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Bifido and Jacoba Niepoort “Playground Love” Under the U-Bahn

Bifido and Jacoba Niepoort “Playground Love” Under the U-Bahn

Bifido in collaboration with Jacoba Niepoort. Calle Libre Festival. Vienna, August 2019. (photo © Bifido)

Just below the Vienna U-Bahn, and above the street, there are two new archangels shielding their eyes from us, possibly looking into one another’s.

“The only true voyage, the only bath in the Fountain of Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to see the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to see the hundred universes that each of them sees, that each of them is; and this we do (with great artists); with artists like these we do really fly from star to star.”

Bifido in collaboration with Jacoba Niepoort. Calle Libre Festival. Vienna, August 2019. (photo © Bifido)

Italian Street Artist Bifido tells us that this quote is part of the inspiration for his new collaborative piece that spreads its wings below the rumbling of rolling wheels in this busy city. The other inspiration is drawn from the experience of working for the first time with his painting partner, the Danish artist Jacoba Niepoort who adds the extending wings to Bifidos photorealistic searching figures.

“When I saw Jacoba’s work for the first time, I thought, ‘I absolutely have to work with this artist,’ ” he tells us, remarking on the intensity that he rarely finds in the world of Street Art. “It’s not just something decorative; it digs deeper, touching the most intimate and emotional part of people.”

Bifido in collaboration with Jacoba Niepoort. Calle Libre Festival. Vienna, August 2019. (photo © Bifido)

The pair met at the Calle Libre Festival in Vienna this summer and decided that their first project together would examine the intimacy of human relationships. The experience has enabled them both to look at the same scenario with each other’s eyes, he says, and now passersby in Vienna can as well.

Bifido in collaboration with Jacoba Niepoort. Calle Libre Festival. Vienna, August 2019. (photo © Bifido)
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BSA Images Of The Week 06.19.16

BSA Images Of The Week 06.19.16



No we’re not worried about Donald Trump falling from grace, as in the new piece by Ron English leading the show this week. That’s not the point, people. It’s that we have fallen so far that a guy like this can get so close to the White House.

By the way, Nychos is killing it in New York right now. Pieces in Coney Island, Bushwick, a truck side, a Freud sculpture at the Flat Iron, a new show at Jonathan Levine this week, a couple other walls planned including one at MANA.  He’s very impressive in technique and work ethic. A shout out to the fellas who are capturing the action at Chop’em Down films. Top notch!

Meanwhile, we have a LOT of summer to enjoy. Get going!!!

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 18ism, AskewOne, Balu, CDRE, Dabs & Myla, GIZ, KAS, City Kitty, Myth, Nekst, Nychos, OG23, Rime MSK, Ron English, and Vik.

Our top image: Ron English brings Donald Trump as Humpty Dumpty on a wall – in collaboration with The Bushwick Collective and Mana Urban Art Projects. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Giz and Bart kick it with the Smurf next door for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs & Myla for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Vik for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


AskewOne MSK for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


RIME MSK for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


OG23 for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


18ism for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Indelible Funk  for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


AskewOne. Nekst tribute for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nychos “Translucent Heart Attack” for The Bushwick Collective and Mana Urban Art Projects. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nychos (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nychos (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nychos. Dissection Of Sigmund Freud Flatiron Plaza. NYC. Vienna Therapy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nychos. Dissection Of Sigmund Freud Flatiron Plaza. NYC. Vienna Therapy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nychos. Dissection Of Sigmund Freud Flatiron Plaza. NYC. Vienna Therapy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kitty City with Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)


CDRE (photo © Jaime Rojo)


CDRE (photo © Jaime Rojo)


CDRE (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kas. Brussels, Belgium. June 2016. (photo © KAS)


Untitled. Manhattan. June 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Film Friday 12.05.14

BSA Film Friday 12.05.14



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

Now screening :

1. Street Artist GAIA, Super Modernity in Italy, Austria, Turkey
2. JR: RIVAGES  a film by Guillaume Cagniard
3. Curiot at the Mexico City’s Youth Institute

BSA Special Feature: Street Artist GAIA, Super Modernity in Italy, Austria, Turkey

“Traversing places in order to respond to place, what an absurd proposition.”

And yet, that is what Street Artist Gaia has been doing for the last 3 years or so.  In route he has been seeing many other artists doing the same thing, and has been feeling super modern about it.

While Street Art grew out of the graffiti tradition of tagging your local city with your name and your artwork and calling it a day, few are satisfied with that audience today. True fame happens via the Internet and mural festivals, and Gaia has made it one of his goals to study the history and culture of his host city and the resulting art works have been affected by his self-education and observation.

In this new video mini-treatise, an existential examination of his own journey to this point, Gaia poses questions while cleverly jabbing at the roving rootless lifestyle that has arrested many artists in the Street Art scene; reveling in its benefits — possibly counting its costs.

The petite piece is scored by Max Muffler in a postmodern electronic timber, evoking the charging swing of perpetual cross-cultural travel that can be rich and repetitively banal.

Sounds like the beginning of a larger work to come.



JR: RIVAGES  a film by Guillaume Cagniard


Curiot at the Mexico City’s Youth Institute

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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.28.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.28.14



Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bikismo, Cera, Conor Harrington, indie184, Knarf, London Kaye, Nemo, NemO’s, Pyramid Oracle, Sheryo, Stikki Peaches, The Yok, Troy Lovegates, UNO, and Wolfe Work.

Brooklyn-Street-Art-Nuart-Mcity-2014-Screen-Shot-2014-09-27-at-5.34Scroll to the end to see the brand new video of M-City stencilling atop a sea vessel during his Nordic oceanic installation off the coast of Stavanger. Also, check out the blowing winds on the mic at the beginning.

Top Image >> Bikismo’s new mural for the New York Street Gallery sends mixed messages brought during the fog of war, an age in which we currently live. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


London Kaye rather trapped behind a fence (photo © Jaime Rojo)


NemO’S “Arrow-d Signal ” New piece in Piacenza, Italy. (photo © NemO’S)


Conor Harrington in town for his pop-up with Lazarides did this mural for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Troy Lovegates in Chicago for Pawn Works. (photo © Pawn Works)


NEMO and the undercover carrot (photo © Jaime Rojo)


UNO taking the pig out for a stroll in this new piece in Rome, Italy. (photo © UNO)


Slim shady and The Yok and Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sometimes my mind gets so muddled and confluszed and I can’t straight think. CERA in Philadelphia. (photo © CERA)


CERA in Philadelphia. (photo © CERA)


Dude, you seen my wheels? Wolfe Work (photo © Jaime Rojo)


No regrets!  Okay, maybe one. Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Knarf in Vienna, Austria for Inoperable Galley. (photo © Knarf)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikki Peaches collaboration with Indie184. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. SOHO, NYC. September 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

M-City and Nuart present Ocean Art




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BSA Film Friday: 07.25.18

BSA Film Friday: 07.25.18




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

Now screening :

1. Our Nation’s Sons – Joe Caslin
2. Ludo: The Chaos Theory
3. Stinkfish Smashes Austrian Bus
4. Tom Herck: Searching for Light
5. The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra Fashions Music from Garbage
6. Mary Poppins Says “Raise the Minimum Wage”

BSA Special Feature: Our Nation’s Sons – Joe Caslin

“As a nation we have pushed a significant number of our young men to the very edges of society and created within them feelings of neglect and apathy. It is now time to empower these young lads and give them a sense of belonging,” says artist Joe Caslin of his Street Art project in Ediburgh, Scotland entitled “Our Nation’s Sons“.

The project that addresses marginalized youth is captured with a moody cinematic flair in this new video featuring the most recent wheatpaste of Joe Caslin’s drawings in Galway.


Ludo: The Chaos Theory

A one minute promo of Ludo in studio as he presumably prepares for his big show at Lazarides in October.


Stinkfish Smashes Austrian Bus

The world is just in black and white until Stinkfish sets it alive in color, completely smothering a huge Graz city bus in paint to promote the Livin’ Streets Festival in Graz, Austria.



Tom Herck: Searching for Light

A stained glass tribute by artist Tom Herck on the side of this decommissioned hospital has more meaning than this simple video can imply.

The image is a tribute to his mother who he says was rescued from the street as a child by the nuns at St-Anna hospital (St-Truiden Belgium), and who also worked here for more than 45 years as a cleaning lady.

“The hospital is closed now and I wanted to do a tribute to my mother,” he tells BSA.



The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra Fashions Music from Garbage

D.I.Y. as a means of survival is not the same as art school graduates joining a knitting circle on Wednesday nights. This community lives on a landfill and has ingeniously, no, miraculously, produced musical instruments from refuse. The resulting music and sense of pride is mountainous and the reason we stay in this beautiful journey to discover the creative spirit.



Mary Poppins Says “Raise the Minimum Wage”

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Faile “Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom”, or Hot Rods, Unicorns & Coloring Books

Faile “Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom”, or Hot Rods, Unicorns & Coloring Books

Hormonal murmurings, childhood dreaming, race cars, hot rods, porky pig. All are on display at Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom, the new show by Faile running roughshod all summer at Galerie Hilger NEXT in Vienna. The collection of works on wood, paper, and fabric is a petrol injected force of beasts and beauty as the Brooklyn-based Street Artists / fine artists continue to challenge themselves to rummaging through childhood and teen lust and recombining images in an almost subliminal space juiced with fantasies from various perspectives, almost colored with punk-rock bleary hues. Or maybe it is more appropriate to say “parent-hood bleary” these days.


Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While early 2000s Faile also experimented with stopping the presses before the final screen, allowing the guts of their prints to be unfinished and imperfect in all their glory, recent projects like the one with the New York City Ballet have required a tighter control over the finished product. “I mean for a lot of these – like if you look back at 2002 with the “Space Shuttle” a lot of this is like going back to those things,” says Patrick McNeil as he shows us around the large collection of pieces in their Brooklyn studio before they made the trip to Austria last month – while Miller is at the computer finishing the cover design for a new 360 page Faile tome to be released this fall.

For the two Patricks Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom is an opportunity to re-engage with their art and to take a look back to the lesser finished, more ruff-cut approach of their early days. “A lot of the shows that we’ve done recently, like the one with the (New York City) ballet – things that require the woodblock prints, they are heavily dependent on assistants to like pump everything out to make the material and get ready for the show. So we are trying to get back – to get the “hand” back into it and step away from that process for a bit and go back to really being fully engaged with the work.”


“….These are diptychs, double page spreads of 1960s hotrod magazines . We took out all the content, redid the spread, redid all the cars, we did all of the text, dressed up a little bit of the content,” says Patrick McNeil. Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Much of this is like de-constructed Faile.
Patrick McNeil: Yeah I mean a lot of them have like the skeletal work of Faile. It’s basically how a Faile image gets built up, but we just kind of stopped earlier on it.

Brooklyn Street Art: So the color is blocked in on one layer and then you stopped. No detail.
Patrick McNeil: Yep, just kept them really loose and gestural

In addition to the “holding back” of the final over-printing, you’ll notice two other themes here. You may have seen sketches from the early 2000s of Faile’s ’57 Chevy screen printed in black on white that is rather scribbled upon by crayons? That image alone could provide sufficient foreshadowing for the other two directions for “Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom”. The artists actually experimented with their kids to have quality coloring-book time for this show, and McNeil consulted his own memories of his father as a race car driver while leaning on his Uncle Jim for his expertise of hot rods from the 60s and 70s.


“So we did six of these different cars  – we kind of went in and we tricked everything out.” Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“And it’s kind of a personal thing with working on it with the kids,” says McNeil, “The other half of the show is about cars… and a lot of these things are what our kids like; Fantasy, fast cars, music, princesses, unicorns, animals, and all those kinds of things. The cars also go back to my childhood and with my dad.”

We turn to a collection of coloring book pages on the work table in the spacious worksop and talk about how kids fill shapes and areas with crayons or markers, and what color choices are involved. McNeil talk about how he spent time observing both his kids and Millers and taking the time to get inside their process. Eventually many of the new pieces reflect what he refers to as “collaboration”.


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“We were going through coloring books – We have all these amazing things from the 60s that were colored in. And the way kids would color them was they would block shit out and lock out shapes and I was like, ‘these look rad, we should do like a series of paintings.’ We’ve always talked about the trapping, the painting that goes in before the final print goes on,” he says.

“So we started to take these home and have the kids work on them or we would work on them together – so I painted this one and my son painted this one at home but when I was painting with the kids I got really in tune with just watching them –  and the color and thinking about the shapes,” he says as he describes the very similarly rendered pieces he and his kindergarden-aged son would sometimes come up with. “My son sends me this one and he did the legs and the body kind of like how I did and I took what he did and I reinterpreted it like that and you kind of get this kind of thing happening.”



Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: So you feel like you were tuning into a more childlike approach?
Patrick McNeil: Not only that I’m like collaborating with my son and he’s five and I would do them and then show him and he was like, “Daddy, why are you copying my work?” And I would say, “Well this isn’t copying, we’re collaborating and you’re helping me and I’m re-interpreting what you are doing.”


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

When it came to the hot-rods – the two page magazine spreads and the hero worship massive solo prints – more senior members of the family were brought into the process.

Patrick McNeil: So getting back to the cars – my dad used to race cars
Brooklyn Street Art: Did he have that roll bar inside the car?

Patrick McNeil: Yeah he raced cars and my Uncle Jim used to race cars in the 60s. – so here’s one he used to race. So we did a series of race cars, wait I’ll show you…

Brooklyn Street Art: Wow, yeah,
Patrick McNeil: So we did six of these different cars  – we kind of went in and we tricked everything out.  I worked with my Uncle Jim to get all the accurate information for these particular cars, the speeds that they ran, the engines that were running in them, the horsepower, transmission, the tracks that they raced at. And then we took the real content and made fictional cars with fictional names.


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: So they are grounded in fact…
Patrick McNeil: It’s grounded in fact but made entirely of fiction.  So of the cars we did six different cars.

Brooklyn Street Art: My god, these are superstars.
Patrick McNeil: And of the six cars we did three of each again.  You can kind of see the variations.

It’s not that Faile has been impersonal in the past, he says, it’s just that they are looking a little more inward a little at the moment. One influential artist that he points to is Mike Kelly, whose recent retrospective at PS1 drew on so many parts of his daily life and existence for inspiration in his work. “After seeing the Mike Kelley show and hearing how his life informed his work – we’re kind of embracing that. I mean the work always has some personal twist  – like “Urban Assault” is about moving out to the suburbs while “Bunny Girl” was more about creating an image. There are things of course that connect more to personal experience,” he says.


Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom clearly contains a lot of each, and for Faile it the freedom they have experienced in the making of these new pieces is as evident on their faces as it is in the vibrancy and risk-taking of the new work. From their earliest mono-prints and stencils to now, the duo has returned to the raw punk-rock well for inspiration and each time have found themselves re-aligned.

Brooklyn Street Art: This show really spreads wide. How many pieces are there?

Patrick McNeil: So there’s the magazine spreads, there’s five diptychs, six cars… Ten of the smaller, six of the larger verticals, three horizontal and three wood pieces. Then the t-shirts, the wood carvings…

Brooklyn Street Art: And you have used a lot of free hand rendering and a free range of materials.
Patrick McNeil: Yeah it’s a mixture of spray paint, acrylic house paint, and oil pastels, a little bit of pencil or pencil crayon. But this show has been a lot of fun to work on – It’s been good to be in touch with the work.


Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faile “Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom” exhibition is currently on view at the Galerie Ernst Hilger NEXT in Vienna. Click HERE for more details.



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Images Of The Week: 06.01.14

Images Of The Week: 06.01.14



BOS, Bushwick Collective, Juicy Fest, RedHook Studio Tours, Northside Festival, Welling Court… BK and QNS are bombed with artists in June – and today’s throwdown in Bushwick is just one tab on the 12-pack to pop and spray all over your friends on a hot summer day. When it comes to street art we’re in this new legal mural phase right now and when you head out to Bushwick Open Studios today you will see freshly painted and in-process walls. Don’t worry, we’re still seeing a lot of uncensored freewheeling self-selecting artistic installations of the unsanctioned variety – and that sector is alive and well.  See you out in the street!

Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring

Adam Fujita, BustArt, Cb23, Chris Dyer, Dain, Dasic, Don Rimx, Ethos, FoxxFace, Jerk Face, Labrona, Meca, Meer Sau, Milo, Muro, Osch, Princess Hijab, QRST, Ricardo Cabret and Son, Sem, Skewville, Stinkfish, Stovington 23, Txemy, Vexta, Zaira

Top Image >> Dasic for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Adam Fujita for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Princess Hijab has a new installation in the Paris Metro (photo © Adrien Chretien)


Princess Hijab. Detail of the above installation. Paris, France. (photo © Adrien Chretien)


Are you feeling this felt lava lamp? Milo calls what she does Graffeltti. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Osch new installation in London’s Brick Lane. (photo © Massimo Filippi)


Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sem (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ethos new piece in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (photo © Claudio Ethos)


QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Don Rimx, Ricardo Cabret and Son for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Labrona new indoor mural in Montreal, Canada. (photo © Labrona)


Vexta for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stovington23 new corporate takeover in Eastbourne, UK. (photo © Stovington23)


BustArt and Zaira new stencil work in Amsterdam. (photo © Bustart/Zaira)


BustArt and Zaira new stencil work in Amsterdam. (photo © Bustart/Zaira)


Muro . Txemy . Stinkfish . Meca . Done for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Meer Sau in Salzburg, Austria. (photo © Meer Sau)


Jerk Face completed his Tom and Jerry piece in Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


cb23 and Foxx Face collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris Dyer in Denver, Colorado. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

If you are lucky enough to be in NYC this Sunday, get out of the house and head over to East Williamsburg and Bushwick. You’d have the chance to see many of these murals in person and perhaps and artist or two while applying the final touches to his or her wall. Click HERE for more info on The Bushwick Collective block party taking place today. And HERE for the Juicy Art Fest which is not happening until June 5, 6 and 7 but artists are currently busy at work on their murals and it is only a short walk between the two.



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Side-busting a Tag with MeerSau

Side-busting a Tag with MeerSau

Meer Sau continues the conversation on the street with graff writers by altering their tags original intent – a high minded term called side-busting.

It’s a harmless sort of annoyance that your younger brother does just to get you overheated so you smack him and he tells on you to your mom.

When you see stuff like this on the street you may also be reminded of the thrilling repartee scratched on the back door of a 5th grade bathroom stall with a pen knife. Such gems come to mind such as “There once was a vickar named Nick, whose…”, “Here I sit all broken hearted, …”, and “Jenny Hunt goes all the way. call 212-309-______ for a good time”.

Just thinking out loud here people.


MeerSau. “Art Is Not A Crime…for sure…” Salzburg, Austria. March, 2014. (photo © MeerSau)


MeerSau. “I Love Porn s” Salzburg, Austria. March, 2014. (photo © MeerSau)


MeerSau. “Cupcake Killer” Salzburg, Austria. March, 2014. (photo © MeerSau)


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Images Of The Week: 12.15.13

Images Of The Week: 12.15.13




Here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Ainac, Andreco, Axel Void, bunny M, Col Walnuts, FX Collective, Finbarr DAC, Killy Kilford, Kremen, LNY, Meer Sau, Mr. Toll, Rubin, Square, Starfightera, and Swoon.

Top image >>> OK this piece is signed and we should be able to decipher the tag. But we couldn’t. So help us out. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


SQUARE and bunny M collaboration. All hand painted, one of a kind piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


SQUARE and bunny M collaboration. Detail. All hand painted, one of a kind piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Finbarr DAC and Starfightera collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Finbarr DAC and Starfightera collaboration. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Finbarr DAC and Starfightera collaboration. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Meer Sau. Salzburg, Austria. “Never stop being childish,” he says.  (photo © Meer Sau)


Artist Unknown. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Also, a nice framed piece. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


An LNY and Axel Void collaboration for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Swoon’s Studio. A quick demo from Swoon showing her guests at her Holidays Party the 101 of lino prints. She invited her guests to get in on the action. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Swoon’s Studio. Two test prints hanging out to dry. This is a brand new piece of a steel worker from Braddock, Pennsylvania. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


A sculptor who places his work in public space, here is Andreco at work in his studio. Italy. (photo © Andreco)


Andreco. The completed sculpture installed for Sub Urb Art 2 in Turin, Italy. (photo © Andreco)


Ainac repurposes the image of Darth Vader to illustrate three ways to deny evil. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Let us prey. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kremen (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Robert Janz (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Col Walnuts (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


FX Collective. “Distributor of Ideas” Process shot. Italy (photo © FX Collective)


Killy Kilford (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Red Hook, Brooklyn. December, 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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ROA Gets Up With New Animals In Tow

ROA Gets Up With New Animals In Tow

BSA travels with ROA to Austria, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the US.

Today we visit with Street Artist, urban naturalist, and globe trotter ROA to see what walls he has been climbing since we last checked in with him and his traveling curious circus of animals. Alternating between the cuddly and the killing, the endoskelton and the excrement, the pugnacious, playful and the putrefying, this Belgian world citizen is no romantic with his subjects and he isn’t asking for you to be either necessarily.


ROA. Lagos, Portugal 2013. (photo © Roa)

If you consider the brutal natural and man-made world that animals have to survive in and the ruthless depravity of humans throughout the ages (including right now), perhaps ROA’s depictions of these regionally based creatures are a healthy counterbalance to the fictional storytelling we customarily see in large public depictions of animals. Rotting Big Bird, anyone?


ROA. Lagos, Portugal 2013. (photo © Roa)

In one instructive example, a local town meeting in Chichester in Great Britain erupted into a heated debate this spring and a vote was called over whether to remove one of ROA’s fresh paintings from public view. The aerosoled portrait  featured a rotting badger lying belly up and pock-marked across the front of a neglected building.

“It’s not appropriate, it’s grotesque and I hope it will be removed,” said the district and parish councilor who was outraged at the factual representation of a dying animal, according to a local website. The article does not mention if she was equally outraged at the culling of badgers locally, which ROA was drawing attention to, or if she would call the culling of undesirable animals “grotesque”.



ROA. Ibex at the harbor in Linz, Austria 2013. (photo ©

You wouldn’t cheapen the spray-painted monochromatic realism of ROAs work as activism per se, or even moralizing. Sometimes a bear is just a bear.

But sometimes the poses and positions and selectively illustrated details are more pronounced than one may see in nature, so clearly his desire is to draw attention to them. And why not try to give a voice to them? Otters don’t do email and bison hooves are too clunky for texting and nary a narwhal has his own Facebook page. If they have been displaced, marginalized, or are suffering, you won’t see a cluster of clamoring squirrels arrayed before a bank of microphones and cameras issuing a press conference.


ROA. Detail. Linz, Austria 2013. (photo ©

But slowly and gradually and almost systematically the former graffiti artist has been raising the awareness of even the dullest among us bipedal primates that the animals we are sharing the world with are plausibly pissed about that whole “dominion over nature” clause that pious Pulcinellas spout when justifying treating some animals like trash even while their blue-blooded poodles are having pedicures. Now that you think of it, this may not be exclusively about the animal kingdom.

Certainly we have all learned from ROAs travels that nature isn’t pretty – and can possibly be very alarming – and he won’t likely let you forget it.

So start trotting, galloping, swimming, scurrying, slithering, and scurrying! We have a lot of catching up to do with ROA as this year he’s been in Austria, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the US.


ROA. Linza, Austria 2013. (photo ©


ROA. Linz, Austria 2013. (photo © Roa)


ROA. Mural Festival. “Still Life With Bison and Bear” Montreal, Canada 2013. (photo © Roa)

This wall was featured in our coverage this summer of the MURAL festival, where we wrote;

“For his first visit to Montreal, the Belgian Street Artist named ROA says that he had a great time creating this ‘still life’ with a bison and a bear. When talking about his inspiration, ROA says that he was impressed with the history of the so-called American bison, which was incredibly abundant in the early 19th century, numbering more than 40 million. After being hunted almost into extinction with a population of 200 a century later, the bison slowly have reestablished their numbers in Canada to 700,000. He decided to add a bear laying on top because it tells a similar story of a native mammal in the region.”


ROA. “Catch of The Day” Open Art. Örebro, Sweden 2013. (photo © Roa)

“This is the first time I actually painted a narwhal,” says ROA about the curiously speared whale that lives year-round in the Arctic.

“Their tusks make them a unique example of a species; in a way the narwhal is a mythical sea creature; The unicorns of the sea,” explains ROA about this Swedish piece.  “The young male narwal that I painted here is unfortunately caught in a fishing line. I wanted to draw attention to how they and many other species become a victim of hunting and pollution.”


ROA. “Catch of The Day”. Deatail. Open Art. Örebro, Sweden 2013. (photo © Roa)


ROA. Vienna, Austria 2013. (photo © Roa)

At the start of July ROA opened his second solo show – this time with Inoperable Gallery in Vienna.

The exhibition was called “PAN-ROA’s Box” and it was an animal curiosity focused show.


ROA. Detail. Vienna, Austria 2013. (photo © Roa)


ROA. Wall Therapy. Rochester, NY 2013. (photo © Roa)


ROA. Wall Therapy. Rochester, NY 2013. (photo © Roa)


ROA. “Two Blue Tits” in Chichester, Great Britain 2013. (photo © Roa)

ROA was there as part of his invitation to participate at the Chichester Street Art Festival in May.


ROA. Chichester, Great Britain 2013. (photo © Roa)

Here is the painting referred to above that upset a number of people in Chichester and called for a vote to take it down (it was 50/50 so they’ve left it up).

Regarding the Badger Cull 2013

“After several emails from Louise Matthews about the upcoming badger cull in GB, I painted a badger to support their efforts to save the badgers,” says ROA. The controversial practice in Britain has gained a number of very adamant foes, including Brian May from the rock group Queen.


ROA. Bethenal-Green London 2013. (photo © Roa)

As a guest of Griff from Street Art London, ROA did this piece in Bethenal-Green.


ROA. Nuart 2013. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Roa)


ROA. Malaga, Spain. (photo © Roa)

As part of his invitation to the Maus Festival, ROA painted this in Calle Casas De Campos, Malaga, Spain.


ROA. Malaga, Spain. (photo © Roa)


ROA. “Fighting Squirrels”, Southbank, London 2013. (photo © Roa)

“If you have ever witnessed a squirrel fight, you might recognize the action,” says ROA of these two enraged fellas in mid air.  He explains that when the North American Eastern Grey squirrel (top) was introduced it caused the red native Squirrel (bottom) to lose habitat and population, so now the red one is protected by conservation laws.

ROA would like to thank the Southbank Centre at the canal.


ROA. Dulwich, London 2013. (photo © Roa)


ROA. Baroque The Streets Festival. Dulwich, London 2013. (photo © Roa)

Regarding the dog above, ROA says :

” It took me a detailed search into the Dulwich Picture Gallery to find an animal expression that was involved with the daily life of the time and express on it’s own a fragment of the ordinary life. My eye was caught by a pooping dog in a large scale hunting scene; I found that an interesting detail. The people of the museum told me they have more hunting scenes with this same curious detail, but those were currently not exhibited.”

Dulwich:  ‘Baroque The Streets: Dulwich Street Art Festival’ May 10-19, 2013. The festival was organized by Street Art London & Dulwich Picture Gallery


ROA. Urban Forms Festival. Lodz, Poland. 2013. (photo © Roa)

Roa wishes to extend his most sincere thanks to the following people:

In Southbank, London he sends thanks to the Southbank Centre at the canal.

In Linz, Austria he says thanks to Bubble Days Festival in Linz, and thanks to Poidle.

In Montreal, he says thanks to MURAL for all their good care and for the retreat in Quebec. Thank you also to Yan, Andre, Alexis and Nico!

In Malaga, Spain he says thank you very much Fer.

In Rochester he says thank you to Ian, Steven, Dan and Wise, who “made my stay excellent as usual.”

In Lagos, Portugal he says thanks to LAC Laboratório Actividades Criativas.

In Stavanger, Norway he extends his thanks to the NUART festival.

In Lodz, Poland he says thanks to Michael and the crew.

And we here at BSA say thank you to you all, and of course to ROA for sharing all his travels with BSA readers.

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Images Of The Week: 10.06.13

Images Of The Week: 10.06.13


New York was rattled by uncertainty and worry this week as all eyes turned to Washington to witness the forced governmental shutdown that was prompted by a undeniably deep resentment toward the governed. How dare the people try to protect their health and pocketbook against the vulturish free market – one that has left tens of millions of our neighbors without medical care? As a collective punishment we are now nervously marking one week without a working government.

Launched parallel with the shutdown was the startup of a new Street Art/digital campaign by a global patron saint of the 2000s repositioning on New York streets in the 2010s. Through a website about his own secret/public spraying, Banksy is creating a sort of funhouse reinvention; A winking campaign of digital manipulation of friends and detractors alike.  Circumspect humor and treasure hunts have triggered a bit of a circus – and we are willingly parlaying the details and conjecture across social media with hashtags and photos and exclamation points.  Reviews of the work itself range from tepid to thrilled  but the sugary buzz of near daily revelations have given these events a feeling of an October surprise. If the brand can sustain interest for the the entire announced “residency” of one month it will indeed be an accomplishment, as New Yorkers are voracious consumers of culture and attention spans mimic that of the tsetse fly.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring B.D. White, Banksy, Blind Eye Factory, Cost, Specter, Holymafia, Judith Supine, Knarf, Mike Shine, Nychos, and Zed1.

Top image > Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Judith Supine. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zed1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zed1. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Specter in Rome.  (photo © Lorenzo Gallito/Blind Eye Factory)


B.D. White (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Ghost of Banksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


COST (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nychos in San Francisco. (photo © Brock Brake)


Mike Shine in San Francisco (photo © Brock Brake)


Knarf and Holymafia in Vienna (photo © Knarf)


Knarf  in Vienna. (photo © Knarf)


Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Images Of The Week: 09.01.13



September is the perfect time of the year for Street Art in NYC – and shout out to the NYTimes who ran a double spread and video this week with images of Street Art and graffiti you can see here every week – including the great MOMO piece in Dumbo that was commissioned by Two Trees, and walls from the Bushwick Collective, 5 Pointz, Welling Court, Hunts Point, Coney Island and more. Seeing the collection made us think about how much BSA really covers throughout New York and the world every month and that made us happy as Bill DiBlasio, the apparent next mayor of NYC.

Also it was cool this week to step back and see everybody at the “Wild Style” 30th Anniversary free show in the park by the East River – to see so many people including Lee Quinones, both Ahearn brothers, Cold Crush brothers, Lady Pink, Fab Five Freddy, Futura, Mare 139, Jane Dickson, Lisa Lee, Patti Astor, Joe Conzo, Martha Cooper, among others – and Busy B, who reminded us that the early days of hip-hop were about “peace, love, unity, and having fun”. Yeah, we’re on board for more of that.

Stay tuned this month for exclusive BSA coverage of Nuart ’13 in Stavanger, Urban Forms in Lodz, Faile at the Dallas Contemporary, a number of new gallery shows with the new crop of artists on display, and even a chance for BSA to meet you in Bushwick at a special event on the 19th, wink wink.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week including Amanda Wong, Bunny M, Case Maclaim, Dede, Droid 907, Freddie 111 Street, Gilf!, Josh McCutchen, Judith Supine, Meer sau, Phetus, Phlegm, PRVRT, r1, Reme821, SARZTKG, and Vexta.

Top image is by Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo).


Judith Supine. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


PRVRT (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Vexta, Gilf! and the Boyz. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Phlegm (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Phlegm. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


r1. Johannesburg, South Africa.  (photo © r1.)

“The piece is made of reclaimed plastic bottles that were assembled in a large wire mesh,” says South African installation artist r1, who created this piece in a way that reminded us of the El Anatsui show this year at the Brooklyn Museum and on the Highline.  “Community and street art seems to work well together,” r1 says when recalling the spontaneously posing kids who arrived to get in the picture.


r1. Johannesburg, South Africa.  (photo © r1.)


Phetus . Reme821  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DEDE  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Meer Sau. Translation: “Damn, looking good today!” Salzburg, Austria. (photo © Meer Sau)

Meer Sau shares these smiles with BSA readers this week, where a crosswalk is emblazoned with some words of encouragement. He did the installation and then stood around waiting to see what expressions he could capture. “Everybody wants compliments,” Sau explains.


Josh McCutchen (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Freddie 111 Street.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Case Maclaim (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Droid907, Amanda Wong and SARZ TKG in Atlanta. (photo © SARZ TKG)


Magnet Wall in Chelsea with some regulars and new additions.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Lower East Side, Manhattan, NYC. 2012  (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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