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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.25.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.25.16


We spent one whole week in Detroit, Michigan as guests of the good people who present the Murals In The Market , 1xRUN and the Inner State Gallery. We scratched the surface.

Our selections for this week’s edition of BSA Images Of The Week are harvested from Detroit streets and rooftops and hidden little spots – the murals painted for this year’s edition of  Murals In The Market, those are coming later on. Enjoy.

So, here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 907 Crew, Aryz, Avoid, Birdo, Dark Clouds, Droid, Ghostbeard, How & Nosm, Jarus, Kuma, Miss Van, NGC, Ouizi, Patch Whisky, Shepard Fairey, Smells, UFO, Vhils.

Our top image: Droid 907 with their original hybrid of fire extinguisher and outlining. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Vhils for Libray Street Collective. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Miss Van for Murals In The Market 2015. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ouizi for Murals In The Market 2015. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shepard Fairey. Detail. Library Street Collective. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shepard Fairey and How & Nosm. Library Street Collective. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ARYZ. Library Street Collective. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


KUMA. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


KUMA. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


A typical graffiti smorgasbord in an abandoned building in Detroit, Michigan. Multiply this snapshot by 5,000. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jarus. Murals In The Market 2015. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Birdo. Murals In The Market 2015. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Patch Whisky . Ghostbeard. Murals In The Market 2015. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


AVOID NGC. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smells . UFO 907. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dark Clouds. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Uknown. Detroit, Michigan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Detroit, Michigan. September 2016 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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How & Nosm Strike a “Balancing Act” in Detroit

How & Nosm Strike a “Balancing Act” in Detroit

Yin and Yang.
Good and Evil.
Joy and Pain.
Positive and Negative.
Bitterness and Forgiveness.
These are among the laws of polarity that are at play in our daily lives with us somehow moderating, ameliorating, mollifying, strengthening, accentuating one or the other to achieve a sense of balance.


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)

Graffiti writers/Street Artists and twin brothers How & Nosm draw our attention to this continuous and natural process in an epic new mural that they just completed in Detroit. They tell us that the framework of “family” was on their minds when conceptualizing the piece, with cogitations on the traditional polarity of matriarchy and patriarchy and the often delicate nature of providing a harmonious structure within that framework. It’s an idyllic concept, and in their press release the brothers acknowledge that is not always the case.


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)

Completed in conjunction with their “In Between” show at the Library Street Collective, this balancing act is “We are each pulled in different directions and balancing work, personal life, family and friends and health is increasingly difficult.”

The massive work contains symbols of struggle and throughout the composition looks for optical counterweights to answer overages, completed with patterning, character, and calligraphic linework. As with many of their nested storylines, How & Nosm leave much of the interpretation to the viewer here – a vibrant and organic painting that provides a balance to an equally massive one on this prima facade by Shepard Fairey that was also commissioned by a real estate company.


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)

Proudly coming from a background of graffiti and vandalism to completing a paid legal mural itself encompasses a polarity that many fans and critics discuss regularly today, not always producing agreement. We don’t know if the brothers considered this debate specifically when approaching the project,but you know it probably crosses their minds. Maybe that’s why the last statement they make in their description of the new work is “This mural stands as a reminder to strive for that balance.”


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)


How & Nosm. “Balancing Act” with Shepard’s Fairey on the right. Detroit, USA. May 2016. (photo © How & Nosm)


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Library Street Collective Presents: Revok “Ordinary Things” (Detroit, Michigan)


Please join us in Detroit, Michigan this Friday, November 2, 2012 for


Library Street Collective

1260 Library Street in downtown Detroit, MI. 48226

313.600.7443 /

The artist reception will take place on Friday, November 2 from 810pm.

Never in the history of art has a new genre become so adventurous, honest and powerful in such a short time.  The artist REVOK sits at the forefront of this movement.  His dedication, skill and determination have garnered him the respect and adoration of his peers.  His meticulous attention to detail and willingness to step outside of the lines and his comfort zone not only make him a rebel, but a leader, a pathfinder and a trailblazer in the graffiti art world.  Now as a fine artist, REVOK does this with grace and craftsmanship. Rearranging the memories, messages, words, warnings, colors and textures into coherent patterns with an honest and meaningful message. 

These most recent works by REVOK are of particular importance for the city we call home, the city adopted by this artist. Each work consists of material cultivated and cultured in the city of Detroit. Each piece masterfully placed  among  its neighbors to tell a story of growth, inspiration and triumph. Each piece displaced from an urban tomb and certain death, given new life in a work of art that reminds us, exactly how beautiful this city is.  It signifies a rebirth of rebirth, a preservation of decay, encapsulating time and propelling it into a new age.

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