All posts tagged: Icy and Sot

Images of the Week: 02.03.13

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Astrodub, Bast, Cash4, Droid, Edapt, Enzo & Nio, Hot Tea, Icy & Sot, Kram, Kremen, Pablo Mustafa, Spur, Stikman, and UFO 907.

Top image > Icy and Sot go Commando (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kremen. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kremen big Cat. With other cats on the roof top Cash4 and Droid. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

UFO 907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stikman camouflages against the city predators. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kram at 5Pointz Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pablo Mustafa at 5PTZ has a bone to pick with PS1. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Spud (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hot Tea re-did his tag on this fence before he left for warmer climates. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Enzo & Nio drive home a point. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast goes over himself again. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Astrodub (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Edapt (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Park Slope 2012 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Carlo McCormick at Nuart 2012

One of the best parts about a celebration of Street Art culture like Nuart in Norway is that there sometimes is an opportunity to speak with and listen to people who make it their mission to put it into context. New York art critic, curator, editor, and writer Carlo McCormick has an exhaustive knowledge and enthusiasm for the scene that evolved on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1970s and 80s concurrently with the evolution of graffiti into a celebrated art form.  As Street Art continues apace, having perspective on some of its precursors is imperative and McCormick knows how to bring it alive.

An moment of elation with Carlo McCormick while he addresses the Nuart audience in his keynote presentation Re:mark. (image still © Nuart 2012)

To hang out with Carlo on the street is a joy because he can ground your current observations with his knowledge of their antecedents and yet become as equally appreciative of the new artists on todays’ scene whom he hasn’t heard of.  During this talk he gave this year at Nuart in a very conversational somewhat meandering unscripted way, Carlo reveals the mindset that is necessary to keep your eyes open and appreciative of the new stuff without feeling territorial or enslaved to the past. We appreciate him because he recognizes that the march of graffiti, street art, public art, and it’s ever splintering subsets is part of a greater evolutionary tale that began before us and will continue after us.

Carlo speaks about New York artist Haze and the distinct parallels between corporate branding with the practice of developing and distilling one’s tag for repetition on the street.  (image still © Nuart 2012)

Carlo at ease, conversing with you. (image still © Nuart 2012)

During his presentation McCormick dedicates a significant portion of his remarks to the historical practice of subverting advertising and official forms of messaging – referring to the Situationists, “détournement” and similar methods of playing with perception and turning it on it’s head. Here is an uncredited image from his presentation of a Times Square scene where artist Yoko Ono’s billboard toyed with the perceptions that the Vietnam war was inevitably unending while also alerting a compliant citizenry to it’s role in the matter. (image still © Nuart 2012)

“As I do my best as a really bad scholar to investigate this history of graffiti and mark-making – kind of prior to the official history – the greatest evidence that I find of stuff is in the real canon of fine art photography. Just about every famous photographer turned – I mean it’s not incidental – turned their attention to this illicit anonymous practice., ” Carlo McCormick at Nuart.


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Icy and Sot “Made in Iran” At the Openhouse Gallery (Manhattan, NYC)

Icy and Sot


Klerkx Art Agency (Amsterdam, Holland) and Neverheard Inc. (Brooklyn, NY) are proud to announce: MADE IN IRAN, the highly anticipated New York debut of the young Iranian street artists (and brothers): ICY AND SOT.
MADE IN IRAN is a groundbreaking display of the internationally acclaimed street art duo, featuring new stencil works and site-specific installations. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 23rd to 25th of August at Openhouse, 379 Broome Street. An opening reception will be held on Thursday the 23rd of August from 6 to 9 PM with a live musical performance by the Iranian punk rock band Yellow Dogs  (
Hailing from the city of Tabriz in North West Iran, brothers ICY AND SOT continue on their creative crusade to traverse pre-conceived perceptions of traditional Iranian art’s brevity through their highly intricate yet striking stencil artworks. Despite Iran’s cultural flourishing since the 2009 uprisings in Tehran, creative visual expression is still a constant struggle for its’ artists and society today. It is an oppressive force that provokes the Iranian art scene to fluctuate between an inhibited elegance and raw underground energy. This ambiguity is reflected in the vulnerable yet hopeful deep-set imagery of ICY AND SOT’s street art.
Using western street art approaches, the artists’ polarized themes of love and hate, war and peace, and hope and despair are manifested into the spectral faces of the innocent.
ICY (born 1985) and SOT (born 1991) are stencil artists, skaters, best friends and brothers from Tabriz, Iran. ICY AND SOT started their professional career in 2008. They have made paramount accomplishments in Iranian urban art culture, creating an international buzz by playing it anyway but safe. Their prolific stencil work can be seen on the streets of Paris, Turin, Sao Paolo, New York and many other international cities. The brothers have been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications throughout Iran, Europe, South America and the US. Following New York, MADE IN IRAN will be making its way over to Amsterdam, Berlin and Milan.
In conjunction with the exhibition, American Iranian musician Ali Eskandarian will be performing an acoustic set in the gallery’s garden on Saturday, August 24th at 5 PM.
Openhouse Gallery
379 Broome St.
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