January 29, 2012
Artists, Brooklyn, California, Florida, L.A., Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, NYC, On the Street, San Francisco
The streets have been seeing an uptick in socio-political messages recently, whether because of the Occupy protests, or because artists are exercising their speech in low cost, low-tech, person-to-person methods. The very personal nature of this kind of messaging actually feels impactful when it catches your eye with a sense of intention, grabbing you by the ear and making you think. This week we have Street Art commentary about housing, class inequality, the abuse of poser, erosion of privacy and fears of a police state. It makes sense that art on the streets is reflecting us back to ourselves.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street; this week featuring Buff Monster, Cash4, Cope, Dirty Teddies, Ema, Enzo & Nio, Essam, Faile, Hush, Ment, Shiro, XAM, and XXX.
ESSAM. A more conceptual culture-jamming series of new signs in certain New York neighborhoods is meant as a way to raise awareness by an Iraq war veteran turned civil libertarian, according to news reports published recently. This sign warns about alleged plans for Police surveillance drones could be ubiquitous in society. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wolf rides, anyone? Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hush gets to know some of the local neighbors while busy at work in San Francisco (© courtesy Hush)
Hush has been on the street in San Francisco this week (photo exclusively for BSA © courtesy of Hush). Stay tuned for a Hush special feature on Monday of his current show.
Ema (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The billionaire Mayor of New York is taking a hit here from this Street Art poster by Enzo & Nio. Styled as Marie Antoinette, Michael Bloomberg is portrayed as a haughty royal who is disconnected from the rabble, and cares not a wit. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A masters graff wall in Miami (photo © Jaime Rojo)
XAM is addressing the ongoing bank mortgage crisis in the US with this street sculpture installation on Skid Row in Los Angeles (photo © XAM)
Cash4 with Ment (photo © Jaime Rojo)
You see! XXX (photo © Jaime Rojo)
You can always spot the tourist dinosaurs with their fanny packs in Times Square. Dirty Teddies (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Our Weekly Interview with the Street, this week featuring Cash4, Dain, Dan Witz, Ment, Miyok, Never, Troy Lovegates AKA Other, Stikman, and Stinkfish.
Troy Lovegates AKA Other (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A portrait of a Geisha from Lisa Enxing. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cash4 and Ment. An invasion of Jelly Fish from the East River on Bushwick… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
…and Williasmburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dan Witz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dan Witz. Deatail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Artist Unknown. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Penny for your thoughts, Thelma. Dain. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dain’s almost glam here. The mustache helps in the androgyny department. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Oh, wait, hold on. I hate when my contact slips. It’s like one eye is totally blurry. ” Dain. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
All together now, say “disaster”. A photographic collage of World disasters by an Unknown Artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Miyok and the Church of Scientology. Also, Panties for Diamonds! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The artist “Never” paints this colorful Swallow on the facade of the Swallow cafe in Bushwick. By the time you read this the “Morgantown” lettering will probably have been replaced. Some high minded arrivistes tried to re-name Bushwick with the pretentious sounding name of “Morgantown”. Despite their best efforts and claims of name coinage the title never took hold. Bushwick is what it is…dirty sounding, dirty on the streets and dirty elsewhere. Love it! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sometimes that pointy part of the head on a Stikman makes me think of the Pope. See what I mean? Stikman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stinkfish. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. (photo © Jaime Rojo)