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Image X 100 : New Echoing Portrait Sculptures in Paris by Gwelm

Image X 100 : New Echoing Portrait Sculptures in Paris by Gwelm

Street Artist Multiplies Obama, Depardieu, and Rhiannon

New urban interventions from Gwelm in Paris speak to the power of a portrait in the image drenched twenty-teens, and surprisingly, the conceptual sculptures know how to break through to the most catatonic among us.


Gwelm. Rihanna. Paris, France. January 2014. (photo © Gwelm)

Entitled “Portraits 2.1” the collection of echoing images are placed in the public sphere for passersby to encounter and possibly be perplexed by. Gwelm says the new pieces begin with “the realization of the power of the image in the news and the collective unconscious, as propagated manifold by the Internet and social networks.”

Certainly the impact of some of these images is unchallenged, with the naked hungry child and dogs sniffing at the cadaver of a former Libyan president Muammar Kadhafi being perhaps the strongest. Others require more discernment or interpretation. Each choice is magnified by its repetition – a sort of electronic visual error that you associate with the screen and digital world, not this physical one.  The series multiplication and superimposing of tens or even hundreds of the same image brings them to alternate life, subverting their meanings and warping them in the minds eye.



Gwelm appropriates Shepard Fairey into this portrait of Obama. Paris, France. January 2014. (photo © Gwelm)

Are they mocking indictments of human avarice, celebrity, hypocrisy? Commentaries on social conditions, advocacy of ideology, or just a clever reuse of imagery intended to prick your anterior lobe? Like a sophisticated artist and showman, Gwelm doesn’t always give you the easy answer, allowing you to decide.  Describing his method of selection, Gwelm says, “Faced with the multitude of ‘ready-to-think’ images, the synergy of images diverts the mind and gives rise to questions about what we are supposed to see.”

Our digital life is full of disjointed imagery, but it is unusual when it takes this form in public space. We’ll give Gwelm points for pushing us into an uncomfortable place that implicates our involvement with these intelligent visual provocations. It’s not easy to do that these days.


Gwelm. Depardieu. Paris, France. January 2014. (photo © Gwelm)


Gwelm. Famine. Paris, France. January 2014. (photo © Gwelm)


Passersby must be startled to see dogs sniffing at the body of Muammar Kadhafi in this temporary sculpture by Street Artist Gwelm in Paris. Paris, France. January 2014. (photo © Gwelm)


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Memorials on the Street

The US officially remembers service members who died in wars today. War touches every aspect of our daily lives whether through loss or gain, impacting our individual and group psyche, economy, memory, liberty, history.  Street Artists sometimes grapple with  war and related themes in their work for everyone who passes to see. Here are a few examples.

Gilf! replaces bombs with hearts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

General Howe places bones and other sculptural installations on the street in historical locations where war was waged and life was lost in Brooklyn, particularly during the “Battle of Brooklyn”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JC2 Army of One uses this image from a Diane Arbus photograph to draw attention to the children who are victims of adults wars. (© Jaime Rojo)

Street Artist General Howe placed grave markers in historical locations a few years ago, including this one featuring President Obama and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Street Artist Ludo creates bio-techno military machines that merge the natural world with the man-made world. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Street Artist WK Interact created a series of installations with American service personnel called “Bring Me Back” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A piece on the street in Los Angeles (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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Hail to the Street : Presidents Day Street Art

Happy Presidents Day! In the US this is a holiday, officially to celebrate the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays were commemorated separately until about a decade ago when they were merged.  A lot of New Yorkers think today about skiing, since it’s really the last 3 day weekend of the winter – and it’s snowing this morning so a lot of kids will be shoved outside by their parents to go play in it. Or they may take them to the Met , Guggenheim, or MOMA, which are all open today.

brooklyn-street-art-senator-jaime-rojo-02-11-3-webGeorge Washington by the Street Artist named Senator (photo © Jaime Rojo)

But back to the gallery of the street, which is always open, we can get a little history lesson too.  Everybody knows that Shepard Fairey nailed it with his Obama posters a couple of years ago, but did you realize that Street Artists have been putting up many presidential portraits over the last decade? One artist, Senator, sometimes confused people with wheat-pasted pieces in the late 2000s because his name signed to the image lead you to think it was about the subject, like the George Washington image above. His black and white coloring-book style depicted many presidents – Lincoln, Adams, Jefferson, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan. As you can see below, Senator is not the only Street Artists to find US presidents a worthy topic.


Senator (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Abraham Lincoln by Visual Resistance (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Smoking Jack Kennedy by Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Richard Nixon by Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Senator (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ronnie talk to Keith; The Gipper shaking the hand of a Photoshopped Keith Hernandez from a street art viral campaign a couple of years ago. Photo © Jaime Rojo


Sever focuses on the the Bush Cheney duo. Primary Flight Miami 2008 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The simple placement of a dollar sign was all this Street Artist needed to complete their portrait of George W. Bush. Photo © Jaime Rojo


President Obama’s image next to Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth is appropriated by Street Artist General Howe (photo © Jaime Rojo)


One of the many Obama street art pieces from 2008, this one is similar to the ubiquitous Shepard Fairey images around at that time. © Jaime Rojo

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Fun Friday 01.07.11


Tonight in Brooklyn: “Wholetrain” Screening at Closing Party for H. Veng Smith


Tonight at Pandemic they’ll be screening the film “Wholetrain” to close the “Identifiable Reality” show by H. Veng Smith.

“Florian Gaag manages to recount a tale colored by tension and aggression. The result is a many-sided portrait of characters whose world has never been documented in this way before. Their subculture remains authentic and realistic. Edgy editing and grandiloquent camerawork, a pulsating soundtrack and an excellent ensemble of actors, make WHOLETRAIN a film experience not to be missed.” – Wholetrain Website


PANDEMIC gallery
37 Broadway btwn Kent and Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Walk All Over Shepard Fairey If You Like

On the streets of Milan, Italy five artists (Shepard Fairey, Invader, The London Police, Flying Fortress and Rendo) has been invited to create about 20 manhole covers.

more at The Street Art Blog


West Coast Holla! – Here’s Three;

Carmichael Gallery “After the Rain”


Carmichael’s first show of the year “After the Rain” featuring new work by Boogie, Guy Denning, Aakash Nihalani, and Pascual Sisto.

5795 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232
January 8 – February 5, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 6-8pm

Whoops, “There It Is” at ThinkSpace

“There it Is” at ThinkSpace

‘There It Is’
Featuring new works from three Oakland CA artists:
Brett Amory / Adam Caldwell / Seth Armstrong
(Main Gallery)
Paul Barnes
‘Happy Valley’
(Project Room)
Both exhibits on view: January 8th – January 29th
Opening Reception: Sat, January 8th 7-10PM

Thinkspace Art Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-3375 | Open Wed. – Sat.
or by appointment

“Street Degrees of Street” – Abztract Collective


Abztract Collective and Crewest Gallery group show “Street Degrees of Separation”

Opening Reception Jan 2008


110 Winston Street

Los Angeles, CA

213 627 8272

BOXI and BANKSY TAKE No. 1 Spots

Here are the Final Results of the Year End 2010 BSA Polls

It was a blast to watch the images jumping positions like a horse race for the last weeks of the year as two BSA Polls were up on the Huffington Post.  Thousands of people participated in the voting and we got lots of funny emails, and some varying opinions – and here are the results;

As voted by readers on Huffing Post Arts page , here are the top 10 Brooklyn Street Art images from 2010.

1. Boxi


2. ROA, “Ibis”

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3. ROA, “Squirrel”


4. Retna & El Mac


6. Os Gemeos and Futura


7. Jef Soto


8. El Mac

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9. Gaia


10. Gaia



And in our highly subjective and fun compilation of 10 Best Street Art Moments of the Decade, here are the results of the votes – The Top Five

1.     “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, Banksy

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Image promotional still from movie.

2.     Tate Modern hosts “Street Art”

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© Tate Photography

3.     Nuart Festival Established by Martyn Reed

Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-CF Salicath-DECADE 3 NUART

© CF Salicath

4.     Shepard Fairey’s Obama Posters

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© Jaime Rojo

5.     Swoon’s Swimming City Arrives at Venice Biennale

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© Tod Seelie

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Fun Friday the 13th! 08.13.10


Fun Friday 08.13.10

Atlanta Goes to HellBent

The long awaited Living Walls event in Atlanta officially begins today, even though 30 street artists have arrived over the last week and begun work in earnest. We’ve been hearing some amazing stories – and of course they’re ALL TRUE. Stay toooooned for special reporting from peeps on the ground and on the walls.  Check out the Hellbent below from somebody’s blurry Iphone.  HELL YEAH! Not a bad pic actually.


Excellent article on Monica and Blacky – the two person charming MACHINE behind this event – in one of their local papers.

Artists included in Living Walls:

Chris Stain
The $tatus Faction
Know Hope
Feral Child
The DotMasters
Dr. Case
Jerm IX
The Paper Twins
Tereza De Quinta
Shaun Thurston
Jason Kofke
Weak Hand
Michi Meko
Clown Soldier
Mad One

EINE: Hoodlum to Heralded

It can be a harrowing and a strange trip that some graff/street artists take, and here’s a new video that gives an intimate inside look at some of Eine’s journey from tagging trains to making what might be described as fine art.  Just last month a piece by the British Street Artist was given to President Obama by the Prime Minister on a visit to Washington. “So it’s been a weird day today,” says a July 20th posting on Ben Eine’s website. “David Cameron has given one of my paintings to President Obama.”

In The Guardian article by Jon Henley, Eine was quoted last month reflecting on the two heads of state, Cameron seems quite a positive kind of guy and Obama’s a dude”. Wonder if it’s in the Oval Office?

Not Safe For Work! Naked White Man Can Jump!

A stop motion video comprised of 2,600 photos of 20 year old Morgan Tespsic doing public performance art that otherwise may be called exhibitionism, if the locations weren’t so bucolic and unpopulated.

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Images of The Week 06.27.10 at BSA


Our weekly interview with the street: this week featuring street art by Bast, Billi Kid, Bishop203, ,Brummel, El Sol 25, Faile, Grimus, Girl With Bikini, Homosapien Erectus, Kosbe, Mike Graves, Monkey, Over Under, WDZ, and ZHE155

Kosbe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Billi Kid

Billi Kid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bishop 203
Bishop 203 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Girl with a paper bikini
Zako. Girl with a paper bikini (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Grimus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Grimus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

    Billi Kid tribute to Buz Blurr from the Road to Colossus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Billi Kid tribute to Buz Blurr from the Road to Colossus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25
El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Homo Sapiens Erectus
Homosapien Erectus (photo  © Jaime Rojo)

Mike Graves
Mike Graves (photo © Jaime Rojo)

M is for Monkey
M is for Monkey. Brummel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

WDZ (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Zhe 155 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Zhe 155 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Speaks to you on the Street, On Video, On Radio

As President Obama comes to New York this morning, some people are suggesting that he is actually coming to see the new Shepard Fairey wall on Houston Street, rather than a 3 blocks north at Cooper Union to speak about Financial Reform on Wall Street.

You can catch some more cool “on the scene” pics from Becki Fuller on The Street Spot HERE.

And listen to Shepard Fairy’s interview on WNYC with Brian Lehrer yesterday.  And a furtherance of the interview on video here:

And Big Ups to Animal New York for this funny interview with Shepard Fairy on Houston Street a couple nights ago, where he addresses Guantanamo, Obama, campaign finance reform, and how the Banksy movie was marketed and is received.

Read more interesting Shepard Fairey news at Animal New York

Watch out kids – Shepard uses swear words in some of these answers.


Additional on the street interview:

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Saber on Dylan Ratigan Regarding, Um, Art

Now I know conservatives had art class in school too. That is, unless the funding was cut off because taxes had to be diverted elsewhere.

And certainly we have been through this whole “Flag” discussion a thousand times. You’re probably too young to remember the big deal during Daddy Bush’s run for president about flag burning.

And maybe you’ve heard about the artist Andres Serrano, who photographed a crucifix in a jar of his own urine for a piece called “Piss Christ”.  Dude, symbols are appropriated into art on a daily basis.  Outrageous? Yes. Protected speech? Yes. Another example of people who are shredding the constitution beating their chests about a symbol of patriotism. What do you think?

It’s just nice that the artist in this case, Saber, knows how to speak for himself regarding graffiti, the First Amendment, and the highly dysfunctional healthcare system in the U.S.

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Images of the Week 11.30.08

Andy McCain Vs. Barack Basquiat     (photo Jaime Rojo)

Andy McCain Vs. Barack Basquiat (photo Jaime Rojo)

Andy and Jean-Michel Re-Match   (self poor trait)   (photo Jaime Rojo)

Re-Match! (self poor trait) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Beastly Angel Adventure  (Altered Beast, Creepy Head Tank)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

Beastly Angel's Great Adventure (Altered Beast, Creepy Head Tank) (photo Jaime Rojo)

ET replaced by a six-pack of Coke   (Altered Beast)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

ET replaced by a six-pack of Coke (Altered Beast) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Looking askance    (Lister)   (photo Jaime Rojo)

Secretly has a crush (Lister) (photo Jaime Rojo)

What the heck is a nom-de-plume?  Does it have something to do with feathers?   (Moody, Nom de plume)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

Does it have something to do with feathers? (Moody, Nome de plume) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Flying over the poppy fields    (Peru Ana)  (Jaime Rojo)

Baloonaerobics (Peru Ana) (Jaime Rojo)

I always wash it first just in case.    (Eat Fruit and Die)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

I always wash it first just in case. (Eat Fruit and Die) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Fairey Dust on the Cover

Okay it’s true we have street art on the brain and everything looks like it’s been influenced by our favorite street artists and we see the smart-headed media pick it up more quickly than ever…and soon the whole world is under the spell…

..but these two magazine covers are fresh off the news stands this week and it’s hard to not notice that the punk rock stencil aesthetic finally reaches to the presidency.

Stencil Bush promises to explain all.

The stencil president promises to explain all in Newsweek.

New York Magazine with woman behind the successful man.

New York Magazine with the woman behind the successful man.

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