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BSA Film Friday: 05.15.15

BSA Film Friday: 05.15.15

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

Now screening :

1. Miss Van, Victor Castillo, Easo Andrews in LA
2. Rallitox Invites You to Walk Over Immigrants for Free.
3. Kinetoscope: Angelina Christina x Ease One
4. Cranio in Breda, Netherlands for Graphic Design Festival
5. Michael Beerens: Captivity and Freedom
6. ICY & SOT Interview in Berlin for Vantage Point

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BSA Special Feature: Miss Van, Victor Castillo, Easo Andrews in LA

This costume shop in Los Angeles got very lucky this spring when Barcelona based Miss Van visited and asked them if they would like their facade freshly painted. Along with local talents Victor Castillo and Easo Andrews, Miss Van created a bit of costumed magic that will undoubtedly increase sales.

The video is directed, shot, and edited by “Birdman”.

Rallitox Invites You to Walk Over Immigrants for Free.

A social experiment in Berlin this March by Street Artist Rallitox invited passersby to walk on top of Immigrants. A politically and socially charged topic in many countries today, Germany is struggling to strike a balance about where it stands on immigration. It is surprising how many people were willing to try it out, and how many nervously smiled as an upswelling of conflicting emotions were undoubtedly released in all participants, including those who watched.

Kinetoscope: Angelina Christina x Ease One

Slab City is sometimes billed as an isolated desolated off-the-grid sort of place in California so it was an adventure for Christina Angelina and Ease One discovered the remains of this abandoned water tank and transformed it into a circular mural. They call it The Kinetoscope.

Cranio in Breda, Netherlands for Graphic Design Festival

Sort of odd for a festival with this kind of name on our site but we clearly acknowledge the continuum of creativity extends beyond labels today. Brazilian street artist Cranio here provides a look at his technique with cans for creating his instantly recognizable figures.

Michael Beerens: Captivity and Freedom

 

 

Icy & Sot Interviewed on Vantage Point in Berlin

In March we were in Icy & Sots’ room in Berlin for the recording of this interview and it was great to watch. Check out the full interview below and go to their main site to hear more interviews as well (including one with BSA)

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Paris Street Art Update : “Je Suis Charlie” and “Pochoirs à Vendre”

Paris Street Art Update : “Je Suis Charlie” and “Pochoirs à Vendre”

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Cash For Your Warhol.  (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

Street Artist Combo says he was beaten for his street art advocating religious tolerance and naturally there has been a series of Je Suis Charlie variants appearing in the streets of Paris since we last checked in with this hot spot on the Street Art scene, so you know that many newly appearing works are charged with socio-political relevance. In these new images you will also see some fresh ideas from new names as well as long-term players, so those are encouraging signs of a vibrant scene as well.

You may also note an increase in the professional/commercial quality of some of these pieces and murals and begin to question how long a free-wheeling organic Street Art scene can last before low level opportunists cash in on it and turn it into a sad strip mall selling tchotchkes or derivative works by anonymous artists like a machine. Ah, capitalism, of thee we all sing.

The London scene has elements of this, so do New York and Melbourne, but we didn’t see it so obviously until photographer Geoff Hargadon returned from Paris with these excellent photos for BSA readers and gave us his account of a store he wandered into.  Enjoy his account further along in this posting.

In the mean time, long live Paris and it’s many players on the street!

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Love or money? Mygalo (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Philippe Herard (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Philippe Herard (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Kashink . Bault (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Philippe Vignal (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Don’t slip! Not a Clet banana peel, but it easily could be. Cash For Your Warhol (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Ender (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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VHILS (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Jerome Mesnager (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Combo (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Invader (It is a fake Invader we heard) . Mega Matt (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Invader (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Invader (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Una Vida (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Graffity…sans graffiti  (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Bault (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Bault . Artist At Ome AKA Atom (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Fred le Chevalier (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Alaniz . Sebr (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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C215 (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Berns . FKDL (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Michael Beerens (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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We couldn’t ID this artist. It bears a certain resemblance to ALIAS but we can’t say for sure.  (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Tragic Optimist . Gzup . Le Diamantaire . Mega Matt . Monsieur BMX (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Tragic Optimist (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Suriani (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Sebr (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Sara Conti (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Nemo (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Madame Moustache  (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Michael Kershnar  (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Monkey Bird . Le Diamanataire (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Hopare (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

Geoff’s account of his discovery in a heavily trafficked area known for Street Art in Paris recently. “Rue Déyonez is an active street for street art, with de facto legal walls on each side showing work from the most prolific Parisian artists. So I was walking up Rue Déyonez and this door was half open. I would not say it was exactly inviting but somehow I wiggled my way in. This guy named Pedro was in there with a friend, drinking tea.”

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A quick scan reveals Warhol, Hendrix, Obama, Woody Allen at the clarinet, Freud, and of course Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks? Pedro’s Gallery (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

“I looked around and saw that the room was completely filled with stenciled paintings of (mostly) American figures such as Warhol, Obama, Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, and lots of Jimi Hendrix. The smell of aerosol was intense, and I quickly concluded my host had never worn a protective mask in his working life. Pedro probably set up camp to capitalize on the flow of visitors to this concentrated display of street art. I didn’t quite catch where he was from originally and I don’t think it was France. He was certainly cordial. I poked around his rooms full of literally hundreds of stencils while he allowed me to ignore the PAS DE PHOTOS sign on the pole. I left with a (overpriced) stencil on a Paris map.”

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Pedro’s Gallery (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

 

Our sincere thanks to Geoff Hargadon for his contributions and for sharing with BSA readers his unique perspective and talent.

 

For more Street Art from Paris:

Paris Street Art : Spencer Elzey in Europe

Towering Gallery Full of Art to Be Demolished : “La Tour Paris 13″

Paris: A Mid-Summer Mural Art Dispatch

 

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Could We Kill a Panda The Same Way We Kill a Bull? Michael Beerens in Paris

Could We Kill a Panda The Same Way We Kill a Bull? Michael Beerens in Paris

The Bullfight! The historic tradition! The glorious danger of a confused and raging bull ready to charge at his tormentor. The bulging manhood of the Matador as he proudly steps around the coliseum in his ornate and regal costumery!

And now ladies and gentlemen, the Pandafight! Watch as the athletic and handsome slayer taunts the raging Panda with a red flag and runs quickly away! See how he stabs with colorful blades into the panda’s back, thrusting his sword between the shoulder blades!

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Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

On a wall in Paris’ Chinatown (Belleville) Street Artist Michael Beerens re-imagines the national animal of China standing in the place of the traditional bull, ready to be killed slowly and publicly to entertain the assembled fans.

“I noticed that in the eyes of man, all animals do not have the same value,” says Bereens, who challenges an ingrained thought pattern that finds the cuddly cute photogenic ones more valuable in some cultures than others. “For example, crushing a spider is good but a ladybug is saved; rats are killed but we like squirrels and hamsters.”

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Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

To complete this wall, which he says he did not have permission for, Bereens simply showed up to it with a lot of equipment and paint cans.  He says some people stopped to thank him for putting color on the walls, and others stopped to take photos of the wall, of him, of themselves in front of the wall.  “It’s a free exchange,” he says, “I try to convey a human message but I have nothing to sell except my ideas.  I’m not trying to sell Coca Cola,” he explains.

Which reminds of those white polar bears

Let’s go to a Polar Bear Fight!!

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Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

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Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

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“The three ‘bandrilles’ that the panda has in his back represent the 3 countries where the bullfight is still practiced legally; France, Spain and Portugal,” says artist Michael Beerens. Paris, France. Oct 2014. (photo © Alexis Masurelle)

 

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Michael Beerens: Stop Slavery

Michael Beerens: Stop Slavery

Modern slavery takes many forms, and is known by many names: slavery, forced labor or human trafficking.

A star of yesterday’s BSA Film Friday, here is French Street Artist Michael Beerens sharing pics of his latest mural somewhere in France. A student of character studies, especially zoological ones, Beerens makes one pretty powerful statement without pandering.

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Michael Beerens. (photo © Michael Beerens)

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Michael Beerens. (photo © Michael Beerens)

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Michael Beerens. (photo © Michael Beerens)

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Michael Beerens. (photo © Michael Beerens)

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Michael Beerens (photo © Michael Beerens)

 

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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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Fun Friday 04.06.12

Good Friday for the Christians, Passover for the Jews, Movie Night for the Atheists

 

1. “This Side of Paradise” in Da Bronx
2. “Highbrow, Lowbrow, Nobrow – MOUSSE! (Netherlands)
3. G40 in Richmond, VA
4. New Website called “The Facebook” (VIDEO)
5. Dolk and Pøbel: Norwegian Street Artists Fan Video
6. This Video Contains a Large Depiction of Eggs and is therefore Tangentially Related to Easter >> Michael Beerens (Video)

“This Side of Paradise” in Da Bronx

“This Side Of Paradise” opens this week to the public – involving 32 artists in a massive Mansion in the Bronx that is in disrepair. The exhibition is curated by No Longer Empty and hosted by The Mid-Bronx Council at the Andrew Freedman Home, a limestone palazzo that for several decades served as a “homeless shelter” for those poor folks that lost their fortunes during the Great Depression. Having been rich once was a key requirement for those applicants that wished to be admitted to the club. We hear that the waiting list was long.

This weekend take the D train to 167 St. in the Bronx and have fun.

How and Nosm installation “Reflections” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this exhibition click here.

For more photos of the installation and to read our article and interview with the curators click here. “Poorhouse for the Rich” Revitalized By The Arts

“Highbrow, Lowbrow, Nobrow – MOUSSE! (Netherlands)

MAMA”S new group show “Highbrow, Lowbrow, Nobrow – MOUSSE! Opens today in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Artists included are: Admir Jahic (CH, 1975), East Eric (FR, 1974), Isaac Cordal (ES, 1974), Mark Jenkins (USA, 1974), Nomad (DE, 1971), Stefan Gross (DE, 1965), Tobias Allanson (SE, 1974), Zoe Strauss (USA, 1970)

Isaac Cordal (photo © Isaac Cordal)

G40 in Richmond, VA

The reception for the G40 Summit in Richmond, Virginia takes place tomorrow. Artists will be present and there will be an Art Battle where teams of artists will paint live.

With 12 internationally known Street Artists invited to create murals for this festival including:  Jacopo Ceccarelli aka 2501, Italy, Angry Woebots – California, Aryz – Spain, El Mac – California,  Gaia – New York, Jaz – Argentina, Jesse Smith – Virginia, La Pandilla – Puerto Rico, Lelo – Brazil, London Police – UK, Pixel Pancho – Italy, Roa – Belgian and Scribe – Kansas City.

The downtown Art Walk is reported to include murals by Gaia, Pixel Pancho, Aryz, Roa, Jaz, Lelo, La Pandilla, Angry Woebots, 2501 and Scribe. Check your local listings as there is quite a bit of variation in reported artists lists. You might get lucky and catch an artist at work.

To learn more about The G40 Summit click here.

There’s a new Website called “The Facebook” – This leaves Atari in the Dust! (VIDEO)

Dolk and Pøbel: Norwegian Street Artists Fan Video

This Video Contains a Large Depiction of Eggs and is therefore Tangentially Related to Easter >> Michael Beerens (Video)

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