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Images Of The Week: 01.05.14

Images Of The Week: 01.05.14



It’s been weeks since we had an “Images of the Week” posting with you, due to the end of the year spectacular we presented  for 13 days; a solid cross section of the talented photographers who are documenting this important moment before it passes.

As a collection 13 From 2013 exemplified the unique and eclectic character of Street Art and graffiti photography today. Each person contributed a favorite image and along with it their insight and observations, often personal, very individual, and with a real sense of authenticity. Each day we were sincerely grateful for their contributions to BSA readers and to see the street through their eyes.

Thank you again to Yoav Litvin, Ray Mock, Brock Brake, Martha Cooper, Luna Park, Geoff Hargadon, Jessica Stewart, Jim Kiernan, Bob Anderson, Ryan Oakes, Daniel Albanese, James Prigoff, and Spencer Elzey for 13 from 2013. Also if you missed it, that list kicked off just after our own 2013 BSA Year in Images (and video) were published here and on Huffington Post, all of which was also a great honor to share with you.

And so we bring back to you some documentation of moments before they passed – our weekly interview with the street, this week including $howta, Appleton Pictures, ASVP, BAMN, Chase, Dceve, Doce Freire, EpicUno, Hot Tea, Jerkface, Judith Supine, Leadbelly33, LoveMe, Meres, Olek, Rambo, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Square, and Swoon.

This weeks top image is a reprieve from the winter we’ve been enduring – a small hand cut frog clinging to a verdant fern – created by Swoon and snapped during a visit to her studio over the holidays. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


EpicUno (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Leadbelly33 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LoveMe (photo © Jaime Rojo)


BAMN (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ASVP and Square (photo © Jaime Rojo)


$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JerkFace (photo © Jaime Rojo)


HotTea (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Olek’s very latest piece completed on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, Canada.  (photo © Olek)


Olek. “Kiss the Future” detail. (photo © Olek)


Meres has a message for Gerry. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Meres (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chase (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Doce Freire in Sharjah City, UAE for the Al Qasba Festival. (photo © Doce Freire)


Dceve (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Appleton Pictures (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ramiro Davaro-Comas (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Manhattan, December 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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13 from 2013 : Bob Anderson “Watching the Process Unfold with Phlegm”

13 from 2013 : Bob Anderson “Watching the Process Unfold with Phlegm”


Happy Holidays to all you stupendous and talented and charming BSA readers! We thank you from the bottom of our socks for your support this year. The best way we can think of to celebrate and commemorate the year as we finish it is to bring you 13 FROM 2013 – Just one favorite image from a Street Art or graffiti photographer that brings a story, a remembrance, an insight or a bit of inspiration to the person who took it. For the last 13 days they will share a gem with all of us as we collectively say goodbye and thank you to ’13.



Today we go to New York State’s capital Albany to hear from photographer and occasional BSA contributor Bob Anderson whose intense love for photography is usually expressed through natural beauty and  domestic scenes but occasionally he can indulge in a true passion; street art photography. In 2013 Bob had the opportunity to meet the illustrator and street artist Phlegm who was visiting from Sheffield, a city in South Yorkshire, England. While he caught some excellent shots for BSA readers during that marathon of painting, this one stood out as his favorite of 2013.


Phlegm. Albany, NY 2013. (photo © Bob Anderson)

Watching the Process Unfold with Phlegm

~ Bob Anderson

Whether it’s a sticker, a tag, or a mural, the streets are the judge of what will stand the test of time. Sometimes it is the aesthetic or the message, or simply the placement that weighs in an efforts favor. The end result will garner a cover, a buff, or appreciation.

Not to distract from the work itself, but I find more appreciation in both the process and the artist. Yes, I want to see new work, but viewed from a computer or in real life after it’s completed, it does not carry the intensity as watching it unfold. Maybe in a completely selfish way, it’s to learn the process. Everyone has their own technique. It’s not something one is willing to share in an email or to a passer by. But if you’re willing to lug paint & ladders, stay out all night, hop fences, or sit in a dirt lot all day – you will learn something.

As for the photos. It’s easy to walk up to a finished wall and frame a nice photo – but it can still feel empty. Photos of the actual process show the evolution and effort behind the work. Creativity comes by working with whatever gear you may be able to pack in, the time and lighting given (which will never be ideal) and shooting around faces that can not be shown.

Lastly, the most important part is the people.

Well known names with no associated faces come together with random strangers.

During those countless hours late at night or under the sun in a dirty parking lot, drinks are shared, hilarious stories are told, and friendships are made.

And a wall is left standing.

Photos document the party that only a few were privileged to attend.

Get out, and get up!

Thanks to all!


Artist: Phlegm

Location: Albany, NY. 2013


Check out our Brooklyn Street Art 2013 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo here.


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Phlegm Flees With a Marauding Animal Exodus in Albany

Exclusive Photos of the Wildly Charging Herd by Phlegm

As the global geopolitical-econo-social storms continue to swirl us into and out of oil wars and natural disasters and disease and pestilence and famine – or at least the threat of them, you may rightly feel as if you are living inside a comic book or a late summer blockbusting thriller.



Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)

The gift of an illustrator like Sheffield-based Street Artist Phlegm is that he can, at will, play the master of chaos in a Dionysian drama, creating the horror afoot, and he can as well create the salvation. It is up to his imagination and his hand/can. Today we look at a new installation of exodus, the stretching and contorting competition of man and animal to flee imminent disaster. Or maybe they’re headed to the Apple store.


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)

The New York State capital of Albany hosted an extensive series of walls across many neighborhoods two years ago this month, but has since been relatively quiet, as local Street Art fan and photographer Bob Anderson can attest. But for the longest time Bob says, “I have had my eye on an 85′ wall of Earthworld Comics, the oldest comic book store in town.” As luck would have it, Phlegm was in Bushwick BK finishing up a wall just as this one opened up north, and the floodgates of exodus were let loose across the expanse of brick.

Not a bad venue for an outsized illustrator like Phlegm, who is as adept at small hand-rendered drawings as he is of this happily hellish scene of a rumbling and frenzied herd charging forward. It helps that the wall is shot by an artist behind the camera and augmented by the invisible hand of the god of light and shadow.

If this is a film still, it is still moving. If this is a painting, may it never stop. Long live Phlegm.

Our special thanks to Bob Anderson for capturing and sharing these images with BSA readers.



Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm blending with his characters as he makes progress on the wall. (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)


Phlegm (photo © Bob Anderson)




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Living Walls : Albany Roundup


RECAP – BSA and Living Walls : Albany

This weekend in Albany very important Street Art presentations were made at the New York State Museum during “Living Walls: Albany”, including one from Street Art duo Broken Crow, pictured here in custom made aluminum foil head gear that reflected light rays all around the Clark Auditorium.

brooklyn-street-art-broken-crow-jaime-rojo-albany-living-walls-09-11-web-4Mike has the remote for the Powerpoint show in his right antenna. Broken Crow at the New York State Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

There were so many moving parts in this large and easy going cultural festival this weekend, and we were really happy to meet so many people in the street, at the Marketplace encampment, in St. Joseph’s Church, at the tile factory, and during our keynote lecture at the New York State Museum Saturday. Thanks to Samson Contompasis for asking BSA to partner with him for LWAlbany and a quick shout out to other local partners James Shultis at Grand Street Community Arts, Sivan Shimoni, the staff at NYS Museum, and local blogger KC Orcutt at along with photographers Andrew Franciosa, Bob Anderson, MC3, Frank Whitney, and Ken Jacobie.  Also big ups to Monica Compana, who c0-spearheaded Living Walls Atlanta, which we covered a lot when it began last year.  For all the locals mentioned, they are just the tip of the iceberg of a large committed creative and professional community in the Upstate New York region who helped to pull this thing off with almost zero dollars and tons of planning and hustling. For the first year, it is/was a major achievement.


Broken Crow (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Of course our main focus is always the Street Artists and the creative spirit that is alive and well on the streets so it was a total honor to see the artists and see brand new stuff going up, like the last one before catching a train last night – Broken Crow’s ram under a bridge.  There are still some pieces being finished by NohJColey, Clown Soldier, Doodles, and one we missed from Michael DeFeo. Also coming up should be Hellbent and possibly some other artists this fall, so we’ll get back to you on that. Not all these pics are from Living Walls : Albany by the way — when you are combing the streets you find all kinds of stuff you didn’t expect.

Check out all BSA coverage on the archive page here.


Broken Crow (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Broken Crow (photo © Jaime Rojo)


White Cocoa (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Doodles at work on his wall. He explained to BSA that it will eventually contain 5 frames of a figure gradually being crushed under a backpack, which he will shake himself from and run into the wild. It’s meant to symbolize the fears and problems that can accumulate in life and our need to shake the “baggage” if possible.  — and some more esoteric descriptors that we can tell you about if you want to know.  Stay tuned for the finished piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Doodles at work on his wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Doodles wall in progress (photo © Jaime Rojo)


NohJColey at work on his wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)


NohJColey at work on his wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)


NohJColey at work on his wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cake, Infinity (photo © Jaime Rojo)


(photo © Jaime Rojo)


Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Overunder next to an old Radical! (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Clown Soldier (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Michael DeFeo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Radical (photo © Jaime Rojo)


N’DA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Overunder and Broken Crow at “Living Walls : Albany”


Words by KC Orcutt

Images by Andrew Franciosa and MC3

Overunder is a firecracker. From my initial participation in witnessing the Living Walls unfold in Albany, he has been nothing but a friendly and tireless ball of creative energy (in the best way possible) showing me parts of the city I grew up in that I didn’t even know existed on Google maps of places he’s been exploring. As a first time visitor adapting to the town, we joked about him about being able to give directions better than I, myself, could as a local.

brooklyn-street-art-overunder-andrew-franciosa-living-walls-albany-1-webOverunder (photo © Andrew Franciosa)

Overunder has work installed currently at the Marketplace Gallery and his pieces have been sprinkled throughout Albany, such as one gem tucked away in the South End sharing a building with Broken Crow. His portraits are as engaging as the quirky characteristics of each building or wall themselves, picking up on elements of the city (such as painting people that he’s met during his stay here) and his attention to detail in his work brings out new characteristic aspects of walls that otherwise would have continued to blend in unnoticed with the city’s surroundings.

Overunder’s pieces are as conversational as the artist himself and his work has breathed fresh air into these community spaces. Just judging off of our several conversations over the past week, I’d say it’s a safe bet to make that he has more tricks up his sleeve and more work will surface as the weekend draws closer.


Overunder (photo © Andrew Franciosa)


Overunder (photo © MC3)


Broken Crow (photo © Andrew Franciosa)


Broken Crow (photo © Bob Anderson)


Broken Crow (photo © Bob Anderson)

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Clown Soldier, Wing, Shin Shin, NohJColey, N’DA at “Living Walls : Albany”


A Special Report

Words by KC Orcutt
Photos by Bob Anderson

With Marketplace Gallery transformed into what is best classified as a sleep away art camp — complete with scattered sleeping arrangements, wheat pastes hung up on the gallery walls ready to greet the outside world, in progress portraits of some of the participating artists by White Cocoa and a healthy buzz of street art-fueled conversations late into the night — the past couple of days and nights have blurred together leading up to the debut of the Living Walls project in Albany, officially launching this weekend.


Clown Soldier (photo © Bob Anderson)

Away from the hustle and creation taking place both in the street, at the gallery and St. Joseph’s church, a conductor of sorts sits under a bridge in Rensselaer at the Art Park, overlooking Albany. The piece, as created by Clown Soldier, puts a figure in command of the happenings of the city from a detached control station. One can’t help but picture the happenings in Albany in relation to the Living Walls as beneath the futuristic bubble Clown Soldier created. The tag line that organically manifested surrounding the Living Walls in Albany — “This Is Happening In Your City” — is setting in.


Clown Soldier (photo © Bob Anderson)

Kitty corner to the Clown Soldier piece is another Living Wall where Shin Shin and Wing collaborated under the massive support of the bridge in Rensselaer. The pair got to work using a bright palate environmentally fitting for the open industrial space, creating a natural and whimsical balance on the surface of the bridge’s support.


Wing and Shin Shin Collaboration (photo © Bob Anderson)


Wing and Shin Shin collaboration (photo © Bob Anderson)


Wing and Shin Shin collaboration (photo © Bob Anderson)


Wing and Shin Shin collaboration (photo © Bob Anderson)

NohJColey, Depoe and N’DA also got down in Rensselaer, working over the course of several days on large-scale pieces, bordering existing (and aging) public murals, while also bouncing in between St. Joe’s church, where Living Walls installations are coming into form from a multitude of artists, local and beyond.


N’DA (photo © Bob Anderson)


NohJColey and N’DA work in progress (photo © Bob Anderson)


N’DA and NohJColey lend a hand to Shin Shin with the installation of one of her Golden Trees at St. Joe’s Church (photo © Bob Anderson)


N’DA and NohJColey (photo © Bob Anderson)


N’DA (photo © Bob Anderson)

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