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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.06.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.06.18


Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Alo, BustArt, Dmirworld, Egle Zvirblyte, Faith XLVII, Herakut, Jose Mendez, Kai, Myth, and Skewville.

Top Image: Faith XLVII “Ashes Moon” in China Town – the first of a 12 part series. Done in conjunction with The L.I.S.A Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Skewville for Moniker Art Fair. Greenpoint, Brooklyn. TRAP on top. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Skewville taking a phone call from his manager… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Herakut for Moniker Art Fair. Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Egle Zvirblyte. A project curated by BSA with the production assistance and wall access from Joe Franquinha / Crest Hardware and paint donated by Montana Cans. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Egle Zvirblyte. A project curated by BSA with the production assistance and wall access from Joe Franquinha / Crest Hardware and paint donated by Montana Cans. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Egle Zvirblyte. A project curated by BSA with the production assistance and wall access from Joe Franquinha / Crest Hardware and paint donated by Montana Cans. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Egle Zvirblyte. A project curated by BSA with the production assistance and wall access from Joe Franquinha / Crest Hardware and paint donated by Montana Cans. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Egle Zvirblyte. A project curated by BSA with the production assistance and wall access from Joe Franquinha / Crest Hardware and paint donated by Montana Cans. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentifed artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BustArt…Cool Bus in the background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kai (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kai. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kai (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jose Mendez for Moniker Art Fair in collaboration with The L.I.S.A Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jose Mendez for Moniker Art Fair in collaboration with The L.I.S.A Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ALO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dmirworld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. May 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 12.03.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 12.03.17


While You Were Sleeping is a Korean TV series about a woman who can see the future in her dreams, and a prosecutor who fights to stop these future events from happening. The title also makes us think about the scam of a Tax bill passed while you were sleeping in the middle of the night between Friday and Saturday.

The servants of the rich, these wolves, are facilitating the largest transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class up to their masters for well into the future, and it appears that few are awake to see it. It also pulls health insurance out from underneath 13 million sleeping people. The majority of the country was against this but the servants pushed it through anyway when you weren’t stirring. Good night!

When the US had its largest growing middle class and economic expansion in the 1950s the top tax rate was more than 90%. Did you know that? Reagan lowered it to 39%. This bill lowers the top rate to 20%. Since as a group, hundreds of corporations paid an effective federal income tax rate of just 21.2 percent over a recent eight-year period because they’re working the system, that means many won’t pay any taxes soon, joining GE,, PG&E – who already pay absolutely nothing. Just you will pay the taxes. Congratulations!

Street Art better be dope ya’ll, because that’s where many of us will be living soon – the street.

But we are wide awake for sex scandals, by golly. Powerful men are being accused by past alleged victims from every sector in society right now. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Santa Claus can stay above the fray!

Meanwhile, the tree got lit this week in Rockefeller Center, a lot of people are going to get lit this month at their office holiday party, many NYC art denizens are heading to the Miami Basel Circus this week, and apparently there is supposed to be some Street Art thing happening there too.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring BD White, Daek, Elbi Elem, Elisa Capdevila, Faile, Jason Woodside, Jerkface, Kai, Killjoy, Magda Love, Mazatl, Mr. Toll, Ola Kalnins, Praxis, Timothy Goodman, and Sonni.

Our top image : Timothy Goodman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

B.D. White for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

B.D. White for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Toll. Vanity Project. This piece is visible from the street level in front of Crest Hardware in Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Elisa Capdevila for Contorno Urbano in Sant Feliu de Llobregat. Barcelona. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Elbi Elem for Contorno Urbano in Sant Feliu de Llobregat. Barcelona. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jerkface (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Magda Love and Sonni (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Praxis. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Praxis. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kai (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist in the NYC Subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ola Kalnins (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jason Woodside (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Killjoy collabo with Mazatl in Cholula Puebla for La Linea Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Daek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Lower East Side of Manhattan, NYC. December 02, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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STRØK Stencils Ernest Zacharevic Playing in a Brooklyn Doorway

STRØK Stencils Ernest Zacharevic Playing in a Brooklyn Doorway

Strøk is in Brooklyn briefly and he had time to spray out a brand new 8 layer stencil on a doorway here before traveling a bit to see more of the Eastern Seaboard with his girlfriend. We found him this perfect fire engine red metal door in Williamsburg this week with the always gracious and at-the-ready “Mayor of Williamsburg” Mr. Joe Franquinha of Crest Arts-Hardware fame.

The figure appears to be mid-action, fully engaged in an activity and unaware of you. It is a relationship with the subject that the Norwegian-now-Berlinian likes for you to have. When you see one of his figures, or many of them spread across an expansive wall, he likes you to imagine your own storyline about what a figure is doing, what they may be engaged in.


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In this case, he is experimenting with a more formal collaboration, shooting photos of fellow Street Artist, the Lithuania artist Ernest Zacharevic while he was playing a game dexterously with rudimentary tools of sticks and a rubber ball during a time when they were both in Hawaii for a mural festival.

Ernest’s in-motion action seems as if he is dancing – a combination of gusty winds that day and him trying to manipulate whatever he was holding from his hands. They set up the session and shot it from a little distance.  “I asked him if he wanted to do it on the roof that was opposite of my hotel balcony,” he says of the session of play and photo shoot.


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“It’s the second time that I asked someone specifically to do something. Otherwise it’s just snapshots of strangers in the street. I like it kind of better that way. I like hunting for the perfect shot or the perfect moment to take a picture. If you have model and you are telling them what to do it kind of turns into a different thing. “

When describing the formal versus the documentary style of capture, you can see that it’s a process choice that he is ambivalent about – whether to capture images purely by chance or to have a more direct relationship with the model and the creation of the image.


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

By removing the background context – a flying ball for example – and placing his figures that cavort with perspective, attaching them to a walls’ surface with a distinct shadow, Strøk has developed a recognizable style that makes viewers contemplate if they are the ones on the wall and Strøk’s people are the ones on the ground.

“I like the way they are connected to the surface,” he tells us and he discusses the shadows, how they are formed by the light and the figure touching the ground, and the resulting perspective that can be created.


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I like it when they are almost standing on their toes, or caught mid-air. I like it a lot when they are running after a ball or chasing something.” In the artistic tradition of experimentation, he says that he is beginning to turn the figures ninety degrees to see what the effect is. “I’m doing a wall in Paris where it looks like the figures are falling but if you tilt your head then it looks like they standing.”

He explains that the idea came from someone else’s mistake. He shipped paintings to be displayed and the installer hung them at the incorrect orientation, turning the canvas 90 or 180 degrees – without realizing that Strøks’ signature on the back was meant to guide the proper angle to hang. When Strøk arrived to see the canvasses he was surprised. “In one of the paintings it looked more interesting. I didn’t intend it to be like that – obviously the composition changes a lot. It was just fun to see.”


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

When looking for a surface to paint, he doesn’t want it to be perfect and prefers to let its characteristics become part of the painting, filling in additional details that contribute to the emerging storyline. “I like the wall, and these textures. If there is a crack in the wall it becomes like it is a crack in the ground. I like all of these things. It kind of messes with you.”

In developing his style as a young stencilist in the early-mid 2000s, Strøk was inspired by the work of artists like Banksy and Blek le Rat. “I heard of Banksy before I heard of Blek actually,” he says, which is a common recollection of artists and Street Art followers. Without playing favorites, he says that he has also followed the work of another Norwegian named Dolk, the Germans EVOL and Pisa 73, and the American Chris Stain among many others he mentions with admiration.


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As realistic and full of kinetic life as his static stencils can be, it’s not photo realism. “No it’s like a level between painting and realism,” he says. “If you wanted realism you could just paste photographs and then it would be a photo exhibit.”

A true hands-on artist, Strøk personally cuts his stencils – and here you can see a frame-by-frame story of how a multi layer stencil gets on a door.


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


STRØK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Our very special thanks to Joe from Crest Hardware for offering this excellent spot.


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Boijeot & Renauld: Crossing Manhattan With Your Living Room on the Sidewalk

Boijeot & Renauld: Crossing Manhattan With Your Living Room on the Sidewalk

Travelers of all sorts frequently talk about planning their trip so they can really get to experience a new environment that reveals character. You know, get off the beaten path, discover some of the local flavor, really experience a city. Imagine dining and sleeping your way down the length of Manhattan for a month on furniture you built yourself. On Broadway. Every day and night.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Laurent Boijeot and Sébastien Renauld began their month-long journey in Harlem on 125th street over the weekend with their handmade wooden furniture and immediately they had guests over to their place. With a coffee pot brewing and comforters, boxy retro luggage, and benches stacked nearby to convert later into beds, the Street Artists/public artists/sociologists from Nancy, France invited passersby to sit for a minute, perhaps a little longer if they had the time. Almost instantly, the artists began meeting New Yorkers of all kinds.

“A chair is a really simple tool and everybody knows how to use it,” explains Mr. Renauld, an architect, referring to their instant home as part props, part instruments of interaction.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Boijeot, the one who actually studied sociology, explains that psychologically and symbolically the table  is a great leveling force in their experiment, and all manner of individuals share it with them. “So there are no classifications. There are no rich people or poor people. You can speak freely at the table and we see that people go very quickly into a sort of intimacy. When we sit at the table sometimes we see that within only a few minutes we have such a deep relationship with one another, with private life stories coming out.”

The project, or “action”, has taken many configurations in a handful of European cities, expanding into greater numbers of beds (50 in Nancy) or contracting to just a few beds and tables that are regularly carried by hand a few blocks at a time (Venice, Paris, Basel, Dresden). Here in New York they are intending to move their temporary home about five blocks at a time over the next month, including through many residential and commercial neighborhoods along the Great White Way. Although they have found that what they are doing is legal in New York, they know that not everyone may welcome them.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Actually sometimes you have more problems with the rich people than the poor people,” says Boijeot, and instantly you recall that much of Manhattan has become an island for the wealthy over the last two decades with working class and poor pushed to the outer boroughs. But as long as the walking path from the Uber/limo/Town Car to the doorman is unblocked, maybe these artists will be allowed to share a cup of coffee and a conversation in front of their building.

This Saturday night on 120th Street it is relatively quiet here in the heart of many hulking Columbia University buildings, a block from the mammoth Riverside Church, with the elevated train occasionally roaring overhead and nicely heeled students in conservative clothing ogling the six guests eating dinner at the plain plank table as they walk by.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“One of the common things we discover – everybody, every city, every culture is different, of course and every individual is different, but one thing I have noticed in my experience, is that people are up for two things, evil and good,” says Boijeot as he scans the street scene gently. “When we do this action we understand that we are giving people the possibility of being evil or good, and of their free will, they mostly decide to be good. If you present the situation where they decide for themselves, most of the people are very helpful.”

Has the living art project ever taken a turn for the worse? Renauld says that usually people are very friendly, but occasionally they have encountered a person who will try to steal from them or otherwise harm them, and they are always aware of the possibility. The best part of sleeping on a bed is that a passerby doesn’t know if you have a weapon, he says.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“When we sleep they never know what there is under the blanket,” he says, “We have accumulated perhaps 4 or 5 continuous months sleeping on the street but we have only had two times when there was trouble – we have had two guys who have jumped on the bed while we sleep. But the good thing is that they can expect anything from the guy under the blanket. We could have a knife, they don’t know.”

Both self-professed pessimists, the artists, who refer to themselves and their visitors as “authors”, say that these full-immersion public art projects performed over the last 3 or 4 years are slowly turning their own perceptions about people into positive ones.

“I have to say that we are not optimists as persons but these experiences are giving back so much good to us and showing us humanity that I am like, ‘Wow I am a pessimist but still I know that this is possible,’ ” says Renauld.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“There are so many stories,” says Boijeot, “We know that when we are old we will have time to tell each other all of these stories from these years. As a sociologist I cannot make any generalities about this, because first, it is wrong. But the other thing is that there are many little stories that make them individual, human.”

As traffic noise and sirens occasionally drown out conversation (as well as the impromptu performances of a boisterous opera singer who has stopped by with stories and excerpts from Wagner), both artists explain how local businesses allow them to use the bathroom and how many people offer to let them shower at their homes or bring them food and other gifts.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“People are so kind with us – bringing food and things to say “thanks”. Cakes… in Germany we received so many gifts, little hand-made things,” says Boijeot. Can they recount one particular story as an example?

“No, there are so many,” says Renauld.

“Yes, I can tell you one,” offers Boijeot.

“One night we were with a couple at the table in Germany. It was almost seven o’clock at night and we asked them where we could go to get wienerschnitzel, a good proper version of the traditional meal. So I asked the guy if he knew where we could go to have it and he said, ‘Yes, we have the best restaurant in town.’ But then he tried to give me the directions – ‘turn right, turn left, go two blocks, turn right…’ . I said to him, ‘I’m lost, I will not go.’ So the guy said, ‘Okay, just wait for one hour.’ And this guy and this woman went to the supermarket, then back to their home and they cooked the wienerschnitzel and other dishes themselves. Everything. Within one and a half hour they arrived – it was like a full meal – potato salad, a green salad, wienerschnitzel, and soda. The guy said that because he could not explain where to go he decided that he would make the meal for us himself.”


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Soda? No German beer with dinner? They both assure us that neither of them drink on the street when they are doing these mobile installations in cities because they need all of their senses to be alert. Renauld says that in their practice they find that after a week of living outside on the sidewalks of a city they gradually develop a certain higher sensitivity and awareness about all of their surroundings, a heightened sense of the complex interactions that taking place around them.

“After about one week we feel almost like we are in a trance,” he says, “like we are totally open to everything. So if you are to smoke or drink you are going to miss things.” Smoking, in this case, does not apply to cigarettes, as the two are continuously hand rolling a fresh one and using it for added stylistic emphasis and punctuation during conversation.

“What we are getting right here right now is the best shot of reality – no drugs can be compared to what we are experiencing,” says Boijeot. “We never know what is “the show”. Are we the spectators of the city and seeing the show or is it the inverse?”


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Actually, alcohol presents the artists with the biggest challenge on the street when the hour is late and revelers are stupid.

“One of our fears is about drunken people, because they have no limits,” he says as he scans the street on this Saturday night with a full moon almost reflexively. “We know that this part of Broadway is not the biggest party district. We have had some really big trouble in the past with drunken people.”

New Yorkers have the opportunity to meet the artists during this month and the guys are hopeful that they will be able to traverse the entire length of Broadway, but have contingency plans to visit Brooklynites if conditions get too difficult.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hopefully there will not be too much rain.

Renauld says, “During the day it is not a big problem because we have clothes.”

“It’s not fun. And we can’t use the tools, so it’s not fun,” chimes in Boijeot.

“During the night we have a technique – we put the bed and a table over it, and we have a plastic sheet so we can create a kind of tent,” explains Renauld.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Possibility of inclement weather notwithstanding, the two know that they are in for quite a show on these streets and their determination to complete the project is more than apparent. As is their love for the experience.

“It is as if you are at the ballet,” says Boijeot. “When you take the time to sit on the chair and you see the city from a different point of view you just realize that all of this is a fucking ballet.”

“… and it is well-played because there is no make-up,” says Renauld, “it is just true ballet”.

Just wait till they get to Lincoln Center.


Boijeot . Renauld. Martin Clement on the left with Laurent Boijeot on the right. Mr. Clement will be with Boijeot & Renauld 24/7 for the entire duration of the project documenting the action as well as taking instant photos of the “guests” and other happenings to send back home as a gift to the backers of the project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot & Renauld with their first dinner guest, Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

All furniture made by Boijeot and Renauld in Brooklyn with machinery and facilities provided by local businessman Joe Franquinha and his store Crest Hardware.

Our most sincere and deepest thank you goes to Joe Franquinha “The Mayor Of Williamsburg” and proprietor of his family owned business Crest Hardware for his enthusiastic support of this project. Joe has always been an ardent supporter of the arts and the artists who make it and he came through again this time. Thank you Joe.





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“Grassy Lot Show” Announcement : This Thursday

We’re proud to announce the “Grassy Lot Show” coming this Thursday presented by Crest Arts at the Timeshare Backyard. It’s been a little whirlwind of activity with 15 artists putting up brand new work on the walls of this oasis on the Lower East Side for you to come visit. With Keith Schwietzer and us helping Crest out here and there, and of course with Franklin doing lawn roomba duties, it is a bit of a community event. All it is missing is you! What are you doing Thursday?


Crest Arts invites you to the TimeShare Backyard for
“The Grassy Lot Show”

Thursday August 25, from 6-8 pm
145 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington

Admission is free.

Take off your shoes and walk in the grass and do a cartwheel while looking at brand new outside work on the walls by Bishop 203, Creepy, Gaia, General Howe, Jake Klotz, Laura Meyers, Nanook, Over Under, QRST, Quel Beast, Shandor Hassan, Travis Simon, Veng, XAM, and Yok.

Check the event out on Facebook

The project is made possible with the help and support of partners Brooklyn Street Art and the MaNY Project.

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Crest Has a Posse in an Empty Lot on L.E.S.

Joe Franquinha and his executive personal manager Liza brought their pet pig Franklin to check out the abandoned lot on Ludlow Street on Manhattan’s Lower East side. Franklin surveyed the new sod while Yok put up a new piece.


Yok and Franklin (photo © Mike Pearce)

Invited by a couple of entrepreneurs who have rented the open space for two months to make the outdoor location a little more welcoming, Joe looked at the ground, then up at the walls. Decaying, unfinished, rough, full of New York character, the walls immediately brought his mind to the many Street Artists busy in the city right now.

brooklyn-street-art-ludlow-walls-crest-art-gaia-nanook-general-howe-creepy-yok-laura-mayers-quel-beast-travos-w-simon-jaime-rojo-08-11-1-webNanook working on his collaboration with Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With help from Keith Schweitzer, Joe has mobilized a handful of Street Art talent to convert the lot into an impromptu outdoor gallery installation – calling it Timeshare Backyard. With an NYC theme honoring his favorite city, the artists have been getting up here for a week. In Gotham, no story surprises you, so it’s unclear what the fate of this lot will be; New York is always knocking down and building up, the cycle of destruction and renewal never stops. By next spring this could be a new glass and steel condo, who knows. In this brief interlude in this grassy lot, why not mount a momentary show, a commentary on life here right now?


Gaia working on his collaboration with Nanook (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As the owner of Crest Hardware in Brooklyn with his dad, stylishly moustachioed Joe celebrates the local community of artists that has boomed in BK and he’s known for opening the doors to any number of creative types – providing materials, suggestions, conversation, and great opportunities like these to show their stuff. As summer’s long days melt into the firey New York autumn these (mainly) street artists relished the opportunity to paste or paint just one more wall, at their leisure, while Joe and Liza put down giant garden plants and a wood-chip perimeter. If you get invited to some barbecue or bar or fashion show or something on the LES in the next 60 days, keep your eyes up above the gate to see these pieces peeking at you.


Upper East Side represents in the Lower East Side. Gaia working on his collaboration with Nanook (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gaia, Nanook (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gaia, Nanook (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gaia in the background (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gaia sortin’ out (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gaia, Nanook (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nanook (photo © Jaime Rojo)


“Too much art. Not enough grass,” thinks Franklin as he surveys his lunch options on the Lower East Side. (photo © Mike Pearce)


Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nanook (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Creepy was invited by Gaia and Nanook to add some of his organic patterns to their collab (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gaia, Nanook with Creepy’s subtle additions to the finish wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bishop 203 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“You have many ways to look at New York back here – love, anger, faith in the city,” remarks Joe while looking at the wheatpastes in the back of the lot.


General Howe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This is a very unusual wheatpaste by Street Artist General Howe, who is making some important decisions in life.  “General Howe is physically coming up on a crossroads, and looking at this kid who may be a younger him,” says Joe.


General Howe (photo © Jaime Rojo)


General Howe (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Creepy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Creepy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Looking skyward at Creepy’s integrated installation (photo © Mike Pearce)


Creepy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Creepy checking the sketch (photo © Mike Pearce)


Creepy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Laura Mayers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Joe explains, “Laura Myers said she started sketching it and she started seeing the sacred heart, like the picture her grandmother used to have in her house. I love it! I love the way the heart is the apple, with the city coming out. “


Yok (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Yok, Travis W. Simon (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Yok (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Yok (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Yok, Travis W. Simon (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Creepy, Yok (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Quel Beast (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Special thanks to photographer Mike Pearce for his contributions to this piece. See Mikes photos on Flickr at Pearce_Pics

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“Last Exit to Skewville” Emerges on a Brooklyn Wall

Brooklyn Street Artist Skewville, one of this city’s original sons, has been coaxing from his imagination a cityscape of intrigue and sly humor. With a bluntly cockeyed optimism tempered by the reality of kooks and freaks and madmen who run the streets and boardrooms in this city, over the past four days Ad Deville has been climbing and spraying and blocking out the giant chess game that is always at play.

After weeks of talking about where to take this piece called “Last Exit to Skewville”, the dude shows up with a piece of paper folded in half and a loose line sketch of the span of a bridge, chewing on the end of a pen. An amalgam of the bridges spanning the glittering and stormy East River, the pylons are two opposing chess players using the buildings of New York as chess pieces. As perspective is clarified above the river, a clunky cityscape emerges; a color punched rumbling blinking playground that calls you to jump across it’s rooftops and avoid falling.

brooklyn-street-art-skewville-jaime-rojo-superior-wall-Northside-open-studios-06-11-web-1Skewville; Saturday. At the begining there was a big red empty wall, a pen, and a folded piece of paper with the span of a bridge drawn on it. This photo literally captures the instant Ad Deville stepped off the curb to begin marking out the piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Saturday. The first line gets rolled out. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With his hands and arms and buckets and and rollers and cans he paces the length, climbing up and down ladders, blocking out the sound of traffic cacophony behind him and stepping aside for rain bouts; hour by hour the shape of the cubist and blocky abstractions that make a vibrant and shadowed city start to pop from this bricked Brooklyn wall.


Skewville. Sunday. The blueprint emerges with Brooklyn’s iconic water towers above. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Sunday (photo © Jaime Rojo)

At this rate, Skewvilles’ finer graphic elements will arrive right on time as the week ends. Coming soon – marauding crowds of cleverly dressed, smart and sinuous music and art fans will swarm like honey bees in the streets of Brooklyn’s Northside. With maps and photo snapping cellphones in hand, they’ll see the installations in the streets, the artists in their studios, and Beirut in McCarren Park.


Skewville. Monday (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Northside Open Studios, The Crest Fest 2011, and the Northside Music Festival – This is the new Brooklyn, much like the old Brooklyn, where neighbors coalesce and celebrate and intermingle and where Saturday Adam Deville of Skewville will commander a scissor lift lofted high above heads to put the finishing touches on this ode to Brooklyn and New York and (dare we say it) his masterpiece.


Skewville. Monday (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Monday (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Tuesday (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Tuesday is for color (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Like any artist who knows that stretching is necessary for growth, Tuesday is the day Skewville extends his vocabulary with new untried color – an unusual addition carefully approached. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Blue Tuesday (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville scales bricks in this neighborhood now jolted with scaffolding and high-rising blocks of glass (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Uniform waves lapping up the East River can easily be mistaken as the fins of sharks. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


“Last Exit to Skewville” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. Tuesday is for color (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Skewville. The city pops. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With the generous support from local family owned Crest Hardware Store (home of Crest Fest 2011) and Montana Colors, this project is possible.

Please come to the launch party too – BSA AND CREST FEST host the Northside Open Studios Launch Party Saturday Night

at The END in Greenpoint! Bands, Installations, and a Bikini Reading Series on the Roof.

Date: 18 Jun 2011
Time: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: The End, Brooklyn
Event Details:
Co-celebrated with Crest Fest and Brooklyn Street Art, NOS Launch Party brings together an art exhibition of participating artists including a confessional box by Eva Navon, Rooftop Bikini Reading Series by Boomslang, video screening curated by Sasha Summer, and an interactive rocking chair video & sound installation by Sara Sun. Music performances include Snowmine, Balun, Merrikans, Dinowalrus and Walrus Ghost.

All proceeds benefit Northside Open Studios.

More info on “Last Exit to Skewville” HERE

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Crest Hardware Art Show Presents: CrestFest 11 (Brooklyn, NY)


On June 18th, Crest Fest 2011 will act as the official launch party for the Crest Hardware Art Show (C.H.A.S.). As a means to give back to the community, Crest Fest is structured as a civic-minded, volunteer based event. Proceeds from Crest Fest 2011will benefit The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization. This year’s program will include a live music stage, two DJ booths, local, creative art & food vendors and additional involvement from surrounding businesses and community organizations.
Estimated attendance throughout the day is 4000+. All ages are welcome. Time Out New York named Crest Fest one of the top “Cool Free Events” of the summer.

The group art show will include 100+ works from various artists of different mediums. The art will be installed contextually throughout 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a 5,000 sq ft urban garden. Work will be on display from June 18th, 2011 until July 31st, 2011. All art is about/made with/or inspired by hardware.

Click on the link below for more info about the participating artists, schedule of events and location:

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Happy New Year! BSA Highlights of 2010


As we start a new year, we say thank you for the last one.

And Thank You to the artists who shared their 11 Wishes for 2011 with Brooklyn Street Art; Conor Harrington, Eli Cook, Indigo, Gilf, Todd Mazer, Vasco Mucci, Kimberly Brooks, Rusty Rehl, Tip Toe, Samson, and Ludo. You each contributed a very cool gift to the BSA family, and we’re grateful.

We looked over the last year to take in all the great projects we were in and fascinating people we had the pleasure to work with. It was a helluva year, and please take a look at the highlights to get an idea what a rich cultural explosion we are all a part of at this moment.

The new year already has some amazing new opportunities to celebrate Street Art and artists. We are looking forward to meeting you and playing with you and working with you in 2011.

Specter does “Gentrification Series” © Jaime Rojo
NohJ Coley and Gaia © Jaime Rojo
Jef Aerosol’s tribute to Basquiat © Jaime Rojo


Imminent Disaster © Steven P. Harrington
Fauxreel (photo courtesy the artist)
Chris Stain at Brooklyn Bowl © Jaime Rojo


Various & Gould © Jaime Rojo
Anthony Lister on the street © Jaime Rojo
Trusto Corp was lovin it.


Martha Cooper, Shepard Fairey © Jaime Rojo
BSA’s Auction for Free Arts NYC
Crotched objects began appearing on the street this year. © Jaime Rojo


BSA gets some walls for ROA © Jaime Rojo
Dolk at Brooklynite © Steven P. Harrington
BSA gets Ludo some action “Pretty Malevolence” © Jaime Rojo


The Crest Hardware Art Show © Jaime Rojo
NohJ Coley © Jaime Rojo
The Phun Phactory Reboot in Williamsburg © Steven P. Harrington


Sarah Palin by Billi Kid
Nick Walker with BSA in Brooklyn © Jaime Rojo
Judith Supine at “Shred” © Jaime Rojo


Interview with legend Futura © Jaime Rojo
Os Gemeos and Martha Cooper © Jaime Rojo
Skewville at Electric Windows © Jaime Rojo


Specter Spot-Jocks Shepard Fairey © Jaime Rojo
“Bienvenidos” campaign
Faile studio visit © Jaime Rojo


BSA participates and sponsors New York’s first “Nuit Blanche” © Jaime Rojo
JC2 © Jaime Rojo
How, Nosm, R. Robots © Jaime Rojo


Faile “Bedtime Stories” © Jaime Rojo
Judith Supine © Jaime Rojo
Photo © Roswitha Guillemin courtesy Galerie Itinerrance


H. Veng Smith © Jaime Rojo
Sure. Photo courtesy Faust
Kid Zoom © Jaime Rojo


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Fun Friday 10.29.10 BSA Halloween Special


Have a great Halloween Weekend Everybody!

Our longest post ever – scarily long. First we start off with a bunch of cool Street Art that is evocative of Halloween.

Then we hear a special Halloween/Election  message from Christine O’Donnell, a look at tonights’ events including Unified Love Movement’s installation across from MOMA, Erik Burke’s Closing Party, and Crest Hardware’s Pumpkin Carving Party (tonight). Also, video of Dan Witz’s disturbing WTF Street Art, and the most popular person to dress up as.

Careful out there, ya’ll.

The ghost of Bedford Ave (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The ghost of Bedford Ave. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Evils (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Evils (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cake pays tribute to Nosferatu (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cake pays tribute to Nosferatu (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

C2 Army of One (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

JC2 Army of One (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dain Sidebusted (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dain Sidebusted (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faro (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faro (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ink (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ink (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dark Shadows (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dark Shadows (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Matt Siren and Royce Bannon (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Matt Siren and Royce Bannon (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Oopsy Daisy (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Oopsy Daisy (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christian Paine (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Christian Paine (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

General Howe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

General Howe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Haculla (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Incubator Studio (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sweet Toof (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sweet Toof (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tats Cru How, Nosm with Aryz. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tats Cru How, Nosm with Aryz. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unified Love Movement – Alison and Garrison Buxton in Manhattan Tonight


Garrison and Alison Buxton invite you to come celebrate the unveiling of their Unified Love Movement installation across from the MoMA at 20 West 53rd St. The Buxtons are honored to manifest their latest vision on Halloween weekend via chashama’s “Windows at Donnell” program. The exhibition runs October 29th – November 28th, 2010 and is viewable 24/7. This visual fruit is timely and ripe for viewing.  MORE HERE

Bring Your Carved Pumpkins To Crest Tonight



“This Land is My Land” Closing Party Tonight at 17 Frost


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Dan Witz WTF??

And Finally, The Halloween Costume Report:

Lady GaGa Costumes Are All the Rage This Year. You can blow 50 bucks on one of these, or just visit your local hardware store and glue-gun stuff to your swimsuit.


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Pop Surrealism? Aisle 2. French Realism? – Check the Shovels

As the lines continue to blur between HI/LOW Art, Outsider Art, Public Art, Fine Art, and Street Art, a stunning show hides in the garden hoses.




As we wandered the aisles at the new show at a Brooklyn hardware store (and garden center) that is thick in the migration of hipness between post-cool Williamsburg and wild untamed Bushwick, a lightbulb went on. BA-ZING! This show is not mere novelty! This is where we are in 2010. The walls are being torn down before our eyes.

Dave Tree "Peasants on Shovels" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dave Tree “Peasants on Shovels” (Photo Jaime Rojo)

The massive democratization of arts and culture, with tools ever cheaper and more accessible to any artist with the inclination, is handily jack-hammering the pillars of hallowed art institutions and clipping the locks on the traditional art clubby gates and their keepers.  Call it American anti-intellectualism but when you feel no sense of irony or discomfort stalled out and contemplating a tire rubber ram sculpture while next to you a couple is looking at a lawn chair and a greasy handed guy is talking to a salesman about re-wiring a lamp, we’re pierced a veil.  While meandering past two young women I overheard them discussing rather deeply their feelings about an illustrated book they had discovered on the shelf and what kind of memories it evoked.

Ji Young Ho "For.Elk 1" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“For.Elk 1”

Ji Young Ho  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Deatail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ji Young Ho (detail) (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The 198 pieces by more than 140 artists are each hardware themed or inspired. Some are “crafty”, true, and others are merely clever. But a number of pieces utilize their space so well, submerging themselves in their surroundings so completely, or bending your expectations so far, that you’ll have to admit that there may be a genius in the geraniums.

Darkcloud (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

It was the same color of lightbulb that illuminated the day in the early 2000’s when I had attended a conceptual/sculptural/animation show at the now defunct Roebling Hall in Williamsburg and, in a dizzy haze I hit the street and looked at the sky. Overhead the jet stream to JFK and the planes rhythmically appearing in line every 2 minutes across the sky so closely mimicked the installation I had just seen indoors that the transition from art to artful reality was completely seamless. And no mushrooms were involved. Suddenly Street Art, this new explosion we had been documenting and exploring, seemed of the same cloth as any other art that was entrapped behind closed doors.

Chris Collicot "Manny" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Collicot “Manny” (trying looking at this with your cellphone camera) (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

If you are not too suspicious or jaded, this may be one of the best shows of the season – one that feels equal parts installation and performance, one that challenges common conceptions without an accompanying 4 page exegesis on the inner workings of the mind of the curator.  Joe Franquinha is a bright gentleman of course, and it is because of his vision and wanderlust that these artists gladly participate in this show. But as you walk the aisles with your artwork guide in hand you’ll find yourself slipping seamlessly back and forth through worlds you once considered distinct, at times questioning which one you are in at the moment.  For my money, it’s a priceless view.

General Howe

Installation by General Howe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Joel Adas (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joel Adas (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mark Houston "Every Job;s a Nightmare" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Every Job’s a Nightmare”

Mark Houston  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Julian Zee "Marulin Marley Will Kill Pop Art" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Marylin Marley Will Kill Pop Art”

Julian Zee  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nomade "Bust with Burgundy" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nomade “Bust with Burgundy” (Photo © Jaime Rojo) (Silent auction piece benefiting the programs at Free Arts NYC)

Skewville (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Subtexture "Loggin Saw Sunset" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Loggin Saw Sunset”

Subtexture  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


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