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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.07.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.07.18

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This week Banksy shredded his piece at Sotheby’s and Kavanaugh was approved to shred your future.  Dang, a lot of people got seriously punked bro.

Other than that we have to say to New York, we love you because of your fabulous diversity – and the fact that you prove every day that we can all get along really well even though we are all kinds of cultures and languages and backgrounds.

If only those (primarily) old white men who are legislating from Washington and from corporate board rooms could see and appreciate the richness that we have here in New York – they might realize that they have been completely and utterly foolish and blind to their own people, which is all of us.

It feels like this swing to the right is not about ideology but about protecting power and wealth – and we’re witnessing the dying Old Boy network kicking and screaming to protect the system that has served them best. How else can you explain the contingency that once called themselves the moral majority today exhibit almost zero morality – being brutal, haughty, and defiantly cynical – and still getting support?

On a happier note, how about those Yankees M-I-RIGHT ?

So here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Cash4, City Kitty, d.w. krsna, Dede, Izzrad, Kobra, Mark DiSuvero, Mer, Mr. Toll Troll, Mr. Tongue, Nitzan Mintz, Nobs, Onis, Pleks, Pork, Sickid, Stray Ones, and Subway Doodle.

Top Image: PLEKS. Where is it? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr Toll Troll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stray Ones (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Subway Doodle for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sickid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cash4 . Pork (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Poem 2 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede . Nitzan Mintz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Poem 3 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Poem 5 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Tongue (photo © Jaime Rojo)

City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Be Cool Dont Trip (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Be Cool Dont Trip (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Not Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kobra (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kobra (photo © Jaime Rojo)

D. W. Krsna (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mark DiSuvero with Onis, Nobs and Mer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Izzrad (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Izzrad (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.16.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.16.18

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Welcome to the beginning of fall in New York, hopefully not the Fall of New York – although you can never tell when monetary policy is incredibly loose and we’re living in an “everything bubble” about to burst. Here in NYC people used to say the major industries were FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) and it is probably still true to a large extent. You could add Casinos to the acronym today because the this falsely high-flying and treacherous economy feels like a giant windowless drunken room full of sparkly lights, laughter and speculative plays. CAFIRE! Totally made that up. Might stick.

Also this week Manafort flipped, NYC voters got clipped, Hieronymus Bosch’s “Triptych of Temptation of St. Anthony” is alive on the subway, and Loren Naji is living in an 8 foot ball of reclaimed wood from demolished homes on the street.

So here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring 1312, 1UP Crew, Adele Renault, Adopt, Bailon, Ben Slow, Daze2, Dede, El Sol 25, Jonathan Allen, Marshal Arts, Mr. Joul, Nick Flatt, Nitzan Mintz, Not Pinky, Paul Punk, and Sandra Chevrier.

Top Image: 1UP Crew at Urban Spree in Berlin. Anthony Lister is preparing his show inside the golden windows. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Hi Art Machine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Marshal Arts in Berlin for Paste Up Festival 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede and Nitzan Mintz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Daze2 in Berlin for Paste Up Festival 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Daze2 and Not Pinky in Berlin for Paste Up Festival 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

1312 in Berlin for Paste Up Festival 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bailon for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

NYC Subway ad take over by Jonathan Allen. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

NYC Subway ad take over by Jonathan Allen. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adopt (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adele Renault at work in Jersey City, NJ. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ben Slow for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Unsere Werte” (Our Value). Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nick Flatt and Paul Punk in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist…or is this an ad? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Oh! One more thing. Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Joul in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sandra Chevrier for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Downtown Manhattan. September 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.25.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.25.18

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Sharp tongued and defiant, that’s the way we like our young people, and Gen Z has a lot of loud mouthed articulate and savvy ones who are not going to be fooled out of gun control, if yesterdays marches in NYC and hundreds of cities are any indication. As Spring officially arrived in New York on Thursday, we are expecting even more action in the streets from artists and activists each passing day now.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets (and elsewhere), this week featuring Adam Fujita, Anthony Lister, Balu, Banksy, Baron Von Fancy, Bifido, Dain, Dede, Gane, GlossBlack, Hoxxoh, JerkFace, Kuma, Lacky, Nitzan Mintz, Paper Skaters, Pussy Power Posse, Ratanic, RESP, Shock, and Texas.

Top Image: GlossBlack in collaboration with Klughaus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gane . Texas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Baron Von Fancy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Anthony Lister (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lacky. Built to Mob (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede . Nitzan Mintz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Resp . Shock . Kuma (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy no more… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

08AM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We can’t read the signature on this massive wall. Help please. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pussy Power Posse (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ratanic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jerkface (photo © Jaime Rojo)

HOXXOH (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bifido “We Are Only Guests” in Volos, Greece. (photo © Bifido)

Paper Skaters (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. New York City. March 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Images Of The Week: 02.11.18

Images Of The Week: 02.11.18


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Got anything lined up for Valentines Day? No pressure bro. Just be yourself sis! All that baloney about wine and dine and flowers – oh HELL NO! We’re all on a budget up in here! In fact we did some research for you and here’s 8 Cheap Valentine’s Day Dates in NYC thanks to writer Melanie Gardiner.

And for the rest of you non-attached and gorgeous BSA Readers may we recommend the delightful new cinematic pleasure from Urban Spree and the Berlin Kidz called “F**k the System” now available for the price of a movie house soda on Vimeo. Each time you think they won’t do it, they totally do it. Including riding bikes on top of the train. That part is NOT recommended.

In other news, the people in Washington are playing with fire and it looks like a large percent of them probably want to burn the whole government down. A second shutdown in one month? We have pyromaniacs bent on destroying basic stuff that the people built and need. Now that the taxes for the rich have been lowered so that social programs will go on a feeding tube, how many minutes will it take before they say, “we simply can’t afford to pay for Medicare and Social Security’? Tick Tick Tick.

Corporate taxes are now the lowest that they have been since 1939. Because that is the standard of living you want right? The 1930s. Ask your grandma and great grandma what life was like in the 1930s before they hiked the tax rate on the rich. MAGA, baby.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Avocado, Baston, City Kitty, Dede, Duke A. Barnstable, Irak, James Goldcrown, Joe Iurato, Little Ricky, Nora Breen Project, Pear, Smiler, Tez, The Joe Miller, Token 3784.

Top Image: Unidentified artist. We spot some similarities with the work of Nick Walker but we don’t think this is his piece.  (with Token 3784 sneaking in) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Joe Iurato (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nora Breen Project with thanks to Billy Joel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

James Goldcrown. “It’s Not All That Black And White…” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Joe Miller tribute to Charles Bradley. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pear (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tez . Irak (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

City Kitty (with Token 3784 sneaking in for second time this week) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Baston (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Baston (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Baston (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Duke A Barnstable (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Avocado (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Smiler (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Sunset over Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.04.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.04.18

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Stomping through the streets of New York Friday looking for new Street Art and graffiti, the cold and the wind reminded us of a saying we learned from the Norwegians during recent trips there: “There’s no such a thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”.

Cold comfort perhaps, but an apt metaphor for weathering the storms. Prepare!

These photos draw from that frozen urban exploration we embarked upon to the hinterlands of places not typically known for a Street Art scene like Sunnyside, Queens and places now slaughtered with murals and some smaller illegal pieces like the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Hope you are as impressed by what we found as we are as Gen Z is making some of those Millenials look like old grannies out here! Real Talk.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring A Cool 55, Alex Andre, Damien Mitchell, drsc0, Alexander Evans, Ardif, Angry Red, Arrex Skulls, Below Key, Dede, Dirt Cobain, Gongkan, Keith Haring, Praxis VGZ, SacSix, Sean Slaney, Special Robot Dog, Teg Artworks, Thrashbird, and Voxx Romana .

Top Image: Thrashbird…and LBJ at the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A Cool 55 at the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A Cool 55 at the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Alexandra Evans . Alex Andrae at First Street Green. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SacSix tribute to Biggie Smalls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dirt Cobain at the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Arrex Skulls at the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gongkan at First Street Green. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Special Robot Dog at First Street Green. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ardif. Detail. At the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ardif at the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Voxx Romana at the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

drsc0 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Teg Artworks at the #greatwallofsavas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Below Key and friends. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sean Slaney and Angry Red at First Street Green. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sean Slaney and Angry Red at First Street Green. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Praxis VGZ (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Keith Haring (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. East River. January 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 12.10.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 12.10.17

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New York is resting pleasantly under a nice blanket of our first snow this morning. Your moaning Uncle Norman is lying on the living room rug next to the radiator with an icepack on his back from shoveling the sidewalk. “Just keep the dog away from him for a few minutes please,” says your cousin Hedda as she pulls a roast out of the oven. “At least until the Flexeril kicks in.”

Yo! Check out the new fence piece Icy & Sot did at the top of this weeks BSA Images of the Week! It’s in the same style as the piece they did for the Urban Nation Museum opening with us this September – that one featured a silhouette of an immigrant family running. Instead of participating in the Ambivalence Festival called Miami Basel/Wynwood this week, the brothers decided to throw their own party this weekend to unveil the piece and at The LOT radio station in Williamsburg, BK. Brothers and sisters, check out this station afloat on a little slip of land that generates some killer sets!

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adam Fujita, Ai WeiWei, Appleton Pictures, Dede, Icy & Sot, Keyatama, LMNOPI, Nina Chanel Abney, Vladimir Gluten, and Xavi Cerre.

Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Vladimir Gluten (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ai Weiwei (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ai Weiwei (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nina Chanel Abney (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Keyatama for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Keyatama for The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Keyatama for The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist bus shelter take over. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Appleton Pictures (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Xavi Cerre (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Milamores and El Flaco from @lalinea in Cholula, Puebla. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. China Town. NYC. December, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.09.2017

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.09.2017

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Culture Vultures, yo. Those folks and corporations and brands who don’t originate, but they sure know how to take. They’ve been around for millenia, but are always a surprise anyway. This week the graffiti comedian Klops leads the way on Images of the Week. He’s always cracking us up with his social/political commentary – like Mother Mary and others at the foot of the cross taking a selfie with Jesus, or his bubble tagged slogans like “Yuck. Poor People,” “USA, Why You Always Lyin’?” and “War Money War Problems.” This week his culture vultures took us by surprise. Recognize anyone?

So here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Andrew Hem, BK Foxx, Camo Lords, Dede, Drinkala, Eelco Virus, Golden 305, Influx Residence, Key Detail, Klops, London Kaye, ONO, QRST, and Sipros.

Top image: Klops takes aim at Culture Vultures, those folks you just love. One of them is Mr. Brainwash, but who’s the other? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Key Detail for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Camo Lords (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Eelco Virus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Andrew Hem. “Misty Blue” for INOPERAbLE Gallery and INFLUX Mural Residency. Providence, RI. June 2017. (photo © Damian Meneghini)

Drinkala for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BKFoxx doe JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sipros rendering of Dali as a dummy. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ONO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This actual wall appeared in a painting we covered in an interview we did with Laura Schecter last week. Below is her painting. Various artists hit up this magnet wall in Brooklyn regularly – and here it is viewed from the J train. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Laura Schecter in studio (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Golden305 for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Summer 2017. Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Street Cats in Tel Aviv With Natalie Kates: 14 From 2014

Street Cats in Tel Aviv With Natalie Kates: 14 From 2014

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Happy Holidays to all of you charming and sparkling BSA readers!
It’s been a raucous sleigh ride with you and we thank everyone most sincerely for your support and participation this year. A sort of tradition for us at the end of this December we are marking the year with “14 from 2014”. We asked photographers and curators from various perspectives of street culture to share a gem with all of us that means something to them. Join us as we collectively say goodbye and thank you to ’14.
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Curator Natalie Kates has organized and presented site specific art exhibitions as well as represented Street Artists and collected their work as well.  She also has a great sense of style and some incredible shoes. Ms. Kates’ familiarity with the street art and contemporary art scene is only superceded by her unbowed enthusiasm for the work she presents and her commitment to a sense of community and collaboration. For the last day of 2014, Natalie shows us an image she shot on its very first.

“I have been all over the world documenting, producing and collecting art. For a holiday gift my husband took me to Israel.

To my surprise Tel Aviv has a thriving street art community, with artists creating beautiful works in all forms from wheat-pasting to stencils.  This photo was taken on New Year’s Day 2014 as I was making my way to breakfast in the charming Neve Tzedek neighborhood and saw this street cat having his breakfast too, with the stencil work by DeDe as a perfect backdrop!”

~ Natalie Kates

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DeDe. Tel Aviv, Israel in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. (photo © Natalie Kates)

 

 

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Dede Discusses New Site-Specific Stencil Series In Tel Aviv

Dede Discusses New Site-Specific Stencil Series In Tel Aviv

“Site-specific” is a term employed by some Street Art conceptualists often today, but the relevance of location to the piece on the street may not be as clear to the viewer as the artist would have intended even when it is the product of a high-minded process for selection. This is not the case in Tel Aviv where Street Artist Dede is taking “site-specific” quite seriously in a new series of pieces where a stenciled view of a city scene appears precisely where this view can also be observed with the bare eye.  By producing this visual double-take, the location and stencil placement instantly invoke a closer examination and consideration of just what is being called into view, and perhaps to ask why.

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Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

It could be a scene you otherwise would have overlooked, but somehow now it is elevated by the fact that the artist has taken the effort to cut and spray a stencil here and probably did so with purpose. It’s a highly effective method of sharpening our focus and we’re glad that it has brought Yoav Litvin to BSA today to share his recent interview with Dede about the series as well as to discuss his views on life in Israel during this time of intensified conflict with Palestine. Yoav also shares his photos from these new site-specific installations as well as other examples of the artists’ stylistically eclectic offerings.

 

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Belonging, Territoriality and Healing in Israel: An interview with Dede

by Yoav Litvin
 

Whenever I visit a city, I try to dedicate time to venturing on the streets in search of art as a way of assessing the local and current creative vibe. By chance, I was in Israel when the most recent violent conflict erupted between the Israeli army (the IDF) and Hamas in the Gaza strip. During my two-week long visit there, I spent countless hours arguing against violence and for peace and reconciliation; against the powerful interest groups and for the people.

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Dede. Close up. (photo © Yoav Litvin)

Together with Dede, a local street artist, I walked through various neighborhoods in Tel Aviv in search of art. Seeing the beautiful and at times chaotically colorful walls, I once again felt the positive and potentially healing power of art, even more so in this dire context of war. I have always believed street art can represent a creative, non-violent form of rebellion. It can serve to challenge the powerful, the violent and the selfish and offer an unfiltered, free and raw voice- from the people to the people! As composer and playwright Jonathan Larson epitomized in his famous quote: “The opposite of war is not peace… it’s creation!”

Here I talk with Dede about his current series of site-specific stencils, and how these may reflect some of the realities in this troubled town and part of the world. Additionally we see his most recent large-scale murals, which revolve around relevant issues of belonging, displacement and escape.

Yoav Litvin: What’s your thought process behind these site-specific installations?
Dede: I began this ongoing site-specific series of stencils at the end of 2013. It stems from many thoughts/ideas on technique and the ways in which we are exposed to street art today. Importantly, I was very much influenced by a text written by the cultural critic Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and its ramifications on our modern way of life.

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Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

Yoav Litvin: Why did you choose the locations you did?
Dede: Every location has its own reasons, each attempting to focus attention on an important issue within our modern urban reality. These include the housing crisis in Israel, urban development and restoration of historical landmarks/buildings.

Yoav Litvin: There is a long-standing conflict surrounding territory in Israel. Do your site-specific installations address it? How?
Dede: There is always conflict on territory/resources, perhaps everywhere in the world but I see it clearly here in Tel Aviv. Just like in any capitalist society, real estate here is bought and sold in accordance with personal interests and therefore can be controversial in a community. For example- see my stencil of the tower that was built in Neve Tzedek in Tel Aviv (below). The rest of the neighborhood is only two stories high and many residents were against the construction of such a tall building- there were petitions and protests but eventually those with money won out. Land is expensive and Tel Aviv is prime real estate in Israel. There is a constant increase in housing prices and this is making Tel Aviv a city exclusively for the wealthy.

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 Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

Yoav Litvin: I had a lot of fun shooting these stencil installations, trying to capture the art together with its subject. Are you trying to create a dialog between artist and documenter? How do you view street art documenters within the scene, especially with the central role of the Internet, social media and photo sharing?
Dede: Documentation is extremely important for street art, because of this art form’s inherently ephemeral nature. However, seeing a photograph can never replace the feeling of standing in front of a piece and personally experiencing it. Documentation conveys the idea as best as possible without experiencing it first hand. In this series of stencils, documentation is a central theme.

Stencils are regularly cut based on photographs, and this series was sprayed at the location the pictures were taken. Thus, the photographer has a central role in capturing both subject and the art it conveys. My notion was to challenge the documenter and in turn, the viewer of the photo. This work was intended for an audience that relies on social networks for its street art consumption.

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Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

Yoav Litvin: How has your art evolved since last we spoke? Is it becoming more personal or do you feel you are reaching out to the public with relevant issues to the community?
Dede: This is a question I ask myself all the time. Honestly, I cannot really say what has changed in my art. I let my art lead me, and do not try to lead it. I feel I am trying to evolve in both realms you mention, focusing on my personal style, but also my interaction with the community, both locally and globally.

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Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

Yoav Litvin: I find street art to be an excellent device for an artist to communicate with the surrounding communities. Do you try to appeal to a strictly Israeli audience in Tel Aviv? How do you engage the Palestinian  population, for example in neighboring Jaffa?
Dede: Street art engages everyone everywhere, especially today in the age of the internet. As an artist in Tel Aviv, Israel, I am aware that my art reaches Palestinians as well as Israelis. In fact, I often correspond with Palestinian artists, and am pleased when they enjoy, interested and/or are emotionally touched by my work. I feel my work is a personal reflection that appeals to people everywhere, not just Israelis, Palestinians or any other category of people.

I love painting in Jaffa, and during your last visit we walked through an abandoned building in Jaffa in which I and friends painted. Local residents are very positive and appreciate street art. I wish art could bridge all gaps between peoples here and everywhere.

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Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

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Dede. Jaffa as seen from Tel Aviv. (photo © Yoav Litvin)

Yoav Litvin: One cannot discuss Israel today without addressing the current violence. Has it affected your art? How so?
Dede: The situation here is very complicated and disturbing. It is a conflict that has been going on for years. This conflict has affected my art and inspired me to create in many ways. I love Tel Aviv, but during wars it is a difficult place to live in. One of the central themes in my works is the need to escape to a safer place, whether in the physical or emotional realm. This stems from different motivations; mental, social and political. I do not believe any citizen should live in a state of fear anywhere, and my art conveys these notions.

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Dede and Latzi collaboration. (photo © Yoav Litvin)

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Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

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Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

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Dede (photo © Yoav Litvin)

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Dede’s studio. (photo © Yoav Litvin)

Interview written, edited and translated by Yoav Litvin. Mr. Litvin is the author and photographer of the recently published book Outdoor Gallery – New York City by Gingko Press.

For more information regarding Yoav Litvin click HERE. For more information regarding Dede, click HERE

 

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BSA Images of The Week: 10.20.13

BSA Images of The Week: 10.20.13

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The leaves in Central Park are aflame and so are the passions of Street Art fans (and artists) this week in New York where the general public is now conditioned to be on alert for a near-daily announcement of a new Banksy installation nearly anywhere in the city. It can be a stencil, a sculpture, a performance, a rolling truck gallery, or a canvas suspended from the Highline – but don’t worry about finding it – it will be announced on the website first…

Lead image above >>Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ve tried to keep it all in perspective and not slavishly cancel life to run out and capture the latest installation, but the buzz is unavoidable and we get sucked in.  It is now taking on some air of a circus, complete with barkers and clowns and otters flapping their flippers (and lips).  As a branding “re-fresh”, it’s been a very successful campaign so far with news reportage, Instagramming and re-tweets, crowds assembling at a moments notice to snap images of and/or with the work, and we even found vigilante fans tackling vandals who are vandalizing the vandalism.  You can’t engineer that sort of irony. Now an elected leader or two are talking about trying to capture the president of Banksy Inc. LLC – which would send a clear message to all Street Artists that this really is the best way to market your work.

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Banksy. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Meanwhile there are many other Street Artists and fine artists in general who are still at work on the streets of New York, and you may even give their content, quality and placement more praise than some from this Banksy campaign. We’ve always celebrated the creative spirit however it is expressed and invariably find some of the greatest work is done by people we’ve never heard of, or barely know much about. At a time where large media is consolidating and the individual voice is being marginalized and commodified, we find this to still be an amazingly democratic practice of joining the conversation, if imperfect and confusing. And New York doesn’t stop just because one new guy is getting a lot of attention – Hell, we barely notice when Obama or the Pope or even the Queen of England visits – she’s just one queen after all and we have the entire neighborhood of Chelsea.

So here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Banksy, Bifido, Cali Killa, Dede, Don Rimx, El Kamino, El Sol 25, JC, London Kaye, Meres, Nepo, Pastey Whyte, Shin Shin, and Shiro.

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______________________, The Musical! Banksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The view into the back of a box truck with an installation attributed to Banksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A Dying Breed. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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9 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shiro. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Kamino. American Flag with Cardinal. Welling Court. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don Rimx . NEPO. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don Rimx . NEPO. Detail. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pastey Whyte (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Meres. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown. 5ptz. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cali Killa (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JC in Barcelona, Spain. (photo © JC)

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Bifido. Rome, Italy 2013. (photo © Bifido)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Images of The Week: 09.08.13

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First there was Labor Day, then the Jewish New Year, so it was easy to get a seat on the subway, and sometimes next to a model who’s here for Fashion Week and who got a room in Brooklyn on Air BnB (thinking BK is just steps away from Manhattan). Now everybody’s getting ready to vote in the mayoral primary on Tuesday and all the students are gearing up to start the new school year, and most people you meet on the street and on stoops are talking distrustfully/quizzically about O taking us to war in Syria. Meanwhile no humidity and lots of sunshine means  every day seems nice for painting, pasting, or dissing somebody else’s work – depending on your frame of mind.

The big Calligraffiti show in Chelsea was packed Thursday night, where you could see some of your favorite artists in person like El Seed, Niels Shoe Meulman, Rostarr, and Olek, and you could catch work from Haring, Basquiat, and a room full of LAII. Out in Bushwick you could even catch Blek Le Rat, one of the originators of this kind of work, putting up some new pieces as he prepared for his opening last night at Jonathan Levine. And yesterday Faile started a monstrous new wall in Hells Kitchen that will create a swarm of fans and cameras on the street (more on that later). New York is spoiled, yo.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week including Bast, Bishop203, Blek le Rat, Dede, DZIA, El Kamino, Faile, GIJ Van Hee, Icy & Sot, Pastel, Palladino, QRST, Skuzz, Wonky Monky, and You Go Girl!.

Top image is by Blek le Rat (photo © Jaime Rojo).

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Blek le Rat at The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Blek le Rat at The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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FAILE . SKUZZ (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A surprise to find this new small sculpture, and even more surprised to find that it was made by QRST, a Street Artist we have been bringing you since he first hit the streets a few years ago. Gonna keep our eyes open for more of these… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Andreco for Dolomiti Contemporanee. Belluno, Italy. (photo © Andreco)

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Andreco for Dolomiti Contemporanee. Belluno, Italy. (photo © Andreco)

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Andreco for Dolomiti Contemporanee. Belluno, Italy. (photo © Andreco)

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Chin up darling, you know it’s a bright future. Artist who wishes to remain unknown. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Kamino on the side of a semi. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pastel is back in Buenos Aires, Argentina after a trip to Atlanta and NYC. (photo © Pastel)

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Bast got a visit from Israel’s DEDE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bishop203 & Icy & Sot can be seen from a distant Bushwick Rooftop. Also, Wang Globalnet. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Wonky Monky (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Palladino (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DZIA . GIJ VAN HEE. Detail. Harmoniepark. Antwerp, Belgium. Summer 2013. (photo © Dzia)

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DZIA . GIJ VAN HEE. Detail. Harmoniepark. Antwerp, Belgium. Summer 2013. (photo © Dzia)

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DZIA . GIJ VAN HEE. Detail. Harmoniepark. Antwerp, Belgium. Summer 2013. (photo © Dzia)

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DZIA . GIJ VAN HEE. Harmoniepark. Antwerp, Belgium. Summer 2013. (photo © Dzia)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NY. September 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Images Of The Week: 09.01.13

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September is the perfect time of the year for Street Art in NYC – and shout out to the NYTimes who ran a double spread and video this week with images of Street Art and graffiti you can see here every week – including the great MOMO piece in Dumbo that was commissioned by Two Trees, and walls from the Bushwick Collective, 5 Pointz, Welling Court, Hunts Point, Coney Island and more. Seeing the collection made us think about how much BSA really covers throughout New York and the world every month and that made us happy as Bill DiBlasio, the apparent next mayor of NYC.

Also it was cool this week to step back and see everybody at the “Wild Style” 30th Anniversary free show in the park by the East River – to see so many people including Lee Quinones, both Ahearn brothers, Cold Crush brothers, Lady Pink, Fab Five Freddy, Futura, Mare 139, Jane Dickson, Lisa Lee, Patti Astor, Joe Conzo, Martha Cooper, among others – and Busy B, who reminded us that the early days of hip-hop were about “peace, love, unity, and having fun”. Yeah, we’re on board for more of that.

Stay tuned this month for exclusive BSA coverage of Nuart ’13 in Stavanger, Urban Forms in Lodz, Faile at the Dallas Contemporary, a number of new gallery shows with the new crop of artists on display, and even a chance for BSA to meet you in Bushwick at a special event on the 19th, wink wink.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week including Amanda Wong, Bunny M, Case Maclaim, Dede, Droid 907, Freddie 111 Street, Gilf!, Josh McCutchen, Judith Supine, Meer sau, Phetus, Phlegm, PRVRT, r1, Reme821, SARZTKG, and Vexta.

Top image is by Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo).

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Judith Supine. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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PRVRT (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vexta, Gilf! and the Boyz. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phlegm (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phlegm. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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r1. Johannesburg, South Africa.  (photo © r1.)

“The piece is made of reclaimed plastic bottles that were assembled in a large wire mesh,” says South African installation artist r1, who created this piece in a way that reminded us of the El Anatsui show this year at the Brooklyn Museum and on the Highline.  “Community and street art seems to work well together,” r1 says when recalling the spontaneously posing kids who arrived to get in the picture.

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r1. Johannesburg, South Africa.  (photo © r1.)

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Phetus . Reme821  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DEDE  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Meer Sau. Translation: “Damn, looking good today!” Salzburg, Austria. (photo © Meer Sau)

Meer Sau shares these smiles with BSA readers this week, where a crosswalk is emblazoned with some words of encouragement. He did the installation and then stood around waiting to see what expressions he could capture. “Everybody wants compliments,” Sau explains.

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Josh McCutchen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Freddie 111 Street.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Case Maclaim (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Droid907, Amanda Wong and SARZ TKG in Atlanta. (photo © SARZ TKG)

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Magnet Wall in Chelsea with some regulars and new additions.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Lower East Side, Manhattan, NYC. 2012  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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