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BSA “Images Of The Year” For 2018 Video

BSA “Images Of The Year” For 2018 Video

Here it is! Photographer Jaime Rojo of BSA selects a handful of his favorite images from his travels through 9 countries and around New York this year to present our 2018 BSA Images of the Year.

Seeing the vast expressions of aesthetics and anti-aesthetic behavior has been a unique experience for us. We’re thankful to all of the artists and co-conspirators for their boundless ideas and energy, perspectives and personas.

Once you accept that much of the world is in a semi-permanent chaos you can embrace it, find order in the disorder, love inside the anger, a rhythm to every street.

And yes, beauty. Hope you enjoy BSA Images of the Year 2018.


Here’s a list of the artists featured in the video. Help us out if we missed someone, or if we misspelled someones nom de plume.

1Up Crew, Abe Lincoln Jr., Adam Fujita, Adele Renault, Adrian Wilson, Alex Sena, Arkane, Banksy, Ben Eine, BKFoxx, Bond Truluv, Bordalo II, Bravin Lee, C215, Cane Morto, Charles Williams, Cranio, Crash, Dee Dee, D*Face, Disordered, Egle Zvirblyte, Ernest Zacharevic, Erre, Faith LXVII, Faust, Geronimo, Gloss Black, Guillermo S. Quintana, Ichibantei, InDecline, Indie 184, Invader, Isaac Cordal, Jayson Naylor JR, Kaos, KNS, Lena McCarthy, Caleb Neelon, LET, Anthony Lister, Naomi Rag, Okuda, Os Gemeos, Owen Dippie, Pejac, Pixel Pancho, Pork, Raf Urban, Resistance is Female, Sainer, Senor Schnu, Skewville, Slinkachu, Solus, Squid Licker, Stinkfish, Strayones, Subway Doodle, The Rus Crew, Tristan Eaton, Vegan Flava, Vhils, Viktor Freso, Vinie, Waone, Winston Tseng, Zola

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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.22.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.22.18

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Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Boy Kong, Cane Morto, Dmote, El Sol 25, Hower, Invader, Joe Iurato, Logan Hicks, Pixel Pancho, Resistance is Female, Rime, Sean9Lugo, Smells, UFO 907, Vhils, Vik, Voxx Romana, XSM, and Zimad.

Top image: Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks. The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

VHILS. The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

VHILS. The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

#resistanceisfemale (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ZIMAD (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

UFO 907. Dmote. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

UFO 907. Smells. Dmote. Hower. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cane Morto in Lisbon. We are excited that we will be working with these vandals in Moscow for The Artmossphere Biennale in August. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Granny robber, food stealer Paul Ryan makes it to the street, courtesy #streetPSA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. Indeed, what’s your favorite way to dull your pain? Do tell… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sean 9 Lugo…modern days saints… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Boy Kong (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Creepy… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rime for VIK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

XSM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Voxx Romana (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. July 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Film Friday: 02.24.17

BSA Film Friday: 02.24.17

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

Now screening :
1. Kate Tempest – “Europe Is Lost”
2. DESCUBRIENDO NUESTRA HISTORIA – Discovering Our History (Chile)
3. Cane Morto: Grimy Drawings With High Precision Tools.
4. Bezt X Natalia Rak in collaboration with Thinkspace. Film by Birdman


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BSA Special Feature: Kate Tempest – “Europe Is Lost”

Not your average happy Friday video, but a powerful one for this moment showcasing some new talents in music and video – and the collaged technique of Street Art that we often find on “organic” walls in city centers where the multiple voices of many are collectively yelling for your attention.

Rage filled Trump, KKK members, police violence, industrial pollution, drug use, mechanized systems of production, fabulous hedonism, starving people, prisons: The technique of rapid-file visual shocks in a battering succession timed to illustrate the lyrics was popularized by punk bands in the nineties – who probably borrowed it from the collage photo and text technique in punk and anarchist hand-made zines of the 70s and 80s. By de-saturating the color images to black and white the various clips are on equal footing and the pacing is plainly rolled out sans filter for impressive impact.

Singer/rapper/poet South Londoner Kate Tempest is a clarion voice at this moment and an animated force to consider over a sparely punctuating musical arrangement. According to press reports the video was created by a fan named Manual Braun and it became the official video for the song, making the message feel even more grassroots as a result.

Quoted in The Independent this month, Tempest says her song isn’t offering much hope so don’t get your hopes up. “It’s too late now. It’s gone beyond somebody being right and somebody being wrong,” she said. “It’s far too late. “We’re in the middle of a massive humanitarian crisis.”  However, the very fact that artists and thinkers are getting these messages out and in front of us is a cause for hope and we believe the people have the ability to heal these crisis.

 

Also check out Kate’s live performance on KEXP in Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves last November.

DESCUBRIENDO NUESTRA HISTORIA – Discovering Our History

Desie, Teo, Nao and Majestick collaborate on a new community mural at a bus station called PAZ. There is a certain poetry in that statement, as well as the reviving of memories from the previous traders and workers “helping to remember what was every inhabitant of the historic commune” in Santiago, Chile.

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Cane Morto: Grimy Drawings With High Precision Tools.

Italian trio Cane Morto are back with a new grimy zine they made just for you.

 

 

Bezt X Natalia Rak in collaboration with Thinkspace. Film by Birdman.

Celebrated a new wall by exhibiting artists at Thinkspace in Los Angeles, photographer Birdman shoots a video of the making of the wall and the process.

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BSA Film Friday: 11.25.16

BSA Film Friday: 11.25.16

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

Now screening :
1. Fra Biancoshock: “Digital Vandalism vs Vandalism on Digital”
2. CANEMORTO: TOYS
3. Dont Fret and Edwin – London/Chicago Wall Texts
4. Know Hope: “Parallels”


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Fra Biancoshock: “Digital Vandalism vs Vandalism on Digital”

Real, Digital, Virtual. These three ways of experiencing the world remain distinct, for now.

With his small experiment captured here on video, Street Artist Fra Biancoshock is examining the ‘looking glass’ – that thin gossamer veil that separates our experience of the world and is trying to puncture it.

“Digital tools allow you to change reality; today an act of protest, vandalism or art can be done sitting comfortably in front of your PC,” he tells BSA.

It’s a conundrum – how much of what you see digitally is real. And if you are pre-disposed to expect never to witness the graffiti or Street Art in person, does it even matter whether it actually existed to begin with?

Fra. is not going to give you that answer directly. “The value of an action (be it a protest, an artwork or a provocation) is in the act, whether it is actually done, and how it is introduced to a virtual audience.”

CANEMORTO: TOYS

Canemorto are back with tales of their exploits as hard running graffiti kings with blunt instruments, namely their heads. With the wink-wink of a comedy troupe, the three are airing their disgust with the various hypocrisies and poseurs that surround them in the street and in the wider Street Art world that would seek to commodify and capitalize on an organic grass-roots culture. And then there are the conservators…

Aside from the entertainment and the dope rhymes, somehow the brutalist long-pole roller characters that Canemorto create supercede the storyline, rising above and frankly mocking the world with a dead-dog stare. Imposters are many – and very possibly there is a scenario where we’re all a bunch of TOYS.

 

Dont Fret and Edwin – London/Chicago Wall Texts

Graffiti pen pals Don’t Fret and Edwin have been telecommunicating their thoughts and passages and humorous non-sequitors to one another from Chicago and London via TEXTING. Text-based graffiti writing seems like a natural analogue to this digital transmission and this video bears witness to the experience of sharing – with your buddy as a live aerosol printer of your ideas on a wall thousands of miles away.

“It has been an interesting sort of “graffiti pen pals” project,” Dont Fret tells us,  “and with the Brexit vote and our Presidential election madness, our project kind of transformed into 2 artists trying to relate and understand what is happening across each others Atlantic.”

Know Hope: “Parallels”

 There are certain parallels between geopolitical situations in different regions, and the Israeli Street Artist/fine artist KNOW HOPE likes to lead you up to that dividing line and leave you there.

“This is an abbreviated version of video diptychs from the installation ‘Parallels’ presented as part of ‘Wall Drawings – Icônes Urbaines’ commissioned by and currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon.

For this installation, a series of outdoor interventions were created during the artists stay in Lyon.
The documentation of these interventions in-situ were later juxtaposed with other representations of borders or the meeting point of two separate realities, allowing a correspondence and reflection on the notions of territory, identity and our emotional structures.”

 

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Feel Free at Urban Spree: Berlin

Feel Free at Urban Spree: Berlin

Long live Urban Spree!

This hippie/punk/skater/poets/artists haven of graffiti, street, urban and postmodern all splayed across a complex of buildings that are seemingly abandoned but teaming with life, food, music, and free thought. Also, a sense of community.

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Bordalo II, Two One and 1UP Crew at Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

There are opportunities for rock climbing, biergartening, dancing, tattoo shops, outdoor mix sessions, a furniture restoration shop, a mini- beach, the famed outstanding art gallery with a solid array of graffiti and urban art books, and if you know where the switch is, you can blow 6 foot torches of fire into the night sky from atop a tiki bar.

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Icy & Sot. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

On the day we were there recently there was even a wedding party in one of the secreted outdoor spaces with two spinning turntables, a basement bar, a bonfire, and, naturally, cake.

Also, naturally, you can go and paint, wheatpaste, slap stickers, spray a stencil, or in the case of Bordalo II, collect together enough local garbage to create a sculptural installation of a long-billed aviary friend.

Scenes like these are always transitory so visit Berlin-Friedrichshain and Urban Spree before the moment passes.

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Two One. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Low Bros. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Low Bros . Mr. Penfold. Iggy . Billy . Berlin Bandits. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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1UP Crew. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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1UP Crew . Viva La Resolucion. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zero Cents. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ZOLA. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rallitox. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist. Bader . Blate, Maoro, Komt. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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OBEY. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cranio. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Iron Chola. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Christiaan Nagel. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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E. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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KA feeling a certain kind of blue. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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E. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Aloha. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cane Morto “TOYS” Exhibition in Milan

Cane Morto “TOYS” Exhibition in Milan

Man against man. Man against God. Man against himself. Man against gratuitously opinionated and parochial graff heads, Street Art fanboys, and self-appointed explainers of the “rules” of the street.

These are a few of the recurring themes in “TOYS” by the Italian free-thinking brutalists and long-pole bucket painters named Canemorto in their exhibition with Superfluo at Section80.  Street Artists with a purer vision than many in this murky milieu, Canemorto buck conventions and honor the rules of graffiti, street art, and contemporary art at their own peril, often feeling triangulated and abused by the undertaking.

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

Here in their simplistic and horrid toy diorama of Evil Vs Evil Vs Deluded Vs Good; the opinions and assorted powers are all unleashed on an even playing field, ready to bash each other over the head, skew one another with postmodern bayonets and sundry weaponry.

“In my opinion, nobody can remake these paintings. They’re not reasoned. It’s an instinctive style,” says the art restorer Camillo Tarozzi in their accompanying dramatized and musical video, when discussing what appears to be the taking of walls by Canemorto in public/private space.

The debates about the rightness of this art being taken, preserved, displayed in a different context has been brought to the fore recently by their countryman Blu in Bologna in response to his street walls now on exhibit in a museum.

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

But the weight of historical practices of preservation wrestling with the forces of ephemerous ‘street cred’ is like matching a tyrannosaurus with a Transformer; which is why the “TOYS” diorama in the community show space of an advertising/production company encapsulates some of their internal dilemmas so perfectly. Seeing the artists themselves as packaged products hanging on the wall commodifies them in a way that is knowingly sarcastic, thrilling, and drowned in irony. Collect all three!

In their films and in their practice Canemorto are chanting like shamans casting spells to keep away the evil spirits of commercialism and general lameness. Sitting on the couch or climbing over fences the masked trio repeatedly invoke the autonomy and authenticity of “the street” while other versions of success beckon to them, cloaked in something shinier, elusive, enticing.

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

As in their previously released long-form street art film they are seeking direction from an ever-watchful periodically-appearing somewhat sadistic spirit guide. As they navigate the route one wonders if this leader has their best interests in mind, and even how he qualified for his position.

Similarly, after nearly a decade of monstrous works on the street, many nights of ducking and painting, and the endless studying of the culture that they are acting within, the title “TOYS” is clearly offered with a sense of humor and does not apply to Canemorto.

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Caterina Colombo)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Jacopo Farina)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Caterina Colombo)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Caterina Colombo)

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Cane Morto TOYS at Section 80. Milano, Italy. (photo © Walls Of Milano)

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BSA Film Friday 02.19.16 – Cane Morto FULL LENGTH FEATURE

BSA Film Friday 02.19.16 – Cane Morto FULL LENGTH FEATURE

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

Now screening :

1. Cane Morto: AMO -TE LISBOA  ⁄ AN IGNOMINIOUS STREET ART MOVIE.

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BSA Special Feature: Cane Morto: AMO -TE LISBOA  ⁄ AN IGNOMINIOUS STREET ART MOVIE.  The full movie.

Cane Morto is haunted by the vicious trash-talking spiritual guide who insults and implores them to recover their graffiti gonads by foregoing the limp-dicked mural route that all of their friends are following.

Not quite a manifesto nor a morality play, AMO-TE Lisboa follows the Italian collective on their Portugal quest to assuage their own consciences and retain street cred virility – all the time being licked by fiery tongues of contempt of those who would have them clearly identify themselves and their allegiances.

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We’re usually impressed by these guys’ bombastic and sarcastic tirades about the strictures of the Graffitti/Street Art/Urban Art/Contemporary Art dogmas – and their willful insistence on making their own path nevertheless.

This ranting, whining, bragging trio of road-trip roller romeos never let you down with their parodies of almost everything and everyone as they hit bold, ridiculous and cutty spots all around town and interact with people on the street – including many who weigh in to insult their work.

Wallflowers they are not.

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A full-length movie like this helps Cane Morto secure their own uncomfortable place in these ongoing debates of artists/writers by mocking them to their face and making crude and poetic paintings – while crying hot righteous angry tears, then begging for forgiveness.

Pure drama! Pure feeling! And a grande mestolo of comedy ragu.

 

 

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BSA Film Friday: 07.31.15

BSA Film Friday: 07.31.15

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

Now screening :

1. eL Seed in London
2. Amo-Te Lisboa: An Ignominious Street Art Movie (Trailer) 2015
3. Wall Therapy 2015: A Teaser
4. Face Time: Various & Gould in Berlin
5. Lurky Wolfpack: The Lurkers

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BSA Special Feature: eL Seed in London

In town for the Shubbak Festival, London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, Parisian/Tunisian artist eL Seed creates a wall using his distinctive blending of Arabic and graffiti lettering.

Here an added dimension to his practice is revealed as you listen to a political blogger and patron describe the context of a rise in graffiti in the Middle East in the last few years. Similarly you can gain a quick appreciation for the art and the history of the Arabic calligraphic script and how eL Seed adapts it to convey a deliberate textural message as a highly ornamental mandela on a busy London street.

The site is the Village Underground and the video’s producer Mr. Cedar Lewisohn.

 

Amo-Te Lisboa: An Ignominious Street Art Movie (Trailer) 2015

“This Street Art thing is a mountain of soft-boiled shit,” says Txakurra, the wizard-like dragon seer who admonishes the boys from Cane Morto for wasting their painting talents on mere mural making. To make amends he sends them on a mission to Lisboa where they promise to do illegal works of art and possibly, to regain their endangered souls. Let’s see a show of hands for people who can’t wait to see this movie!

 

Wall Therapy 2015: A Teaser

Wall Therapy is wrapped for this session, but the videos will keep coming all through August, so keep your eyes on this space. You can also see more of the images in our piece this week for BSA and The Huffington Post

 

Face Time: Various & Gould in Berlin

You read our posting when it first went up (“Face Time” with Various & Gould in Berlin) – now you can see the video!

 

Lurky Wolfpack: The Lurkers

The troublemaking Lurkers are back with their street meat interludes, rhyming sessions at the home made studio, and drop dead gorgeous lady friends looking at you as if they wished you would drop dead.

“Sarajevo based Grime collective Lurky Wolfpack bring to you their hotly anticipated street banger ‘Eastern Block Anthem’.”

 

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BSA Film Friday 05.01.15

BSA Film Friday 05.01.15

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

Now screening :

1. Richmond Mural Program 2014
2. Black ANZAC: Time Lapse of WW1 Soldier Wall
3. Adnate, Askew, Guido Van Helton, Mayo, Rone in Melbourne
4. Cane Morto & Borondo Combo In Lisbon

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BSA Special Feature: Richmond Recap 2014

A community/business improvement initiative for the city of Richmond, Virginia, the past few years have featured a diverse roster of talents who dig the vibe and paint the town. This feel-good recap of the 2014 mural program gives an idea how initiatives like this can invigorate a local scene and how connections are made as a result.

Black ANZAC: Time Lapse of WW1 Soldier Wall

A wheat-pasted mural by Hego in Meningie, South Australia to honor soldiers fighting in World War 1.

Adnate, Askew, Guido Van Helton, Mayo, Rone in Melbourne

A monochromatic wall can help tie together different styles of painting and writing. In this ad for a mural painting service, these street artists give a great demo of collaborative work on a hundred meter wall in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Cane Morto & Borondo Combo In Lisbon

You can never tell how much of this wild-man flailing of the arms and manic yelping at the sky and alleged illicit portrait painting is genuine with Cane Morto – but surely you can tell that there is a screw loose somewhere when looking at this teaser for their upcoming movie.

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Cane Morto Spray and Roll for 60 Days In Lisbon

Cane Morto Spray and Roll for 60 Days In Lisbon

It’s very hard to see love as a force, as a power, but it is a reality.

For some it may be difficult to see art, much less unsanctioned public art, as a force for love and unmitigated passion. However it can be that as well.

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

We are not sure if those are the exact aims of Cane Morto over the course of 60 days (and nights) in Lisbon. But how else can you explain this force that drives and accompanies them? Working on something they call a secret project, this series of photos shows the sometimes grueling, sometimes langorous pace and profile of this always-experimenting troupe of Italian troubadors.

As ever it is Cane Morto’s misshapen figures, monstrous mugs, and obliquely Picassoesque references to longing and fear and God that roll themselves across surfaces in this Portuguese capital that full of museums and, increasingly, Street Artists inside as well as outside of them. The coarse work is rough-hewn and unwinding, unraveling, reforming; at times an energy hardly contained, perhaps because to do so would be a sacrilege – better to barely capture it here by camera than with a cage, this dead dog.

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

 

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

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Cane Morto: 60 Days in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 2014. (photo © Tanguy Bombonera)

 

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BSA Film Friday: 03.21.14

BSA Film Friday: 03.21.14

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

Now screening :

1. Miss Van in Wynwood, Miami
2. Cane Morto + Ema Jons
3. Virtuous Reality * Adam Void and Ryan Seslow
4. In Memory of Shawn Whisenant by Spencer Keeton Cunningham

BSA Special Feature: Miss Van in Wynwood, Miami

In this gentle meditation by Edition Slurp we find Miss Van painting and langorously stroking the canvas with brush while she was at Wynwood Walls in December. Read more about the event Women Rock Wynwood Walls at Miami Art Basel 2013

 

Cane Morto + Ema Jons

A night time escape captured by El Pacino and Tanguy Bombonera appears to accompany Italian bruta expressionistas Cane Morta in a large scale night time collabo with Ema Jons while traffic whizzes by obliviously.

 

Virtuous Reality * Adam Void and Ryan Seslow

To file under experimental: a collaboration by practitioners of art in the street that merges the styles of both Adam VOID and Ryan Seslow. Sound and vision chops together a pastiche of images to lull you to sleep and to jolt you awake you from your hypnotic solid state dream life.

 

In Memory of Shawn Whisenant by Spencer Keeton Cunningham

“You can grab your skateboard and your camera and go outside, and the world is yours,” says Whisenant to the camera as he describes one of the perfect days in the street.

A fine and poignant tribute to artist, skater, photographer and friend to many on San Francisco’s streets, Shawn passed away earlier this month.  The stills, music clips, interviews and commentary give a sense of the open approach he had to creativity, to art making, to others – and here these reminders of him are pulled together in an endearing and regardful way. Our thoughts go out to Shawn’s family and friends during this time.

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Canemorto (Dead Dog) at the Side of Road

Canemorto (Dead Dog) at the Side of Road

There is something about the billboard takeover that still feels like a world of possibilities untapped. Billboard Liberation Front showed how to subvert with style, and urban pranksters like Ron English showed how to integrate soft social critique in the détournement dance, but in many cases the visual language has remained within the advertising rubric.

Canemorto shows that it’s possibly even more arresting to repurpose a commercial space with blunt hand-rendered artistic imperfection, converting the space into an actual painters canvas.

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Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

We have grown completely accustomed to the slick billboards alongside highways luring us with $69 motels and attorneys who promise to make you rich if you just put on a neck brace and dial 1-800-WESUE4U. When they are thoughtfully subverted/inverted/perverted you may run the risk of missing the new message entirely, so inured we have become to the medium and its methods.

Italy’s Canemorto troupe thinks that a large raw Picassoesque portrait painted on it, however maniacal and disturbed it may be, is an improvement. It is also possible that this visual jolt will cause you to steer your car into a ditch. Still, a wild-eyed portrait is possibly more edifying than seeing a real estate tycoon comb-over or a warning about the Judgement Day that came and left you here with the sinners.

Canemorto shared some images here of roadside madness they recorded last summer including three new pieces off a highway near Milan. They admit that the pieces themselves “are not our best”, but the personal hand, the brute rawness of the images, make them stand out in this impersonal no-mans land and offer perhaps a counterbalance to a different sort of  brutishness that sends roaring truck and car traffic to saw jaggedly through the natural beauty we inherited.

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Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

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Canemorto. Milano, Italy. (photo © Canemorto)

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