All posts tagged: Ella & Pitr

Valentines From BSA

Valentines From BSA

Freezing cold on the streets today, warm hearts nonetheless. We thank BSA readers for all of your love and send it back to you today and every day.

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JPS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Love Spray (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Duke A. Barnstable (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Duke A. Barnstable (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Duke A. Barnstable (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Duke A. Barnstable (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROCKO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hek Tad (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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People all over the world (all the world, now)
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Ella & Pitr Draw You Their Diary of World Travels in “Baiser D’Encre”

Ella & Pitr Draw You Their Diary of World Travels in “Baiser D’Encre”

Who knew that babies could use so many diapers! What to do when you are in a foreign city and both of you are sick as dogs? Also, we may need a crane to help us finish the world’s largest roof mural.

These considerations are things you draw into your travelogue diary when you are Ella & Pitr, the painters of enormous kings, pilots, and couples cuddled in bed on fields, rooftops, and beaches around the world.

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Ella & Pitr “Basier D’Encre” Les Editions Papiers Peintres. France. November 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The French street art couple are never very far from home in their thoughts, even when scoring paint for an enormous multi-roof portrait or flying in a helicopter over top of it – especially when they have a toddler and an infant waiting back at the hotel or at their grandparents’ house in France.

This new book “Baiser D’Encre” (Kiss Ink) captures the drawings Ella & Pitr make at restaurants, bus stops, hotel rooms, and while waiting for a plane – little entertaining sketches from the road with entire stories attached to them that they can share with their kids and family.

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Ella & Pitr “Basier D’Encre” Les Editions Papiers Peintres. France. November 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Here is a city we went to, these are odd people whom we met, this is Mommy coughing uncontrollably and Daddy ready to vomit.

This hand-drawn diary contains more information about personal and professional relationships, relative personalities, attachments to objects, struggles in life and their ability to lighten a rotten situation with humor than a written diary could.

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Ella & Pitr “Basier D’Encre” Les Editions Papiers Peintres. France. November 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Doodles, daydreams, depictions of everyday circumstances, and collaboratively drawn pieces with their kids tell the reader about their interconnected emotions and imaginings in way that thousands of words may fall short.

Encompassing roughly a year of their life, Ella & Pitr give you the good, the bad, and the option to laugh at it all.

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Ella & Pitr “Basier D’Encre” Les Editions Papiers Peintres. France. November 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr “Basier D’Encre” Les Editions Papiers Peintres. France. November 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr “Basier D’Encre” Les Editions Papiers Peintres. France. November 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Ella & Pitr “Basier D’Encre”. Les Editions Papiers Peintres. France. November 2015. To order this book click HERE

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BSA “Images of the Year” for 2015 : New Video

BSA “Images of the Year” for 2015 : New Video

Was 2015 the “Year of the Mural”?

A lot of people thought so, and the rise of commercial festivals and commissioned public/private mural programs probably brought more artists to more walls than in recent history. Judging from the In Box, 2016 is going to break more records. Enormous, polished, fully realized and presented, murals can hold a special role in a community and transform a neighborhood, even a city.

But they are not the “organic” Street Art that draws us into the dark in-between places in a city, or at its margins.

We keep our eyes open for the small, one-off, idiosyncratic, uncommissioned, weirdo work as well, as it can carry clues about the culture and reveal a sage or silly solo voice.  It also just reinforces the feeling that the street is still home to an autonomous free-for-all of ideas and opinions and wandering passions. For us it is still fascinating to seek out and discover the one-of-a-kind small wheatpastes, stencils, sculptures, ad takeovers, collages, and aerosol sprayed pieces alongside the enormous and detailed paintings that take days to complete.

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The main image above is from a vinyl subway advertisement that was high-jacked and we published it in February of this year on our Images of the Week posting. It’s small, personal, and very effective as you can see someone suspiciously similar to Batman is jumping out of the mouth of someone looking awfully similar to Hedwig of “Angry Inch” fame.

Of the 10,000 or so images photographer Jaime Rojo took in 2015, here are a selection 140+ of the best images from his travels through streets looking for unpermissioned and sanctioned art.

Brooklyn Street Art 2015 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo

 

Brooklyn Street Art 2015 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

365xlos43, Amanda Marie, Andreas Englund, Augustine Kofie, Bisser, Boijeot, Renauld, Bordaloli, Brittany, BunnyM, Case Maclaim, Casg, Cash4, CDRE, Clet, Cost, Curve, Dain, Dal East, Dan Budnik, Dan Witz, David Walker, DeeDee, Dennis McNett, Don Rimx, Ricardo Cabret, LNY, Alex Seel, Mata Ruda, Don’t Fret, Dot Dot Dot, ECB, El Mac, El Sol25, Ella & Pitr, Eric Simmons, Enest Zacharevic, Martha Cooper, Martin Whatson, Ever, Faile, Faith47, Findac, Futura, Gaia, Gilf!, Hanksy, Hellbent, Hot Tea, How & Nosm, Icy and Sot, Inti, Invader, Isaac Cordal, James Bullough, Janet Dickson, Jef Aerosol, Jilly Ballistic, Joe Iurato, John Fekner, Le Diamantaire, Li Hill, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Low Brow, Marina Capdevilla, Miss Van, Mr. Prvrt, Mr. Toll, Myth, Nafir, Nemos, Never Crew, Nick Walker, Nina Pandolofo, Old Broads, Oldy, Ollio, Os Gemeos, Owen Dippie, Paper Skaters, Pet Bird, Kashink, Smells, Cash4, PichiAvo, Pixel Pancho, QRST, ROA, Ron English, Rubin415, Saner, Sean 9 Lugo, Shai Dahan, Shepard Fairey, Sheryo & The Yok, Sinned, Sipros, Skewville, Slikor, Smells, Sweet Toof, Snowden, Edward Snowden, Andrew Tider, Jeff Greenspan, Specter, Stray Ones, Sweet Toof, Swil, Willow, Swoon, The Outings Project, Toney De Pew, Tristan Eaton, Various & Gould, Vermibus, Wane, Wk Interact

 

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BSA’s 15 Most Popular Murals Of 2015 – A “Social” Survey

BSA’s 15 Most Popular Murals Of 2015 – A “Social” Survey

People’s Street Art preferences can be very hard to predict. On social media we can reliably tell you that opinions are unreliable. Murals that we are sure you’ll love fall flatter than a one-sided pancake. Conversely, that piece we were tepid about? – Up the charts faster than a Kardashian in search of a camera.

With that in mind we thought you might like to see how the top social platforms sorted out the shots of 2015 by our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo.

 

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We surveyed the number of “Likes” and shares his images received on Instagram, and Facebook in 2015 and based purely on the numbers, here are the Top 15.

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No. 15 : Os Gemeos in Manhattan

Brazilian twin brothers Octavio and Gustavo are Os Gemeos and this year they began popping out of walls – and that’s not all! See the original posting here :

OS Gemeos Pop Through Walls Downtown NYC, Screens in Times Square

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Os Gemeos in Manhattan. August 2015  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 14 : Icy and Sot in Berlin

Looks like we picked a winner when BSA curated Iranian brothers ICY and SOT onto this Berlin facade of the Urban Nation. Following the theme of our “Persons of Interest” show there in March with some of Brooklyn’s finest Street Artists, the brothers reflected the fall of the Berlin Wall in the face of this Brooklyn-based woman. Look for a release of their book by Lebowski Publishers with an essay by BSA telling the story of the Tabriz-now-Brookyn-based ICY and SOT to be released in Spring 2016.

See more about our Persons of Interest show and ICY and SOT’s mural here : Complete “Persons of Interest”: Brooklyn in Berlin

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Icy & Sot in Berlin for Urban Nation. March 2015  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 13 : Alexis Diaz in NYC

Surreal illustrationist Alexis Diaz has been making brains stretch and stand up and clap with his murals from Miami to Hawaii to Lodz, Poland this year, continually impressing with his meticulous and tight cross-hatching skills, wildly wide imagination, and his uncanny ability to collaborate stylistically with other artists.  This relatively small piece by him in Manhattan turned heads for months and earned this pic lots of attention via BSA.

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Alexis Diaz in Manhattan. May 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 12 : Dian in Brooklyn

Essentially a live shot of the last frame for a stop -action mural video (featured on BSA Film Friday: 11.06.15) this image got a lot of traffic probably because of it’s perceived political critique of the Republican Party – but the artists say that they weren’t even familiar with US politics when they made it.

“Dian is a street artist from European art label Life is Porno. In 2015, he decided to do a series of stop-frame stop frame animations around Europe and the world. This time he turned a building in Brooklyn, NYC into his animated reality. And grew an elephant from his mushrooms…

(The) whole animation was spray-painted, without any computer animation. The Bullshit sign was installed by a legendary fusion artist Shalom Neuman.”

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Dian in Brooklyn, NY. November, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 11 : Pichi & Avo in Sweden

“The Spanish Street Art duo Pichiavo brought the antiquities and modern day graffiti together last week on a soaring multi-story wall in Borås, Sweden,” we wrote of this multi-story mural that appealed to many readers this September. It’s the sort of formula that works again and again for these guys, most recently in Miami last week.

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Pichi & Avo in Boras, Sweden for No Limits. September 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 10 : Dal East in Sweden

Participating in the same small festival (Borås “No Limit)” as PichiAvo above, the artist Dal East captured the imagination of BSA readers with this soaring wingspan painted high upon a five stepped modern facade building across from a textile university campus.

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Dal East in Boras, Sweden for No Limits. September 2015  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 9 : Owen Dippie “Radiant Madonna” in Brooklyn

The first of two entries by Kiwi Owen Dippie on our Top 15 list for 2015, this merging of Raphael’s Madonna with Haring’s radiant baby snapped people out of their stupor with the unconventional paring. A fan of both artists, Dippie’s mural reminded us of Haring’s flirtation with Christian “Born Again” fundamentalism before he decided to be an out gay man in the 1980s – at a time when the so-called Moral Majority was ready to send gays to be quarantined because of the AIDS crisis. This three story mural by Dippie is still vibrating with the tensions he encompassed in this one powerful composition.

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Owen Dippie in Brooklyn. July 2015  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 8 : Ernest Zacharevic in Brooklyn

Outside of this Lithuanian Street Artists’ typical wheelhouse, its the irony of this piece that contains his DNA. Capturing the same commercial advertising linguistic that Street Artists typically lampoon, the text based riff clearly draws the connection to the appreciation for hand-style that originally marked a “style” revolution in graffiti. Maybe it was this timeless “instant classic” quality that drew so many fans on Instagram and Facebook.

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Ernest Zacharevic. Brooklyn, NY November 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 7 : Ella & Pitr in Norway

The French couple were in the town of Stavanger to create the World’s Largest Mural so comparatively this was just doodle on the back of an envelope for Ella & Pitr, but something about it struck a chord with you this September.

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Ella & Pitr in Stavanger, Norway for NUART 2015. September, 2015  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 6 : ECB in Brooklyn

His pensive and looming old men and women from Morroco have been made into a book recently, but ECB made this guy in dirty old Brooklyn this year and photographer Jaime Rojo caught it a day after heavy rains provide this reflective moment. Read more about ECB’s portraits of working folks in : The Trades: Street Artist ECB Traces Morocco’s Faces

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ECB in Brooklyn. May 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 5 : Okuda in Manhattan

Nearing 20 years in the game, the Spanish Street Artist Okuda is always a pleaser with his rich-hued pop surrealism and geometrics that mimic the man-made urban environment. Here his organic forms in a New York doorway pop out from the dim grayness of the streetscape.

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Okuda in Manhattan. June 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 4 : Case Ma’Claim in Berlin

One of the current crop of photo-realists that are drawing so much attention, Ma’Claims’ meditation is often on hands. This one may have had additional appeal on Social platforms because of it’s combination of skin colors and its appearance during the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” marches in cities across the US.

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Case Ma’Claim in Berlin. March 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 3 : Nick Walker

The Bristol-born Mr. Walker has a soft spot for New York and this placement outside a pizza parlor of his iconic bowler-hatted avatar made a lot of connections for viewers on Facebook who shared this image like crazy last winter.

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Nick Walker. Manhattan, NY. January 30 2015 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 2 : JR in Manhattan

A commercial wheatpaste project with The New York City Ballet, their principal dancer the ballerina Lauren Lovette, a documentary called LES BOSQUETS, and a real estate developer, this image of a woman flying through the air to kiss Manhattan’s sky was so riveting that it continued to ricochet JR’s image across digital devices for months after we posted it.

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JR in Manhattan. August 2015  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No. 1 : Owen Dippie “Ninja Renaissance Masters” in Brooklyn

With 1.1 million shares across our Facebook page, this merging of four Renaissance master visages and the 1990s Ninja Turtles masks leap-frogged every other image we posted this year, and busted peoples’ brains open. The New Zealand based Dippie was killing it this summer in Brooklyn before heading out to the West Coast, but this trackside trick continued to draw visitors long after he headed back to his homeland, and his pic wins 2015 decisively. See the original posting here : Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello Spotted in BKLN : Owen Dippie Lies in Wait

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Owen Dippie in Brooklyn. July 2015  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

 

 

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BSA HOT LIST : Books For Your Gift List from 2015

BSA HOT LIST : Books For Your Gift List from 2015

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This year BSA brought you a number of reviews of Street Art related books to consider. Now that it is Christmas / Hannukah / Kwaanza / Solstice / New Year time we thought you would like a brief review of some of the best books of 2015. Enjoy!

Djerbahood/Open-Air Museum Of Street Art

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From BSA:

“Djerbahood” Book About Tunisian Open-Air Museum Of Street Art

“Another top rate production from the Galerie Itinerrance in Paris, the book allows you to see most of the 150 or so artists who painted in this largest island of North Africa in Tunisia. Not surprisingly, most of these artists are represented by the gallery and organizer/author Mehdi Ben Cheikh so it is by default a catalog of talents whose studio work is for sale. But this is no mere sales catalog, Fatimah.”

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Djerbahood/Open-Air Museum Of Street Art by Mehdi Ben Cheikh. Published by Editions Albin Michel. Paris, 2015.

 

For more on this book click HERE

Anthony Lister “Adventure Painter” Gingko Press.

 

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From BSA:

The Adventures Of Anthony Lister

“Superhero and Street Artist/painter/contemporary artist Anthony Lister still crushes walls thank you very much. He never left the street actually – he just opened the door to the studio as well. And he lit things on fire in both.

Formally trained, he is one of the few of those much maligned art school kids painting on the street whom some graff heads allow themselves to admire, mostly because he doesn’t seem to give a good f**k. Don’t be mislead – he is a superhero as well as a villain, aesthete as much as vandal, respectful of convention even while shredding it. Anyone watching him work over the last decade will tell you that he cares very much and he is willing to do the heavy intellectual/emotional/physical labor to bring it to another level.”

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Anthony Lister “Adventure Painter” Gingko Press.

 

For more about this book click HERE

 

 

Borondo: Memento Mori

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From BSA:

Borondo and His Collection of “Memento Mori” (Book)

“By turning the pages you are a part of the research he is undergoing, and you see how he brings to the walls and windows his latest findings. Sometimes the process is additive, other times through subtraction, but Borondo appears to discover along with his audience what lies here.

A Street Artist yes, but one of the many former graffiti writers who are chafing against that term today, perhaps not realizing that their own practice is redefining it. Not only does the work speak to the average passerby in ways we haven’t been thinking of, he is using the context of the decaying wall as further evidence of a life cycle that everyone is a part of.”

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Memento Mori is produced and coedited by Chiara Caprasecca and Chiara Pietropaoli and published by Yard Press.

 

For more on this book click HERE

 

Graffiti South Africa by Cale Waddacor.

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From BSA:

Graffiti South Africa, The Book

“Arranged by three main areas of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, you even get a helpful map to help you appreciate the relative distance between them and the higher concentrations of writers in each – Graffiti South Africa gives a rather thorough overview of the scene, its players, and its history. The first book by the founder of the website by the same name, he has collected many images and interviews with artists from the early days as well as some of the newer ones, striking a balance in a widely varied scene that leans heavily toward graff vernacular while trying to incorporate the burgeoning street art scene as well.”

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Graffiti South Africa by Cale Waddacor available from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

 

For more on this book click HERE

 

Street Art Santiago by Lord K2

 

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From BSA:

Street Art Santiago : A Captivating Look and Insightful Read

“Using his own sense of discovery and a reporters’ tenacity for uncovering the story, Lord K2 (David Sharabani) scopes the walls for riveting images and first person accounts, digging below the obvious to present economic and social data along with a historical context of murals and their role in political life up to today.

Street Art Santiago adeptly draws connections between the quality of life, a lack of social mobility, and the soulful persistence of artists on the street who interpret the Santiago scene as one with its own distinct voice.

“The graffiti in Chile is mutating. We don’t want to paint graffiti from the Bronx anymore. We want to paint what reflects our Latin roots,” says Wend.”

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Street Art Santiago by Lord K2. Schiffer Publishing. Atglen, PA. 2015

 

For more about this book click HERE

 

C215. La Monographie. Éditions Albin Michel. Paris 2015

 

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From BSA:

The Genius of C215 In One Storied Tome : La monographie

“On the street and in the studio this guy has pretty much mastered the art of stencils over the last decade in a way that makes the medium have a human depth; something that few can do. He manages to give his subjects a character, revealing even the soul of his subjects in the lines on their faces, bringing life in their eyes. A proud and tormented fellow who honors art history as much as the suffering of people today, this is a talent that is fully engaged in the modern world.”

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C215 La Monographie / The Monograph. Éditions Albin Michel. Paris 2015

 

For more on this book click HERE

Ein Wandblatt Aus Wien. Issue Nr. 3: Erotik Edition. Zine. Irga Irga Crew. July 2015.

 

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From BSA:

Ein Wandblatt Aus Wien Issue #3: Erotik Edition

We’re always happy to see hand-made publications, especially when they are made by artists and collectives. For their 3rd edition, Ein Wandblatt Aus Wien have decided their theme is “Erotik”. With multiple contributions from fellow graffitti / Street Artists, you can see a few recurring themes amongst the figurative pieces. Included are some three dimensional pieces and many shots of favorite artworks on the street, which will apparently conjure erotik type feelings for certain folks.

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To order a copy of Issue Nr. 3 of  Ein Wandblatt Aus Wien: Erotik Edition click HERE

 

For more about this book click HERE

 

Søren Solkær: Surface

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From BSA:

Søren Solkær: “Surface” Reveals What’s Below

“ ‘At first it seemed like a closed community, but one artist would lead me to the next and before I knew it, I had entered into an amazing new world  a very tight knit community of artists, many of which live like creative nomads.,’ says photographer Soren Solkaer in the foreward to his new collection called Surface. A three year project that has led the Dane to 13 cities capturing 140 artists whose practice lies along the graffiti-Street Art continuum is a revelation on many levels  who knew that you could convince so many of these undomesticated ferocious coyotes to pose? Who would have guessed that they would agree to be in staged photographs as well?”

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Søren Solkær: Surface published by Gingko Press.

 

For more about this book click HERE

 

4661m² Art In Prison . Malik . Claude Luethi. Niggli Imprint. Zurich.

 

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From BSA

Malik and “Note” Bring 17 Street Artists to a Swiss Prison: “4661m2″

“Initiated by Aarau-based graffiti/street/fine artist Malik in May of 2012, the project eventually corralled 17 Street Artists, all but one from Switzerland, to enter the confines of the new high security Lenzburg Prison to paint murals on exterior walls, courtyards, hallways, and common areas.

‘I was looking for a new challenge and a new and exciting project where I could show my art,’ says Malik and while the 18 month project originated with his vision of getting a nice wall for himself, quickly the project grew far beyond his expectations to become an educational, sociological meditation on the penal system, the appropriate role of art within it, and our collective humanity.”

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4661m² Art In Prison . Malik . Claude Luethi. Niggli Imprint. Zurich.

 

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Shepard Fairey. Cover To Overt. Rizzoli, New York 2015

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From BSA:

Shepard Fairey: “Covert To Overt” Book and Show in London

“Chronicling the last 6 years or so of murals, wheatpastes, shows, screen prints, posters, collaborations and art products that Fairey has brought to the fore, “Covert to Overt” is also chock-full of endorsements and analysis of his work’s impact from people who he’s met along the way like Jello Biafra to Neil Young to Pedro Alonzo, Russell Brand and D*Face.

Sean Bonner recounts a night wheatpasting with the Street Artist and the personal ruminations that can surface when sharing such bonding covert behavior, ‘We talked about small actions that can have huge impacts. Writing a song. Telling someone about a band. Creating an image that makes people ask questions. Simple actions that can change the world.’ “

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Shepard Fairey. Cover To Overt. Rizzoli, New York 2015

 

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Ella & Pitr “Baiser d’Encre” (=”Ink kisses”) France 2015.

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From Bizaare Beyond Belief:

“Ella & Pitr is proud to present their new book “Baiser d’Encre” (“Ink kisses”). It is set to be released on the 12th of December 2015 and the book will be available online for international shipping on this site: Superbalais and also in Le Feuvre’s gallery in Paris.

“Baiser d’Encre” is a collection of extracts from Ella & Pitr’s sketchbooks. Exclusive and intimate, this new book is an open window to the artists’ life. Mostly composed of sketches, it is completely understandable for non-french speakers. Tons of preview images after the jump!

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Ella & Pitr “Baiser d’Encre” (=”Ink kisses”). France 2015

 

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She’s the Bomb: Ella & Pitr Launch “La Femme Canon” on Airstrip South of Paris

She’s the Bomb: Ella & Pitr Launch “La Femme Canon” on Airstrip South of Paris

Ella & Pitr have sent a human cannonball across a massive runway in the south of Paris and we bring you exclusive new aerial photos today as you shoot into your week. “La Femme Canon” is a bit of wordplay that can mean a gorgeous woman and a person who has been shot from a cannon. Naturally, this beautiful new woman has wings to assist her to fly further once she has been launched into the air.

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

 “It was a very difficult delivery because of the rain, but finally here it is,” say the exhausted couple of this newest giant mural visible from the sky – completed only weeks after completing their record-breaking one in Norway.

Perhaps the rain has contributed to the rich green fields that frame the new image on the airstrip of an old military airport. The lengthy  pavement certainly makes an appropriate canvas for a woman in aviation and Ella & Pitr appropriate codes from the strip into the flying cap la femme is wearing. Enjoy these images of the latest high-flying duo’s work, and merci beaucoup to the artists for sharing them with BSA readers.

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

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Ella & Pitr. La Femme Canon. South of Paris, France. September 2015. (photo © courtesy of Ella & Pitr)

 

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.13.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.13.15

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This Sunday’s Images Of The Week seems to have an overriding theme which wasn’t really planned. It just happened.

A preponderance of stencils, many of them miniature and most placed without permission are here for your consideration. Some of the pieces have been on the walls for years while others are fairly new. After a few days admiring large murals in Norway and Sweden, these little missives are sweet.

Futura also came back to New York from Norway just in time to hit the hallowed Houston Wall yesterday and Martha Cooper is hanging there as well, so you will want to check that out! Martha and John Ahearn just opened  their new dual show Thursday called “Kids” at Dorian Gray on the LES, which we thought was dope.

Also in town are Ernest Zacharevic, who will be working on a special project, David Walker has been seen poking his head into things, and Vermibus is popping up here and there on bus shelters with his dissolved portraits. A number of artists and fans are in NYC for the Brotherhood show at Jonathan Levine curated by Yasha Young, and of course Shepard Fairey has his first New York show in five years coming up this week with all new work on exhibition at Jacob Lewis Gallery called “On Our Hands”. As in blood, yo.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring APosse, Dolk, DotDotDot, Dotmasters, Ella & Pitr, Hama Woods, Isaac Cordal, JPS, MIR, Nafir, the Outings Project, Strok, Martin Whatson and TREF.

Top image above >>> Strok in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dotmasters in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Outings Project in Stavanger, Norway for NUART 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JPS in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JPS in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JPS in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TREF in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal in Stavanger, Norway for NUART 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal in Stavanger, Norway for NUART 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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APOSSE in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Looks like a rather explosive romance. DOLK in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MIR* in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NAFIR in Stavanger, Norway for NUART 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hama Woods welcomes all the rats to the big show in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Whatson in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dotdotdot in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. L Train, NYC. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NUART 2015 Roundup : A Laboratory on the Street

NUART 2015 Roundup : A Laboratory on the Street

A roundup today for the Nuart street art/ mural festival in Norway with images of the final walls by this years artists. Now celebrating its 15th year, the mid-sized fjord-facing city of Stavanger has played host to a selection of international and local artists directly or indirectly related to the evolving scene we know as Street Art.

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Ella & Pitr. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Again this year the selection of invited participants is varied, potent, and occasionally a smack upside the head – with punk rock graphic designer Jamie Reid leading the way in spirit and on walls. Reid’s inspiration dates to the radical hippie politics and Situationist practices of the 1950s and 60s but he is best known for formation of the Sex Pistols anti-monarchial slash and burn visual identity and for penning their pivotal recording “Anarchy in the UK” – a history discussed in Carlo McCormick’s presentation during the Nuart Plus program.

In tandem with his paste-ups around town and installation at the formal gallery show was the lesser-known street photography of very-well-known graffiti photographer and ethnographer Martha Cooper, who displayed a selection of five decades of children playing on the streets with improvised toys and games – via an automated slide show – as well as an additional one she narrated during our panel on this year’s theme “Play” at Nuart Plus.

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Ella & Pitr. Detail. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While neither Reid nor Cooper are thought of as Street Artists per se, their choice as participants gave grounding to the proceedings and is emblematic of director Martyn Reed’s holistic approach to an eclectic programming that mixes up the tributaries and the river in such a way that observers may better have tools to measure the creative flow that we are all witnessing on city walls across the globe today.

As we mark the halfway point of this decade and see the institutional discussions of Street Art taking form while academics try to place it in the canon of art-making and decide upon the nature of its impact, they do it with the knowledge that gallery shows, museum exhibitions, high-profile auctions, individual collecting, lifestyle marketers, and public festivals of many configurations and aspirations are already embracing its relevance. No one can possibly gauge this story in all of its complexity but some will capture its spirit. Being on the street helps.

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Ella & Pitr. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

One way to get a pulse on the present is to attend shows like Nuart and witness the diverse stratagems that artists are using to engage their audiences and judge if they are successful at realizing their intentions. With a deliberately mixed bag of thinkers, feelers, documentors, aesthetes, and pranksters culled together for your edification, this show stokes the discussions.

Others may say that the headliners of this year’s Nuart were the French couple Ella & Pitr, whose record-setting 21,000 square meter mural of a young woman in running shorts lying in a semi-fetal position could only be viewed by helicopter across the roofs of a large construction company complex.

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Ella & Pitr. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

You could say that Stavanger streets were commanded with greater effect by the simple addition of Spain’s Isaac Cordal and his handmade concrete (or resin) bald businessmen, fifty or so of which he glued into crevices and upon ledges and structural fissures on buildings throughout town. Their sad existential conundrums are ours, even though we are guilting them with all the corrupt actions we are at least a little complicit in.

Arguably the greatest metamorphosis took place with the collection and assembly of local detritus – broken car pieces, old bicycles, tires, even ship buoys. Before you roll your eyes and think of homey craft-inspired planters on front lawns, the likenesses of animals that Bordalo II can evoke with his sculptures is uncanny and a little spooky.

His “stag” deer is meant as a commentary on the loss of natural habitat of the animals at the hands of what we call “development”. The companion piece of a whale overwhelmed by environmental poisoning in the Tou Scene gallery installation proves equally compelling and tragic.

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Ella & Pitr. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Harmen de Hoop invited a top economist to perform his installation purely with chalk and a 30-minute lecture on the streets of Stavanger on the subject of option pricing, Dolk bravely experimented with a new abstractionist, reductivist approach that ran counter to the style he is known for, and brothers Icy & Sot were the most currently topical with their portrait of a girl whose distorted visage is that of a refugee boat crammed with people. If Nuart at times feels like a laboratory it may be the perfect analogy for the street experience in cities everywhere.

Have a look at many of the finished walls at Nuart this year. See our essay marking their 15th anniversary HERE.

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Ella & Pitr. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dotdotdot. Portrait of Sex Pistol’s Johnnie Rotten/John Lydon. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Whatson. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Whatson. Detail. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Whatson. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Whatson. Detail. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pejac did a reinterpretation of “The Scream” by the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch, using a toy truck tire on a paint roller. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Futura. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. See his indoor installation video here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Futura. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nafir. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Outings Project. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Outings Project. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dolk. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot. Detail. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bortusk Leer. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bortusk Leer. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo II. The artist preps the wall in the background. Trash collected from near by empty lots sits in the foreground to serve as the raw material for his work. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The completed wall by Bordalo II. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Harmen de Hoop. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Harmen De Hoop “Permanent Education” from NUART

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.06.15 NUART 2015 SPECIAL

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.06.15 NUART 2015 SPECIAL

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After Stavanger Mayor Christine Sagen Helgø made the official declaration of the opening of the Nuart gallery show at Tou Scene last night the sliding barn door on the ex beer factory moved back to allow the crowd to flow in like a river to see this years collection of art installations in the “tunnels” of the space. This component of the Nuart experience allows a certain degree of curation and idea development that brings you a fuller appreciation of the artists who create murals on the street as well.

Top image above >>> Bordalo II (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho with Bordalo II in the background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Additionally, and we are telling you nothing secret here, the adhoc crew of technicians and scene creators here are rough and ready; obviously over qualified and with a fair degree of refinement when it comes to helping the artist realize some of their grander aspirations. Artists are encouraged to think big and a number of them have this year, including some who are so capacious they nearly collide or eclipse one another, but visitors this year may feel like the quality and depth of this editions 5-week show just advanced by a length.

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Ella & Pitr with Isaac Cordal. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This week’s interview with the street is not actually on the street – but rather a reflection of the direction that the street can take a curated collection of current artists and corollary influencers from years past.

Clearly you can go as deeply or shallowly as you want with this years theme of “Play”. Harmen de Hoop’s video of Thursday’s performance piece on Stavanger’s streets by a renowned mathematics and statistics professor Jan Ubøe, who mystifies the assembled audience while explaining the factors that form our world economy is rather utterly balanced on a jerking seesaw with Bortusk Leer’s incessantly cheery monster diorama.

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Ella & Pitr with Isaac Cordal. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

50 years of selected photographs by ethnographer Martha Cooper of children in cities around the world at play with improvised tools and methods are almost matched in impact by Ernest Zacharevic’s slowly tumultous sea waters tossing a child’s paper boat with a handful of kids inside, evoking the current news with immigrants escaping to Europe in dangerous waters. Isaac Cordal’s installation of achingly desperate white-collar men in a desperate diorama is uplifted by Ella & Pitr’s fairy tale giant reaching from the heavens to pick one from a chair.

Sandra Chevrier brings a signature masking of a woman’s visual and olefactory senses, quite alone in the bright spotlight. The iconic ripped shreds and piled irony of Jamie Reid brings the radicalized hippie and punk politics into front and center while Pixel Pancho and Bordalo II each take swipes at the oil economy that dominates our lives while killing others.

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Isaac Cordal. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bordalo alone could command the entire space with his found/reclaimed Stavanger refuse that is fashioned into a immensely tragic scene of a spent whale submerged in muck and spouting that black gooey pulp from it’s blow-hole. Icy & Sot next door use their understated humor and biting criticism with a summer tree in a verdant hue captured as soliloquey, first appearing leafy and fluttering from a fan-stirred breeze, then revealed as suffocated by 300 petroleum-based green plastic shopping bags that are caught in its branches.

Finally the painterly abstractions of Futura across half a tunnel are set free, poignantly balancing the symbolic liberty of Martin Whatson’s graffitied butterfly, now cravenly pierced and readied for your private collection.

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Isaac Cordal. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While you can practically smell the brands hovering over quality events like these to hopefully insinuate themselves into – Nuart continues to keep its independence of curation, broadening its branches with the Tou Scene installations and deepening its roots with academic forums and related programming in such a way that its true nature remains. Hopefully it will be to continue this way despite a tightening Norwegian economy.

Yes there was some talk at panels this week about the fact that a 15 year old Street Art mural festival is in itself an institution and anathema to what the graffiti/street/urban art practice may have originated from, but one of the myriad outcomes of pounding away with purpose at thoughtful parallel programming like this Tou Scene show year after year is that you may also develop something uniquely relevant in its own right.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street – this week via the exhibition space of Nuart 2015 and featuring Bordalo II, Bortusk Leer, Dolk, Dot Dot Dot, Ella & Pitr, Ernest Zacharevic, Furtura, Harmen de Hoop, Icy & Sot, Isaac Cordal, Jamie Reed, Martha Cooper, Outings Project, Pixel Pancho, and Sandra Chevrier.

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Whatson (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier with Martin Whatson. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martha Cooper (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Futura (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Outings Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jamie Reid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Harmen De Hoop (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bortusk Leer with DotDotDot in the background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dolk (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Nuart Day 5: Flying High in the Norwegian Sky

Nuart Day 5: Flying High in the Norwegian Sky

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Live from Nuart as it’s happening folks, and the festival is proving to be a rather impressive small beast at this point – one with multiple heads and legs and hands waving paint brushes, aerosol cans, saws, drills, stencils, spot lights, fans, ship buoys, shovels, ladders, helicopter blades….. What?

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Friday began with an helicopter ride to take the full scope of the giant Ella & Pitr roof top mural. Here we see Martyn saying good bye to all of us earthlings. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Yes, Martyn Reed gave a healthy scare to a number of guests by inviting them to view the massive Ella & Pitr piece from a helicopter hovering about on Friday in conjunction with a formal dedication ceremony. It’s the only way to truly see it, darling, and that is not simply a clever manner of expression – it is a literal one.

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Ella & Pitr. Detail of their roof top mural. More to come. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ground-based mortals may also see these painted red nails on giant hand inside the public art exhibition planned for Saturday night as the French couple have coupled their installation with the radically smaller scaled sculptures of Isaac Cordel, whose balding concrete curmudgeons lurk and mope and sink into the soil around the perimeter.

All three artists were in the audience at BSA Film Friday LIVE at the cinema downtown, which made us feel relieved because their videos were also featured in our show about PLAY. Thanks to everyone who came, including those sitting in the aisles and on the steps: think we need a bigger theater next time!

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Detail of Isaac Cordal and Ella & Pitr collaboration in the Tou Scene tunnels. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Elsewhere the Outings Project liberated a number of museum pieces on walls here and there around the neighborhood, their unsung regal figures set loose yet rigidly posed on concrete blocks in empty lots. Some malformed and miscreant monsters have also popped up, seemingly over night, on pieces of printed news. They look rather similar to the installation of Bortusk Leer in the beer halls of Tou Scene, but not much like the realistic children on cut-out wood in Ernest Zacharevic’s installation nor Pixel Pancho’s three dimensional robot – a symbol used in many of his large scale murals appearing in cities around the world.

Stay tuned for more images, as we are a bit buried under a wealth of them right now but feel compelled to run outside and gather more while the sun is shining and the paint is still wet.

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Tor channels Banksy with Ella & Pitr collaboration.(photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Outings Project brings the masters outside onto the walls and Bortusk Leer’s monsters take an art history lesson. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier at work inside the Tou Scene tunnels at work on her collaboration with Martin Whatson. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo II at work inside the Tou Scene tunnels. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Futura at work on a new outside wall project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bortusk Leer. Detail of his installation inside the Tou Scene tunnels. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic work in progress inside the Tou Scene tunnels. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho work in progress inside the Tou Scene tunnels. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The tractor moving in on the chopper with Martyn on board . (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nuart Day 2: Rain Chases Artists into Tunnels, Futura in Action

Nuart Day 2: Rain Chases Artists into Tunnels, Futura in Action

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Murals and Street Art do not mix well with rain unfortunately so most artists at Nuart headed toward the former beer halls called Tou Scene (or the tunnels) to work on their indoor installations for Saturday’s opening and party here in Stavanger for Nuart 2015. Bortusk Leer had drawn large monsters on plywood to carve out with a handsaw and blasted the completed ones with clouds of fluorescence and primary colors, Icy and Sot were high atop a ladder hanging hundreds of plastic bags from their constructed tree, and Bodalo and Art Ruble rumbled around in a truck with Vegar looking for discarded large pieces of garbage for their deer sculpture.

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Futura at work on his tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Of great interest was to see NYC icon Futura at work on his new abstract piece within the tunnel, clearly his mind “in the zone”, his hands and body motions following an internal rhythm that held him in a zen semi-trance; reaching for the small roller with acrylic and aerosol can alternately to map out gestural and constructivist aspects of his new monochromatic piece. Isaac Cordal was inside as well, installing his small sculptures lonely and aloft upon terraces, later mixing large batches of cement in plastic garbage buckets to dump in piles around the perimeter of the tunnel he is sharing with Ella & Pitr.

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Futura. Tou Scene exhibition Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Undaunted by inclemency, the expansive French duo braved the rain to work on their new large character wrapped around two sides of a small building, taking a break to eat hot Thai soup from large plastic containers while standing in their raincoats on a scissor lift during a light downpour from the sky.

If their spirits were dampened you would not know it from the lively discussions on logistics between them and from Pitr’s enthusiastic descriptions of a new technique they hoped to try soon which will feature their characters upside down, feet resting on the sky.

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Futura at work on his tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In preparation for her single-wall Aftenblad project on Thursday, fine artist Sandra Chevrier began her collage/painting during the hour or so when rain paused, and Harmen de Koop strolled around town looking for an acceptable location for the live performance he is planning with a renowned economist that involves simple economic theory and a lot of chalk.

In short, the rain is stopping no one at Stavanger and guests and participants keep arriving!

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Fra Biancoshock left a message for Martha Cooper before he left town. She promptly found it and shot it when she arrived mid-day. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier at work on her tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier at work on her tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot at work on her tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot at work on their first mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot at work on their first mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier work in progress. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Watson. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr at work on their third mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr at work on their third mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr at work on their third mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo. Who, me?. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Art Ruble and Bordalo ready to hunt for trash for their Tou Scene installation. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal work in progress for his Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal work in progress for his Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal work in progress for his Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Nuart Day 1: Isaac Cordal Installs His Preoccupied Little Businessmen

Nuart Day 1: Isaac Cordal Installs His Preoccupied Little Businessmen

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Tor (@toris64) picked us up at the airport using his hand-made faux-Banksy Nuart sign, wearing his fresh Dismaland t-shirt, and we immediately knew we were home here in Stavanger. Born and raised in this town Tor knows it’s every turn and twist and because he travels extensively for his regular profession, he also gets to explore other cities and take photos of Street Art and share them on Instagram. Luckily there is a pretty notable festival right here and his enthusiasm grows with the opportunity to meet so many of his favorite artists each year.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This small Norwegian town is again hosting a kick-ass mural/street art/graffiti festival again this year and its sort of rainy today but Icy & Sot are painting anyway, as are Ella & Pitr.  Ernest Zacharevic has arrived and Martin Whatson has finished his piece, as have Pejac and Dot Dot Dot. Harmen de Koop is devising a live performance with an economist giving a lecture on a wall Thursday (not kidding), Bordalo is gathering garbage and throwing it into the back of a truck for his trash installation, and Martha Cooper just arrived this morning and Tor took her to find a hidden conceptual piece in a doorway by Fra. Biancoshock that says “Martha Please Take a Picture of Me”.

Once settled in yesterday we immediately began tooling around town with Isaac Cordal, the Northern Spanish activist with a big heart in these small sculptures of desperate/guilty/soulless little corporate men who he positions in precarious locations wherever he travels. We carried a bag full of these fellows yesterday while he shouldered an expandable ladder and marched though the hilly streets looking upward, scanning battered Noregian industrial architecture for opportune ledges for his little men to teeter off the edge of.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As we have featured his work numerous times over the years on BSA, it was finally great to meet Cordal and accompany him on his interventions – which sort of magically transform a mundane spot into a stage for his “figurativos” to contemplate their lives. Cordal says they are meant to symbolize many things – one of them being the corrupt wolves in business suits who are running much of the world today, and you immediately know of whom he speaks. Comedic in placement, dastardly in deed, you want them to fall, or jump, but somehow it is better that they are frozen in the midst of their drama, frozen with fright and fear.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cordal also talks about the current romance that many public art fans are having with the mural as a means of public expression (which we can verify) and how he feels like his very small concrete (now resin) men can be just as powerful as a large mural. And in a way we can entirely agree – the placing of these figures transforms the space by engaging your imagination, and you KNOW where that can take you; the key unlocks a part of the viewer that he or she once accessed regularly as a child when wild stallions and robots and Jesus and pop stars and Darth Vader all seemed like plausible characters in the same play. Seeing Isaac and his enthusiasm will assure you that art in the streets can have a formidable impact on a passerby, no matter its diminutive scale.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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