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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.25.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.25.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

This week we wandered off the streets onto the train tracks to catch some graff in the wild. As we did we thought about photographer Jim Prigoff and how he told us that he relied upon the “graffiti gods” to lead him in the right direction to catch photographs. He was so right when he shared that jewel – an adviso to follow one’s intuition and trust your instincts. It was during this same adventure on the tracks that we learned of Jim’s passing, which was a very sad addendum to the exploration, at first. Then we realized that Jim is now one of those “graffiti gods” and he will lead us to find the next piece, burner, paste-up, sticker, poetry on the street.

May Jim and his instincts always be with us.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

Take it from Brooklyn’s own Mae West to give us the dry-eyed wit that pushes us further forward, boldly and without reservation.

So New York graffiti and street art continues to run apace – from Red Hook to Ridgewood to Williamsburg to Chelsea in Manhattan – we are dumb-founded by the new work that is covering Gotham. It is also notable the preponderance of LETTER-based street art and graffiti there is everywhere. Letters and their deconstruction, reconstruction, re-imagining have always been a part of the graff tradition of course, but it looks like many artists are talking at you from the wall right now.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: 2 Much, Adam Fujita, Al Diaz, Aneko, Healer, Jeff Roseking, Jet, Jowl, Lunge Box, Mega, Panic, RAKN, Riisa Boogie, Sac Six, Seo, Timmy Ache, UFO 907, and Wokem.

Al Diaz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
It’s A Living (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2 MUCH (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HEALER – RAKN (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2 MUCH . HEALER . RAKN (photo © Jaime Rojo)
PANIC . SEO (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Riiisa Boogie (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jowl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mega . UFO907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jet (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timmy Ache (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bus shelter takeover (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rapper DMX honored on the Williamsburg Bridge. Yesterday was his public memorial at Barclay Center in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jeff Roseking (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Aneko (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wokem (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Film Friday: 04.23.21

BSA Film Friday: 04.23.21

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

Now screening:
1. BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas
3. Gigantic Graffiti by Ellr and Khol, via Montana Colors

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BSA Special Feature: BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas

“It’s just weird to feel like you’re this ‘issue’ in society and that the world is divided with how much they should care about you or how much they should listen to you or should be concerned with issues around your life. It’s weird to be like a battleground,” says co-director and subject Kwesi Thomas says in the opening of the film.

A film purely of this moment, Battleground treads on soil that has been contaminated for centuries, the current inhabitants the inheritors of a heritage of racism. This week’s conviction of a white officer for killing a black civilian was only fraught with tension because the system doesn’t guarantee it and because it’s an exception rather than a rule.

“I wanted to make the film because I wanted to change that for other people.”

Born from conversations that followed the death of George Floyd, Kwesi Thomas & Mark Bone break silences, make themselves vulnerable, continue this painful conversation that is necessary for change.

BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas


A tribute of wholecars to rapper DMX needs only the soundtrack of the steel wheels screeching on the rails.

Gigantic Graffiti by Ellr and Khol

“A small piece may look good in a picture but to look good in reality it needs to have size.”

50 meters should be sufficient for this new piece by Swedish writers Koll and Ellr. Montana Colors, who sponsored the wall, says the two are “drawing influence from some of the more sophisticated trends of Scandinavia and New York.”

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