All posts tagged: Jim Rizzi

Welling Court Mural Project NYC – 2021

Welling Court Mural Project NYC – 2021

The Pandemic is still raging. Sorry. But New York is OK.

John Fekner. That’s right… Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Meanwhile, artists are still getting up and we must continue living even if we have to take extra precautions and listen to the science and to those who care.

Dirty Bandits. That’s right too! Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This year’s Welling Court festival in Queens took place under the same health measures as last year. There wasn’t a big block party. The artists painted at their own pace and time sometimes only one alone at the compound – sometimes two at a time.

For the moment, the big gatherings and week-long shenanigans are gone due to Covid. Here are some selections of this year’s proposals and some from previous years that we missed either due to weather, traveling, or simply because those darn cars are always parked in front of the murals.

Crash & Joe Iurato. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kimyon 333. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Danielle Mastrion. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Epic Uno & Col Wallnuts. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Too Fly. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jim Rizzi. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Daze. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Souls NYC. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexi Bella. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jeromy Velasco. 2019 Stonewall Commemoration. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JCorp. 2019 Stonewall Commemoration. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bella Phame. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jessie Novik. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vudu Child. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sinned & Ria. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tats Crew. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sash. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jeff Henriquez & Dirt Cobain. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Queen Andrea. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pinky Weber & NYC Hooker. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JMR Escapes to Hong Kong


Street Artist JMR has travelled far east from Brooklyn, where we first started seeing his work on the street in the 2000s. Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, the geometry loving abstractionist had a solo show called “Escape” with Joyce Gallery that drew a lot of new fans to his line based work. The really exciting gig for JMR was seeing one of his pieces driving around town as a double city tram – a sort of mobile wall installation on wheels.

JMR (photo © JMR)

Right now the former SVA student is showing the poppy Miro and Caldor side of his work along his more gestural monochromatic stuff, drawing on his early graffiti past and his art school education about mid-century modern expressionism and the processes associated with automatic drawing.  Check out some images of the trip exclusively for BSA readers.


JMR (photo © JMR)

JMR (photo © JMR)

JMR (photo © JMR)

JMR (photo © JMR)

A promotional video for “ESCAPE”, JMR’s new show at Joyce Gallery in Hong Kong.

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JMR Stars Again This Week In Dallas (not JR, he got shot, remember?)

YEEE HAAAAWWWW!  Brooklyn Street Artist JMR has been exploring the dusty detritus of Dallas for a spell and has found that some of the BIG D’s outlying areas remind him of the wildness of abandoned spots in Brooklyn that provided succor and inspiration to artists and performers and poets and wise guys at the turn of the century. But he has no illusions about the future for a lively hipster art scene here. For one thing, there are no redheads from Portland with 36 stringed home-made musical instruments connected to a projector here yet. Naturally while exploring, JMR brought some paint with him. Here’s what he’s been seeing…

JMR (photo © Jim Rizzi)

“The wall was offered to me in collaboration with a Dallas graff legend named Ozone. The building is a live-work space for two local guys starting a longboard company/music studio. They also repair motorcycles while watching documentaries in their make-shift living room; it’s a very early 90s Williamsburg ‘Frontier Land’ vibe, sans the imminent real estate surge. That’s never coming here and it’s refreshing. In the midst of this industrial lower class neighborhood at night you can light a fire and sit around it and talk about politics or whatever, while drinking beer and smoking.

There’s a bunch of hardcore graff writers out here as well, who I met through this painting.  Although the city is oddly devoid of any tags, throw-ups, or fill-ins, there is a major freight yard where trains lay up for days and people are getting busy. The trains are bombed well and it’s inspiring to watch them pass, and frustrating to try and snag flix with my iPhone, fumbling to keep up with the motion.”

JMR (photo © Jim Rizzi)

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Fun Friday 06.10.11


Hey, Where is COST At?

Looks like he’s ready to stage a comeback. Ellis G. shares with us the news that these new prints are H.O.T.   Dang. The big question of course is, how much do these cost?

Brooklyn-Street-Art-Cost-June-2011 link to papermonster site to view prints. link to papermonster site to view blog post on COST.

Um, We Need a New Dance Craze

First submission “The SWAG Line”, which is very effective when done by two or more persons simultaneously.  The gymnasium action STARTS AT .49 seconds.

French Street Artist LUDO’s sculpture “The Cacktus”

Now, is that nice? Don’t want to read too much into the possible symbolism here, but LUDO may have some anger issues he’s working out in this new sculpture project.


Says the artist: “Back from Zurich and a lot of works on paper, I wanted to spend more time in the studio to focus on a (almost) new technique for my pieces. 3 years after the first little sculpted Gunflower, I am very happy with this new series of sculptures called “The Cacktus.” ~ LUDO

Learn more at the artist’s site

BAST: It’s What’s For Lunch

Trying to figure out what to pack for your picnic in the hazardous waste industrial park today?  Here’s a delicious option  from the blog of BAST. See brand new stuff he posted on his blog yesterday here


Yard Work Episode: 7

Deep inside suburban New Jersey, Snow and Joe Iurato rock a back yard.

Street Art Shows Its Softer Side in Canarsie, BK

Yo, we know ya’ll are hard beeaatches because you are STREET, right? Don’t front. And yet, Abe Lincoln Jr. shares this project with the BSA fam that makes everybody think you may not be the ostracized marginalized feral cats you pose as – Curated by the Love Movement, a handful of mostly New York Street Artists got together and painted big pieces to be permanently installed in a high school in the Carnarsie section of Brooklyn. Participating artists who gave of their creative juices freely include Leon Reid, Michael Defeo, Skewville, TooFly, Thundercut, Morning Breath, and Abe Lincoln Jr.

JMR Somewhere in Texas, “Here is Now”

It’s Getting Hot Out Here…. I know it was 97 degrees in NYC yesterday and it’s only June. At least here you literally CAN take off ALL of your clothes if you want.

Yes, Texas. Where they fry eggs on the street for breakfast, it’s so hot. That’s where Street Artist JMR has a show called “Here is Now”. Right now we are here, but congrats to Jim.


JMR (photo © courtesy of the artist)


JMR detail (photo © courtesy of the artist)

MCL Grand Gallery is located at 100 N. Charles Street, between Main and Church streets in Lewisville, Texas.

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UR New York hits Woodward Project; New Video Debut at BSA

UR New York hits Woodward Project; New Video Debut at BSA

“Eye of the Beholder”, 2esae and Ski Challenge Themselves to a New Freestyle


UR New York’s 2esae in their studio is projecting and painting by hand, a new process that made both he and Ski a little nervous, to tell the truth. (Photo courtesy of the artists © UR New York)

This week UR New York is rocking the four-panel spot across the street from Woodward Gallery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  The born-and-raised New York duo, who have both done graffiti in the past, have been working hard year-round on the streets of Soho selling their art for about 3 years . With their folding tables displaying original screened and sprayed urban image collage, they’ve built a serious fan base. With themselves as their own best reps, they’ve also landed their work in shows and private collections and even corporate lobbies. Always hustling and always challenging themselves to take it to the next level, they’re pretty stoked to fill this spot that has hosted a number of New York’s hometown favorite Street Artists over the last few years.


The new four panel piece by UR New York (photo © Jaime Rojo)

To mark the new installation, 2easae and Ski wanted to do something new and creative so they painted everything by hand instead of using screens and stencils. The results are somehow more personal and inviting. Stretching beyond their comfort level, they also took on something more abstract. When an artist does something courageous like going outside what is safe for them, you gotta applaud. According to the guys, the end result was a feeling that they were more connected to this piece than others they’ve worked on. They also scored a greater appreciation for artists who work by hand.


Two panels chillin on the street by UR New York (Photo courtesy of the artists © URNewYork)

Brooklyn Street Art: Can you talk a little about the actual shapes and symbols you used and what pushed you toward them?
UR New York:
We decided to use different symbols, and arrows in particular, to represent the different directions we may take in life. When you look at our work traditionally it’s detailed and defined with elements of graffiti. We started this project taking a completely different route. We figured we’d use simple imagery to convey an abstract feeling.

Brooklyn Street Art: Can each panel stand as a piece by itself or is it meant to be as a single piece only?
UR New York:
The initial thought was for the four panels to create a narrative. Artistically each panel was structured to stand alone but when they come together you grasp the full vision of the piece.


UR New York, detail of “Eye of the Beholder” (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Talk a little bit about how you feel about changing it up stylistically.
UR New York: Changing our style of work is refreshing. As much as we love urban landscapes and graffiti, we decided to try something different and slightly out of our element. We get a thrill out of trying new techniques and styles. Our audience and supporters are always expecting something fresh and new. It’s exciting to deliver and get positive and creative feedback.


UR New York, detail of “Eye of the Beholder”(Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Do you always bring graffiti to the game?
UR New York: Our style is as unique as a fingerprint but an element of graffiti will always play a role in our artwork. It’s part of our background and we pay homage to the roots and culture of where this all started for us.

Video Debut of “Eye of the Beholder”, starring UR New York in studio.

Visit URNewYork online here:

Now on view at Woodward Gallery Project Space:
UR New York, “Eye of the Beholder”

Previous Installations by:

Cycle, Forest Spirit
Kenji Nakayama, Brooklyn
FARO, Mood Swingz
El Celso, Sardana
Stikman, Double Vision
Michael De Feo, New Territories
Royce Bannon, Conversation with Monsters
Lady Pink, Pink Brick Woman Reclining
Sonne Hernandez, The Revolution Will Be Televised
LAII, Stop the War
Terence Netter
JM Rizzi, Chinese New Year
Matt Siren & Darkcloud


(Photo courtesy of the artists © URNewYork)

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Images Of The Week 09.19.10


Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Daily Void, El Sol 25, Hebru, Homer, JMR, K-Guy, Loaf, OverUnder, Quel Beast, Radical, Tip Toe, Veng RWK, and Wizzard Sleeve

K-Guy Readies a Sign for the Pope

K-GUY Has A Commentary On The Archaic Beliefs Of The Catholic Church With This Piece Titled "See-No-Hear-No-Speak-No"Timed To Coincede With The Pope's Visit To London.

K-GUY has a commentary on the hypocritical practices of the Catholic Church with this piece enitled “See-No-Hear-No-Speak-No”, timed to coincide with The Pope’s visit to London.

K-Guy Detail

K-Guy close up “See-No-Hear-No-Speak-No”

Daily Void, Wizzard Sleeve (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Daily Void, Wizzard Sleeve (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Homer (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Homer (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 Gets Sidebusted (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 Gets Sidebusted (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hebru (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hebru (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Radical (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Radical (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tip Toe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tip Toe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jim Rizzi (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

JMR (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Loaf (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Loaf (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Quel Beast (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Quel Beast (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Radical (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Radical (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Veng RWK (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Veng RWK (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ovderunder (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ovderunder (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

To see more work of the above featured artists click on the artist’s links on the menu on the top, scroll down the list of artists to find the artist’s site you wish to visit.

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JMR’s Transition to a Black and White World

JMR’s Transition to a Black and White World

You’ve been seeing a new direction for Brooklyn Street Artist JMR recently. Instead of huge multi-colored abstracts that sometimes contain a portrait within, we have seen a number of smaller black and white wheat-paste portraits. We’d heard that JMR was a doing a new series about white men and their consternation. Understandably that seems like a timely topic. BSA wanted to ask JMR what’s driving this change in direction.

Jim Rizzi (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jim Rizzi (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

It took a little bit, but we found JMR. As it turns out, he’s abandoned NYC for the moment and is in a frigid underground vault in Texas, to hear him tell it.

“I am held prisoner to my air conditioning, as the sun burns all vegetation around me to a light umber. No one wanders aimlessly in this climate. It is as if the outside were contaminated by nuclear fallout and my neighbors are holed up in their backyard bunkers.”

Jim Rizzi

Jim Rizzi (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: So what is going on with these white guys? And why has the human form become clarified and less abstract?
JMR: I haven’t written a cohesive description of what I am doing in ages, and have begun to wonder exactly what that is. Not what to write, but what I am doing. In the push to stay relevant as an artist, there is a fine line between putting your name out, and putting out something relevant.

In a nutshell, ultimately, and I use that word loosely, my goal is to express some sort of emotion in these portraits. I’ve spent much of my artistic career in the dark shadows of abstraction, but to put abstract work out to the general masses seems less affective. A black and white paste-up seems more relatable than an abstract one. Not that I am trying to get people to recognize the humanity around them, because I am not. I am trying to portray some humanity in my art.

Jim Rizzi (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jim Rizzi (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

While that explanation was clear enough, you can’t say with certitude that this is where he’ll stay. It may in fact be a transition stage to where JMR is going. He gave a funny sort of series of observations that reveal a funny sort of self-reflective artist who may be at a turning point. He even gave this startlingly clear analogy that sounds a lot like the race for recognition among artists in a city full of artists, everyone following a source of light in hopes of sustenance or recognition.

“I take my daughter to feed these giant carp at the lake nearby and there are hundreds of them (carp, not lakes). When you throw whatever it is you’ve brought to feed them, they frenzy; thrusting their open mouths to the surface in hopes that something falls in. It’s violent. Some fish actually get pushed to the point where their whole bodies are out the water. I can’t help but equate that to all of us, regardless of craft or profession, and what we are aiming to do; Trying to stay at the top of the pile. Just to get those pieces of bread, cereal, stale pretzels, bagels, hotdog buns.”

Jim Rizzi (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jim Rizzi (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Take that for what you may. I’m taking it with an icy cold six-pack of PBR out on the lake. Have a nice Saturday everybody.


One of JMR’s murals from a more colorful abstract period way back last year. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“From the Streets of Brooklyn” at thinkspace (L.A.)

“From The Streets Of Brooklyn

Curated by Ad Hoc Art at thinkspace

January 9th – February 6th, 2009

Opening Reception: Fri, Jan. 9th 7-11PM

Featuring installations from:

Gaia (front entry area)

Imminent Disaster (project room)

Street installation:

Ellis G.

Main Gallery:

Abe Lincoln Jr.


AIKO (aka Aiko Nakagawa)


Avoid Pi






Chris Stain


Dan Witz

Dark Clouds


Ellis G.

ELC (aka Endless Love Crew)



Graffiti Research Lab (aka G.R.L.)

Imminent Disaster


jm rizzi

Josh MacPhee

Juse One


Matt Siren

Maya Hayuk

McMutt (aka Dennis McNett)

Michael DeFeo (aka The Flower Guy)


Peru Ana Ana Peru

PMP (aka Peripheral Media Projects)


Royce Bannon









+ A selection of street art photographs by LUNA PARK


4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90029
Thurs-Sun 1-6PM

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