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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.18.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.18.18

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Kobra is rumored to have left New York this week, 18 murals later, a survey of pop cultural icons known to postcard buyers in the city for years – all in technicolor and in very large scale.  In a story with many layers of irony, a skatewear brand got reprimanded by a Sacsix, a New York street artist, for postering over his wheatpaste.  And Street Artist Ron English bought a street Banksy this week at auction and announced to the press that it was part of his strategy to discourage people from taking illegal art off the streets.

Meanwhile new stuff is popping off in Ridgewood, Queens, where some of the stuff below is from, proving that the scene is still incredibly relevant to artists and fans alike.

So here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Boy Kong, Chris RWK, City Kitty, Chance Paperboy, Damien Mitchell, Jaye Moon, Kashink, Kirza, K Liu Long, MeresOne, Myth, Raf Urban, Rx Skulls, Square, Squid Licker, Gane, Texas and Zimad.

Top Image: Squid Licker for Superchief Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kashink for Superchief Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Chris RWK for 212 Arts. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jaye Moon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

It looks like Myth is bolting out from NYC…So long pal. We’ll miss you but BSA will always love you:-) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

MeresOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Writers with pigeons… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kashink . Boy Kong . K Liu Long. Superchief Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gane . Texas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Since JR completed his collaboration with Time magazine on the Houston/Bowery Wall there have been two mass shootings with multiple fatalities in the USA. And by the way the shooters were not immigrants, asylum seekers or refugees. They both were white male, American citizens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR . Time magazine and an anonymous artist updates the wall to reflect the number of fatalities from the new mass shooting in the USA… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Raf Urban with a message of hope. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Zimad gives Edgar Allen Poe some love and The Raven… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Square (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Squid Licker . Boy Kong for Superchief Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

City Kitty . Rx Skulls (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Damien Mitchell paints Chance Paperboy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Falcon with tag on a rooftop in NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Brooklyn, NY. November 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Opiemme Writes Poetry and Letterforms Across Italy

Opiemme Writes Poetry and Letterforms Across Italy

”What do you write?”

For decades graffiti writers have been checking out one anothers’ bonafides with this question. Even as tags turned to large complex pieces, evermore stylized through means of exaggeration or obfuscation, text has always stayed as a fundamental building block for graffiti writers.

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Opiemme. Edgar A. Poe. “The Raven” Torino, Italy. (photo © Opiemme)

Italian fine artist and Street Artist Opiemme took a variety of routes to employ the text-based art of writers and poets on the street this summer with his “journey through painting and poetry.” Breaking apart, recombining, stretching and spreading the written letterform, the public poetic paintings were conceived to be site-specific and included walls and pavement installations across Italy from north to south, including Torino, Bologna, Rieti, Pizzo Calabro, Faggiano (Taranto), Ariano Irpino, Menfi, Genova, Tirano (Sondrio), and finally Rome.

“I paint using stencil and letter to create images to be read and words to be looked at,” says Opiemme, who travelled more than 5,000 kilometers by train and bus to do his various installations that included 15 murals and a 7 kilometer long “River of words” painted on the pavement in Turin.

 

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

With the help of a webzine, a few galleries, and even the city of Turin, Opiemme found a receptive audience for his works, perhaps because he chose scribes known and admired in the locations he created works for. Among them are local writers and poets mixed with the American Jazz musician Louis Armstrong and Armenian-American rock band System of a Down.  Also included are Edgar Allan Poe, Giovanni Pascoli, S. Francesco D’Assisi, Franco Arminio, Giacomo Leopardi, and Riccardo Bacchelli.

Opiemme says he likes to explore the border between poetry and image, public and private, and to use the printed word as a graphic element on which to build more meanings, even as he sometimes disconnects the letters from their original context. With work that often touches on social or environmental themes  his work has evolved onto the street and into the gallery in the 10+ years he has been practicing. For the Turin born Opiemme it is about plumbing the fine lines between public art, Street Art, and the written word to bring poetry out into the open.

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Donato Aquaro)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Sara Spallarossa)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Donato Aquaro)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Jupiter. Performance by O. Giovannini. Genova, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Turin, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Fagginao Jaz Festival, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Bacchelli. Bologna, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Ariano, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Opiemme. Pizzo, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Rieti, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Detail. Menfi, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Menfi, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Menfi, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Tirano, Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Italy. (photo © Courtesy of Opiemme)

 

 

Permission granted for photography used here by Opiemme, who wishes to thank photographers Cristina Principale (Bologna), Mario Covotta, Floriano Cappelluzzo (Ariano Irpino), Claudia Giraud, Thut Duong Nguyen (Torino), Livio Ninni, Ilaria Massaccesi (Tirano), Alessandro Orlandi (Rieti), Stencil Noire Cut (Faggiano), Giorgio De Finis (Roma), Donato Aquaro, Martina Serra, Sara Spallarossa, Francesco Mancini, Marco Pezzati (Genova), Anna Milano, Ivan Barreca (Menfi). Copyright is retained by photographer and the artist.

This project was covered/followed in stages by ZIGULINE webzine,

Opiemme’s journey was supported by: Elastico Studio and Antonio Storelli (Bologna), 3)5 Artecontemporanea (Rieti), Bi-BOx Art Space (Biella),  and Studio D’Ars (Milano).

 

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Toven in Baltimore: One Giant Leap for Poets

Toven in Baltimore: One Giant Leap for Poets

A recent sunny day brought Baltimore Street Artist Toven outside to install some new work, including his humorous mashup of American romantic writer Edgar Allan Poe and an astronaut. An avid reader, this ex graffiti writer has also done large wheatpaste tributes in the past to some of his heroes like Burroughs, Bukowski and Kerouac. 

TOVEN (photo © Toven)

While he experiments with images of wildlife of the elephantine variety and dips into more gothic or macabre imagery periodically, it’s his twisted portraits of these thinkers and dreamers that have more clearly established Toven’s insider status in outside art like this.

TOVEN (photo © Toven)

TOVEN (photo © Toven)

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Unsanctioned Baltimore 2: Midtown Back Alleys

Unsanctioned Baltimore (Part 2 of 3)

Dude, we found a lot of righteousness coming down hard in Baltimore. Don’t know why I said it that way, but I’m totally street for saying it. Right?

Here’s stuff from C215, Chris Stain, Flower Boy, Gilf!, Labrona, N310, OverUnder, Stikman, and Veng RWK.

C215 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nether (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nether (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! and Co. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A very old Chris Stain piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Toven pays tribute to Edgar Allan Poe in Graffiti Alley. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Labrona (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Labrona (photo © Jaime Rojo)

I Will Not (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nether (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nether (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tony’s Pigeons. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

See Part 1 of Unsanctioned Baltimore HERE: Pixel Pancho and 2501

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