Happy Halloween to all you good boys and ghouls lurking behind heavy closed doors with frogs in your pockets and bats in your hair. Do you dare venture out this All Hallows Eve? What will you see tonight in the cold black air?
“What beckoning ghost along the moonlight shade
Invites my steps, and points to yonder glade?”
We know that BSA fans dig Halloween more than many holidays. Almost more than your birthday, but not quite, but almost. From his year round collecting of images, here’s a monstrous 39 photo essay from photographer Jaime Rojo of werewolves and vixens and frankenfreaks and zombies and ghosts just for you today.
FAILE DAY TWO : THE HOUSTON WALL AND A PRAYER WHEEL.
Friday was a sunny clear October day and the Faile Duo returned to the Houston Wall to complete their installation, a continual layering of the images and visual vocabulary they have developed into a language. Aided by a handful of assistants, they set out to fill in by hand painting the missing details on the hand painted and wheat pasted panels that they put up on Wednesday. It took them a month to hand paint all those panels at their studio. When that was completed they proceeded to add smaller pieces that were hand painted s well and silk screened.
Passing tourists stopped to take photos and admire the wall and ask questions while more industrious New Yorkers could only afford to take a quick glance and continue their brisk pace toward an important meeting or to the hair salon or the gym. Other Street Artists like Futura, JR and Kenny Scharf stopped by to say hello to the Faile fellas — adding to the small town feeling, one of the Patricks helped a lost mother navigate on her iPhone, as she and her child in tow taken a wrong turn. Sometimes New York feels like a quiet place, even as the traffic roars by.
Our interview with the street this week is with Brooklyn Street Art Collective, Faile.
“The Homo Riot opening was a great success,” says JB Jones of The Site Unseen, who threw this solo show for one of the rare gay Street Artists who are out of the closet and on the corrugated metal walls. Part social activism and eroticism, this stencil heavy work on the streets of LA can range from inflammatory to banal, depending on the perspective. For some the content is about liberation, for others it’s a depiction of adult themes. Whatever the impression, it’s mere presence is a mirror to us, a reflection about how attitudes are evolving in the culture and it’s various subcultures. Not to mention that even 20 years ago images like this on the street would have had the longevity of a stick of juicy fruit.
When Homo Riot’s work was taken into the gallery, it was anyone’s guess. “I think many of the attendees had no idea what to expect since most people are only familiar with his street work.” In the end, cocktails were served, pictures were taken, numbers were exchanged and of course it all devolved into a big homosexual orgy, as one might expect.
Basically today is the kickoff of a 4 day Halloween weekend of debauchery for many NYC freaks in the streets, loft parties, and bars. You are permitted to wear your Halloween costume at all times, including sleeping in a pile of barf and fake blood.
Some of the favorite Halloween costumes this year are Nicky Minaj, Angry Birds, Captain America, Charlie Sheen, a Pink Slip, a Topless Occupy Wall Street Protester, the Koch Brothers, Snooki or John Bohner (orange paint required), and your Chase Bank Student Loan Officer, Mrs. Snippet.
Top Stories this week on Fun Friday:
1. Bushwick Tonight – Beat Nite
2. The Rainbow Machine at Active Space
3. Launch of “Eloquent Vandals” Tonight in Stavanger
4. DAIN at Rook and Raven Gallery, “You Rest You Rust”
5. D’Face Never Liked What You Did Anyway (VIDEO)
Bushwick Tonight – Beat Nite
Jason Andrew continues to make the rallying cry for this art crawl/bar crawl in Bushwick, Brooklyn and it’s always an eclectic mix of badass, confounding, and clever work inside the galleries that are sprinkled around this neighborhood splattered with a fair share of Street Art. The beat we think of is the one on the streets here, where the air is infused with industrial sediment and diesel fumes, and electricity. Among the wandering artkids, quizzical conceptualists, and the odd hot-aired impresario claiming to be the original scene starter, you can look out for intermittent zombies tonight.
Beat Nite: Bushwick Art Spaces Stay Open Late
Friday, October 28, 2011 6-10PM
Voted “Best Neighborhood-Wide Gallery Night” by L MAGAZINE, participating art spaces include among others: Norte Maar, Centotto, English Kills, Famous Accounts, Regina Rex, Storefront, Valentine Gallery, and the long awaited debut of AirPlane Gallery.
The official after party will be held at The Bodega. This episode of BEAT NITE is sponsored by Hyperallergic.
Interactivity is the name of the game and you can be part of “The Rainbow Machine”, a deceivingly simple installation by Reid Bingham and Sean McIntyre where you stand still with a smile across your face while Sean sprints behind you with his custom programmed rainbow machine. Expect wilder variations in models and backgrounds than these rather tame participants in our example below.
If you find yourself in Stanvanger, Norway today NUART invites you to the launch of “Eloquent Vandals”. It’s a history of Nuart we’ve been anticipating!
” Nuart became a focal point for many in the Street Art world because of its highly curated nature and its expansive brand of personal interaction with public space. A hybrid of high-minded civic involvement and an art form with roots solidly in anti-authoritarianism, Nuart has presented a rolling roster of Internet stars and miscreants of the Street Art scene. ” – Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo
The definitive book on one of the worlds leading street art festivals featuring exclusive essays from some of scene’s biggest names. Over 300 pages of exclusive images including works by Swoon, David Choe, Vhils, Blu, Ericailcane, Logan Hicks, Dface, Nick Walker, Judith Supine, Graffiti Research Lab, Blek Le Rat and many more…
Eloquent Vandals tells the story of how Stavanger, a small city on the West Coast of Norway gained a global reputation for Street Art. For the past six years, the annual Nuart Festival has invited an international team of Street Artists to use the city as their canvas. From tiny stencils and stickers to building sized murals, from illicit wheat-paste posters on the outskirts of the city to “Landmark“ pieces downtown, found everywhere from run down dwellings and train sidings to the city’s leading galleries and fine art institutions, Eloquent Vandals documents the development of not only Nuart, but also one of the most exciting art movements of our times. Features specially commissioned essays and texts by Carlo McCormick, Tristan Manco, Logan Hicks, Chris Stain, Steven Harrington & Jaime Rojo, Leon Cullinane and Martyn Reed.
WELCOME TO THE LAUNCH OF THE MUCH ANTICIPATED HISTORY OF NUART BOOK
TOU SCENE, ØLHALLENE
FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER – 19.00
GUEST DJ’S, GIVE-AWAYS, OPEN BAR
For more information regarding this event click on the link below:
November 3-5, 2011
The Winter Garden at the World Financial Center New York City
Pongtopia! is presented by Brookfield Office Properties, in partnership
with SPiN Galactic. A dynamic three-day event combining the sport and
art of table tennis with the spirit of charity and education.
Given the recent increase in popularity of America’s favorite pastime,
Brookfield, SPiN and Operation Design are working together to showcase
this popular sport as never before — with world-class pros and
celebrities battling it out, as the New York area’s most amazing players
compete for the Brookfield Cup.
Street artist Billi Kid, of Public Works Department, will curate the
artistic components of the event, an incredible trove of one-of-a-kind
pieces of artwork and a live auction to be held on Thursday, November
3rd. Pongtopia! will display extraordinary, creatively painted Ping-Pong
tables and paddles by high-profile street and graffiti artists. Each
piece of table-tennis art will be available for purchase and proceeds
will go to support creative programs in selected New York City public
schools through Operation Design.
Cope2, Cern, Shiro, Joe Iurato and Billi Kid
With Contributed Works by
ART ¹, Blip, Buildmore, Cake, Carly Ivan Garcia, ChrisRWK, COL Wallnuts,
CzrVII, David Cooper, Dashdoe, Dave Warnke, Dint Wooer Krsna, El Celso,
Elijah Arts, Franck de Las Mercedes, Frost215, Fumero, Geoff Hargadon,
Ian Ross, Indie, Jaxiejax Art, Jim McHugh, Mike Die, NohJColey, Peat
Wollaeger, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Question Josh?, Rednose, Sand One, Seamo,
Street Grapes, Ticky Tock, UWP (UnderWaterPirates), VengRWK and ZAM
The Houston Wall, a showpiece of curated Street Art in an increasingly malled and moneyed Manhattan where the uncurated stuff is getting harder to find, is once again brandishing a Brooklyn favorite, thanks to Faile’s installation yesterday. Patrick and Patrick worked methodically throughout the day and are expected to return for some hand touch ups before sealing it. With this wall, owned and curated by developer Tony Goldman, it’s anybody’s guess how long it lasts without being tagged, as Shepard Fairey and Kenny Scharf can tell you. Happily for all of us, photographer Martha Cooper caught all the action as it was going up and she makes a guest appearance today to share these excellent shots and observations with the BSA family;
“The Brooklyn collective Faile had an all-day, marathon pasting session yesterday on the Houston/Bowery wall transforming JR’s muted black and white photo into a dazzling display of color. The free-standing wall has been a favorite urban canvas since Keith Haring appropriated it in 1982. Faile hand painted their piece in their studio on multiple sheets of paper which they then pieced and pasted onto the wall. ” ~ Martha Cooper
One trend these days in the world of Street Art is to go lavishly large, big with a bang, gargantuan with gusto! Copius expanses of epic walls, scissor lifts, cases of cans and buckets of wheat-paste, an assortment of assistants, photographers, a public press release, and a panting play-by-play on social media as the Street Artist progresses across the cinder blocks. The desire to think big is a historical human inclination, from the pyramids to the Great Wall of China to Burj Khalifa to the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude , we love gigantic work.
Due to its completely democratic nature, the Street Art practice also includes the simplest, least showy, and anonymous pieces. Often we find little one-layer stencils, sprayed in ten seconds, to be just as interesting, and sometimes more powerful than the largest mural. Hidden, tucked away on the bottom of a doorway or a lamppost, the stencil is a fast way for an artist to get up and run, as fast as a sticker slap and just as effective. This collection of stencils recently collected in a few cities reminds us of those days when a lot of Street Art was not conspicuously installed and the works were small. The artists here are unknown to us but maybe you have seen them.
Lazarides Gallery in London has a penchant for spectacular pop-ups in cavernous quarters, effecting a theatrical aura for the work of artists to take center stage. This month, Lazarides dives beneath the City of London, where there lies a complex system of tunnels and activities, including reportedly a military citadel – a bunker called Pindar. The Old Vic Theater, built in 1818, is located just south-east of Waterloo Station in London and just above an almost mythic installation by the gallerist this month. The tunnels and subterranean chambers housing “The Minotaur”, a collection of work by fine artists and Street Artists, add a clandestine mystery for the visitors who venture below. Combined with a program that can include dining and theatre, the mythic theme of the Minotaur is interpreted by the stable of artists to sometimes stunning effect.
Photographer and BSA collaborator Geoff Hargadon visited the exhibition and sends these exclusive images to BSA. The 16 international artists in the show, David Falconer, Sage Vaughn, Vhils, ATMA, Zak Ove, Doug Foster, 3D, Antony Micallef, Boxi, Conor Harrington, David Choe, Ian Francis, Jonathan Yeo, Lucy McLauchlan, Michael Najjar, Ron English, Stanley Donwood and Zevs.
If you have missed this, hurry because The Minotaur closes on October 25.
Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public space like never before. But is a movement taking shape to reverse this trend?
In This Space Available, filmmaker Gwenaëlle Gobé says yes. Influenced by the writing of her father, Marc Gobé (Emotional Branding), this new director brings energy and urgency to stories of people around the world fighting to reclaim their public spaces from visual pollution.
From 240 hours of film, 160 interviews and visits to 11 countries on five continents, This Space Available charts a fascinating variety of struggles against unchecked advertising and suggests that more than aesthetics is at stake. If Jacques Attali once called noise pollution an act of violence, is visual pollution also such an act? Should we also consider, as one Mumbai resident says, “which classes of society can write their messages on the city and which classes of society are marginalized?”
Gobé offers a canny generational analysis of visual pollution, laying blame not just with the advertising juggernaut but also an entire generation of Baby Boomers, whose consumption-based culture has implicated them in the environmental fallout. She argues that it’s her generation, left to do the cleaning up, that is now leading the fight back.
But the filmmaker also recognizes the history and politics behind this fight. Turning to such legislation as the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, Gobé shows how the enforcement of this landmark law, designed to regulate outdoor advertising on America’s roadways, has steadily eroded. And today, public space activist Jordan Seiler faces harsh penalties for covering illegal outdoor ads with art, while officials turn a blind eye to illegally erected billboards.
Still, the film strikes a hopeful tone. A standout interview features Gilberto Kassab, the popular mayor of Sao Paulo, who threw a stone into the quiet pond of the billboard industry by successfully banning outdoor media in his city – the eighth largest in the world. The move is not without precedent: Houston’s 1980 billboard ban was also a deliberate tactic to improve its flagging image, economic competitiveness, and quality of life.
In the end, This Space Available challenges audiences to recognize that aesthetics and beauty go hand in hand with responsibility. Gobé asks why brands continue to ally themselves with an industry that cuts down trees, hogs energy, and spends its profits in courts and statehouse lobbies, especially while younger consumers push for improved corporate citizenship? And is everyone equally to blame for enabling the spread of visual pollution, while other humble individuals show that it’s possible to reverse it?
The film navigates these issues without promoting a universal solution. Gobé instead weaves together stories reflecting diverse local responses to an increasingly global condition. This Space Available compels audiences to consider these stories long after the film ends, or at least to remember them each time we speed by a billboard.
NYC-based artist Joseph Meloy returns this November with a second helping of Vandal Expressionism, a paint-first-ask-questions-later approach to communicating through art.Dancing over the line between the abstract and the figurative, this graffiti-inflected collection continues to delve into the unconscious, pouring it out onto canvas and paper in an otherworldly yet distinctly urban visual language.
The exhibit will be up for the entire month of November, so even if you can’t make the opening soiree, fear not because you can go check it out later in the month…
But we do hope you can join us on
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd
from 6 to 8PM,
to partake in wine, cheese,
and VANDAL EXPRESSIONISM
The opening reception is Wednesday, November 2 from 6 to 8PM at 288 Elizabeth Street in NYC, and the exhibit will be up for the entire month of November…
Brooklynite Gallery is proud to present, “Thinkers of This”, an exhibition from two well-traveled, street artists, STINKFISH and OTHER.
Drawing inspiration from all things that make a city tick, Colombian artist STINKFISH turns faces of unsuspecting people into vibrant portraits full of energetic emotion.
With work created on reclaimed surfaces such as vintage record covers, magazines and metal shelving, STINKFISH’s work cleverly mixes beauty and grit. Using a color palate that captures the flavor of the South American streets, this artist’s imagery does often originate from his own camera lens, but with all the time spent hitting the pavement, it’s no surprise discarded snap-shots are used at times to tell a story.
Striking women, proud men or gaze-filled children are often the subjects before STINKFISH adds his signature touch —an intricate tribal pattern to their features. Whether it be using stencil techniques or hand-drawing these patterns, Colombia’s premiere street artist’s images evoke a sense of cultural pride all while mixing in his post-youthful discontent and love of punk music.
Canadian artist OTHER has been kicking around this scene long before the term ‘street artist’ was one. Beginning with his freight train paintings that often consist of chalk white, weathered-faced vagabonds, floating on top of colorfully patterned, twisting-limb figures, OTHER has always made it a point to immerse himself in the very same culture he depicts.
Symbolic shapes, utensils, and typography in and around figures are the “sign language” he uses to communicate thoughts, ideas and dreams aloud. Curiosity often takes OTHER down the most windy roads, in the most remote places to seek out locations to work outdoors. These journeys often later feed into the back story of his paintings. Sometimes old signage, numbers, text bits and tags from other artists who’ve left their mark can become unplanned collaborations of sorts. Traveling and painting in places like northern Serbia, Chile and Romania with stories that seems to rival those of Hunter S. Thompson, no city or town is too far off the beaten path for this nomad artist.