRST and ROA with photographs by Jaime Rojo, Carlos Gonzales, and Birdman.
Mosstika has a new installation in the park in Dumbo, recalling the da-daist Brooklyn performance artist Gene Pool and his grass suits. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mosstika. We have heard that the name of the piece is “Yeti” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Imminent Disaster appears again on the street with this medallion of paper cutout and illustration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
It looks like Clown Soldier now guards the only Banksy in Chicago. An unknown artist stenciled the image of the woman laying down on the “steps”, themselves a shadow of previous construction. (photo © Clown Soldier)
Delicious Brains “Last Supper” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JR’s global project “Inside Out” on the gates of the Green Hill Food Co-Op, where a huge neighborhood community reception was held Friday night to celebrate the new installations here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A casualty of lust on the streets. An unknown artist wheat-pasted the portrait of Brooklyn/Queens congressman Anthony Weiner, an outspoken powerhouse who advocated for populist causes during his 20 years of public service and who resigned his post this week amidst a Sexting scandal. Now the only question for Weiner is what’s up? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CV. World hunger never went away. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cyrcle “Overthrone!” in Los Angeles (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)
Cyrcle “Overthrone!” In Los Angeles (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)
Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hellbent (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ROA in Los Angeles as part of LA Freewalls project (photo © Birdman)
To the left there is a new “Splasher” in town. To the right the “sorry” wheat paste is a faux street art installation for a movie shoot about love and youth. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hugh Leeman “Indian Joe” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hugh Leeman at his studio (photo © courtesy of the artist)
Hugh Leeman. “Sam” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jolie Soutine (photo © Jaime Rojo)
This new QRST piece in Manhattan is an inscribed funeral dirge mourning the “disneyfication” of a once vibrant and envelop-pushing arts culture that made way for new artists in the city, with the visage of the current mayor worn as a mask by a plump and relaxed rat. We can only assume it is a reference to Manhattan, because a creative Babylon is going full force in some parts of Brooklyn as we speak. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A sticker intervention by an unknown artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kaws reacts to the cost of bottle service in the Meat Market while sitting below the lush, landscaped, and recently extended Highline. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kaws (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. The sky on fire as the sun sets on Manhattan Friday night. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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