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FUN FRIDAY 09.14.12

It’s a BSA Fun Friday and we’re gonna tell you all about some stoopendous Street Art shows this weekend from Brooklyn to Chicago to Paris to Vienna but first….Everybody get up and do some FF dancing like my homeboy PSY in Korea.

This sh*t is Gangnsta, bro.


1. VIDEO “Gangnam Style” Dance Frenzy from Korea
2. Bäst Sells Olive Oil and Opens New Show at Opera Gallery (NYC)
3. “Just Your Type” at Low Brow Artique (BKLN)
4. LUDO “Metal Miltia” at Galerie Itinerrance (PARIS)
5. “All Write You Scumbags” with Reyes and Steel at Klughaus (Chinatown, NYC)
6. “Dominant Species” by ROA at 941 Geary (San Francisco)
7. GAIA, MOMO AND MICHAEL OWEN in “Zim Zum” (Baltimore)
8. Don’t Fret in “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Chardonnay”(Chicago)
9. Tel Aviv: Israeli Street Artist and poet Know Hope “Others’ Truths”
10. The Black River Festival in Vienna, Austria
11. Stephen Powers AKA ESPO “A Love Letter for You”
12. “Permanence at Space 27 Gallery in Montreal, Canada
13. eL Seed in Tunisia (VIDEO)
14. When Lucent Met Herakut (VIDEO)
15. Voice Of Art “Graffiti Against The System” Presents GATS (VIDEO)

Bäst Sells Olive Oil and Opens New Show at Opera Gallery (NYC)

Street Artist Bäst has always mixed a savory chopped image salad.  With his dicing, cutting, collaging and stencilling work on the street over the last decade, a lot of his recent stencils are twisted Bodega style signs advertising basic staples for the pantry. But of all the collaborative advertising that Street Artists have been getting into, we never could have predicted this; Olive oil. You can actually go to snooty classist foodery Dean and Deluca and buy a bottle of Bast style olive oil right now. Only 500 were made in this limited edition and the oil smells better than the petroleum-spilled brownfields in industrial Bushwick where you usually see his work, so why not?

This Brooklyn native artist has been amusing, hijacking, and inspiring with his work on the streets of New York for well over a decade and it’s also cool to see his gallery work at his solo show “Germs Tropicana” opened last night at Opera in Manhattan. If the pieces are too pricey, Dean and Deluca is just a couple of blocks away!

Bäst (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“Just Your Type” at Low Brow Artique (BKLN)

Outside is the brand new wall piece by ND’A and Dirty Bandits. Inside this art store/gallery they are joined QRST and Gilf! in this new small show called “Just Your Type”, opening tonight.

ND’A (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

LUDO “Metal Miltia” at Galerie Itinerrance (PARIS)

Parisian Street Artist LUDO was in multiple shows around the world and blanketed the Paris Metro and bus shelters with his subvertisements for two years before a gallery in his native city invited him inside. Tonight Galerie Itinerrance will have LUDO’s first solo show entitled “Metal Militia”.

With a truly unique approach to social critique that serves as a cunning indictment of the advertising industry and the military industrial complex, you won’t find anything like the pretty disgust than the work of LUDO.

LUDO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“All Write You Scumbags” with Reyes and Steel at Klughaus (Chinatown, NYC)

Ever the ballsy wiseguy, the Klaughaus Gallery in Manhattan continues to produce and present quality shows that challenge your possibly prejudicial pre-formed perceptions of propriety and pugnacity. This time they invited West Coast natives Reyes and Steel to exhibit at their space with a show titled “All Write You Scumbags”.

From the press release, “The New York debut for both artists and showcases a distinct chemistry cultivated over years working together as friends, creative partners and members of MSK, one of the highest regarded graffiti artist collectives in the world.” To find out what this means go to their show opening tonight.

Reyes (image © courtesy of the gallery)

Steel (image © courtesy of the gallery)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“Dominant Species” by ROA at 941 Geary (San Francisco)

Street Artist ROA concludes his US Summer Tour 2012 in San Francisco at his own victorious opening Saturday at  941 Geary Gallery. The show is aptly called “Dominant Species” and will feature many of the cast of creatures you have grown to expect.

“Here is a Street Artist who has very effectively escaped the street, an introvert traveling quietly in the extroverted world, with open eyes and an acute talent for observation; decoding the universe through study of the natural, and unnatural.” BSA

ROA at work on his recent stop over in NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

To read BSA’s feature on ROA this week and to see beautiful images of his work in Mexico, Africa and Cambodia earlier this year click here.

GAIA, MOMO AND MICHAEL OWEN in “Zim Zum” (Baltimore)

GAIA, MOMO AND MICHAEL OWEN are transforming the space at the Creative Alliance Gallery in Baltimore with a collaboration that promises to spill over the street and beyond. If you want to see what the trio is up to put the gameboy down and head out to the gallery for their opening tomorrow night with an exhibition titled Zim Zum.

MOMO at work on his recent participation on Baltimore Open Walls this Summer. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

See MOMO in GEOMETRICKS, presented by BSA and curated by Hellbent next weekend in BROOKLYN, baby.

Don’t Fret in “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Chardonnay”(Chicago)

Chicago based Street Artist Don’t Fret has a new solo show, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Chardonnay” opening Saturday night at the Bizzare Gallery in Chicago.  So if you are planning to arrive naked, BYOB and put your wallet under your armpit. Lo-fi comic book doodling that make most people look like family day at the tractor pull, Don’t Fret drawings are people you know and often dang hilarious.

Don’t Fret in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Also happening this Weekend:

  • If you are in Tel Aviv: Israeli Street Artist and poet Know Hope is releasing a new zine titled “Others’ Truths” and he’s mounted a small exhibition of the drawings that illustrate it. This exhibition will remain open all day today until 4:00 pm. Click here for more details on this show.
  • The 2012 Edition of The Black River Festival in Vienna, Austria is now open. The festival has an important selection of Street Artists putting up works throughout an entire week of programs. Roster includes Blu, Evan Roth, Florian Riviere, Isaac Cordal, Mark Jenkins, and ZukClub. Click here for more details on this festival.
  • The film screening by Stephen Powers AKA ESPO “A Love Letter for You” is being hosted by the Joshua Liner Gallery in conjunction with their current show by the artist “A Word is Worth A Thousand Pictures”. The screening will take place tomorrow at The Tribeca Grand Hotel. The artist will be in attendance along with the director and a Q & A  will follow the film. Click here for more details on this event.
  • “Permanence” is the title of the new group show at Space 27 Gallery in Montreal, Canada. With an ambitious line up international and Canadian artists this show aims to juxtapose the “ephemeral nature of street art with the permanence of collectible art.” From their press release. Click here for more details regarding this show.

In the spirit of Unity, we present Street Artist eL Seed in Tunisia (VIDEO)

This week there has been much news of sadness, discord, and suffering in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen. Street Artist and painter eL Seed gives us a moment to pull back and reflect on the beauty and poignancy that a religious belief system can contribute to the lives of some.

Here he creates ‘Madinati’ Calligraffiti on Jara Mosque in Gabes.

When Lucent Met Herakut by The One Point Eight (VIDEO)

“A short documentary which presents the show involving graffiti duo Herakut and the Lucent Dossier group, detailing both the rehearsal process and the final performance in a unique and different way.”

Voice Of Art “Graffiti Against The System” Presents GATS (VIDEO)

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Joshua Liner Gallery Presents: “A Love Letter for You” A Film by Stephen Powers AKA ESPO (Manhattan, NYC)

A Love Letter for You

In conjunction with our current solo exhibition, A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures, Joshua Liner Gallery and Stephen Powers will be hosting a screening of Powers’ feature film A Love Letter For You followed by Q&A with Stephen Powers and director Joey Garfield.

The screening will be held this Saturday 9/15, at the Tribeca Grand Hotel at 8pm. Tickets are limited, so get them while you can!

Click here to buy tickets. Click here (or click on the image below) to watch the trailer.

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Joshua Liner Gallery Presents: Stephen Powers: “A Word is Worth A Thousand Pictures” (Manhattan, NYC)


Stephen Powers (photo © courtesy of the gallery)

Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to announce our September exhibition with Stephen Powers. A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures will be Powers’ first solo exhibition in New York in over seven years. The prolific artist will present a panoramic assemblage of paintings that will occupy the entire breadth of the gallery. A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures will consist of a multitude of enamel on aluminum paintings, ranging from 10 x 8 inches to 10 x 10 feet.

Joshua Liner Gallery
548 W 28th St. 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001

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The Power of Pun : Steve “ESPO” Powers’ Signs in Brooklyn

Philadephia born New York Street Artist Stephen Powers AKA ESPO has been covering walls in Brooklyn since last summer with puns, phrases, and messages that hide in plain sight. Borrowing from a visual vocabulary of mid 20th century commercial signage and injecting his low-brow sarcasm and a knack for wordplay, the former graffiti writer perfected this kind of lettering more than a decade ago doing non-commissioned street art work in broad daylight on storefront grates in dilapidated New York neighborhoods.

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Like his barking carney signage for famous Coney Island, the work has all the subtlety of a cannonball. But you may be bamboozled. The sharply sweet uptown fonts and punchy retro palette could look like he’s giving you the straight dope, but a second glance reveals the winking eye of a court jester.  With an advertisers  sensibility, his recent expansive public art installations  – “Love Letters” to Philadelphia, Syracuse, and now Brooklyn – have a tough-as-nails enamel gloss while the soft center swirls a sentiment more gooey, even maudlin.

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Using phrases snatched directly from Brooklyn folks conversations on the street as well as his penchant for the parlance of snake oil salesmen, Powers yells boldly these non-sequitur and illusory missives across a parking garage, regularly looking back to see if “yah heard?”.  It’s what emotional signage this size demands and gets, if only for a second.

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve ESPO Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week: 12.18.11

Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bast, ESPO, Nick Walker, Raemann, Todd James, Willow, and Wing.

Santa Claus is coming to (cough, cough, cough) Raemann “Eviair” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Specter. A night shot of the new piece from his “Manage Workflow” series (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile is feeling a little down and out in New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast never Failes. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

An old Nick Walker piece gets a new look with a fresh coat of paint in the negative space. His stencil shows signs of weathering and time but admirably the landlord left it untouched, creating a new framing in the process. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Talented painter Willow shows influences from two other well known Street Artists, Gaia and Swoon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Even in grey winter, a new bright blossom springs from the cracks in the concrete as Wing uses glass tiles for this installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Todd “Reas” James and Stephen “ESPO” Powers joined forces again this weekend and brought to Brooklyn  a large selection of works from “The Street Market”, their installation shown this April at the “Arts in the Streets” exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Steve “Espo” Powers and Todd “Reas” James “Street Market” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve “Espo” Powers and Todd “Reas” James “Street Market” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve “Espo” Powers and Todd “Reas” James “Street Market” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve “Espo” Powers and Todd “Reas” James “Street Market” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve “Espo” Powers and Todd “Reas” James “Street Market” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve “Espo” Powers and Todd “Reas” James “Street Market” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Steve “Espo” Powers and Todd “Reas” James “Street Market” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Steve “ESPO” Powers: “Flight of Genius” (VIDEO)

Steve ESPO Powers is a man of letters and he likes to play with them like other kids play with Legos. Informed with a rich commercial vintage signage vocabulary and a sharp eye, and armed with buckets of paint and brushes Powers has created bold messages in a number of cities that play on and satirize meanings and advertising jargon.


Under the watchful eye of Jesus, Street Artist Steve Espo and associate paint. (Still from video)

To celebrate adman David Ogilvy’s birthday and his command of the language in service of fooling people to buy things, Ogilvy & Mather New York and Joshua Liner Gallery commissioned a series of murals by ESPO interpreting quotes of their revered agency founder.  ESPO nails it.

The video below by Jun Lee gives a brief introduction to ESPO’s work:

Curated by Joshua Liner and Jun Lee

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Images of the Week 04.24.11 MOCA LA Part II


Here’s Part II of our tour of the museum at the “Art in the Streets” show that opened a week ago at MOCA LA. The breadth and depth of the show must have blown away many of the potential critics, because the grousing never really materialized. For our part, the review on the Huffington Post of the show itself (Red Hot and Street: “Art in the Streets” Brings Fire to MOCA) and the images of stuff on the street in 4 0r 5 neighborhoods in LA (Hitting Up LA: The Streets Outside the Show) have been fodder for some conversation (and voting!) and it’s a blast to see how this graffiti/street art movement sparks such intense opinion and feelings.

MOCA Part II Images of the Week, this week featuring Banksy, Barry McGee, ESPO,Steve Powers, Craig Stecyk III, Ed Templeton, Freedom, Invader, Martha Cooper, John Fekner, John Ahearn, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Margaret Kilgallen, Nunca, Os Gemeos, ROA, and Swoon.

brooklyn-street-art-banksy-jaime-rojo-MOCA-Art-in-the-streets-II-04-11-web-11Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Barry McGee, Steve Powers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

brooklyn-street-art-craig-stecykIII-jaime-rojo-MOCA-Art-in-the-streets-II-04-11-web-04 Craig Stecyk III (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ed Templeton (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ed Templeton (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Freedom (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Invader hovers on Martha Cooper’s room (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Detail of a timeline installation with work by John Fekner and John Ahearn on display (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kenny Scharf customized Cadillac (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Lee Quinones (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Margaret Kilgallen (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stelios Faitakis (photo © Jaime Rojo)


A playful detail of the Os Gemeos installation (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ROA (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Swoon. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fun Friday 02.18.11


Curbs and Stoops in Bushwick for “Beat Nite” Tonight

The Grand Opening of Curbs and Stoops Active Space!  A proud New York tradition for artists and collectives – the opening of a big welcoming space in which to explore and celebrate the creative spirit.  This is where you find the wild seeds of what will grow tomorrow. Big Ups to courageous peeps like Ashley Zelinskie and Jeffrey Pena and all the friends that are putting their skills into action.brooklyn-street-art-curbs-and-stoops-Sebastian-Vallejo 5 Jardiìn-Galaìctico.-web

Sebastian Vallejo Detail. Image courtesy of Curbs & Stoops

The goal is to create a progressive cultural center designed to promote community through art; a 6,000 square foot space will host new works by Angel Otero, Ashley Zelinskie, Brian Maller, Brian Matthew, Christopher Rivera, Hector Arce, Hector Hernandez, Jason Mones, Jeffrey Pena, Jonathan Chapline, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pep Williams, Rachel LaBine, Sebastian Vallejo, Lapiztola Collective, UR New York Collective and Super Pop Collective

566 Johnson Street 2nd Floor
Friday, February 18, 6-10PM
Morgan L Stop

Opening night party with DJ Grimmace.
Sponsor: DogFish Head

For more information on this show click on Curbs & Stoops site:


Downloadable Map for tonights events in Bushwick

Shout out to Andrew Hurst for the poster design.

Street Knowledge by King Adz

Fumero and Mario Pena at Art Bazaar Tonight

Check out the artists collaboration show at Art Bazaar in Chelsea to see new work by a number of artists, including some you have seen on the street like painters Mario Pena and Fumero.


Participating Artists:

Cargoh Artist profile by Indigo

Steve Powers AKA ESPO talks about his Urban Love Letters

Opiemme “Barbarism Kills”

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Fun Friday 11.05.10


Fun Friday 11.05.10

C215 Prepares for “Community Service”: New Show and Book

“Painting in the streets puts limits on you, as far as the number of colours you can bring with you, how much time you have to paint, and even the subject matter since I like to put a link between the stencils I paint and the context around where I paint them.”

C215 speaks about his process, his travels, and his new book that features street images from our own Jaime Rojo and an introduction from our editor.  More from the interview with Ripo on No New Enemies.


Aakash Nihilani at Bose Pacia Gallery

Aakash has been riding that tape into the gallery – including this homage to Jeff Koons.  Says the gallery for the “Overlap” show that opened last night, “The common denominator of all works in the exhibition is the overlapping of isometric square shapes to create new forms that move towards figurative representation.”

Bose Pacia Gallery.

Photo courtesy Bose Pacia



The celebrated Street Artist from Brooklyn talks about her approach to her work, and how it continues to evolve.

Invader Accused of Stealing Cow


This courtesy of, apparently Street Artist Invader has a sidebuster called Id-iom. Invader’s iconic digital spaceship had a rather close encounter of the bovine kind on the street recently.

Read more HERE.

Image courtesy

Nick Walker “In Gods We Trust”

This new video from Nick Walker in an interview at the opening of his current show at Art Sensus Gallery contains two of the pieces he did first with us this summer on a some walls BSA secured for him in The People’s Republic of Brooklyn.  The pieces also look great in the gallery, but the time hanging out with this talented and down-to-earth Street Artist was stellar and a really nice memory for summer 2010.

Nick Walker
Nick Walker in Brooklyn with BSA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nick Walker. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nick Walker in front of “Amerikarma” in Brooklyn. Summer 2010. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The BSA Banner when Nick was here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The BSA Banner when Nick was here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Our 3 postings on Nick that week

“Yes on 19”

An earnest text-based approach to Street Art, this duo treats their work more like Public Service Announcement than Street Art.  The messages posted are in support of Proposition 19, a referendum to legalize use of marijuana this past Tuesday in California, which was voted against by 53.9% of the populace.

Interestingly, the first part of the video is a primer on how to make fresh wheat paste in your kitchen. Suddenly BSA is the cooking channel!

Saber, Shepard Fairey and American Pride


From the West Coast, where smoking pot is still illegal without a doctor’s prescription, Shepard Fairey posted excellent photos by Todd Mazer of a big mural he and Saber recently completed for a project with a name that sounds kind of familiar.

“Saber and I have been friends for over 10 years and previously collaborated on the Brooklyn Projects wall on Sunset in Echo Park. We also both recently coincidentally made art inspired by the American flag,” says Fairey.

Read more on the Obey Giant site

Love Letters- Marriage Proposal in Philly

Street Artist Stephen Powers aka ESPO sends this video of an amorous train trip along the same elevated line that affords riders a birds-eye view of his “Love Letters” project in Philadelphia. On the way, the Beatles get involved, and we all start to cry.

Here’s the new video for the next chapter in adoration; Love Letters Syracuse, in a mid-sized city in the center of New York State.

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Images of the Week 10.18.09

Images of the Week 10.18.09

Our Weekly Interview with the Street


Know Hope
Time is Running Out on this INCREDIBLE OFFER!! (Know Hope) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Know Hope (Detail)
Know Hope (Detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Know Hope (detail)
Know Hope (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Term Limits

Mr. Burns for Mayor! (photo Jaime Rojo)

Read about Mr. Burns candidacy in yesterday’s Street Signals posting.

Hellbent for Bridges and Beer (Hellbent) (photo Jaime Rojo)

PorkWith a name like Pork you wouldn’t think it would be so pretty (Pork) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Pork (detail)
Pork (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Pork (detail)
Pork (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Pork Signed
Pork Signature (photo Jaime Rojo)

Revs and Espo (photo Jaime Rojo)

Skewville (Side A)
Skewville, Side A (photo Jaime Rojo)

Skewville (Side B)
Skewville, Side B (photo Jaime Rojo)

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“Power and Currency” at Factory Fresh

“Power and Currency”

Opening Reception September 5, 2008 from 6-10pm
Show runs September 5 – October 3, 2008

Curated by: Natalie Kates
at Factory Fresh 1053 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Authority – BeautyMilitiaAgeTitlePopularity – SexWealthTechnology

What is power? How is it bestowed? Of what is it composed? Is currency a form of power? Why? Why not? This
groundbreaking group show explores two of mankind’s most consequential and enduring forces.

Power – (pou-er) – noun

Ability to do or act: capability of doing or accomplishing something.
Political or national strength.
Great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force.
The possession of control or command over others: authority; ascendancy.

Currency – (kur-uh n-see) – noun.

Something this is used as a medium of exchange, money
General acceptance: prevalence: vogue
A time or period during which something is widely accepted and circulated
Circulation, as of coin

Much more than just its literal definition, power can be a form of currency. Likewise, currency can create or instill power or take it away.  In this group show, artists will explore and interpret these two fundamental forces, using a palette of visual and audio tools and components. Both power and currency can be alluring and addictive. The downside is that they can be destructive, alienating, elitist, and ego-driven.  As history shows through its great dictators, power and currency can also be used for the betterment of mankind.


Factory Fresh Website

Factory Fresh

is located at 1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker, off the L train Morgan Stop

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