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What’s Up in Berlin: New Shots from Gilf!

The walls of Berlin are so slammed with graffiti and Street Art that artists and writers have no choice but to go over each other. While Germany (and France for that matter) have foresworn the laissez-faire approach of unregulated economics that led to the financial collapse, Berlin’s approach to graffiti and Street Art here is still relaxed.

Roa, Alec, Blec, Buve. (photo © Gilf!)

Since the fall of the wall nearly a quarter century ago, the sense of liberation is still exploding on a cellular level throughout Berlin’s creative scene; a pent-up energy of free expression that has given the city a truly magnetic quality which draws artists from around the globe. Each visitor seems energized by their experience here where artists continue to seed, germinate and grow a dynamic scene that continues to take surprising shape. As of yet, it hasn’t been capitalized on entirely, but you can be sure that it will be one day very soon, if the pattern of other artist-led movements in cities of the Western world are indicators.

Victorash Astronaut (photo © Gilf!)

“The walls of Berlin are heavy with an exclusive cultural history. A city once divided, now converges into a thriving epicenter of artistic expression,” says New York Street Artist Gilf!, who just got back from this place of relative artistic freedom.  Even as she toured the blanketed walls she says she knows that it is a temporary condition, and wonders if the “the rattle of spray cans” will fall silent one day. Today on BSA we have exclusive insights and photos of the scene from her perspective as a New Yorker in the early twenty-teens.

Artist Unknown (photo © Gilf!)

“Layers upon layers of spray paint, wheatpastes, murals, and installations make this metropolis a street art mecca. The energy is contagious, inspiring, and thought provoking. When discussing art, often times people compare modern day Berlin to New York in the nineteen eighties: expressive, prolific, and all-encompassing.” – Gilf!

Evol miniature bombed building. (photo © Gilf!)

“The extreme censorship of decades past, contrasting with the current overwhelming display of personal expression on the walls of Mitte, Kruezberg and many other neighborhoods became my internal obsession as I walked the streets.  As this art form becomes more and more censored in US cities like New York and Chicago, I can’t help but draw a reverse parallel with Berlin.” – Gilf!

Gilf! “Malala” (photo © Gilf!)

“The above piece in reference to Malala Yousufzai, the 15 year old girl in Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting women/girls education. She was transferred to a hospital in the UK, where she was recently released. The QR code next to her sends the viewer to a BBC news page that explains her ordeal”

“I am trying to educate people with this piece. It’s funny how the Arabic really scares people, like it’s some sort of terrorist threat. Even with the translation “knowledge is the deadliest weapon” written in English on her body- it’s not enough to keep this piece up in certain places. People fascinate me. It’s almost subconscious, that choice of ignorant disregard for other cultures, hate is a strong word, but it feels like that sometimes.”-Gilf

Bananensprayer (photo © Gilf!)

Os Gemeos (photo © Gilf!)

Sheep 2 (photo © Gilf!)

Stik (photo © Gilf!)

Artist Unknown (photo © Gilf!)

Cake, El Bocho, Dscreet (photo © Gilf!)

Cake (photo © Gilf!)

Artist Unknown (photo © Gilf!)

Plotbot (Ken) at Tacheles. (photo © Gilf!)

DOLK (photo © Gilf!)

INTER . TANK! (photo © Gilf!)

BLO (photo © Gilf!)

Dede (photo © Gilf!)

Artist Unknown (photo © Gilf!)

Magnet Alley (photo © Gilf!)

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Images of Week 07.26.09

Our weekly Interview with the Streets

Braia
J’regarde…(Braia) (photo Jaime Rojo)

El Celso
Natural beauty in the land of beast. (El Celso) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Chris RWK
Break on through to the other side! (Chris RWK) (photo Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25
The point we’d like to make is.. (El Sol 25) (photo Jaime Rojo)

MJ Tribute
MJ Tribute  (Reb 1501) (photo Jaime Rojo)

MJ Tribute
MJ Tribute in a box (Reb 1501) (photo Jaime Rojo)

MJ Tribute
MJ Tribute (Reb 1501) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Putin
Putin looks across with suspicion  (Pi) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Ay Chihuahua! QRST
Ay Chihuahua! (QRST) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Red Nose
That’s it, don’t even tell me. I’m not listening.  (Red Nose) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Artillery
Sing a song, make Bed Sty sing along. (Artillery) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Momo
(Momo)(photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJColey
4 handed shiva rusting to the door (NohJColey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Rob 1501
Right son I totally dig those cats (Reb 1501) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Skewville
Now, how is this related to supply-side economics? (Skewville) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe
When nature calls… (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

MJ Tribute
MJ Tribute (Buckler) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Passenger Pigeon and NohJColey
(Passenger Pigeon and NohJColey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Point Blank
Point Blank (photo Jaime Rojo)

WK Interact
Motion picture. (WK Interact) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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"Propero" (Specter) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Sho Shin and friend (Specter) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 12.14.08

(Anera, ELC) (photo Jaime Rojo)
(Anera, ELC) (photo Jaime Rojo)

You leerin' at me?  (Bortusk Leer) (photo Jaime Rojo)
You leerin’ at Me?  (Bortusk Leer)  (photo Jaime Rojo)


Look what washed up on Brighton Beach  (Elisha Vs. Billi) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Look what washed up on Brighton Beach  (Elisha Vs. Billi) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Moving to a 5th floor walkup  (Elbow-Toe)  (photo Jaime Rojo)
Moving to a 5th floor walkup (Elbow-Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Adorns the construction site AND cleans the air!  (Mosstika)  (photo Jaime Rojo)
Adorns the construction site AND cleans the air! (Mosstika) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Hey Mister, you got the time?  (nightlady) (photo Jaime rojo)
Hey Mister, you got the time? (nightlady) (photo Jaime rojo)
bring me your tired your poor your huddled masses yearning to be free

Bring me your tired, your poor, your Virgin of Quadalupe (N.Y.D.F.) (photo Jaime Rojo)

And the winner of the ING Trash Marathon is... (photo Jaime Rojo)
And the winner of the ING Trash Marathon is… (photo Jaime Rojo)

Beautiful Bouquet (shin shin) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Beautiful Bouquet (shin shin) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Grate Boxes!  (Aakash) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Grate Boxes! (Aakash Nihlani) (photo Jaime Rojo)

I can't do a THING with it  (Theo)  (photo Jaime Rojo)
I can’t do a THING with it (Theo)  (photo Jaime Rojo)
Fan of Minimalism   (photo Jaime Rojo)

Fan of Minimalism (photo Jaime Rojo)

Postcard from the edge  (wish you were) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Postcard from the edge (bluetar) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Brooklyn Street Art Auction Benefit

Brooklyn Street Art Auction Benefit
benefiting Free Arts NYC
celebrating the book release “Brooklyn Street Art”

April 25th, 2008
7-10 p.m. (press preview 6-7)

Ad Hoc Art
49 Bogart Street
Bushwick, Brooklyn
www.adhocart.org
718.366.2466

Confirmed Street Artists include; Anera, Armsrock, Borf, Celso, C.Damage, DAIN, Dark Clouds, Deeks, DiRQuo, Elbowtoe, ELC, Fauxreel, Flower Face Killah, Gaia, GoreB, Haculla, 
Infinity, Judith Supine, 
Jp, McMutt, MOMO, Noah Sparkes, Royce Bannon, 
 Skewville, Swoon, Dan Witz, and WK Interact

A silent auction to benefit the youth and family creative arts and mentoring programs of Free Arts NYC is being generously hosted by Ad Hoc Art on Friday, April 25th to celebrate the launch of “Brooklyn Street Art,” followed by a booty shakin after-party.

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B.S.A. Benefit Auction for FreeArtsNYC at Ad Hoc Art

Brooklyn Street Art Auction Benefit
benefiting Free Arts NYC
celebrating the book release “Brooklyn Street Art”

April 25th, 2008
7-10 p.m. (press preview 6-7)

Ad Hoc Art
49 Bogart Street
Bushwick, Brooklyn
www.adhocart.org
718.366.2466

Confirmed Street Artists include; Anera, Armsrock, Borf, Celso, C.Damage, DAIN, Dark Clouds, Deeks, DiRQuo, Elbowtoe, ELC, Fauxreel, Flower Face Killah, Gaia, GoreB, Haculla, 
Infinity, Judith Supine, 
Jp, McMutt, MOMO, Noah Sparkes, Royce Bannon, 
 Skewville, Swoon, Dan Witz, and WK Interact

A silent auction to benefit the youth and family creative arts and mentoring programs of Free Arts NYC is being generously hosted by Ad Hoc Art on Friday, April 25th to celebrate the launch of “Brooklyn Street Art,” followed by a booty shakin after-party.

BROOKLYN, NY—Ad Hoc Art is thrilled to be hosting and supporting a special silent auction benefit Free Arts NYC and to celebrate the launch of Brooklyn Street Art, a new book of photographs by Jaime Rojo, designed by Steven P. Harrington, and published by Prestel.

Ad Hoc Art is generously donating their gallery space for the celebration and silent auction of approximately 25 works by well-known, emerging, and yet to be discovered artists who know no boundaries and follow no rules—their artistic turf is the public gallery of the Brooklyn streets.  The artists, whose work animates the pages of this new full-color book, are donating their original or editioned works to be bid up and auctioned off, with all proceeds from the winning sales going directly to benefit Free Arts NYC’s creative arts and mentoring programs for at-risk children and families in New York.

Some of the artists have participated in Free Arts NYC’s programs prior to this event and are creating original work to donate to this benefit event to generate significant support for Free Arts NYC.

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