The SX Lab, Street Art Productions Present: “Street Art Live”. One Full Day on a One Block Long Of Live Painting (The Bronx, NYC)

Street Art Live

Don‘t Miss Out! Sunday, 10/14/12, begins at 5am – Till’ A One Block Long Wall at Graffiti Universe is Completed.


GRAFFITI UNIVERSE: 2945 Boston Rd.  Bronx, NY 10469 at the corner of Paulding Avenue and Boston Rd.

The SX Lab, Street Art Productions, SinXero & Resident Activist, Army of One/JC2 has invited Renowned Street Artists from Iran, Icy & Sot to participate at STREET ART LIVE. Meet eighteen of NYC’s MVP Street Artists: Icy & Sot, Army of One/JC2, Fumero, ADAM DARE, TONE TANK, Elle Deadsex, ENX, Choice Royce, Royce Bannon, See One & Danielle Mastrion, VEXTA, Mike Die, KID Lew, & ZIMAD, as well as, SinXero (SX) & colleague Bayoan.

Alexis Grafal, Professional Makeup Artist from Mind Over Makeup, will be having a Live Street Art Photo Shoot & Street Art Body Painting as our Eighteen Artists Represent.

The great story here is on how these two brothers from Iran, Icy & Sot came to New York City to exhibit their works, which in their country could have cost them their lives, unlike the laws here in the states where you can get fined &/or face imprisonment for putting up your work un-officially. The reality here is that tourists from all over the world come to NYC to experience its overall dynamic lifestyle, fashion & culture. If they are lucky, some of these street art aficionados just might be able to pick up, get a glimpse or shoot a photo of original street art by the renowned NYC MVP streets artists that are on the line-up at our live street art event being curated by The SX Lab, Street Art Productions. Surely, we must keep in mind that while these tourists stayed in hotels, fine dined and shopped till’ they dropped it was street art that helped increase revenue for the entire city as they did such. All the while, various street artists were being fined, charged, & imprisoned for exercising their very freedom of expression that puts money in the pocket of the city they love most, New York, where they only wish to flourish as artists.

The SX Lab, Street Art Productions in collaboration with Virtual Street Art, The Army Grows (TAG) An Artists Collective & Resident Activist, Army of One/JC2.


Event Link:


@ BABALU Latin Restaurant & Lounge


3233 E Tremont Ave
(btwn Waterbury Avenue and Puritan Avenue)
Bronx, NY 10461
Throgs Neck Area of the Bronx

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More Mansion Rooms from “This Side of Paradise”

A week and a half before the exhibition “This Side of Paradise” opened at the Andrew Freedman House, BSA readers got the first glimpse of the completed rooms of the mansion that were taken over by artists like Daze, Crash, How & Nosm, and Adam Parker Smith (“Poorhouse for the Rich” Revitalized By The Arts). The grand unveiling of the completed installations at last weeks opening was attended by throngs of people who simply poured in through the gates of the grand estate, darling, and listened to speeches, enjoyed libations, took photos, and waded through the crowded hallways to poke their heads in the individual mini-suites and their various interpretive installations.

Cheryl Pope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In case you missed the opening and still need some encouragement to see this free show over the next 7 weeks or so, we bring you views of some more of the rooms that have opened since the first visit. Each artist was well-schooled in the curious history of this place and it’s former residents so what emerges is part tongue-in-cheek reenactment, part fragmented memory, and part lyrical reverie. Thanks to Mid-Bronx Council for hosting us and here’s is what caught our eye to share with you.

Cheryl Pope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sylvia Plachy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sofia Maldonado (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sofia Maldonado (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Justen Ladda (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Federico Uribe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Federico Uribe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gian Maria Tostatti (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gian Maria Tosatti (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Princess Alexander, Kristen McFarland, Jimmy Smith (photo © Jaime Rojo)

To read our article “Poor House for the Rich: Revitalized by the Arts”on the Huffington Post click here

For further details regarding this exhibition click here.

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Images of the Week: 04.08.12

Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Anarkia, Gaia, Sien, Stem, Tats Cru, Woebots, Velma from Scooby Doo and XAM.

Anarkia (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

Gaia (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

This version of Velma looks a little sexified. Mysterious. Artist Unknown (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

Tats Cru (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

Who’s your Daddy? Here is a brand new DNA testing truck coming soon to a corner near you. Tats Cru redefines the use of the taco truck in this work in progress for a commercial company…stay tuned. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

How’s this for a tag? XAM. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

The new right wing Republican slogan? Artist Unknown (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

Woebots (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

Sien and Stem (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

Untitled (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

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“Poorhouse for the Rich” Revitalized By The Arts

A block-long limestone mansion originally built as a welfare hotel for the retiring rich invites streetwise Graff artists and others to gild it’s decayed rooms, raising it from pigeon-infested squalor. Call it “This Side of Paradise”

Enter a discussion about the impact of the modern Street Art movement and someone will inveigh with swollen gravitas that Street Art has the power to “activate” or “re-vitalize” a previously moribund space, to bring it to life. Aside from sounding like part of the gentrification process, the “activate” argument is meant to tip on its head the impulse of  simple-minded dullards who opine that Street Art and it’s cousin graffiti are pure social disease and degrading to the foundations of city life.

How and Nosm “Reflections” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Opening in April in the Bronx a similarly anti-intuitive project invites artists of the street to create new life in a decaying mansion and the looking-glass contradictions are as rich as those of the benefactor for whom the aged home is named. The Andrew Freedman Home, with it’s Italian Renaissance details and stepped back grandeur along the Grand Concourse and a mile south of Yankee Stadium, acquired its landmark status in 1984 – the same year it breathed it’s final breath as a retirement home for the rich who had fallen on hard times.

When the building’s namesake, a New York millionaire businessman and colleague of the corrupt Tammany Hall, died as a confirmed bachelor in 1915, he wanted to make sure the money he left would keep the wealthy feeling wealthy after falling in the poorhouse. He simply didn’t want his peers to suffer no matter their financial plight so his wealth commissioned this mammoth home with roughly twice the space of the White House to give these deserved folk a good life in their later years, with servants. Beginning in the Roaring Twenties and over the next six decades, with hallways as long as 22 Town Cars, the ground-bound ship liner swam with former Cunard attendants serving the mostly white seniors as they dined in red and black Chinoiserie style, thumbed books in the library, played sport in the billiard room, and bobbed in the grand ballroom.


How and Nosm “Reflections” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

How and Nosm “Reflections” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I think that you cannot help but be struck by the bizarre nature of the enterprise because it was class solidarity. He was less concerned with the indigent poor than protecting his own class who had fallen on hard times,” exclaims Manon Slome as she frames the ridiculous circumstances that kept “members” well heeled into their twilight.

Slome is President and Chief Curator of No Longer Empty, a contemporary public art organization that takes empty buildings that are often in disrepair and revitalizes them with site-responsive contemporary art exhibitions. Together with the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council, the non-profit that has owned the 117,000 square foot complex since 1984, No Longer Empty is curating a 32 artist show that for two months will offer curious visitors the first peek at the decrepitude that is slowly being enlivened.  Since bidding farewell to their last upper crust in the early 1980s, the crusty decay of walls and ceilings has been curling and peeling and dropping to the floor. With artists interpreting the history and memories of the place along with their own take on the economics involved, the results are definitely site specific.

How and Nosm “Reflections” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

How and Nosm “Reflections” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As she talks about the new show “This Side of Paradise,” Jeanette Puryear, Executive Director of Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council, reflects on how she used to watch the games and social activities in the grassy gardens of the home from the other side.  “We began across the street when the council started in 1973. I came aboard as a staff person in ’77 and I used to look down on the parties that they had on the lawn here. I just thought it was a wonderful building.”

Discussing the selection of No Longer Empty (NLE) as partner to the arts community and curator of the new show, Puryear feels like it is a natural accord. “The idea, our collaboration, really came about when I met Manon and she talked about NLE’s interest in revitalizing communities and it really fit very much with our mission of comprehensive community revitalization.”

Justen Ladda. “Like Money, Like Water”. Eventually this installation in progress would be black lit. The blue tape affixed to the walls is to economize and will not be a part of the installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Daze (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This may come as news to some that graffiti kings like Crash and Daze were called upon to do community revitalization in the same borough where leaders once reviled their painting style.  With a few heavyweight street art and graffiti names bringing these rooms to life, it’s interesting to see their role as one of contributing in a positive way here where the emergence of a global “Wildstyle” graffiti first blossomed while entire neighborhoods burned.

“At the same time in the late 70s and early 80s when this home’s original purpose was failing you had the rise of Bronx graffiti,” says curator Keith Schweitzer, who introduced Crash, Daze and Tats Cru alumni How & Nosm to Slome, each taking one of the rooms and bringing it to life. Schweitzer sees many parallels in this Bronx tale as he reflects on the role of the artist rising from the ashes of the burned-out neighborhoods then and an art show in the decay of this home now. “At that time you had things like Fashion Moda in the Bronx, which sort of incorporated graffiti into a contemporary art exhibition and these conceptual spaces that Street Artists and Graffiti artists participated in. And it all happened at the same time.”


Daze (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Daze (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Slone brings the stories full circle as she excitedly relates the multiple arts and education projects currently afoot in the home, including many with a social mission of building community and connections within it. “When we started selecting and inviting the artists, we steeped them in the history of the home. The goal was really to create a fusion of the history of the home and the nature of the history of the Grand Concourse and the present day realities of the Bronx. And that fusion was really the creative springboard, if you like, for most of installations in the exhibition.”

Whatever role you assign the artist in this clubby home of decay, the experience of discovering these complete room installations is at times reflective, sometimes illuminative, and often revitalizing to the spirit. It will depend on the definition of paradise.

Crash “Connections” 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Crash “Connections” 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Crash “Connections” 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Scherezaede Garcia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Scherezaede Garcia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cheryl Pope “Then and There” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cheryl Pope “Then and There” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cheryl Pope “Then and There” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cheryl Pope “Then and There” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adam Parker Smith. “I Lost All My Money In The Great Depression And All I Got Was This Room”,  2012. Installation in progress in collaboration with Wave Hill. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adam Parker Smith. “I Lost All My Money In The Great Depression And All I Got Was This Room”,  2012. Installation in progress in collaboration with Wave Hill. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adam Parker Smith. “I Lost All My Money In The Great Depression And All I Got Was This Room”,  2012. Installation in progress in collaboration with Wave Hill. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Pigeons took over while most of the house remained close and unused. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


This Side of Paradise will open on April 04 at 6:00 pm.  For further details about this exhibition click here.

With special thanks to President and Chief Curator Manon Slome and Curator Keith Schweitzer of No Longer Empty for their generous access to the installations in progress. To learn more about No Longer Empty click here.

BSA would also like to extend our gratitude to Jeanette Puryear, Executive Director of Mid-Bronx Council for taking time to answer our questions. To learn more about Mid-Bronx Council click here.

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No Longer Empty in Collaboration With Mid-Bronx Council Present: “This Side of Paradise” (Bronx, NYC)

This Side Of Paradise

On April 4, 2012, the gates of the Andrew Freedman Home will open to the public. The Home was once built to be a haven, a paradise, for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Bequeathed by millionaire Andrew Freedman, the Home provided not only food and shelter but all the accoutrements of a rich and civilized life style – white glove dinner service, a grand ball room, a wood-paneled library, billiard room and a social committee who organized concerts, opera performances and the like.

Referencing this quixotic history, This Side of Paradise will reference the past and reconnect the vision of Andrew Freedman to today’s Bronx and its realities. The exhibition and its extensive public programming onsite and offsite will draw together the economic and social history of the Home with the present day realities of the Bronx and its residents.

The selected artists’ will work in a site-specific manner and will respond to such issues as memory, immigration, storytelling, aging and the creation of fantasy that the original concept of the Home “being poor in style” suggests. This Side of Paradise will celebrate human ingenuity, the strength of the human spirit and the resilience needed to fashion beauty, hope and rejoicing.

Opening Reception will be Wednesday, April 4 from 6 to 8pm followed by the Speakeasy After Party Fundraiser sponsored by St. Germain starting at 8:30pm. Support NLE and future exhibitions by purchasing tickets here.

Exhibition Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 1pm to 7pm (extended hours when events are hosted).

Bronx Arts Alliance is a partner for This Side of Paradise either installations, events or general cross-promotion of Bronx Arts. Partnering organizations are: Bronx Documentary Center |  Casita Maria  |  Hebrew Home at Riverdale  |  Lehman College Art Gallery  |  Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos College  |  The Bronx Children’s Museum  |  The Bronx Council of the Arts  |  The Bronx Museum of the Arts  |  The Bronx River Art Center  |  The POINT  |  Wave Hill

Organizations Presenting Installations are Wave Hill – Installation by Adam Parker SmithThe POINT – Designed by Carey Clark, Alejandra Delfin, Danny Peralta, Lady K Fever, Sharon de La Cruz, Tats Cru, David Yearwood among others;  The Bronx Museum of the Arts – Works by artists in the AIM Program; Bronx Documentary Center -Film by Tim HetheringtonLehman College Art Gallery – Works by Scherezade García

Video and Production SupportBronxNet– a not for profit  that provides local television by the people of the Bronx, for the people of the Bronx.

Media Partner: WNYC Radio

The Cafe in the Home is generously supported by La Colombe Torrefaction coffee.

This Side of Paradise is a collaboration with the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council, one of the largest nonprofits who has been providing community services in the South Bronx. Contact about the Andrew Freedman Home and about MBSCC.

Curatorial team is Manon Slome, Keith Schweitzer, Charlotte Caldwell and Lucy Lydon. A tremendous thank you to all our volunteers and interns involved in the project. Thank you!


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Martha Cooper and Remembering 9/11

This week many New Yorkers are thinking about where they were on 9/11/2001 when the planes hit the World Trade Center Towers and what the city felt like in the days, weeks, and months that followed. There are many questions that never were answered, and there are many consequences that are still to unveil. An incredibly diverse city in so many ways, our unity was automatic and sincere. We already knew each other and we knew we all had been hurt and we were all changed by those events. While others looked at it as an American attack, New Yorkers felt a wound to the place we had made together, our beloved dirty beautiful hard and scrappy city. Today it is painful to go back and contemplate those days and wonder what happened, why, and at what cost.

brooklyn-street-art-martha-cooper-9-11-tenth-anniversary-web-6Martha Cooper: Remembering 9/11. De La Vega. (photo © Martha Cooper)

World renowned graffiti and Street Art photographer Martha Cooper had been documenting New York as a journalist and ethnographer for a quarter century when the streets of the city were flooded by raw sentiments and visual communications expressed with marker, pencil, paint, – whatever was at hand – in the days that followed 9/11.  Those incredibly personal desperate acts of expression were gazed upon and reflected on by neighbors and strangers as we attempted in vain to explain the world to one another. To remember a little of what it was like, she shares with us her photographs from those days.

“9/11 happened to all of us. It was a collective experience that defined the outset of the uneasy, globally interdependent twenty-first century. Nowhere, however, were the raw terror and tragic consequences of 9/11 felt more personally than the metropolitan region of New York City, for which the Twin Towers had functioned as a conspicuous compass setting, hub of work and recreation, and symbol of America’s economic might,” Martha Cooper writes in “Remembering 9/11”


(photo © Martha Cooper)


A memorial wall by members of Tats Cru. (photo © Martha Cooper)


The symbolism in personal depictions like these often said more than thousands of words ever could. (photo © Martha Cooper)

“There are no prescribed rituals for mourning thousands of people. We invented them as we went along,” Martha Cooper


(photo © Martha Cooper)


Art work in Union Square (photo © Martha Cooper)


Memorial Wall for WTC victims by Lower East Side artist, Chico Garcia; Avenue A (photo © Martha Cooper)


(photo © Martha Cooper)


(photo © Martha Cooper)

brooklyn-street-art-martha-cooper-9-11-tenth-anniversary-web-5 This wall in Queens, NY was painted by Lady Pink, Smith, Ernie and friends. (photo © Martha Cooper)

Martha Cooper is a featured panelist at today’s panel discussion in Brooklyn called “Return Remember: Ephemeral Memorials in the Legacy of September 11” At Power House Arena. 37 Main Street Dumbo. 6-8 PM.

Martha Cooper will be signing copies of a new slim volume of images “Remembering 9/11” following the panel discussion. For more information about this event please click on the link below:

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Images of the Week 08.07.11


Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Billy Mode, Cash4, Cassius Fouler, Chris Stain, Creepy, Godson, JR, LMNOP, PonyBoy, QRST, Rambo, Voke, and Xavior.

We start this week with a brand new nearly block-long installation in Bushwick, Brooklyn by Street Artists Chris Stain, Billy Mode, and Voke called “In The Dream”. The guys really stretched themselves physically and creatively, coxing out a more subtle and layered treatment of their subjects and symbols . It creates a dream-like feeling frankly.

brooklyn-street-art-chris-stain-billy-mode-voke-jaime-rojo-08-11-6-webChris Stain. Billy Mode. Voke “In The Dream” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Voke. Chris Stain. Billy Mode. “In The Dream” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Voke. Chris Stain. Billy Mode. “In The Dream” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Voke. Chris Stain. Billy Mode. “In The Dream” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


This beautiful hand painted wheat paste piece from LNY is pure poetry. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rambo. Xavior. Ponyboy. Godson (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Creepy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cash4 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LMNOP (photo © Jaime Rojo)


French street artist and TED Prize winner  JR visited New York recently to help turn the Bronx “Inside Out”. As most of our readers are already aware, JR used his prize money to encourage communities all over the world to take part in the conversations on the streets and to let the creative spirit flow. In The Bronx section of New York City a group of dedicated individuals took the artist’s call in earnest and invited members of the community to participate by taking the photographs, posing for the photographs and wheat pasting them in the Hunts Point Section of The Bronx.  JR was there for one day to lend a hand after he had finished his large installations in Manhattan. To learn more about the “Inside Out Project” and for more images of this Bronx installation click here (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cassius Fouler (photo © Jaime Rojo)


QRST strikes a new pose with this man with a mouse problem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The golden summer sun as it descends the stairwell alights upon a figure in repose. Untitled. Photo © Jaime Rojo

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JR Helps to Turn The Bronx Inside Out

Summertime, and the Street Art is easy. With the assistance of Street Artist JR and his project “Inside Out”, it’s been easier than ever this summer for people of all stripes to take over the public space with their faces and their personal stories. At his offering, thousands of people worldwide have sent photos of themselves digitally and received them back printed to post proudly in their local environs.

brooklyn-street-art-jr-the-bronx-jaime-rojo-07-11-web-24JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Of course street artists like Fauxreel, C215, Swoon, Specter and others have thoughtfully introduced neighbors into the public space with their work also, each with their individual technique, but the scale of this TED-fueled interactive project really impacts many perceptions of people, neighborhoods, and the concept of public space.

“You want LOCAL? I got yer local right heeyah.”

JR recently hit up many New York spots personally and photographer Jaime Rojo chased a number of them up in the Boogie Down Bronx, where everyone seems to be seeing the world with new eyes.


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011. The portrait on the left is of the young model on the right. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR “Inside Out” Project The Bronx, New York 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 07.17.11

Images of the Week 07.17.11


Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adri, Banksy, Dan Witz, Deform, Demon, Gaia, Jon Burgerman, Ludo, Nick Walker, Olek, Rambo, Slayers, and XAM with dispatches from Paris, Dubai, and Chicago.


Rambo, Gift, Demon, Slayers. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-gaia-jaime-rojo-07-11-web-2Gaia. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“This new piece on the streets of NYC is an extension of some of the past work I have done connecting various concepts of catastrophe. I have found the imagery depicting the horrors of the plague especially pertinent to the state of our environment. Humanity has weathered and lived through various crises that have shaken our imagination and dramatically changed the way we organize our lives moving forward” Gaia


Gaia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Now is this called a sidebust?  Street architect to contemporary birds, XAM, is atop a faux sign by Street Artist Dan Witz (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ludo. The Future of Fashion in Paris. (photo © Ludo)


Ludo. The Future of Fashion in Paris. (photo © Ludo)


Ludo. The Future of Fashion in Paris. (photo © Ludo)


Ludo. The Future of Fashion in Paris. (photo © Ludo)


“Banksy” in Da Bronx.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jesus does a skateboard trick in this highly offensive image from Adri. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Deform in Dubai “My Grant” (photo © Deform)


Olek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Street Artist Olek is a participating artist at The Crest Hardware Art Show currently on view in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Click on the link below to get full details on this show and go check out some imaginative interpretations:

More about the show here


Nick Walker. This is the remainder of an old piece from 2008. In the original the figure is remote controlling a very tall Giraffe to who is writing “Vandal” in red spray paint. The building got a fresh coat of paint recently but they decided to save him. We like that. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rocking cans in Chicago (!), world famous doodler Jon Burgerman hits up a wall. (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)


Jon Burgerman in Chicago (photo © courtesy of Pawn Works Gallery)


Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter “Undereducated”

WE’RE NO. 25!

Education continues to be hotly discussed and chronically underfunded, much to the detriment of current and future workers in the US.  Despite the rhetoric of the last ten years, many children have been left behind. For some reason we can save banks but not schools. As elsewhere in the social strata, the gap widens between those with access and those who don’t stand a chance.


A recent show in Manhattan featured Street Artists and others to raise funds and re-kindle the education discussion about how the collective “we” is in danger in the US when it comes to preparedness in science and technology among other areas.  Street Artist Specter participated in the Re:Form School show and is now thinking about how to translate that experience into his work on the street.


Explains Specter, “My new series, ‘Undereducated,’ continues the discussion of the RE:FORM SCHOOL art show and the release of Waiting for Superman. A text-book sculpture was placed at the entrance of P.S. 277 in the South Bronx’s 7th District. Old text books are renewed to inspire students, bring art to their streets and force attention to disastrous cuts in arts education. By placing art around schools we can expose students to different ideas and present art where it has been cut out.”


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A Wellspring: New York City Walls That Overflow

For the Street Art aficionados and for those that observe the arts in general New York City offers a year-round wellspring of inspiration. In particular, there are a number of well-known walls that get plastered and sprayed and tagged upon continuously, ever changing and ever interesting.

When you think of individual creativity we think of the old saying “we all drink from the same well”. With the explosion of real estate construction all over the city in the past decade we are very fortunate indeed to have many such wells/walls for complex Street Art “collaborations”.  At any time there is new art on walls in diverse neighborhoods throughout the city like Soho, Chelsea, The Lower East Side, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Red Hook, Long Island City and the Bronx to mention a few.

Below are images from just one such wall; An ever-changing gallery in the neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan.

XCIA (© Jaime Rojo)

XCIA (© Jaime Rojo)

$Hota (© Jaime Rojo)
$Howta (© Jaime Rojo)

Fumero (© Jaime Rojo)
Fumero (© Jaime Rojo)

JC2 Army of One, ASVP, Dint Wooer (© Jaime Rojo)
JC2 Army of One, ASVP, Dint Wooer (© Jaime Rojo)

Toy City (© Jaime Rojo)
Toy City (© Jaime Rojo)

Fumero, Jc2 Army Of One, Toy City, Dint Wooer, ASVP, XCIA, Shin Shin, SGU (© Jaime Rojo)
Fumero, Jc2 Army Of One, Toy City, Dint Wooer, ASVP, XCIA, Shin Shin, SGU (© Jaime Rojo)

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