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The Humorist Kraken Elevates Everyday With a Taste for Kitsch in Paris

The Humorist Kraken Elevates Everyday With a Taste for Kitsch in Paris

Kraken elevates the everyday items that we wouldn’t normally feature as worthy of display for aesthetic enjoyment. With his new public mural for Art Azoi in Paris, he chooses some household items you normally overlook; a leveling composition of tools, implements, containers, and adorable household pets. By inclusion, they become artistic elements.

KRAKEN in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)

With his sharply rendered strokes, he gives an additional character to commonplace items in the way that an illustrator favors, playing with discomfiting facts of consumerism, consumption, and the waste of every day by everyone. Kitsch and a skewering of class come into the mix, with high and low treated equally, purposely pushing the conversation. Perhaps you would not choose to glorify these elements to the level of a public mural, but Kracken is very pleased to, with a certain laudatory and humorous respect.

KRAKEN in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
KRAKEN in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
KRAKEN in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
KRAKEN in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
KRAKEN in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
KRAKEN in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)

5 Rue des Platrières, 75020. Kraken sur la terrasse des plateaux sauvages.

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.24.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.24.14



Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Angelina Christina, Azores, City Kitty, Colettivo FX, Damon, EaseOne, Fidel Evora, F.S., Gone Postal, HDL Corporation, JR, Kraken, Love is Telepathic, Mark Samsonovich, Mesa, Never, Pixote, Rubin415, Seher, Smithe, Specter, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Wrdsmth, and X-O.

Top Image >> Smithe, Seher and Kraken new mural for Savage Habbit in Union City, New Jersey. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smithe, Seher and Kraken new mural for Savage Habbit in Union City, New Jersey. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smithe, Seher and Kraken new mural for Savage Habbit in Union City, New Jersey. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


X-O (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smithe for Savage Habbit in Union City, New Jersey. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Specter for the Walk and Talk Art Festival in Azores, Portugal. August 2014. (photo @ Specter)


Specter and Mesa in Cadiz, Spain. August 2014. (photo @ Specter)


Fidel Evora for the Walk and Talk Art Festival in Azores, Portugal. August 2014. (photo @ Specter)


Specter Ad-Takeover (photo © Jaime Rojo)


WRDSMTH clearly knows his audience. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Damon is caught in a lip-lock. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


City Kitty has the four panel street exhibit for Woodward Project Space. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


HDL Corporation in Detroit. August 2014 (photo © HDL Corporation)


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh clarifying things in case you were not sure. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin415. Detail of both ends of his large new mural in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mark Samsonovich in Jersey City, New Jersey. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Collettivo FX. Portrait of Abidi. Reggio Emilia, Italy. August 2014. (photo © Collettivo FX)

Collettivo FX explains the portrait above:

“In our city of Reggio Emilia in Italy there is a very big factory named Officine Reggiane that is completely abandoned. It was famous in Italy for its metal work production (they made the Orient Express train, the crane used for the Costa Concordia, and then there was the longest occupation of a factory in the history of Italy here).

Now this is a major venue for graffiti and a refuge for homeless people. We began going to the factory more that two years ago and some of the people living there became our friends; in particular a man named Abidi, who we named “the boss of the Officine Reggiane”.

So a few weeks ago Abidi announced to us that he is leaving the factory to go back to Tunisia: he had found a wife! So, we thought about a gift we could give him. We are poor, very poor, we just had the paint, so one night we went in the factory (usually we go during the day) and we painted a big portrait of Abidi in the principal part of the place. It’s a gift for Abidi but also for us and for our memories of the Officine Reggiane.”


Pixote (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gone Postal (photo © Jaime Rojo)


F.S. We are intrigued by this bubble tag. Was the stencil work done by a different artist? Is this the original piece as first installed by the artist?  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Angelina Christina, EaseOne and Never collaboration for Savage Habbit in Jersey City, New Jersey.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. August 2014. It looks like Spiderman has found a formidable adversary. Last time he saw him battling this monster hanging from wire cables in Williamsburg.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Fun Friday 09.16.11



Wooooo Hoooooooo! It’s Friday in Brooklyn! Great news in the mailbox from the postman this morning about a big Keith Haring exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum this April “Keith Haring: 1978-1982”. Guess it was meant to coincide with the big “Art in the Streets” exhibit that was moving from LA MOCA to Brooklyn in 2012 but was cancelled recently. That’s okay, we still get Keith, a patron saint of Street Art. And we are completely convinced that “Art in the Streets” will be coming to New York, so don’t be surprised.

Living Walls : Albany This Friday Saturday Sunday in New York’s Capital City


BSA has been partnering with Living Walls : Albany to bring you the new Street Art and other stuff and today is the official kick off day, coinciding with a big Fall festival Albany has every year. Props go to Samson Contompasis for his unwavering commitment to artists and the creative spirit.

Yo, check the archive to see all the BSA coverage . Also follow the Twitter Feed at @LivingWallsALB .  The list of participating Street Artists includes  How & Nosm , Chris Stain ,Gaia, Cake ,Michael DeFeo, Broken Crow, Over/Under, Nanook, Jon Burgerman ,Veng, Depoe, Radical!, White Cocoa ,Evereman Scott, Michael Ackerman, Uneek, Clown Soldier, Marcus Anderson, Joe Iurato ,Papertwins, Jacqueline Brickman ,VRNO , Hellbent, ROA ,Gregory Maxwell, Dunn II, YARK, Army of One, Deacon Czar


Saturday, September 17th
Located in the Clark Auditorium of the New York State Museum

“Street Art Stories: A New Direction on the Street”

Presented by Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of Brooklyn Street Art

In Street Arts’ latest chapter, the storytellers are hitting up walls with all manner of influences and methods. More than ever before, formally trained and self taught fine artists are skipping the gallery route and taking their work directly to the public, creating cultural mash-ups and highly personal stories of their own, altering the character of this scene once again. Eclectic, individual, and as D.I.Y. as you can imagine, these Street Artists may have knowledge of who came before them or not, but they are determined to be a part of one art scene that is perceived as authentic, relevant, and alive.

Join Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, authors (“Brooklyn Street Art”, and “Street Art New York”, published by Prestel/Random House) and founders of Brooklyn Street Art ( and contributing Street Art writers for The Huffington Post ARTS, as they show and compare examples of work from New York’s streets today. Then join a lively discussion in a Q&A session to help explore this storytelling practice and discuss how it may be evolving what we have been calling “Street Art” for the last decade.

Hosted by “Living Walls : Albany”, Samson Contompasis, Director,  and Grand Street Community Arts, James Shultis, Executive Director.

Mexican Street Artist KRAKEN at Hold Up Gallery (LA)

KRAKEN’s solo show “Fantasmas” this on Saturday:


For more information regarding this show please click on the link below:

NECKFACE at New Image Art (LA)

Isn’t that nice? Neckface and his fine feathered friend “Fuck Life” have a dainty little show at New Image Art this weekend in West Hollywood.  Bring your Barbies!

brooklyn-street-art-neck-face-fuck-this-life-new-image-art-galleryFor more information regarding this show click on the link below:


Thanks to JUXTAPOZ for showing us the Tom Hanks Weather report GIF. See more of their GIF collection HERE.

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Hold Up Art Gallery Presents: KRAKEN “Fantasmas” (Los Angeles, CA)



Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 7:00PM to 11:00PM

Exhibit runs September 17, 2011 through October 20, 2011

Hold Up Art

358 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Fantasmas is the first solo exhibition by prolific Mexican street artist Kraken. Consisting of twenty-one pieces, ranging from giclee reproductions to handmade silkscreen prints and original drawings, Fantasmas showcases the unique style and voice of this talented artist. The exhibit’s opening reception will feature a live performance by Adrian Terrazas Gonzalez (The Mars Volta) with Jazztec.

Known for his dark, gothic and somewhat disturbing images, Kraken is a highly sought after commercial graphics artist in Mexico. His work has been used to brand products from alcoholic beverages to sneakers, from apparel lines to bands. As a member of Mexico’s E3 Collective, Kraken has been involved in numerous group shows around the world. His work has appeared in an Amnesty International art book to raise money for the cause in Darfur, and he has had his work featured in an installation by the Centro Cultural España. Kraken’s work is often recognized for his use of repetitive graphics and what could be called an obsession with eyes.

“I am inspired by different things when I work; comic books, movies, but mostly emotions. I get a lot of inspiration from reading psychological case studies of serial killers,” shares Kraken, “That’s where I got the idea of deforming humanity with unnatural light and dark colors, and repetitive imagery, like eyes. The eyes represent different things in my work, but lately they represent anxiety. I have this notion that your eyes see things differently when you’re having a panic attack; your stomach aches and your palms itch. It’s like those parts of your body are filled with eyes.”

For more information about this and other exhibits,

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