Images Of The Week: 06.15.14

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Hello friend! Don’t forget that Welling Court is happening this weekend in Queens. The 5th annual neighborhood event has over 120 murals going up, and it is truly grassroots.  Icy & Sot had their very successful cultural exchange this Friday as well, with 30 New York artists showing in Tehran, and 10 Iranian artists showing in Brooklyn – so hats off to them and the organizers for pulling that off. Olek has been at the Honolulu Museum of Art to celebrate World Oceans Day with a huge installation, and Swoon brought the New York premiere of “Flood Tide” and musical performances to The Brooklyn Museum this week for Submerged Collaborations.  This week you don’t want to miss seeing four important NYC graffiti photographers at the same time in person at the Museum of the City of New York.

And we cannot believe the stunning amount of new stuff on the street: here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Blanco, Bradley Theodore, Damien Mitchell, Damon, Dan Witz, Dennis McNett, Dr. NO, Flood, Fra Biancoshock, Icy & Sot, JR, Myth, Olek, Sean 9 Lugo, Simek, Snow White, Sonni, TV with Cheese, and Winston the Whale.

Top Image >> An Icy & Sot collaboration with Sonni for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sean 9 Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TV With Cheese (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TV With Cheese (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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An image sent by Fra Biancoshock of new piece in Milan, Italy. Do you think it has been photoshopped? (photo © Fra)

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Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“Be a voice, not an echo”, a quote from Albert Einstein in Olek’s new piece in Honolulu, Hawaii. (photo © Olek)

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An Olek and Dan Witz collaboration in New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Winston The Whale, “The Lost Cause” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A strongly graphic abstraction by Simek in Athens, Greece. (photo © Dimitris Vasiliou)

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Damon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dennis McNett (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dennis McNett (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This looks like a very tiny JR. Perhaps a fragment from a larger installation “accidentally” found its way on this wall? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bradley Theodore (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dr. NO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Flood (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Blanco’s new piece in Albany, NY (photo © Blanco)

Street Artist Blanco shares his new piece this week in Albany and in his description of it below you may draw a connection between recreation of old stories and myths and the recreation of our cities through gentrification as well – although he doesn’t specifically address the latter.

” This work was kind of inspired by my interest in the common roots of divergent cultures. An example is the eytemology of Dyaus Pitra (Sky Father, Hindu) = Zeus Pater(Father of Gods, Greek) = Ju Piter (God of the Sky, Roman). I am interested in the way that cultures evolve, split off and borrow from one another and how its all mixed back together. The way some Mongolian friends of mine revere Buddhist monasteries, consult shamans and consider themselves Christians or The way the Aztec mother goddess Tonantzin was transformed into the Catholic ‘Our Lady Of Guadalupe’. We are sometimes led to believe its all black and white but its not usually so simple. Cross cultural heritage and mixing have always interested me but Joseph Campbell wrote about this aspect of religion and story telling in a very interesting way.

In some ways modern cities bear some resemblance to this cross pollination as neighborhoods and buildings are transformed, converted and reclaimed.

Specifically for this piece I was interested in the Proto-Indo-European Mother Goddess and the way she was changed, destroyed, recycled and recreated as the Hindu goddess Kali. She is associated with the ability and powers for both creation and destruction.”   ~ Blanco

 

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Untitled. A tempest approaching Brooklyn. June 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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