All posts tagged: Able

Getting “Woke” with the Word On The Street(s)

Getting “Woke” with the Word On The Street(s)

The powerful use of words and images is playing an important role in directing the events that lead us forward, or backward. It is right for us to be alerted to fake news, although the recent bashing of news sources has more to do with de-legitimizing and seizing power than any sincere interest in truth.

Visual Resistance (photo © Jaime Rojo)

If anyone uses words and images to create fake news it would be PR companies and the related industries who have been creating entire campaigns and planting them in newspapers and in electronic media and Reddit and Facebook comments for years now. Posing as everyday folk or genuinely respectable “think tanks”, they tear down people, sowing fear, confusion, and disinformation. Their persuasive words are often effective.

The Chief Strategist for the President is reportedly telling the press to stop all their words all together , and Mitch McConnell basically just told Elizabeth Warren to sit down and shut up, so powerful are words.

We can divine a lot about a person by listening to the words, as well the ones they leave out. We always say that the street is a reflection of society back to itself and today we share with you these text-based messages that give you an idea of what people are talking about.

Street Art ™ (photo © Jaime Rojo)


“Were you thinking that those were the words—
those upright lines? those curves, angles, dots?

No, those are not the words—the substantial words
are in the ground and sea,

They are in the air—they are in you.”

~The Sayer of Words, Walt Whitman

Political, social, straightforward, evasive, confrontational, poetic, strident, aspirational, inspirational, inclusive, loving, hateful, witty, simple, confusing; The average passerby regards, absorbs or dismisses the sentiment, feeling that their opinion is re-affirmed or neglected. Possibly they consider a perspective that is brand new.

Because of the anonymity and the lack of context, sometimes a well-placed missive appears as a message from the Universe, or from God, or another kindred soul.

As ever, beware the provocateur.

Chor Boogie (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Word To Mother (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Vudo Child (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Fanakapan (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Indecline (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Able (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Amberellaxo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Baron Von Fancy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Trek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Queen Andrea (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

John Morse (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jeff Gress (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Blunt. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Megzany (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)


 


This article is also published on The Huffington Post.

 

Please follow and like us:
Read more
BSA Images Of The Week: 01.29.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.29.17

BSA-Images-Week-Jan2015

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Able, Alexis Diaz, Bruno Smoky, Case Ma’Claim, Crash, Dan Flavin, Ernest Zacharevic, Inti, Jose Mertz, Kryptick, Logan Hicks, Maya Hayuk, Miro, Pichi & Avo, Santiago Rubino, Shalakattak, and Sipros.

First image above: Alexis Diaz. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Able. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jose Mertz. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sipros. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Miro. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Santiago Rubino. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kryptik. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ernest Zacharevic in collaboration with Martha Cooper. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Inti. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Crash. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Maya Hayuk. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Case Maclaim. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pichi  & Avo. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Logan Hicks. Wynwood Walls, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bruno Smoky and Shalakattak. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bruno Smoky and Shalakattak. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Dan Flavin. Chelsea, NYC. January 2017 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Please follow and like us:
Read more

BSA in LA (Update) – Walls Underway in Prep for MOCA Show

Brooklyn-Street-Art-BSA-LA-Logo

“Art In the Streets” has begun exactly where it started – outside on walls. The number of people in Los Angeles this week to mark Sunday’s opening of the show at the Museum of Contemporary Art grows by the hour and there are more walls in progress than a housing boom. Just in the last couple of days we’ve seen commissioned and non-commissioned new murals, pieces, tags, and installations freshly dripping by people like How & Nosm, Lee Quinones, Shepard Fairey, Blade, Cern1, JR, Augustine Kofie, Invader, Os Gemeos, Nomade, Saner, and many others.

brooklyn-street-art-lee-quinones-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-12Lee Quinones takes a break on “Birds of a Feather”, the wall collaboration he’s directing that features  Futura, Risk, Able, Seno, Push, Loomit and Cern1. The new installation is on the wall that was previously installed by Italian artist Blu but was buffed soon after by the museum a few months ago – a subject still on the minds and lips of people here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Futura says it’s like Summer camp and others have likened it to a family reunion, which makes us think of lawn chairs, cheap beer, barbecue, and crazy old uncle Jed sitting on a picnic table rubbing egg salad into his hair and talking about the Republicans. But yeah, right now in this little part of LA there is a feeling of a camp that is headed maniacally toward total circus.

brooklyn-street-art-birds-of-a-feather-wall-lee-quinones-futura-risk-able-seno-push-loomit-cern1-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-07

Cern 1 workinfg on “Birds of a Feather” wall collab with Lee Quinones, Futura, Risk, Able, Seno, Push, Loomit and Cern1  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The show itself, which we’ve seen in it’s entirety, is an audacious and colorful endeavor to bring about 50 years of Graffiti and Street Art history and a number of it’s influencers and influences under one roof. Engaging and educational, visitors will have the opportunity to learn how certain tributaries lead to this river. No show on this worldwide phenomenon could ever hope to include everyone, and Curator Jeffrey Deitch, along with associate curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose have chosen touchstones and flashpoints that push their individual visions of how the story unfolded. While it doesn’t break much brand new ground, only the Bittersons (or Jealousinskis) will find sufficient cause to try to mug this solid, entertaining and participatory show full of surprises. But for a scene that never sought permission in the first place, it won’t matter.

Here are a collection of images on the museum grounds itself. Previews from the show tomorrow.

brooklyn-street-art-birds-of-a-feather-wall-lee-quinones-futura-risk-able-seno-push-loomit-cern1-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-08

“Birds of a Feather” (detail) wall collab with Lee Quinones, Futura, Risk, Able, Seno, Push, Loomit and Cern1  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-birds-of-a-feather-wall-lee-quinones-futura-risk-able-seno-push-loomit-cern1-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-09

“Birds of a Feather” (detail) wall collab with Lee Quinones, Futura, Risk, Able, Seno, Push, Loomit and Cern1  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-birds-of-a-feather-wall-lee-quinones-futura-risk-able-seno-push-loomit-cern1-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-10

“Birds of a Feather” (detail) wall collab with Lee Quinones, Futura, Risk, Able, Seno, Push, Loomit and Cern1  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-birds-of-a-feather-wall-lee-quinones-futura-risk-able-seno-push-loomit-cern1-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-11

“Birds of a Feather” (detail) wall collab with Lee Quinones, Futura, Risk, Able, Seno, Push, Loomit and Cern1  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-birds-of-a-feather-wall-lee-quinones-futura-risk-able-seno-push-loomit-jaime-rojo-cern1-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-14

“Birds of a Feather” (detail) wall collab with Lee Quinones, Futura, Risk, Able, Seno, Push, Loomit and Cern1  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-futura-martha-cooper-MOCA-LA-web-04-14

In this photo by Martha Cooper, Futura lends a hand to Cern1 to complete the collaborative mural on the side of Geffen Contemporary in time for the opening.  (photo © Martha Cooper)

brooklyn-street-art-birds-of-a-feather-wall-lee-quinones-futura-risk-able-seno-push-loomit-cern1-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-15

“Birds of a Feather” wall collab in progress with Lee Quinones, Futura, Risk, Able, Seno, Push, Loomit and Cern1  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-barry-mcgee-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-05

Barry McGee (Twist) finished this wall before heading indoors to reprise an installation he did in 2000 with ESPO and REAS called Street Market.  Roger Gastman says of the new installation that was still being finished as of yesterday afternoon, “This is another version ten years later, basically on crack. They brought in a number of other great artists to help work with them on it. Now it includes Alexis Ross, Dan Murphy, Jeff Flynn and a few others.” (photos tomorrow)

(photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-blade-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-19

This Blade wall in progress is a direct reference to the famous Martha Cooper photo of one of his burners on an MTA train in the 70s.  It was begun after the museum washed off a fresh new Katsu fire extinguisher tag that appeared suddenly a few days earlier. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-risk-blade-jaime-rojo-art-in-the-streets-moca-14-11-web

Blade. Finish wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-os-gemeos-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-04

Os Gemeos cube in progress will contain something quite special that is being prepared in a garage nearby.  It actually looks like it could hold a dozen go-go dancers if that other thing isn’t finished in time for the opening. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-os-gemeos-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-06

Os Gemeos cube in progress (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-os-gemeos-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-03

Os Gemeos cube in progress (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-os-gemeos-blade-jaime-rojo-art-in-the-streets-moca-14-11-1-web

Os Gemeos with mini-train painted by Blade (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-os-gemeos-blade-martha-cooper-art-in-the-streets-moca-14-11-1-web

Blade painting the Os Gemeos mini-train (photo © Martha Cooper)

brooklyn-street-art-os-gemeos-blade-jaime-rojo-art-in-the-streets-moca-14-11-2-web

Os Gemeos mini-train opposite side (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-sullivan-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web

Sullivan takes off (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-invider-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-02

Invader’s “Blue Invasion” of the museum starts outside. Or is that BLU invasion? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-risk-jaime-rojo-art-in-the-streets-moca-14-11-1-web

Risk (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-risk-fab-5-freedy-jaime-rojo-art-in-the-streets-moca-14-11-1-web

Fab 5 Freddy speaking on today’s press conference in front of bus by Risk (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jr-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-16

Not all brows are unfurrowed for the impending opening of “Art In the Streets”, as in these by French Street Artist JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jr-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-17

JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-jr-jaime-rojo-MOCA-LA-04-14-web-18

JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Please follow and like us:
Read more