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“Urban Xchange: Crossing Over” A New Festival in Penang, Malaysia

“Urban Xchange: Crossing Over” A New Festival in Penang, Malaysia

Urban Exchange: Crossing Over 2014 is a brand new street art festival in George Town, Penang in Malaysia. In November they hosted 16 artists to paint walls throughout this city of two and a half million on the Strait of Malacca.

It is not a city that has hosted Street Art traditionally and one that frowns strongly on graffiti, but ever since Lithuanian Street Artist Ernest Zacharevic did some very successful installations here in 2012 which drew crowds and cameras, the citizenry and elected officials have become very hospitable to the idea — and have even enacted a formalized process for approving public art.


Skolo brings tradition, sport, and modern communications together in this brand new mural for Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Today we travel to Penang to see the brand new pieces for this first-year show, co-curated by Gabija Grusaite and Eeyan Chuah, who run Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, a creative space in the ruins of a bus depot that hosted a corollary gallery show. Alongside Berlin based Urban Nation’s director and curator, Yasha Young, the two invited a mixture of local and international artists to complete murals and to host some community workshops.

“There’s never a dull moment at Urban Nation’s exchange program,” says Young, “after a year in the planning we were excited to finally make the journey.”


Tank Petrol at work on is wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Among the various murals you’ll see a selection of figurative, realistic, and illustration styles that carefully walk a community moderated fine line, hoping to bring locals to be more actively engaged in the program. As a novelty outlier, you’ll also see Brooklyn’s Mr. Toll installing his colorful hand formed clay sculptures in unusual spots if you keep your head up.

In an interview with Malay Mail Online, Ms. Grusaite says, “We want to create an artistic international cultural exchange so that local artists can learn from international artists who will be here for the project while the international artists will get exposure to the local culture and art scene.”


Tank Petrol. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)

As is the case more often, with Urban Exchange we are again seeing a new model of public art developing where at the forefront are artists who have laid their groundwork in graffiti rather than university exclusively. We’ve been using a term we’re calling the “New Muralism” to indicate the grassroots nature and populist generation of these works and we still think its definition is evolving. Not quite community murals in the strictest sense, and not seeking the approval of gate-keeping institutions either, these artists are looking for and finding new ways to challenge themselves creatively in the public sphere while being responsive to needs of the public. Huh!

Included in the Urban Exchange project are Antanas Dubra (Lithuania), Bibichun (Malaysia), Don John (Denmark), Donald Abraham (Malaysia), Elle (United States), Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Fauzan Faud (Malaysia), Karl Addison (Germany), Kenji Chai (Malaysia), Rone (Australia), Sk10 (Singapore), TankPetrol (United Kingdom), Black Fritilldea (Malaysia), 4Some (a crew from Kuala Lumpur consisting of Donald, Black, Fauzan and Jojo),  Mr Toll (New York) and Vexta (New York)

Our heartfelt thank you to Henrik Haven, who took a trip from Copenhagen which took 31 hours (and four different flights) for sharing his excellent photographs here with BSA readers.


RONE at work on is wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


RONE on the left with Karl Addison on the right. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


RONE. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Ernest Zacharevic at work on is wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Ernest Zacharevic. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Ernest Zacharevic. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


4Some Crew at work on their wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


4Some Crew (Donald, Black, Fauzan and Jojo) Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Vexta at work on her wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Vexta. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Vexta. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Bibichun. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Nikko Tan)


Don John at work on his wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Don John. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Elle at work on her wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Elle. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Elle. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Karl Addison at work on his wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Karl Addison. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Karl Addison. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Antanas Dubra at work on their wall. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Antanas Dubra. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Sliz assists Skolo. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Mr. Toll installing his clay sculptures. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Mr. Toll. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


Collaboration between Ernest Zacharavic and Etoja. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Henrik Haven)


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BSA Picks 19 Things to See at DUMBO ARTS FEST 2014

BSA Picks 19 Things to See at DUMBO ARTS FEST 2014



New York Clobbers Fall again and one of the finest examples of art in the public sphere has again returned to swing the aesthetic bat straight at your head with the DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL.

With it comes the electrifying Brooklyn energy that transforms the street into a place you actually want to be in, linger in, discover in. Smack between two iconic Bridges (Brooklyn and Manhattan) DUMBO boasts a world class art festival that has grown both organically and with great purpose, often commanding your attention.

You can make a plan to hit a few installations, performances, galleries… — or you can just show up and grab a map.

Above image is of artist CHIKA’s large scale interactive LED sculpture in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge. More on her SEI: Stella Octangula HERE.

Following are some BSA picks that we think are worth highlighting:


1. FOLIOLEAF GALLERY. “Bad Vibes” Rubin415 and David Head.

A solid mix of new contemporary work that leans toward popular tastes, Folioleaf is making a strong showing with a growing stable that includes a number of current Street Artist like DAIN, Gilf! (image above), Hellbent, and others that are tangentially related. Street Art culture is a wide world and gallery owner Todd Masters is stretching his arms to embrace it.

111 Front Street, Suite 226.


2. SIDE HUSTLE NYC: “By Day, By Night” Karoleen Decastro, Alyssa Gruen, Patrick Ramos, Jon Chen.

What is your sidehustle? In the ever more expensive NYC game, almost every creative we know has one – Check out this installation and on Sunday they will have another photo shoot.

Plymouth Street Park Perimeter Fence.


3. Dumbo Underfoot”. Karen Mainenti

Mainenti draws your attention to the actual street in this installation highlighting those rail tracks cutting through the neighborhood that were used by Brooklyn industries and trades like coffee, soap bubbles, sugar, shoes and Brillo steel wool pads.

See MORE here.

Plymouth Street (between Main and Washington Streets)


DUMBO WALLS – All over the place

Two Trees and Lisa Kim have humanized the experience year long for people working/living/passing through DUMBO by curating some large mural installations by some great Street Artists over the past couple of years. Below are a few to keep your eyes open for on the streets.


4. DUMBO WALLS: Faith 47

Pearl Street Underpass, BQE,


Pearl Street Underpass, BQE


Corner of Prospect and Jay Streets


York Street (between Adams and Pearl Streets)


York Street (between Washington and Adams Streets)


9. DUMBO WALLS: Shepard Fairey

Corner of York and Jay Streets


10.  DUMBO WALLS: Stefan Sagmeister & Yuko Shimizu

Jay Street Underpass, BQE


Á la Cart with Kristyna and Marek Milde

“If we are what we eat, who are we if we don’t know the origin and the context of the production of our food?”

Originally created for Smack Mellon’s exhibition FOODShed: Art and Agriculture in Action –

6 shopping carts filled with soil parked at Old Fulton Plaza.

Smack Mellon Gallery
92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn


12. Global Virtual Drawing Party: DADA featuring EN MASSE

At the Festival, creators from around the world will be encouraged to draw on DADA, while artists on site will respond using their iPads. The results will be projected live.

1 Main Street, Festival Lounge


13. MIGHTY TANAKA: “Here and There”. Chris Otley, Herb Smith

Which one are you?

Together, they explore the impact between native and invasive species within both of their local communities.

111 Front Street, Suite 224, Brooklyn


14. “I ____ a Dollar” . Jody Servon

Main Street (between Plymouth and Water Streets)



“LA2, aka LA ROC, collaborated with Keith Haring to create iconic NYC street art in the ’80s. LA2 is part of the original street art movement, and a godfather of the scene. His work is highly sought after for its iconic nature and history. This exhibit will showcase some of the classic styles that LA2 is known for, along with his new work that pushes the style into a more contemporary realm. On display will be works on canvas, wood, and an assortment of objects.”

80 John Street


16. MASTERS PROJECTS: “Lost Corcosa” . Various Artists

The largerer and higher ender version of FolioLeaf , this the MASTERS PROJECTS. oof!

Peter Buechler, DAIN, Dee Dee, ELLE, Amze Emmons, Dima Gavrysh, gilf!, Nicolas Holiber, Steven Katzman, Karl Klingbiel, Amanda Marie, Timothy Paul Myers, QRST, RAE, Jon Rappley, Joram Roukes, Shin-Shin, Cris Uphues, Nathan Vincent, Charles Wilkin, X-O.

111 Front Street, Suite 212


17. REFLECTION / KOLONIHAVEHUS . Tom Fruin and CoreAct

“The colorful glass house is inhabited by two performers, who portray everyday dilemmas and lifestyle paradoxes in a subtle manner. They have lost the ability to meaningfully discriminate, and are trapped in a long chain of procrastination, mirroring our current social patterns. As an audience you can wonder in and out of the performance as you like. “

Empire Fulton Ferry Deck



Front Street (between Adams and Pearl Streets)

19 . MPH-BENCH . Lee Mandell, XAM

MPH-BENCH is an indoor and/or outdoor furniture piece created using the idea of adaptive reuse. We like the fact that this hydroponic bentch can be whe bench can be wheeled around to fit into various aesthetic environments – Mobile agriculture!

1 Main Street, Festival Lounge



Truffula Loraxia is a hydroponic sculpture project created by Lee Mandell and XAM. It combines growing technologies with design. Truffula Loraxia’s basic structure is a tree, which extends from a dodecahedron shaped base.

Main Street Park

For a complete schedule of events, maps and other details click HERE


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BSA Film Friday 09.26.14

BSA Film Friday 09.26.14




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

Now screening :

1. ELLE by DEGA Films – “Wild in the Streets”
2. Royce by DEGA Films – “Wild in the Streets”
3. ESOW, AIKO, KAMI & SASU: Tokyo Art In The Streets MOCAtv
4. ARYZ X FineArts Magazine

BSA Special Double Feature:

The Premiere of ELLE and Royce
Latest releases from DEGA Film series “Wild in the Streets”

BSA Film Friday is proud to premiere not one but TWO new videos this week from the 6 mini-doc series begun by Dega Films two years ago. “The goal of the series is to give the viewer a general glimpse of how the artists work in their environment and their works themselves from a first‐person point of view,” say the Atlanta native founders who settled into the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn a couple of years ago. That was good time to witness the autonomous street art and graffiti scene that was pumping new stuff out weekly. and the film makers sought out and convinced various Street Artists to allow themselves to be followed and filmed in studio and on the street while doing their work, legal and illegal.

Free of verbal narration the videos concentrate on the actions and place of the artist in a fishbowl of human activity swimming all around them. The selections for soundtrack are increasingly dramatic to build a certain wild tension with the action – perhaps to paint the dramatic cat-and-mouse scenarios that dance in the head of the subject as they lurk in darkness  and shadow; at war with / at play with the rest of the world.  The most impressive scenes are when there is no music at all, and only the ebbing-flowing of street noise.

This weekend you will have the opportunity to witness a rare running of all 6 parts projected live on the streets! In a box truck fitted with a projector, Dega Films and Breaker Films will be hitting Williamsburg, Bushwick and DUMBO Saturday night and Little Italy Sunday night (free pizza while supplies last). To find out how to hook up with them on the street for some guerilla projecting follow them on Instagram @dega_films.

ELLE by DEGA Films – “Wild in the Streets”


Royce by DEGA Films – “Wild in the Streets”


Tokyo Art In The Streets MOCAtv

While in Norway this month we intersected a few times with Kenichi Yamamura, a film maker from Osaka who was shadowing every move of Toulouse based Street Artist TILT with his camera. Both he and his buddy plan to put out a 10 minute documentary on TILT later this year, which we hope to premiere here for you.

Ken also shared with us this very well done documentary he produced a little while ago with
Director Shinsuke Tatsukawa and Assistant Director Masashi Nagara about the scene in Tokyo, and they trace the path of a number of people who make art on the street there as well. ESOW, AIKO, and the duo KAMI & SASU all speak about the culture and the compelling forces that put them out in the street with paint in hand.

The attention here to small details, textures, composition, and the rhythm of the street quickly transports the viewer – and you become engrossed in the scene at the ground level.  Before you know it, this razor sharp story is over, and you realize how the creators’ thought process and storytelling has carried you gently to the end.


ARYZ X FineArts Magazine

Listen to Street Artist/ fine artist ARYZ as he contrasts his work in studio and on enormous walls here. He also speaks candidly about a few economic realities that enter into his equation when pursuing a career and he sheds some unfavorable light on people he calls parasitic who misrepresent themselves when inviting artists to participate in Street Art festivals.

“Some of these guys try to sell the idea that they are supporting this kind of ‘culture’ and in fact the last thing they care about is the artist.  These kind of people appear well in front of institutions because they are kind of cheap and they pay nothing to the artist,” he observes.

The Spanish artist also lays plainly the relationship between putting his art on walls and the demand that it creates from people who want to buy his studio work, so clearly there are opportunities created by these scenarios for the artist as well. The lamentations and observations continue through the end credits about the demands of producing large quantities of walls to remain relevant in the mind of the public – and naturally there is the discussion of the meaning of the term “street art” versus “contemporary art”.

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Graffiti and Street Art Lock Up “21st Precinct” in New York

Graffiti and Street Art Lock Up “21st Precinct” in New York

This weekend the NYPD police precinct is hosting a graffiti and street art show, and the public is welcome to see every floor completely swimming in aerosol and plastered in wheat-paste.

Admit it, it is not often you receive an invite like that.


Pesu (center), Pixote (left) and Bill Claps Morse code writing the history of the building on the walls. (right) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“When this precinct was built it was a very bad, very poor neighborhood. When the cops came in there was a lot of brutality and there was a lot of corruption,” says curator Robert Aloia of this building architected for the NYPD in 1863 and closed down fifty years later. A quick search on the web shows a history of thuggery born of Dickens. Records at the time of closure indicated there were 9,500 arrests annually and this tiny slice of Manhattan alone had 37 brothels.

So why not have a graffiti show here before tearing it down, right?.


Savior, El Mundo, Ben Angotti, Depoe, Esteban Del Valle and Chris Soria. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: So you literally could hit every wall here and it wouldn’t matter because it is coming down at the end of the month?
Robert Aloia: Yeah the inside walls. The outside walls they don’t want us to touch.

In a twist of events pulled from a satire, one of the artists on display this weekend was arrested this month in Brooklyn and spent the night in jail before seeing a judge. The following day he came to this precinct and hit up some walls with impunity.


Savior, El Mundo, Ben Angotti, Depoe, Esteban Del Valle and Chris Soria. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“It’s just amazing that these artists can put their time, their money, and their talent into something that is just coming down,” says Aloia while touring us through rooms and stairways during one of the four visits we made for these exclusive first images, “ and it is only going to be seen for a certain amount of time.”

Hellbent has his own room. So does Rambo. Cash4 and Matt Siren are sharing one together, as are Sheryo and the Yok. Elle spent an entire night in hers watching her black wax sculpture melting away with the candles she planted in it. An unconfirmed story says it is a sculpture cast of the elusive Judith Supine.

“She painted it black, melted it and filmed it,” says Aloia.


Faust (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Have you thought of the irony behind the fact that this is a former police precinct and many of the artists would have been running away from this place instead of trying to get into it?
Robert Aloia: That is true, I didn’t think of that aspect of it really, but the gallery area was the actual holding cell.

Brooklyn Street Art: So how did you draw these people together?
Robert Aloia: Every show I’ve done I start with my friends, and then it’s friends of friends, and that’s it. It’s just about one degree of separation.

In the last three years the New York native has curated a number of shows heavily weighted with graffiti artists and Street Artists, primarily on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at bars, event spaces, and venues with downtown history like Fuse, White Box, and La Mama.


Vexta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A bartender and DJ who has mixed with a lot of New York nightlife and street life without becoming hardened, Aloia and co-curators like Erik Foss and Ricky Powell have been doing sometimes star-studded yet unassuming one-off shows the past few years with Street Art names like Bast, Supine, and Aiko and some of the newer kids like N’DA and Icy & Sot.

“I am from New York and I always knew a lot of graffiti artists, that’s how I ended up getting into it. I was just lucky enough to have access to some venues to do stuff.”

Brooklyn born, Aloia’s been on the LES since the 80s, which explains his devotion to the memory of “outlaw parties” where people would set up an illegal bar and a pumping sound system in improvised celebrations at unsanctioned locations. Outlaw parties and pop-up speakeasies still exist of course, but more often they are in Brooklyn now as Manhattan is shoving artists out by the truckload.


Vexta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For “21st Precinct” he’s called in nearly 50 artists from as far away as Japan, Australia, California, and nearby New Jersey. The mix of artists is eclectic and sometimes quite powerful like the tribute to SAMO (Basquiat) in the gallery by his co-conspirator Al Diaz, and the dark room built by Swedish photographer Jesper Haynes which features images from the downtown New York in the Reagan era.

“I definitely always have a mix with fine art, photography, installation, but you know I always have old-school graffiti artists and street artists,” he says as he looks over the four floors of thickly gritty splendor by renowned and unknown.

For those lucky enough to see the show in this venue this weekend or next, “21st Precinct” is a quintessential New York minute, a steamy grimy melting pot of authentic attitude that begs to differ and perhaps stick a finger in your chest just before the wrecking ball hits. Thank Aloia while you’re there. Not surprisingly, the new building that replaces this one will be for…..wait for it…. luxury residences.


Jesper Haynes (photo © Jaime Rojo)


KET (photo © Jaime Rojo)


N Carlos J (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Li-Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Li-Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


URNew Yrok (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rae (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shiro (photo © Jaime Rojo)


bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ASVP (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris RWK (center) URNew York (left) ASVP (right). (photo © Jaime Rojo)


NEPO (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Matt Siren . Cash4 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Al Diaz (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Amanda Marie (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nick Tengri (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Joseph Meloy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Hellbent (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bishop203 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Yok and Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Iena Cruz (photo © Jaime Rojo)


X-O (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pixote in action. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Justin Carty (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Curb Your Ego (photo © Jaime Rojo)


OUTLAW ARTS Presents: “The 21st Precinct”
Curated by Robert Aloia & VNA Mag

The show will be in the old 21st Precinct located on 327 East 22nd Street. More information HERE.

Contributing Artists:

Adam Dare, Al Diaz, Amanda Marie, ASVP, Bad Pedestrian, Ben Angotti , Bill Claps, Bishop203, Bunny M., Cash4, Chris RWK, Chris Soria, Coby Kennedy, Curtis Kulig, D. Gaja, Danielle Mastrion, Dasic, Dizmology, Duel, ELLE, Erasmo, Esteban del Valle, Faust, Ghost, GIZ, Hellbent, Hue, Icy & Sot, Iena Cruz, Jesper Haynes, Justin Carty, Ket, Lexi Bella, Li-Hall, Lorenzo Masnah, Matt Siren, Mr. Toll, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Nick Tengri, Pesu, Phil, Pixote, RAE, Rambo, Ricardo Cabret, SAE, Savior Elmundo, Shery-o & The Yok, Shiro, Tone Tank, URNY, Vexta, X-O.

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Martha Cooper and Elle and a Fire “Unextinguished”

Martha Cooper and Elle and a Fire “Unextinguished”

Two women, two distinct generations. The same fight for recognition, let alone to determine the direction and manner of discourse.


Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Martha Cooper in the 1970s newspaper world found herself as the only woman photographer in a huge room full of men at the New York Post – and she was often pushed into doing “weather” related or “soft journalism” photographs because only men could be presumed to handle the important hard news like politics and crime.  Luckily for us, she didn’t accept those limitations and blasted her own path into the streets and shot what she wanted – but she had to fight for it.

In 2014 a certain kind of man still has a hard time finding space for the women to be in the game, so Elle gets hit with the vitriol often out on the street from some of the graff and Street Art dudes. Sometimes its just the banter of a beef-loving competitive spirit. Other times it takes on the undertones of gender related models of patriarchy.

Sorry Judy Chicago, the work isn’t done yet; that “feminist artist” who coined the term in the 1970s celebrates her own 75th birthday tonight in Prospect Park by spraying her pyrotechnics across the sky, but she also is under no illusion that women have reached parity in the art world, or almost any other.

Even the most fundamental expectation of mutual respect on the New York streets cannot be assumed as harassment by men is still prevalent. Obviously if women were respected on the street we wouldn’t see Tatyana Fazilazadeh creating her postering campaign with New York women called “Stop Telling Women to Smile”.


Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. Elle made these dresses from printed photos of Martha Cooper’s work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

That’s a long intro – and a sad one to have to write but the context somehow gives more power to the dual show by Cooper and Elle tonight. A combining of their skills, “Unextinguished” unites a flame of a mutual determination to take over a space and to define it.

Who knew that a  Boomer and a Millenial would enjoin in the epic battle to extinguish the bullshit and make room for experimenting with new ideas while accommodating the old ones?  For the viewers tonight it’s a juxtaposition of styles that merges into a collaboration of spirit.


Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“We thought this had to do with a sense of history, through different generations. My pictures are all from 1978, so we are using some old school pictures but re-invigorating them with some new school techniques – like splattering them with a fire extinguisher with a sort of abandon,” says Cooper as she scans the gallery of plastered blown-up images she took thirty five years ago now newly splashed with color.

The view of her shots shown this way is an adjustment for Cooper’s eye too, but one she’s willing to go with for the spirit of collaboration.

“I wouldn’t want to see it every day –  but in the context of this rough-and-ready kind of gallery, I think its kind of cool.”

Here are some shots of the show in preparation.


Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Elle (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Martha Cooper (photo © Jaime Rojo)


A completely extinguished extinguisher outside of the Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” Installation in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Martha Cooper and Elle “Unextinguished” opens today at Mecka Gallery. Click HERE for more details.

Check out this cool video interview just released on AnimalNY.



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A Sudden Secret Street Art House Party in Manhattan

A Sudden Secret Street Art House Party in Manhattan

It’s a House Party Y’all!

With studio apartments in Manhattan now hitting nearly 3K a month the closest thing most Milennials will ever get to a house party in Gotham will be snagging a VCR tape of the Kid ‘n Play danceoff movie at their parents stoop sale.  Last week during the “polar vortex” cold freeze some lucky invitees did get access to a secret house party in a dilapidated building on the Lower East Side for 2 hours however. There wasn’t much heat, no DJ, and your flask of Jack Daniels substituted as the bar, but if you made it in you scored a free condensed Street Artist show that is as rare as a New Jack Swing hit these days.


A subtle beam of light from Heaven (or Kevin) above Hanksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A little more than 40 (mostly) Street Artists brought the four floor former tenement building to life one last time before it will be destroyed – and they did it almost entirely in secret over the course of a week.  Just how secret this event was is debatable considering the multitude of blog posts and photos of it that appeared in the days following but in the Internet age, news about stuff like this goes viral no matter what.

All tolled, the varied collection of participants was a cross-section; a blurry screenshot of Street Artists on the New York scene along with a few graff writers, taggers, sticker slappers, painters, illustrators, aerosol experts, installationists, art school students, and visitors to the big city who happened to be around at the right time.  Also, a couple of pyros.


A collaborative wall for “Surplus Candy” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While this sort of artist takeover of an abandoned house or building is increasingly occurring in bankrupt cities and neighborhoods in America and Europe where no one wants to live except the creative types, you don’t find this unruly and freewheeling expression much in the increasingly scrubbed and mall-like playground for the rich in Manhattan.

Similarly, producers of large Street Art/Urban Art events in global cities can deliver murals that make you salivate and on a scale that dwarfs this “event” thanks to corporate underwriters and shills for sneakers/sodas/urban-themed tampons these days, but few can truthfully rival the unpolished impromptu spirit of a semi-secret House Party jam session. For one week during installations and on opening night it was like the ghost of New York’s downtown 1970s-80s Bohemia was coming back to the island in all it’s imperfectness to remind everyone of Manhattan’s former greatness as a petri dish for experimentation and discovery.


Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Considering the huge increase in sanctioned walls over the last two years in New York, this work looks surprisingly alive, and is just the sort of balm needed for the raw nerves of anarchists everywhere who have bemoaned the polished soul-deadening mural painting of late. Even if some of this looks sort of slap-dash and ragged in spots, and it does, it also gives off an air of being authentic and in-the-moment.


Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Notably, the ratio of penis, breast, and defacation-related themes was higher than your average art show but as you know, there is an audience for every artist, even the ones gravitating to bathroom humor as creative wellspring.  Judging by the few hundred images floating around on Flickr and elsewhere, this pop-up was a hit for the people.

Given the growing number of artists communities that have blossomed outside of Manhattan, this could have been one of its last jams for Street Art.  Yo! That’s my jam!

And now please step aside as we build another luxury condo.


Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gilf! (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gilf! (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Alice Mizrachi (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Alice Mizrachi (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Alice Mizrachi (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Trap (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ASVP (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tony DePew (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tone Tank (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tone Tank (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sonni (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Royce Bannon at work on his installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Royce Bannon (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LNY (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ELLE (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ELLE (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dee Dee (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rusell King (photo © Jaime Rojo)


CB23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Col Wallnuts (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cosbe (photo © Jaime Rojo)


This show, “Surplus Candy” was organized by Hanksy, and is now closed.

A near complete artist list includes:

Alice Mizrachi/AM, ASVP, BD White, Bishop203, CB23, Cernesto, Col Wallnuts, Cosbe, Dee Dee, Dick Mama, Drippings, Edapt,   EKG, El Sol 25, Elizabeth Glaessner, Elle, Enzo and Nio, Foxxface, GILF!, Hanksy, Icy and Sot, Left Handed Wave, Lunar New Year, Magda Love, Martha Cooper,  Mata Ruda, Moustache Man, Mr. Toll, Mr. Two Three, Mrs. Big Stuff, NDA, Never, Nicolas Holiber, Royce Bannon, Russell King, Sonni, Tako, Tone Tank, Tony Depew, Trap, UR New York, Vulpes Vulpes, Wizard Skull, and Wretched Beast.



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The 2013 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

The 2013 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

Here it is! Our 2013 wrap up featuring favorite images of the year by Brooklyn Street Art’s Jaime Rojo.


Before our video roundup below here is the Street Art photographer’s favorite of the year, snapped one second before he was singled out of a New York crowd, handcuffed, and stuffed into a police car – sort of like the Banksy balloons he was capturing.

“Among all the thousands of photos I took this year there’s one that encapsulates the importance of Street Art in the art world and some of the hysteria that can build up around it,” he says of his final shot on the final day of the one month Better Out Than In artist ‘residency’ in NYC this October. It was a cool day to be a Street Art photographer – but sadly Rojo was camera-less in a case of mistaken identity, if only for a short time.

Released two hours later after the actual car-jumping trespasser was charged, Rojo was happy to hear the Chief Lieutenant tell his officer “you’ve got the wrong man”, to get his shoelaces back, and to discover this photo was still on his camera. He also gets to tell people at parties that he spent some time in the holding cell with the two guys whom New York watched tugging down the B-A-N-K-S-Y.


What’s everybody looking at? Jaime Rojo’s favorite image of the year at the very end of the Banksy brouhaha. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Now, for the Video

When it came to choosing the 112 images for the video that capture the spirit of the Street Art scene in ’13, we were as usual sort of overwhelmed to comb through about ten thousand images and to debate just how many ‘legal’ versus ‘illegal’ pieces made it into the mix. Should we include only images that went up under the cover of the night, unsanctioned, uncensored, uncompromised, unsolicited and uncommissioned? Isn’t that what Street Art is?

Right now there are a growing number of legal pieces going up in cities thanks to a growing fascination with Street Art and artists and it is causing us to reevaluate what the nature of the Street Art scene is, and what it may augur for the future. You can even say that from a content and speech perspective, a sizeable amount of the new stuff is playing it safe – which detracts from the badass rebel quality once associated with the practice.

These works are typically called by their more traditional description – murals. With all the Street Art / graffiti festivals now happening worldwide and the growing willingness of landlords to actually invite ‘vandals’ to paint their buildings to add cache to a neighborhood and not surprisingly benefit from the concomitant increase in real estate values, many fans and watchers have been feeling conflicted in 2013 about the mainstreaming that appears to be taking place before our eyes. But for the purposes of this roundup we decided to skip the debate and let everybody mix and mingle freely.

This is just a year-end rollicking Street Art round-up; A document of the moment that we hope you like.

Ultimately for BSA it has always been about what is fresh and what is celebrating the creative spirit – and what is coming next. “We felt that the pieces in this collection expressed the current vitality of the movement – at least on the streets of New York City,” says photographer and BSA co-founder Rojo. It’s a fusillade of the moment, complete with examples of large murals, small wheat pastes, intricate stencils, simple words made with recycled materials or sprayed on to walls, clay installations, three dimensional sculptures, hand painted canvases, crocheted installations, yarn installations etc… they somehow captured our imaginations, inspired us, made us smile, made us think, gave us impetus to continue doing what we are doing and above all made us love this city even more and the art and the artists who produce it.

Brooklyn Street Art 2013 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

A Dying Breed, Aakash Nihalini, Agostino Iacursi, Amanda Marie, Apolo Torres, Axel Void, Bagman, Bamn, Pixote, Banksy, B.D. White, Betsy, Bishop203, NDA, Blek le Rat, br1, Case Maclaim, Cash For Your Warhol, Cholo, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Christian Nagel, Cost, ENX, Invader, Crush, Dal East, Damien Mitchell, Dase, Dasic, Keely, Deeker, Don’t Fret, The Droid, ECB, el Seed, El Sol 25, Elbow Toe, Faile, Faith 47, Five Pointz, Free Humanity, Greg LaMarche, Hot Tea, How & Nosm, Icy & Sot, Inti, Jilly Ballistic, John Hall, JR, Jose Parla, Judith Supine, Kremen, Kuma, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Love Me, Martha Cooper, Matt Siren, Elle, Mika, Miss Me, Missy, MOMO, Mr. Toll, Nychos, Okuda, Alice Mizrachi, OLEK, Owen Dippie, Paolo Cirio, Paul Insect, Phetus, Phlegm, Revok, Pose, QRST, Rambo, Ramiro Davaro, Reka, Rene Gagnon, ROA, RONES, Rubin, bunny M, Square, Stikki Peaches, Stikman, Swoon, Tristan Eaton, The Lisa Project 2013, UFO 907, Willow, Swill, Zed1, and Zimer.

Read more about Banksy’s last day in New York here and our overview of his residency in the essay “Banksy’s Final Trick” on The Huffington Post.



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Images Of The Week: 07.14.13

We’re in the thick of summer now ya’ll, get out the lime popsicles and 40 SPF sunscreen and let’s ride our bikes out t0 Coney Island. New Yorkers don’t need those waves like Cali to be happy, we just like the sand and the crash of the waves and waft of french fries from up on the boardwalk. Check out that lady dragging the cooler up the beach inbetween all the towels and tanning babes and boys, “Budweisahhhh! “Ice cold beeaaah heeeah! Get ’em while their cold! Get ’em while I got ’em!”  Hey, wanna go in?

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring ADB, Bisco203, Bishop203, Cake, Cern, ClassicB23, Foxx Face, Don John, Don Rimx, El Niño de las Pinturas, Elle, Emma Krahn, Gilf!, J. Meloy, KA, Leias203, LUTU, ND’A, Perk, Sebs, SenTwo, Sex, SKings Wanky, Stikki Peaches, and Vexta.

Top image Don Rimx. Sex. El Niño De Las Pinturas. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Don Rimx. Sex. El Niño De Las Pinturas. 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CERN (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! Malala Yousafzai. Malala was honored at the UN on Friday, which was renamed “Malala Day”, to draw attention to the importance of education for all children. This girl was shot in the head last October by the Taliban for being on a school bus and going to school. She has recovered miraculously and Friday in New York she turned 16. And she spoke at the United Nations. To view her speech click here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LUTU (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CAKE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

VEXTA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Don John in Copenhagen (photo © Don John)

J. Meloy. 5Pointz, Queens.. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SenTwo. ADB. 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ELLE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SKings Wanky (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Classicb23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

From left to right: Sebs . KA . Bisco203 . Leias203 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

PERK. 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bishop203 . ND’A 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Verrazano Bridge. New York City. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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All Female Power on the Bushwick Tip, Sis

We received a roaring response from BSA readers about yesterday’s post on Bushwick and the changing nature of the scene on the street and its relation to this artists neighborhood that feels like it is on the cusp of full-throttle gentrification. With all the factors implied for a maturing giant cultural moment years in the making, clearly for us dear old dirty Bushwack is soooo HOT. Also, the thermometer will be in the 90s this weekend  so we were showing off some incredibly clever wordplay. We’ll pick up this conversation with you a little later, but thank you to all the thinkers and feelers and opinion makers who write to us. We love you too.

But today we want to put a little sunshine on a handful of the women who create work for the street, including this new stuff that popped up this week in Bushwick. The casual passerby doesn’t normally have a clue who has put work on the street or their gender and they either like it or don’t – the work has to stand on its own and its fate and duration is determined by a complex set of every changing rules and factors. But if you want a non-sexist review of your work, then do it anonymously- which the vast majority of Street Art is outside its immediate peer group.

Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This group of artists – Alice Mizrachi, Cake, Elle, Gilf!, Sheryo, and Vexta – is local, national and international, just like the rest of the scene, and was pulled together by Gilf!  She took a few minutes to tell BSA readers about the motivation for this project and the experience.  And there was one woman Street Artist who was present in Gilf!’s mind – can you guess who she is referring to?

“As a woman who was solely inspired to begin working in the streets by another female artist, I have felt the need to bring a group of women on one wall together for some time. While we tend to be few and far between in the chaos of the street art world I feel our messages can be empowering for women of all ages. When we show work all together in one place that power can be exponential.

I was really excited to see how each artist interpreted the concept of honoring women in her own unique voice. Our struggles and victories can sometimes be very different than men’s, and to create that discussion all together was truly a unique experience. I have to say I was impressed at how quickly and hard these ladies worked to create such great art. There is typically an aura of support and community that tends to be universal in our world of creating art for the public, and this wall had that in abundance” – Gilf!

Cake. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

AM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! and Elle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! Tribute to The Mothers Of Plaza De Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Elle. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Vexta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Elle “Take Your Skin Off” at The City Don’t Sleep. (Brooklyn, NYC)

Elle’s show on the 4th of May, Take Your Skin Off, is set to release the “ELLE Tattoo Girl” series, featuring hand painted photographs paired with reproductions. The show will explore transformation and the assumption of new identity. Graffiti is all about hiding one’s identity, using an alter ego, a shroud of mystery. On the same token, there is widely spread commodification of the graffiti artist in the public eye. This juxtaposition plays off of contemporary culture’s obsession with advertisement, fame, and the proliferation of image and icon. ELLE is exploiting the idea of notoriety and the visual competition with and collaboration of marketing space. Can someone be notorious just because their icon is everywhere? Because people can identify and have seen it? Is this fame?  

ELLE is graffiti obsessed. In Take Your Skin Off, the artist exposes herself by unveiling the masked persona and identifying herself with her larger-than- life pseudonym. ELLE= ALL WOMEN. ELLE, SHE is represented throughout the city and standing fiercely. SHE is protecting all of the walls and is the equal counterpart of the male ego. Is the work about the female skin and how we choose to represent ourselves? Are we comfortable in “the skins that we are wearing?” Then again, maybe ELLE is just objectifying the woman… is ELLE a woman? Is ELLE a man? What is it with graffiti and the addiction of writing ones name over and over again everywhere? What happens when the lines are crossed and the graffiti writer starts pasting these images everywhere and suddenly it becomes like media/propaganda and advertising combined with street art? Why is this image everywhere?!

ELLE’s show, Take Your Skin Off, will be opening May 4th, from 7-10pm, at The City Don’t Sleep. (410 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211). DJ Cat King will be spinning and Brooklyn SixPoints Brewery will be sponsoring the show. Come parteeee!
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Images of the Week: 02.10.13

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Allen Ruppersberg, CB23, CYFI, Danielle Mastrion, Elle, False, KO, Left Handed Wave, Matt Siren, Spud, Stikman, and Tomek.

Top image > Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Allen Ruppersberg “You & Me” at The High Line Park, Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CB23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Matt Siren . Elle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Blood Money (Artist Unknown) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Left Handed Wave (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Spud at 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Danielle Mastrion at 5Pointz, Queens with a portrait of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CYFI.KO at 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tomek and False in the snow. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A tribute to the recently passed. RIP Nekst (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Wings of Desire (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Manhattan, February 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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(VIDEO) 2012 Street Art Images of the Year from BSA

Of the 10,000 images he snapped of Street Art this year, photographer Jaime Rojo gives us 110 that represent some of the most compelling, interesting, perplexing, thrilling in 2012.

Slideshow cover image of Vinz on the streets of Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Together the collection gives you an idea of the range of mediums, techniques, styles, and sentiments that appear on the street today as the scene continues to evolve worldwide. Every seven days on, we present “Images Of The Week”, our weekly interview with the street.

We hope you enjoy this collection – some of our best Images of The Year from 2012.

Artists include 2501, 4Burners, 907, Above, Aiko, AM7, Anarkia, Anthony Lister, Anthony Sneed, Bare, Barry McGee, Bast, Billi Kid, Cake, Cash For Your Warhol, Con, Curtis, D*Face, Dabs & Myla, Daek One, DAL East, Dan Witz, Dark Clouds, Dasic, David Ellis, David Pappaceno, Dceve, Deth Kult, ECB, Eine, El Sol 25, Elle, Entes y Pesimo, Enzo & Nio, Esma, Ever, Faile, Faith47, Fila, FKDL, Gable, Gaia, Gilf!, Graffiti Iconz, Hef, HellbentHert, Hot Tea, How & Nosm, Icy & Sot, Interesni Kazki, Jason Woodside, Javs, Jaye Moon, Jaz, Jean Seestadt, Jetsonorama, Jim Avignon, Joe Iurato, JR, Judith Supine, Ka, Kem5, Know Hope, Kuma, Labrona, Liqen, LNY, Love Me, Lush, Matt Siren, Mike Giant, Miyok, MOMO, Mr. Sauce, Mr. Toll, ND’A, Nick Walker, Nosego, Nychos, Occupy Wall Street, Okuda, OLEK, OverUnder, Phlegm, Pixel Pancho, Rambo, Read Books!, Reka, Retna, Reyes, Rime, Risk, ROA, Robots Will Kill, Rone, Sacer, Saner, See One, Sego, sevens errline, Sheyro, Skewville, Sonni, Stick, Stikman, Stormie Mills, Square, Swoon, Tati, The Yok, Toper, TVEE, UFO, VHILS, Willow, Wing, XAM, Yes One, and Zed1 .

Images © Jaime Rojo and Brooklyn Street Art 2012

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