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Mr. Fijodor: “Life Below Water” for #Envision2030 in Turin

Mr. Fijodor: “Life Below Water” for #Envision2030 in Turin

An appreciable number of Street Artists around the world continue to address climate change with their work, whether small stickers or large murals, often with a focus on the animals that cohabitate with humans. Functioning perhaps as the canary in a coalmine, this rising number or artists and creatives is beginning to sound like a chorus.

Mr. Fijodor. “Life Below Water”. IICerchio E Le Gocce Association. Lavazza, Turin. October 2018. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Today from Turin, Italy, we have this painted whale constructed entirely of garbage from Street Artist Mr. Fjodor. Our oceans are now showing more obvious signs of our reckless behavior, including more obvious examples like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Additionally, what is showing up in the water you drink?

From surface to seabed the plastics are now floating everywhere in our oceans, and microplastics are now appearing in your food. Even responsible coffee companies are examining their part in polluting the oceans and earth by producing plastic K-cupsreportedly enough K-cups each year that, if strung together, could encircle the earth at the Equator multiple times.

Mr. Fijodor. “Life Below Water”. IICerchio E Le Gocce Association. Lavazza, Turin. October 2018. (photo © Livio Ninni)

17 street artists are realizing public artworks that address the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development 2030 (#Envision2030), say organizers of this new initiative in Turin, and Mr. Fjodor chose number 14, which examines “Life Below Water” with a focus on sea and its inhabitants. He tells us that Goal No. 14 to him means first prevention of pollutants and then finding ways to significantly decrease every kind of marine pollution.

“I have interpreted the Life Below Water goal using a whale as the main character of my work, being the largest marine mammal but also one of the most vulnerable,” says the artist. “The whale represents the fragility of the marine ecosystem and the careless and shortsighted exploitation made by men”.

Mr. Fijodor. “Life Below Water”. IICerchio E Le Gocce Association. Lavazza, Turin. October 2018. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Mr. Fijodor. “Life Below Water”. IICerchio E Le Gocce Association. Lavazza, Turin. October 2018. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Mr. Fijodor. “Life Below Water”. IICerchio E Le Gocce Association. Lavazza, Turin. October 2018. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Mr. Fijodor. “Life Below Water”. IICerchio E Le Gocce Association. Lavazza, Turin. October 2018. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Mr. Fijodor. “Life Below Water”. IICerchio E Le Gocce Association. Lavazza, Turin. October 2018. (photo © Livio Ninni)


 

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Mr. Fijodor With Love, Dragons, Robots From Torino

Mr. Fijodor With Love, Dragons, Robots From Torino

Monsters, whales, deer, dragons, dogs, birds, fictional creatures from the woods, very surprised looking people; these are the figures who appear in the murals of Italian Street Artist Mr. Fijordor. A graff writer/ Street Artist since 1994, the quietly engaging wit of his simple illustrations are meant to converse with passersby.

Mr. Fijodor. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Here he shows you his new mural work just completed on the façade of an elevator company’s business here in Turin, and he tells us it is 130 meters long. “Although the winter is cold I managed to draw a giant wall with skyscrapers, dragons and robots,” he says.

Mr. Fijodor. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

 

 

Mr. Fijodor. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Mr. Fijodor. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Mr. Fijodor. Torino, Italy. (photo © the artist’s Facebook page)

Mr. Fijodor. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Mr. Fijodor. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Mr. Fijodor. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)


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Etnik and a Poplar Tree for “Without Frontiers” in Montova, Italy

Etnik and a Poplar Tree for “Without Frontiers” in Montova, Italy

Stockholm born, Florence based ETNA created this poplar tree to rather levitate on a wall in Mantova, Italy recently.

Etnik for Without Frontiers Festival in Mantova, Italy. June 2017. (photo © Livio Ninni)

The 90s graffiti writer who now often participates in mural festivals says he chose this geometric abstraction to represent the poplar tree because of its historical connection to this host city and because of the undeniable intertwined associations he also has with the architecture that these trees often frame.

Part of the “Without Frontiers’ project that ran June 19-24 and was curated by Simona Gavioli and Giulia Giliberti of Caravan Setup Gallery in Bologna, the mural project includes work by artists Elbi Elem, Panem et Circenses, Zedz, and Corn79.

Etnik for Without Frontiers Festival in Mantova, Italy. June 2017. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Etnik for Without Frontiers Festival in Mantova, Italy. June 2017. (photo © Livio Ninni)

Etnik for Without Frontiers Festival in Mantova, Italy. June 2017. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.20.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.20.16

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New York is bracing, as is the rest of the country, for the fallout of the election.

We’ve seen an uptick in anti-semitic graffiti on the street, but not a great deal of other stuff aside from acidic disgust toward Trump – but that was true before the election. The governor and the mayor are warning the new administration that no discrimination or hate will be welcomed in the State or City. Most of the time the president elect is still hanging out at his towers in Manhattan choosing rich, connected, white men to fill all his cabinet posts. Almost every one those choices have people up in arms.

Meanwhile, the autumn has been spectacular and we’re all reminding ourselves and each other that we have a lot to be thankful for, and to fight for – for all of us across the country in every city, town, suburb, and rural home.  It looks like winter is coming, so gather wood for the fire.

It’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Aaron Ki, C-3, Dan Witz, Ganzeer, Individualactivist, Livio Ninni, Mark Bode, Mr. Fijodor, ODeith, Ouizi, Qi Xinghau, Raphael Federici, Roteo, SpY, and Voxx Romana.

Our top photo: Raphael Federici #parissketchculture (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ouizi (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Invididualactivist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Aaron Kai (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Voxx (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LOVE indeed. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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C_3 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ganzeer at Magic City Life. Dresden, Germany. November 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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SpY (Andy K and Jens Besser on the bottom) at Magic City Life. Dresden, Germany. November 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This 3-D effect totally works by the way. Odeith at Magic City Life. Dresden, Germany. November 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz at Magic City Life. Dresden, Germany. November 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Qi Xinghua at Magic City Life. Dresden, Germany. November 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mark Bode at Magic City Life. Dresden, Germany. November 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Roteo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Men’s bathroom talk… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The former Pearl Paint store on Canal in Manhattan where so many students and Street Artists and artists of all kinds used to congregate. Still looking good, now festooned with big bubble tags. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan. Fall 2016 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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It is Now Cool to Paint A School Building in Torino.

It is Now Cool to Paint A School Building in Torino.

Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus

Somewhere along the way it has become normal for kids to paint on their school building.

It may be further evidence that the mural movement inspired by the Street Art movement which was inspired by the lawless chaos of graffiti is making art on school buildings cool again. Schools are typically resistant to any artistic incursion to their bland facades.

But there is a sea-change in opinion about public art thanks to the hoodlums who have been re-claiming public space for art all these years, including graffiti writers, D.I.Y. kids, punks, art school students and thoughtful incisive academics. In fact it was students who helped paint this school – something kids are traditionally suspended from school for doing.

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

“The power of the students’ suggestions as well as the inspiring functionalism of the Bauhaus gave birth to the project for the building’s facade – this allowed a harmonic dialog with the rationalist architecture that characterizes the building,” say the organizers, Il Cerchio e Le Gocce, a cultural association, founded in Torino in 2001.

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

They say on their website that their work is rooted in underground culture, street art and graffiti-writing. Over the last years they have brought many artists to legal walls in Torino including Aryz, Blu, Etnik, Satone, Zedz, Erosie and Dare.

One commenter on Street Art Tourino’s instagram was not impressed however: “honestly I would have expected more, and certainly other colors, bolder (such as purple, yellow, orange etc. ..) would have made the most eye-catching exterior …”.

Nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a few throwups and bubble tags, right?

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita, Torino. Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor’s Phantasmagorical Creatures Somewhere in Italy

Mr. Fijodor’s Phantasmagorical Creatures Somewhere in Italy

Wild Style. No, not the movie nor the distinctive look of aerosol lettering by a graffiti writer. But yes, that is what the Italian Mr. Fijodor refers to when talking about his surreal, simple and spontaneous creatures in an abandoned industrial grove. Maybe these are closer to Where the Wild Things Are since his style is more like an illustrator of a children’s fantastic tale than writer of a big burner.

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

“Clumsy hominids, hallucinated minotaurs, gargantuan fish and frightened dinosaurs peek out from the walls,” Mr. Fijodor tells us, and you can see how his imagination is freed in these spots that are slowly being reclaimed by the forces of nature. He says the hallucinatory phenoms come from his dreams as well as his nightmares but for urban explorers who like to discover places like this, they can become reality for a minute before they are covered with mold and vines.

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Mr. Fijodor)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Mr. Fijodor)

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