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Williamsburg Street Art Meta: Domino Sugar Factory, Hellbent, BSA Redux

Williamsburg Street Art Meta: Domino Sugar Factory, Hellbent, BSA Redux

It is surprising to see this image reflected back to us again in the harried flurry of Williamsburg’s supercharged real estate development along the waterfront. Posted here on a construction wall protecting the perimeter of the old Domino sugar refinery, a photo that may remind you of the artists who first made this neighborhood a destination, then a desired destination.

Artist Hellbent photographed by Jaime Rojo painting a mural commissioned by Two Trees Management, May 2, 2014. This photo is currently in an open-air exhibition at the Domino Sugar complex of residential and commercial buildings on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The cool kids would say it is rather meta. This is a photo by artist and photographer Jaime Rojo of a photo by Jaime Rojo – taken of a wall protecting the Domino plant development in 2014, now put back on display on a wall protecting the Domino plant development. In the 1990s, when Rojo moved to the neighborhood as an artist, it was known as an artist’s refuge with a bubbling culture of art shows, loft parties, free-wheeling experimentation with all manner of media, and a laboratory for street artists.

Portions of Faile, Eat Fruit and Die, C215, Ana Peru, PMP on Williamsburg walls in the 2000s (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Like the rippling reflections on the East River before it, this new picture contains fragments of what this history is.

Hellbent, the street artist featured in this photo painting his site-specific mural, was part of a public art project curated by Brooklyn Street Art, which you are reading. His art had graced the walls of Williamsburg illegally a decade or so before painting legally here on this temporary construction wall. Jaime Rojo had documented with his camera during that stage of his public work as well.

A more organic Hellbent on the street circa 2008 (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Now 8 years later, we ponder the future of this neighborhood, these real estate developers, and this artist. Street artists’ work is rare to be found here at this moment, while once it was on every block. Murals, many of them commissioned advertisements, affect a curious curation of a culture geared toward consuming.

Street artist duo Faile on Williamsburg walls in the 2000s (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

The graffiti historian and art dealer Roger Gastman mounted the huge “Beyond the Streets” exhibition in this neighborhood only two years ago, drawing some crowds to look – and some customers looking to buy art on canvas by many artists whose work were illegally on Williamsburg walls only a decade earlier – Shepard Fairy, Faile are but two who come to mind.

Shepard Fairey/Obey in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

New York Museums, should they ever change, will be next. Elsewhere, in cities and continents outside of this city known for being a birthplace of graffiti and the street art movement, there are already museums dedicated to this grassroots people’s art movement. New York art institutions follow, in this case.

We will be as surprised as anyone to see what photos we will publish about these street artists in this neighborhood in 8 more years.

Hellbent, Rubin, and Aakash Nihalani In Progress on Domino Walls in BK

“Done!” Murals from Rubin, Aakash, & Hellbent : Domino Walls Part II

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David Hollier Paints Kennedy with His Own Words: Presidents Day

David Hollier Paints Kennedy with His Own Words: Presidents Day

Street artists and fine artist David Hollier has made innumerable portraits of political and pop figures in the last couple of decades – often with their own words, and often with stunning capturing of their likeness. Today on President’s day in the US, we give you John F. Kennedy.

The words with which the President’s features are created are lifted from one of his more famous speeches in April of 1961 given to the American Newspaper Publishers Association in New York. He had been discontented with the press coverage of the Bay of Pigs incident and spoke of a need for “far greater official secrecy.”

David Hollier (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Read the full text of the speech here.

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Dismantling Architecture and Industry with Greg Jager in Sicily for “Bitume”

Dismantling Architecture and Industry with Greg Jager in Sicily for “Bitume”

Rome-based artist Greg Jager is “dismantling” the forms of architecture in much the same way that modern graffiti writers have been “deconstructing” the letter form in the last decade. The results have great similarities, but a careful eye will detect the original source possibly.

Greg Jager. “Dismantle”. Bitume Festival. Ragusa, Italy. (photo courtesy of the artist)

For comparison you may take a look at Sweden/Brooklyn artist, muralist and graff writer Rubin415, who evolved his 90s graffiti style into one that interprets the architecture and skylines of New York. Other current practitioners whom we’ve published in the last few years include ONCE from Barcelona, Stohead from southern Germany, Moscovite graffiti artist/muralist Konstantin Danilov, aka ZMOGK and the Eindhoven, Netherlands-based Erosie.

Greg Jager. “Dismantle”. Bitume Festival. Ragusa, Italy. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Here in Ragusa (Sicily) Greg Jager has selected a wall in the industrial ruins of the A. Ancione factory to reinterpret the shapes, colors, and juxtaposition of forms. Part of the Bitune public art festival that has crossed the city that with new public works in the last five years, Jager says that his new mural is his attempt at creating a “dialogue between architecture and anthropology” as this former asphalt industry is claimed by a developing artistic hub.

He calls his new work “Dismantle”.

Greg Jager. “Dismantle”. Bitume Festival. Ragusa, Italy. (photo courtesy of the artist)

“It’s not simply a name that I’ve chosen to underline the charm of decadence,” Jager says, “it represents for me an ethical approach to art: the idea of dismantling, deconstructing, stripping is present in all my practice and it’s with this spirit that I related to the majestic industrial archaeological site.”

As you look at these hulking forms and heavy materials, it is perhaps difficult to imagine how such technologies with presence, power, and footprint can be considered obsolete, no longer germane to modern industrial processes. Here we see construction waste, broken glass, bricks, iron pallets – all part of the residue of the past that we’ve built upon. Once considers as well that the processes of the past have an impact on our present: environmental, economic and political.

Greg Jager. “Dismantle”. Bitume Festival. Ragusa, Italy. (photo courtesy of the artist)

In my artistic research there are traces of anthropization,” says the artist. “Urban landscapes, large architectural structures, bridges, quarries, – all represent alterations of the natural balance that have led man to face enormous catastrophes.”

Greg Jager. “Dismantle”. Bitume Festival. Ragusa, Italy. (photo courtesy of the artist) |

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BSA Film Friday: 07.25.18

BSA Film Friday: 07.25.18




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

Now screening :

1. Our Nation’s Sons – Joe Caslin
2. Ludo: The Chaos Theory
3. Stinkfish Smashes Austrian Bus
4. Tom Herck: Searching for Light
5. The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra Fashions Music from Garbage
6. Mary Poppins Says “Raise the Minimum Wage”

BSA Special Feature: Our Nation’s Sons – Joe Caslin

“As a nation we have pushed a significant number of our young men to the very edges of society and created within them feelings of neglect and apathy. It is now time to empower these young lads and give them a sense of belonging,” says artist Joe Caslin of his Street Art project in Ediburgh, Scotland entitled “Our Nation’s Sons“.

The project that addresses marginalized youth is captured with a moody cinematic flair in this new video featuring the most recent wheatpaste of Joe Caslin’s drawings in Galway.


Ludo: The Chaos Theory

A one minute promo of Ludo in studio as he presumably prepares for his big show at Lazarides in October.


Stinkfish Smashes Austrian Bus

The world is just in black and white until Stinkfish sets it alive in color, completely smothering a huge Graz city bus in paint to promote the Livin’ Streets Festival in Graz, Austria.



Tom Herck: Searching for Light

A stained glass tribute by artist Tom Herck on the side of this decommissioned hospital has more meaning than this simple video can imply.

The image is a tribute to his mother who he says was rescued from the street as a child by the nuns at St-Anna hospital (St-Truiden Belgium), and who also worked here for more than 45 years as a cleaning lady.

“The hospital is closed now and I wanted to do a tribute to my mother,” he tells BSA.



The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra Fashions Music from Garbage

D.I.Y. as a means of survival is not the same as art school graduates joining a knitting circle on Wednesday nights. This community lives on a landfill and has ingeniously, no, miraculously, produced musical instruments from refuse. The resulting music and sense of pride is mountainous and the reason we stay in this beautiful journey to discover the creative spirit.



Mary Poppins Says “Raise the Minimum Wage”

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