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Fun Friday 08.10.12

Happy hot sticky Friday live from New York! Lots of cool stuff on the street and in the exhibition spaces this weekend – just bring a water bottle. Here are some of our picks for you on BSA.

1. Détournement, Carlo McCormick at Jonathan Levine (NYC)
2. Chris Stain and Joe Iurato at Mighty Tanaka (BKLN)
3. Peeta Solo at ArTicks (Amsterdam)
4. “You & Me” – Low Brow’s Second Group Show (BKLN)
5. Miss Van at Copro Gallery “Wild at Heart” (Santa Monica)
6. Part2Ism “New Horizons & Future Love Songs” at Red Gallery (London)
7. “Who’z Got Game!” ? at Sacred Gallery (NYC)
8. Numskull ,”Dance Like a Video, Sting Like a Gif” at Mishka (BKLN)
9. “Primeveal” group show Carmichael Gallery (LA)
10. Futura Live Painting  (Richmond, VA)
11. KFC Loves The Gays with John Goodman (Video)


Détournement, Carlo McCormick at Jonathan Levine (NYC)

Carlo McCormick, Paper Magazine Senior Editor and NYC cultural intuitor, is guest curator at the Jonathan Levine Gallery with a show titled “Détournement: Signs of the Times” Carlo has assembled an interesting list of artists to tell his story with the works of AIKO, Dan Witz, David Wojnarowicz, Dylan Egon, Eine, Ilona Granet, Jack Pierson, John Law (Jack Napier), Leo Fitzpatrick, Mark Flood, Martin Wong, Max Rippon (RIPO), Mike Osterhout, Posterboy, Ron English, Shepard Fairey + Jamie Reid, Steve Powers (ESPO), TrustoCorp, Will Boone and Zevs.

Mining a vein that has been here in front of us all the time, the composition of the selected works reveals a powerful undertone about how we engage and communicate with our artwork, and hi-jack the messaging of others. Says McCormick, “We do not need to follow these signs, we need to make our own so as to find a way out of the mess we are in.”

It’s also one of the few shows that seamlessly blends Street Art and non-street art practices without needing to draw a distinction for its own sake. This show is now open to the public.

Posterboy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Chris Stain and Joe Iurato at Mighty Tanaka (BKLN)

Tonight at Mighty Tanaka Gallery in DUMBO the inevitable pairing of Street Artists Chris Stain and Joe Iurato finally takes place. With a show titled “Deep in the Cut” these two stencil artists will bring the knives out for the love of art and the perfection of their craft. Style and mannerism distinguish the differences between these two, and Stain has been at it much longer with a lot of work on the street, but metaphor and empathy to the human condition is the overlap in these guys work. Grab the F train to DUMBO and come see what new common ground emerges from this combination.

Chris Stain. An old all time favorite on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Joe Iurato for Fountain Art Fair 2012 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Peeta Solo at ArTicks (Amsterdam)

Italian Graffiti and Fine Artist Peeta has been writing his tag on walls, trains and many other surfaces since 1993. Like a few of his generation who have been stretching graff style past it’s outer limits and morphing it with abstraction, his work has slowing gelled into it’s own distinctive style. He focuses his lettering and his tag by feeding it through Chinese and Islamic calligraphy as a departure from the traditional Latin and Greek lettering. A collaborator of New Yorks RWK collective, he resides in Venice and tonight opens his solo show in Amsterdam at the ArTicks Gallery.

Peeta in Brooklyn with fellow RWK Chris. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“You & Me” – Low Brow’s Second Group Show (BKLN)

The Low Brow Artique Gallery in Brooklyn has decided to enter the matchmaking business and Saturday their second show titled “You & Me” artfully combines the work of two at a time. While many of these artists have worked collaboratively on the street in the past, crossing freely between sanctioned and unsanctioned Street Art and graffiti, the results of merging their styles and techniques always creates new creatures with the combined DNA. Sometimes it’s a mutt, and sometimes it is purebred brilliance. Artistic couplings here include: Cash4 & Smells, Chris & Veng (RWK), EKG & Dark Clouds, Matt Siren & Fenix, OCMC & This Is Awkward, Royce Bannon & Russell King, and Veng & Sofia Maldonado.

Sofia Maldonado and Veng collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cash4 and Smells collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Smells and Cash4 on the streets of Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Miss Van at Copro Gallery “Wild at Heart” (Santa Monica)

Miss Van, the French Street Artist and fine artist has a new solo show “Wild at Heart” in Santa Monica, California this Saturday at the Copro Gallery and the ladies are again strutting their stuff across her rich canvasses. Painting since the age of 18 Miss Van has chosen her appearances carefully while being very active within the smaller pool of female Street Artists, maintaining a continous presence with her unique doll-characters, a rich color palette and plenty of erotica.

Miss Van was included in the now famous “Art in the Streets” exhibition on April 2011 at MoCA Los Angeles.. April 2011. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Also happening this weekend:

Part2Ism has a new solo show “New Horizons & Future Love Songs” at the Red Gallery in London, UK and it is now open to the general public. Click here for more details on this show.

Wanna know “Who’z Got Game!” ? Head over to the Sacred Gallery for this group exhibition opening today in Manhattan. Click here for more details on this show.

Numskull will “Dance Like a Video, Sting Like a Gif” at Mishka tonight in Brooklyn. Click here for more details on this show.

“Primeveal” a group exhibition including Emol, Stinkfish and Zio Ziegler opens tomorrow night at the Carmichael Gallery in Culver City, CA. Click here for more details on this show.

Futura will paint live in Richmond, Virginia this Saturday.

Screen Shot from Futura’s Hennessy NYC Video.

Master Graffiti Artist and fine artist Leonard “FUTURA” is touring the country to promote this project with a spirit maker and this Friday he will stop in Richmond, Virgina where he will paint live on a canvas inside the ABC Store located at 101 North Thompson Street. The live painting will commence at 2:00 pm.  It is a rare opportunity to catch Futura in action.

A recent ad featuring Futura for this campaign (not a sponsor)

KFC Loves The Gays with John Goodman

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ArTicks Gallery Presents: “Peeta – A Solo Show” (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)



ArTicks Gallery is pleased to announce PEETA – A SOLO SHOW, a solo exhibition consisting of new paintings and sculptures by the Italian artist Peeta.

Peeta endeavours to realize the sculptural quality of individual letters, namely the ones that spell out his own name. Being aware of the Greco-Latin origins of today’s modern alphabet which give it a certain abstract, rather than figural, quality, his task departs from this graphical history to follow the formal methods of Chinese and Islamic calligraphy. With his works, the artist always selects the specific letters “P-E-E-T-A” and breaks them from their generic typographical form, stylizing them with shape and volume beyond their mere semantic function. Thus his lettering is brought into the fluidity of the urban, where words are continuously ruptured from their own histories, readapted into idiom and gestures learned from the street.

And it is this urban terrain that Peeta is always drawn to: street walls, trains, abandoned factories. In a way, his work is record of evolving inscription—not in its traditional sense, but in terms of a fluency acquired through the urban vernacular. Peeta calls this a “geometry of writing”, where the rules are changeable and words are modified, deconstructed and regenerated as they intersect with convention and the new.

Peeta, also known as Manuel Di Rita, has been active as a graffiti artist since 1993 and is currently living in Venice. He is a member of the EAD crew (Padova, Italy), FX and RWK crews (New York City) and has participated in graffiti jams and Meeting of Styles events in Europe and the Americas. His work explores the potential of sculptural lettering, both in painting and in three dimensions. Peeta has exhibited at the Santorini Biennale (2012); Megastore Gallery – The Hague (2007); Magazzini del Sale – Venice (2007-2008); Edgeart Gallery – Manchester (2008); PrettyPortal Gallery – Düsseldorf (2009); Baron Gallery and Ayden Gallery – Vancouver (2010-2011); Da Baker Gallery – New York (2010); and H+ Gallery – Lyon (2011), among many others.

“PEETA – A SOLO SHOW” runs from 10th August – 30th August, 2012
Vernissage: Friday 10th August from 18:00 – 21:30

ArTicks Gallery Singel 88 Amsterdam, Nh 1015AD


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Images of the Week 07.15.12

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Concrete Jungle, Edaurdo Jones, El Sol 25, Know Hope, Love Me, Matteo Efrem Rossi, Peeta, Phlegm, QRST, Rambo, Royce Bannon, Russell King, Shok 1, The Weird, Venezia, WAS, Swil and Willow.

Street Artist Phlegm from Sheffield (GB) was passing through New York this week and took a little time to add his character to a wall that Know Hope from Tel-Aviv painted in early March in NYC. Says Phlegm, “I couldn’t pass the opportunity to add one of my characters giving his a helping hand.”  Our geography skills aren’t too strong but this work connects 3 continents, doesn’t it? This wall was produced by Keith Schweitzer of MaNY Projects in conjunction with Fourth Arts Block (FAB).  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Peeta takes the 3-D to 4 for Atelier Eventi-Arte-Venezia, Forte Margera (VE), (photo © Matteo Efrem Rossi)

Love Me, Rambo, and the JMZ line on the Brooklyn side yo. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 on the return (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

WAS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SHOK 1 evokes x-ray images with this can technique in a East London wall arranged by Global Street Art (photo © SHOK 1)

Swil with a lil’ help from Willow (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Weird slices through Brooklyn thanks to Laura (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle from Russia finished this monochromatic forest in Bushwick. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle. Deatail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

See Concrete Jungle from Russia to Bushwick

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Royce Bannon and Russell King (photo © Jaime Rojo)

QRST is going strong, despite a broken heart. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Oh, Word? Edaurdo Jones (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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London Dispatch: Street Art at Moniker Art Fair

This weekend in London is the Moniker Art Fair, which features the work of a number of Street Artists, as well as the artists themselves installing, performing, drinking. Part commerce and spectacle, the atmosphere at an art fair always has an expectant air of interactive theater; directors, actors, and prop masters all milling around fervently and working to create a dramatic scene. Ready or not, the doors fly open and in rushes the calico crowd of collectors, fans, and looky-loos to belly up to the stage, discover who has a new idea, and who is recycling old ones. This years Moniker includes work by Aiko, Banksy, Ben Eine, Best Ever, Cash For Your Warhol, D*Face, Dabs & Myla, Greg Miller, Herakut, Jaae, Matt Small, Nate Frizzell, Peeta, Marco ‘Pho’ Grassi, Pure Evil, ROA, Rero, Russell Young, The London Police, and Word to Mother.

Just flown into Shoreditch for an engagement all week, (don’t forget to ask your waitress for the House Specials), here’s your photographer/artist/collector  Geoff Hargadon in the thick of it all with a photo essay of some highlights of the the action.

brooklyn-street-art-geoff-hargadon-moniker-london-2011-Jealous- Gallery-webJealous Gallery is seen here churning out free “Cash For Your Warhol” prints for the first 30 visitors to the fair Friday. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)


Australian/Los Angeleno Street Art couple Dabs & Myla at work on their installation before the curtain goes up. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)


A D*Face mural defaced – actually looks pretty good. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)


D*Face, unfazed, continues on with his installation. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)


Remi Rough strikes a bit of a dance stance while getting up on a Moniker wall. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)


An artist from the Canary Island Urban Culture Booth. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)


“Cash for your Warhol” at The Garage (left). In the center is Amanda Marie and Aiko on the right for Andenken. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)


Watch your back, installers coming through with a D*Face can. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

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Installers assembling a ROA puzzle, piece by piece. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)


Street Artist Beejoir’s new sculpture,  “A Pill A Day” (Singapore/UK) (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

…..makes us think of “Mother’s Little Helper,” by the Rolling Stones

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Collaborative Individuality : Robots Will Kill, Plus Friends

Veng and Chris of RWK Plus Overunder, Never, Peeta and ECB Finish a Wall in Bushwick

Sometime in April we brought you a wall in progress with the tireless Veng and Chris of RWK in collaboration with Overunder, Never, Peeta and ECB for good measure. The guys finished their work a while ago and finally last week we had time to go and check it out. Not surprisingly, each member continues to tighten their individual visions and the wall is richly painted with beautiful details, vivid imagination and a mastery of the can.

Brooklyn-street-art-overunder-RWK-veng-chris-ecb-never-peeta-jaime-rojo-05-11-web-1ECB corner (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The walls of Robots Will Kill and friends can sometimes resemble an open sketchbook of imagination, predilection and pursuit; with Western and urban styles that coexist and interact, if not merge. A 90s 3-D wild style meets 2-D cartoon while a molten white man’s dinosaur heads floats nearby ominously. An ever evolving collective of painters, these friends have worked together often, watching their individual interests and styles develop and articulate.


Veng and Chris of RWK and Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In this fresh spring collection, the new element of an absurdist nature comes from the mind of Overunder, who sweeps up Veng’s 15th century oil portraits with the roll down gates of city bodegas, depositing them in a ramshackle pile of human limbs and signage like a receding tornado. Another subtle humorist, Overunder gives his gates appropriate adornment; graffiti throwups, tags, a robot from Chris RWK and the time honored graff dis – “Toy” sprayed across a Nike logo.


Veng and Chris of RWK, Overunder, Peeta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Somehow Veng’s formalist portrait retains its character and remains drolly poker-faced and disinterested among the debris, and Chris RWK’s robot rises above quizzically in a Shakespearian robe from the Costume Department. The crowning achievement is the deli-canopied cladding Veng’s character head gets – a surreal Star Wars / Escape From New York helmet that flies him here from a Van Ecykian past.


Chris of RWK and Peeta (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris of RWK, Peeta and Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris of RWK, Peeta and Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng of RWK and Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Overunder and Chris of RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Peeta and Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng and Chris of RWK, Overunder, Peeta and Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng and Chris of RWK, Overunder, Peeta, Never and ECB  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng and Chris of RWK, Overunder, Peeta, Never and ECB  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 04.10.11


Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bast, ChrisRWK, Creepy, ECB, OverUnder, Peeta, Ress Arts, REVS, RID, RWK, VengRWK, and YOK.

brooklyn-street-art-veng-overunder-Chris-rwk-jaime-rojo-04-11-webVeng of RWK, Overunder and Chris of RWK new wall in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Veng and Chris from RWK gathered their paint tools and called a couple of their friends over to hang out and paint on their spot in Bushwick, BK. The results have been like chocolate and peanut butter together – you are not sure how it works, but it does.  Overunder, ECB, Peeta and Never collaborated on this brand new wall, still in progress.


Sorry, baby, not tonight. Can’t you see I’ve got a lot on my mind? Veng of RWK and Overunder. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Hello, I’m looking for da right kitchen. OverUnder re-creates pull-down grates commonly seen around the city after businesses close for the night, or because of the recession. After arranging them in a cluster, graffiti tags and pieces are applied in a mind-twisting reinvention with random human limbs sprouting out. We’re not smart enough to know what he’s getting at, and Veng’s character is keeping tight lipped about it.     Veng of RWK and Overunder. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris of RWK (in progress), Peeta and Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Never and Peeta (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ECB brings on the parade of mournfully serious men (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ECB. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Manny the Buddah mechanic in the urban brush. Still Life with a plaster sculpture   (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nothing that a coat of paint couldn’t help. We had previously published this REVS sculpture but someone gave it a new fresh coat of paint for the spring. REVS is looking pretty sharp and full of hope these days.   (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Just thought I’d chair my feelings with you. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


An Aussie collab in 5Ptz with Yok and Creepy  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Yok. Detail  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Creepy. Detail  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Parts of 5 Pointz have gotten slap happy. Notice the large sticker robot made of stickers by RID. The plea to “Save 5 Ptz” refers to this hallowed block-long spot that is slated for development by it’s owner. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Phun Phactory’s new walls in North Williamsburg. Detail.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ress Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng RWK is the friendly face of the new headquarters of Curbs & Stoops (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bast has game (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vincent Michael Gallery Presents: RWK 10th Anniversary “Never Say Die” (Philadelphia, PA)

Never Say Die
brooklyn-street-art-RWK-vincent-michael-galleryIt all started in a small Staten Island, NY apartment in late 2000. Chris knew that Kevin was into web/graphic design and started to pick his brain about launching a website. It was to feature the work of Chris, as well as a few artists he collaborated with. The name was already chosen, Robots Will Kill. He had come up with it while in the midst of an art fellowship in Vermont the year before. Over the course of the seemingly charged conversations that followed, it became apparent to Chris that this could be something greater than a single Artist’s portfolio. He realized that there was opportunity to be found in the abundance of incredible artwork being overlooked by the mainstream world. The rebellious spirit of Graffiti and Street Art having been such tremendous inspiration for all involved- Chris summed up this move toward inclusion in no uncertain terms: “you wouldn’t give us a space so we built one”.

In March of 2001 Robots Will Kill went live. It was stocked with images from artists that Chris knew personally and also with a collection of Graffiti and Street Art pictures that he had been collecting for years. The site began small and slowly worked to a boil, the audience was growing with every new feature and content update. Emails from artists all over the world started to come in. They wanted in. Messages filled with graffiti pictures, hundreds of pictures, each week started to pour in! With the addition of the Graffiti/Street Art Self Upload feature, visitors were able to upload their own pictures, with complete anonymity, and the site exploded!  The rising visitor ship, coupled with the free time that the Self-Upload provided, prompted RWK to design/sell more clothing and stickers that would help promote itself, with the added advantage of bringing in some money for printing and advertising.

Fast forward, and the next few years brought about some roster changes. Veng (USA) originally got involved with Robots Will Kill through painting walls around the New York area.  His unique style and wide array of artistic influences have definitely made an impact on RWK as a collective.  JesseR  (Belgium) was one of the earliest contributors to RWK, and has remained one of the biggest supporters and artistic allies. Jesse’s combination of styles, illustrative and gritty subject matter and his range of media have made him a perfect fit and major influence on the other members.  Peeta’s (Italy) foundation in graffiti helps keep RWK in touch with its roots, while his innovative 3D lettering style has elevated the medium to new heights.  Flying Fortress (Germany) has used his smooth illustrative lettering and characters to build a cohesive collection of imagery that is unmistakably his in both subject and style.  ECB (Germany) mixes lettering and incredible portraiture work to present expressive, technically superb pieces pulling the viewer in to a distorted reality. Kevin’s work, combining street-art stencilling and “free” painting techniques, has evolved over the years into symbol-rich portraiture with content inspired by such varied disciplines as Psychology, Theology/Mythology, Physics and Geometry.  Chris has used his cartoon-like style and vocabulary of images to create canvases, wall murals, clothing and stickers that have been sent to 6 out of the 7 continents, gaining attention for RWK from collectors and visitors around the world.

As 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of Robots Will Kill, each of its members are proud of what we’ve accomplished, and more so- filled with hope for what’s still to come.

brooklyn-street-art-chris-RWK-vincent-michael-galleryChris RWK “Underdog”


Veng. Untitled

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