BSA Film Friday: 05.08.15



Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Shepard Fairey: OBEY This Film
2. El Paso X Juarez: Border Murals by El Mac
3. Paint PHX 2015
4. DULK in Rome


BSA Special Feature: Shepard Fairey: OBEY This Film

This almost a year old but it is also sort of timeless when you see how Shepard Fairey’s continous re-evolving of his philosophies about art and its place in our lives has come to such cogent arguments. It’s a short film, a genuine distillation of the larger themes that we have seen at work in the life and the career and public person.

Shot by a guy whose primary focus up until this point was nearly exclusively about skaters and skate culture, Brett Novak says he was pleasantly surprised to learn that Fairey was likeable and had a lot of good information to impart. “I was not aware at how incredibly inspiring Shepard would turn out to be.”

El Paso X Juarez: Border Murals by El Mac

These sister cities that straddle the line between Texas and Chihuahua continue to highlight the tumult that exists along the southern border of the United States – a heady mix of commerce, severe economic disparity, xenophobia, racism, family love, dreams, violence, the drug trade, aspiration, honesty, hope, and corruption. In this first part of a series of videos highlighting the street artist / muralist El Mac, you get a taste of the the caustic militarized state of this zona and what it may feel like to live in it or pass through it.

“Last December I painted murals in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuaha and El Paso, Texas as a sort of independent binational mural project that I’ve been planning for a few years with my friend David ‘Grave’ Herrera,” says El Mac in his description of the project. ” In 2012 I photographed participants in the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity (Caravana por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad) when it passed through El Paso. The caravan was made up of people who lost family members to the violence, corruption and injustice that has plagued Mexico for the last near-decade.”

Paint PHX 2015

Yep, its a Street Art festival in Phoenix. This is their video with some interviews with participating artists like Caratoes from Hong Kong, Kahi Beamer from Hawaii, Joerael Elliot/Gang the Wolf, and Yatika Fields as they describe how they think of their work and this Arizonian city.


DULK from Blindeye Factory in Rome

 You saw the shots a few days ago when we wrote Dulk Illustrates Out on a Limb in Rome, but now you can hear it set to music!




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