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Artmossphere Dispatch 3: Remi, Luka, Ito and the Move Toward Contemporary

Artmossphere Dispatch 3: Remi, Luka, Ito and the Move Toward Contemporary


This week BSA is in Moscow with you and Urban Nation for Artmossphere 2016, the 2nd Street Art Biennale, a group exposition introducing 26 Russian and 42 foreign artists who were shaped by street art in some way. Also present are international curators, museums and galleries who have significantly intersected with urban art in recent years.

A few more hours until the opening of the Artmossphere Biennale and we have seen many very successful installations – from the aesthetic to the conceptual, painterly to the sculptural, pure joy and pure politics.


Brazil’s Paulo Ito recreated a comedic industrial-looking street scene over come by the mythical powers of the can-wielding graffiti writer. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In a word, when Street Art and graffiti artists pass the precipice into a multi-disciplinary exhibition such as this, one realizes that this scene has become an important tributary to contemporary art – and one with staying power that very well may re-direct the flow.

Perhaps the street practice is just a training ground for some or these artistss, a formative touchstone for others. It’s up to you to divine what the through-line is among these pieces, as diverse as the collection is. We think that there is a certain defiance present in many works, and a healthy skepticism toward existing hierarchical structures, but that’s just us projecting perhaps.


Alex Sena. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Claudio Ethos. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Remi Rough is known for his smartly soaring abstract geometry in painted murals and smaller scale works, and for Artmossphere he wanted to strip his typical practice back to the basics, approaching a white box with one undulating graphic composition.

“My idea was that Moscow’s a bit ‘over the top’,” he says, and he decided to pare the audacity and go for simplicity, which actually takes courage.

“I said ‘you know what?’ – I want to do something with the cheapest materials that you can possibly get. These two pieces literally cost about 3,000 rubles ($50). It’s felt material, it’s like lambs wool. I think they use it for flooring for construction.”


Remi Rough. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I wanted to do something peaceful and calming and to use natural materials – something that’s different from what I usually do – but I use the folds in the fabric and the pink color – two things that I usually use a lot.”

And the crisply painted pink dot? “The circle takes it back to the wall and takes it back to the kind of perfection that I like to get. I love the imperfection of the fabric as well – I love the rough edges – a kind of counter-perfection. For me this interpretation of my own work was quite freestyle.”


Misha Buryj. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Moscow’s Alexey Luka is also challenging himself  to stretch creatively by taking his wall collage installations of found wood and converting them into free-standing sculptures.

“For this biennale I tried to make something different so now I am going from the assemblages to 3-D.”


Alexey Luka. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“My work is made from found wood – I use what I find on the street and with my shapes and my graphics –  so it’s kind of an experiment with three dimensions,” and he says most of this wood is sourced here in Moscow. We watch him completing his singular wall piece and notice that he has painted many eyes into the composition.

“In the 2-D piece I try to combine very simple geometric shapes with the eyes and make a huge composition on the wall.” Perhaps these eyes are Muscovites?

“They are just like observers,” he says.


Hot Tea. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Minneapolis-based artist Hot Tea usually does huge colorful yarn installations that transform public space, but for the biennale he is taking the conceptual route. The walk-in room is based on the Whack-A-Mole game. With white fabric stretched wall to wall at chest level within the cube, meter-wide holes are cut which a visitor can crouch under and rise above.

Visitors/participants will experience the physical separation of space, and perhaps contemplate facing one another or ignoring each other – with absolutely no other visual distraction. It is something he says he hopes will draw attention to how many walls we have allowed ourselves to distract us from human interactions.


Gola. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Spiritual, scientific, and environmental topics are often intertwined in the works of Italy’s Gola, who has bundled Moscow branches and buried something glowing and golden within them.

These days, he’s being a bit more formal in his approach. “Now I’m trying to go in a kind of didactic way always – a little bit more more environmental stuff. Yes, I think it’s important.”


Finok. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mimmo RubKandy. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Torino’s Mimmo RubKandy recreated the Moscow Olympic village from 1980, now a home for hundreds of families, and a hip-hop graffiti scene as well. The soaring towers are painted in scale with tiny graffiti tags, throwies, extinguisher tags, and the like – at the base and on the the roofs.

Curator Christian Omodeo tells us that these are taken directly from the artists investigations of the site as it exists today. It is striking that the scale reduces the impact of the graffiti – yet when experienced at eye-level it has a potency. Accompanying the towers are framed photos of the current site via Google images, including blurred faces and logos.


Mimmo RubKandy. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mimmo RubKandy. Moscow International Biennale of Street Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gola and Some “Olio Santo” to Heal Italy’s Olive Trees

Gola and Some “Olio Santo” to Heal Italy’s Olive Trees

Barcelona based Italian Street Artist Gola is worshipping at the mystical the tree of life. He even emulates a tree as he stands atop the scissor lift; arms pulled inside his roomy sweater and extending branches out of the openings where hands would normally appear, reaching skyward, striking an open and powerful stance.

If only his power could save the olive trees of South Italy.


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

A bacterium spread by insects has been blamed for the devastation of tens of thousands of acres in Apulia (Puglia), and now the European Commission is proposing the destruction of up to 11 million olive trees. France has just announced that it will ban import of vegetables from the region.

Gola is looking for some holy oil (“Olio Santo”), or some sort of miraculous solution to a growing crisis that strikes at the heart of Italian cuisine, history, its economy, and cultural identity. With “Olio Santo” as a campaign he has created this image of an olive tree in trouble on paper, on canvas, as a t-shirt design, and now upon a huge wall.


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)

“It symbolizes the obscure circumstances around Xylella fastidiosa (the plant pathogen) and the olive trees sickness, the epidemic, and the dramatic measures that have been proposed to solve it. Zoology and botany are his baliwick, and his murals often include these natural elements combined with his unique appropriation of spiritual traditions and innovative aesthetic weaving. He’s taken this worldview to Russia and Palestine, Brazil, and Kazakistan, Canada and Japan.

But this land is his home, so a sacred healing ointment is sorely wished for. The gold and masonic symbols hold special meaning to him and Olio Santo is actually the name of a popular olive oil made with the fruits of these endangered trees. Luckily for us the sacred oil here is shared for anyone who happens to be walking by.


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)


Gola. “Olio Santo” Bari, Italy. (photo © Mario Nardulli)


The artist wishes to express his most heartfelt thank you to Pigment Workroom for facilitating this project.


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Gola Hundun Goes All Natural in Kazakhstan

Gola Hundun Goes All Natural in Kazakhstan

Street Artist and mural painter Gola Hundun sends us images from this new wall on a rooftop terrace in Kazakhstan and of himself in the nude to celebrate it. “The work represents for me the three worlds,” he says to describe the piece he completed for the Almaty festival called Artbat.

With interweaving symbols that emblematize what could be a diagram for a belief system, Gola says that within it are depicted the Earth, the Cosmos, and the human soul.  According to his understanding of these matters there will be a return to nature in our future, and a new hope.

Happy Saturday.


Göla. Artbat Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan. October, 2013. (photo © Ivan Bessedin)


Göla. Artbat Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan. October, 2013. (photo © Ivan Bessedin)


Göla. Artbat Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan. October, 2013. (photo © Ivan Bessedin)


Göla. Artbat Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan. October, 2013. (photo © Ivan Bessedin)

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BSA Film Friday: 05.31.13

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

Now screening: Las Calles Hablan : Street Art in Barcelona, RONZO Goes pre-historic with Skatersaurus, SAMO© by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahan.

BSA Special Feature:
Las Calles Hablan : Street Art in Barcelona

“Las Calles Hablan is a story about discovering a hidden world, an extraordinary subculture and the struggle between an artistic community painting for freedom of expression and an increasingly restrictive dogmatic government,” says Justin Donlon as he speaks about this hour long documentary he made with Silvia Vidal Muratori and Katrine Knauer.

An educational and unpretentious study of the spectrum of Street Artists and techniques currently at play in Barcelona, the team traces  the scene through personal observations and their network of local and international artists, local gallerists, and their connections globally via the Internet.

The film traces the trajectory from the Street Art/graffiti’s emergence at the end of the 70s following the Franco dictatorship and the rise of international hip-hop culture through the 90s into a sort of freewheeling golden era in the early 2000s. It also explains the current unease with the city, the professionalizing of the artists through a growing gallery practice, and the collaborative initiatives of some community leaders with artists.

Taking a straightforward documentary approach, the motivations and inspirations of current artists on the scene are presented without much of the exaggerated myth-making that more commercial hype vehicles often contain. Included in the examination are how community and local citizens and authorities have taken a constructive role in facilitating space and opportunities for some artists here and elsewhere, while the definition and appetite for illegal work ebbs and flows.

Featured artists:Zosen, Mina Hamada, Kenor, Kram, El Xupet Negre, Debens, Fert, Dase, SM172, Ogoch, Kafre, Aleix Gordo, Meibol, Eledu, C215, H101, Miss Van, Btoy, El Arte Es Basura, Konair, Gola, Vinz.

(Image above a screenshot of Vinz © Las Calles Hablan)

RONZO Goes pre-historic with Skatersaurus

A quickie with RONZO, who quickly demos how his latest charactor, the Skatersaurus, is created and installed.

SAMO© – Jean-Michel Basquiat
By Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahan

An electric train switch clicking and collaged short of distressed city clips paying homage to the free floating and cryptic phraseology of Basquiat as his street writing alter ego SAMO© . This new video directed by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahan is a thrill cut to a New York graffiti era ever more cast in amber, a choppy popping scratching archival image soaked indictment/celebration of conformist chaotic consumerist culture and the struggle to pay the bills, backed by a mechanical nihlist beat you can pop and lock to while name-dropping like Fab Five Freddy.  Don’t push me cause I’m close to the Vogue.

Music by N.A.S.A. featuring Kool Kojak, Money Mark and Fab Five Freddy
Animations by Maya Erdelyi and Alexis Ross




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Fun Friday 10.26.12

1. Perfect Storm “Big Freedia” Coming
2. Kid Acne, “Damn Straight” (Vienna)
3. Blue Dog at Michael Mutt (NYC)
4. “Las Calles Hablan” Group Show (Barcelona)
5. SANER Has “Catharsis” at New Image (LA)
6. Saner “Catharsis” Teaser # 2 (VIDEO)
7. Jeff Frost “Modern Ruin” Preview (VIDEO)
8. See No Evil 2012 (VIDEO)

Happy Friday NYC. Halloween is in full effect on the streets and there are people in costume at bars, at art parties, galleries, and in the corner deli throughout this weekend as we get ready for the Frankenstorm that is on it’s way from the South, West, and North. And from New Orleans another storm system called Big Freedia is set to hit on Halloween at Brooklyn Bowl. Watch the skies for this perfect storm – Ya’ll get back now!


Kid Acne, “Damn Straight” (Vienna)

This week Kid Acne has been led by his small army of sword-wielding women to Vienna, Austria for his solo show at Inoperable gallery with mono prints, graphite, screenprints, qatercolor, and more. The Kid says that the show will also feature a limited print “honoring the worlds first Graffiti Artist, Kyselak“, an Austrian who painted during the early 1800s. “Damn Straight” is now open.

Kid Acne on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Blue Dog at Michael Mutt (NYC)

With canine pragmatism, the Street Artist Blue Dog 10003 describes the rules of the street: “You put up and if people like it they take pics or poach it. If it sucks they slap over it.” Not sure how it applies to the rules inside the gallery ; “Re Tail Blue’s” is now open to the general public at the Michael Mutt Gallery in Manhattan.

Blue Dog 10003 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“Las Calles Hablan” Group Show (Barcelona)

In support of a forthcoming documentary of the same name, Las Calles Hablan is the first exhibit by Mapping Barcelona Public Art and it is tracing the evolution of street art in Barcelona since the death of Franco. While this collection is not exhaustive, it gives an overview. Presented by MBPA at the Mutuo Centro de Arte, the show includes: Debens, Tom14, Kenor, Pez, Kafre, Alice, SM172, Ogoch, BToy and Gola. Now open.

Pez in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

SANER Has “Catharsis” at New Image (LA)

“I visited Oaxaca a lot when I was growing up because my mother is from there, and certain traditions which they carried out there really caught my attention.,” says Mexican Street Artist Saner as he talks about his youth and the rich influences that can be traced in his work. Medvin Sobio curates Saner’s new show “Catharsis” at New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, CA. A cultural and stylistic fusionaire, Saner is clearly poised to influence many – Saturday night it is the place to be in LA.

Saner in Miami for Wynwood Walls. A collaboration with Sego. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Saner “Catharsis” Teaser # 2 (VIDEO)

Jeff Frost “Modern Ruin” Preview (VIDEO)

See No Evil 2012. Street Art Way of Life (VIDEO)

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Göla Mural Reorders Human Evolution in Poznan, Poland

Young Urban Professionals Evolved 4 Million Years Ago (a. urbanis yuppicus)

Barcelonian Street Artist Göla completed a new mural on the side of a modern housing building in Poznan, Poland recently, and he brought imagination and his sense of humor. It’s a somewhat sarcastic eight-story infographic on human evolution which you may enjoy while sitting at a café table while sipping a carbonated canned beverage and chomping on a Millenium Kabob, with suburban car traffic whizzing by.

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. (photo © Göla)

Using the visual vernacular of many more serious science textbook illustrations, this is perhaps closer to the diagrams in an acupuncturists’ waiting room. Despite the pleasant and comical elements, Göla is bringing the human race in for a colorful and entertaining critique for being so thoughtless with the rest of the planet. Perfectly themed for a festival called “Outer Spaces”, the environmentally minded artist re-constructs the entire evolutionary timeline to include Yuppies at the very beginning. Since Yuppies first roamed the earth approximately around the time Göla was born, he undoubtedly thinks they have been here forever. In a way, he has a point.

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. Detail. (photo © Göla)

“My idea of the wall was to read from bottom to top, passing through symbols, as a metaphor for evolution,” Göla told us this week ,“From Australopithecus and the Yuppie at the bottom of the Mayan pyramid up through the second element as the cell of the new human being and the third depicts humans as they are described nowadays as a tick of the world. The top image is meant to symbolize the return to the natural world, the concept that we are part of the biosphere and we have to cooperate with the rest of the forms of life.”

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. Detail. (photo © Göla)

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. Detail. (photo © Göla)

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. Detail. (photo © Göla)


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MBPA Presents: “Las Calles Hablan” A Group Exhibition and Film Screening. (Barcelona, Spain)

Las Calles Hablan

Mutuo Centro de Arte. Carrer de Julià Portet, 5. (Metro: Urquinaona)
Opening : Thursday, 25 October, 20hr 
Works from Debens, Tom14, Kenor, Pez, Kafre, Alice, SM172, Ogoch, BToy and Gola. 
Music : DJ Rocketman
Sneak preview of the Las Calles Hablan documentary.

Las Calles Hablan, the first exhibit by Mapping Barcelona Public Art, is about the evolution of street art in Barcelona. The opinions on graffiti go in many different directions – love, hate, indifference. This exhibit welcomes all opinions, inviting everyone to see and learn more about their community and how graffiti can be a compelling element for a visual discussion. Barcelona, like many cosmopolitan cities, has a rhythm, a natural beat that carries and communicates its personality: the very soul of the place. It carries the mood but also embraces the history in the streets. This vibrant energy has attracted many graffiti artists from around the world to live and work, documenting the life and soul of the city on its walls. here because of this energy.

After the death of Franco in the 1970s, Barcelona evolved into a bohemian, cultural city creating a place and environment where the people could reclaim their space, their culture and language. Over the next decades, the city flourished with street art freedom: graffiti along the city walls, music in every corner. During this urban cultural renaissance, artists created a public gallery where the people could enjoy a city which is flourishing with artistic expression. The street art of this time often provoked playful interchanges or posed political, economic or cultural questions. There was a public conversation between the artists and the people in the streets.

Other cities, like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, developed and embraced their rich street art scenes to the extent where this urban art has become a part of their cultural identities. However, recent changes to the local laws in Barcelona have tightened restrictions on street art, increasing fines and limiting the spaces where street art can be shared with the people. Las Calles Hablan aims to open up the dialogue in the community about the value of street art by providing information on the various barrios and their history since the fall of Franco, a history of the graffiti scene in Barcelona during that same time period, and sharing photographs of work from various local graffiti artists along a timeline. We encourage and invite an open discussion about the graffiti scene.


For the opening, there will be a never before seen documentary film, with footage of incredible graffiti areas in Barcelona, as well as interviews with artists, a street art gallery owner and others in the know. Justin Donlon and Sylvia Vidal are producing this fresh inspirational and educational view of the streets of Barcelona.

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Göla Busts Out of a Moscow Wall

Göla Busts Out of a Moscow Wall

In Moscow last month Street Artist Göla popped out of the wall into a third dimension with this topiatastic sculpture that appears to contain as much exuberance and life as it’s creator. In town for a large festival that concentrates on sneakers and other lifestyle products, the ever fertile artist mind clearly is unencumbered creatively, letting his imagination off on a tear, with Göla gleefully running after it.

Göla (photo © courtesy Göla)

Göla (photo © courtesy Göla)

Göla (photo © courtesy Göla)

Göla (photo © courtesy Göla)

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Italian Street Artist Göla and His Fantastical Hybrids in Brazil

Italian Street Artist Göla is in Curitiba, Brazil working with Brazillian Paulo Auma as part of a public art / street art exhibition called “Hibrido”, or Hybrid. Engaging the children, adults, and walls with fantastic and glaring color drenched combinations of genetically modified animals, insects, food, and technological wonders is meant to be more than entertaining eye candy – while it clearly succeeds in doing that. As the French Street Artist Ludo does with his animal/techno fantasy combinations, this four month exhibit is an explicit call for us to think about the goals and results of our experimentation with the natural world, our ethics, and our blind obeyance to scientific endeavors for their own sake.


Göla. Curitiba, Brazil (photo © Fernando Cesar)

“I try to ask about the relationship between man and all other living beings,”says Göla about the influences in his work.  With his painting and subject matter a meditation on the laws of nature, he warns of the dangers of messing with it. Fascinated with the hybrids that are coming about, his depictions profess affinity for the natural world.

As he name checks futurist artists like Eduardo Kac and Alexis Rockman , Göla explains “My work is influenced by an ever-present closeness with the animal sphere,” as your thoughts wander to discussions of trans-human futurism, fluorescent fish, all terrain dog-robots delivering bombs, and flying nano bugs watching you through the window while you drool over a Lady Gaga video.

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Heady stuff for Street Art you say? Not really when you consider that today’s generation of Street Artists is coming from a huge variety of backgrounds with a flood of abilities, carrying with it bags of tricks only imagined in the aerosol infused reveries of yesterdecade. Göla, for all of this heavy thinking, is a jubilant ombudsman of a hopeful future, bringing an extremely playful and childlike wonder to his work, making it all so much more engaging.

While in Brazil, Göla took time to explore the country and to get up in various towns big and small. Here is the product of his work and collaborations with some local artists.


Göla. Curitiba, Brazil (photo © Fernando Cesar)


Göla. Curitiba, Brazil (photo © Fernando Cesar)


Göla, Paulo Auma “Hibrido” Curitiba, Brazil (photo © Fernando Cesar)


Göla, Paulo Auma “Hibrido” Curitiba, Brazil (photo © Fernando Cesar)


Göla, Paulo Auma “Hibrido” Curitiba, Brazil (photo © Fernando Cesar)


Göla. “Hibrido” Curitiba, Brazil (photo © Fernando Cesar)

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Göla, Sao Paulo, Brazil (photo © Göla)

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Göla, Niguem Dorme  Sao Paulo, Brazil (photo © Göla)

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Göla, Milo, Tim Tchais, Dedo Verde.  Sao Paulo, Brazil (photo © Göla)

To experience Göla’s world click on his site:

“Hibrido” is on view from March 20-June 19, 2011.

To learn more about “Hibrido” click below:

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Göla in Sao Paulo : Riotous Color and a Free Imagination

Italian Street Artist Göla is in Sao Paulo for his show with Brazilian Paulo Auma called “Hibrido”, or Hybrid. A wild man who channels his emotions into walls and sculptures composed of a kaleidoscope of intense colors and shapes, Göla studies the human condition, the natural world, genetic modification, biodiversity and the spiritual universe, free associating his way from there with saturated color, biomorphic shapes, and vibrating pattern. Together with Auma, he has begun a series of installations outside the gallery for a show that blends blend anger with joy, natural with man made, in a integrated collection of public works.

Here is a sample of some of his new work. More to come.


Göla in Sau Paulo (image © Göla)


Göla poses inside his piece. (image ©Fernando Cesar)


With work that easily lends itself to the imagination of childhood, here is a new colorful public installation by Göla in a park. (image ©Fernando Cesar)


Göla collaborated with Ninguem Dorme for this street collaboration in Sau Paulo (image © Göla)

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Happy New Year! BSA Highlights of 2010


As we start a new year, we say thank you for the last one.

And Thank You to the artists who shared their 11 Wishes for 2011 with Brooklyn Street Art; Conor Harrington, Eli Cook, Indigo, Gilf, Todd Mazer, Vasco Mucci, Kimberly Brooks, Rusty Rehl, Tip Toe, Samson, and Ludo. You each contributed a very cool gift to the BSA family, and we’re grateful.

We looked over the last year to take in all the great projects we were in and fascinating people we had the pleasure to work with. It was a helluva year, and please take a look at the highlights to get an idea what a rich cultural explosion we are all a part of at this moment.

The new year already has some amazing new opportunities to celebrate Street Art and artists. We are looking forward to meeting you and playing with you and working with you in 2011.

Specter does “Gentrification Series” © Jaime Rojo
NohJ Coley and Gaia © Jaime Rojo
Jef Aerosol’s tribute to Basquiat © Jaime Rojo


Imminent Disaster © Steven P. Harrington
Fauxreel (photo courtesy the artist)
Chris Stain at Brooklyn Bowl © Jaime Rojo


Various & Gould © Jaime Rojo
Anthony Lister on the street © Jaime Rojo
Trusto Corp was lovin it.


Martha Cooper, Shepard Fairey © Jaime Rojo
BSA’s Auction for Free Arts NYC
Crotched objects began appearing on the street this year. © Jaime Rojo


BSA gets some walls for ROA © Jaime Rojo
Dolk at Brooklynite © Steven P. Harrington
BSA gets Ludo some action “Pretty Malevolence” © Jaime Rojo


The Crest Hardware Art Show © Jaime Rojo
NohJ Coley © Jaime Rojo
The Phun Phactory Reboot in Williamsburg © Steven P. Harrington


Sarah Palin by Billi Kid
Nick Walker with BSA in Brooklyn © Jaime Rojo
Judith Supine at “Shred” © Jaime Rojo


Interview with legend Futura © Jaime Rojo
Os Gemeos and Martha Cooper © Jaime Rojo
Skewville at Electric Windows © Jaime Rojo


Specter Spot-Jocks Shepard Fairey © Jaime Rojo
“Bienvenidos” campaign
Faile studio visit © Jaime Rojo


BSA participates and sponsors New York’s first “Nuit Blanche” © Jaime Rojo
JC2 © Jaime Rojo
How, Nosm, R. Robots © Jaime Rojo


Faile “Bedtime Stories” © Jaime Rojo
Judith Supine © Jaime Rojo
Photo © Roswitha Guillemin courtesy Galerie Itinerrance


H. Veng Smith © Jaime Rojo
Sure. Photo courtesy Faust
Kid Zoom © Jaime Rojo


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Göla in Montreal: Mind, Body and Spirt in an Era of Change

Göla in Montreal: Mind, Body and Spirt in an Era of Change

Street Artist Göla Is Killing the Establishment With a Smile


If the axiom that your art is autobiographical is true then Street Artist Göla has taken his work to heart. And mind. And spirit.  His giant symbolist and fantasy figures are born directly from his gut, where he stays engaged with the world. The colorful and excited personality of the Italian bolts with graphic clarity across the gray mottled walls of the universe, and a street wall in Montreal recently during the Danse Mur Festival.  Even if you don’t know his ideas and feelings about the world and our current place in historical evolution, you cannot remain unmoved by his enthusiasm.



Brooklyn Street Art: What’s the significance of your characters in your work?
The two characters are actually two sides of one face. They represent the condition of the humanity today.  The blue gorilla on the left side (like the left side of the brain) represents the instinct, our connection with our feelings and our animal nature.  He is looking at the egg/planet heart in his hands for a long time – and now he perceives that a new beginning is coming, a new kind of relationship between humans and the rest of the biosphere is at the door.

The yellow anthropomorphic characters on the right (right side of the brain) represents rationality; a sick rationality that life that humans have been operating with for too long, as the dominator of the biosphere.

The character has a head full of worms (but “colorful worms”, good ones) and factories, pollution, from the last centuries. He is opening his belly to allow his desire for change, to free his spirit. This is the third element of this portrait of humanity.  The spirit is represented as a mimetic three, in which the leaves are stylized monarch butterflies that fly into the future.

This is the body, mind, and spirit in an era of change.



BSA: You use a lot of vibrant colors in your work. Were you influenced by the colors used in 1980’s  album covers, TV, and advertising?
For sure I was influenced by 80s graphics and esthetics. I grew up during that period. I think of 80s toys, cartoons and puppets. Do you remember exogini ( ) ? I’m not sure if you had that in the U.S. and by many other characters.  But this influence was passive, and it hid inside me for a long time.  Those colors started to come out from my inner cave at the beginning of 2000, after I started to travel around. I can say that a great influence on me was moving to Barcelona in 2003 to learn how artists were painting there. Then on my trip to India in 2005 I discovered their fashion style and their advertising, the old figurative art, and nature. I think every trip, every connection, teaches us a lot.



BSA: How do you think the People in Montreal like your work?
I don’t know, you should ask them! During the time when I painted this I received many compliments. People were stopping in the middle of the street and screaming “Yeah!”. Many people told me that my style is not really common; it is like symbolism and is less related to the 90s graff figuration, especially for pieces of this proportion.  I don’t know if everybody liked my work there but I’m sure a lot of them did.


BSA: Do you try to project a message of optimism with your colorful characters? Is it your intention to bring a smile on people faces when they see your paintings?
I’m interest in giving people an opened door. I mean these colors are the colors of my spirit actually; Enthusiastic and vibrant. But I think using bright color is also a good way of catching the interest of people. When a spectator is seeing bright colors he feels the piece is friendly and he’ll stop to have a look.

Then I come to them with the meanings, and there are usually many entangled meanings. And some are not so peaceful. But for sure I want to bring joy to people. I don’t like humans, but I like people. Years ago a friend told me that according the Mayan calendar this is my mission in the world; to bring joy to the people and to destroy the bad establishment with the force of a smile. I like to think that it is true. I feel it.

I also wanted to mention that I painted this wall as part of a D.I.Y. festival of contemporary art called “Danse Mur” organized by my friend 500M, a street artist from Montreal.  I think I will go back next year for the festival. See you there!


Göla does an interpretive dance in front of his new piece.

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