Tragedy is grabbing world headlines again and we can’t help but be swayed by it as the downed passenger aircraft in Ukraine smells of a lawless future and the international community seems rather helpless to address it meaningfully. Simultaneously the Israeli / Palestinian crises flares for the seemingly millionth time along with international opinion, a fire now fed with large helpings of social media oxygen, buffeted by various marches in the actual streets around the world and here in NYC.
Our banner today is a relatively new collage/painting currently on view in the Italian Cultural Institute of New York by the Street Artist BR1, who depicts the strife in somewhat cartoonish exaggerated simplicity, flattening the complexity of history with two dimensional caricature. Comments some made when we ran it a couple of weeks ago for the opening of the show (before the current events had begun) made it clear that even art about the conflict seems radioactive.
Our top image this week is an actual street piece from Icy & Sot and it brought more comments on Instagram than most other photos, so strong are people’s reactions to it. As far as the Ukraine/Russia news, we haven’t seen any Street Art about that – except maybe for that Billi Kid caricature of Putin as a cowboy earlier in the year but you couldn’t really say it is directly related.
With this pall of strife filling screens and streets right now its no wonder the one image below of Ewok’s wall full of discontented people was shared so many times on our FB Fan Page this week. “Hey these grumpy faces make me happy,” said one commenter.
So anyway, here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Art is Trash, Atom, BustArt, Cold World, E.L.K., Ewok, False, GG, Gualicho, Icy & Sot, Kuma, Myth, Osch, Otto Schade, Post No Selfie, QRST, Sean9Lugo, Sebs, Sexer, Topaz, UFO907, Unvale, Wing, and Zaria.
Top Image >> Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
EWOK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sean9Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Atom (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kuma . False (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sebs (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BustArt, Zaria and Osch AKA Otto Schade . Detail. New collaboration in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Bustart)
BustArt, Zaria and Osch AKA Otto Schade . New collaboration in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo © Bustart)
E.L.K. for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The housing boom, now broke. Unvale. Bethlehem, PA (photo © Unvale)
Wing (photo © Jaime Rojo)
QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)
QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Art Is Trash (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sexer is thinking perhaps you have to hit people over the head with love. At The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Post No Selfie (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cold World (and Chena, Lily, and Yusef as well). Not sure what this is about. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UFO907 traced over UFO907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Topaz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gualicho from Buenos Aires likes to merge organic with mechanic, natural with industrial, offering cross sections and diagrams from his imagination. This abstraction of a fish and water is in downtown Warsaw, Poland. (photo © Gualicho)
Gualicho for Monumental Arts. Gdansk, Poland. (photo © Gualicho)
GG spearing dinner for a nice fish barbecue. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. East River, NYC. July 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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