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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.09.23

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.09.23

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Merry Arrestmas!

This is an excellent time to be in New York because everything is in bloom, and for a moment, there is love in the air everywhere you look. Or is that just the legal weed they sell from the truck in front of your apartment the way they used to sell falafel?

This is s beautiful time

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Louis Masai, Jason Naylor, Voxx Romana, HOXXOH, Voxx, Optimo NYC, Vers, Jesus, Lasak, D.Z.L.T., Envio, MENY X, Krave, and Abuse.

Optimo NYC. DeGrupo. Ollyn. SAY NO WARS. Houston/Bowery Wall takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
This is not going all too well Donald, is it? Unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
D.Z.L.T. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
D.Z.L.T. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
D.Z.L.T. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
VERS (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Enivo for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Enivo for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HOXXOH for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HOXXOH for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JESUS (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MENY (photo © Jaime Rojo)
KRAVE for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
VOXX (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lasak Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ABUSE for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Louis Masai for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Louis Masai for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Magnolia. Spring 2023. NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.02.23

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.02.23

64% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, China and Russia are buddying up, BRICs countries are looking for new members, and the Bankers in your life are again looking toward their gilded escape bunkers.

We are transfixed by the first indicted US president, and gloating about having a system of democracy and justice. Now he is positioning himself as an “outsider,” a martyr. A billionaire outsider. We’re just waiting for these crowds outside Trump Tower to materialize. Where are they? Honestly, Fifth Avenue is more interested in the Easter Bonnet Parade that is coming.

But it’s a circus on the national tabloid news, which is unfortunately all of the news now. Our best minds are being entertained by 24 hour sports channels, Netflix and Tic Toc, and it’s not an accident. People are chided into fighting each other over trans-woke-snowflake-abortion-race-laptop-AR15-centered-drag-readings. Look! A squirrel!

Meanwhile, the daffodils are blooming everywhere in anticipation of Easter Week. People were cramming subways, buses, and sidewalks yesterday because of the warm sunny spring weather – and Smorgasborg opened this weekend in Brooklyn. NYTimes calls it “the Woodstock of eating,” due to its variety of incredible food choices – but of course, you can have just as much fun with a bag of chips or a slice of pizza sitting on a stoop watching the parade of New Yorkers march/sashay/stride by.

We had a great time at the Bronx Museum yesterday, catching the John Ahearn/ Rigoberto Torres retrospective and seeing both the artists in person during a panel discussion with artist Abigail DeVille – with fans rushing the stage for an autographed exhibition book afterward. These guys have championed everyday New Yorkers through their painted sculptures for four decades. It is revelatory and heartwarming to see this very large collection of works never shown together before. Make sure to check out “Swagger and Tenderness: The South Bronx Portraits” until April 30.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Stikman, Zimer, Subway Doodle, A Lucky Rabbit, Qzar, Optimo NYC, Sekt, AMMO, CEYNYC, Toeflop, Early Riser NYC, Julia Cocuzza, and Miki Mu.

Miki Mu for Underhill Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
QZAR (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Julia Cocuzza (photo © Jaime Rojo)
This might be the work of A Lucky Rabbit…not sure. We’re also not sure if the work has been completed. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Subway Doodle (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zimer NYC (photo © Jime Rojo)
Zimer NYC (photo © Jime Rojo)
Zimer NYC (photo © Jime Rojo)
LL Cool J is Bad forever. Zimer NYC (photo © Jime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Optimo NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Early Riser NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Toeflop (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CEYNYC lying down…not sure who did the buble…but sure it burns. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SEKT. AMMO. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Memorial bench in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.12.23

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.12.23

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Clocks spring ahead today in New York! Check it!

Taking a little trip to Miami and Wynwood District this week – its a lot warmer than New York.

Hey, is anybody worried about Friday’s second biggest bank failure in U.S. history after the collapse of Washington Mutual in 2008? Nah, right? Just like that ‘transitory inflation’. We’re holding this down, right? And that missing money from Wells Fargo accounts this week – just a technical glitch right? We got this, amiright?

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Entes, Modomatic, Rage Johnson, Gear, Sobek, Optimo NYC, Isabelle Ewing, W3r3on3, Juan Salgado, TATS004, Davel Art, and Sophy Tuttle.

Sophy Tuttle. A Wall Mural Projects. Dunbar Elementary School. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Davel Art. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Isabelle Ewing (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rage Johnson. Detail. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rage Johnson. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sobek Super6. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
w3r3on3. Detail. A Wall Mural Projects. Dunbar Elementary School. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
w3r3on3. A Wall Mural Projects. Dunbar Elementary School. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
GEAR. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Optimo NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
TATS 004. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Juan Salgado. Detail. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Juan Salgado. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Entes. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified octopus in Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.26.23

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.26.23

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Optimo NYC on the Houston wall yo! Born and bred, a true New Yorker, and deserving of this wall after paying dues for years. Why does this wall sometimes look better when curated by the street? The holy chaos that reigns here is the pure DNA of the city, unbossed and unbought.

This week the street art is fresh! Never mind the proxy wars, the exploding trains, the 30% YOY drop in 401Ks, the transitory inflation that wasn’t, the Chinese spy balloons that weren’t, the Nordstream 2, the effort to privatize Social Security, the polarization that is encouraged by the media, and the increasing difficulty of New Yorkers to pay the bills… we still have a lot of extraordinary artists, and they are profligate! Also, we have Flaco, the Central Park owl fugitive, and his adorable ear tufts.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Shepard Fairey, Sticker Maul, Modomatic, Bad Brains, NYC Kush Co, Optimo NYC, Pest AC, Valentin Vewer, Holly Sims, Eternal Possessions, Cloudy is Here, and Gosup.

Optimo NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Optimo NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gosup (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cloudy is Here (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cloudy is Here (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NYC Kush Co (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eternal Possesions (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Holly Sims (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shepard Fairey’s tribute to Bad Brains from a photograph by Glen F. Friedman in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Valentin Vewer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Valentin Vewer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pest AC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pest AC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pest AC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pest AC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pest AC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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SKI Curates Friends in “Won For All!” at Pop Gallery

SKI Curates Friends in “Won For All!” at Pop Gallery

This time of the year, many people become nostalgic, remembering earlier times that seemed simpler, bathed in sepia tones. Walking into the Pop International Gallery a couple of weekends ago – fresh from a Swoon talk with Jeffrey Deitch and on the way to the opening of Graffiti Kings at HOWL – it was a surprise trip to the mid-2000s of New York streets when the graffiti scene was adjusting to a fleet of new street art kids on the block.

Fernando “SKI” Romero. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

Fernando “SKI” Romero was one half of a graphic team called UR New York at the time with co-writer 2Easae, and they were making their own transition from the street to the studio. In the new show at Pop called WON FOR ALL!, Mr. Romero takes us back to see a cluster of youth who were in his orbit, and if you were walking on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, probably yours.

Fernando “SKI” Romero. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

“I’ve known these artists for years,” he says, “Many of us came up together in the art world. They are my friends and family.”

Born and raised in New York, Romero is very familiar with the graffiti scene that made the city famous, even recently curating a show of some graffiti-writers-turned-artists who originally inspired him, like CRASH, DAZE and Tats Cru. After attending Parsons School of Design and selling his own stuff on the street in SoHo for six years, he took a decade to dedicate himself to developing his own deconstructed letter style for the gallery.

Fernando “SKI” Romero. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

Now SKI is reflecting on a golden age for his own development as an artist with WON FOR ALL and shows solidarity with a small cluster of talents who have pursued their professional careers that were supercharged by their experiences on the street and around the culture. Here’s Dark Clouds with his patterned and swooping pockets of rain, alongside the graphic output of Matt Siren that hints at superheroes and graphic novels.

Elsewhere the bright font-centric Queen Andrea evokes 1980s teen mag optimism, while Gigi Chen’s formal painting techniques venture into fantasy and photo-realism. In the main window on the Bowery is perhaps the most recognizable top-hatted character, Optimo, another true born and bred New Yorker whose love for the culture is evidenced by a prodigious mass of street stickers incorporated into one of his canvasses. Partnered perhaps in their historical reverence for graffiti writers are SKI, with his sideways blown layers of bright letterforms and gritty graphic cityscapes, and Cerns’ omnivorous forays across realities – anchored by colorful characters that may remind some of the train writers during the 1970s.

Matt Siren. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

“I chose these people because of talent, skills, and dedication,” he says. “During the pandemic, these artists were the ones who kept me sane and motivated during a time when I felt alone. This show is a way to bring them all together to say ‘Thank You”. 

WON FOR ALLI
FEATURED ARTISTS include
Queen Andrea
Dark Cloud
Gigi Chen
Matt Siren
Optimo NYC
Victor Ving
Emilio Martinez
Cern
Chris Boss

Matt Siren. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)
Cern. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)
Dark Clouds. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)
Queen Andrea. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)
Gigi Chen. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)
Optimo NYC. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)
Optimo NYC. “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)
Jeff and Lynell at “Won For All!” at Pop International Galleries. Curated by Fernando “SKI” Romero. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

Won For All! is currently on view at Pop International Galleries in Manhattan. Click HERE for further details, schedules, and location.

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