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The Power of Color via Street Art, Graffiti, and Murals

The Power of Color via Street Art, Graffiti, and Murals

No doubt it is the grey days of late winter that is making us think about this as we brace for the next snowstorm, but today we’re considering the impact that Street Art color has on architecture that never asked for it.

We’re not the first to think of hues, shades, tones, and palettes when it comes to the man made environment of course, but it does strike us that most of the buildings that are hit up by street art and murals today were designed by architects who never imagined art on their facade.


Os Gemeos in Boston. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Modern architecture for some reason is still primarily grey, washed out greens, beige, eggshell, snore.

“Color is something that architects are usually afraid of,” said internationally known and awarded architect Benedetta Tagliabue in an interview last May about the topic of color.  A generalization probably, and you can always find exceptions of colorfully painted neighborhoods globally like the Haight in San Francisco, La Boca in Buenos Aires, Portafino in Italy, Guanajuato in Mexico, Bo-Kaap in Capetown, the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the Blue City of India, but many of those examples speak to color blocking and pattern.


Interesni Kazki in Baltimore. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ve been looking at the power of Street Art to reface, re-contextualize, re-energize, and re-imagine a building and its place in the neighborhood. Some times it is successful, other times it may produce a light vertigo. The impact of work on buildings by today’s Street Artists and muralists depends not only on content and composition but largely on the palette they have chosen. It sounds trite, and self-evident perhaps, but much of Street Art is about color, and primarily on the warm scale first described by Faber Birren with his OSHA colors and color circle in the 1930s .


Faile in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Birren developed his color system with the observation that artists favor the warm colors more than the cold, from the violet side of red and extending beyond yellow because “, their effect is more dynamic and intense and because the eye can, in fact, distinguish more warm colors than cold.

It’s common now to think of 21st century Street Art as the graffiti-influenced practice that primarily activates the detritus of the abandoned industrial sector blighting western cities in the wake of trade agreements that sent all the jobs to lands without protections and regulations. While that is definitely the sort of neglected factory architecture preferred for “activation” by many graffiti artists and Street Artists alike, we also see more curious couplings of color with the delicately ornate, the regal, or even modernist structures today thanks to artists being invited, rather than chased.


Shepard Fairey in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The results? Abstractionist, cubist, geometric, letter-based, illustrative, figurative, text-based, outsider, folk, dadaist, pop.  One common denominator: color.

“The environment and its colors are perceived, and the brain processes and judges what it perceives on an objective and subjective basis. Psychological influence, communication, information, and effects on the psyche are aspects of our perceptual judgment processes,” writes Frank H. Mahnke in his recent piece for Archinect. The author of Color, Environment, & Human Response has made it his mission to explore psychological, biological effects of color and light and to help creators of the man-made environment make good choices.

Whether all of these choices are good, we leave up to you. But it is worth considering that Street Artists have been part of the conversation on the street for decades now, making powerful suggestions to architects and city planners , so maybe it’s worth taking another look at what they’ve been up to lately.


Ever in Baltimore. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Escif in Atlanta. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kenton Parker and Roa in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LUDO in Chicago. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Anthony Lister in Los Angeles. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kobra in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smells, Cash4 and Spiro in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Don Rimx in El Barrio. Harlem, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Agostino Iacurci in Atlanta. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Barry McGee in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jaz and Cern in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pose and Revok in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rime, Dceve and Toper in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pixel Pancho in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Deeker and David Pappaceno in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Reka in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


RRobots in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


MOMO in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville in Brooklyn, NYC with an old NEKST tag on top. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


3ttman and Elias in Atlanta. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris Stain and Billy Mode tribute to Martha Cooper in Brooklyn with ROA on the water tank. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Os Gemeos in Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JMR in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Greg LaMarche in Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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This article was also published on The Huffington Post




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3TTMAN Completes the 30th Mural for Urban Forms In Lodz

3TTMAN Completes the 30th Mural for Urban Forms In Lodz


3TTman has just completed the 30th mural for the Urban Forms project in Lodz, Poland. An eye-popping storyteller who often uses his works to tell allegories of a sociological, political, environmental nature, 3TTman hasn’t told us the full story here, but we see images of power, currency, natural resources, and a head on a plate. It’s contemporary work that recalls mid-century graphic design and all his stories are colorfully told in his geometric and illustrative style.

Born in Lille and schooled alongside talented friend and Street Artist Remed, 3TTman travels globally doing large-scale walls singularly (sometimes collaboratively) in the company of artists such as Zbiok, Remed, Grems, Spok, Sixe, Nuria Mora, Suso33, Neko, Agostino Iacurci, and others. This new wall will certainly brighten the gray days of Lodz, and it may even make people inquire about the story behind it.


3TTMAN. Detail. Urban Forms 2013. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Urban Forms/Michał Bieżyński)


3TTMAN. Detail. Urban Forms 2013. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Urban Forms/Michał Bieżyński)


3TTMAN. Urban Forms 2013. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Urban Forms/Michał Bieżyński)

More on BSA about Urban Forms:

TONE Animates a Wall for Urban Forms in LODZ

Urban Forms in Lodz, Poland Ready To Go

Urban Forms 2013: ROA Goes First in Poland

Inti Hits 11 Story Building in Lodz

Inti, The Good Goat Shepherd






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Images of The Week 08.18.13


This week in Atlanta we’ve had a blast meeting the artists and organizers and capturing the new works for you to see here. We’ve published many of the walls in the last few days so here are some that we have not, including works by 3TTman, JR, Pastel, Elian, Gyun Hur, Joshua Ray Stephens, Nanook, Trek Matthews

Top image is by 3ttman (photo © Jaime Rojo).


3ttman. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pastel (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pastel (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Elian (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gyun Hur (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gyun Hur (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Joshua Ray Stephens (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nanook (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Trek Matthews (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Trek Matthews (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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Living Walls 2013 ALIVE in Atlanta

The artists are having breakfast at the Goat Farm, and Georgie is yelping in his cage. The year old beagle wants to get out and jump on everybody’s lap and help clean off their plates with his pink tongue and but for right now Emily is looking at the weather channel on her laptop and transfixed by the forecasted rain that could hit tonight’s block party in Edgewood and Know Hope is debating a second helping of scrambled eggs. Somebody plows through the screened door with fresh copies of the local arts newspaper that features JR on the front and the Living Walls 2013 official map inside, and assorted bearded bros are pawing through their iPhones to answer emails and catch Instagram shots of the walls that have gone up so far here in Atlanta.


Mr. Chicken feeling it at The Goat Farm. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Goat Farm is the central meeting spot for the 20 or so artists in this, the 4th Living Walls festival, and you are free to wander the grounds of this 19th-century complex of industrial buildings that made cotton machinery and munitions during two of its previous iterations. Now it has a few hundred artists studios, performance spaces, and cool little places to hang out and talk about the new walls by artists like 2501, Inti, Agostino Iacurci, and many others in neighborhoods like Summer Hill and Edgewood. Naturally, you can also hang out with the goats in their penned off area or be entertained by the personality-plus chickens that walk freely around the sprawling grounds.


Axel Void. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Inti. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Inti. Detail. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



Last night was the kick off Movie Night party at Callenwolde Arts Center and BSA gave the room of 200+ guests an entertaining tour of about 15 Street Art videos from around the world called “Street Art in Motion”. After giving a bit of history about BSA and our involvement with the arts in general and Street Art in particular we introduced three categories that we think represent Street Art in video right now – “Explorers, Experimenters, and Anti-heroes”. Drawn from the archives of BSA Film Friday we looked at works from a group in Tel Aviv, Vhils in Brazil, Vexta in India, Conor Harrington in Norway, Creepy in the Australian outback, MOMO in Jamaica, Various and Gould in Instanbul, and Jay Shells in Brooklyn, among others.

It was great to invite special guest RJ Rushmore from Vandalog introduce a video from Evan Roth and we ended the hour and half presentation with the most popular video of the year so far, “Infinite” featuring Sofles slaying wall after wall in a mammoth abandoned building – a perfect combining of stop action editing and low-tech special effects that pulls together all three of our themes of exploration, experimentation, and a bit of the badass anti-hero stance. By the time the drums and bass stopped pounding on the speakers we were ready for a visit to the bar and some excited talking about music, spraycans, and the city’s longest continually operating strip club, the Clermont Lounge.


3TTMAN at work on his wall. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Living Walls 2013 typifies the rolling feast of Street Artists, neighborhood and volunteering that can put together like-minded creators and fans in a harmonious collaborative way. With so many energetic and organized volunteers, its just a good vibe, and the work on the walls reflect a quality and a developed sense of concept that sets up Living Walls Atlanta as a standard of sorts that you may want to study. Even when your car battery goes dead and you need to find a new one to continue touring, its great to see that there is a genuine sense of that thing called southern hospitality here in the city, and we have already met some great neighbors on the street who are happy with the artists and the walls, some even honking and giving the “thumbs up” from their passing cars.

Here’s our first group from Living Walls Atlanta this year. Hope you dig.


Alex’s car having an emergency boost to send us on our way. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Freddy Sam at work on his wall. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Agostino Iacurci. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Know Hope. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gyun Hur at work at her first wall ever with her assistant Yoon.  Yoon, as it turns out, is a huge fan of Judith Supine. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Elian with Howdy Neighbor. 3TTMAN wall in progress on the left. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


2501. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


2501. Detail. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JAZ. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JAZ. Detail. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JAZ. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Brandon English of the media team setting up a shot. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Matt Haffner and Laura Bell. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pastel at work on his wall. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nanook at work on his wall. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Trek Matthews at work on his wall. Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Know Hope and 2501 working on their collaboration on a sculptural installation for Saturday’s Main Event Exhibition at The Goat Farm . Living Walls Atlanta 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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A Painted, Foldable House on Wheels for the Homeless?

With the help of French Street Artist 3TTMAN, a social fundraising/art/tshirt project in Spain called The N-spired Story Project built a homeless shelter. 3TTMAN is one of the first artists for this project, and the design of the house is super cool.


Image courtesy © The N-spired Story

The foldable painted concept house on wheels is playfully offered as a possible solution to shelter the homeless and is colorfully striped and patterned. Did you ever see those red tents that homeless people in Paris have been living in thanks to the “Children of Don Quixote”? According to the Wikipedia page on the red-tent project, “the NGO Médecins du monde (MDM) had taken the initiative, in 2005, to give tents to all homeless people in Paris, in order to provide them with minimal privacy and to make misery visible.”

Dude, one time the Fire Department kicked everybody out of our building, which happens periodically in artist-settled buildings in Brooklyn because building codes are not even a consideration when you are building your fantasy chicken shack inside an old factory for art shows and performances and seances and what-not. Everybody had to find a new couch to sleep on pronto!  But that’s only temporary homelessness, and not completely dire like a lot of people’s situations.

In artist communities like those in Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint Brooklyn, grassroots non-profit non-corporate collectives and groups have been doing projects together for years that involve community, collaboration, joint action, and art.  Street Artist Swoon used the power of community organizing and planning to hatch an idea for building the “Konbit Shelter” project in Haiti. 100% grassroots, that sustainable building project raised funds from donors and Swoon was instrumental in the conception and construction of those shelters. Currently she is working on similar community-based projects for displaced persons.

It’s uplifting and spirit-raising to see these N-spired projects pop up seemingly out of nowhere based on goodwill. According to the website of the company that created it, the project is part of a PR/marketing campaign in the “Social” space, perhaps for clients like those listed on their site. According to the materials on the site, a percentage of proceeds from this project go to charity.

If you wish to learn more about the project The N-spired Story click on the link below:

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From Here To Fame Publishing Presents: Muralismo Morte. Book Release And Exhibition (Berlin, Germany)

Muralismo Morte


We are delighted to commence our fall season with a beautiful new title.

Wir freuen uns sehr mit diesem außergewöhnlich schönen Buch in den Herbst zu starten.

Muralismo Morte – The Rebirth of Muralism in Contemporary Urban Art reveals the vibrancy of a new type of muralism as it rises from the shadows of urban spaces in metropolises worldwide. From much celebrated pieces in prominent places to those hidden in anonymous, decayed ruins, it features the large-scale murals and small interventions of some of the most exciting international artists associated with this movement. Muralist and art activist Jens Besser uncovers these treasures and offers special insights into the emerging scene that is coloring our urban experience.

Artists/Künstler: Roa, Remed, Klub 7, Aec & Waone (Interesni Kazik), Blu, Os Gemeos, Escif, Jens Besser, BerlinBeamBoys, Sonice Development, 3ttman, Kain Logos and many more.

Muralismo Morte – The Rebirth of Muralism in Contemporary Urban Art, zeigt die Dynamik einer neuen Form der Wandmalerei, die seit einigen Jahren weltweit aus den Schatten der urbanen Räume der Metropolen hervor tritt. Von den gefeierten Arbeiten an prominenten Plätzen zu den anonymen Werken, versteckt in verfallenen Ruinen, bietet dieses Buch die großen Murals und kleinen Interventionen einiger der spannendsten internationalen Künstler dieser Bewegung. Muralist und Kunst-Aktivist Jens Besser deckt diese Kostbarkeiten auf und bietet einen tiefen Einblick in eine aufstrebende Szene, die unsere urbane Landschaft in neuen Farben zeichnet.

Take a look inside the book here!

Title: Muralismo Morte – The Rebirth of Muralism in Contemporary Urban Art
Author: Jens Besser
Pages: 200, color, ca. 300 Illustrations & photographs
Format: 28.5 x 21 cm (11.22 x 8.27 inches)
Language: English edition

Price Hardcover: 24.95 € | £ 24.99 | US $ 34.95
ISBN Hardcover: 978-3-937946-29-0

Book Release / 1. October 2010!

Exhibition & Book release party / Common Ground Gallery / Berlin:
1.October 2010 / 7 pm-open end
Lecture / Buchvorstellung (Jens Besser): 8:30 pm

Live video performance – BerlinBeamBoys
DJ Dejoe

Common Ground Gallery / Hip Hop Stützpunkt
Marienburger Str. 16 A (Hinterhof)
10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Muralismo Morte Events Schedule:
for detailed information please check

1. October 2010 – Berlin
Common Ground Gallery
Exhibition & Book release party / lecture by Jens Besser

7 – 10. October 2010 – Berlin
Stroke.03 Urban Art Fair
Muralismo Morte lecture by Jens Besser & live painting by Roa, Sepe and Aryz (TBC)

27. October 2010 – Dresden
Muralismo Morte lecture by Jens Besser

3. November 2010 – Leipzig
Mzin Book Store
Muralismo Morte lecture by Jens Besser & exhibition

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Sneak Pics of “ShineBox” at Brooklynite & A True childhood Shinebox story.

Coming up November 21 a show of work with one of the most curious themes you have ever heard of is brushing up big at Brooklynite –

“Go Get Your Shinebox”

– where shelves are being sawed while we speak – to display 100 international artists’ interpretation of the shoe shine box familiar to an earlier era; an earlier depression, I like to say.

NOVEMBER 21 Opening at Brooklynite

NOVEMBER 21 Opening at Brooklynite

In the meantime, our favorite street-art photographer Jaime Rojo writes about his own personal experience being a shoe-shine boy one summer in his little town in Mexico.

“Go get your shine box!” My mother commanded it and she meant business. A rite of passage for the five boys in my family: for one week take your shoe-shine box down town to the commercial district of our small town and learn about earning a living.

I imagine that my parents had more than one goal in mind. To inculcate us with the values of honest work and to make us study hard at school so we wouldn’t have to shine shoes for a living.  I got that lesson fast.

Sure enough, for my 11th birthday I got a shoe-shine box with my name on it. And that box was not a toy. “You don’t play with this”, my father told me.

I only lasted a week shining shoes of businessmen and the boots of caballeros. And I got myself in big trouble.  I broke a cardinal rule; no CANTINAS. They were dirty shameful places no respectful boy should go in.

I thought, “How come the real shoe-shine boys are allowed into the cantinas but not me? That’s where the money is!” I got in trouble with another boy who said I was in his territory and he punched me. The bloody nose from that cantina-whooping made me look tough, but not tough enough to take on my parents. After a lot of yelling and the ROJO INQUISTION my little entrepreneurial adventure on the street was slammed closed like a shine box.

The following summer I sold ice cream in the park, but that’s another story.

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Brooklynite Gallery will bring back those childhood memories on November 21 with an impressive roster of artists creating their own shine boxes.

Here are some sneak peek images from the show for your pleasure with more to come later. Enjoy!


Ben Frost
Ben Frost

Billi Kid
Billi Kid

Brooklyn Street Art has a great little posting coming up about this guy Billi Kid, and an experiment he did on the street with it on Central Park South with his shinebox.

Also we’re hoping to shed some light on the genesis for this unprecedented  show of over 100 artists’ interpretation of the traditional shoe-shine box, a street fixture from our last depression.

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“Go Get Your Shinebox” at Brooklynite Gallery >>> Brooklynite Gallery Website Here

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