April 2020

Museum of Graffiti: “Stay Home” Graffiti Coloring Book / Dispatch From Isolation # 39

Museum of Graffiti: “Stay Home” Graffiti Coloring Book / Dispatch From Isolation # 39

Funky Fresh pages for your fresh paint from the Museum of Graffiti in Miami today.

They’ve been doing their best to make your quarantine dope! Every week for the last month they’ve been releasing new pages in what will ultimately be the biggest most supercharged graffiti coloring book we’ve seen.

This week Volume IV is here with a special cover designed by PURE TFP, featuring art by CES, DOC TC5, DR. DAX, INTEL TCI, and MICKEY. Pick it up a hardcopy by ordering it online – and they’ll immediately send you a PDF file to print.

Don’t forget to be sure to tag your work-in-progress or finished photos at @museumofgraffiti on instagram or Facebook!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR “STAY HOME” GRAFFITI COLORING BOOK

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Stikman Says Wash Your Hands and Stay Home / Dispatch From Isolation # 38

Stikman Says Wash Your Hands and Stay Home / Dispatch From Isolation # 38

It’s good to see that Stikman is still lucidly dreaming himself into a world of mid-century superheroes and gorgeous dames even while in lock-down for this never-ending quarantine.

Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A charmingly witty self-insinuator into all manner of Americana from yesteryear, the mysterious Street Artist who started simply as a man made of matchsticks regularly utilizes a sophisticated array of printing methods to place himself in pop and pulp settings.

And he shape-shifts into the background easily, sometimes assuming a character or using himself as a billboard, or in a couple of these, a reminder to wash your hands and stay home.

Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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#CreateArtForEarth with Swoon & Judy Chicago & Jane Fonda/ Dispatch From Isolation # 37

#CreateArtForEarth with Swoon & Judy Chicago & Jane Fonda/ Dispatch From Isolation # 37

Judy Chicago, Jane Fonda and Swoon are teaming up for a Global Open Call to #CreateArtForEarth, and the hashtag is picking up speed quickly.

“There are so many ways that art will be part of how we survive this climate crisis and the current pandemic, from helping us work through paralyzing fears so that we can act constructively, to keeping our hearts and minds inspired by what matters, and even using the creative process to tackle tangible solutions. I’m such a believer that the first step to action is an act of imagination.”

 – Swoon 

Swoon. “Healing Arises in Slowness” 2020 (photo courtesy of Swoon)

Working side by side with Greenpeace USA, National Museum of Women in the Arts and $FireDrillFridays invite you to join the launch of #CreateArtforEarth – a global initiative to encourage art that addresses the climate crisis and hopes to inspires action.

Plastic arts, songs, performance, poems, – all are encouraged. Just follow the hash tag to see where you can participate. #CreateArtforEarth

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Some thoughts on #createartforearth ~ a growing snowball of creative expression that brings the climate crisis into the center of our artist practice and asks, what’s next? @hansulrichobrist @serpentineuk @judy.chicago @janefonda @firedrillfriday @womeninthearts @greenpeace . Live discussion tomorrow at 1pm EST, link in bio for details.

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Judy Chicago. Stranded 2019 MAGE: Judy Chicago, Stranded from “The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction” (2016). Photo by ©Donald Woodman/ARS, New York

“Over the last few decades, we have witnessed the melting of the Arctic ice; the warming of the oceans; massive wildfires; dramatic changes in weather patterns; the extinction of hundreds of living creatures; and now, the coronavirus which is upending human behavior all over the planet, causing the disruption of economic systems at a level never seen before and death for many thousands of people. The most pressing issue for us today are the conditions out of which these dire occurrences have happened, which artists can help illuminate if they start addressing what matters in understandable modes.”
 – Judy Chicago 

On Thursday, April 30th, at 1:00 PM MST @Hansulrichobrist and I will be in conversation with on @SerpentineUK account for an Instagram Live. Join us as discuss the global creative campaign ‘Create Art For Earth’ and my involvement in Serpentine’s #BackToEarth project.

#CreateArtForEarth is a collaboration between @judy.chicago, @janefonda, @swoonhq, @HansUlrichObrist @serpentineuk, @greenpeaceusa, @firedrillfriday and @womeninthearts

Image credit:
“On Fire; Judy Chicago”, 2020
© Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo © Donald Woodman/ARS, New York

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO PARTICIPATE

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RON ENGLISH & Family Use His Illness to Inspire Facemasks for MedShare / Dispatch From Isolation # 36

RON ENGLISH & Family Use His Illness to Inspire Facemasks for MedShare / Dispatch From Isolation # 36

“Like everyone in the world, my family has been affected by this pandemic,” says celebrated Street Artist, painter, pop culture jammer, and marketer Ron English.  

He’s reflecting on Covid-19 from the perspective of someone who’s been knocked down by it and who was able to get back up. While he is feeling good now, he says the impact on his health was substantial and says it will affect his art-making going forward due to damaged lung capacity.

“That means no more spraypaint for now,” he says, “and it’s possible that I may never paint another public mural.” Let’s hope that changes with time.

For now his wife Tarza has poured herself into making amazing masks to give to nursing homes, postal workers, grocery clerks – first with leftover fabric scraps, eventually with Ron’s PopLife Popaganda cotton shirts.

Now that the English’s joining with Threadless and “a purchase price that goes directly to MedShare”, his custom design face masks are going to the next level.

Ron says he is proud to do this work and BSA is proud to support families – his and ours – and yours!

Thank you.

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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.26.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 35

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.26.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 35

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week and Ramadan Mubarak for all our Muslim brothers and sisters this week. We all know that we have to keep a safe distance and wash our hands, even during holy days – science is science whether its Jesus or Mohammed or Timothy Leary whom you worship.

As you quarantine in place and find that your financial hardships are hovering, you may wonder why your government is not jumping into action to keep us all afloat – for one thing, they are on vacation until May 4. They rapidly have spent 3 trillion to bolster select industries and wealthy individuals, yet we have 26 million out of work, many people waiting in line for food. For you and the people in line for food, the national leader of the Democrats says “Let them eat chocolate ice cream” at 12$ a pint. Trump recommends you may want to inject yourself with light or bleach. Top economist Joseph Stiglitz says: US coronavirus response is like ‘third world’ country .

Overall this pandemic is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable around the world. If you are okay, please share what you have. This week we recommend The International Rescue Committee.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program, was a U.S. program providing aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. We need a Marshall Plan for everyday people right now and the next year. Instead, we have a circus.

In other news, we’re still quarantining inside so we thought you would enjoy these cool instant classics shot in Miami recently. Please send us your art in the streets! We love to hear from you. Spread love!

So here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Bubblegum, Carolina, Dicesar Love, Friks84, Inphiltrate, Jodi Cox, Joshila Dhaby, Le Doers Club, Outrank Brand, Oz Fua, Ric Azevedo, Roger Peet, Smogeone, The Suited Racer, Toosphexy, Tomer Linaje, and Toysnobs.

Friks84, Toysnobs, Le Doers Club, Outrank Brand in Miami say: START DOING (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bublegum in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artitst in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joshila Dhaby in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dicesar Love in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SmogOne Art, Oz Fua in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tomer Linaje in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Carolina in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Suited Racer in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ric Azevedo in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Inphltrate in NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Print maker Roger Peet @toosphexy for Justseeds.org
Jodi Cox. Trump-Tinis. Please don’t attempt this at home…or anywhere else for that matter…(photo © Jodi Cox)
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“The Street Art Manual”; Rebel Artivism and Good Manners with Bill Posters / Dispatch From Isolation # 34

“The Street Art Manual”; Rebel Artivism and Good Manners with Bill Posters / Dispatch From Isolation # 34

Bill Posters knows his street art and activism history.

From Beuys’ practice of ‘social sculpture’ and John Fekner’s blunt upbraiding of urban planning hypocrisies to AIDS activists using street art to shame government homophobia and the paint-bombing of a Mao portrait that led to the arrest and torture of the artists/activists for counter-revolutionary propaganda, he’ll give you a solid foundation on precedence for this rebellious art life in “The Street Art Manual.”

He also knows how to yarn-bomb.

And myriad other techniques for freelance intervening in city spaces that you own, that all of us own, but which are often commandeered for commercial messages, political propaganda messages, or commercial-political propaganda messages – otherwise known as fascism.

His new book on hacking public space is one of the most instructive, constructive, serious and light-hearted romps through your world with new eyes. He has mastered a balance of educational and fun, sane and irreverent as he takes you methodically with text, photos, and cleanly modern diagrams through practices such as graffiti, stencils, paste-ups, subvertising, large-scale murals, yarn bombing, guerrilla theater, dropping banners, light projections, launching paint projectiles, and mastering aerial art via drone.

One may say that it is a handbook for taking back your voice in a sea of disinformation to advocate for a point of view. But don’t take yourself so seriously, dawg. Also, mind your manners. For being a rule breaker, Bill Posters wants you to be gentlemen and gentleladies and gentlepersons – Don’t just hit the streets as a hormone-fueled dunderhead who rides roughshod over others in a toxic, abusive way.

Check out his list for how to do the most fundamental of forms, graffiti. The “DO” list includes admonitions to “say something more than your name. Stick up for those less privileged”, which may sound like a tear-jerking sermon. But then he also tells you not to bring your cellphone to the train yard, which just seems logical.

In the “DON’T” list he suggests you don’t go into train yards without experienced writers, and he implores aspiring aerosol mark makers to be original, “Focus on developing your own voice and your own style.” In many ways, Bill Posters is the supportive dad you never had, which probably would have helped you avoid this whole vandalism lifestyle to begin with.

But since you are a vandal or are unwittingly breaking some municipality’s law by wrapping a sculpture with crochet to look like a clown, he does offer direct advice on dealing with authorities, knowing your rights, knowing what your options are, and knowing that some times police actually like your art and might let you off if you don’t act like a jerk.  All that said, this book is not about breaking laws, it’s philosophically about reclaiming public space and having a voice in your society.

“Throughout history, people have used creativity to push against conformity in search of experiences that create more meaning,” he says in his introduction. “Street art, and its predecessor, graffiti, are two art forms that do just that.” 

And when doing your subversive or society-saving art installation under cover of night, elsewhere he recommends, “Don’t forget to scope things out and check for onsite security. Dogs are a real issue when you’re stuck on a fence, hanging there like a tasty human sausage.”

The Street Art Manual by Bill Posters. The Street Art Manual new US on-sale date is now Sept. 8th. 2020. Published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd. London, UK. 2020.

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BSA Film Friday 04.24.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 33

BSA Film Friday 04.24.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 33

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

Now screening :
1. Confrontation & Form – Jaz and Elian in Montreal

BSA Special Feature: Confrontation & Form – Jaz and Elian in Montreal

A nicely paced, informal series of insights into the creative milieu around and between the two Street Artists Franco Fasoli “Jaz” and Elian Chali, captured with clarity and dexterity by director Pablo Aravena. Only recently on our radar, the video takes place during the corporate and commercial Mural festival in Montreal in 2015.

Jaz speaks about his ongoing studies of history and culture, mythologies and the characteristics of Latin American identity. In his sketches and large murals you are witness to the tensions he finds and reflects in symbolic heroic metaphorical struggles – giving center stage to conflicting impulses and a sense of ever-present struggle. Elian injects his computer generated compositions with his uniquely devised techniques of chance – a curious digital manipulations of the original artwork using specific data sets – giving his own abstractions a fresh and glitchy electricity on a wall.

On a rainy New York Friday in quarantine, it is nice to see the social activity and excitement on the streets in this video. It is also good to see Franco and Elian unguarded, sincere and succinct in their descriptions of their work and their techniques. Professional peers, they are also very good friends and mentors to one another. Aravena captures the dynamics without a forceful hand, letting the story unwind naturally in a warm story.

Shout out to Chancha via Circuito for the music that compliments the scenes.

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Banksy Updated With a Face Mask / Dispatch From Isolation # 32

Banksy Updated With a Face Mask / Dispatch From Isolation # 32

Banksy’s “The Girl With A Pierced Eardrum” painted in Bristol’s Albion Dock in 2019 has experienced a Covid-19 makeover.

Banksy “The Girl with a Pierced Eardrum” Bristol, UK. (photo © Reuters/Rebecca Naden)

The famous piece inspired by the other more famous piece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer has been enhanced by the addition of the now-ubiquitous blue face mask on the girl’s face.

Word on the street is that the addition might not be that of the famously reclusive artist himself but that of an admirer. Usually, Banksy gives his pieces on the street his imprimatur by posting them on his Instagram account. At the time of this posting on BSA, such action hasn’t yet been taken.

Banksy “The Girl with a Pierced Eardrum” Bristol, UK. (photo © AFP/Getty Images/Geoff Caddick)
Johannes Vermeer. “Girl with a Pearl Earring” c. 1665 in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The Netherlands.
A quarantine reprise by LorenzoTheCat
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Power To The Earth: Celebrating 50 Years of Earthivism / Dispatch From Isolation # 31

Power To The Earth: Celebrating 50 Years of Earthivism / Dispatch From Isolation # 31

The Earth says “Thanks!” to us today.

Unfortunately it doesn’t realize that all this clean air and water from the last couple of months is not intentional – we just had to stay inside our homes and not ruin stuff.

Shepard Fairey. Earth Day 2020. (photo courtesy of Studio No. 1)

Factories are closed, little traffic on the highways, streets and, roads. Oil futures went below 0 this week. People were actually paying you to take it.

Airplanes are grounded, parks are closed, and asthma is down. Wild animals are enjoying their natural habitat without the hordes of humans traipsing about their territory. Mountains, rivers, lakes, and our oceans are experiencing less stress and our cities, in general, are calmer and cleaner. When people float conspiracy theories about Covid-19, we always like the one about the Earth creating it to get our attention and be better earth citizens.

50 years after the first Earth Day, we pause to recognize people like US Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from the state of Wisconsin who founded it. He probably had no idea that corporations would take over the Senate and House and White House and the media here in 2020.

Who did?

Shepard Fairey. Earth Day 2020. (photo courtesy of Studio No. 1)

But the good work of those first environmentalists hasn’t been completely reversed, however they have tried to smear the name of people who love the Earth, eroding laws that protect it. “Teach-ins” from the Vietnam War era actually inspired Senator Nelson to envision a “national-teach-in-movement” where neighbors taught each other and empowered and encouraged one another to act positively and directly to protect natural resources. For all those who have fought for our environment and our fellow creatures, some at great personal cost, we salute you.

Street Artist and activist Shepard Fairey has been sounding the alarm on environmental issues and the climate for years now. His voice resonates because he’s informed and straight-forward with his graphic campaigns to elevate the discussion where we all can participate with the shared goal of leaving this planet in much better shape than it was when we were born. Here are a couple of posters he just released through his design studio Studio No 1.

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New Digital Video Tour Through The Urban Nation Museum in Berlin / Dispatch From Isolation # 30

New Digital Video Tour Through The Urban Nation Museum in Berlin / Dispatch From Isolation # 30

Since most of us are quarantined at home right now, arts and cultural institutions have been challenging themselves to devise new programming that can be engaged with in virtual ways. Some of them require you to join in a meeting or event, others are self-directed.

Urban Nation Museum of Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin, like most museums, has been forced to close its doors for the near future, but they still want to give you an opportunity to walk through the exhibition with a warm and informative guide who also understands critical thinking. 

It’s a difficult task to give a tour to a guest when you cannot see them, but Markus Georg has a disarming natural way of describing his ideas so that you definitely feel sometimes like you are there with him looking at the studio art by many of today’s graffiti and Street Artists. We were particularly thrilled to see him talk about the Swoon piece because we brought her to Berlin as UN curators in 2015, and this was the collaged menagerie of her imagery made for that show.

Jan Sauerwald’s enthusiasm for the urban art scene dates back at least to his own experience on the street in the 1990s, and he knows what a special challenge it is for youth and families to be cooped up inside. As a cultural manager in Berlin for many years and today as Urban Nation’s Director, Mr. Sauerwald is especially pleased that the museum can offer an unhindered opportunity to see the works on display.

We asked him a few questions about the new video.

Brooklyn Street Art: What gave you the idea to have a virtual tour of the museum?
Jan Sauerwald: It is an unfortunate development that the museum and all the excellent works by different artists won’t be available for the visitors for such a long time period. It is pretty sad for an educational art institution like ours, so we were thinking hard about alternatives and we decided to implement an online tour to deliver easy access for all groups of interested people. We want them to feel like they are having a unique experience that is similar to the real thing as possible.

Brooklyn Street Art: Can you tell us a little about the guide who is helping us become familiar with the works?
Jan Sauerwald: Markus Georg is an experienced art mediator and tour guide. We have worked with him on other projects as well and we are very glad that he responded very quickly to our call to produce the digital tour through the museum. Speed is everything when it comes to mounting such a project in these times.

Brooklyn Street Art: What is one of the works you find most interesting?
Jan Sauerwald: One of my favorite works is the London Police painting in the exhibition. London Police do give us a lot of inspiration with their view of a fantastic and futuristic, but always friendly world. If our future could be like that – a friendly coexistence of men and machines- then I think it could I would be glad about that.


Enjoy the Digital tour through URBAN NATION

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Shepard Fairey – Studio Number One. We Are All In This Together / Dispatch From Isolation # 29

Shepard Fairey – Studio Number One. We Are All In This Together / Dispatch From Isolation # 29

Dude, hope your printer still has ink.

This would look dope in your window right now.

You Are Not Alone (courtesy of Studio Number One)

This way when the neighbors in the building across the street see you hanging out the window during our 7 pm public applause session — they’ll know even more about your worldview.

Social Distancing (courtesy of Studio Number One)

“Art has the power to bring us together, even when we’re apart,” says Street Artist, graphic artist, fine artist Shepard Fairey, who has designed posters along with his Studio Number One for us all to use as we like. It may even help many of us feel like we are doing this together, instead of solo.

“We are all in this together,” Shepard says, “and we will overcome this.”



Thank You For Your Service (courtesy of Studio Number One)
Wander Within (courtesy of Studio Number One)
#apARTtogether – New Art by SNO!

Click HERE to get your free posters

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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.19.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 28

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.19.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 28

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

Where is the People’s Bailout? Why has the bailout that was promised to small businesses already run out? Why is congress on vacation? Why is Biden staring up at the wall like he’s concentrating on a dead spider? The people are dying, running out of food, the economy is dying, businesses are dying. The Post Office, starved and bad-mouthed for years by the capitalists who want to kill it, is finally dying. Do we realize which direction the US is being dragged by the oligarchs and their one party corporate Republicrat-Demoblicans?

We need Universal Basic Income!

Where is Medicare for All!

Main Street Debt Jubilee!

In other fun news, we’re still quarantining. Please send us your art in the streets! We love to hear from you. Spread love!

So here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring MeresOne, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, and other unknown artists.

Well, tomorrow is 4/20 after all. For difficult times…Unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MeresOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shepard Fairey produced a series of new poster graphics honoring our heroes. (photo @obeygiant Instagram)
Trump Titanic. Unidentified artist of this social media meme
Banksy, with his typical sense of humor and levity, came out from isolation to share with us his visual metaphor that accurately illustrates one of the many ways in which isolation affects humans…photos were taken directly from the artist’s Instagram account. (photos @Banksy)
Banksy. Detail. (photo @ Banksy)
Banksy. Detail. (photo @ Banksy)
Banksy. Detail. (photo @ Banksy)
Banksy. Detail. (photo @ Banksy)
Untitled. Brooklyn, NY. Spring 2020 (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
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