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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.01.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.01.15

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Eric Simmons, Eurotrash, Flood, Jordan Seiler, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Myth, Neon King Kong, Nick Walker, Paper Skaters, Silkor, Snowden, Snownyc, Specter, Thievin’ Stephen and Zach Meyer.

Top Image >> Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Flood (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI. The artist painted this mural last summer. The word EVOLVE was recently added as a way to restore the piece which was recently vandalized. See the damaged piece below. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter.  NYC Subway AD Takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jordan Seiler. NYC Subway AD Takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A small but effective intervention on a Hedwig And The Angry Inch Ad by Eric Simmons on the NYC Subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Snowden (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Paper Skaters (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zach Meyer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thievin’ Stephen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eurotrash (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Neon King Kong (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Slikor “Lets Stay Together” Yes let’s. At Low Brow Artique. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Central Park. Manhattan, NYC. January 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The 2014 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

The 2014 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

Here it is! Our 2014 wrap up featuring favorite images of the year by Brooklyn Street Art’s Jaime Rojo.

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Before our video roundup below here is the Street Art photographer’s favorite of the year: Ask Jaime Rojo, our illustrious editor of photography at BrooklynStreetArt.com , who takes thousands of photographs each year, to respond to a simple question: What was your favorite photo of the year?

For 2014 he has swift response: “The Kara Walker.” Not the art, but the artist posed before her art.

It was an impromptu portrait that he took with his iPhone when the artist unveiled her enormous sculpture at a small gathering of neighborhood locals and former workers of the Domino Sugar Factory, informal enough that Rojo didn’t even have his professional camera with him. Aside from aesthetics for him it was the fact that the artist herself was so approachable and agreed to pose for him briefly, even allowing him to direct her just a bit to get the shot, that made an imprint on his mind and heart.

Of course the sculpture is gone and so is the building that was housing it for that matter – the large-scale public project presented by Creative Time was occupying this space as the last act before its destruction. The artist herself has probably moved on to her next kick-ass project after thousands of people stood in long lines along Kent Avenue in Brooklyn to see her astounding indictment-tribute-bereavement-celebration in a hulking warehouse through May and June.

But the photo remains.

And Rojo feels very lucky to have been able to seize that quintessential New York moment: the artist in silhouette before her own image, her own work, her own outward expression of an inner world. 

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Jaime’s personal favorite of 2014; The site specific Kara Walker in front of her site specific installation at the Domino Sugar Factory in May of this year in Brooklyn. Artist Kara Walker. (photo via iPhone © Jaime Rojo)

Now, for the Video

And our holiday gift to you for five years running, here is the brand new video of favorite images of graffiti and Street Art by Brooklyn Street Art’s editor of photography, Jaime Rojo.

Of a few thousand these 129 shots fly smoothly by as a visual survey; a cross section of graffiti, street art, and the resurgence of mural art that continues to take hold. As usual, all manner of art-making is on display as you wander your city’s streets. Also as usual, we prefer the autonomous free-range unsolicited, unsanctioned type of Street Art because that’s what got us hooked as artists, and ultimately, it is the only truly uncensored stuff that has a free spirit and can hold a mirror up to us. But you have to hand it to the muralists – whether “permissioned” or outright commissioned, some people are challenging themselves creatively and still taking risks.

Once again these artists gave us impetus to continue doing what we are doing and above all made us love this city even more and the art and the artists who produce it. We hope you dig it too.

 

Brooklyn Street Art 2014 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

2Face, Aakash Nihalani, Adam Fujita, Adnate, Amanda Marie, Andreco, Anthony Lister, Arnaud Montagard, Art is Trash, Ben Eine, Bikismo, Blek Le Rat, Bly, Cake, Caratoes, Case Maclaim, Chris Stain, Cleon Peterson, Clet, Clint Mario, Col Wallnuts, Conor Harrington, Cost, Crummy Gummy, Dain, Dal East, Damien Mitchell, Damon, Dan Witz, Dasic, Don’t Fret, Dot Dot Dot, Eelco Virus, EKG, El Sol 25, Elbow Toe, Etam Cru, Ewok, Faring Purth, Gilf!, Hama Woods, Hellbent, Hiss, Hitnes, HOTTEA, Icy & Sot, Jana & JS, Jason Coatney, Jef Aerosol, Jilly Ballistic, Joe Iurato, JR, Judith Supine, Kaff Eine, Kashink, Krakenkhan, Kuma, Li Hill, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Mais Menos, Mark Samsonovich, Martha Cooper, Maya Hayuk, Miss Me, Mover, Mr. Prvrt, Mr. Toll, Myth, Nenao, Nick Walker, Olek, Paper Skaters, Patty Smith, Pixel Pancho, Poster Boy, Pyramid Oracle, QRST, Rubin 415, Sampsa, Sean 9 Lugo, Sebs, Sego, Seher One, Sexer, Skewville, SmitheOne, Sober, Sonni, Specter, SpY, Square, Stay Fly, Stik, Stikki Peaches, Stikman, Swil, Swoon, Texas, Tilt, Tracy168, Trashbird, Vexta, Vinz, Willow, Wolfe Works, Wolftits, X-O, Zed1.

Read more about Kara Walker in our posting “Kara Walker And Her Sugar Sphinx At The Old Domino Factory”.

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 12.14.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 12.14.14

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The year is winding down people, and the hits just keep on coming!

Bankers are ruling us and setting us up for their next crashing of the economy, mistletoe-carrying drones are a good idea gone wrong, and thousands continue to protest injustice toward black and brown people in Washington DC and Washington Square. In happier news: – just one photo we posted this week on Instagram – LMNOPI’s painting of a small boy protester – united the boy’s mother with the artist and us via social media, which was kind of magical. See a version of the image below. The city is also crammed with tourists (Hi Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Roy! Hi Kate and William!), drunken Santa’s are somewhat less cranky this year, and the Dyker Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn is already encrusted with Christmas lights.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring $howta, Crummy Gummy, Dhear, Don John, Eelco Virus, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Mistakoy, Mr. Oneteas, Peter Van Flores, Rocko, Tracy168, WERC, and ZIMAD.

Top Image >> A Mr. OneTeas tribute to Keith Haring appeared in Soho. Earlier in the week an “I Can’t Breath” piece by the artist appeared on the street in Williamsburg but was torn down before we could get to it. Things happen fast sometimes with this ephemeral form of speech, and some pieces (like anything too cutesy or anything with male nudity) come down fast. The artists Instagram has a version of the large wheatpaste. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. OneTeas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zimad just finished this tribute to Basquiat for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A Tracey 168 re-resurgence appeared suddenly for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mistakoy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crummy Gummy in Miami. (photo © Crummy Gummy)

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LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye getting in the spirit of the season and sharing it on the streets. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eelco Virus with Rocko for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eelco Virus. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don John at work for Urban Xchange: Crossing Over in Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Nikko Tan)

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Don John. Urban Xchange: Crossing Over. Penang, Malaysia. (photo © Nikko Tan)

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Peter Van Flores in Miami. (photo © Crummy Gummy)

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WERC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dhear in Mexico City for MUJAM. (photo © Wladimir Sanchez)

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Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.28.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.28.14

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bikismo, Cera, Conor Harrington, indie184, Knarf, London Kaye, Nemo, NemO’s, Pyramid Oracle, Sheryo, Stikki Peaches, The Yok, Troy Lovegates, UNO, and Wolfe Work.

Brooklyn-Street-Art-Nuart-Mcity-2014-Screen-Shot-2014-09-27-at-5.34Scroll to the end to see the brand new video of M-City stencilling atop a sea vessel during his Nordic oceanic installation off the coast of Stavanger. Also, check out the blowing winds on the mic at the beginning.

Top Image >> Bikismo’s new mural for the New York Street Gallery sends mixed messages brought during the fog of war, an age in which we currently live. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye rather trapped behind a fence (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NemO’S “Arrow-d Signal ” New piece in Piacenza, Italy. (photo © NemO’S)

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Conor Harrington in town for his pop-up with Lazarides did this mural for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Troy Lovegates in Chicago for Pawn Works. (photo © Pawn Works)

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NEMO and the undercover carrot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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UNO taking the pig out for a stroll in this new piece in Rome, Italy. (photo © UNO)

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Slim shady and The Yok and Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sometimes my mind gets so muddled and confluszed and I can’t straight think. CERA in Philadelphia. (photo © CERA)

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CERA in Philadelphia. (photo © CERA)

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Dude, you seen my wheels? Wolfe Work (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No regrets!  Okay, maybe one. Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Knarf in Vienna, Austria for Inoperable Galley. (photo © Knarf)

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Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikki Peaches collaboration with Indie184. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. SOHO, NYC. September 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

M-City and Nuart present Ocean Art

 

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.06.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.06.14

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Now we’re in the thick of it – summer murals and independent interventions all. Regardless of technique, experience or background, artists of all stripes are bringing new works on walls across the city, including our top image this week which is by someone new to the street, Turkish fine artist, painter, designer Anil Duran in Bushwick. Labels (Street Art, graffiti, urban art, murals) can be helpful to categorize, but let’s drop them this week and call it art, and see if it applies.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Anil Duran, Anthony Lister, BD White, Chuck Berrett, Damon, Daniel Anguilu, EC13, El Niño de las Pinturas, GG Artwork, Hitnes, Joseph Meloy, Kremen, London Kaye, MKGO, Nepo, Nicole Salgar, Ramiro Davarro-Comas, TLC, Vandal Expressionism, and X-Men.

Top Image >> Anil Duran (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Anil Duran. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Daniel Anguilu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kremen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TLC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TLC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TLC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TLC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BD White threw in a couple of hashtags here to help push forward the idea. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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X – Men truck by Keo, Sienide, Moist, Tatu, West, Zear (or at least that’s who is called out) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Italian Hitnes for The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hitnes for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hitnes for The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ramiro Davaro-Comas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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EC 13 New Work in Spain. (photo © EC 13)

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EC 13 and El Nino Collaboration in Spain. (photo © EC 13)

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GG Artwork (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MKGO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NEPO completed his piece of comic characters from Latin America. We see Mafalda and Memin Pinguin in there. Who else? This was done for The Juicy Art Fest. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Anthony Lister for The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Anthony Lister for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Anthony Lister and Joseph Meloy AKA Vandal Expressionism. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NY. June 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Images of the Week: 04.13.14

Images of the Week: 04.13.14

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Street Artists have been exhibited in museums before so Swoon’s “Submerged Motherlands” doesn’t break ground because of its presence inside a grand institution, even if said institution also holds one of the largest collections of Egyptian art, and is also hosting the largest US exhibition of Ai Weiwei next week, for example.

What surprised us most this week as the Brooklyn Museum threw open its doors to a seven story installation that includes a tree, a gazebo, and two boats that sailed the Adriatic was the rapid rate that this artist has gone from running the streets under cover of night of Brooklyn plastering her linotypes to being invited inside to spray the walls of the Brooklyn Museum with a fire extinguisher. The total time elapsed between her first hand cut paper wheat paste on tattered walls and Friday’s opening was a decade and a half. That is noteworthy in itself, and worthy of someone’s exhaustive examination, but suffice to say that you have to have vision and commitment to pull this off.

Here are new images from the exhibit along with our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Cost, Elbow-Toe, London Kaye, Myth, Nick Walker, Paul Richard, Swoon, and Tava.

Top Image >> Swoon “Submerged Motherlands” exhibition now open to the public at the Brooklyn Museum. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon “Submerged Motherlands” exhibition now open to the public at the Brooklyn Museum. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon “Submerged Motherlands” exhibition now open to the public at the Brooklyn Museum. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon “Submerged Motherlands” exhibition now open to the public at the Brooklyn Museum. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Read our interview with the artist this week – “Swoon: Submerged Motherlands”, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Museum.

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elbow Toe goes over himself and he feels a bit nostalgic. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker. Dona Isabel is a member of the undead. She is coming home after a night of blood hunting on the LES.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown. A new tribute to SAMO and Andy Warhol. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye calling it right. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Have You Seen Me? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Paul Richard. Discuss (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tava (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“Her face carried some unseen burden as she swallowed down her shot and our eyes connected from across the room,” Eduardo Jones (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Lord have mercy. COST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown. Save the bees peeps! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled.  NYC Winter 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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The Power Of Slow and the Ascent of the Storytellers

The Power Of Slow and the Ascent of the Storytellers

A big deal has been made about the so-called virtual experience of Street Art – made possible by ever more sophisticated phones and digital platforms and technology – producing a pulsating river of visually pleasing delicacies to view across every device at a rapid speed, and then forget.

Sit on the city bus or in a laundromat next to someone reviewing their Instagram/RSS/Facebook  feed and you’ll witness a hurried and jerky scrolling with the index finger of images flying by with momentary pauses for absorbing, or perhaps “liking”. The greatest number of “likes” are always for the best eye candy, the most poppy, and the most commercially viable. It’s a sort of visual image consumption gluttony that can be as satisfying as a daily bag of orange colored cheese puffs.

This is probably not what art on the street is meant for. At least, not all of it.

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Space Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As we have been observing here and in front of audiences for a few years now, the 2000s and 2010s have brought a New Guard and a new style and approach to work in the street that we refer to as the work of storytellers. These artists are doing it slowly, with great purpose, and without the same goals that once characterized graffiti and street art.

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London Kaye’s tribute to Space Invader. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While there has been the dual development of a certain digital life during the last decade, these street works are eschewing the shallowness that our electronic behaviors are embracing. Even though the digitization of society has pushed boundaries of speed and eliminated geography almost entirely, it is creating an artificial intelligence of a different kind. In other words there really is still no substitute for being there to see this work, to being present in the moment while cars drive by and chattering pedestrians march up the sidewalk.

Setting aside the recent abundance of large commissioned/permissioned murals and  the duplication/repetition practice of spreading identical images on wheatpasted posters and stickers that demark the 1990s and early 2000s in the Street Art continuum, today we wanted to briefly spotlight some of the one of a kind, hand crafted, hand painted, illegally placed art on the streets.

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The materials, styles and placements are as varied as the artists themselves: Yarn characters attached to fences, tiles glued to walls, acrylic and oil hand painted wheat pastes on a myriad of surfaces, ink, lead and marker illustrations, carved linotype ink prints, clay sculptures, lego sculptures, intricate hand-cut paper, and hand rendered drawings have slowly appeared on bus shelters, walls, doorways, even tree branches.

They all have a few things in common: The artists didn’t ask for permission to place these labor-intensive pieces on the streets, they are usually one of a kind, and frequently they are linked to personal stories.

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ve been educating ourselves about these stories and will be sharing some of them with you at the Brooklyn Museum in April, so maybe that’s why we have been thinking about this so much. There is a quality to these works that reflect a sense of personal urgency and a revelation about their uniqueness at the same time.

If the placement of them is hurried the making of them it is not. The themes can be as varied as the materials but in many cases the artist informs the art by his or her autobiography or aspiration. And once again BSA is seeing a steady and genuine growth in storytelling and activism as two of the many themes that we see as we walk the streets of the city.

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Jaye Moon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elbow Toe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Keely and Deeker collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Square and bunny M collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BD White (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bagman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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A New Knitter on the Block, London Kaye Brings her “Ballerinas”

A New Knitter on the Block, London Kaye Brings her “Ballerinas”

Yarn Bombing! Yarn Storming! Tell me another yarn.

Knitting and crocheting for the street is hardly new, but it is experiencing a great surge of interest right now – to the thrill of some who find it adorable and cute, and to the utter disgust of graffiti and Street Art dudes and dudettes who think it is all a trifle – not hardcore or STREET enough to be allowed up on walls and fences or on the, uh, STREET.

Also there are those mild-mannered fans who just think it is a cool thing to stumble upon some seemingly random hand knitted yarn things in a loud grimey underpass.

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ah, but that is just the point isn’t it? Artists who put their work up in the public sphere don’t usually ask for anyone’s permission and London Kaye joins that ever-growing list of bad-ass bombers, even if they are ballerinas.

On a side note: Have you noticed ballet has been all the freaking rage for Street Art over the last year? Faile did their Pas de deux with the New York City Ballet last spring, JR is getting ready to mount his project with them presently, and this series of dancers climbed a fence sometime in mid-December. Remember our first picture of the year LAST year? It’s like it was a telepathic message from the street – a vast conspiracy of so-called HI and LOW culture. It’s just as well that ballet get a kick in the leotards; since it was becoming an art form enjoyed by a dwindling number of patrons who are clumped on both ends of the human timeline but few in between those core constituencies of 6 year olds and 600 year olds.

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Back to our main story; A genuine newcomer on the street scene, knitter London Kaye follows her own whims and subject matter – not just ballerinas. She actually did a pretty cool reinterpretation of one of Invader’s tile pieces just after his went up at the turn of November, and which we posted that week. She joins the Street Art scene like most do and did – an artist in her early 20s who is churning out new work almost daily, a relatively new type of “bomber” who just wants her stuff to be seen by as many passersby as possible – before it dances away.

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The 2013 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

The 2013 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

Here it is! Our 2013 wrap up featuring favorite images of the year by Brooklyn Street Art’s Jaime Rojo.

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Before our video roundup below here is the Street Art photographer’s favorite of the year, snapped one second before he was singled out of a New York crowd, handcuffed, and stuffed into a police car – sort of like the Banksy balloons he was capturing.

“Among all the thousands of photos I took this year there’s one that encapsulates the importance of Street Art in the art world and some of the hysteria that can build up around it,” he says of his final shot on the final day of the one month Better Out Than In artist ‘residency’ in NYC this October. It was a cool day to be a Street Art photographer – but sadly Rojo was camera-less in a case of mistaken identity, if only for a short time.

Released two hours later after the actual car-jumping trespasser was charged, Rojo was happy to hear the Chief Lieutenant tell his officer “you’ve got the wrong man”, to get his shoelaces back, and to discover this photo was still on his camera. He also gets to tell people at parties that he spent some time in the holding cell with the two guys whom New York watched tugging down the B-A-N-K-S-Y.

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What’s everybody looking at? Jaime Rojo’s favorite image of the year at the very end of the Banksy brouhaha. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Now, for the Video

When it came to choosing the 112 images for the video that capture the spirit of the Street Art scene in ’13, we were as usual sort of overwhelmed to comb through about ten thousand images and to debate just how many ‘legal’ versus ‘illegal’ pieces made it into the mix. Should we include only images that went up under the cover of the night, unsanctioned, uncensored, uncompromised, unsolicited and uncommissioned? Isn’t that what Street Art is?

Right now there are a growing number of legal pieces going up in cities thanks to a growing fascination with Street Art and artists and it is causing us to reevaluate what the nature of the Street Art scene is, and what it may augur for the future. You can even say that from a content and speech perspective, a sizeable amount of the new stuff is playing it safe – which detracts from the badass rebel quality once associated with the practice.

These works are typically called by their more traditional description – murals. With all the Street Art / graffiti festivals now happening worldwide and the growing willingness of landlords to actually invite ‘vandals’ to paint their buildings to add cache to a neighborhood and not surprisingly benefit from the concomitant increase in real estate values, many fans and watchers have been feeling conflicted in 2013 about the mainstreaming that appears to be taking place before our eyes. But for the purposes of this roundup we decided to skip the debate and let everybody mix and mingle freely.

This is just a year-end rollicking Street Art round-up; A document of the moment that we hope you like.

Ultimately for BSA it has always been about what is fresh and what is celebrating the creative spirit – and what is coming next. “We felt that the pieces in this collection expressed the current vitality of the movement – at least on the streets of New York City,” says photographer and BSA co-founder Rojo. It’s a fusillade of the moment, complete with examples of large murals, small wheat pastes, intricate stencils, simple words made with recycled materials or sprayed on to walls, clay installations, three dimensional sculptures, hand painted canvases, crocheted installations, yarn installations etc… they somehow captured our imaginations, inspired us, made us smile, made us think, gave us impetus to continue doing what we are doing and above all made us love this city even more and the art and the artists who produce it.

Brooklyn Street Art 2013 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

A Dying Breed, Aakash Nihalini, Agostino Iacursi, Amanda Marie, Apolo Torres, Axel Void, Bagman, Bamn, Pixote, Banksy, B.D. White, Betsy, Bishop203, NDA, Blek le Rat, br1, Case Maclaim, Cash For Your Warhol, Cholo, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Christian Nagel, Cost, ENX, Invader, Crush, Dal East, Damien Mitchell, Dase, Dasic, Keely, Deeker, Don’t Fret, The Droid, ECB, el Seed, El Sol 25, Elbow Toe, Faile, Faith 47, Five Pointz, Free Humanity, Greg LaMarche, Hot Tea, How & Nosm, Icy & Sot, Inti, Jilly Ballistic, John Hall, JR, Jose Parla, Judith Supine, Kremen, Kuma, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Love Me, Martha Cooper, Matt Siren, Elle, Mika, Miss Me, Missy, MOMO, Mr. Toll, Nychos, Okuda, Alice Mizrachi, OLEK, Owen Dippie, Paolo Cirio, Paul Insect, Phetus, Phlegm, Revok, Pose, QRST, Rambo, Ramiro Davaro, Reka, Rene Gagnon, ROA, RONES, Rubin, bunny M, Square, Stikki Peaches, Stikman, Swoon, Tristan Eaton, The Lisa Project 2013, UFO 907, Willow, Swill, Zed1, and Zimer.

Read more about Banksy’s last day in New York here and our overview of his residency in the essay “Banksy’s Final Trick” on The Huffington Post.

 

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Street Art Tile “Invasion” of New York Cut Short

Street Art Tile “Invasion” of New York Cut Short

An internationally known European Street Artist had a “residency” in NYC last month before being arrested on the street by police last week.

Invader, the French Street Artist who takes his shortened moniker from the 1970s video game Space Invaders, had just debuted his new 25-minute mini-documentary the night before at a Lower Manhattan theater and was flying high on its success when he was nabbed for gluing a tiled mosaic onto a wall. That marked the sudden end of his residency, which he prefers to call an “invasion”.

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A veteran of the global Street Art scene over the last decade and a half, his signature porcelain works inspired by the 8-bit graphics of the early video games have been spread throughout cities worldwide. When we spoke to him two years ago in LA where he put pieces into the “Art in the Streets” museum exhibition, he was planning to place 1,000 of his tiled characters all over Paris, an exhausting experiment that he completed and celebrated with a gallery show entitled “1000”.

Since then he has recreated everything from digitized versions of the Pink Panther, the Union Jack, and Darth Vader. He’s even created a series of iconic album covers by the Clash, Velvet Underground and Nirvana using only Rubik’s cubes.

His new movie, “Art4Space”, which was screened for free two times for New Yorkers who can’t get enough of his retro-simplicity and thrill seeking, showed him sending one of his invaders literally into space.  Viewers get to see him planning and constructing a complicated weather balloon he names “Space-One,” and launch it into the atmosphere. When it falls back to earth the recorded video is recovered and you have an opportunity to now see the little character’s own space odyssey.

Here are images shot by photographer Jaime Rojo of recent work by Invader and a brief email interview with the artist to see what inspired them and if he is still into video games.

Brooklyn Street Art: Did you discover a new cache of vintage video games for the new collection of the characters that you recently put up in NYC?
Invader: No, I have always been inspired by all kind of vintage video games. What is new for this wave of Invasion is that I end up drawing/creating some of the characters like the Snow White and the R2D2.

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Video Games have changed into a very sophisticated multi-billion-dollar industry. Do you watch or play the new video games and do you think you could get inspiration from them for your art?
Invader: I have no game consoles and I have no time to play videogames. My game takes place outside with tiles and cement. Nevertheless, I like to play simple games on my phone. It could become a source of inspiration of course.

Brooklyn Street Art: Because of the digitized effect of the tiles when they simplify complex detail, is it difficult to convey an image sometimes?
Invader: Yes it is always complicated to simplify!

Brooklyn Street Art: When aliens discover one of your pieces floating in space will they consider it art or graffiti?
Invader: But graffiti is art, isn’t it?

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Invader’s version of Snow White (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This New York based Street Artist named London Kaye works with yarn and was inspired by Invader’s piece above to crochet an homage to him on the street. “The reason I like recreating Space Invaders’ work is because it is simply symmetrical colored squares that make beautiful art. Space Invader is influential because of the sheer space and territory that has been marked with beautiful mosaic art. The simple and classic design is timeless, ” says Kaye. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A collaboration with Invader and Cost and ENX (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.27.13

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.27.13

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This weekend Halloween began early, and with Banksy leading the way on Friday night, it looks like there will be more tricks in store before the end of October (Thursday). Another surprise came when Swoon took her turn at the Houston wall.  As of right now, everyone is keeping their eyes open for what will happen next. Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Banksy, Blanco, HDL, JR, London Kaye, and Swoon.

Top image>>> The Grim Reaper at the wheel in this performance attributed to Banksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy. Live music was provided. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Blanco (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR collaboration with Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR collaboration with Martha Cooper. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR collaboration with Martha Cooper. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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HDL. “Insectivorous” Detroit, 2013. (photo © Steve Coy)

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HDL. “Brand Take Off” Detroit, 2013. (GIF © Steve Coy)

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HDL. “Brand Take Off” Detroit, 2013. (photo © Steve Coy)

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Swoon and Groundswell collaboration in progress at the Houston Wall. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon’s “Thalassa” at the Houston Wall. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon’s “Thalassa” at the Houston Wall. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon’s “Neenee” at the Houston Wall. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon’s “Neenee” at the Houston Wall. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon’s “Neenee” at the Houston Wall. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon at the Houston Wall. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images of The Week: 10.20.13

BSA Images of The Week: 10.20.13

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The leaves in Central Park are aflame and so are the passions of Street Art fans (and artists) this week in New York where the general public is now conditioned to be on alert for a near-daily announcement of a new Banksy installation nearly anywhere in the city. It can be a stencil, a sculpture, a performance, a rolling truck gallery, or a canvas suspended from the Highline – but don’t worry about finding it – it will be announced on the website first…

Lead image above >>Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ve tried to keep it all in perspective and not slavishly cancel life to run out and capture the latest installation, but the buzz is unavoidable and we get sucked in.  It is now taking on some air of a circus, complete with barkers and clowns and otters flapping their flippers (and lips).  As a branding “re-fresh”, it’s been a very successful campaign so far with news reportage, Instagramming and re-tweets, crowds assembling at a moments notice to snap images of and/or with the work, and we even found vigilante fans tackling vandals who are vandalizing the vandalism.  You can’t engineer that sort of irony. Now an elected leader or two are talking about trying to capture the president of Banksy Inc. LLC – which would send a clear message to all Street Artists that this really is the best way to market your work.

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Banksy. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Meanwhile there are many other Street Artists and fine artists in general who are still at work on the streets of New York, and you may even give their content, quality and placement more praise than some from this Banksy campaign. We’ve always celebrated the creative spirit however it is expressed and invariably find some of the greatest work is done by people we’ve never heard of, or barely know much about. At a time where large media is consolidating and the individual voice is being marginalized and commodified, we find this to still be an amazingly democratic practice of joining the conversation, if imperfect and confusing. And New York doesn’t stop just because one new guy is getting a lot of attention – Hell, we barely notice when Obama or the Pope or even the Queen of England visits – she’s just one queen after all and we have the entire neighborhood of Chelsea.

So here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Banksy, Bifido, Cali Killa, Dede, Don Rimx, El Kamino, El Sol 25, JC, London Kaye, Meres, Nepo, Pastey Whyte, Shin Shin, and Shiro.

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______________________, The Musical! Banksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The view into the back of a box truck with an installation attributed to Banksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A Dying Breed. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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9 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shiro. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Kamino. American Flag with Cardinal. Welling Court. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don Rimx . NEPO. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don Rimx . NEPO. Detail. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pastey Whyte (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Meres. 5ptz. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown. 5ptz. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cali Killa (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dede (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JC in Barcelona, Spain. (photo © JC)

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Bifido. Rome, Italy 2013. (photo © Bifido)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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