This weeks “21st Precinct” show of graffiti and street art style mural / installation work did blow some minds for sure, as did last nights official opening – mostly because of the great display of work on four floors. But additionally all sorts of paranoia was afoot when people began writing on social media and to us that they really thought this was a sting operation of some sort.
Aside from the fact that we clearly said in our postings on BSA and Huffpost that the building had long since been decommissioned as a precinct and we were simply focusing on the irony of the facts, minds and nerves were blown nonetheless. Truth is, this is a good show with some thoughtful pieces and installations and not surprisingly, many thematically addressed the contentious relationship some have with the police traditionally. But there is lots of other stuff too and it is worth your time. Just don’t get arrested. Kidding!
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring APC Crew, Art is Trash, Bishop203, Castellaneta, Chekos, Cruz, Foxx Face, Franksy, Gaia, Hek Tad, JJ Veronis, Lorenzo Maza, Mark Samsonovich AKA Love is Telepathic, Melty Cats, Mr. PRVT, Mr. Toll, Nekst, Opiemme, Pixote, Shantell Martin, Skrew, UR New York and Wolfe Metal Work, Tommy Wolfe.
Top Image >> Mark Samsonovich says open your mind, although it looks like someone blew this guys. See the video of the Delfonics at end of posting if that song is running through your brain now. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shantell Martin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JJ Veronis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wolfe Metal Work (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skrew, Nekst taken from a fast moving train:-) (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HEK TAD (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Art Is Trash with some friends in the background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. PRVRT for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Deconstructed Beauty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Artist Unknown. We won’t open it until 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Melty Cats (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Opiemme and Chekos for Street Like Rainbow Festival in Castellaneta, Italy. (photo © courtesy of the artists)
“Who is he? Who is that other one?”
“These are the questions that people asked most often while Chekos and I were painting in Castellaneta.
Ernest Hemingway, Sean Connery, Sigmund Freud, Steve Jobs, Padre Pio, Van Gogh, Giuseppe Verdi, George Clooney, Lenin, Cavour, Garibaldi…are some of the guesses.
The work came from Chekos’s idea, a reflection on the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. We tried to bring the spectator to have an experience close to a personality test, with an iconographic work that recalls the Rorschach test. The words “Stereotype” in the center of the composition refer to the process that brings people to recognize different famous people.” ~ Opiemme
Mr. Toll at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bishop203 x Lorenzo Maza x APC Crew at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)
URNewYork at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pixote at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Phil at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cruz x URNewYork at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. August 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Didn’t I Blow Your Mind? The Delfonics
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