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Opiemme Writes “To Stephen Hawking”

Opiemme Writes “To Stephen Hawking”

Famed cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking unveiled his ambitious Breakthrough Starshot two years ago; a plan to send a tiny, light-propelled robotic spacecraft through space. For a man of such brilliance the concept of transcending our limitations was a common one to contemplate and explore.

Opiemme. Museo di Arte Urbana. Torino, Corso Tassoni, Italy. June 2018. (photo courtesy of Opiemme)

Street Artist and poet Opiemme uses language, or rather the raw matter of its letters, to propel a column of light across this wall in Torino, Italy for the Museo di Arte Urbana (MAU). As many distinguished guests paid homage to Hawking at a memorial in Westminster Abbey this week and his ashes were interned alongside those of Darwin and Newton, Opiemme says the new street piece is meant as as a tribute to Hawking and his work and his many ambitions, like visiting Alpha Centauri, our nearest star.

“For all the passion about the Universe you infused us with,” Opiemme writes, “your easy words for amateurs of outer space.”

Opiemme. Museo di Arte Urbana. Torino, Corso Tassoni, Italy. June 2018. (photo courtesy of Opiemme)

Opiemme. Museo di Arte Urbana. Torino, Corso Tassoni, Italy. June 2018. (photo courtesy of Opiemme)

Opiemme. Museo di Arte Urbana. Torino, Corso Tassoni, Italy. June 2018. (photo courtesy of Opiemme)

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Opiemme Paints a “Black Hole Sun” with Lyrics for Chris Cornell

Opiemme Paints a “Black Hole Sun” with Lyrics for Chris Cornell

A tribute to singer Chris Cornell today from Street Artists and calligramist Opiemme.

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

Entitled “Black Hole Sun”, the lyrics of the Soundgarden song were stuck in the mind of the artist since Cornell passed in May.

The monochrome layout of text appears on a wall for Urban Forms Foundation in Łódź, Poland and the artist says it is meant to evoke the stillness of the universe, a giant object appearing static because of its vast dimensions.

“The human-size mural is a freestyle painting,” Opiemme tells us, “and its composition is based on the repetitive rhythm of the elements in the white boxes. These elements, when viewed from left to right, produce the illusion of a slowly growing movement of the subject, similar as it is to the perceived movement in single film frames or slow motion footage.”

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

“In my eyes, indisposed
In disguises no one knows
Hides the face, lies the snake
The sun in my disgrace
Boiling heat, summer stench
‘Neath the black the sky looks dead
Call my name through the cream
And I’ll hear you scream again

Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come (won’t you come)”

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

Opiemme. “Black Hole Sun” Urban Forms Foundation. Lodz, Poland. June 2017. (photo © PAWEŁ TRZEŹWIŃSKI)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.11.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.11.17

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“Yes, I’m an infowarrior,” says the African American yelling about how CNN is promoting Sharia Law in downtown Manhattan for the #MarchAgainstSharia and a short distance away someone is wrapping the “Fearless Girl” statue with a black burka. The infowarrior is wearing a red “Make America Free” baseball hat and very much seems like he might be gay. And then your head explodes.

Welcome to the “Disinformation Age.”

But New York is waaaaaay too diverse to even countenance this weird new wave of anti-Islam sentiment and the counter-demonstrators with their signs dwarfed the haters– and being good liberals, they probably invited them to come over for dinner after all that yelling.

Otherwise the weather has been gorgeous and Street Artists have been getting up in New York, when they are not too busy fighting about the David Choe wall and calculating new ways to spray over it. We have brand new mural works from people like Dasic, Cekis, and Case Maclaim, and there is a lot more political content in the new free-range Street Art that we are seeing, with much of it focused on the corruption at the top of the national government, racism, environmental matters, the growing police state.

The Puerto Rican Day Parade is today down 5th Avenue, with people celebrating – and also fighting over the “freedom fighter”/ “Terrorist” Oscar López Rivera, who was going to be the Grand Marshall but whom will now simply be a marcher. And Lucy Sparrow tells us that “Vagisil” and champagne are the two big sellers at her temporary bodega under the Standard Hotel that is 9000 items made entirely of Felt. Our own story on that this week, so there’s something to look forward to, along with 90 degree weather and more brain-frying tweets from 45 in the White House while the Congress is emptying all the cupboards, privatizing everything that used to be the people’s and leaving the back door open for banks.

Other than that, everything is dope!

So here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adam Fujita, Beast, Blanco, Brandon Garrison, Cekis, Dasic, Dirty Bandits, El Sol 25, FKDL, Jetsonorama, Jerk Face, Joe Iurato, Logan Hicks, Mataruda, Mr. Toll, Myth NYC, Opiemme, S0th1s, and She Wolf.

At the top: Dasic and Cekis collab for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dasic in action. The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

S0th1s (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks restored collab for The Bushwick Collective Block just in time for the block party 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FKDL for The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Roof top view of The Bushwick Collective Block Party 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

She Wolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brandon Garrison (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Trainwwg (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adam Fujita and Dirty Bandits. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Blanco has a new piece about prison and police reform, including advocating for the closure of New York’s Rikers Island. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mataruda (left) and Jetsonorama (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Myth and She Wolf collab. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jerk Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Disney Dollars (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Opiemme in and abandoned USA base in Ligure, Italy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Beast (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Bushwick, Brooklyn. June 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 


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BSA Film Friday: 11.18.16

BSA Film Friday: 11.18.16

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

Now screening :
1. Labrona Unveiled
2.  Opiemme: Lodz Of Eggs
3. Resoborg “Love Imvelo” in South Africa
4. Brad Eastman AKA Beastman in Sydney


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BSA Special Feature: Labrona Unveiled

Not exactly overlooked but perhaps under-sung, the work of freight train-writer/figurative painter Labrona has appeared on BSA since our beginning and for the first time you have an opportunity to see the artist and hear his voice. Up until now he has preferred to be remain somewhat anonymous individually but is pulling back the curtain in his unassuming way.

See and hear him describe his sort of organic progression from the illegal walls on street to the to legal murals and gallery canvasses. You do not get the sense that Labrona has been in it for fame, rather the love of art and his own studies of art history.

Opiemme: Lodz Of Eggs

The Italian artist Opiemme realized a site specific project for Urban Forms Foundation recently in Lodz with a collective performance involving community members throwing paint filled eggs.

It is rather difficult to understand what it all means, or how it is related to the astrological sign Taurus, or even if the participants had a clear idea what the bigger story was. But it looks like a fun interactive event for people to engage with art.

 

Resoborg “Love Imvelo” in South Africa

Wesley van Eeden aka Resoborg was in South Africa recently painting a mural for a lifestyle brand of clothing. He says that “Love Imvelo” is influenced by the Zulu word for the environment and he was to encourage our love for it.

Brad Eastman AKA Beastman in Sydney

Brad Eastman talks about his wall for a real estate firm in downtown Sydney.

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Opiemme, The Alphabet, Migrants and a Kindergarden Mural

Opiemme, The Alphabet, Migrants and a Kindergarden Mural

Yup, that’s what kids need to help them learn their ABC’s – a mural that combines a poem inside a hybrid of flamingo, stork, crane, heron, and cormorant.

Also, it is good to have smaller animals carrying letters across the wall to the door one at a time.

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Opiemme. L’Apperto 2016. Roccavignale, Italy. October 2016. (photo © Opiemme)

The mural is in Roccavignale, a small village in the mountain between Piedmonte and Liguria with 750 inhabitants and hosts 20 migrants. Like many Street Artists these days, immigration is a theme that has captured Opiemme’s attention and has always been in love with the written word, with the the majority of her works spread across Italy.The outlines of this multi-bird body contain a poem about migration outside the main entrance of this Kindergarden/nursery school in Fenigruottero Cirogna,

“I am a migrant, I don’t have a nation, I don’t feel borders.

I follow the moon, I live between sky and lands, between trees and stars”

~ Opiemme

The mural is part of a public poetry project called L’Aperto and is courtesy of  Comune di Roccavignale, Sv (Italy)

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Opiemme. L’Apperto 2016. Roccavignale, Italy. October 2016. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. L’Apperto 2016. Roccavignale, Italy. October 2016. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. L’Apperto 2016. Roccavignale, Italy. October 2016. (photo © Opiemme)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.14.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.14.16

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 907 Crew, Aneko, Cash4, City Kitty, COST, D7606, Gregos, LMNOPI, Opiemme, Phlegm, Pork, Rambo, Smells, UFO, Vhils, and Vudo Child.

Our top image: “Heading to Coney Island to catch some waves…” This small wheat pasted illustration on a NYC subway platform caught our attention for its composition, wit and well-placed location, so it leads BSA Images Of The Week with it. It is very important to highlight the countless small pieces of art on the street illegally put around the city. Yes, we are in a period of fascination with murals these days, but it’s these small ones that first captured our hearts. Please help ID the artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vudo Child. Detail. Unintended selfie. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vudo Child with COST posters on top. Detail. We saw the artist meticulously hand drawing a face on each brick. There are thousands of original pieces on this extensive wall with the abstract piece with black backdrop as the center of the composition.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vudo Child. Deatil. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vudo Child. Deatil. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vhils in Berlin in collaboration with Open Walls Galerie.  The lone portrait on a wall is distinguished by its singularity – quite opposite of example from the work above. Vhils destroys to create. He chisels away from the wall do draw his portraits. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Two bunnies in love with PORK. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI portrait of a demonstrator from the #blacklivesmatter movement. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gregos (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gregos (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gregos (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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UFO, Rambo, Smells, 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cash4, 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phlegm in Berlin for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phlegm in Berlin for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phlegm in Berlin for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phlegm in Berlin for Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Kitty . D7606 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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David Hollier portrait of Abraham Lincoln using an excerpt from his inaugural address speech. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”

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Opiemme using text from Nirvana’s In Utero album. Tuscany, Italy. July 2016. (photo © Opiemme)

 


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Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Aneko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Berlin. July 2016 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Opiemme: Poetry Hanging Among Cherry Blossoms in Bologna

Opiemme: Poetry Hanging Among Cherry Blossoms in Bologna

Like so many chinese firecrackers strung together and hanging from bus stops, street signs and cherry tree limbs, individual poems dangled overhead Bologna people as they walked through the city center on March 21st. The installations are an unsponsored freewill campaign to give away poetry on small scrolls, part of a festival called DIALOGARTI where artists and poets work together for three days on various projects to engage people with the art of words.

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Opiemme and Gruppo 77 in Bolgna, Italy (photo © Lisa Di Battista)

Opiemme’s street work is often a sort of visual poetry and this method of sharing the printed word via scrolls was first created by the Street Artist Opiemme in 2003. For 2016 the Street Artist collaborated with the Gruppo 77 poets lead by Alessandro Dall’Olio and the words and poetry of many were shared and distributed on the streets.

More about World Poetry Day here.

 

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

 

 

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Opiemme: Poetry and Vortexes in Argentina and Uruguay

Opiemme: Poetry and Vortexes in Argentina and Uruguay

Opiemme continues on the search for suitable locations for his Vortexes – a circular shape that contains text and words and poetic dispatches. He likens them to a swirl, a whirlpool, a spiralling symbol of life which mirrors the shape of our galaxy, the Milky Way. He recently travelled to some spots in South America and shares with BSA readers some of his adventures in Argentina and Uruguay.

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Gualicho + Opiemme +Florencia Mayra Gargiulo, Isla Maciel per Pintò La Isla, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

You may recall that BSA featured the Argentinian Gualicho in this very modest barrio for a small festival called Pintò la Isla and here we have Opiemme’s collaboration with both he and Florencia Mayra Gargiulo. In it you see the separation and the reformation of letters into fertile soil. “The grey wall suggested to me the idea of a “broken” planet with letters coming out of it, collecting together and going to recreate life somewhere else,” says Opiemme. In this case you see the letters collecting into a new black circle, giving birth to a Gualicho plant.

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Gualicho + Opiemme +Florencia Mayra Gargiulo, Isla Maciel per Pintò La Isla, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Gualicho + Opiemme +Florencia Mayra Gargiulo. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Mar Del Plata, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

The phrase says: If you can’t make it / Do it with a smile / And not just for yourself.

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Opiemme. Mar Del Plata, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

This vortex in Mar Del Plata contains the words of the Mexican poet Enrique González Martínez, specifically his poem “The Seeding of the Stars”.

Y mirarán absortos el claror de tus huellas,
y clamará la jerga de aquel montón humano:
“Es un ladrón de estrellas…” Y tu pródiga mano
seguirá por la vida desparramando estrellas. . . .

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Opiemme. Detail. Mar Del Plata, Argentina. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. David De La Mano. Montevideo, Uruguay. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

In this quick street piece painted with David de la Mano in the center of Montevideo, , Opiemme wanted to relate the figure and the words to the nearby church of Nuestra Senora de los Dolores Tierra Santa.

Appropriately titled “Asunciòn”, it is based on a poem by Julio Cortàzar, the novelist, short story writer, and essayist. “Oh noche, asiste” is about outer space as well, Opiemme tells us, and he used the portion of the poem that says “Oh night take care of your lonely stars”.

“It’s an evanescent, delicate, light work that seems to play with the nearby church,” he says, “as well as with aliens.”

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Opiemme. David De La Mano. Detail. Montevideo, Uruguay. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Here is a smaller scene painted by David De La Mano. Montevideo, Uruguay. 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

 

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Opiemme in Thailand and the Centrifugal Force of Flying Text

Opiemme in Thailand and the Centrifugal Force of Flying Text

Did you see that movie Words and Pictures? A bit sappy and chock-full of 1st world problems, but some good acting and an underlying premise that has been argued for centuries; The battle between the power of words and the power of visual art.

With the proverbial “a picture is worth a thousand words” sending writers into nose bleeds and apoplexy to the delight of painters who insist they illustrate a greater universe, we need to ask what happens when someone uses words to paint pictures? Street Artist Opiemme makes work that embodies the battle, celebrating both.

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Opiemme with Kanaet on the right. (photo © Opiemme)

Here we have recent images of text and letters flying apart and magnetically clinking back together into shapes. These are lyrics, poems, prose. All are written across walls, like their cousin graffiti, but using the technique associated with Street Art – the stencil, sometimes the brush.

It is no surprise that Opiemme is poetic when describing these various new installations while travelling in Thailand. It’s all theoretical, theatrical, mythological, philosophical. He even quotes Italian biologist/geneticist Giuseppe Sermonti.

“We are discovering that we are made of stars,” Opiemme says, “stars born in nebula by materials from the Big Bang. Thanks to gravity, the elements are in a whirlwind-vortex.” As you look at the forms coming together and splitting apart with spiral movements in outer space, clearly the words and the paintings are both fundamental for Opiemme.

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Opiemme with Kanaet on the right and Sanchai on the left. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Vortex. Detail. (photo © Opiemme)

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Here is a tribute to Kurt Cobain in the 20th anniversary of his death, featuring a left handed Fender guitar comprised of lyrics from “Even in His Youth”, by Nirvana. Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.17.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.17.14

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This weeks “21st Precinct” show of graffiti and street art style mural / installation work did blow some minds for sure, as did last nights official opening – mostly because of the great display of work on four floors. But additionally all sorts of paranoia was afoot when people began writing on social media and to us that they really thought this was a sting operation of some sort.

Aside from the fact that we clearly said in our postings on BSA and Huffpost that the building had long since been decommissioned as a precinct and we were simply focusing on the irony of the facts, minds and nerves were blown nonetheless. Truth is, this is a good show with some thoughtful pieces and installations and not surprisingly, many thematically addressed the contentious relationship some have with the police traditionally. But there is lots of other stuff too and it is worth your time. Just don’t get arrested. Kidding!

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring APC Crew, Art is Trash, Bishop203, Castellaneta, Chekos, Cruz, Foxx Face, Franksy, Gaia, Hek Tad, JJ Veronis, Lorenzo Maza, Mark Samsonovich AKA Love is Telepathic, Melty Cats, Mr. PRVT, Mr. Toll, Nekst, Opiemme, Pixote, Shantell Martin, Skrew, UR New York and Wolfe Metal Work, Tommy Wolfe.

Top Image >> Mark Samsonovich says open your mind, although it looks like someone blew this guys. See the video of the Delfonics at end of posting if that song is running through your brain now. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shantell Martin (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JJ Veronis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Wolfe Metal Work (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skrew, Nekst taken from a fast moving train:-) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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HEK TAD (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Art Is Trash with some friends in the background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. PRVRT for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Deconstructed Beauty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown. We won’t open it until 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Melty Cats (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Opiemme and Chekos for Street Like Rainbow Festival in Castellaneta, Italy. (photo © courtesy of the artists)

“Who is he? Who is that other one?”

“These are the questions that people asked most often while Chekos and I were painting in Castellaneta.
Ernest Hemingway, Sean Connery, Sigmund Freud, Steve Jobs, Padre Pio, Van Gogh, Giuseppe Verdi, George Clooney, Lenin, Cavour, Garibaldi…are some of the guesses.

The work came from Chekos’s idea, a reflection on the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. We tried to bring the spectator to have an experience close to a personality test, with an iconographic work that recalls the Rorschach test. The words “Stereotype” in the center of the composition refer to the process that brings people to recognize different famous people.” ~ Opiemme

 

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Mr. Toll at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bishop203 x Lorenzo Maza x APC Crew at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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URNewYork at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixote at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phil at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cruz x URNewYork at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. August 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind? The Delfonics

 

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Street Poet Opiemme Honors Nobel Laureate in Poland

Street Poet Opiemme Honors Nobel Laureate in Poland

Italian text worker Opiemme just finished this ode to letters, words, and poetry in Gdansk, Poland for the Monumental Art Festival. A lover of the language, the muralist and public artist hopes to garner attention for the written word.

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Opiemme. Detail. Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

“I hope to spread poetry and create curiosity, to push people towards reading,” he says as he describes this new 10 story wall that is partitioned into outer space, the sky and the earth. “Like the energy of the sun, the letters radiate, transmitting in different languages knowledge, legends, and customs. They give “color” to our communications like light gives color to things.”

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Opiemme. Detail. Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

The mural is intended to honor the Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner in literature Wislawa Szymborska, and it includes a passage from his work,… Truth, do not pay me too much attention. Solemnity, be magnanimous toward me …” from Under a Certain Little Star.

The nearer the words fall to earth, the more he hopes he will capture the interest of young readers. He says the words are simply sliding down the streaming drips of colors made from pouring bottles of paints.  Using the eye candy as a seductive player, he says, the piece “is designed to attract the attention of adults and children in order to bring them closer to poetry”.

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Opiemme for Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Lukas Glowala)

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Opiemme. Detail. Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme for Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Lukas Glowala)

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Opiemme for Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opimemme)

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Opiemme. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

 

Click HERE to learn more about Monumental Art.

 

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Opiemme X Moby Dick X Museum of Urban Art (Italy)

Opiemme X Moby Dick X Museum of Urban Art (Italy)

There has been some excited talk in the last couple of weeks here about the announcement of a new urban art museum in New Jersey associated with Mana Contemporary – some even saying that it is the first of its kind. No doubt it will be a first in many categories but when we heard the name MANA associated with an urban museum we also thought of MURo (Museo di Urban Art di Roma) and then of MAU.

The Museum of Urban Art in Turin Italy is called Museo d’Arte Urbana and it has a director and a board, has programmed and placed countless works in public spaces since the mid 1990s, and is reportedly securing a large permanent location in that city as well.  In fact, many have had this lust for combining the street with museums, and everyone does it differently.

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Opiemme. Torino, Italy 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

“It’s a really particular reality,” says Opiemme this week of the MAU program that just brought him to Torino, as the city is natively referred to. “There’s a block called Campidoglio where MAU took over beginning in 1995,” the Street Artist says about what is essentially a mural arts program that has brought public artists and artworks to the street in a curated fashion. Successfully, you might add, from the citizens point of view.

“Actually I never painted in a place where people were so happy to have me there,” he says of the new 50 square meter text based whale based on Melville’s Moby Dick. Installed over a weekend in May where Corso Tassoni meets Via Cibrario, the text comes from the book, is entitled “Ahab’s Whale”, and according to Opieme, it questions who is the bigger monster – the whale or the captain’s obsession.

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Opiemme. Torino, Italy 2014. (photo © Daniele Dantonio)

As the street scene shape-shifts once again and we have moved into a period at the moment where there is a booming mural scene washing over us – one that many would not have predicted – it is worthwhile to speculate what form and format an “urban art” museum would/could/should take and which masters are to be served?

But before pulling our whaling boats up alongside this enterprise and harpooning it with a list of programming demands — hold your fire! Perhaps we’ll need to acknowledge that we’re going to need a number of these museums worldwide, and each can find their particular focus without presuming to be everything to every one.  That would be quite impossible.

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Opiemme. Torino, Italy 2014. (photo © Daniele Dantonio)

As usual, we are still content with the museum of the streets, the gallery of the self-selecting, curated by will, happenstance, the elements, and the audience who determines how long it is on exhibit.

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Opiemme. Torino, Italy 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Torino, Italy 2014. (photo © Daniele Dantonio)

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Opiemme. Torino, Italy 2014. (photo © Daniele Dantonio)

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Opiemme. Torino, Italy 2014. (photo © Daniele Dantonio)

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Opiemme. Torino, Italy 2014. (photo © Daniele Dantonio)

For more information on the Museo d’Arte Urbana please click HERE.

 

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