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Where Graffiti Art Is The Rose of The Desert : Spraying Outside the Jardin

Where Graffiti Art Is The Rose of The Desert : Spraying Outside the Jardin

When you are a renowned graffiti writer living 25 minutes outside of Marrakech at an artists compound and painting in your studio to prepare for an upcoming exhibition on canvas, sometimes you still are activated by wanderlust to go out and catch a tag. Or something more elaborate.

Ceet . Tilt . Clone. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jardin Rouge has hosted some of best known American and European graffiti writers such as members of Tats Cru, Daze, Ceet, Jace and Tilt as well as Street/Mural Artists like Kashink, Mad C and Hendrick Beikirch (ECB) over the past few years, inviting them to paint and sculpt new works in roomy quiet studios and on the buildings of the property itself.

As you leave the compound and take a long walk or motorcycle ride up the lonely and narrow dusty roads and gaze through ruddy fields past lines of olive trees you’ll discover bubbled and colorful aerosol works on dilapidated structures, half walls, and cratered remnants of buildings that rise just above the rich red soil.

Ceet . Tilt. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Suddenly the visual language of the inner city overflows the margins into agrarian areas, this time by way of a fervent patronage of this painting practice as art form. The distinction happens more often these days with festivals, galleries, museums, brands, collectors, fans inviting urban artists to suburban or ex-urban oasis to create their signature work very far removed from its original context.

Until now most of the fiery debates about graffiti and Street Art moving into the mainstream have focused on whether it belongs in institutions, or needs to be studied in academia, or if it ceases to be graffiti or street art when it is made for the gallery canvas or brought into the gallery directly from the street. Here, it is going anywhere but mainstream.

Clone. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

What do we call graffiti writing or characters from one city when it is introduced to another city, as has happened for decades thanks to the nomadic nature of couch-surfing artists and the adventurous practices of the graffiti tribe. And what happens when it goes for a hike further afield?

What do you call it when artists like Yok & Sheryo are on perpetual spraycation in places like Ethiopia or Mexico or when ROA is spraying his monochromatic animals in fields of Latin America or when New York graffiti icons are providing a backdrop to livestock that are chewing their cud and flipping their tales at flies?

310. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Is the graffiti and Street Art practice intrinsically tied to location or citizenship or local identity? Is is somehow made new by its audience?

There is much concern expressed today about graffiti and Street Artists losing their “street cred” (ibility) or authenticity by painting permissioned murals in their home cities or at festivals they have been invited to.

310. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In many countries and regions there are no norms regarding aerosol art, so none are violated when an artist decides to spray a multicolored bubble tag on an old milk house next to a collapsed dairy barn.

One wonders how to contemplate the work of artists whose culture has often been marginalized when the work itself keeps appearing in unexplored margins.

As usual, the movement of these art forms and their various practices are in flux, continuously on the morph. At the very least the new context draws the work into strong relief, allowing a new way to regard its aesthetics.

310 .  Ceet . Tilt. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Reso. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Reso. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Reso. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo

Reso . Goddog. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Reso. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Goddog. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Goddog. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tilt . Poes. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet . Jace. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet . Jace . Bio Tats Crew . 123 Klan . Klor.  Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet . Bio Tats Crew . 123 Klan . Klor. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet . Bio Tats Crew . 123 Klan . Klor. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tats Crew BG183. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ceet . Bio Tats Crew. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Reso. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rezo . Rolk.  Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Basila . Unidentified artist. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

DE. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. Jardin Rouge, Morocco. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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The Bushwick Collective Turns 5

The Bushwick Collective Turns 5

BSA has been promoting and supporting The Bushwick Collective and the artists who paint there from the very beginning.

Before The New York Times. Before Time Out. Before The Daily News and many other news or culture outlets. Before there were any videos of Joe Ficalora telling his story. Before Social Media turned every private act into an object for mass consumption. Before the street art tours. Before Street Art was a cottage industry in our borough.

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Case MaClaim (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As we celebrate five years of Bushwick Collective we have a question for you: Do you remember it’s original name before he changed it to Bushwick Collective? Joe contacted us out of the blue one day to ask us to curate some walls with him and to help him contact some artists and we immediately sensed a determination in Mr. Ficalora that was stellar. However, we never could have envisioned the huge daily festival it has become or how many people would celebrate or malign it.

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Case MaClaim (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bushwick Open Studios was already in full effect by that time – another artists’ effort we were among the first to support – and Manhattan art fans were beginning to make the trek a little further out on the L train to Bushwick now that Williamsburg had been clobbered by consumers by the late 2000s.

The first Bushwick Collective party had a DJ and 10 muralists. Jim Avignon, KLUB 7, and Gabriel Spector among them. Unofficially included was the huge “return” of COST, who slammed an entire defunct garage shop with posters and paint – a site that he often returned to in the months that followed to revise and expand.

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Case MaClaim (photo © Jaime Rojo)

It’s been a rollicking and sometimes rocky ride with the Collective, with mostly the voices of fans and few detractors, including silly art-school gentrifiers who bemoaned the gentrification that these murals brought to the neighborhood. Also local graff writers felt disrespected or overlooked by what they perceived as an invasion, and you can’t blame them for feeling that way.

Mostly, it has been a celebration of the creative spirit in these twenty-teens in Brooklyn and we all know that this too is a temporary era, as New York is continually reinventing itself. Enjoy these murals smacked cheek-by-jowl for block after block by an international train of talents running through Bushwick today, because they are here for you to enjoy in this moment. Like David Bowie wisely told us, “These are the golden years.”

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Nychos. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nychos (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Celso (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don Rimx (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sipros. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sipros (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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D*Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Atomik (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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FKDL (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dasic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BG183 . Tats Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NICER . DAZE . BIO . Tats Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CRUSH . Tats Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JMR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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KLOPS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NEPO . CORO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.05.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.05.16

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It’s Bushwick Collective Weekend Yo! The assembled faces and artists is local, national, international – a melange of what Brooklyn has become in recent years and the streets are alive with involved citizenry in search of entertainment, art and community. The Street Art scene is alive and well, just mutating weirdly as it always does; charges of commercialism and the whitening power of gentrification notwithstanding. A little further out in BedStuy was the #PrincePartyBK yesterday with Spike Lee celebrating the Purple One’s birthday, along with a lot of Biggie love, and Muhammad Ali love, and you, Love.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 1Penemy, BG183, Bio, City Kitty, Coro, Crash, GIZ, JMR, KLOPS, Loco Art, Marie Roberts, Nepo, Nicer, Samantha Vernon, Sheryo, Tats Crew, The Yok, Thomas Allen, Tristan Eaton, UNO, XSM, and You Go Girl!

Our top image: Marie Roberts for Coney Art Walls 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified artist’s portrait of Muhammad Ali who passed away this Friday. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BG183 TATS Crew for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CRASH TATS Crew for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nicer TATS Crew for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BIO TATS Crew for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“Oh my God, I am totally getting a selfie with this. No one back in Nazareth will believe this. Suurreeusly.” KLOPS for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JMR for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NEPO . CORO for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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GIZ. Joe Ficalora The Bushwick Collective founder with his BFF Pope Francis. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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You Go Girl! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Protestors at the entrance of the Brooklyn Navy Yard have been drawing attention to their opinion that the Duke Riley “Fly By Night” art project with Creative Time is cruel to the pigeons in some way and that the animals are being exploited for profit. Riley has reportedly consulted pigeon clubs, an avian veterinarian, experts from animal welfare groups and been given a good review from the Audubon society so the opinion does not seem unanimous. Regarding the charge of making a profit, we’re pretty sure all the tickets are free, right? Our favorite one is the sign that also insults the artistic quality of the project as “mediocre.” Oh, gurl, you did not manage to throw some shade while protecting those birds did you? Snap! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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XSM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pizza on the run. The Yok and Sheryo shot through the driver’s seat of a parked UPS truck. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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UNO. Marseille, France. May 2016. (photo © UNO)

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Thomas Allen, partially obscured by some green buffing. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thomas Allen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Kitty. A mash up of two giants of rock whom we lost withing months of each other this winter/spring – with that intuitive third eye. “You will be missed” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Prince. Is VJZ the signature of the artist who painted the portrait? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“The monster within and the fool that follows.” Heard that. Tristan Eaton for Coney Art Walls 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Samantha Vernon for Coney Art Walls 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Is there a story behind this, or simply a fantasy scenario? 1Penemy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“I hate your negative energy”.  Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Loco Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn Navy Yard. Duke Riley’s Fly By Night performance with pigeons in collaboration with Creative Time. Brooklyn, NY. June 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Images Of The Week 02.13.11

Brooklyn-Street-Art-IMAGES-OF-THE-WEEK_05-2010This week Revok was in town and hit up a wall with Tats Cru; a new mural entitled “The Quiet Before the Storm”, providing the Lower East of Manhattan with some much need color. We also re-visited a couple of BSA favorites like the Shepard Fairey’s piece on the Cooper Square Hotel and a few WK Interacts scattered around LES. It’s great to see and photograph these pieces when imbued with February’s cold gray and blue light.

And now our weekly interview with the street, this week including Bio, BG183, GS, How & Nosm, Invader, Revok, Shark Toof, Shepard Fairey, Spazmat, Tats Cru, TMNK and WK Interact. Update. Thank you RJ at Vandalog for sending out the tweet abut the Mel Kadel (on the no loitering sign) sticker and helping our readers with the artist’s name.

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Revok and Tats Cru “The Quiet Before the Storm” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Revok and Tats Cru “The Quiet Before the Storm” Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Revok and Tats Cru “The Quiet Before the Storm” Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Revok and Tats Cru “The Quiet Before the Storm” Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TMNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A poppy colored veil for Spazmat so you can’t read lips while he’s on the phone. Wait, he doesn’t have lips. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Minotaur Stencil (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mel Kadel..You heard it! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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WK Interact (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Seems like people are in such a rush these days, doesn’t it? WK Interact (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“For the last time, this is not 1C and I did not order a pizza!” Vintage WK Interact (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“Forgive me Father for I….erm, uh, too late buddy.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Home of the golden mustache ride! GS in Miami Art Basel 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This photo was shot mere seconds before Invader was eaten in Miami!  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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