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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.19.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.19.20

We’re up to our necks in deep frosty wind-whipping winter, and yet the Street Art right now is verbose, detailed, bright eyed, distinct, political, critical, stylish, dense, richly colorful.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week from Miami, and this time featuring Armyan, Captain Eyeline, Cash4, China, City Kitty, COMBO, CP Won, Food Baby Soul, Glare, Jaroe, Jaye Moon, Jazi, Marameo Universe, Plasma Slug, Rodak, Sara Lynne Leo, Smells, UK WC, and Winston Tseng.

CP Won (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jaye Moon (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UK WC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng skewers the self-congratulating big-hearted folks and corporations who are selective about which kids they help or care about. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty is offering moving services now…. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cash4 – Smells (photo © Jaime Rojo)
China! Please see more China at the end of this post. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Marameo Universe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Marameo Universe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rodak (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Food Baby Soul. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Food Baby Soul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Plasma Slug (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jaroe – Glare (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rolling it uphill. Armyan (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Is this Bailey, Liz Warren’s dog, running the streets of Brooklyn? Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jazi – Dbongz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Combo-CK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan. January 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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A Fabulously Baroque Reptile by Saturno In Wynwood

A Fabulously Baroque Reptile by Saturno In Wynwood

Miguel Ángel Sánchez AKA SATURNO is an artist from a small town near Barcelona in Spain. A self-taught painter and illustrator, he’s become a recognized name in the European graffiti scene since he began in 1995, biting off a bigger piece of fame with each project.

SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Since 2012 he’s developed his own, unmistakable style that frightens and thrills in equal measure, and he has been painting his fantastical creations on walls big and small across Europe. With an illustration style that boasts ultra-real monsters and characters of exaggerated proportions and serious high gloss, he’s led and collaborated on many commercial projects and brands in the last few years with fire-breathing success.

SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The 2019 edition of Art Basel/Wynwood this past December allowed him to showcase his imagination and skills in quite remarkable ways on a couple of murals in Wynwood, Miami. One, in particular, is this astoundingly baroque beast dressed in the finest regal threads, dripping jewels, and saliva with bulging eyes and a voracious appetite for consumption.

SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Fans say Saturno examines the subconscious and darker aspects of people and behaviors with his work – which may lead one to conclude that this epic character is a thinly veiled metaphor for opportunist alligators whom you may meet here who are trolling flamboyantly through this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, regaling themselves with so many shiny baubles. Certainly this reptilian socialite is audacious and confidently showy, and Saturno has hit gold with a likeness that is both repulsive and compelling.

SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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This is the second wall I painted for Art Basel 2019. I’ve had a spectacular first time visiting Miami and participating in Art Basel. I was able to do what I like most in life, and that is to paint, specifically with sprays, in the street on a large wall. It has been a hard month without rest, but it was worth the final result. Thanks to the people of @superchiefgallery for thinking of me for Art Basel this year, and to the people of @manacontemporary and @manawynwood for giving me the opportunity and an incredible spot in the huge Mana Convention Center. Finally, thanks to my friend @drone_exelbierd for the incredible images he took with his drone, the work and connection and no doubt a great work-team brother #thanks 🙏✨ soundtrack by Jamie xx – Gosh 🎧 #artbaselmiami #saturnoart

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BSA Film Friday: 01.17.20

BSA Film Friday: 01.17.20

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

Now screening :
1. “Dinner For Few.” A short film by Nassos Vakalis.
2. NYCHOS. Five Weeks Of Rabbit Eye Movement
3. Futura X Wynwood Walls. Chop ’em Down Films
4. Shok1 in St. Petersburg, Florida

BSA Special Feature: “Dinner For Few.” A short film by Nassos Vakalis.

“Those who eat their fill speak to the hungry of wonderful times to come,” an applicable bromide for all those folk who got the big Trump tax cut last year. Meanwhile, you are rationing your insulin.

Do you think Capitalism has run amok? This darkly entertaining animation illustrates one version of our current disordered/ordered world.

“(The capitalist machine” solely feeds the select few who eventually, foolishly consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps from the table. Inevitably, when the supply is depleted, the struggle for what remains leads to catastrophic change.”

NYCHOS. Five Weeks Of Rabbit Eye Movement

A road-trip film is an ideal vehicle for mythmaking and definition of persona, especially when accompanied by timely music choices and distracted stares into the burned horizon. This amber-tinged panoply of rockstar travel shots, nomadic spraycation side trips, behind-the-scenes production, off-the-grid hippy encampments, rusted detritus sculpture, post-apocalypse signposts, and the energized, intensely industrious, exquisite dissection of Nychos that puts his oeuvre under the microscope and behind the looking glass. Alternately elegant and violent, this is a laboratory sweep of imagined scenarios that can make the mind cavort with fear and lust, toil and soil, pensive thought and power chords, ready to be sliced and peered into.

Futura X Wynwood Walls. Chop ’em Down Films

A brief look at Futura as he recounts his revisiting of a mural he made in Miami. Calling to the fore his inspired abstractions that first set him apart from the pack in the late 70s/early 80s, it’s a treasure to see engaged with his past, his process, his futura.

Shok1 in St. Petersburg, Florida for Shine Mural Festival.

2nd in a row from Chop ‘Em Down Films, this look at the technique of Shok1, who reveals the world through his brilliant mastery of x-ray and fantasy, is a rare treat and a great way to close this week’s survey.

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Leisurely Street Art in El Cabanyal in Valencia

Leisurely Street Art in El Cabanyal in Valencia

A man of leisure these days, BSA contributor Lluis Olive-Bulbena took a three day trip to Valencia, Spain to participate in the festivities of El dia del Cabanyal.

Exit-Enter. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)

El Cabanyal is a 333 acre (134 hectares) neighborhood in the old part of the city by the Mediterranean Sea, backed by a series of sandy beaches and a palm treed promenade. Its name is derived by the complex of barracks along the shore where the fishermen used to live when the town was purely a fishing village.

Exit-Enter. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)

With the passage of time and change of the Spanish economy, El Cabanyal caught the eye of the leisure class who fill the streets with souvenir shops, cafes, and late-night clubs. The fishermen went someplace else. Not surprisingly perhaps, this tourist attraction is also a hot spot for Street Art – along with the greater city of Valencia for that matter.

Exit-Enter. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)

We are told that many Street Artists have actually set-up studio here as well. Why not? The quality of life is nice, and the cost of living is much lower than in Barcelona and Madrid.

Also, bikinis.

The Photographer. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Mesa. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Erica Ilcane. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Erica Ilcane. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Erica Ilcane. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Lula Goce. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Lula Goce. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Lula Goce. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Suso33. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Lolo. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Lolo. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Emmeu. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Emmeu. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Hyuro. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Bosoletti. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Bosoletti. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
Bosoletti. Valencia., Spain. (photo Lluis Olive-Bulbena)
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Get Lucky in Brooklyn: Dont Fret Has Lottery Tickets!

Get Lucky in Brooklyn: Dont Fret Has Lottery Tickets!

“O god, there are noises I am going to be hungry for” – Carl Sandburg

“The art world has always felt like a lottery to me,” Dont Fret says as he paints one of his distinctively odd and fabulously mediocre characters across the shiny gold scratch card from the corner bodega.

Dont Fret. BedStuy Art Residency. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Starting 2020 off with an eponymous new book “Life Thus Far” and a month-long stay at Bed Stuy Artist Residency, you may think the Chicago street humorist has won the Powerball.

Dont Fret. BedStuy Art Residency. (photo courtesy of the artist)

“As a part of my New York residency I’m doing my annual DF lottery,” he says about the new collection of customized lotto cards he’ll be showing at the reception for you that he’s hosting in this brownstone. Dont Fret says he’s hoping you’ll strike it lucky too.  

Dont Fret. BedStuy Art Residency. (photo courtesy of the artist)

“Artists are looking for their big break, collectors are looking for an “investment opportunity” –as much as something for the living room, and taping a banana to a wall just gets you a lot of attention and a decent source of potassium,” he says.

Save the date to come about this special event on the 30th, where the artist will be happy to meet you and show you these stickers and some other projects. He’ll also be signing copies of his new book along with BSA’s Steven P. Harrington, who wrote the introduction for it.

Dont Fret. BedStuy Art Residency. (photo courtesy of the artist)

“Each ticket is signed and numbered,” says Dont Fret. “On January 30 a lottery will occur of distributed tickets and 2 winners will be chosen. Runner up will win a signed copy of my book “Life Thus Far” and a GRAND prize winner will win an original painting from my show in New York City ‘O God, There’s Noises I’m Going To Be Hungry For New Work’”.

Dont Fret. BedStuy Art Residency. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Dont Fret. BedStuy Art Residency. (photo courtesy of the artist)
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Stencils of Protest: Street Artist Sajjad Abbas and Youthful Voices of Baghdad

Stencils of Protest: Street Artist Sajjad Abbas and Youthful Voices of Baghdad

Amidst the fusillade of news from the Middle East these days, you may have missed that the young people of Baghdad in Iraq have been demonstrating in the streets against the government. They are fighting for pretty much the same thing that all people in every society eventually fight for – autonomy, fairness, freedom, liberty. Not surprisingly, Street Artists are helping give voice to the aspirations of the people, and possibly inspiration to them as well, with walls to the underpass into Tahrir Square serving as an open-air gallery of murals and slogans

Sajjad Abbas. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Artist and animator Sajjad Abbas says his artworks on the streets are addressing the desires voiced by the protestors, and giving voice to the fallen. “The main goal of the protest is the motto ‘نريد وطن ‘, which means ‘We want a homeland’,” he says. “It’s a motto that has a deep and clear meaning and indicates how open-minded the protests are. The protesters are also asking to isolate all the parties and to never elect them again.”

Sajjad Abbas. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Today we have images from recent protests as well as a few stencils by Abbas. You may recognize a style common in Street Art with political or social critique in cities elsewhere during the last decade and a half. The energy that is evident in these scenes is full of anticipation and emotion, the desire to express serious dissatisfaction that is evident in many sectors. In the disordered street and cafe scenes, you can also see a singularity of determination by some, a collectivity among others.

Sajjad Abbas. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)

By creating a stencil portrait of one of the leaders who has been killed, a hero is being elevated – along with the values they are thought to have signified. Here you see an image of Safaa al-Sarai, one of the higher-profile activists/protesters whom news reports say was killed in October after getting hit in the head by a smoke grenade. In just a few short months his image on the street is transforming him to that of a martyr in popular culture and in memes – merging with imagery from sports culture as a protective goalie.

In fact, Safaa al-Sarai was a “goalie”, according to an account in the Times of London; “a human buffer armed with a wet sheet to intercept tear gas canisters aimed at protesters. ‘One hit the ground then bounced up into his head. He had a brain injury and was bleeding. They couldn’t save him,’ said his friend Hayder Alaa, a 21-year-old student.”

Sajjad Abbas. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)

We asked Sajjad Abbas about his experience as a Street Artist in Baghdad during these tumultuous demonstrations and about his opinion of the role of art and artist in the street.

Brooklyn Street Art: Can you describe the protests in Tahrir Square and what issues people are focusing on?

Sajjad Abbas: The protests in Tahrir Square are hard to describe. The young guys went out on the 1st of October in 2019. In the beginning, they were mostly from Sadr City. The government faced the protests during the most intense action and they killed lots of the protesters. They used live ammunition and there were snipers and they took the young guys’ lives.

Through this time, after that, all people were called for protests, a million people marched on October 25, 2019. Together they were protesting about religious and secular topics of many kinds.

Sajjad Abbas. Tahrir Sq. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)

BSA: Are the protesters mainly young people?
SA: They are young guys who are tired of every chain that the politics and the religion men put on the people. They asked for a good life and freedom and presented their opinions to all the religious men and government people. This protest is against dirty government forces and the parties of the murders. Many of the protesters were killed and the government used smoke bombs and flash grenades as a way to kill. They threw these things directly at the protester’s heads, and some were injured pretty seriously, probably causing them a lifetime disability…

So far the government hasn’t answered protesters’ demands, but there has been murder and kidnapping.

Sajjad Abbas. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Most of the protesters are the new generation who were born in the early 2000s, but there are also different people from other age groups. What is good about the new protests is that there are also a big number of young females who were also in the protests – and they were in the front lines of the protest.

BSA: What is the name of the person in the stencil art with the beard?
SA: The guy in this picture is Safaa Alsarai. He got killed in the protest after he got shot in the head by a smoking bomb.

Sajjad Abbas. Tahrir Sq. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)

BSA: Why is he important and what does he symbolize for Baghdadi people?
SA: Safaa was a poet who also participated in many of the older protests. He was hoping that Iraq could become unified and be one and he was dreaming about making for Iraq an Iraqi country. Safaa became an icon for the revolution in all the cities in Iraq.

Sajjad Abbas. Tahrir Sq. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)

BSA: The figure with the mask looks like he is playing soccer. Is he catching a tear gas canister?
SA: The guy is a goalkeeper (“goalie”) who is trying to catch the smoking bomb. In this tunnel, a team was created to shut down the smoking bombs that came at the protesters – after getting it away from the protests in the area above the tunnel.

BSA: Why is it important to use art in the streets for you?
SA: It’s like drinking water… it’s an expression of existence. Using the art in the street is to clarify and express my ideas about the policies and social aspects of those policies. Street Art is a revolution – It’s an imperative way to share your ideas, and you should have a statement about the “system”.

Sajjad Abbas. Tahrir Sq. Baghdad, Iraq. January 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
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Magda Cwik : A Vibrating Chakra in the Key of C in Mexico City

Magda Cwik : A Vibrating Chakra in the Key of C in Mexico City

Finding an inner sense of balance when living in the chaotic city is not easy, and you’ll have to be determined to achieve it after you’ve been pushed and pinched and insulted and assaulted – just on the way to work, or even the corner deli.

Traffic, construction, muffled train announcements, blaring radios, and boisterous conversations between Bernice and Brandon and Betty and Bernardo batter you from the time you leave your apartment until you arrive bedraggled and exhausted.

Magda Cwik. Vibraising – Root Chakra. After Hours Project. Mexico City. January 2020. (photo courtesy of After Hours Project)

For Polish muralist Magda Cwik, the pursuit of balance begins on a high note – and travels through your musical chakras. Here in the in Juárez neighborhood of Mexico City she has been painting a series of eight murals which she intends to assist urban dwellers to live in balance – including via their ears.

Magda Cwik. Vibraising – Root Chakra. After Hours Project. Mexico City. January 2020. (photo courtesy of After Hours Project)

“I combined specific colors, images, music and intentions to rise up vibrations of people on the street,” she tells us of a campaign she calls “Vibraising”. “The wall focuses on reactivation and connection with Mother Earth and grounding,” she says, and she includes a QR attached to the wall for you to scan and listen to music that corresponds to her desire to help you rebalance.

“How often do we walk with our bare feet to connect with Earth? Do we live in harmony with Her?” she asks. “Earth provides us with everything we need to sustain us if we live in balance. By connecting with Nature we can heal ourselves, and listen to the teachings of our ancestors.”

Magda Cwik. Vibraising – Root Chakra. After Hours Project. Mexico City. January 2020. (photo courtesy of After Hours Project)

For one example of the music, you will here, below is a colorful world vibrating in the key of C (for the Root Chakra) by artist Stephen Mahoney (@dj_stephenmanhoney)

Magda Cwik. Vibraising – Root Chakra. After Hours Project. Mexico City. January 2020. (photo courtesy of After Hours Project)
Magda Cwik. Vibraising – Root Chakra. After Hours Project. Mexico City. January 2020. (photo courtesy of After Hours Project)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.12.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.12.20

It’s hard to even comment on this bellicose war-loving president and his military industry profiteers all ginning up a war against Iran – except to say, “Fool me once…”. Wait, how does that go again?

This week we take you back to the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami, where Primary Flight started a huge graffiti throwdown in the 2000s, later picked up by Tony Goldman to create Wynwood Walls. The current fare throughout the neighborhood is record-setting: from the sheer number of murals and art installations, to the parade of families and friends coming here to take tours and selfies. Catching a shot of a piece without people in the frame is like trying to run in between raindrops.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week from Miami, and this time featuring 1UP Crew, BK Foxx, BustArt, Cranio, Cush Kan, Dam Crew, Dia5, Komik, Quake, Ripes, Sipros, Starve, Thomas Danbo, and Urban Ruben.

Thomas Dambo. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BK Foxx. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist literally on the street. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cranio. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dam Crew. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dam Crew. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BustArt. Detail. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BustArt. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pez. Urban Ruben, Sipros, 1Up Crew and Golden305. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Miami Style Graffiti. Starve-Ripes-Quake-Ubet-Chnk-Komik-Hiero. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cush Kan. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dia5. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Australian Street Art Burns  PM Scott Morrison, Coal, in Light of Popular Disgust

Australian Street Art Burns PM Scott Morrison, Coal, in Light of Popular Disgust

“Are you from the media? Tell the prime minister to go and get f**ked from Nelligen,” yells an exhausted firefighter out of his truck window to the TV cameras.

“This is fine” by artist Lush (JAMES ROSS/EPA-EFE/REX)

“Stand down now. You don’t deserve to govern. You knew this was coming. It’s been coming for a few years. You’ve been totally ignorant of it,” says another firefighter on a TV news interview as she lays bare her contempt for the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the wake of the worst fires ever sweeping the country. He’s been facing a lot of angry voices lately.

Morrison hits the high seas with bags of money while the forests goes up in flames in this wheatpaste by Huggies.

Surrounded by unprecedented fires and animal deaths that are widely predicted and attributed to the climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels, the PM nonetheless went to Hawaii for a vacation over the Christmas holiday while half of his country was in flames during the bushfire crisis.

A handmade sign rates the PM’s response to fires.

Naturally, Street Artists have been creating works to address the issue, as well as to accuse him and others of being employees of coal companies, especially in light of his perplexing denials of any relationship between fires and those related industries.

“The suggestion that there’s any one emissions reduction policy or climate policy that has contributed directly to any of these fire events is just ridiculous,” he’s quoted in The Guardian as saying this week.

Scott Marsh’s depiction of the Hawaii paradise that the PM enjoyed while his own country was engulfed in a bushfire crises back home.
Artist Van T Rudd surmises on his instagram @van.nishing
that the profiteers of the coal industry are responsible for the fires.
@van.nishing
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BSA Film Friday: 01.10.20

BSA Film Friday: 01.10.20

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

Now screening :
1. SpY / Full Story / Takin Over Public Spaces In The City
2. Matth Velvet. Parees Festival 2019
3. Bomb Shelter/Pete Kirill/Wynwood, Miami

BSA Special Feature: SpY Takes Over Public Spaces

The brilliant Spanish interventionist is profiled here by a brand – but its not obtrusively involved in the video. His approach to the city is educational, humorous, full of adoration and witty simplicity. A graffiti writer who challenged himself to interact with the public spaces in new ways, he credits those early years bombing with his heightened understanding of the urban environment, and how to skillfully disrupt it.

SpY / Full Story / Takin Over Public Spaces In The City

Matth Velvet at Parees Festival 2019

A new video from PareesFest 2019 featuring a painter on the wall, and demonstrating the entirely different approach a mural is when realized with brushes. A tribute to historical Olloniego mining, the artist is Matth Velvet and the video is by Titi Muñoz.

Bomb Shelter/Pete Kirill/Wynwood, Miami

Taking the trip local, Pete Kirill tells you about his project in Wynwood, Miami – a graffiti and art supply store, gallery, and community hub that is rooted in graffiti and of course spreads out far from there. A unique opportunity to see this transformed neighborhood through the eyes of Miami folks – a mini tour of one spot just after the deluge of art fans and tourists during Art Basel, which happens in Miami every year at the beginning of December.

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Forests, and Indigenous People in Focus at COP25 in Madrid

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Forests, and Indigenous People in Focus at COP25 in Madrid

This story starts in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and ends in Madrid, Spain but its focus is global in nature.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)

With the earth at the center of the eye, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada tells us that the first of two murals he painted for the recent COP 25 conferences is called “Forest Focus.” As the world has been watching the largest forests of Australia burning this month, he clearly knows what we’re all facing.

“With an image of the world as the iris,” he says, “This mural has an artistic focal point that symbolizes the values set forth at the COP25 conference being held in Madrid.”

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)

The Cuban-born Street Artist, now based in Barcelona, was partnering with a public art program/platform called GreenPoint EARTH during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, or COP 25 to create two new street art pieces.

Well known for his “Terrestrial Series” of artworks spread over masses of land that are visible by planes flying overhead, Rodriguez-Gerada blends social and ecological themes seamlessly with sometimes profound results.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)

His second mural of the series is a portrait of Hilda Pérez, a person indigenous to Peru and the Vice President of the National Organization of Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Women of Peru (ONAMIAP). The team says she was chosen to represent indigenous people because their voices are frequently marginalized in discussions about ecology and climate change, despite occupying 25-50 percent of the Earth’s land.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)

“We need to think of every tool in our toolkit because time is ultimately running out,” said Greenpoint Innovations founder Stephen Donofrio at a panel discussion with the artist at the Action Hub Event during the COP25.

He was speaking about the pivotal role that Street Art has been able to fill in education, as well as his own interest in partnering with artists and other collaborators to raise awareness for a myriad of environmental issues. “That’s why it’s really important that Chile/Madrid COP25 has this really strong message that it’s time for action.”

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)

With more plans to involve Street Artists around the world “to inspire climate action with positive messages about the interconnected themes of nature, people, and climate,” Donofrio says he believes that the power of communication that Street Artists wield can be focused to make real, impactful change.

“The connectivity is really important in these projects to establish that we are dealing with globally challenging issues that boil down to a really local consequence.”

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada for Greenpoint Earth Madrid 2019. Madrid, Spain. January 2020. (photo © Fer Alcala)
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Narcélio Grud’s “Sound Cactus”

Narcélio Grud’s “Sound Cactus”

What sound does a cactus make? What a ridiculous question.

And you know the answer if you are on Iracema Beach that borders a neighborhood located in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza. The new sculpture cactus features bells crafted from recycled old fire extinguishers of different sizes, says its creator, the Street Artist and inventor of public art, Narcelio Grud.

Narcélio Grud. “Sound Cactus”. Detail. Férias na Praia de Iracema. Iracema Beach, Brazil. (photo © Narcélio Grud)

People have been grabbing the ropes on this musical piece, each bell creating a different musical note. Mr. Grud has created many musical interventions of his own free will over the last decade that enable people to make music in public space – like the one at a bus stop a few years ago for example.

This one was installed during a big musical event called Férias na Praia de Iracema. It’s a free entrance music event organized by the local government, but you can still make your own music with Grud’s cactus anytime you like. It’s easy, says Grud,

“The bells are activated through the ropes attached to the bell clappers, allowing people to interact with the artwork.”

Narcélio Grud. “Sound Cactus”. Detail. Férias na Praia de Iracema. Iracema Beach, Brazil. (photo © Narcélio Grud)
Narcélio Grud. “Sound Cactus”. Detail. Férias na Praia de Iracema. Iracema Beach, Brazil. (photo © Narcélio Grud)
Narcélio Grud. “Sound Cactus”. Detail. Férias na Praia de Iracema. Iracema Beach, Brazil. (photo © Narcélio Grud)


You can also check out his “Sea Bells” project from a year ago here.


Who is playing this year at the free festival?

Programação de férias na Praia de Iracema terá atrações locais e nacionais

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