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BSA Film Friday: 01.27.17

BSA Film Friday: 01.27.17

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

Now screening :
1. Dripped on The Road/ Episode One
2. Dripped on The Road/ Episode Two
3. RURALES
4. D*Face at “Unexpected” in Northwest Arkansas


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BSA Special Feature: Dripped on The Road/ Episode One: Jamaica Moon.

Following closely on the heels of our story yesterday of graffiti in rural Morocco by city-based originators of aerosol sprayed tags and pieces in the US and Europe (some of whose first mark-making began in the 1970s), here we have a new video series about a traveling artist residency of formally educated twenty-something creators whose temporary home base is an RV taking their street practice across country. The routes, eras, and participants are different, but there are many overlapping themes.

While you are crafting definitions for urban art and Street Art, here are newer practitioners endeavoring to observe and define according to their background and experiences – all in a sort of self-observing therapeutic environment. While remarkably different from the originators of the graffiti/Street Art scene in many ways, each is looking to explore and embrace the possibility and freedoms afforded.

It’s good to see artists pushing beyond their personal comfort zones and studying their process for accessing the creative spirit to share. For some it’s a long way from “getting up” in traditional street parlance but it is still fundamentally about “getting up”.

 

Dripped on The Road/ Episode Two: The Stand Back. From Elixir Motion Picture

 

RURALES

Now to the Polish pig farms! Another Street Art/Mural road trip movie, this time across Poland with JAYPOP, Seikon, Krik KONG and filmmaker Cuba Goździewicz. See the discoveries, the relationships, the reactions to the work from a warm and considered human perspective.

The beauty of randomness and the randomness of beauty. These guys are fully engaged with their surroundings, the opportunity, the myriad people they befriend or portend to make allies. It’s an uncharted trip where permissions are sought and often refused, but they never stop painting somehow.

Seeing the work here on barns and sheds and even a small car, these are paintings they still call graffiti. With cats and cows and chickens and horses nearby, the new murals and illustrations still feel integral, like a continuation of a conversation.

 

D*Face at Unexpected in Northwest Arkansas

“I guess this year it’s like a two part mural/installation”, says London Street Artist D*Face of his second annual project with the JustKids organization.

“It feels like you can make a change here. Like you could really make an impact,” says D*Face of his enormous immersed arrows the size of telephone poles in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

A well known international artist, curator, gallery owner, D*Face nonetheless is drawn by something stronger than fame in the city “They are much more appreciative of people coming here and trying to do something positive.”

 

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New High-Water Mark for Street Art at Fairs for Armory Week

New High-Water Mark for Street Art at Fairs for Armory Week

This year represents a high-water mark for current Street Artists being represented at the New York fairs if what we have just seen over the last couple of days is any indication. For those who have been following the trajectory of the new kids we’ve been talking about for the last decade, the room is rather getting a lot more crowded. Only a handful of years ago names that produced blank stares at your forehead and a little sniff of dismissal are garnering an extra lingering moment near the canvas and snap of the cellphone pic, complimentary champagne flute in hand.

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Hellbent at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With the gusts of wind provided by a couple of recent auctions, optimism about an up-turning economy, and even the Banksy one-month residency, it is not hard to imagine that we have some “overnight” stars in the midst of this constellation, but it is really anyone’s guess.

While we are certainly aware of it, we don’t dedicate too much ink to the commercial aspect of the Street Art scene, preferring to learn the lingua franca of these artists who have developed their narrative and visual style before our eyes, to celebrate experimentation, the creative spirit, and to give a pedestrian view of the street without being pedestrian.

But just as neighborhoods like Bushwick in Brooklyn, El Raval in Barcelona, LA’s downtown Arts District, and parts of London, Berlin, and Paris have been transforming by gentrification, we would be remiss if we didn’t note the more frequent raising of commercial eyebrows all around us when the topic turns to Street Art. It’s not a fever pitch, but can it be far off? There is already a solid first tier that everyone can name – and the stratification is taking shape below it.

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Herb Smith (previously Veng RWK) at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Buffeted by blossoming sales of works by early 2000s Street Artists and the burgeoning of lifestyle companies now appropriating this cultural wealth and transforming it into “content” that helpfully couriers all manner of merch from spirits to soda, sneakers, and electronic smoking devices, we are looking for our seat belts as there a major shift in popular acceptance and critical embracing of 21st century Street Artists up ahead.

As for the streets, the flood is going to continue. Street Art is Dead? Yes, we’ve been hearing this since 2002…

Here’s a brief non-specific and uneven survey of only some work showing this weekend by current or former Street Artists and graffiti writers – perhaps a third of what you can see in the New York fairs and satellite galleries.

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Rubin at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fumero at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gilf! and Icy & Sot at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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EKG and Lamour Supreme at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alice Mizrachi and Jon Burgerman at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chris Stain and Rubin at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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See One and Chuck Berrett/Nicole Salgar of Cargo Collective at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JMR and Cake at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vicki DaSilva at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pose at Volta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vinz at Scope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Amanda Marie at Scope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tip Toe at Scope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Mac at Scope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Know Hope at Scope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cope at Scope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Aakash Nihalini at Scope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy and friends at Scope (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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