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Bristol’s Vanguard Exhibition Curators Bring Outside Installations Inspired by UN Goals for 2030

Bristol’s Vanguard Exhibition Curators Bring Outside Installations Inspired by UN Goals for 2030

Stylistically diverse artists are gathered loosely around a dispersed list of goals – and the results are a variety of public works that hope to challenge communities in Bristol, England, with pertinent messages about the collapse of ecological systems demarking the current age.

A series of art activations curated by Charlotte Pyatt this fall in conjunction with the Vanguard exhibition here at M Shed, Charlotte asked artists Richt, Peace of Art, Filthy Luker, Mau Mau, Gabriel Pitcher, Lucy McLauchlan, Caryn Koh, Ampparito, and Paul Harfleet to conceptualize pertinent responses to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. It’s a high order, but you must begin somewhere and, by partnering with local community groups in Bristol, the team hoped to show how the people of this city can localize global conversations on poverty eradication, environmental protection and societal equality.

The Vanguard team is made up of a collective of artists, specialists and collectors involved in the global street art movement, say the promotional materials, and the project is led by Mary McCarthy with creative direction from Charlotte Pyatt, art direction from Justin MacCarthy aka DICY, and design direction from Graham Dews aka PARIS.

Below are images from the outdoor installations along with some information from their press department about each artist. Special thanks to photographer Doug Gillen for sharing these excellent images with BSA readers.

Filthy Luker. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Paul Box)

Filthy Luker

“Luke Egan and Pete Hamilton AKA street art duo Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas have been creating inflatable artworks together for 24 years. The artist’s unmistakable style and use of medium has carved a unique niche in the international Street Art movement.”

The duo took over the rooftop of We The Curious with an inflatable floral sculpture to amplify SDG15 Life on Land, in partnership with The Natural History Consortium.

“This year city partners came together to create the first One City Ecological Emergency Strategy,” says Savita Willmot is chief executive of The Natural History Consortium. “Our challenge is to now bring these ideas to life across the streets of Bristol. Arts and culture are at the heart of our city, and harnessing the engaging power of art will be crucial to tackling our environmental emergencies.”

Filthy Luker. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Paul Box)
Filthy Luker. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Paul Box)
Pansy Project. “For the unheard” Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Pansy Project)

The Pansy Project

The Pansy Project created a tour calling for Gender Equality, say, organizers. More specifically they called for an end to all discrimination and violence against women and girls, which includes lesbophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

Artist Paul Harfleet brought The Pansy Project to Bristol, leading a free walking tour of the city along which he planted pansies at sites of homophobic and transphobic abuse as a defiant but gentle resistance to hate.

“Despite the melancholic nature of my work, there’s always joy in connecting with my LGBTQ+ siblings to share our stories and connect,” Harfleet says. “I believe that sharing the challenges we face connects and strengthens us.”

Pansy Project. “Mocked gay couple” Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Pansy Project)
Pansy Project. “You gay queer!!” Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Pansy Project)
Pansy Project. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Pansy Project. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Gabriel Pitcher. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)

Gabriel Pitcher

A British artist based in South Korea, Gabriel Pitcher uses figurative portraits, short films, and on-street interventions to confront norms about classical beauty, and examines attitudes and psychology in the meantime.

The community ambassador for this intervention in St Werburgh’s is The Global Goals Centre. “I’ve always been interested in exploring and documenting the stories behind the people I paint,” says the artist. This portrait celebrates Katie Cross, her sport, and her effort to ignite that same curiosity and energy for engaging meaningfully with the conversation on climate action.”

Aligning his materials with the climate focus of the activation, Pitcher created his mural using Graphenstone paint which draws in carbon from the air as it cures.”

Gabriel Pitcher. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Gabriel Pitcher. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Gabriel Pitcher. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)

Lucy McLauchlan

Lucy McLauchlan. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Lucy McLauchlan. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Lucy McLauchlan. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Richt. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Plaster)

Richt

British Artist and illustrator based in Bristol, UK. Richt aesthetic is minimally monochromatic works with elements of comics, pop, and abstract landscape.

Focusing on the need for “Decent Work and Economic Growth,” he partnered with community ambassador Campus Skateparks and painted a mural at Campus Pool Skatepark to celebrate the role of skate culture in fostering pathways into the creative industries.

“Skateboarding is so many different things,” he says. “For me, at its core, it’s an act of rebellion where nobody is in charge of the biggest club of misfits and rejects ever assembled. The only logical outcome from that recipe is creativity in abundance.”

Richt. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Plaster)
Richt. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Plaster)
Mau Mau. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Pete Metcalf)

Mau Mau

Light-spirited satirist Mau Mau calls out social injustice and environmental disaster, as he has done for the past 2 decades.
“His stable of urban creatures have grown to become icons in their own right,” say organizers. “His foxes, pigs, and sheep have appeared on walls from Japan to the States,” they say, and “He has worked with the likes of Banksy, Dizzie Rascal, Surfers Against Sewage and Greenpeace to name a few.”


Speaking on the artwork, a representative for Frank Water said:
“[Here] The globe’s surface points to India, the country with the most people in the world (77 million) without improved access to safe water and the region where FRANK WATER undertakes most of their overseas work. This is juxtaposed with the fact that we undervalue our access to quality water here in the UK, we even flush toilets with drinking-quality water. This aligns with the organization’s efforts to encourage a shift in attitudes to water locally, increasing its perceived value and promoting stewardship.”

Mau Mau. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Pete Metcalf)
Mau Mau. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Pete Metcalf)
Caryn Koh. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Caryn Koh. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Ampparito. “Waiting for the fall”. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Ampparito. “Waiting for the fall”. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Ampparito. “Waiting for the fall”. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Ampparito. “Waiting for the fall”. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Ampparito. “Waiting for the fall”. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Doug Gillen)
Peace of Art Collective. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Plaster)

Peace of Art

Bristol-based female street art collective “Peace of Art” features local artists Emily Richards, Aumairah Hassan Safina Khan and Manazzar Siddique. Begun the street in 2020, the trio say they are “passionate about painting murals that are empowering and reflective of the diverse local community and bringing positive, inspiring art to the area.”

“This mural aims to highlight the issues around climate change and clean air inequalities. It is a reminder of our deep connection with nature as well as one another and the quality of the air we breathe should not and cannot be taken for granted.”

Peace of Art Collective. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Plaster)
Peace of Art Collective. Vanguard x Bristol Toward2030. What are you doing? Bristol, UK. 2021. (photo © Anya Agulova)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 12.05.21 / Wynwood Walls Special

BSA Images Of The Week: 12.05.21 / Wynwood Walls Special

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week – this week from Wynwood Walls in Miami, which each year Goldman Global Arts invites a slate of artists to artistically collaborate by providing them with the opportunity to paint on the walls of the compound. The artists created new pieces in the weeks leading up to Miami Art Basel and debuted them this week. Many of the artists were in attendance during the events and attended the celebration dinner given by the Goldman family as well. Martha Cooper and Nika Kramer were invited to provide the documentation of the process and the completed works.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Add Fuel, Aiko, Bordalo II, David Flores, Ernesto Maranje, Farid Rueda, Greg Mike, Hiero Veiga, Joe Iurato, Kai, Kayla Mahaffey, Mantra, Quake, and Scott Froschauer.

Joe Iurato. Detail. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joe Iurato. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joe Iurato. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bordalo II. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bordalo II. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kai. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Add Fuel. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Add Fuel. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Add Fuel. Detail. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
David Flores. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mantra. Detail. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mantra. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ernesto Maranje. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Farid Rueda. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kayla Mahaffey. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Aiko. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Quake & Hiero. Detail. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Quake & Hiero. Detail. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Greg Mike. Detail. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Greg Mike. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Scott Froschauer. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Class of 2021. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Current, and previous artists, hosts, producers, collaborators, photographers, and documentarians. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Nika Kramer)
Jessica Goldman Srebnick & Janet Goldman. Wynwood Walls/Art Basel 2021. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“Apocalypse Trilogy” Begins in Milan : Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli Skewer Fast Food and Industrial Farming

“Apocalypse Trilogy” Begins in Milan : Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli Skewer Fast Food and Industrial Farming

The word “apocalypse” has such a ring to it.

“Late-stage capitalism”? Too heavy; sounds sort of industrial, like that Goth kid in college with the thick-soled boots and big words. “Apocalypse” sounds inspirational, aspirational, so NOW.

Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Super Size Flowers”. Apocalypse Trilogy #1. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)

Now, from Milan, Italy, comes the “Apocalypse Trilogy”, at least the first two parts, courtesy of two other smart kids in your street art class, Francesco Garbelli and Biancoshock. Together this pair is staging a trio of uncommissioned, unapproved, and unapologetic public art installations featuring flowers as the protagonists.

“The series talks about issues related to the globalization era, the consumerism, and the imminent environmental disaster,” they explain. “Each installation presents paradoxical scenarios” – as we will see here. Aside from their symbolic visual messages that are on-target, you’ll also appreciate that in this age of co-opting and corporate green-washing, the artists also create fictional sponsors who can’t resist proudly taking credit – and shooting themselves in the foot at the same time.

Partly inspired by satire and movies, the first two installations of the “Apocalypse Trilogy” are called “Super Size Flowers” and “Engulf and Devour”.

Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Super Size Flowers”. Apocalypse Trilogy #1. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)

Apocalypse Trilogy: #1 Super Size Flowers

“A series of flowers, handmade by the artists, that grows ‘obesely’ into a public green area directly,” is meant to welcome you to your favorite omnipresent fast food restaurant, sponsored and managed by the fictional Father of all Fast Foods.

With many western societies facing ever-increasing rates of obesity, they suggest that even the flowers have put on a little extra weight. The artists say they are targeting “a system that has transformed the eating habits of millions of people with no exclusion, thanks to strategies and services dedicated to all age groups; with menus containing surprises for the little ones, parties with entertainment, seats with video games, free Wi-Fi, drive-through service and so on.”

“The future pandemic has been served, without having to get out of your car.”

Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Super Size Flowers”. Apocalypse Trilogy #1. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)
Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Super Size Flowers”. Apocalypse Trilogy #1. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)
Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Super Size Flowers”. Apocalypse Trilogy #1. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)

Apocalypse Trilogy: #2 Engulf & Devour

Inspired by the name of a fictional company in a 1976 Mel Brooks movie, this installation features hundreds of flowers “imprisoned in rusty cages.” A reference to intensive farming methods that surpass the past methods in ways that harm, effectively de-naturing and poisoning our natural systems to extract resourses – even flowers –  the artists say this simple installation “is configured as a metaphor for a certain – and dominant – way of interpreting the economy.”

Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Engulf & Devour”. Apocalypse Trilogy #2. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)

Sponsored and managed by the fictional Engulf & Devour company, the caged flowers represent “the idea of infinite growth that is in stark contrast to the correct perception of our planet which, on the contrary, is finite by its nature,” they tell us.

“The image of these herded flowers deprived of their living space inevitably recalls the theme of intensive farming – or the notorious wet markets, and their modus operandi.”

Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Engulf & Devour”. Apocalypse Trilogy #2. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)
Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Engulf & Devour”. Apocalypse Trilogy #2. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)
Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Engulf & Devour”. Apocalypse Trilogy #2. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)
Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Engulf & Devour”. Apocalypse Trilogy #2. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)
Biancoshock & Francesco Garbelli. “Engulf & Devour”. Apocalypse Trilogy #2. Milano, Italy 2021. (photo © courtesy of the artists)
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BSA Film Friday: 12-03-21

BSA Film Friday: 12-03-21

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

Now screening:
1. DETOKS & GENOM, “NOT BIGGER, NOT BETTER …BUT MORE”
2. RERO @ Espace D’art Montresso in Marrkesh
3. Virgil Was Here. His Last Collection for Louis Vuitton in Miami Beach. November 30th, 2021

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BSA Special Feature: DETOKS & GENOM, “NOT BIGGER, NOT BETTER …BUT MORE”

“Detoks and Genom form a deadly duo that has been claiming prominent highway spots around Barcelona for some time now.” And with guys like this, there is always so much more to the story.

DETOKS & GENOM, “NOT BIGGER, NOT BETTER …BUT MORE”

RERO @ Espace D’art Montresso in Marrakesh

“It’s about getting rid of the superfluous and focusing on the essential,” says RERO as he describes his new exhibition at Montresso Foundation.

Virgil Was Here. His Last Collection for Louis Vuitton in Miami Beach. November 30th, 2021

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Faile at GGA with BSA – Miami Art Week Marches On

Faile at GGA with BSA – Miami Art Week Marches On

Get in, get out, no one gets hurt. Our few days in Miami were full of adventure on the street and at parties and receptions for artists. The party rages on tonight and this weekend at the fairs and in the galleries and bars and streets of course, but our last events were interviewing Faile onstage at Wynwood Walls last night, going to the Museum of Graffiti 2nd Anniversary party/opening for FUZI, and, well there was this thing with Shepard Fairey and Major Lazer and a guy proposing marriage to his girl before the crowd…

Faile. Artists Panel. Wynwood Walls/Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. December 1, 2021. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

But really, where else but Wynwood do you see Blade and his lovely wife Portia on the street, or sit with Ron English and his son Mars on folding chairs directly on the street in front of his new pop-up, or have a hug with ever-sunny Elle in front of her lift, or hide in the shade with seven 1UP dudes across the street from their massive new space piece, or talk with Ket in the back yard with “Style Wars” playing on a large screen behind him and the DJ while a florescent colored Okuda marches by, or chase Lamour Supreme while he tries a one-wheel skateboard around a parking lot, nearly crashing into Crash who is in his cherry picker with Abstrk painting a wall? The dinner at Goldman Properties Monday night? Dude.

Faile. Artists Panel. Wynwood Walls/Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. December 1, 2021. (screengrab courtesy of Wynwood Walls)

We’re not really name-droppers, you know that, but honestly it was like a family reunion dinner with perfectly punctilious attention to detail over at Wynwood Walls this week – after two years of Covid fears killing everyone’s buzz. We saw Daze, Shoe, PichiAvo, Bordalo II, Jonone, Shepard Fairey, 1Up, Add Fuel, Case MacClaim, Nychos, Faile, Martha Cooper, Nika Kramer, Mantra, Ken Hiratsuka just to name a few – cavorting with collectors, cultural workers, fanboys, journalists, bloggers, academics, critics, bankers, gallerists, curators, museum people, real estate folks, photographers, dancers, silk climbing aerialists and hustlers of many flavors – and all the class of ’21 artists whom Jessica Goldman invited to paint this year. A Miami mélange, we’ll call it.

Faile. Artists Panel. Wynwood Walls/Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. December 1, 2021. (screengrab courtesy of Charlotte Pyatt)

We were even having dinner with Martha when a local stencilist named Gregg Rivero sat in an empty chair at the table with us to offer an array of small stencil works featuring graphically pornographic scenes – to choose from as a memento of Miami indubitably. Naturally, we carefully perused his entire collection of 20 or so spread-eagles, doggie-styles, Shanghai-swans, Mississippi-missionaries, Dutch-doors, bobbing-for-sausages, and lord-knows-what-else. After careful consideration and we each selected a favorite stencil and he autographed it. Just not sure what room to hang it in…

Faile. Artists Panel. Wynwood Walls/Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. December 1, 2021. (screengrab courtesy of Wynwood Walls)

Our treasured part of the Miami art vortex ’21 was meeting some BSA fans and Faile fans mixed together at the artist talk hosted by Peter Tunney at GGA Gallery last night. An action-packed hour of pictures covering their 35 year friendship was on offer for the assembled – focused mainly of course on their 22 year professional career. What an amazing career of image-making it is too – and even though we were prepared, there are always surprises with such dynamic dudes who have parlayed an illegal street art career into a well-respected and pretty high profile career with intense collectors and fans of their simplest silk screens and works on paper to their wood puzzle boxes, wood paintings, toys, ripped paintings, and their very new, completely radical approach that breaks their own mold for this “Endless” exhibition. And need we say it, Faile have already released a number of NFTs of course – which some in the audience didn’t know that Faile had – but could have guessed since Faile pioneered interactive digital games that accompanied their analog works as early as 2010 when most people still didn’t even have a smart phone.

But we digress. Back in New York now and it’s grey and cold and unwelcoming, and of course we love it. Thanks Miami! See you soon.

Faile. Artists Panel. Wynwood Walls/Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. December 1, 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The image below was taken in Wynwood, Miami. At the panel, with Faile, they talked about the process of making their art and one of the subjects was about ripping up posters from the street…. – and how their original name was Alife. Two blocks away we found these ripped posters advertising Alife.

Faile. Endless. Wynwood Walls/Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile. Endless. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile. Endless. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile. Endless. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile. Endless. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile. Endless. Goldman Global Arts. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FAILE: ENDLESS is currently on view at Goldman Global Arts Gallery at Wynwood Walls. Wynwood, Miami.

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Wynwood Diary in Post-Covid Cautious Optimism

Wynwood Diary in Post-Covid Cautious Optimism

The street art can double as advertisements, the advertisements can double as street art, and all of it has been supplanted by fevered talk about NFTs, as if the speaker whom you’ve been accosted by invented them. For a scene that likes to consider itself to be on the bleeding edge, this is all a bit disappointingly 2017 to hear, but there you have it.

Yet we are still pleased to see that the neighborhood is popping with more fresh new creativity than last year and you again feel like new things are to be discovered around almost every corner. Oh sure, there are many cultural looters here, but that’s always been the case. It’s good to see that some new transgressive pieces, eye-opening missives, and dripping wet tags are scattered here among the permission-based walls and ghosts from December past. No one knows what the socio-economic future holds, but for now, Wynwood’s holding steady.

Here are a few shots from Jaime Rojo as he made a few laps among the streets.

Ron English. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ron English. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ron English. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sipros. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sipros. Kool Drip. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kool Drip. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lamour Supreme. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lamour Supreme. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle takes a moment from work to talk to her fans. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Buff Monster. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Boy Kong. Work in progress. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Apitatan from 2017. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jacaranda en flor. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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1UP Crew Brings Discipline to Wynwood Wall in Miami

1UP Crew Brings Discipline to Wynwood Wall in Miami

“We tried this time to organize like really fucking German way,” says one of the 7 anonymous graffiti writers from Kreuzberg. Positions on this massive 10 x 60 meter wall in Wynwood are spread far and wide, and it is astounding that 1UP has accomplished this much in only two days.

1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Graffiti crews may typically work fast and furious if the painting is illegal, but when Mana Public Arts gives you one of their largest and somewhat infamous walls during Art Week Miami 2021, the level of discipline and planning ratchets up another level.

1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“The crew worked 14-15 hours a day,” one tells us. “We paint into the night. Actually we have really super good street lights here. We also have some tripod lights, ’ he says as he recounts the list of requirements for materials they submitted to organizers before they could start this moonscape of the future.  “Lights, three lifts, paints in organized colors, brushes, ladders.”

The massive letters are rising from the sand (a nod to the beach town locale), and within the next three days those letters will probably be filled with tags and tributes to crews abroad and local – “Like the MSG over there is from Abstrk, for example,” says one of the 1Uppers about the guests who are joining in to bring the full roster to about 13 artists.

1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Finok (VLOK), our friend from Brazil, is here,” he starts, “GIZ from New York, Fuzi UV TPK crew from Paris…” Naturally, some of these guys are in town for other events – Fuzi for example is in his own show opening this week at the Museum of Graffiti just a couple of blocks from here entitled “DEFACED” featuring a 360 degree fully painted immersive room with his signature figures and faces.

But right now, all eyes are on 1UPs massive wall in Wynwood.

“So it is kind of a movie planet, we don’t know which planet it is,” says one of the 1UP guys, “But it is a planet of the future – and there are all these Metro’s coming up out of the sand along with pyramids and street signs and figures… It’s growing now. I think that we have three more days to paint.”

1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew in Collaboration with Mana Public Arts. Wynwood, Miami 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Faile Debuts “Endless” Solo Show & Artists Talk w/ BSA at GGA in Miami

Faile Debuts “Endless” Solo Show & Artists Talk w/ BSA at GGA in Miami

The opportunity to be inspired by visual culture is indeed endless on the street, which explains the 22-year career of Brooklyn’s Faile, the street art duo who has parlayed their practice into prints, collage, video, sculpture, paintings, NFT’s, galleries, and museums.

Faile. Detail. Faile Endless. Goldman Global Arts Gallery. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As they keep the momentum from a new direction they pioneered last year at Magda Danysz in Paris, the Patricks continue their endless exploration of icons; pop, punk, and religious. Now, perhaps even more impressively, the artists are applying the model of collage to painted techniques, textures, proportions, even dimensions, for their new show at Goldman Global Arts Gallery at Wynwood Walls in the Wynwood District of Miami.

Faile. Detail. Faile Endless. Goldman Global Arts Gallery. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Now considered a cornerstone of the nextgen of street art that turned the century, the duo has never stopped innovating or experimenting with ways to flatten the hierarchy of imagery – perhaps predicting the modern age. Whether the source or storyline is authentic or artificial is of little difference – if the image and the technique resonate, it’s worthy of re-mixing, endlessly.

Faile. Detail. Faile Endless. Goldman Global Arts Gallery. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In “Endless”, we see that it is not just images that need recombining, it’s techniques of art-making do as well. New forms of borrowing and recontextualization means that canvasses may feature references to Warhol’s last screenprinting methods of the 80s happily alongside photorealistic fruit and juicy lips, 2-D cartoon cut-outs, and gradient fills and fonts from your favorite 80s music tour t-shirt.

Faile. Detail. Faile Endless. Goldman Global Arts Gallery. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

It’s true, this work honors the skewed norms of modern heroes of deconstruction – Richard Hamilton, Jacques Villeglé, even Kanye West – but Faile’s unique fluidity and mastery among different media again are challenging you to reach further. In an era when thousands of daily images overwhelm your social feed and respected institutions transform before your eyes in cheerful and sometimes discomfiting ways, this exhibition appears very contemporary.

Faile. Detail. Faile Endless. Goldman Global Arts Gallery. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile. Detail. Faile Endless. Goldman Global Arts Gallery. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile. Detail. Faile Endless. Goldman Global Arts Gallery. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Join BSA and Faile LIVE onstage Wednesday, December 1st to talk about “ENDLESS”. See you there!

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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.28.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.28.21

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are hopeful for the upcoming holiday season. There are Canadians selling Christmas pines in the neighborhood already – there is no time for you to digest that turkey, you turkey. Also, prices are up 10%-30% on trees this year. Speaking of which, the official Rockefeller Center tree lighting is Wednesday to see the 79-foot tall tree from upstate Oneonta set alight. That event, like so many events in NYC, is completely free.

But we know that times are tough for a lot of New Yorkers – and people elsewhere – and it can really put a damper on your holiday enthusiasm. In fact, according to a recent study by Deloitte, a record number of Americans (11.5%) won’t be buying anything for Christmas this year. – almost double last year’s number. Money is tight, bro. Even the Dollar Tree Store has announced its raising prices to $1.25.

And as you have undoubtedly heard, New York is in a State of Emergency as of Friday since the new governor declared it – ahead of an expected surge of illnesses due to the Omnicron variant of Covid that may overwhelm our hospitals. It’s not here yet but Gov. Kathy Hochul says “It’s coming.”

Grab a mask, do the right thing. We love ya.

This week we’re headed to the Miami Art Week – and we hope to see you there. We’ll interview Brooklyn Street Artists Faile onstage at Wynwood Walls Wednesday if you want to make sure to say hello. We’re excited to see a new slate of graffiti and street art and mural work – and have heard of some surprise installations sure to garner attention. Not that Miami is about garnering attention…

Our interview with the street today includes ASAP, Cramcept, De Grupo, Duster, Huckleberry Fuck Up, Marycula, Modomatic, Nat At Art, Pear, Sam Crew, Soli, Ultramarine Dream, and Wild Boys.

Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sam Crew in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sam Crew in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Duster and other unidentified artists put up a handful of stencils outside the unpermitted Banksy exhibition in NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
De Grupo, Pear, Wild Boys, ASAP (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Huckleberry Fuck Up in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Marycula in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Marycula in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Marycula in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ultramarine Dream in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Soli in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nat At Art in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cramcept (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Guerrilla Spam Creates “Usable Monument” to Teach About Seizing Land

Guerrilla Spam Creates “Usable Monument” to Teach About Seizing Land

The structure is not intended to be just admired, but it invites people to come in, walk, sit and play on it.

Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)

The Turin-based illustrator Guerrilla Spam began in Firenz in 2010 and has since travelled to do large scale murals and posters and installations across Italy and into places like Bruxelles, Bristol and Berlin. They like to refer to their work as “a spontaneous, unauthorized form of resistance and protest in urban spaces” – which reminds you of the rebellious ethos of graffiti writers blended with the consciousness of designers and activists eager to evolve society forward. In this case, topics range from education, the penal system, and immigration, among others.

For this “usable monument” in Santa Croce di Magliano, Guerilla Spam is aiming to share people’s  history, specifically the uprising of those here who fought to claim their land in 1955.

Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrottta)

“The day laborers of Santa Croce di Magliano,” says Guerilla Spam, “supported by the women (who lined up in front of the police), by trade unionists and communist leaders, succeeded in obtaining the reallocation of the land. The memory of this event is imprinted in the writings, drawings, and colors of the monument (the colors remind of the ones of the countryside).”

Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)

Bright and optically entertaining, the game is welcoming and accessible, bringing with it the possibility of edification through education. Unusual for unsanctioned public art, normal for those who seize public space for free speech. “Even a passer-by can undertake this path,” says Guerilla Spam, “which looks like a game, but is actually a march towards the awareness of man’s rights”

Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)
Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)
Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)
Guerrilla Spam. “Usable Moment”. Premio Antonio Giordano. Santa Cro- ce di Magliano, Italy. (photo © Francesca Perrotta)
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BSA Film Friday: 11.26.21

BSA Film Friday: 11.26.21

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

Now screening:
1. Nadia Vadori-Gauthier / Une minute de danse par jour / Danse 2504
2. Os Gemeos: Secrets – Ep. 04

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BSA Special Feature: Nadia Vadori-Gauthier in an Autumnal Dance

As if a response to the excesses of many Thanksgiving celebrations yesterday, here is dancer and performer Nadia Vadori-Guathier with a new autumnal “minute de danse” to inspire us all to get off the couch and at least go for a walk – or a dance, or fall to the ground in a pile of leaves.

Nadia Vadori-Gauthier / Une minute de danse par jour / Danse 2504

OsGemeos: Segredos – Ep. 04

And now, Back to Skool with OSGEMEOS in Episode 4 of their new series.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Happy Thanksgiving 2021

We take this moment to wish you and your family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving today.

Thanksgiving is an American holiday, yet as a practice in life, everyone eventually knows that it is necessary to find gratitude, a way to see and appreciate those people, events, lessons that have led and guided, and cared for us.

It’s a short life, and we are thankful to BSA readers throughout the world for your support over the years.

Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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