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BSA Film Friday: 04.17.15

BSA Film Friday: 04.17.15



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

Now screening :

1. Hyrtis Animates David Bowie and “Life in Mars”
2. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda. “Grounded Gratitude” Paris, France.
3. Street Art in Dunedin, New Zealand


BSA Special Feature:
Gladys Hulot, AKA Hyrtis Animates David Bowie “Life in Mars”

BSA readers will dig this animation of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars,” Gladys Hulot, also known as Hyrtis, brings Bowie to slink through the cracks and around the concrete underground, dripping with piercing drama, and plenty of distinctive style. The voice here is stunningly replaced with a musical saw, giving the chameleon just one more layer to his multiple identities.  Not precisely street art, but Bowie’s ties to the street are undisputed.


Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda. “Grounded Gratitude” Paris, France.

With “Grounding Gratitude” painted at the festival In Situ Art of Aubervilliers during spring 2014, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada paints Nicole Picquart, a social worker who helps people to have a better life.


Street Art in Dunedin, New Zealand

 A quick overview of the murals for Dunedin in New Zealand.


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Street Art in Vitry-sur-Seine (France) : Spencer Elzey in Europe

Street Art in Vitry-sur-Seine (France) : Spencer Elzey in Europe



BSA is lucky to be a clearinghouse for many people who participate in and celebrate the Street Art scene – artists, curators, designers, collectors, galleries, museums, researchers, academics, historians and fans. Because we have never taken advertising readers tend to trust our platform and people in the community give us great behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn and share freely with others about the creative process and the culture on the street. It also gives us the freedom to do whatever we want when planning editorial or content.


Claire Pinatel (photo © Spencer Elzey)

Recently we had this idea about giving our site out to artists or art-lovers a week at a time so they could also fully share their personal experiences of the Street Art/public art/graffiti/ scene. So this week before Thanksgiving we’re giving the whole week to one person as a “residency”, our way of sharing this valuable platform and inviting you to have a greater voice in this conversation.

Spencer Elzey loves art in general and is an avid Street Art fan in particular and he likes to take trips that include shooting images on the street in whatever city he visits. He also supports artists by buying their art, regularly attending art exhibitions, reading and studying about them and following their evolution. Over the last couple of years we have seen that he is also a dedicated Street Art hunter with camera in hand on the streets of New York City when he isn’t at his regular job – and he loves to share what he finds with others on social media and as an occasional contributor to BSA.

When we heard that Spencer was planning a trip to Europe this fall we proposed to him the idea of him keeping a photo journal to be shared exclusively with BSA readers and we offered to help connect him with some friendly guides on his trip so he could get some splendid and exclusive photos. He enthusiastically accepted the offer and here is the first day of Spencer’s one-week residency on BSA, an edited treasure trove of images and insights from the guy himself.  We know you’re going to dig it.


STeW (photo © Spencer Elzey)

Here’s this weeks schedule:

  • Monday is Vitry-sur-Seine Street Art.
  • Tuesday will be Paris Street Art.
  • Wednesday will be a special collection of the installations from the Le Tour Paris 13 project.
  • Thursday will be his adventures in Berlin.
  • BSA Film Friday will feature a selection of videos reflecting the cities he toured.
  • Saturday will be Spencer’s London showcase.


ROA (photo © Spencer Elzey)

Of all four cities Spencer visited over a two week trip, this one seemed to really embrace the value of street art to the culture, he says. “In terms of which city was the most welcoming of street art I’d have to say Vitry-sur-Seine was because this is really a grassroots campaign kickstarted by C215,” he says of this city of 83,000 that is called a commune and lies on the outskirts of Paris.

It’s not hard to believe that the scene is attributed in large part to the influence of the well-regarded stencil artist C215 as this is a guy who considers his work to be community service and who regularly features people from the city he is in as subjects of his portraits. That’s why he was the perfect guide for Spencer, who says he learned a huge amount of information in a short time.


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)

“I have to say that C215 is one of the more interesting, opinionated and knowledgeable artists that I have come across. We started the morning at his local café with a coffee. I explored around a little by myself while he was attending to some prior engagements with his gallery and then he caught up with me out on the streets. We eventually had lunch and then went back to his house. Topics ranged from his opinion on the scene in general, on other artists, on galleries and it even touched on street art websites and documenters.


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)

“I hadn’t realized that he has only been doing stenciling for seven years but it was easy to see how far his pieces have come from the few monochrome stencils that still remain around Williamsburg (Brooklyn) from around 2008,” remarks Elzey.


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)

“What C215 has done in Vitry-sur-Seine is much bigger than I expected it to be, both in terms of quantity of work in the area as well as the impact on the community. The first piece that he put up there was about five year ago and within that time there have appeared at least 150 different pieces from him and other artists throughout the area,” says Spencer.


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)

Naturally, Elzey was shooting whatever odd or curious or thrilling piece he found on his travels through this city that celebrates artists, in addition to the work done by his host. “I was definitely surprised with how much Street Art there was in Vitry-sur-Seine. I took around 200 pictures of different pieces while there and I’m still seeing pictures on Instagram of things that I had missed,” he says.


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)

One piece in particular by C215 impressed him a lot – because of it’s impact visually and its perfectly contextual placement. Additionally, Elzey felt that it illustrated the regard that the residents have for the artists work and the fact that people didn’t appear to think of it as illegal or vandalism, per se. “While I was exploring and taking pictures, various residents pointed with excitement about pieces just around the corner that I should go look at,” he says.


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)

“There was one older gentleman, probably in his 70s, who just simply said “La porte” and smiled while pointing in a certain direction. I rounded the corner to see a stencil of the Virgin Mary on the back door of the main church,” he says of one of the few religious themed pieces that the artist has created. “C215 had indicated that this was one of his favorite pieces in the area and it was nice to see that residents appreciated it as well. Had it not been for this project there really would be no other reason for me to have travelled down to Vitry-sur-Seine but it was definitely worth it.”


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Yuri Romagnoli (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Finabarr DAC to the left with Guy Denning to the right. (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Finabarr DAC (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Ripo (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Nychos (photo © Spencer Elzey)


EmileOne (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Amour (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Cristian Sonda (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Cristian Sonda (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Kashink (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Cope (photo © Spencer Elzey)


MP5 (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Nunca (photo © Spencer Elzey)


David Walker (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Etnik (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Indigo (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Gaia (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Alice Pasquini (photo © Spencer Elzey)


We hope you enjoy this one week residency on Brooklyn Street Art and we congratulate Spencer for his dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm.

Our sincere thanks also go to those who offered their hospitality and agreed to give Spencer a tour on our behalf; to the stencil artist C215, who graciously took him around Vitry and who shared with him a history and background on the scene there, to Maroune and Mehdi at Itinerrance Gallery for providing Spencer with special solo access to Le Tour Paris 13 while hundreds were queing outside, and to the dynamic German duo Various & Gould who welcomed him into their studio and showed Spencer some really cool spots around Berlin. This open and generous community spirit really makes the work that we do feel so inspiring to us, and we thank each of you for playing host to Spencer and for sharing your knowledge with the BSA family.

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BSA Film Friday: 06.07.13

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

Now screening: Petro Wodkins Taking a P**s in Belgium, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Belgium, UnO in Italy, PROZAK in Poland, and Mr. Rogers Singing in Your Hood.

BSA Special Feature:
Art Culture Jamming with Petro Wodkins Taking a P**s in Belgium

In this video we see the very large success of artist Petro Wodkins in subverting (or extroverting) the famed statue Manneken Pis, originally done by Jerome Duquesnoy in 1388 and which still draws small crowds of onlookers in Belgium.

First off, who knew people were so interested in watching public urination? In New York that old statue would get a “quality of life” summons from the police, especially if he was behind a dumpster at 2 a.m. on the Lower East Side. Anyhow, the golden showering replacement of the cherubic original is all grown up with feet in boots firmly planted and trenchcoat opened and the artist says it is based on an image of himself, but that had not been verified as of press time.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada: Terrestrial Series. Mama Cash, Amsterdam

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is an early culture jammer who has in more recent years created a number of large scale installations visible mainly by planes, including a giant Barack Obama made with 650 metric tons of sand and gravel in Barcelona. This installation in this video was made with 80  volunteers in December to celebrate the women who work hard around the world championing human rights.

UnO @ Mura Mura Festival. Italy.

Like hand puppets? Get bored sitting around while your cool artist friends are painting walls like we have the whole frickin’ night to sit around and watch their creative geniousness getting up? Let’s squish their head with our fingers!

Also, this is from Italy and the MURA MURA festival so it may not be a big deal to them and mos def was not meant to be malicious, but the initial musical accompaniment here says the N-word about one thousand times, which we feel extremely conflicted about in general.  Possibly the recording is meant to draw attention to its ubiquitous use in music meant for youth. But it’s a sad commentary.

But the video is jammin, yo!

PROZAK in Gdansk, Poland

In case you think this is easy – climb the scaffolding with Prozak and his friend to the top and realize the monstrous amount of work it is to paint a building this size. And to make it artful and compelling. Respect.

Hey Neighbor! Mr. Rogers Somehow Knows We Want to Sing Together

A newly auto-tuned snap happy smack you on the back clappy song from some of the neighbors in your hood. Well, maybe not YOUR hood but some hood in television land. Have a great weekend.

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Fundación María Forcada Presents: Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda “Memoria Profunda” (Tudela de Navarra, Spain)

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda

On Friday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada will present his exhibition “Memoria Profunda” at the Fundación María Forcada in Tudela de Navarra, Spain. Rodríguez-Gerada gives importance to weathered and worn urban wall surfaces and rescued building material for the intangible memory that they possess and the passage of time that they portray. He will be exhibiting his most recent work from the Urban Analogy Series (charcoal drawings created on transfered wall surfaces that are over 250 years old) and his Memorylithic series (sculptures created using rescued architectural materials up to 500 years old). There will also be numerous Giclee prints of his Identity Series murals and his Terrestrial Series projects.


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Nelly Duff Presents: “Banger Art” A Group Show With The Best Banger Artists (London, UK)

Banger Art

Hold tight & fasten your seat belts for Nelly Duff’s next major pit-stop, Banger Art! We have been invited to be ‘Art Partner’ at LOVEBOX festival’s 10th anniversary, this Summer 15-17th June. Nelly Duff is curating an installation of 10 old bangers destined for the scrapheap! We will be recycling these bad boys the best way we know how- with some detailed painterly pimping by a selection of the world’s best street artists, including EINE, Sweetoof, Pablo Delgado, Matthew Small, Dan Hillier, Aida and more! Special new prints available too!

Special Preview Show on the 13th June 6-9pm at an Underground Bethnal Green Car park.
RSVP essential.

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Fun Friday 05.04.12

 It’s Fun Friday!

1. Rene Gagnon at Black Book (Denver,CO)
2. Chris Uphues is Sweet in Chicago
3. Kenji Nakayama at Woodward Saturday (NYC)
4. Mare139 Schools You at Pratt Saturday (NYC)
5. Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda new work in Bahrain (VIDEO)
6. Welcome to Amsterdam by Niels Shoe Meulman (VIDEO)

Rene Gagnon at Black Book (Denver,CO)

Rene Gagnon’s new show “Between Here And All Knowing” opens today at the Black Book Gallery in Denver, CO. The artist’s new work will expand on the personal and the mystic: Dreams and Death.

Rene Gagnon in Brooklyn, NY (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Chris Uphues is Sweet in Chicago

For his new show “Sunshine Daze” opening tonight in Chicago, IL. Chris Uphues takes his colorful and cheerful heart faces to a new dimension: CANDY. To get your hands on a piece of candy and hopefully a piece of art as well go to the Rotofugi Gallery tonight.

Chris Uphues in Brooklyn, NY (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Kenji Nakayama at Woodward Saturday

Kenji Nakayama solo show at the Woodward Gallery simply titled “Kenji Nakayama” opens tomorrow in Manhattan:

Kenji Nakayama (Image © courtesy of the gallery)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Mare139 Schools You at Pratt Saturday (NYC)

At the Pratt Institute Exhibition Space, Carlos Mare AKA Mare139 will illustrate, with his work the effect that process and influence have on art:

Mare139 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Also happening this weekend:

In Munich, Germany STROKE Urban Art Fair. Click here for more details regarding this event.

In New York City PULSE Contemporary Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Click here for more details regarding this event.

In Milan, Italy exiled Chinese artist Dal East solo show “Fever of the Worn Land” is open to the general public at the Urban Painting Gallery. Click here for more details regarding this event.

Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda new work in Bahrain:


Welcome to Amsterdam by Niels Shoe Meulman. Video by Adele Renault

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Fun Friday 11.25.11

Today is traditionally a day of shopping here in New York but we don’t have much coin to spare, so what’s next on the agenda? It is sunny and fresh outside right now so we’re thinking of going to take a walking tour of the neighborhood – if only to process yesterdays Thanksgiving feast and the 2 pieces of pumpkin pie and whipped cream that were piled on in a Jack Daniels-induced stupor deep in the night. You could go to MoMA to see the DeKooning retrospective and at the same time the murals Diego Rivera made for the museum in the early ’30s, but that will cost you an entrance fee unless today is one of their Free Friday nights. Sometimes it is just as fun to hit the gallery of the streets, to stretch you legs and employ a bemused attitude as busy shoppers are buzzing in and out of stores keeping the economy going.

Here’s some cool stuff you may also be interested in:

1. LUDO in a Solo Show at The Garage “Super Discount” (Amsterdam)
2. “East West Connection”, curated by Arrested Motion (Hong Kong)
3. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda Solo Show Now Open (Barcelona)
4. Cryptic Solo on Saturday Night at Hold Up (LA)
5. David Walker “Brides on Fire”
6. “Contemporary Istanbul” An Urban and Contemporary Art Fair
7. “Surface Tension” at Ambush Gallery in Sydney
8. “Peeled, Pasted and Posted” at Gift to Gab Gallery
9. The Bishop, Augustine Kofie and Remi/Rough by Agents of Change (VIDEO)
10. “Outside In” Movie Trailer: The Story Of Arts In The Streets (VIDEO)
11. Blek le Rat 30 Years Later By Spencer Keeton Cunningham (VIDEO)

LUDO in a Solo Show at The Garage “Super Discount” (Amsterdam)

French Street Artist LUDO is having a solo show in this cool private space in Amsterdam, opening today.

LUDO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here

“East West Connection”, curated by Arrested Motion (Hong Kong)

Tanley Wong tells us about this curatorial project for an art show that he and Arrested Motion are throwing in Hong Kong. Featured in the show at Above Second Gallery is a lineup of fresh artwork from artists such as Shepard Fairey, Faile, Tomokazu “Matsu” Matsuyama, Akino Kondoh, Nick Walker and more.

Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Participating Artists: Luke Chueh, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Evah Fan, Stella Im Hultberg, Tat Ito, Akino Kondoh, Travis Louie, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Brendon Monroe, Edwin Ushiro, Nick Walker, and Yoskay Yamamoto.

For further information regarding this show click here

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda Solo Show Now Open (Barcelona)

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda Solo Show at the Galeria Ignacio De-Lassaletta in Barcelona, Spain opens today to the public after the official opening last night. “Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is a founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement and an innovator in the international urban art scene. Since the late 90´s he has been replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people to question the controls imposed on public space.”

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda (image © courtesy of the gallery)

For further information regarding this show click here

You can also check out a fine interview on Fecal Face with Mr. Rodriguez-Gerada.

Cryptic Solo on Saturday Night at Hold Up (LA)

Street Art collective Cryptic is having a solo show in Little Tokyo tomorrow night,  “Sacred Syllables” at Hold Up Art.

Cryptik (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here

Also happening this weekend:

David Walker “Brides on Fire” opens today to the public at the Rook and Raven Gallery in London. Click here for more information.

“Contemporary Istanbul” An Urban and Contemporary Art Fair taking place this weekend in Instanbul, Turkey.  Click here for more information.

“Surface Tension” at Ambush Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Click here for more information.

“Peeled, Pasted and Posted” at Gift to Gab Gallery in San Jose, CA. Click here for more information.

The Bishop, Augustine Kofie and Remi/Rough by Agents of Change (VIDEO)


“Outside In” Movie Trailer: The Story Of Arts In The Streets (VIDEO)


Blek le Rat 30 Years Later By Spencer Keeton Cunningham (VIDEO)

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Ready for Obama

Congratulations to the new President, Vice President, and their families.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Text of the inauguration Speech

Reaction to Oath at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn High School Steppers at Inauguration

November Election:

The Streets of Brooklyn Got Your Back, Bro!

Who Says It Better Than Artists?

Image by David Choe

Image by David Choe

(photo by Michael Tercha) (Chicago Tribune)

(photo by Michael Tercha) (Chicago Tribune)

Cornfield Art (photo Jimmy May) (Bloomsburg Press Enterprise)

Cornfield Art (photo Jimmy May) (Bloomsburg Press Enterprise)

"Blue Abraham Obama" by Ron English
Etch-A_Pres   (by Tim George) (Chicago Tribune)

Etch-A-Pres (by Tim George) (Chicago Tribune)

Sands of Time (Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda in Barcelona)

Sands of Time (Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda in Barcelona)

Studio 360 did a nice piece on the impact of Street Art on the election, and the impact of the election on street artists and other artists as well. Interviewed are David Cho, Shepard Fairey, Ron English.

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