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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.14.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.14.16

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It’s a February pile-on this week with dangerous sub-zero wind chills on the street, Valentine’s Day smashing into Presidents Day, a Brooklyn Jew winning the New Hampshire primary against a former female New York Senator, a sudden passing of a Supreme Court judge, a T-shirt to wear to El Chapo’s Brooklyn trial. Also Kanye West held a fashion show at MSG/dropped an album/played SNL and may need counseling, Swoon popped up in Forbes, large bus stop screens were taken over by Vermibus, Specter and Seiler, and Conde Nast announced that there’s an art scene in Brooklyn. Who knew?

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Air3, Bie MOG, City Kitty, Gabriel Specter, Jordan Seiler, London Kaye, Naomirag, Raul Ayala, and Traz.

Our top image: London Kaye is flooding the sidewalk with love crochet (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Raul Ayala in collaboration with Fernanda Espinosa for The Laundromat Project in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The above and below pieces are part of  Whose Street? Community Mural Project  for The Laundromat Project installed at the Know Waste Lands Garden in Bushwick.

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Raul Ayala in collaboration with Fernanda Espinosa for The Laundromat Project in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter ad takeover in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter ad takeover in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter ad takeover in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter ad takeover in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter ad takeover in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Abe Lincoln by Bie MOG. This is a detail of a larger mural. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Luther King by Air3. This is a part of a larger mural in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jordan Seiler ad take over. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jordan Seiler ad take over. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jordan Seiler ad take over. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TRAZ (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Paper Whites in El Barrio by Naomirag. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hibiscus in El Barrio by Naomirag. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NY. February 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.07.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.07.15

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Brooklyn is in full effect this weekend with Bushwick Open Studios, Coney Art Walls, and the prep for Welling Court and Northside Art Festival beginning already for next. Go out and stroll, get an egg and cheese on a roll, see a piece by Mr. Toll, and smoke a bowl.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring CB23, Forgive, Hellbent, JR, LMNOPI, One Tooth, Pablo Harymbat, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, She Wolf, Specter, Stray Ones, Thievin’ Stephen, Toaster, and Vexta.

Top image above >>> Hellbent (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stray Ones (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thievin’ Stephen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Toaster for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Toaster for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Toaster for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter billboard take over in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pablo Harymbat in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI tribute to the children of Nepal. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ramiro Davaro-Comas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Forgive (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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One Tooth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vexta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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She Wolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CB23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Coney Island, Brooklyn. June 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.04.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.04.15

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It’s our first Images of the Week of the new year and we’ve missed you! The city is recovering from disasters and triumphs and heartbreaks and infatuations as normal. The police union is attacking the Mayor in the sky and elsewhere, the NY Times is questioning their tactics, the city is grieving violence against two police with a memorial in the street, the protestors spurred by police brutality continue to demonstrate, the mayor marks his first year, a Staten Island congressman resigns in disgrace, a million people were in Times Square three days ago, the minimum wage is going up a little, and liberal lion and 3 time governor Mr. Cuomo passed away New Years Day.

Here’s to you and your family and a great tumultuous spectacular 2015 that is in store for all of us on the street, in boardrooms, behind cash registers, on walls, in galleries, museums – wherever you are. We’re celebrating the creative spirit wherever we find it and when it comes to Street Art and graffiti and public art you can be sure there will be plenty of new things to see.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring $howta, Clint Mario, Crummy Gummy, Dame Edna, Damien Mitchell, Don’t Fret, Eurotrash040, Fred63, Gordo Pelota, Jerkface, Jon Burgerman, Kashink, Korn, Myth, Smartcrew, Specter, Sweet Toof, and Yenta

Top Image >> Jon Burgerman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter reframes the environment. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter. A couple of anonymous collaborators engaging on the conversation of the streets… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kashink (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Yenta. Dame Edna, Australia’s National Treasure… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crummy Gummy. Stick it…see what happens! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crummy Gummy. Looks like ET scored a temp job during the holidays…he is still unemployed though. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crummy Gummy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dont Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kermit as interpreted by an unknown artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eurotrash 040 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gordo Pelota . Eurotrash 040 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Clint Mario (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fred63 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jerk Face for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Double Jesus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Smart Crew tribute to the late Jeffrey Gamalero AKA Korn, who passed away in December. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. A mourner takes a photo at the site of the street memorial  in Brooklyn to honor police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.30.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.30.14

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Aiko, City Kitty, Clet, Dain, Deekers, JB Rock, KCIN, LUC, Mr. One Teas, Obey, Peros, PX$H6XD, Shepard Fairey, Smells, Specter, Tank Petrol, and Tom Fruin.

Top Image >> Clet (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Clet (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tank Petrol new wall in Penang, Malaysia for Urban Exchange. (photo © Tank Petrol)

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Tom Fruin “Kolonihavehus” for Dumbo Arts Fest 2o14. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tom Fruin “Kolonihavehus” for Dumbo Arts Fest 2o14. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Deekers and Sweet Toof from a few years ago has had some collaboration on the dental work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Smells . Peros (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LUC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dain beginning to show the full figure on the street – a new direction and a welcomed one. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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PX$H6XD (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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According to some conversations on social platforms about this issue, some NY ladies are not getting the full benefits in this arena. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JB Rock . Aiko in Rome, Italy for Outdoor Urban Art Festival. (photo © JB Rock)

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City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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OBEY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. OneTeas for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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KCIN (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. November, 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Abstract Specter at the Bus Stop

Abstract Specter at the Bus Stop

It’s been sort of rainy in New York recently so you may have to take shelter while you wait for the bus. While you do, would you rather be treated with a large illuminated ad for hair color, headache medicine, or hemorrhoid creme?

Or would you like to spend a few minutes gazing on a new piece by Street Artist Specter, whose new works have been  appearing in a few new locations in Brooklyn? Once better known for his large hand painted portraits of people who live on the streets or who collect recyclable materials and push them in shopping carts, Specter’s more recent work has been abstract and reliant upon texture, shape and composition.

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Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

 

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“Pintemos Mexico” with Specter, OverUnder, Shente and Libre in Ensanada

“Pintemos Mexico” with Specter, OverUnder, Shente and Libre in Ensanada

Irish Catholics like Specter always get romantic when they see the Virgin Mary being worked into a mural. The Brooklyn based Street Artist just got back from the heavily catholic country of Mexico (Ensenada) where the virgin Guadalupe is the local version that people revere and he says he was inspired by the “Tree of Life”. The metaphorical árbol in this case is the ceramic sculpture displayed at the Museo de Arte Popular in México City.

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Gabriel Specter. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)

Joined by Street Artist OverUnder from Reno and Shente and Libre from the HEM crew out of Tijuana one of the oldest graffiti crews in Mexico, Specter worked on his mural for an art project called “Pintemos Mexico”. Each artist chose a more modern and public approach to popular icons and religious figures and storytelling, says Specter, and he liked finding a way to relate his own heritage to the folklore and religious fervor of Mexican culture. With many of the neighborhood kids pitching in to help, these are murals for a community that hopefully reflect the people back to themselves.

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Sculpture by Oscar Soteno on display at Museo de Arte Popular in México City (image courtesy Wikipedia).

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Gabriel Specter. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)

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Gabriel Specter. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)

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OverUnder. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)

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OverUnder. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © OverUnder)

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Libre. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)

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Libre. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)

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Shente. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)

 

“Pintemos Mexico” is made possible by Infonavit and the Fundacion Hogares, with Mamutt as one of the collaborators.

 

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Images Of The Week: 10.06.13

Images Of The Week: 10.06.13

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New York was rattled by uncertainty and worry this week as all eyes turned to Washington to witness the forced governmental shutdown that was prompted by a undeniably deep resentment toward the governed. How dare the people try to protect their health and pocketbook against the vulturish free market – one that has left tens of millions of our neighbors without medical care? As a collective punishment we are now nervously marking one week without a working government.

Launched parallel with the shutdown was the startup of a new Street Art/digital campaign by a global patron saint of the 2000s repositioning on New York streets in the 2010s. Through a website about his own secret/public spraying, Banksy is creating a sort of funhouse reinvention; A winking campaign of digital manipulation of friends and detractors alike.  Circumspect humor and treasure hunts have triggered a bit of a circus – and we are willingly parlaying the details and conjecture across social media with hashtags and photos and exclamation points.  Reviews of the work itself range from tepid to thrilled  but the sugary buzz of near daily revelations have given these events a feeling of an October surprise. If the brand can sustain interest for the the entire announced “residency” of one month it will indeed be an accomplishment, as New Yorkers are voracious consumers of culture and attention spans mimic that of the tsetse fly.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring B.D. White, Banksy, Blind Eye Factory, Cost, Specter, Holymafia, Judith Supine, Knarf, Mike Shine, Nychos, and Zed1.

Top image > Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Judith Supine. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter in Rome.  (photo © Lorenzo Gallito/Blind Eye Factory)

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B.D. White (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Ghost of Banksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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COST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nychos in San Francisco. (photo © Brock Brake)

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Mike Shine in San Francisco (photo © Brock Brake)

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Knarf and Holymafia in Vienna (photo © Knarf)

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Knarf  in Vienna. (photo © Knarf)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Film Friday: 10.04.13

BSA Film Friday: 10.04.13

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

Now screening: Hot Tea “Rituals”, Gabriel Specter: “Structures” in Rome, Faith47, Omen, Ricardo Cavolo and Jasper Wong in Montreal, TOUR 13 in Paris, and Then One “Yard Work”.

BSA Special Feature: Hot Tea “Rituals”

In his second attempt at installing on the walkway leading up the Williamsburg Bridge, Street Artist Hot Tea and a few dedicated friends installed a high impact piece that redrew the public space. If you happened upon it, you were surprised by its simplicity and effectiveness. If you examined it, you realized the time and effort it took. This new video helps to appreciate the latter.

(Top image above © Jaime Rojo)

Specter Goes Geometric in Rome

Gabriel Specter just finished this monochromatic geometric piece under an overpass in Rome – working with the Blind Eye Factory. Where is that chalk snap line doohickey?  I just had it here. I hope I didn’t throw it away with my lunch bag and half eaten sandwich….

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Specter. Rome 2013. (photo © Lorenzo Gallitto – Blind Eye Factory)

 

Faith47, Omen, Ricardo Cavolo and Jasper Wong in Montreal

In a promotional program for a luxury real estate complex of penthouses and townhouses, Street Artists Faith 47, Omen, Ricardo Cavolo and Jasper Wong each did murals in downtown Montreal recently.

TOUR 13 in Paris

You will be hearing a lot more about this project that has just opened in Paris. Graffiti and Street Artists and just plain artists have been taking over abandoned or soon to be destroyed real estate for decades, and this is the newest example of a semi-curated show within one. It is great to see the range of talent and new directions that a project like this can take, and to see a centralized location for fans to visit – before it is all destroyed.


Tour Paris 13 by tourparis13

Then One “Yard Work”

A nicely paced piece by Then One is captured here and edited By SERRINGE. Watching this intimate relationship of the artist to the wall and thinking about fall – not too hot, air a little crisp; You might expect to see Then One collapse into a pile of leaves.

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Of Slumlords and Satan : Specter in Baltimore and Chicago

Is there anything lower than a slumlord? Slumlords: Those building owners who basically abandon their properties to fall into disrepair, endangering individuals and threatening communities with physical and economic harm? Okay, maybe some reality TV stars are lower than slumlords, but that’s a different sort of poverty.

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Specter. Detail. WallHunters: The Slumlord Project. Baltimore. July 2013. (photo © Specter)

Historically Street Artists have been drawn like bears to honey when it comes to decayed buildings and abandoned places. Aside from it not feeling patently illegal, painting or wheatpasting the decay also feels like a contextual installation full of meaning, even when it is not. So it appeared a natural alliance when local Baltimore Street Artist Nether decided to join forces with the local organization named Slumlord Watch and create Wallhunters in his city last year. In an ironic twist, Street Artists are currently being credited for improving a community – at least until they are bashed for encouraging gentrification, but that won’t be till next year probably.

Born from the corporate free-trade economic abandonment of American workers that took off during the Reagan administration and which continues to ravage our cities right now, a huge swath of Baltimore’s housing stock stands empty, whistling in the wind as the blue collar jobs that sustained the city for decades sought shelter in lands with no worker protections, pesky regulations, and near-zero taxes. With no tenants and no income to pay Baltimore property taxes or to keep up homes, many owners simply abandoned them, in turn leaving the city with a bill it was unable to pay. Yes, we’re generalizing, but that’s the part of the cycle that we’re swirling in now.

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Specter. WallHunters: The Slumlord Project. Baltimore. July 2013. (photo © Specter)

Last month Street Artist Specter joined a growing list of Wallhunters, artists who use their tools to draw attention to the landlords who effectively abandoned neighborhoods and who are creating progressively unsafe conditions and evolving eyesores for an already hurting community. When it doesn’t get the attention of landlords, it does get the attention of the city. In Baltimore, where entire blocks have been boarded up, it is not unusual to find only one or two hapless families still trying to eek out a life while the structures to the left and right are falling, or worse, providing shelter to drug dealers or other unsavory types. For the few who have managed to keep their homes here, this is the reward paid for their perseverance.

“Artists illegally paint on abandoned property owned by notorious slumlords in Baltimore,” explains Specter, who recently did this installation for WallHunters: The Slumlord Project, . What happens next is instructive. Because the art draws attention, the neighbors begin targeting the owner of that specific property. Specter, who calls the abandonment an epidemic, says that some of the former homes are beginning to generate positive action because the neighbors are feeling connected and empowered to change their neighborhood. “It encourages and helps to facilitate local residents to take action,” he says. “Once the painting is finished and residents hear about the new artwork, someone will paste a notice with the name of the owner and all the information necessary to properly report a complaint.” He says the sudden attention often has results.

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Specter. WallHunters: The Slumlord Project. Baltimore. July 2013. (photo © Specter)

Specter and Seitan in Chicago

We said Satan in the headline just to grab your attention, but really we were referring to that wheat based meat substitute increasingly favored by an increasingly vegetarian population, Seitan. Specter is down with seitan and last week put up his own painting for Uptons Naturals, a company that produces it. BSA is not sponsored by anybody so don’t worry, this is not a clever “integration” into our editorial. But we do think vegetarians are generally very sexy, agreed?

“My piece comments on how eating meat alternatives like Seitan is good for the environment,” explains Specter, who debuts this work on BSA today. But what’s the cloud connection – are people starting to store Seitan via cloud computing? Specter tells us that those are cow farts. More Seitan equals less bovine flatulence. “Seitan can heavily reduce the methane gas that is released into the air by large animal farms,” he explains. Hence the bright clouds.

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Looking for that pot of seitan. Specter. Chicago. August 2013. (photo © Specter)

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Specter. Chicago. August 2013. (photo © Specter)

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Specter. Chicago. August 2013. (photo © Specter)

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Specter. Chicago. August 2013. (photo © Specter)

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Woodward Gallery Presents: “From The Street Up” A Group Exhibition. (Manhattan, NYC)

Woodward Gallery

From the Street Up
July 6 – July 31, 2013

From the Street Up is a selection of celebrated urban artists who concentrate their creativity without walls. For centuries, humans leave tracks, symbols, and objects to record their location, time, and experience. It is an ancient form of documentation.

Woodward Gallery invited Artists Royce Bannon and Cassius Fouler to co-curate the exhibition. Each of the featured Artists are noted for their Public or Street art: John Ahearn, 
Michael Alan, 
Richard Hambleton, 
Robert Janz, 
NohJColey, 
Miguel Ovalle, 
Leon Reid IV, 
Skewville, Gabriel Specter, 
Stikman, and
 UFO.

 

http://woodwardgallery.net/exhibitions/ex-street_up.html

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Specter With Local Artists In Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Street Artist, teacher, and cultural emissary Specter just returned from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan where he was working with local artists in a project called  Global Art Lab to try their hand at painting walls, including these inside a crumbling theater building. The under-utilized Tashkent space is spare and open and analogous to the abandoned and neglected places that many Street Artists and graffiti writers are attracted to around the world, not to mention its storied past that adds to the somewhat haunting quality of the roughened interior.

Specter (photo © Specter)

The top two floors of the Ilkhom Theater (Ильхом Театр Марка Вайля) were destroyed in a fire two decades ago and its founder Mark Weil was murdered at its entrance  the day before a performance in 2007. Today performances and rehearsals take place in the spaces that remain usable – but the roof still gives them problems.

Working through the organization CEC ArtsLink, the Brooklyn artist feels like his teaching style was perfect for the environment and was happy to have bright minds engaged to activate the walls here. “The artists were extremely talented,” he says.  “They worked hard and I think we created a really special exhibition.” The organization also has featured others from the street art/public arts scene including Mark Jenkins and  Evan Roth of Graffiti Research Lab.

Included in the largely monochromatic program are three large walls he painted himself that he says were inspired by local traditional patterns. Here are his new walls and many of the walls created by the students, many who pose here with their work at a reception that was held at the end of the project.

Specter (photo © Specter)

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A piece by a local artist who participated in the exhibition. (photo © Specter)

A local artist working on his piece that appears to form the logo for Facebook. (photo © Specter)

A local artist posing in front of her piece. (photo © Specter)

Selective plugging of holes in this serrated concrete facade creates a digitized piece by a local artist who participated in the exhibition. (photo © Specter)

A local artist walking in front of his piece. (photo © Specter)

A painter at work. (photo © Specter)

Apple as religious iconography. A piece by a local artist who participated in the exhibition. (photo © Specter)

Birds on a wire in this piece by an artist in the program. (photo © Specter)

Two participants pose in front of their piece. (photo © Specter)

A local artist working on portrait of musician Jimi Hendrix. (photo © Specter)

A local artist posing in front of her piece, a collection of cassette tapes and a player. (photo © Specter)

A local artist working on her piece. (photo © Specter)

A group shot of all the participating artists, mentors and organizers. (photo © Specter)

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