All posts tagged: COLLIN VAN DER SLUIJS

BSA “Images Of The Year” for 2016 (VIDEO)

BSA “Images Of The Year” for 2016 (VIDEO)


Of the thousands of images he took this year in places like New York, Berlin, Dresden, Moscow, Marrakesh, Detroit and Miami, photographer Jaime Rojo found that the figurative image still stands prominently in the Street Art scene – along with text-based, abstract and animal world themes.

Surprisingly the scene does not appear to be addressing the troubled and contentious matters of the political and social realms in a large way, but the D.I.Y. scene keeps alive and defies the forces of homogeneity with one-of-a-kind small wheat-pastes, stencils, sculptures, and aerosol sprayed pieces alongside the enormous and detailed paintings that take days to complete.

Every Sunday on, we present “Images Of The Week”, our regular interview with the street. Primarily New York based, BSA interviewed, shot, and displayed images from Street Artists from more than 100 cities over the last year, making the site a truly global resource for artists, fans, collectors, gallerists, museums, curators, academics, and others in the creative ecosystem. We are proud of the help we have given and thankful to the community for what you give back to us and we hope you enjoy this collection – some of the best from 2016.

Brooklyn Street Art 2016 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

1Up, Above, Adele Renault, Alaniz, Amy Smalls, George Vidas, GEN2, Apexer, BordaloII, Buff Monster, C215, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Super A, David Choe, D*Face, Duke Riley, El Sol 25, Sean 9 Lugo, EQC, Faile, Faith47, Faust, Shantell Martin, Felipe Pantone, Hueman, Droid907, Icy & Sot, InDecline, Invader, JJ Veronis, Jilly Ballistic, John Ahearn, JR, London Kaye, Louis Masai, MadC, Marshal Arts, Mongolz, MSK, Rime, Myth, Nina Chanel, Optic Ninja, Otto Osch Schade, Panmela Castro, Plastic Jesus, QRST, Reed b More, Remi Rough, REVS, Self Made, Sharon Dela Cruz, Maripussy, Specter, Stikman, Strok, Swoon, Ted Pim, Thievin’ Stephen, Farin Purth, Thomas Allen, Tobo, Uriginal, Vermibus, Vhils, Wing, Yes Two, Zola.

The artist featured on the main graphic is D*Face as shot by Jaime Rojo in New York.

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BSA’s 15 Most Popular Murals Of 2016 – A “Social” Survey

BSA’s 15 Most Popular Murals Of 2016 – A “Social” Survey


Murals have captured so much of the popular imagination about what the Street Art scene is today and although they may be part of the definition, murals remain only a part of the entire scene; a visual conversation that includes legal, illegal, small, anonymous, massive, deliberately confounding, low-energy scrawl, stickers, tags, poetry, diatribes, culture jamming, ad takeovers, sculpture, installations. Every week we aim to present a varied selection of expressions currently represented on the street, and then it is your turn to respond.

During 2016 BSA readers responded to images via our website, Instagram, Twitter, Tumbr, and Facebook pages. In a thoroughly unscientific survey that calculates “likes” and “clicks” and “re-Tweets” and “impressions”, we tallied up which murals (or images) got the most interest from you all. Care to read into the results?

The top 3 really sum it all up for 2016 and shouldn’t surprise us, but they still do; Militarism, Mis-information, and the Man of the Year.

If you ever doubted how much art on the street reflects the psyche of a society back to itself, no need to wonder anymore. If only we could read these tea-leaves and tell the future…

No 15.
David Choe’s Portrait Of Martha Cooper for Wynwood Walls / Art Basel 2016.


David Choe. Detail. Wynwood Walls / Art Basel 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 14
Plotbot Ken’s car installation on the Teufelsberg Hill in Berlin.


Plotbot Ken’s post-apocolyptic installation on a car at the abandoned NSA spy compound in Teufelsberg Hill in Berlin. Berlin, 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 13
Faust and Shantell Martin in Manhattan, NY.


Handstyle and all New York, baby. Faust. Shantell Martin (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 12
Swoon in Brooklyn, NY.


One of Swoon’s new additions to the street in 2016 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 11
ASTRO in East Harlem.


ASTRO in East Harlem for #NotACrime campaign in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 10 
Nychos in Manhattan, NY.


More than his multiple murals published here this year, this sculpture on 23rd Street in Manhattan in the spring captured the imagination and gave his work an added dimension. Nychos. “Dissection of Sigmund Freud”. Vienna Therapy. Manhattan, NY. June 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 9 
MadC in Marrakesh, Morocco.


Mad C. MB6 Street Art. Marrakesh Biennale 6. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 8
Maya Hayuk in Brooklyn, NY.


Maya Hayuk. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 7
Invader in Jersey City, NJ.


Space Invader in Jersey City for Mana Urban Arts Projects. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 6
Collin Van Der Sluijs. Super A in Berlin.


Collin Van Der Sluijs . Super A.  Detail. Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art. One Wall. Berlin, Germany. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 5
Kurar in Berlin


Kurar for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art. NOTE: This piece was created late in 2015 but we got to it early in 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 4
Biggie Smalls in Brooklyn, NY.


Rocko & Zimer. NOTE: This piece was created late in 2015 but we got to it early in 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 3
Otto “Osch” Schade in Brooklyn, NY.


OSCH for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 2
Klops in Brooklyn, NY.


Klops for The Bushwick Collective illuminates the concentration of 90% of the media in the hands of 6 companies. In 1983 there were 50. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No 1
Ron English in Brooklyn, NY.


Ron English brings Donald Trump as Humpty Dumpty on a wall – in collaboration with The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Brooklynite Pairs Emerging Talents : “STEALTH: ARTISTS ABOVE THE RADAR”

Brooklynite Pairs Emerging Talents : “STEALTH: ARTISTS ABOVE THE RADAR”

THE NETHERLANDS & TEXAS join forces for a new art show in New York! Could you find greater opposites? How about

Sarah Palin and Angela Merkel ? Judas Priest and Dan Deacon ? Shakespeare and the Cast of “Jersey Shore”?

The invitation for Stealth

The invitation for Stealth Above the Radar (by Derek Shumate)


Brooklynite Gallery is pairing Collin Van Der Sluijs, a Dutchman from the Netherlands, with Derek Shumate from Houston for Saturday’s “Stealth: Above the Radar” show, and these two share one thing in the eyes of the gallery.“We strongly felt that these two emerging artists deserved a bigger stage to showcase their exceptional talent,” says Rae McGrath of the Bed Stuy venue. Enough said.

The gallery has championed under-exposed artists in the past, and this time they bring two guys whose minds are Cuisinarts of colorful cultural and historical references, spilling out and across their canvasses.  Each guy has a different set of figures and forms, animal and mineral, calligraphy and patterns, but there is a similarity in assembly, self referencing, and even in their processes.

BSA had an opportunity to talk to both artists, see some of the new work that will be shown, and find out more about them.

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Brooklyn Street Art: How would you describe your style of painting?

Collin Van Der Sluijs: Most of the time I’m working on paintings about my life, so for me it’s autobiographical work that I make. I take little aspects (or big ones) from my daily life, and I translate them into my images.

Collin Van Der Sluijs "Float"

Collin Van Der Sluijs “Float” (courtesy Brooklynite)

Derek Shumate: My style? Usually I tell people “Mixed-Medium” or “Abstract” but I feel as if it’s much more than that. At times I feel like we’re all going through similar experiences, facing dire straits and that this artwork pouring out is a result of this energy. We’re all bombarded with information on a daily basis and multi-tasking to survive in this confusing world that seems to be speeding off the rails.

Derek Shumate "Make it Rain"

Derek Shumate “Make it Rain” (courtesy Brooklynite)

Brooklyn Street Art: Both of you guys’ work contain many different elements, ranging from figures to textures to shapes and text. Can you talk about how you assemble your work, or how you decide on what is included?

Collin Van Der Sluijs: Basically, some elements appear in my work during the process of making it. Sometimes I also erase things when they don’t match with the things that are happening in my head.



A view inside Collin’s studio.

Derek Shumate: I don’t really have a defined process. Basically I’m always gathering bits and particles of things I like that come through my life and I spend vast amounts of time filtering it out into what you see. A lot of the elements in my larger paintings are fragments of prints and other works I’ve done in the past. I’ll also mix in stuff from my childhood sketchbooks.


Derek Shumate "Live Forever" (courtesy Brooklynite)

Derek Shumate “Live Forever” (courtesy Brooklynite)

It really depends on the mood of the piece. I start by putting down a few layers of colors and take it from there. Once I grasp a concept I start to hide little relevant elements as I build up the piece to something that works for me compositionally. Regardless, every piece contains various mediums such as inks, oils and acrylics. It’s almost as if I’m just attempting to harmonize everything I’ve got onto the surface at hand.


Collin Van Der Sluijs "Infinity" (courtesy Brooklynite)

Collin Van Der Sluijs “Infinity” (courtesy Brooklynite)


Brooklyn Street Art: Collin, you have talked about consumer behavior and it’s affect on your work. How does it impact your work?
Collin Van Der Sluijs: I grew up in a small village and it’s still fun to see big cities. I travel a lot but it always surprises me when there is a 70% off sale sign in the window of a big shopping mall and I see everybody lines up like sheep. You know what I mean? I think about this and its’ visual communication. I like it and hate it at the same time. I think of these kind of things when I work.


Derek Shumate "JWB" (courtesy Brooklynite)

Derek Shumate “JWB” (courtesy Brooklynite)

Brooklyn Street Art: Derek, you use a lot of collaged pieces and textures and the occasional figure. Do you ever think of doing portraiture?

Derek Shumate: Sometimes. I’ve had ideas to do a series of different people like politicians, pop icons and other people of influence. I feel as if I’m heading more in that direction because there’s so much going on in the world right now and I want to put these people that are in charge into a new light, so-to-speak. You’ll probably see more portraiture from me in the future.


Derek hanging out on a fire escape working out ideas in a sketchbook. (image courtesy the artist)

Derek hanging out on a fire escape working out ideas in a sketchbook. (image courtesy the artist)

Brooklyn Street Art: Does Street Art influence you in any way Collin?
Collin Van Der Sluijs: Well, not really to be honest, I’m basically a studio artist. In 1999 and 2000 street art was big in my town, but a lot of people put like 3 stickers up somewhere and build a reputation out of that. That’s lame. There are some people I admire in the street art scene, but I think I can count them on my ten fingers.


One of Collins' studio

One of Collins’ pieces in the studio references the effect of consumer garbage on the innerworkings of natural life.

Brooklyn Street Art: How about you Derek, does Street Art play a part in your creative life at all?

Derek Shumate: Most Definitely. The streets of Brooklyn to be specific.
I lived in New York for a few years and I would walk the streets on a daily basis, absorbing not only the art but also the weathered architecture and other surfaces.
I’d document and participate in the organic, collaborative atmosphere we were all creating.


Derek doing a Waldo (image courtesy Derek Shumate)

Doing a Waldo (image courtesy Derek Shumate)

I felt at home with creativity and potential everywhere I’d look. I’d never before interacted with my environment in such a way. I’ve got photo collections of all the street art and graffiti I admire from different cities I’ve visited over the years. However, nothing that I’ve found has the charm that exists in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Street Art: Collin, what’s your favorite part of the creative experience?

Collin Van Der Sluijs: When things go wrong. Then, with a little adjustment I can make it good again, or better. Small things like that put the strawberry on the cake, for me.


Collin-Van-Der-Sluijs "Ephemeral"

Collin-Van-Der-Sluijs “Ephemeral” (courtesy Brooklynite)

Brooklyn Street Art: Collin says he likes when things go wrong! Derek, what’s your favorite part of the creative experience?

Derek Shumate: Finishing the piece! Well, not really. That’s a great feeling but of all the other parts I’d have to choose that moment where I’m completely lost in the piece and absolutely nothing else in the world matters. I’m sure anyone who creates is familiar with this amazing feeling.


Derek painting a bucket in his studio.

Derek at work in his studio.

But like Collin, I also like it when you totally f*ck something up but then later you realize it was the most perfect mistake that could have ever happened because it leads you in directions you never thought you’d venture to and takes your skills and pieces to new heights.

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Collin Van Der Sluijs •  Derek Shumate
Feb. 13 – March 6
Brooklynite Gallery
334 Malcolm X. Blvd.
Brooklyn, New York 11233

Collin Van Der Sluijs

Derek Shumate

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“Stealth: Artists Above The Radar” COLLIN VAN DER SLUIJS / DEREK SHUMATE at Brooklynite


January 13, 2010




FEBRUARY 13 – March 6, 2010


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Brooklynite Gallery is proud to present our first exhibition of 2010 entitled,”Stealth: Artists Above The Radar”, featuring the works of Collin Van Der Sluijs and Derek Shumate. From February 13 to March 6th, we offer up our gallery walls as a soapbox for these two under-exposed artists from different ends of the world, both of who use their canvases much like mental filing cabinets to store information full of free expression and socio-political views. Follow us, if you will, on these
two hypothetical journeys.

Imagine a blender that can be filled with ripe pieces of paper containing creative juices, leafy ideas and plump inspirations. Imagine that it can also be filled with lush subconscious thoughts, including healthy, fresh social and political views. Add in a sprinkling of vivid, circular planet-like shapes. But wait, this recipe doesn’t only contain ingredients that are good for you. Now, add in black smoke stacks, toxic chemicals and dust-covered landscapes. Top it off with disproportionately sized animal/human hybrids covered in oil-based liquids. Flip the “on” switch to this blender and watch as it mixes and intermingles these colorful thoughts, robust ideals and tart visions. Pop the top and pour directly on a canvas. …You’ve just recreated the work of Dutch “Pop-Fantasy Life” painter, Collin Van Der Sluijs.

Imagine if you will, a Houston-born, abstract artist by the name of Derek Shumate with multi-colored, circuitry wires running out from the back of his head. These wires immediately transfer a continuous flow of conscious thoughts from the portal to new mediums and surfaces for fear of losing spontaneity. Bold colors, upon layers and layers of torn bits of information, which often resemble a topographical map, are collected from various sources, including but not limited to, personal tragedies, today’s headlines and the artists’ imagination. These issues appear to be clouding, as
they often do in life, the human existence as it relates to the environment. This obsessive-compulsive process produces work that is free from traditional morals or social constraints and like a young adolescent, expresses opinions full of honesty.
That is —to those that can decode the artist’s messages.

Check out more of their work here: /

Hope McGrath
Brooklynite Gallery
334 Malcolm X Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11233
ph. 347-405-5976

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