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BSA Film Friday: 03.30.18

BSA Film Friday: 03.30.18

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

Now screening :
1. Indigo Blood Project by Koralie / Work in progress
2. Melbourne 2018
3. Olek: The Artist Weaving The World Together
4. Ben Eine’s New Ted Talk

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BSA Special Feature: Indigo Blood Project by Koralie / Work in progress

And the award for sound editing goes to Koralie and team on this brand new video promoting her show and book at Jonathan Levine Projects that debuts shortly and draws inspiration from her travels around the world. You will not miss one audio aspect of the creative process here, nor will you miss how the French Street Artist has incorporated folk, ritual, and traditional craft in her work.

She is creating a “dreamlike multicultural harmony” that reigns in the wildness associated with aerosol and markers – giving everything it’s appropriate, attractive place in the formalized geometry of her new works.

 

Melbourne 2018

A splendid survey of Melbourne in this moment from Christophe Delvalie, the director allows you to discover the character of the street life with a soundtrack drawn directly from it. Then rather abruptly you are plunged into night time and nature. Oh I get it, this is like an audio visual postcard from his trip to Melbourne! Okay, cool.

Olek: The Artist Weaving The World Together

“With my work I want to create pieces that engage community together and allow us to really create something positive.” From this perspective, it is working.

Ben Eine Does His Ted Talk with Bottle of Gin Handy At All Times

Famed Street Artist Ben Eine speaks candidly about his career as graffiti writer and contemporary artist during the TEDx event at the University of East Anglia.

 

 

 

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Trump Street Art – Instantly There’s a Global Critique

Trump Street Art – Instantly There’s a Global Critique

Any US president can expect cartoons and visual commentary critiquing their performance and policies and persona and fashion and idiosyncrasies. This one has created a flood of it worldwide.

Teo_Vasquez photo ©Sameworld_project in Barcelona, Spain

The chaos that is the first ten days of this administration has only confirmed some peoples worst projections, yet its been filled with surprises as well – including in the street.

Thanks to the popularity of murals and the multitude of techniques artists use on the street today, critique of political/social matters on public walls has joined those of political cartoons in magazines and newspapers. Of course Trump and his spokespeople would probably call these “fake murals” or something.

Bailer ID in Melbourne, Australia photo© Gavin McLaughlin

The point is, you don’t have to like or agree with all of these expressions from “A Tremendous Roundup Of Street Art Ridiculing Donald Trump” – they range from witty and clever to childish and catty to horribly offensive and uncalled for – but that’s the nature of satire and free speech and it is also some measure of public sentiment.

We find it interesting because the pieces appear to be coming from all manner of people and the topics are spread wide. The one above from Melbourne includes a tag critical of more than Trump – “F*ck Clinton” for example.

Here are a just a few images of 40 from the article posted by Lee Moran of The Huffington Post, who says “from England and Austria to New York and Los Angeles, the writing is on the wall.” See the complete article HERE.

A painted electrical box in London. Photo ©littlewisehen 

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Australian Italian Museum Honors Immigration With Alice Pasquini Mural on Façade

Australian Italian Museum Honors Immigration With Alice Pasquini Mural on Façade

Italian Street Artist and muralist Alice Pasquini pays tribute to immigrants and the struggle to leave one’s home to go to a new country to live with her new painting on the façade of Melbourne’s Italian Museum in Carlton.

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Alice Pasquini. “Per L’Australia / Passenger.” Melbourne, Australia. November 2016. (photo © Lou Chamberlin)

Remembering historically how many people around the world were forced to immigrate to new countries is very important to do today as rhetoric fills the air in countries that would seek to  scapegoat the victim – rather than the banks, war industry, oil industry, etcetera who are creating new refugees daily.

Almost no one wants to leave their home, their culture and their families by choice – they are usually forced to. They also invariably endure hardship and varying degrees of discrimination that compounds their struggle.

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Alice Pasquini. “Per L’Australia / Passenger.” Melbourne, Australia. November 2016. (photo © Rick Utano)

“The wall is also personal to me, as I myself have family living in Australia,” says Pasquini. “I think that in our current times, it’s essential to remember that we all come from somewhere. Tracing a line through our ancestry, almost everyone has at least one relative who was a passenger at one point in time.

“We must remember this and the struggles they must have faced,” she says, “and recall that empathy, compassion, and knowledge lead to growth.”

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A local resident stops to exchange stories with Alice Pasquini. “Per L’Australia / Passenger.” Melbourne, Australia. November 2016. (photo © Lou Chamberlin)

According to the Spartacus Educational website, the US also received a flood of Italian immigrants at the turn of the 20th Century, a fact which many Americans may not remember – along with the extreme prejudice that greeted many of these immigrants in our history. Says the website;

“From 1890 to 1900, 655,888 arrived in the United States, of whom two-thirds were men. A survey carried out that most planned to return once they had built up some capital.

Most Italians found unskilled work in America’s cities. There were large colonies in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit. From 1900 to 1910 over 2,100,00 arrived.”

See Ms. Pasquini talk about her her new painting and her observations of the current growth of interest in public art HERE.

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Alice Pasquini. “Per L’Australia / Passenger.” Melbourne, Australia. November 2016. (photo © Lou Chamberlin)

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Alice Pasquini. “Per L’Australia / Passenger.” Melbourne, Australia. November 2016. (photo © Alice Pasquini)

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Alice Pasquini. “Per L’Australia / Passenger.” Melbourne, Australia. November 2016. (photo © Lou Chamberlin)

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BSA Film Friday: 02.27.15

BSA Film Friday: 02.27.15

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

Now screening :

1. Banksy in Gaza: Vacation Promo
2. SOFLES Projection Mapping of His Mural in Melbourne
3.OLEK takes a Victory Lap Through 2014
4. Ben Eine Tags A Museum

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Banksy in Gaza: Vacation Promo

This new video from Banksy takes you on a grim tour of Gaza that is laced with sarcasm bordering on total cynicism. Released on his website Wednesday with a few photos from his trip, Banksy appears to have stenciled the last standing door in the ruins of a building. The anonymous UK Street Artist uses his art and satirical way with the language to make his point. “Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost every day,” he says on his page. His video says he climbed through tunnels to get there but maybe Banksy was in Tony Blair’s suitcase – the UN website says the former Prime Minister of the UK was there mid-month. “Gaza is a metaphor for all that is wrong,” wrote Mr. Tony Blair in an article after visiting Gaza on 14 February.

SOFLES Projection Mapping of His Mural in Melbourne

Selina Miles again directs and produces a film of Sofles at work that transcends the experience and gives you a sense of awe at his work, which truthfully is already often awesome. We’ve been a fan of and producer of events with projection mapping so we are glad to see a talented street artist use the technology in an effective way. The video begins innocently enough with some inking out an illustration on a canvas, then buffing of a wall in Melbourne. Later the sun goes down, and BAM!

OLEK takes a Victory Lap Through 2014

Expect to see Olek everywhere, we do!

 

Ben Eine Tags A Museum

London based street and graffiti artist Ben Eine knocked out a wall inside the Middlebury College Museum of Art as part of the upcoming exhibition OUTSIDE IN: ART OF THE STREET.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.18.14

BSA Film Friday: 07.18.14

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

Now screening :

1. TILIKUM from Michael Beerens
2. Etam Cru “Friends Sale”
3. RE+Public: Austin + Perth + Bringing Murals Alive Digitally
4. Creasing the Onassis from iNO
5. Last Breath IV. in Melbourne
6. Poesia: “Deconstructions”
7. How to Write a Hit Pop Song, Pt. 1

BSA Special Feature: TILIKUM from Michael Beerens

Sometimes the simple stuff catches you off guard – like the sentiment expressed at the very end of this brand new video from mild mannered Frenchman Michael Beerens. The Street Artist and muralist often does a singular creature, better rendered than you’re expecting, and with presence.

Etam Cru “Friends Sale”

Poland’s Etam Cru knock another top rate illustration out for this mural at Memorie Urbane this year. Wish the frame lingered a little longer on the finished piece so you could really savor it before it fades. From The Bind Eye Factory.

 

RE+Public: Austin + Perth + Bringing Murals Alive Digitally

A digital activation of murals in both Austin, Texas and Perth, Australia reveals some of the ways that augmented reality are beginning to impact your experience of public space.  You hope of course that developments in this technology will be limited primarily to artistic expression and will be free of advertising, but that dream only lasts two seconds as you look at the latest branded “Street Art” mural selling sneakers in your neighborhood. Here we go!

 

Creasing the Onassis from iNO

Here’s a very respectful mural painted on the Onassis Cultural Centre by Greek artist iNO on the occasion of “No Respect”, an exhibition focused on public contemporary forms of art in Athens. We like the full name of the exhibition ; “(Dis)respectful Creativity: Graffiti & Street Art on Contemporary Society & Urban Spaces”. Dang, wish we were there for that one!

 

Last Breath IV. in Melbourne

Living in any gentrifying neighborhood in Brooklyn, you eventually fall in love with destruction. The wordsmiths at Last Breath have been doing enough of these exhibitions inside soon-to-be-demolished spaces to have coined it deliciously: “This an attempt to make the most of the final days of a spacious warehouse, now void of any life, before its meaning and beauty are forgotten. We occupied the space and invited artists to celebrate the last days of this soon-forgotten construction. Now, the building and its final beautification will fully perish and on its grounds, yet another materiality will rise.” Have a bite!

 

Poesia: “Deconstructions”

And for dessert, an opus from Poesia; a backwards-masked undripping of color blocks and shards of spray. The titular head of Graffuturism lets us into his space and it is open for exploration and deconstructing.

How to Write a Hit Pop Song, Pt. 1

Dude just cracked the code on that Jason Derullo hype. I knew there was a formula!

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New Hunting Ground Gallery Launch. (Melbourne, Australia)

New Hunting Ground

 

New Hunting Ground will open its doors for the first time at 7pm on Friday 21st June, 2013. The brand new street and contemporary art gallery is located in a unique warehouse space in one of Fitzroy’s last industrial laneways.
New Hunting Ground is Directed by Shaun Hossack, the founder of Juddy Roller Café and co-founder of the annual ILL-Logic Outdoor Art Exhibition.  
The first show, also called New Hunting Ground, will feature artists from Europe, Australia , Canada and the USA. The lineup includes John Aslanidis, E.L.K, Jaws (Da Mental Vaporz), Ears, Does (Love Letters), Adnate (AWOL), Taylor White, Max Berry and more. The full line-up can be viewed on the New Hunting Ground website.

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Gallery Launch

 

Friday 21st June, 7pm

 

 

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Fun Friday 10.05.12

Happy Friday Everybody

Our Fun Friday Stories This Week

1. Mitt Hunts Big Bird for Thanksgiving Dinner #defendthearts
2. Stormie Mills in Melbourne
3. Ambush Group Show (Sydney)
4. TrustoCorp at Outsiders (Newcastle, UK)
5. Guy Denning Solo at Signal (London)
6. Goons Go Inside (Chicago)
7. Graffitimundo Needs Your Help to Finish Documentary (VIDEO)

Today is going to be 80 degrees in New York so we’ll be outside checking out some new stuff on the street – ya’ll hear that MOMO is in town? We’re still reeling a bit from the debate Wednesday night where Mittens threatened to have Big Bird for Thanksgiving dinner and that makes us think of Saber’s skywriting campaign to #DefendTheArts.

Image courtesy VH1

Stormie Mills in Melbourne

Stormie Mills has a solo show “Peoples and Places 2012” at the Metro Gallery in Melbourne, Australia that’s open to everybody and Mr. Mills will delight you with his funny, industrious little characters done mostly in monochrome palette. Also, it was snowing at the opening Wednesday. Kind of stormy.

Stormie Mills entry on this summer’s Welling Court. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Ambush Group Show (Sydney)

The Australians are putting in a good game it seems as the Ambush Gallery in Sydney has an interesting line up of dozens of Aussies for their group show “Living In A Glass House”. This exhibition is now open to the general public. Also interesting because all the profits go directly to the artists.

For further information regarding this show click here.

TrustoCorp at Outsiders (Newcastle, UK)

The Outsiders Gallery has invited American Street and Fine Artist TrustoCorp to come and mint wads of money, honey. Currency is power and with this show titled “The International Bank of TrustoCorp” you’ll find plenty of both. Opening today.

TrustoCorp on the streets of Brooklyn always has a variety of subversive messages posted on official looking signs. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Guy Denning Solo at Signal (London)

Guy Denning’s solo show “Paradiso” at the Signal Gallery in London, UK is now open to the.  This show is the last of a trilogy inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Go and be tempted.

Guy Denning. (image courtesy of the gallery)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Goons Go Inside (Chicago)

Goons, the Chicago based Street Artists are exhibiting at the Maxwell Colette Gallery in Chicago with a solo exhibition titled “Welcome to Goonswood”. This show opens today.

Goons on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Graffitimundo Needs Your Help to Finish Documentary (VIDEO)

Graffitimundo in Argentina is working on documentary “White Walls Say Nothing” to capture the art and activism on the streets of Buenos Aires. Take a look at the trailer for the film and please help them to raise the funds needed to complete their film by clicking on the link to their Kickstarter campaign.

“White Walls Say Nothing” link to their kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/whitewallsdoc/white-walls-say-nothing-buenos-aires-street-art-an

 

 

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Fun Friday 07.20.12

1.     Haters Gonna Hate (Video)
2.    Logan Hicks “Structural Integrity” (London)
3.    OLEK in 40 under 40: Craft Futures @ Smithsonian (Washington)
4.    OLEK’s 40 Under 40 (Video)
5.    Jon Burgerman at Pawn Works (Chicago)
6.    BKC East Coast Stickershow (BKLN)
7.    XCIA Artists Edition of New Book
8.    TOOFLY from Jay Maldonado (VIDEO)
9.    Aaron De La Cruz in West Oakland, CA (VIDEO)

It’s a great weekend in New Yawk so do your thing, baby! Like the artist duo UR New York say,”Be Who You Are”. You can be as positive or weird or normal or dull or talented or smelly or handsome or street or inarticulate or clever as you want.  Just ignore the haters because as we all know, no matter what you do..

Haters Gonna Hate (Video)

Logan Hicks “Structural Integrity” (London)

Brooklyn’s own Logan Hicks has a new solo show “Structural Integrity” that’s open to the public at The Outsiders Gallery in London. Logan’s treatment of light and shadow along with his intensely detailed multi-layered stencil technique is expanded on in this new body of work at The Outsiders. In a moment of pre-show jitters before the opening last night  he writes on his Facebook, “As I sit here thinking about the artwork that I made, the photos I took and the road that I took to having this show, it’s hard not to think of the people who helped me get here.”

Logan Hicks in Miami for Wynwood Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

OLEK in 40 under 40: Craft Futures @ Smithsonian (Washington)

Opening Today! The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program started 40 years ago so they’re hosting 40 under 40: Craft Futures.  Street Artist OLEK is one of the forty artists born since 1972 who are on display at the Renwick Gallery in an exhibition that investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics.

Olek in NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Show opens Friday July 20th at Smithson American Art Museum

1st floor, Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.)
July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013

For further information regarding this exhibition click HERE.

OLEK’s 40 Under 40 (Video)

Jon Burgerman at Pawn Works (Chicago)

The always good natured fellows that run the Pawn Works Gallery in Chicago had the wits to invite the rascal from England Jon Burgerman to show his “Hungry Games”. Inspired by the movie and predicated on Jon’s unwavering support for food and fun, this show opens on Saturday with actual GAMES!

Jon Burgerman in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

BKC East Coast Stickershow (BKLN)

King Rid and Jice and their friends have been working for months to pull together this gigantic sticker show that features slaps from all over the world. From mass produced to handmade one-offs, this massive collection is a freeze frame of this moment in 2012. Brass Knuckle Crew, Jice and King Rio will be hosting the BKC East Coast Sticker Show 2 Saturday at the Ivy House Studio in Brooklyn.

For further information regarding this event click here.

Also happening this weekend:

The Hendershot Gallery on The Lower East Side of Manhattan hosted photographer XCIA’s launch of the special ARTIST Edition of his book XCIA Street Art Project last night. Army Of One/JC2, Fumero, Chris Stain and ENX were part of the handful on hand who created customized covers for the book to be shown last night. The show is a continuation of the gallery’s Summer series of prints and walls. If you go, ask to be taken to the gallery’s basement to see a few kool walls. This show is now open to the public. Click here for more details.

The new group show opening today at the Egg Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, titled “Paperápe” features seven Melbourne artists showcasing their different styles but united for their love of making art on paper. This show opens tomorrow. Click here for more details.

TOOFLY from Jay Maldonado (VIDEO)

“I’m trying to get, I guess, what’s inside, my feeling, into my work,” says the painter. Graffiti artist TOOFLY has been cooking the streets of New York with a personal blending of the hip-hop flavored girl-powered designs she’s known for since the early nineties.  A founder of the Younity initiative, TOOFLY and a large group of other graffiti/atreet art women regularly sponsor events and opportunities for young women to hold their own and champion their creativity. Here’s a new shorty from TOOFLY and Jay Maldonado.

Aaron De La Cruz in West Oakland, CA (VIDEO)

 

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Invurt Presents: “Paperápe” A Group Exhibition at The Egg Gallery (Melbourne, Australia)

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Paperápe is a group show featuring seven Melbourne artists who, over the past year, have formed a collaborative friendship via their mutual love of art. Heesco, Jack Douglas, Pierre Lloga, Facter, Mysterious Al, Hancock and Conrad Bizjak are now coming together to share their passion for painting walls, drawing and enjoying the vibrancy of Melbourne life.

Often finding themselves escaping the trappings of 9-5 work by hanging out and painting on the weekends, these seven artists now paint together under the somewhat humourous moniker of We Spray Weekends (WSW). From the side streets of the suburbs to the cities laneways, exhibitions and live art events, all the artists within Paperápe are all highly prolific and consistently chasing the artistic dream.

Paperápe will be an exhibition of paper based works showcasing each artists unique style and talent, offering  a snapshot of their current directions and a glimpse towards several larger projects planned for the future. With drawings, paintings, collage, prints and other paper based works on display Paperápe is an exciting showcase of current work from a diverse and talented group of friends.

Who: Heesco, Jack Douglas (JD) Pierre Lloga (P-Yeah), Facter (Fletcher Andersen), Mysterious Al, Chris Hancock and Conrad Bizjak (Rad)
What: Paperápe group show
Where: Egg Gallery, 66a Johnston St, Collingwood, VIC
When: Show opens Friday 20th July from 6pm til 9pm and continues until July 29th

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Metro Gallery Presents: D*Face first solo show with METRO (Melbourne, Australia)

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D*Face Image courtesy of the gallery

Metro Gallery is excited to present D*Face’s first solo exhibition with the Gallery. The London street artist, known for his fluorescent prints, dark portraits, and interpretations of popular culture, has presented numerous sell-out exhibitions around the globe. D*Face’s 2011 exhibition at Metro Gallery will bring the artist’s bright, bold and comical style to Melbourne. While the artist is most commonly recognised for his collaboration with pop singer Christina Aguilera on her ‘Bionic’ album cover, amongst street art-enthusiasts, D*Face represents the avant-garde of street art, pushing boundaries in and outside of the gallery.

D*Face Image courtesy of Stolen Space Gallery

D*Face Image courtesy of the gallery

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