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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.03.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.03.15

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We’ve been seeing an increase in the number of politically charged pieces showing up in the street lately. It is no surprise given the rise in marches and demonstrations and discussions in our city and country about topics like racism, police brutality, and rising economic inequality.  Street Art has a tradition of addressing socio-political topics, sometimes gently, sometimes yelling at the top of its lungs.

This comes at a time where the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is banning all political speech and religious ads in the advertisements it runs. “Hateful speech is not harmless speech. Only a fool or rogue would argue otherwise,” said Charles Moerdler, an MTA board member and Holocaust survivor who voted for the new policy. Of course any time you start to ban speech you don’t like, you are risking someone banning yours.

One could argue that all speech is political but you don’t recognize it when the message expresses views endorsed by the dominant culture; BP ads tell us that it is splendid to burn fossil fuels, CitiBank ads on bicycles tell us that bankers are nice community-minded people, and McDonalds ads tell us that eating meat is nutritious. Nothing political there right? Do you think the MTA would allow you to run an advertisement saying the opposite of any of those messages? Or would that suddenly be political?

The first few messages of this weeks walls are examples of speech, some of them political, some of them not. The streets will decide which get banned.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 907 Crew, Adam Cost, Anthony Lister, Balu, bunny M, Cash 4, David Shillinglaw, Defs, Deeker, FWC Crew, HA3, Icy & Sot, JR, Kaws, London Kaye, Merve Berkman, Myth, Omen, R2, Rambo, ROA, Rubin 415, SEA, Smells, Sote, and Specter.

Top Image: Turkish Street Artist Merve Berkman brings this Syrian refugee with child from the streets of Istanbul to the streets of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu and his portrait of Malcolm X (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who are oppressing them” a quote from Assata Shakur in this new Myth piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Davaid Shillinglaw . Lily Mixe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Adam Cost. Tell me about it. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cash4 . Rambo . Droid . Smells (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Roman . 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rubin415 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA. Detail. Omen . SEA . Kaws (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA . HA3 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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SOTE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Anthony Lister and friends. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR from his series Walking New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR from his series Walking New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DEFS and FWC Crew in Dubai (photo © DEFS)

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bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. SOHO, NYC. May 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Quoz Arts Festival in Dubai Keeps the Street Art Tidy

A lot of the art world and its accompanying commerce has turned its attention to Dubai in the last decade, and not surprisingly, an element of graffiti and Street Art has made it there also – just not on the actual street.

Not painted directly onto buildings but painted onto placards that are mounted on buildings, the QUOZ ARTS FESTIVAL had its second annual installation a little over a week ago. “It’s one of the rare chances that a organization in Dubai features local street artist / graffiti artists,” says Defs, who is here from the Philippines.

Here we have some photos of the work here for you to see whats up in Al Quoz in the UAE. If you are wondering where this is, click here for a map.

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From left to right: MelanCholy, Steffi Bow, Gary Yong and Mark Barretto AKA Defs in action. (photo © Jo Askew)

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MelanCholy in action. (photo © Jo Askew)

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MelanCholy (photo © Jo Askew)

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Steffi Bow in action. (photo © Jo Askew)

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Steffi Bow (photo © Jo Askew)

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Gary Yong in action. (photo © Jo Askew)

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Gary Yong (photo © Jo Askew)

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Mark Barretto in action. (photo © Jo Askew)

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Mark Barretto (photo © Jo Askew)

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SyaOne in action. (photo © Jo Askew)

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SyaOne (photo © Jo Askew)

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From left to right: MelanCholy, Steffi Bow, Gary Yong and Mark Barretto AKA Defs. (photo © Jo Askew)

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Images of the Week: 01.13.13


Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bored, Defs, Faile, Lädy, Mr. Toll, Nick Walker, Penny, Plata, Smells, and Verb

Top image Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nick Walker. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mom’s Little Helpers. Artist Unknown. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JC “Penny” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Animal Smells, Verb, Plata (photo © Jaime Rojo)

DEFS in in Rizal, Philippines. (photo © DEFS)

A one-liner from Bored.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown with some Swoon and Gaia influences. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lädy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. Along with their recent announcement of their partnership with the New York City Ballet Arts Series came a marketing campaign blitz that saw the New York City transit system and streets blanketed with the promotional posters. So once again Street Artists see their work in place it was previously, but because a fee has been paid, this time it is legal.

Says Faile: “It’s pretty crazy to see that work on the subways and streets and not to have been the ones to put it up there. Quite ironic” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Faile. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Hudson River, NYC. January 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 12.02.12

As you know, this is the last month in human history so it’s been great knowing you. Hold still, let me memorize you.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Anthony Sneed, Bast, Cavite, Con, Cost, Curtis, Dceve, Defs, Esma, Eyez, Faile FKDL, Gaia, Miyok, Nanook, New Chalk City, Obey, Peat Wolleager, Phooey, Read, and Wing.

From left to right; FKDL, Cost, Faile, Bast, Judith Supine and Anthony Sneed on an overnight installation for a special project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile and Judith Supine. Detail of the previous wall. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

From left to right: Anthony Sneed, Faile, OBEY, Judith Supine, Faile on an overnight installation for a special project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Judith Supine and Faile. Detail of the previous wall. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Judith Supine. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. Space Shuttle Challenger. Detail of the previous wall. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Space Shuttle Enterprise on a final fly over NYC shown here catching a piggy ride above The Statue of Liberty in April of this year. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Esma, Con, Dceve and Curtis on the top. Photo taken after hurricane Sandy brought down fences on empty lots. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Peat EYEZ Wollaeger largest stencil/mural to date. (photo © Chris P Rice)

Wing (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OYE READ (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nanook and Gaia collaborating in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Meeting of the Sytles. (photo © GAIA)

“The cycle of neoliberalism is broken when in 2002 Ghelco was occupied by its employees during the Argentine financial crisis. The last chain link hand floats voting on the other side of the composition. There are 41 Ice cream cones for each worker in the occupied factory. One hand voting represents the democratic decision making process of the cooperatively run ice cream plant” -GAIA

Nanook and Gaia collaborating in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Meeting of the Sytles. (photo © GAIA)

Phooey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

New Chalk City (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Defs in Cavite, Philippines. (photo © Defs)

Miyok (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Chinatown, NYC. November, 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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