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BSA Film Friday 07.24.15

BSA Film Friday 07.24.15




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

Now screening :

1. Brazilian Street Artist Eder Muniz
David Flores’ Nelson Mandela Mural Project
New TED Talk from eL Seed
4. BSA LIVE Tonight in Rochester for Wall\Therapy 2015 and Urban Nation (UN)


BSA Special Feature: Brazilian Street Artist Eder Muniz

Eder Muniz joins the Wall\Therapy mural festival this year with his magic infused fantasy forms that have been blanketing his hometown of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The self-taught artist goes by the name of “Calangos de Rua” (Street Lizard) back home but clearly that must be an endearing term as his sentiments toward humans and nature are anything but reptilian. Here is a profile made of the artist three years ago that gives some good insight into his inspirations and working style.

David Flores Nelson Mandela Mural Project

This week was Nelson Mandela’s birthday and we were reminded of the great mural David Flores did of the man two years ago.  Done to commemorate his 95th, we remember him through his own words on his 97th in this video by Banded Arts.

New TED Talk from eL Seed

“Born in France to Tunisian parents, eL Seed delights in juggling multiple cultures, languages and identities. Not least in his artwork, which sets Arabic poetry in a style inspired by street art and graffiti. In this quietly passionate talk, the artist and TED Fellow describes his central ambition: to create art so beautiful it needs no translation.”

BSA LIVE Tonight in Rochester for Wall\Therapy 2015 and Urban Nation (UN)

Join us tonight in person for BSA Film Friday LIVE – at University of Rochester. We’re proud to be working with this grassroots festival and to be your hosts at the revered 100+ year old Memorial Art Gallery in the MAG Auditorium. We’ll be showing 16 of our favorite videos from the past year of BSA Film Friday, pieces that are examples of what’s been on our radar – exploring, experimenting, inspiring, and just plain badass videos that keep this scene fresh. If you are in the area we’s love to see your smiling face in the audience tonight!



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The “Aqueduct Murals” Are Off and Running!

The “Aqueduct Murals” Are Off and Running!

“He’s pissed off. He’s like… he has an attitude. He’s ornery. In my work I’m always looking to relate my own feelings to the images that I see and try to express them through painting.”


Chris Stain and Katherine Huala at work on their first collaborative piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris Stain is looking at a black and white photo of a victorious and defiant jockey covered in mud – a guy named Webber who raced “Broiler” at Aqueduct – and talks about why he is immortalizing the fella in paint for this thoroughbred race track that turns 120 years old next year.

“So when I saw him I was like, ‘Yeah I feel like that sometimes, most of the time, ninety-five percent of the time.’ ”

Any seasoned wagerer knows it is a bit of a gamble to work with graffiti and Street Artists – untamed and unbridled as they can be – but Street Artist Joe Iurato has corralled a small herd and coaxed them inside off the streets for this one race. The Aqueduct Murals are out of the gate and if last nights marathon of painting was any indication, the odds are good they will all hit the finish line by Saturday.


Chris Stain found this vintage photograph as an inspiration for his collaborative piece with Katherine Huala.  Jockey Weber finished second place on his horse “Broiler”, and it looks like it was a rainy and muddy day at the track here in 1941 in Jamaica, Queens. Original photographer unnamed. (This photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Equestrian racing, jockey related – the only criteria they gave us was they wanted to see something that was more in the spirit of the place,” says Joe as he looks around the mainly beige walls of the facility in Queens that is filling with aerosol fumes as the clock nears midnight. He still has to get up on a cherry picker and get working on his collaborative mural with Logan Hicks, but as the organizer, Joe discovers he needs to make sure all the other artists are getting taken care of first – its all part of the care and feeding of Street Artists.

Tomorrow night the opening bell on the reception rings at 6 pm at Aqueduct with a DJ and a print release with all the artists in attendance and Ellis G doing some live chalk drawings, but for right now Joe is looking at some peeling paint and figuring out how to seal it.

“They gave us a photo bucket that was full of about 300 pictures from the past 60 years,” he says of the racetrack reference material that roughly half of the artists are using in their murals. “We were able to use any of those and a lot of them were just brilliant.”

The international and locally-based artists all are taking different approaches – and the distances they have traveled vary from South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Texas, California, New Jersey….and even hometown Queens and Brooklyn guys like Stain, Skewville, and Hicks. In the middle of the progress last night BSA got some shots as some of the pieces were galloping along – some are on the backstretch while a few just started out of the gate.

Participating artists for The Aqueduct Murals include : Logan Hicks, David Flores, Chris Stain collaborating with Katherine Huala, Rubin, Faith 47, Skewville, JMR, LNY, Ian Kuali’i, Shai Dahan, Zed1, Joe Iurato, ThenOne, and Reka.


Chris Stain and Katherine Huala. Chris working on their piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Reka. Detail of his piece in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I’m trying to experiment a little at the moment and in terms of colors I’m just doing strictly gray scale,” says Melbourne Street Artist REKA, who is normally known for his use of vibrant oranges and reds in his tightly fluid character-based street work.  “Also this is something a bit more messy, a bit more dynamic anyway – I’m allowing more room for error and be more playful.”

“I want to show the movement in the racing – sections of the horse and the jockey – to show more of the human element and the connection between the rider and the horse. I don’t paint realistically – so that is my representation of the horse.”


Reka at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zed1 at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Italian Street Artist Zed1 stays monochromatic in his palette also but his metaphor is entirely different. “I prefer you see when you finish because it is a surprise !” he says while revealing to us in a conspiratorial tone what the humorous scene will eventually depict. Don’t worry folks, it’s all clean and respectful.


Zed1. Process shot. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: This doesn’t look like a horse.
Rubin: No. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a horse just because it is a race track.

The least representational of the murals draws a clearer connection to its location and proximity to the city with more abstract depictions of the roaring crowd and the city skyline.  Roaring twenties of last century meld well with the spattered street inflections of early teens 21st century here.

“I kind of flipped those Art Deco inspired lines from being horizontal to vertical and so it is my way of paying tribute to New York,” says the Greenpoint, Brooklyn based Swedish artist who says he never tires of going on the roof to look at Manhattan across the East River.


Rubin at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


David Flores and assistant at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LA’s David Flores used to go to the races at Santa Anita when he was a kid. “but nothing major, we didn’t bet or anything like that,” he says as he steps back to compare his rendering to the piece on the wall. The composition combines the jockey image from a photo from the track with a new mask and a horse and hand from two other sources. “I kind of married them together,” he says of the scene. “I had to make it the way I wanted with a lot of diamonds and stars and stripes – you know how they wear their gear so it’s all colorful.”

Normally more abstract, this wall by Flores is literal in its depiction, but with an illustrators eye. Has he worked with animals in his work much? “I have worked with animals a couple of times but nothing of this scale – or horse racing and I’m super excited because I’m a fan of the sport. I’m stoked on it now.”


David Flores. Sketch for his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LNY. Detail of his piece in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

New Jersey Street Artist LNY took something with history and shot with the older film based technology and manipulated it with a current digital and returned to the hand rendered painting form to create it on a wall.

“Yeah, especially this,” he says as he rolls a thin screen of crimson over his composition, ” – doing washes is a super traditional technique”

The subject matter for LNY speaks to the regimented hierchy of class that permeates the traditions of racing. “Its always been about social status and that became really apparent when I came here,” he says as he describes his choice of outfielders he researched as subjects.

“The outfielders are the guys that go out there and if a horse goes crazy – they are kind of the cops of the field – so basically they are staff,” he says of the well-dressed horsemen in the original image he started with. “I just got some really nifty iPad apps that cost nothing but they let you transform images so I’ve been having a lot of fun with those and I’m basing my mural on that.”


LNY at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LNY created this digital collage mock up which  served as template for his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shai Dahan at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: I guess it is not that far a stretch for you to paint a couple of horses!
Shai Dahan: “No! I’ve been painting nothing but horses for the last three years”

The LA-New York- now Sweden based artist has been painting his interpretation of Swedish Dalecarlian horses which are traditionally red, so he is making sure to include on in his Aqueduct piece.

Brooklyn Street Art: Had you seen races before?
Shai Dahan: No, this was my very first time
Brooklyn Street Art: What was your impression?
Shai Dahan: It’s very cool.  To actually see them race – just to see the quickness and the power and the movement of it is really fascinating and inspiring. I wanted to create some kind of forceful movement to get people out to the racetrack. The graffiti background is to represent the feel of New York, and all the bright colors.


Sahi Dahan at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ThenOne working on the background color for his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

New Jersey’s ThenOne says has been a graffiti artist for 16 years and he likes his lines to be crisp and  tight. Using his favorite red and black palette he brings perhaps the most historical equine references to the new collection at the race track and skillfully alludes to the practices from the modern graffiti scene he came up from.

ThenOne’s black Arabian horses are silhouetted in a decorative arrangement that recalls his Persian ancestry as depicted in pottery and ceramics and textiles while also recalling the early cave paintings that many art historians trace as ancestors to the Street Art/graffiti practices of today.

As long as the stylized stallions are as close to his original sketch as possible, he’ll be happy. “My style graffiti-wise is I like to be as clean as possible,” ThenOne says, “So the graphic and the clean work perfectly for me.”


ThenOne. Sketch for his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Joe Iurato at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Organizer and artist Joe Iurato is up on his lift, masking out his collaborative piece with Logan Hicks. In between his other responsibilities, he’s planning to paint too.


Skewville at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Street Art wordsmith Squewville grew up in Queens so his trip here was one of the shorter ones. The text based entreaty he is taping out here will say “Update Your Status”  – in one short phrase bringing the track into the “social” sphere. The well known slogan for people using sites like Facebook also doubles as a reference to the incoming status of races as the bets and odds are displayed across screens and horses cross the finish line.


Skewville at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Logan Hicks working on his stencils for his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Brooklyn based Logan Hicks is prepping for his seven layer stencil that will depict a crush of horses in the thick of the race (not seen here). First he is applying a patterned background to his collaborative piece with organizer and Street Artist Joe Iurato.


Logan Hicks at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Originally from Hawaii, artist Ian Kuali’i is laying in the abstractly energetic background for his sliced paper piece that will float over it.

“I’m going to paste up a cutout. It’s about three quarters of the way done, “ he says as he describes a finished piece that will incorporate collage of actual vintage Aqueduct posters from the past and themes relating to horse husbandry and the thrill of the race.


Ian Kuali’i at work on his piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd  a reception will be held for the artists at the Aqueduct Racetrack to celebrate “Aqueduct Murals”. The event is free and open to the public. Click HERE for all the details.


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Images Of The Week: 07.21.13

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adam Young, Adelaide, Am3ba, Bask, Buff Monster, David Flores, Hero, Nils Westegard, Olek, Pop Mortem, Rep 1, Skount, Street Hart and Wakuda.

Top image Olek and crew cover an entire locomotive train in Łódź, Poland over the course of two days. (photo © Olek)

Olek. Lodz, Poland. (photo © Olek)

Pop Mortem (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nils Westergard. Adelaide, South Australia (photo © Nils Westergard)

Skount in Amsterdam (photo © Skount)

Rep 1. C Train, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bask in Denver, Colorad. (photo © Bask)

Bask in San Francisco, CA (photo © Bask)

Street Hart (photo © Jaime Rojo)

RIP MCA by David Flores for Delta Bravo Urban Exploration Team (photo © David Flores)

A new tribute to musician and activist MCA of the Beastie Boys by David Flores starts begins a series of historical sites that Delta Bravo Urban Exploration will be doing. The mural is located by what was once home to the Beastie Boys G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, California.

David would like to send special thanks to Farmer Piper, Olivia Noelle Bevilacqua, and the whole DBUET crew. MCA RIP

Wakuda . Am3ba (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Wakuda. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

HERO. GuangZhoo, China. (photo © Hero)

Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Union Square, NYC. 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Fun Friday 01.13.12


1. “Lost and Found” Tonight in Brooklyn
2. “On the River…”, Robyn Hasty AKA Imminent Disaster Open Today
3. SuperTwins Skewville in San Francisco Employing “Playground Tactics”
4. “Hybrid Thinking” at Jonathan Levine Saturday
5. Muhammad Ali Hits 70, and the Show Begins Saturday
6. Klughaus Gallery, Jesse Edwards show “Dialogue of the Streets”
7. Le Salon d’Art, Fumero and Joseph Meloy , “90 Stanton Street Art Show”
8. Jesse Edwards by Tom Gould (VIDEO)
9. Kophns One: Kophenjoy by The Site Unscene (VIDEO)
10. Ben Eine Off Canvas by Studio Stare (VIDEO)

“Lost and Found” Tonight in Brooklyn

“Lost & Found” opens today at Mighty Tanaka Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn with the participation of Adam Void, Alice Mizrachi, Curtis Readel, ELLE & John Breiner:

Avoid with friends in the wild. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“On the River…”, Robyn Hasty AKA Imminent Disaster Open Today

Her first New York solo show “On The River…” is actually the joining of two strong and handsome rivers into one. Her Street Art work finds a sister in this new wet-plate photograph collection at the cozy Kesting/Ray Gallery in Manhattan.

Robyn Hasty. New Orleans 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

To read our interview with Robyn click here

For further information regarding this show click here

SuperTwins Skewville in San Francisco Employing “Playground Tactics”

The Queens natives and New York wiseguys are re-wiring an entire band from their imagined musical teen heartthrob youth – the one where Droo was adding more gel to his perfect hair and punishing his Fender onstage and Ad was getting high in the mop closet. White Walls in San Francisco takes the risk of letting the Street Art duo put on a show this time, and you can expect more “Playground Tactics” Saturday.

Skewville “Playground Tactics” (image courtesy of the gallery)

For further information regarding this show click here

“Hybrid Thinking” at Jonathan Levine Saturday

“There’s a growing creative movement that we’ve dubbed Hybridism: a blend of both street art and fine art – a hybrid – as the raw meets the refined,” as the 2009 group show at Brooklyn’s Mighty Tanaka observed while giving evidence of what was happening on the streets and in galleries in the Brooklyn show “Hybridism”. Of course, Daniel Feral’s diagram points to 2008 as the beginning of “Hybridism”.

Similarly a year ago at Hold-Up Gallery in LA there was the “Hi-Graff” show that excitingly merged many Graff and Street Art movements as we observed at the time, “Those Cold War years are being chopped away brick by brick like the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, and a new language borrowing vocabulary from graffiti, street art, fine art, advertising, and pop/punk/hiphop/skater/cholo/tattoo culture continues to emerge in ways we never thought of before.”

Now in 2012 Manhattan’s Wooster Collective continues the conversation to reveal “Hybrid Thinking”, their collection of an international roster (South Africa, Germany, Spain, Amsterdam, Beijing) of names that have been successful in the galleries and streets, illustrating what you have been seeing alive and expanding for the last decade. In the curators’ words: “Hybrid Thinking refers to the current zeitgeist of our time: disparate cultures coming together to create something completely new.”

This roster includes Dal, Herakut, Hyuro, Roa, Sit and Vinz.

ROA in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here

Muhammad Ali Hits 70, and the Show Begins Saturday

An culturally interesting thematic show honoring the fighter Muhammad Ali called “Ali The Greatest”opens tomorrow at Evolve Gallery in Sacramento, CA. With new stuff from Joe Iurato and David Flores among others, the show is expected to travel to Vegas and New York and celebrates the 70th birthday of the man.

Joe Iurato. “Muhammad Ali: Almost Showtime” (photo © Joe Iurato)

For further information regarding this show click here

Also happening this weekend

At the Klughaus Gallery, Jesse Edwards show “Dialogue of the Streets” Click here for more details.

At Le Salon d’Art, Fumero and Joseph Meloy , “90 Stanton Street Art Show” is open to the general public. Click here for more details.

Jesse Edwards video by Tom Gould

Kophns One: Kophenjoy by The Site Unscene


Ben Eine Off Canvas by Studio Stare

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Paul Insect is Attracted to Light at the Barracuda Wall

The Barracuda Wall in Los Angeles is a safe outlet for Street Artists and graffiti artists to try out ideas without worrying that they have to look over their shoulder.  The boxing club inside is owned by Miguel De La Barracuda, thus it’s name and it’s a good spot to get seen, if only for minute before it’s replaced.

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

What this fight club gives the lie to is that Street and graff artists are somehow at odds with one another, a mythology propagated by young hot heads sometimes. In fact, this high profile wall in LA shows that most peeps are big enough to allow everybody to get a chance to express the creative spirit, and often they collaborate. A quick bit of Googling will show you a diverse list of work on the Barracuda wall over the last couple of years, including people like Ron English, Gabe and OG. Defer, Prime, Gabe88, Anthony Lister, Escif, Sanir, Gregory Siff, Shepard Fairey and AWR MSK, Hush, Chad Muska, Cyrcle, Free Humanity, and David Flores. It’s a never ending reinvention for the never ending traffic on Melrose Avenue, a gift from a business owner to his community and the artists.

Photographer and BSA collaborator Carlos Gonzalez captured some excellent night shots of  Street Artist Paul Insect at work on the wall one night last week. Masking out the portions of the wall for painting with a roll of masking tape, alternating sharp lines with drippy, Insect put up a pair of eyes to keep track of a piece by Risk below.

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect’s solo show “Triptease Revue” opens this Thursday at Post No Bills Gallery . For further information click on the link below:

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Images of the Week 06.12.11

Images of the Week 06.12.11


Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 130, BAST, Dark Clouds, David Flores, Enzo & Nio, Mare 139, Skewville, Twenty, and Veng.

brooklyn-street-art-skewville-bast-jaime-rojo-06-11-web-10Skewville and Bast did this new Brooklyn boom box for Bushwick Open Studios last week (photo © Jaime Rojo)


And this week Skewville was picked as a clue for the “Great Urban Race” a marathon-cum-treasure-hunt dress up in a costume and jog through New York event. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Last-Exit-to-Brooklyn-BSA-Presents-Graphic-smallerSpeaking of Skewville, if you are in Brooklyn next weekend for Northside Open Studios and the Crest Fest 2011 and the Northside Music Festival be sure to see the brand new giant 100 foot Skewville wall unveiling in Williamsburg and come to the afterparty thrown by NOS, Crest and BSA in Greepoint. We’ll be sending out a big announcement about all the street artists involved this year (including some surprises) – so get on our newsletter and we’ll be sure to send you an invite. Great Street Art in Brooklyn!


Skewville and Bast from a slightly different angle. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Looks like Bast tried his hand with the fire extinguisher (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Well known graffiti artist Mare 139 created this sculpture for El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 at El Museo del Barrio. This window installation is right across the street from MOMA (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mare 139 entry for El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 at El Museo del Barrio. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dark Clouds (photo © Jaime Rojo)


David Flores work in progress in Los Angeles. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


David Flores in LA just completed this piece paying homage to a rebel. With good cause. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


130 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


AM (photo © Jaime Rojo)


This sticker reminds us of Kara Walker work. We are not sure if the MEMO tag was an original part of the work (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Enzo & Nio continue with their series of Girls and Guns (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pardon me, I seem to have something stuck in my eye. Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


An unknown artist tried to fend the mini heat wave this week by process of  sublimation (photo © Jaime Rojo)


An angry Mr. Potato head type. Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


A teaming mass of people during the one-day sale at Macy’s? Constituents at Representative Anthony Weiner’s office getting ready to give him a piece of their minds about his Sexting? The crowd getting off the roller coaster at Coney Island? This unknown street artist hand draws dozens of faces on steno pads and then wheat paste them together on walls.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Street Artist 2wenty in Los Angeles at night thanks to Carlos Gonzales. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Hey, why the long face? Veng of RWK continues to work on the Vandevoort Place wall in Bushwick. More photos of the work still in progress below (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Photo © Jaime Rojo

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LA Special: Images of the Week 04.17.11



It’s been a hot week in Los Angeles for the Brooklyn set, this much warmth and sun consecutively is unsettling for cold northerners accustomed to six months of winter and unbearable cold. The hundreds of museum goers who are lined up to enter the MOCA “Art in the Streets” show this morning mark the end of official events over the last week as well as the private  openings, events, and walls that popped up everywhere.

brooklyn-street-art-dabs-myla-how-nosm-jaime-rojo-LA-free-walls-04-11-web-18Dabs & Myla with How & Nosm. One of the strongest installations in or out of the museum this week.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This weeks interview with the streets is largely an interview with Daniel Lahoda, an Angelino who has procured walls for visiting and local street artists in a few neighborhoods of the city since 2009. With no membership fee or admission, everyone is able to see the work of a whole lot of street artists where it was originated thanks to his organizational and diplomatic skills and his vision. We were very fortunate to receive a personal tour of the walls from Daniel over the course of a couple of days, including the gargantuan piece finished this week by Dabs & Myla with How & Nosm and the still fresh 42nd LA Free Wall as it was being completed by Street Artist Aiko. Since so many artists were in town for the general craziness, expect to see some new walls going up shortly that will thrill and delight.

So here’s this weeks interview with the street featuring Aiko, Augustine Kofie, CA, Carl Rauschenbach, Crayola, Dabs & Myla, David Flores, DFace, X, Herakut, How & Nosm, JR, Kid Zoom, M-City, Nomade, Philip Lumbang, Ripo, Roa, Saber, and Shepard Fairey.


Street Artist Aiko repels the punishing sun with a big hat while working on this stencil she created in honor of the people of Japan during the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami as well as to her friend Martha Cooper who shot the original image it is based on. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The completed piece by Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The original image by Martha Cooper that Aiko based her stencil piece from (photo © Martha Cooper)


Local quartet Nomade have a few pretty strong mixed media pieces around town. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nomade (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Two LA favorites Saber on the left and Augustine Kofie on the right (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Saber. Detail  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-carl-rauschenbach-ex-philip-lumbang-jaime-rojo-LA-free-walls-04-11-web-04Carl Rauschenbach on left, X on right and Philip Lumbang in center (photo © Jaime Rojo)


London’s D*Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs & Myla with Craola (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs & Myla with Craola. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dabs & Myla with Craola. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)


David Flores “customized” this large portrait by JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Herakut from Frankfurt and Erfurt, Germany.(photo © Jaime Rojo)


INSA adorned the side of this fine family establishment with hot fleshy pinks and red undulating color. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


INSA. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)


INSA (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Part of Shepard Fairey’s brand new series, this image of Ronald Reagan is pre-defaced with an “intervention” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shepard Fairey simplifies the approach, making it that much more powerful (photo © Jaime Rojo)


As if in a “free speech zone” behind the barbed wire, the man who started this all, Ronald Reagan, salutes “Mourning in Amerca”, by Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shepard Fairey’s piece, the first done with Daniel Lahoda for the LA Freewalls project (photo © Jaime Rojo)


French artist JR, part of a 16 piece installation across LA this spring called “Wrinkles in the City” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kid Zoom and Insa reversed the red and blue part of this piece, shot both with a camera, and created a stunning piece of GIF art that makes Kid Zoom’s skull float above it. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gif Image courtesy LA Freewalls project.


Kid Zoom (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stencil artist M-City’s train in this parking lot is so long that it’s hard to get the full view (photo © Jaime Rojo)


MCity. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ripo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ROA’s sweet smelling piece adorns the side of this perfume store. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fun Friday 01.07.11


Tonight in Brooklyn: “Wholetrain” Screening at Closing Party for H. Veng Smith


Tonight at Pandemic they’ll be screening the film “Wholetrain” to close the “Identifiable Reality” show by H. Veng Smith.

“Florian Gaag manages to recount a tale colored by tension and aggression. The result is a many-sided portrait of characters whose world has never been documented in this way before. Their subculture remains authentic and realistic. Edgy editing and grandiloquent camerawork, a pulsating soundtrack and an excellent ensemble of actors, make WHOLETRAIN a film experience not to be missed.” – Wholetrain Website


PANDEMIC gallery
37 Broadway btwn Kent and Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Walk All Over Shepard Fairey If You Like

On the streets of Milan, Italy five artists (Shepard Fairey, Invader, The London Police, Flying Fortress and Rendo) has been invited to create about 20 manhole covers.

more at The Street Art Blog


West Coast Holla! – Here’s Three;

Carmichael Gallery “After the Rain”


Carmichael’s first show of the year “After the Rain” featuring new work by Boogie, Guy Denning, Aakash Nihalani, and Pascual Sisto.

5795 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232
January 8 – February 5, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 6-8pm

Whoops, “There It Is” at ThinkSpace

“There it Is” at ThinkSpace

‘There It Is’
Featuring new works from three Oakland CA artists:
Brett Amory / Adam Caldwell / Seth Armstrong
(Main Gallery)
Paul Barnes
‘Happy Valley’
(Project Room)
Both exhibits on view: January 8th – January 29th
Opening Reception: Sat, January 8th 7-10PM

Thinkspace Art Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-3375 | Open Wed. – Sat.
or by appointment

“Street Degrees of Street” – Abztract Collective


Abztract Collective and Crewest Gallery group show “Street Degrees of Separation”

Opening Reception Jan 2008


110 Winston Street

Los Angeles, CA

213 627 8272

BOXI and BANKSY TAKE No. 1 Spots

Here are the Final Results of the Year End 2010 BSA Polls

It was a blast to watch the images jumping positions like a horse race for the last weeks of the year as two BSA Polls were up on the Huffington Post.  Thousands of people participated in the voting and we got lots of funny emails, and some varying opinions – and here are the results;

As voted by readers on Huffing Post Arts page , here are the top 10 Brooklyn Street Art images from 2010.

1. Boxi


2. ROA, “Ibis”

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3. ROA, “Squirrel”


4. Retna & El Mac


6. Os Gemeos and Futura


7. Jef Soto


8. El Mac

Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-Jaime-Rojo-8-El Mac

9. Gaia


10. Gaia



And in our highly subjective and fun compilation of 10 Best Street Art Moments of the Decade, here are the results of the votes – The Top Five

1.     “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, Banksy

Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-Jaime-Rojo-DECADE 1 BANKSY

Image promotional still from movie.

2.     Tate Modern hosts “Street Art”

Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-Tate Photography-DECADE 2 TATE

© Tate Photography

3.     Nuart Festival Established by Martyn Reed

Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-CF Salicath-DECADE 3 NUART

© CF Salicath

4.     Shepard Fairey’s Obama Posters

Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-Jaime-Rojo-DECADE 4 Fairey

© Jaime Rojo

5.     Swoon’s Swimming City Arrives at Venice Biennale

Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-Tod-Seelie-DECADE 5 Swoon

© Tod Seelie

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Crewest Gallery X Abztract Collective present: “STREET DEGREES OF SEPARATION” A Group Show (Los Angeles, CA)

Abztract and Crewest Gallery

Crewest Gallery X Abztract Collective present:

An art opening featuring the artwork of:
and special guest artist and Pro Skater:

Opening Reception: Jan. 8th
Downtown Artwalk: Jan 13th – 6:00-10:00

110 Winston Street
Los Angeles CA 90013

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“Fun Friday” 05.14.10 from your delirious friends at BSA


Looking though our BSA records, we haven’t had a Fun Friday since way back before Obamacare was approved and the Communists took over and the Death Panels were installed. Now that it is just all of us degenerates left running the place, let’s look at some of the important cultural signifiers (as Gaia would say) that are shaping our world….


100 Artists Pimped the Dark Side
100 Artists Pimped the Dark Side for “The Vader Project”

Through four tour stops (LA, London, Tokyo and the Warhol Museum), The Vader Project has thrilled Star Wars fans, collectors and art enthusiasts with a staggering display of 100 artist customized Darth Vader replica 1:1 helmets.  Now with news of the Vader Project auction at Freeman’s (7.10), collectors can bid on the amazing one of a kind helmets.


To celebrate both the completed tour and the auction, the Vader Project has prepared a full-color catalog  featuring all one hundred helmets (2 page spreads for each, 200 pages total). It’s available for pre-order now for $40.

If you live in or around LA, don’t miss the Auction Preview presented by Freemans opening on June 11th (6- 10 PM) through the 20th, with a special catalog signing on Saturday the 12th @ 2 PM.   Full details on

Middle School Kid Blows Roof Off Auditorium with Lady Gaga Cover

“Don’t Ask Don’t blah blah blah”

You say Tomato

2 things about this trailer for an upcoming movie about graffiti in New York…
1. We cover street art, which is similar but I’m not expert on graff – so don’t ask me
for some great opinion on the matter
2. I love the dramatic tension created in the fast cutting of opinions here, and then the sudden swelling of heroic Viking choruses of fat ladies in strapless gowns and pointy Viking Helmets  comes out of nowhere from the dark ages, creating visions of brutish butchering armies in armor with V-shaped shields in one hand and cans of spray paint in the other.  Onward, Upward!

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