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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.12.24 / Dublin

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.12.24 / Dublin

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

This week, BSA visited Dublin to see the city, talk to people, and check out the local street art scene, and we’ve brought you a few images to share what we discovered. Dublin is a polished and technologically advanced city, home to the European headquarters of major corporations like Google, Meta, and LinkedIn. The Grand Canal Docks area, often referred to as “Silicon Docks,” is known for its concentration of multinational tech companies and financial institutions, and there appears to be a rapacious appetite for new buildings, with cranes gliding slowly above head in a silent skyline dance. Dublin also appears as fertile ground for political discourse, erudition, and civic engagement. It often hosts debates, protests, and rallies on issues from ‘The Troubles’, an influx of immigration, and greater global concerns. Upon our arrival from Belfast, we were immediately struck by a six-story-high banner along the canal proclaiming “Ceasefire now” on Liberty Hall in bold, clear lettering.

Los Asbestos. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Similarly, Ireland’s most prestigious university, Trinity College, has been the focus of intense and sustained protests by its student body over its financial ties with Israel. On Wednesday, the university announced its decision to divest fully in response to the ongoing decimation of Gaza. In the realm of street art and graffiti, these political sentiments often permeate the works displayed in street art pieces, although graffiti writers typically reserve their most impressive efforts to create sick burners of high quality – and you’ll want to check out places like  Smithfield and Richmond Streets.

Los Asbestos. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dublin is clean, green, and cosmopolitan, albeit not unnecessarily flashy. Even so, there were some sketchy moments in a couple of neighborhoods that boasted casinos and more than average shares of people who appeared to struggle with addiction. The city boasts a strong café and pub culture and has a genuinely diverse population, with Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Romanian, and Polish commonly heard on the streets and in the lush parks full of lovers, players, statues, and magpies. Literary giants like James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and W.B. Yeats are frequently depicted on banners and backpacks on university campuses and outside museums. The music scene appears to lean toward the big names and sounds on the global stage, distinguished by a strong respect for traditional Irish music and folk music, no doubt shaped and formed in the storytelling by groups like the Chieftains and of course, the Dubliners.

Los Asbestos and Neto Vettorello. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We also had the opportunity to visit Francis Bacon’s studio, thanks to a tip from Hooked Blog’s Mark Rigney. This visit to see and listen to recordings of interviews with him at Hugh Lane Gallery reaffirmed that there is no unanimity in the holy space called the artists’ studio. While some artists thrive in chaos and clutter, others prefer a nearly clinical sense of order. Here, we got a greater sense of how Bacon’s Irish heritage and formative years in Dublin influenced his bold, emotionally raw imagery and unique embrace of distortion.

As a balancing act, while we explored the streets, we viewed impressive works by the Dublin-based street artist Asbestos, known for his sharp critiques of social policy and politics. Seeing Asbestos’s work firsthand underscored his art’s scale and emotional depth, reflecting his introspective approach during these times of widespread uncertainty and change.

Los Asbestos and Neto Vettorello. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Los Asbestos and Neto Vettorello. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Magdalena Karol. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
REYK. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Finger Print. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Finger Print. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
EVOKE. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
At the Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition on Francis Bacon: Brian Bourke (b. 1936) “Self-Portrait in Blue Hat”
Oil on canvas, 127 x 114.4 cm
Purchased, 1982
“This is one a series of self-mocking portraits in which Bourke depicts himself wearing incongruous headwear. The modeling of his naked body is in stark contrast to the abstract background, heightening the definition of the figure. There are parallels with Francis Bacon’s work in the placement of the figure in an unidentifiable spatial setting and the way the figure is built up with thicker applications of paint.”
KONE. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ICN KONE. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
KONE. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
At the Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition on Francis Bacon: Isobel Gloag (1865 – 1917) “The Woman with the Puppets” c. 1915
Oil on canvas. 64.5 x 82.5 cm
Donated by M. R. Gloag

“Gloag depicts a woman lying naked on a bed with a puppet in one hand, and another four cast aside. The puppets are all suited male figures. When this painting was shown in 2016, art critic Cristín Leach described it as “an incontrovertible statement of ownership of space and of self. There is no shame,
only freedom – in every cell… Gloag’s depiction is of a woman as a self-sufficient individual, woman as person not object, woman as an active player not a symbol.”
PCC. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
AKEN. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Neto Vettorello. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Neto Vettorello. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ASIK. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
PENS. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BOBBY130. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eraquario. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#greyareaproject Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shane Sutton. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shane Sutton. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BOBBY144. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BLAME. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SYSER. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JBT. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ESTENISMO. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ANSEA. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dan Irwin. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Ferns. Spring 2024. Dublin, Ireland. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.06.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.06.22

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Happy New Year of the Tiger! We found some on the street this week in New York, no surprise perhaps.

In other news, OG train writer Chris “Daze” Ellis captured the attention of The New York Times this Friday with his new contemporary art show “Give it All You Got” at P·P·O·W Gallery, and in a related story, according to the New York Daily News, there were 120 graffiti-related incidents on subway trains in January 2021, a 21% increase compared to the same period last year.

The differences between the 1970s/80s and today, as it pertains to graffiti and street art, are vast; Phillips auction house has an exhibition of graffiti artists that we estimate to be valued well into the millions, author/critic Carol Diehl is on a tour promoting her book “Banksy Completed” (MIT Press) which argues that we all complete his works, BSA has officially opened a new library with Martha Cooper at Urban Nation (Berlin) dedicated to being the penultimate resource for academic research and literature related to graffiti and street art around the world, street artist Shepard Fairey just sold out a 7,400 piece generative NFT art project on OpenSea, and 1970s/80s artists/graffiti writers like Futura and Zephr are being interviewed by iconic cultural critic Carlo McCormick at the Wexner Museum.

In his curatorial incarnation, Carlo has been organizing an enormous new exhibition about New York’s ‘downtown’ scene that he’s curating with Peter Eleey to open this July at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing featuring “several defining works of this generation, such as paintings and drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.”  McCormick, you will remember, originated the concept and title for his book Trespass : a History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, which made the direct connection between fine art, the avant-garde, and the various street/public art practices of serious radical art movements like those popularized in the 1960’s by Guy Debord and the Situationistes Intérnationales. With these movements and arguments informing our view, it’s simplistic to be so polarized when assessing the value given/damage done by illegal graffiti writers and street artists.

Today our public/private debates about whether someone’s aerosol creation is vandalism or art are far more complex, more palpable than before. Thanks to the validation of graffiti and street art as a cultural force by fashion designers, toy manufacturers, home goods stores, clothing chains, commercial brands, film directors, art collectors, auction houses, artists, writers, professors, and respected education and art institutions, these practices of art-making on the street are enmeshed in the culture, fully a part of it.

One of these days a train car covered with graffiti will head to the yards for buffing… and reappear at an art fair, a Sotheby’s auction, or in the back yard of an avid collector. Our thoughts turn to the “Fun Gallery” refrigerator covered with graffiti tags in that is currently on display at the Phillips “Graffiti” show on Park Avenue right now.

And so we turn to our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Billye Merrill, BK Foxx, Crash, DrewOne, Elle, Eraquario, Eskae, Jenkins2D, Lamour Supreme, MAD, Manuel Alejandro, Osiris Rain, Praxis, REDS, Sipros, The Creator, The DRIF, and Twice.

Manuel Alejandro, The Creator. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billye Merrill with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BK Foxx with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BK Foxx with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Crash and The Drif with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Crash in Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eraquario (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Individual Activist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ben Keller with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle and REDS in Miami (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle and REDS in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LAmour Supreme in Miami is tagged by Twice and Eskae. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LAmour Supreme in Miami is tagged by Crons, Fume, Mad, Twice, and Eskae. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Osiris Rain in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jenkins2D with East Vialle Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sipros and DrewOne in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Wallabout Channel. Brooklyn, NYC. January 2022. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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