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BSA Film Friday: 06.18.21

BSA Film Friday: 06.18.21

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

Now screening:
1. “FAME”, the Italian Street Art Festival Documentary
2. Jersey City Artists at Work Painting for the first Mural Festival Here
3. “UNSATISFYING” Looks at Frustration with Smart Whimsy

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BSA Special Feature: “FAME”, the Italian Street Art Festival Documentary, Not the American Teen Drama Film

Everyone likes to declare that they were the first in graffiti and street art, before it was cool, when it was cool, before there was even a name for it, when things were pure, and pure genius. Everyone and everything after them and then are just shit. And gurrrrll, you better claim that legacy.

For FAME, launched during the late 2000s in Grattaglie, Puglia, Angelo Milano was always the center of a scene he created, enticing international street artists with promises of collaborations, big walls, big opportunities, big plates of delicious local cuisine. With his festival, he formed a club of exclusivity, and once successful, he slammed the door shut on the legacy, never again repeated. Later he became a gallery owner who sells artworks of most of them plus a new crop.

Lusciously self-aggrandized as an “evil genius” in this documentary, co-produced with Giacomo Abbruzzese, the swanning and sexy comic Milano brings himself into the middle of it all – and it all goes with him.

Jose Mertz at Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. Via Tost Films

A quick behind the scenes view of artist Jose Mertz last week in Jersey City, shot and edited by Tost Films. Most impressive perhaps is the techniques he uses to wash with color, gradually and subtly building mass and form of wild creature indeed.

UNSATISFYING” Looks at Frustration with Smart Whimsy

Parallel Studio produces this short animated film that brilliantly captures those situations when we experience the frustration of failing at performing small tasks. It’s annoyingly adorable, and everyone can relate.

Sort of satisfying, really.

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BSA Film Friday: 06.11.21

BSA Film Friday: 06.11.21

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

Now screening:
1. “Bubble Tea” with Sofles
2. Doug Gillem Discusses Stereotypes in Street Art
3. Vero Rivera in Columbia, SC. Via Tost Films

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BSA Special Feature: “Bubble Tea” with Sofles

Sofles gives us such beautiful Fridays – with a jump in his step and a flair in the sweep of his arm. It’s bubble time!

Our Expectations of Street Art’s Role in Projecting and Reflecting Values

It is not a surprise that street art reflects the culture back to itself, including elements that some will find objectionable or disgusting – this has always been true. As the so-called “culture” of street art becomes professionalized and monetized and regarded as legitimate by institutions and commercial interests like brands, we continue to hear that it is now being, to some extent, more closely examined. Doug Gillen of FifthWall TV explores criticisms of one artist’s work – FinDac – in regard to Asian tropes and stereotypes.

People have mentioned FinDac’s work for the last half-decade at least, so it is interesting that a current heated awareness regarding identity politics is pushing the conversation further. Truthfully, stereotypes about blacks, gays, the police, media, the military, women, men, religious institutions, politicians, sex roles, gender roles, political parties, geopolitics… have always been on display in myriad forms in street art and graffiti. It can be a worthwhile exercise when we begin to examine them in greater detail.

Vero Rivera in Columbia, SC. Via Tost Films

A commission for a suburban coffee shop mural, this hand painted work by Vero Rivera is a few steps removed from the street art and graffiti scene that first sparked out interest decades ago. The dynamics are different, but the spirit of creativity is the same.

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BSA Film Friday: 06.04.21

BSA Film Friday: 06.04.21

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

Now screening:
1. Homily to Country by Artist JR
2. Jersey City Artists at Work Painting for the first Mural Festival Here

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BSA Special Feature: Homily to Country by Artist JR

“We must throw off the chains of corporatization to save us all,” is the last statement in this narrative about historical, cultural and natural resources being stolen. His statement could have started with that.

Maybe JR will make a project about fairly taxing the rich next.

Jersey City Artists at Work Painting for the first Mural Festival Here

Two homemade videos below of a handful of the participating artists at work in their murals this week for the inaugural edition of the Jersey City Mural Festival.

See the action with Dragon76, José Mertz, L’Amour Supreme, Boy Kong, and Kirza Lopez in action at Mana Contemporary Complex.

Elle, Queen Andrea and Beau Stanton at the Ice Factory Complex

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BSA Film Friday: 05.28.21

BSA Film Friday: 05.28.21

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

Now screening:
1. Good Guy Boris – Remote Sensing
2. ZEKY via Art Azoï. Video by Justine Bigot
3. DETOKS & GENOM, “Not Bigger, Not Better, But…More!” Via Montana Colors TV
4. HONET via Art Azoï. Video by Justine Bigot

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BSA Special Feature: Good Guy Boris – Remote Sensing

The misadventures continue on the 1 Line in Athens.

“Athens now has that feeling of being wild and unpredictable – a little exciting or dangerous in some parts.”

And the voice…. it sounds so familiar.

ZEKY via Art Azoï. Video by Justine Bigot

DETOKS & GENOM, “Not Bigger, Not Better, But…More!” Via Montana Colors TV

Silvers! Rollers! Color Pieces! Oh my! Barcelona’s Detoks and Genom are on the loose around big highway spots and metro stops. They say they are not bragging, but they get around.

HONET via Art Azoï. Video by Justine Bigot

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BSA Film Friday: 05.21.21

BSA Film Friday: 05.21.21

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

Now screening:
1. SOFLES / Spillway
2. SOFLES/ Geometric 2
3. Abandoned Places with Cycki and Gienio via Dope Cans
4. The Day the Dollar Died 5/20/21

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BSA Special Feature: SOFLES / Spillway

Did they say spillway or speedway?

In this edit by After Midnight Film Co, the low shutter speed effect ramps up the excitement of bombing.

In his comment on Youtube, Maxwell Morris says, “What in the actual f? Best bombing I have ever had the pleasure to witness. Pushing form, color combinations, abstraction, technique and motion and energy to a new level.”

SOFLES / Spillway

SOFLES/ Geometric 2

Abandoned Places with Cycki and Gienio via Dope Cans

In a return to smart sound and video editing, these two remind us how delicious silver bubble tags are. Satin sheeny and crunchy dopeness.

Song shout-out to Nicolas Jaar – “Space is Only Noise if You Can See”

The Day the Dollar Died 5/20/21

“We expect to play a leading role in developing standards for CBDCs,”
~ Fed Chairman Jerome Powell

“So, bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

~ Don McClean

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BSA Film Friday: 05.14.21

BSA Film Friday: 05.14.21

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

Now screening:
1. Blinded By The Lines in Poland
2. Dr. Audrey Fernandes Satar and Arif Satar / WA Street Art on The Collie Mural Trail in Australia
3. FAITH XLVII / CHANT

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BSA Special Feature: Blinded By The Lines

And the beat goes on – a new homemade video from Poland from taggers Ready (ALKO) Finer (TNA U7) Febs (Legz) Zion (DSTS) Lokal (DRS) in the night putting throwups, tags, and quick silvers.

Blinded By The Lines PT. 1


Dr. Audrey Fernandes Satar and Arif Satar / WA Street Art on The Collie Mural Trail

“This was never an empty wall and we’ve added to this wall another layer of history,” says Dr Audrey Fernandes Satar about her new collaborative mural with Arif Satar in Collie, Western Australia.

From the video description: “The work is Titled ‘Ground’ and is a panoptic drawing of the hills draped with patterns inspired by banksia seed pods, calling attention to the fragility of Collie’s ancient landscape where the river flows gently.”


FAITH XLVII / CHANT

Umber tones of war and oppression, this video directed by A. L. Crego introduces the new show by street artist and fine artist Faith XLVII called CHANT. Incorporating her repetitive, rhythmically placed street texts with overlays of tone and texture and her ferocious and wild animal kingdom, she unearths again layers of history that we have as a people, and as people.

“We CHANT.
A ritualistic meditative call.
We assimilate this earthly drama through pitches of reciting tones, shades and textures.
Sacred attempts of setting a frequency for unlearning. breaking open. seeing.
A mantra.”

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BSA Film Friday: 05.07.21

BSA Film Friday: 05.07.21

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

Now screening:
1. Artists of The Collie Mural Trail in Australia

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BSA Special Feature: Artists of The Collie Mural Trail in Australia

The Collie Mural Trail in Australia is a beautification project meant to draw tourism and celebrate the people and history of this town and the Collie River Valley a few hours from Perth. By bringing locally grown artists to the town, the collection retains an authentic quality that remains contextual to daily life as well as educational to visitors. Some of the artists come from the graffiti and street art practice, while others have followed a fine arts path, some self-taught. Today we have a look at a few of the artists of the Collie Mural Trail and brief introductions to them from the website.


Jarrad Martyn

Jarrad Martyn’s practice explores how different moments in history have been framed and how we engage with spaces after they have become abandoned. Through painting and installation Martyn employs the principles of bricolage – something constructed from a diverse range of things – to bring together imagery and research to create a more conversational meaning of the history being explored. The use of paint which slips in-between figuration and expressionism encourages the audience to look longer to try and deduce what is unfolding and to ultimately consider how complicit they are prepared to be in that framing.

Jacob Shakey Butler

“Jacob Butler (Shakey) is a young, self-taught artist based in Fremantle. Jacob works in many mediums including acrylics, oils, pastel and aerosol. Jacob’s essential tremor that existed from birth got him branded ‘Shakey’, giving him his unique, free-flowing, intuitive style. Since becoming a full-time artist he has been invited to paint live in front of large audiences for private concerts, gala balls, weddings and large charity events internationally, with his paintings yielding very successful results due to the raw energy put into his work whilst under pressure. He is currently working on large scale murals and performing live wedding art in and around Australia. Between commissions he also continues his art workshops for people with disabilities and is working towards his second exhibition.”

Jack Bromell

“Jack Bromell is an Italian-Australian artist born in Perth and raised in the South West. After studying various creative-based degrees at University Jack left his studies and worked several jobs around the Perth region.

In 2015 while practicing art as a hobby Jack was given an opportunity to paint a large mural on a shopfront in Mandurah. The mural was received well by the community and projected him into a full-time career in the arts. Since then he has painted small and large scale murals throughout the South West and Perth Metropolitan areas. He has also painted internationally throughout 2016-2018. Jack is now based in Northbridge, Perth.”

Ian Mutch

“Ian Mutch is an Australian artist exploring beauty through nature, narrative and details. Mutch creates work on a variety of scales using acrylics, aerosol, and inks. Brushstrokes and layered backgrounds are detailed with entertaining illustrations, whimsical characters, trees, birds, animals and pop culture references. Mutch draws a great deal from his upbringing surrounded by wild landscapes, animals and patterns. He has lived in various parts of the world, now residing in South West Western Australia. His artwork has won awards, given life to public spaces, and featured in a range of publications.”

Unmasked and Entitled

FILM FRIDAY BONUS KAREN OPERA

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BSA Film Friday: 04.30.21

BSA Film Friday: 04.30.21

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

Now screening:
1. REFLECTIONS: Guido Van Helten and The Wellington Dam Mural
2. Mear One in Los Angeles via Bird Man
3. Telmo Miel: Tunnel Vision in Brussels

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BSA Special Feature: REFLECTIONS: Guido Van Helten and The Wellington Dam Mural

A trip today to Wellington Dam, a jewel in the national park in Southwest Australia, only a couple of hours from Perth. Queensland Artist Guido van Helten took care to study the history and people from the dam area to understand their connection to it better – and in the process, it found a more profound connection to the water by some of the people who have lived there for many years.

“It’s just weird to feel like you’re this ‘issue’ in society and that the world is divided with how much they should care about you or how much they should listen to you or should be concerned with issues around your life. It’s weird to be like a battleground,” says co-director and subject Kwesi Thomas says in the opening of the film.

Using a bespoke swing stage, the artist painted the 8000 square meter mural with the help of serious engineering talents from the dam authority, who moved him 30 times to paint in enormous strips of texture and memories.

“I was basically painting while it was moving up and down, up and down,” he says. Part of The Collie Mural Trail that consists of 40 murals throughout the town, Guido says that “Reflections” is inspired by local stories and photographs. In addition to the sheer size and impact of its focus, the video also tells a rather moving story.

Behind the scenes: The making of the Wellington Dam Mural by Guido Van Helten



Mear One in Los Angeles via Bird Man

The Melrose alleys in LA provide inspiration here in this video shot and directed by Birdman – of the tribute to the Czech painter, illustrator and graphic Alphonse Mucha by graffti/muralist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One.

Choosing the goddess Gaia as muse, Mear One talks in his over-narration of what he say as Mucha’s treatement of the feminine and how it was reflected in the beauty of nature, its harmonious design, function and aesthetic. “I always loved how he expressed visually the spiritual and mystical,” he says. The clarity of his focus is apparent here as he pays honor to the artist as well as science, art, and philosophy.



Telmo Miel: Tunnel Vision in Brussels

Here is a tunnel in Brussels artists Miel (Amsterdam) and Telmo (Rotterdam) painted a human chain metaphorically connecting the neighborhoods of Machelen and Diegem. The public work is meant perhaps to ease among residents amid news reports of increased vandalism, drug use, and traffic nuisances among some. As in many western countries, it may have something to do with economics, race, and class. Says organizer All About Things, a private gallery-fueled public cultural initiative that has locked in many international street artists to beautify the area, “this mishmash of people indicates that we are stronger together.”

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BSA Film Friday: 04.23.21

BSA Film Friday: 04.23.21

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

Now screening:
1. BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas
2. RIPDMX Via @NYCGRAFF.HEAD
3. Gigantic Graffiti by Ellr and Khol, via Montana Colors

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BSA Special Feature: BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas

“It’s just weird to feel like you’re this ‘issue’ in society and that the world is divided with how much they should care about you or how much they should listen to you or should be concerned with issues around your life. It’s weird to be like a battleground,” says co-director and subject Kwesi Thomas says in the opening of the film.

A film purely of this moment, Battleground treads on soil that has been contaminated for centuries, the current inhabitants the inheritors of a heritage of racism. This week’s conviction of a white officer for killing a black civilian was only fraught with tension because the system doesn’t guarantee it and because it’s an exception rather than a rule.

“I wanted to make the film because I wanted to change that for other people.”

Born from conversations that followed the death of George Floyd, Kwesi Thomas & Mark Bone break silences, make themselves vulnerable, continue this painful conversation that is necessary for change.

BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas


#RIPDMX Via @NYCGRAFF.HEAD

A tribute of wholecars to rapper DMX needs only the soundtrack of the steel wheels screeching on the rails.


Gigantic Graffiti by Ellr and Khol

“A small piece may look good in a picture but to look good in reality it needs to have size.”

50 meters should be sufficient for this new piece by Swedish writers Koll and Ellr. Montana Colors, who sponsored the wall, says the two are “drawing influence from some of the more sophisticated trends of Scandinavia and New York.”

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BSA Film Friday: 04.16.21

BSA Film Friday: 04.16.21

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

Now screening:
1. Nadia Vadori-Gauthier and Friends Dance Through Parisian Empty Spaces
2. New Burner from Olivier Kosta-Thefaine – Symphonie / Hangar 107
3. Sofles / Mega Bunsens With Sirum
4. “Ingobernable” with C. Tangana, Gipsy Kings, Nicolás Reyes, Tonino Baliardo

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BSA Special Feature: Nadia Vadori-Gauthier and Friends Dance Through Parisian Empty Spaces

Nadia Vadori-Gauthier: Dances in places of art and culture closed to the public during the Pandemic.

“In the almost-silence of these emblematic places, usually punctuated by the passage of crowds, vibrates an intense life: those of works, feelings experienced, memorial traces of art experiences, of the succession of eras.

Dancing in this context is, for me, both a resistance and a manifesto. It is an act of solidarity, a gesture of love and recognition. Because I would never be who I am without the familiar attendance of these extraordinary places where, over time, through the face-to-face with the works, a look is forged that embraces otherness, the new, the difference, a look that invites participation in life. ”

Nadia Vadori-Gauthier


New Burner from Olivier Kosta-Thefaine – Symphonie / Hangar 107

During his residency at Hangar 107, artist Olivier Kosta-Théfaine patterned the walls using a lighter, selectively burning 70 square meters to create a new carbon visual symphony.


Sofles / Mega Bunsens With Sirum

This video shows some mega bunsens being painted with SIRUM,” says Sofles in this brand new video filmed and edited by After Midnight.

“The sheer diversity of style Sofles has is unparalleled,” says only casual on Youtube. “I’ve seen the work of thousands and thousands of writers and nobody even comes close. It’s insane.”

“There is so much going on in every letter of that Sofles piece that each letter could be a video of its own! And also, I’m so stoked that they used some proper dope dnb for the tune!,” says Sciz. “Awesome work by Sirum too, whom I’ve followed for quite some time on Instagram; I always try to follow the artists whom I feel are breaking down barriers and this collaboration came out perfect because of the expertise of both artists.”


“Ingobernable” with C. Tangana, Gipsy Kings, Nicolás Reyes, Tonino Baliardo

Next time you make a video be sure to invite your sister, mother, and lots of aunts. It will leave the competition shaking in their shoes.

This guy is El Madrileño


    
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BSA Film Friday: 04.09.21

BSA Film Friday: 04.09.21

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

Now screening:
1. Sofles / Kawaii. The artist paints a piece for his daughter Violet.
2. ACBR and ZONE take Rick and Morty Underground
3. Honet x Art Azoi in Paris

BSA Special Feature: Sofles / Kawaii. The artist paints a piece for his daughter Violet.

Remember when Nirvana did that concert without electric guitars? You can call this one “Sofles Unplugged.” He has no soundtrack revving up your adrenaline or accentuating his skills. He’s just pure skillz.

Sofles / Kawaii. The artist paints a piece for his daughter Violet.

ACBR and ZONE take Rick and Morty Underground.

Ahhh, here we go! Vandals, surreptitious underground graffiti pieces, knives, mad scientists, syncopated dance numbers, and a ripping soundtrack. Back to what we all expected from our graff videos.

Honet x Art Azoi in Paris

A creation by HONET on the wall of the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin (Paris 20th district).

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BSA Film Friday: 04.02.21

BSA Film Friday: 04.02.21

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

Now screening:
1. “We Run NYC” and the Return of Wholecar Graffiti Pieces
2. MADC1 in Abu Dhabi via Tost Films
3. El Mac in Wynwood, Miami

BSA Special Feature: “We Run NYC” and the Return of Wholecar Graffiti Pieces

NYC yards, layups, top-to-bottoms, wholecars. Is this 2021 or 1981?

The second volume of the mysterious project titled We Run NYC dropped this March 15th. on the System Boys Platform which reports on daily graffiti news since 2012. The project whose apparent goal is to bring back the golden years of subway art during the 70’s by painting whole subway cars in NYC is a mystery to most people. The writers themselves use different aliases when painting on the cars to evade the law.

We Run NYC / Vol. 01/10. For some reason Volume 1 from December 2019 has restrictions but you can watch it by clicking on WATCH ON YOUTUBE.



MADC1 in Abu Dhabi via Tost Films

See? I told you she’s mad!

In Abu Dhabi last year for @forabudhabi, German graffiti writer and mural artist Mad C (Claudia Walde) did her largest mural to date with a team that she says “from 7 different countries.” The 56 meter (184′) high piece is stunning in its warping geometry, full of action high above Al Ruwaysi Street.



El Mac in Wynwood

“With this piece, as with most of my pieces, my focus is on creating something with timelessness.” He succeeded in that pursuit because this large mural by El Mac in the Wynwood District of Miam has been there a couple of years already and still looks as fresh and immediate as the day he finished it.

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