BSA Images Of The Week: 06.23.24

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We were looking at the description and lineup of this new Punk exhibit and thinking about how it extends to the early and current mural/street art scene at play today… Opine, as one may, about the roots of this scene and our rigorous academic attempts at qualitative mastery, but the average street artists cares nary a whit what you think, for the most part. It isn’t just our anti-intellectual age; it may simply be antithetical to what street art was ever intended to be. There are those who construct gates to enclose a favored few to make pronouncements about what street art is or isn’t, but the artists who produce work on the streets may not bother climbing the fence to get in their club.

It’s the ironic, rebellious, spirit of D.I.Y. that makes street art and graffiti most attractive for us —not its ability to make money for some nor burnish the reputation of another but to draw us together. The open access to self-expression is so alluring, and it is a testament to how truly innovative artists know how to seize a moment, transform a space, begin a dialogue, or weigh in on one. Create camps? Attempt to consolidate power? It is a folly. Why reject a corrupted and unfair pecking order only to reconstruct one? As we see more anniversary shows heralding punk and its origins, we recall that it was the liberty promised that was so appealing and the destruction of corrupt institutions that was most needed. The aesthetics may have become commodified. It’s spirit, never.

Here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Alice Pasquini, Homesick, Judith Supine, Mike King, WERC, Pussy Power, Kane, Kone, Chris Haven, 6147, SLASH FTR, Geraluz, Coes Sneakers, AIC, and Skribblz.

KANE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SLASH FTR. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SLASH FTR. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pussy Power (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Haven (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Haven (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Haven (photo © Jaime Rojo)
KONE. Hit The North Festival 2024. Belfast, Northern Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
6147 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Homesick (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SKRIIIBLZ (photo © Jaime Rojo)
AIC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Alice Pasquini. Hit The North Art Festival. Edition 2018. Belfast, Northern Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mike King (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Coes Sneakers. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Werc. Geraluz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Werc. Geraluz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Spring 2024. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)