BSA Film Friday

BSA Film Friday: 09.03.21

BSA Film Friday: 09.03.21

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

Now screening:
1. Faith XLVII X KOLEKA PUTUMA
2. Moments Like This Never Last. Cheryl Dunn/Dash Snow. Trailer
3. 9 Ways To Draw a Person

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BSA Special Feature: Faith XLVII X KOLEKA PUTUMA

South African Street Artist Liberty Du, known as Faith XLVII shares her new collaboration with Koleka Putuma, the South African queer poet and theatre-maker, this week on BSA Film Friday.

“South African women are brave. Strong. And not just a little strong. They are strong down to their bone marrow. They have known great suffering. And still, they sing. What an honor it’s been to know such women! I’ve been humbled in my life again and again by the sheer resilience of friends. The pain is inexplicable. In the first 3 weeks of lockdown, more than 120 000 cases of Gender-Based Violence were reported across the country. We are exhausted from the news each week. Our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, our children were violated, abused, and murdered. Working on this project alongside Koleka Putuma is not something I take lightly, Koleka is a force. Her words break up open in order to really have real conversations about what’s happening.”

Faith XLVII X KOLEKA PUTUMA

Moments Like This Never Last. Cheryl Dunn/Dash Snow. Trailer

The mythmaking stories continue to propagate about this anti-authoritarian creative skateboarding graffiti-writing white guy from a wealthy family who died too young in a drug-fueled life of experimentation and excess. Cheryl Dunn pulls all the stories together to help establish his talents and hijinx as veritable proof that the early millenial was onto something new in the graffiti/street/art milieu of IRAK crew of 2000s New York – partying hard and hitting the heights.

9 Ways To Draw a Person

The possibilities are absolutely endless, if you are to follow the guidance of film director, artist, animator Sasha Svirsky. By mixing abstraction, collage, and animation, he pulls you in and reawakens your earliest knowledge about creativity, reaffirming that you too, can draw a person.


Russian language version / Русскоязычная версия фильма: vimeo.com/198117734

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BSA Film Friday: 08.26.21

BSA Film Friday: 08.26.21

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

Now screening:
1. Talking with Tony Tuan Luong AKA Tyle2
2. OLEK: I Have Nothing To Declare Except My Genius
3. Sofles in Brisbane featuring Gamo & Kitsa
4. MadC – Oasis

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BSA Special Feature: Talking with Tony Tuan Luong AKA Tyle2

It’s thrilling to see the many twists and turns on the path of calligraffiti. Here we are introduced to Graffiti, Calligraphy, and Tattoo artist TONY TUAN LUONG aka TYLE2 from Offenburg, Germany, who gives a short interview in this first new “Artist Session” with the Molotov brand. Friday is always a great day for inspiration and we hope this can inspire you.

Artist Session with Tony Tuan Luong AKA Tyle2

OLEK: I Have Nothing To Declare Except My Genius

The Polish street artist has nothing but the usual to declare. She’s been saying it for years. If only you would listen.

Man1 on Hollywood Blvd via Birdman.

“A fun mural I shot with LA native Man1 in Los Angeles, CA,” says photographer and video documenter Birdman.

MadC – Oasis

Modern master of styles, MadC knows how to keep it tight and how to let it flow, like an ocean’s mists, across the walls she climbs and conquers. Its not just the dynamism, the scale. It’s also the confidence, the fact that you feel she can see it before she begins. She is an oasis.

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BSA Film Friday 08.20.21

BSA Film Friday 08.20.21

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

Now screening:
1. Banksy: Great British Spraycation
2. NYC! Sound (Back) On
3. Sofles in Brisbane featuring Gamo & Kitsa

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BSA Special Feature: Banksy : Great British Spraycation

The summer days begin to wane and you’ve played all the games with your siblings and cousins three times or more. Before heading back to school, time to rummage around Uncle Bob’s garage and find a can of spray paint he used to fix a kitchen chair for Aunt Keisha. You wonder to yourself, “What could we do with this?”

BANKSY: Great British-Spraycation

NYC! Sound (Back) On

Been waiting for Covid to give us a break so New York could get back to our version of normal. This summer it’s still been hard but New York is definitely back in all its many ways. Makes us wanna dance!

Sofles in Brisbane with Feat. Gamo&Kitsa

You been getting up lately? Just released here’s a Brisbane, Australia wall jam with Sofles in collaboration with honored guests Gamo and Kitsa from Marseille, France.

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BSA Film Friday: 08.13.21

BSA Film Friday: 08.13.21

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

Now screening:
1. DOES. Transition Documentary. Via I Love Graffiti. Directed by Strictua
2. First 20 Years. The Rhythm of Sketching
3. DOES: Magic Water Documentary. Via I Love Graffiti. Directed by Strictua
4. DOES – XL Mural in Antwerp in collaboration with Matthias “zenith” Schoenaerts. Video by Scott Ray George.
5. DOES: Somewhere in Europe. Video by Scott Ray George



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BSA Special Feature: He Does it All: 5 In a Row from DOES

From time to time we focus our BSA Film Friday section on one artist or filmmaker. The focus of this Friday’s edition of BSA Film Friday is the Dutch artist DOES.

DOES aka Joos van Barneveld was born in The Netherlands in 1982. Active in graffiti since 1997 DOES was at some point balancing his soccer career with his secret life as a graffiti writer. Becoming a professional soccer player for one of the premier soccer teams in the highest division in his native country, DOES was forced to stop playing soccer after an injury at the age of 28. Joos took this setback as an opportunity to perfect his craft as an artist and to dedicate all his time to the pursuit of his love for art and graffiti. He has since excelled at his craft and is now internationally known for his abstract paintings, murals, and sculptures still based on the letterform. Below we share with you five videos of DOES journey as an artist.

DOES. Transition Documentary. Via I Love Graffiti. Directed by Strictua

First 20 Years. The Rhythm of Sketching

DOES: Magic Water Documentary. Via I Love Graffiti. Directed by Strictua

DOES – XL Mural in Antwerp in collaboration with Matthias “zenith” Schoenaerts. Video by Scott Ray George.

DOES: Somewhere in Europe. Video by Scott Ray George

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BSA Film Friday: 08.06.21

BSA Film Friday: 08.06.21

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

Now screening:
1. FEM – Graffiti Documentary
2. GRAFFITI TV: HUNGR
3. SOFLES / MARVEL

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BSA Special Feature: FEM – Graffiti Documentary.

Now from Bremen, Germany – “Just like a sports addiction, or a sugar addiction, I’m basically addicted to graffiti.” Fem says she is like Sherlock Holmes, Crocodile Dundee, and Pipi Longstocking all rolled into one.

FEM – Graffiti Documentary. Via Spray Daily

GRAFFITI TV: HUNGR.

Speaking of crocodiles, here’s a summertime Hungr spraying out a wall ankle deep in water, wearing a pair of crocks.

SOFLES / MARVEL

Here you are again, about to be drawn into the Sofles vortex, this one particularly MARVELous.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.23.21

BSA Film Friday: 07.23.21

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

Now screening:
1. Only Sydney’s Finest: Dave & Phibs
2. Toy Story by BAER, Parts 1, 2, 3, & 4

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BSA Special Feature: Only Sydney’s Finest: Dave & Phibs

“Ralph Bakshi’s representation of good and evil wizards is the setting chosen by Australians Phibs and Dave to contrast their clash of styles. In this spectacular video, Colin McKinnon captures the process of this wall production carried out in Sydney.”

But Ma! — the music is what makes this epic.

Only Sydney’s Finest: Dave & Phibs

Toy Story by BAER

A promising hand-made 4 episode pilot about a mini-vandal racking and wrecking. Just don’t call him a TOY.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.16.21

BSA Film Friday: 07.16.21

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

Now screening:
1. Vhils Explodes in Slow-Mo at Nifty Gateway
2. Giulio Vesprini: No Comply // Struttura G0055
3. RIDE a Film by Paul Bush

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BSA Special Feature: Vhils Explodes in Slow-Mo at Nifty Gateway

The time elapsed between blasting a new artwork and destroying it? 2 seconds.

Thanks to documentation, you can luxuriate in this human/natural cycle of creation and destruction over two and a half minutes. Portuguese street artist VHILS explores the space in between, and the rapturous flight of atoms and molecules, volume, velocity, light and dark.

Giulio Vesprini: No Comply // Struttura G0055

Skate parks are sacred spaces for those believers whom you find there endless hours, meditating, catching air, lying prostrate. Giulio Vesprini helps us to understand his process for this artists commission to adorn the temple.

RIDE a Film by Paul Bush

Summer is prime season for bikes, no matter what kind. In a little more than 5 minutes filmmaker Paul Bush bowls us over with stop action bicycles, motorbikes, and your nostalgia.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.02.21

BSA Film Friday: 07.02.21

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

Now screening:
1. HEREDITAS – Gonzalo Borondo
2. HOTTEA “Aaron.” Wooden Walls Project. Asbury Park, NJ.
3. DRAGON76 “COEXIST” Video by Tost Films

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BSA Special Feature: HEREDITAS – Gonzalo Borondo

A companion video to his exhibition project Hereditas at The Esteban Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art artist Gonzalo Borondo reveals the complexity of his intervention here.

Its aim is to question the past on the basis of present presuppositions, in particular, to recognize the museum as a place to preserve our cultural heritage for future generations and to show art’s amazing capacity to bring back to life objects that have lost their original purpose. In addition, it pays tribute to nature as the foundation of culture and inspiration of art and religious symbols.”

HOTTEA “Aaron”. Wooden Walls Project. Asbury Park, NJ.

Back with his second installation in this historic and tourist town of Asbury, HOTTEA dances with the breezes of the sea.

DRAGON76 “COEXIST” Video by Tost Films

A fresh piece in Jersey City by Dragon76, the folks at Tost Films offer an up close view of the work in progress.

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BSA Film Friday: 06.25.21

BSA Film Friday: 06.25.21

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

Now screening:
1. Guido Van Helten – L’attesa – (The Wait) – 2017
2. “Spaciba” INO in Athens, Greece.
3. TrueSchool Hall of Fame via Dope Cans

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BSA Special Feature: Guido Van Helten – L’attesa – (The Wait) – 2017

Today we look back a couple of years to a massive yet poignant project from artist Guido van Helten in Ragusa, Sicily where he honors the history of a modern place and an age-old practice of youth finding their own significant part of a city to meet up and socialize casually. Part of the third edition of FestiWall, a public art festival, he photographed friends and invited them to write their names in aerosol along the base of a wall while he painted their portraits above on a lift.

“It’s very much an expression of the young people and it is their space,” he says.

“I invited the class who I took photos of to write their names all along the base of that wall. It was a good symbol of them taking back the wall in that space.The wall is a popular space where people come to hang out so there is an energy in that wall and in energy of that space which I really enjoyed”

Guido Van Helten – L’attesa – (The Wait) – 2017

“Spaciba” INO in Athens, Greece.

Accessing a difficult wall using only rope suspension, INO paints this Athens mural of young girl with a big hammer. He says it is a symbol of ” a new generation breaking barriers of equality.”

TrueSchool Hall of Fame via Dope Cans

A short Hall of Fame video with writers from Wrocław, Poland featuring Dope Cans Classic & Dope The Wall

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BSA Film Friday: 06.18.21

BSA Film Friday: 06.18.21

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

Now screening:
1. “FAME”, the Italian Street Art Festival Documentary
2. Jersey City Artists at Work Painting for the first Mural Festival Here
3. “UNSATISFYING” Looks at Frustration with Smart Whimsy

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BSA Special Feature: “FAME”, the Italian Street Art Festival Documentary, Not the American Teen Drama Film

Everyone likes to declare that they were the first in graffiti and street art, before it was cool, when it was cool, before there was even a name for it, when things were pure, and pure genius. Everyone and everything after them and then are just shit. And gurrrrll, you better claim that legacy.

For FAME, launched during the late 2000s in Grattaglie, Puglia, Angelo Milano was always the center of a scene he created, enticing international street artists with promises of collaborations, big walls, big opportunities, big plates of delicious local cuisine. With his festival, he formed a club of exclusivity, and once successful, he slammed the door shut on the legacy, never again repeated. Later he became a gallery owner who sells artworks of most of them plus a new crop.

Lusciously self-aggrandized as an “evil genius” in this documentary, co-produced with Giacomo Abbruzzese, the swanning and sexy comic Milano brings himself into the middle of it all – and it all goes with him.

Jose Mertz at Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. Via Tost Films

A quick behind the scenes view of artist Jose Mertz last week in Jersey City, shot and edited by Tost Films. Most impressive perhaps is the techniques he uses to wash with color, gradually and subtly building mass and form of wild creature indeed.

UNSATISFYING” Looks at Frustration with Smart Whimsy

Parallel Studio produces this short animated film that brilliantly captures those situations when we experience the frustration of failing at performing small tasks. It’s annoyingly adorable, and everyone can relate.

Sort of satisfying, really.

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BSA Film Friday: 06.11.21

BSA Film Friday: 06.11.21

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

Now screening:
1. “Bubble Tea” with Sofles
2. Doug Gillem Discusses Stereotypes in Street Art
3. Vero Rivera in Columbia, SC. Via Tost Films

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BSA Special Feature: “Bubble Tea” with Sofles

Sofles gives us such beautiful Fridays – with a jump in his step and a flair in the sweep of his arm. It’s bubble time!

Our Expectations of Street Art’s Role in Projecting and Reflecting Values

It is not a surprise that street art reflects the culture back to itself, including elements that some will find objectionable or disgusting – this has always been true. As the so-called “culture” of street art becomes professionalized and monetized and regarded as legitimate by institutions and commercial interests like brands, we continue to hear that it is now being, to some extent, more closely examined. Doug Gillen of FifthWall TV explores criticisms of one artist’s work – FinDac – in regard to Asian tropes and stereotypes.

People have mentioned FinDac’s work for the last half-decade at least, so it is interesting that a current heated awareness regarding identity politics is pushing the conversation further. Truthfully, stereotypes about blacks, gays, the police, media, the military, women, men, religious institutions, politicians, sex roles, gender roles, political parties, geopolitics… have always been on display in myriad forms in street art and graffiti. It can be a worthwhile exercise when we begin to examine them in greater detail.

Vero Rivera in Columbia, SC. Via Tost Films

A commission for a suburban coffee shop mural, this hand painted work by Vero Rivera is a few steps removed from the street art and graffiti scene that first sparked out interest decades ago. The dynamics are different, but the spirit of creativity is the same.

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BSA Film Friday: 06.04.21

BSA Film Friday: 06.04.21

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

Now screening:
1. Homily to Country by Artist JR
2. Jersey City Artists at Work Painting for the first Mural Festival Here

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BSA Special Feature: Homily to Country by Artist JR

“We must throw off the chains of corporatization to save us all,” is the last statement in this narrative about historical, cultural and natural resources being stolen. His statement could have started with that.

Maybe JR will make a project about fairly taxing the rich next.

Jersey City Artists at Work Painting for the first Mural Festival Here

Two homemade videos below of a handful of the participating artists at work in their murals this week for the inaugural edition of the Jersey City Mural Festival.

See the action with Dragon76, José Mertz, L’Amour Supreme, Boy Kong, and Kirza Lopez in action at Mana Contemporary Complex.

Elle, Queen Andrea and Beau Stanton at the Ice Factory Complex

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