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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.20.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.20.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week, where New York keeps pushing forward through this stormy winter – although the amount of new street art and graffiti dissipates this time of year as artists stay in their creative caves, waiting for spring. Hang in there peeps.

It’s still cold today so you may want to check out the last day of the Christian Dior show at Brooklyn Museum, or you can see BG183’s solo exhibition at Wallworks in the Bronx, or Daze’s solo show in Manhattan at PPOW.

Great news for New York artists this week: artists can now apply for a monthly stipend of $1,000. This is big news because unlike a lot of Europe, the US and its institutions do not support artists or cultural workers.

Bad news for the orange man in New York this week: The Supreme Court says he and his progeny have to testify under oath, after the Attorney General uncovered “copious evidence of possible financial fraud”. Perhaps Ivanka can consult with her friends Christine Lagarde or Angela Merkel about what to say.

Speaking of exemplary New Yorkers, Jeffery Epstein’s friend Jean-Luc Brunel has been found dead in his prison cell, mysteriously. One of Epstein’s other friends, Prince Andrew, reportedly settled out of court this week. “Prince Andrew reportedly agreed to never again deny raping Virginia Giuffre”, says the New York Post, The Independent, and The Sun. The Times says: “A new nursery rhyme is doing the rounds at the Palace:

‘The grand old Duke of York,
he had 12 million quid.
He gave it to someone he’d never met,
for something he never did’”.

Jesus, let’s go out for a walk and see if we discover some new street art.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Skewville, Specter, City Kitty, Adam Fujita, Pork, Jason Naylor, Below Key, Lexi Bella, Jowl, Nimek, Klonism, Harvey Ball, Eloy Bida, Kat Blouch, Timmy Ache, and Eyedao.

Jason Naylor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eyedao (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita pays tribute to Keith Haring. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty & Kat Blouch (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Batman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jowl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eloy Bida. Memorial mural in honor of Ingrid Washinawtok. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville turned 100 years old this month. Long Live Skewville! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Below Key (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Smiley Face. The design of the iconic image turns 50 years. Originally created by Harvey Ball the symbol has been used everywhere from advertising to movies to fashion and high and low art. This poster has been plastered all over the city to highlight its anniversary…oh don’t forget to SMILE!
Klonism (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timmy Ache (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Art Of Will Power. “Hip Hop” is my religion. Here’s Mary being a muse again. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pork. Chinamak (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pork (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nimek (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexi Bella with the lush lips. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Snow ghosts. East River. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.17.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.17.21

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Chupa, Elsie the Cowww, Gane, Gemma Gene, Kai, Li-Hill, Mr. Babby, Panic, Peachee Blue, Pork, Skewville, Sydney G. James, and Zexor.

Li-Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Li-Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ZEXOR (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sydney G James (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr Babby for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
PORK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
GANE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
PANIC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
KAI (photo © Jaime Rojo)
KAI (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CHUPA (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Early Riser NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elsie The Cowww for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gemma Gene for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. East River, NYC. January 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.30.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.30.20

The winds of change are gathering force and weaving together – social, political, financial, environmental… and it is all being reflected in street art today. Ironically, because media in the US is addicted to money and misdirection and is completely disinterested in the poor and working class as a whole, thoughtful analysis that pops off city walls seems unadulterated, capable of giving you more truthful assessments of what is missing, what is out of whack, and who’s gotta take action. Your face here.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adam Fu, AJ LaVilla, Antennae, Black Ligma, City Kitty, CRKSHNK, De Groupo, Hearts NY, Novy, Pork, Surface of Beauty, The Greator, Winston Tseng, X Rebellion NYC, and Zuli Miau.

Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Black Ligma (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Creator (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Antennae (photo © Jaime Rojo)
AJ LaVilla (photo © Jaime Rojo)
X Rebellion NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fu collab with Surface of Beauty for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zuli Miau (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Take Out Racism (photo © Jaime Rojo)
TGLNYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pork (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Novy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
I Heart Graffiti . Hearts NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Individual Activist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
De Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.22.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.22.20

We’re off the street now, the BSA team, as New York City goes into lock-down mode in the face of the global Covid19 virus pandemic.

We know that our medical infrastructure will be overwhelmed, because it was broken apart systematically into a thousand tiny pieces years ago. Unlike centralized medical care that many other countries have, it has been only available to some of us and usually at a great cost that outstrips our abilities to provide for our families.

Now, as New York faces the prospect of becoming completely overwhelmed for months, we see that even basic testing, medical supplies, beds, and personnel cannot be pulled together fast enough through a decentralized profit-based system. This isn’t political – this is life. Unfortunately this is also death.

So if we do get sick, we’re not even thinking of going to a hospital. If some of our older friends and relatives get sick, we’re hoping that there will be enough money and resources to serve their needs. But the signs are not good here in the country with the highest GDP in the world. Makes you wish there was Medicare for All right?

So, as long as we’re able, we’re going to publish work from the street. But for the first time since we began publishing 12 years ago, the new shots on the street will also need to come from you – since we are quarantined. Please send us what you see, what you capture – maybe out the window. But don’t put yourself at risk, or others.

We have to flatten this curve and it will take us all to do it.

So here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring 1UP Crew, 907, Fours, Kuma, Pork, Pøbel, Poi Everywhere, Raf Mata Art, Smells, Stres, The Act of Love, The Postman Art, and Zexor.

We begin with this educational and artful animation by Juan Delcan & Valentina Izaguirre

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The power of social distancing
Stres (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smells / Punk / 907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pork (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zexor for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pøbel addition to an old existing piece in his hood in Bryne, Norway. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)
Pøbel addition to an old existing piece in his hood in Bryne, Norway. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)
1UP Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Poi Everywhere (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raf Mata (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fours (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Postman Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
KUMA (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Act Of Love (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. March 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.07.19

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.07.19

We’re in the thick sticky summer of it now -with Street Artists flooding the walls with many new unpermissioned illegal works. From small scale and new kids on the block to large legal/commercial murals by more established names- the public space in New York is teeming again with new ideas.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street (or boardwalk), this time featuring Adreian Wilson, Bert MTA, Bia Ferrer, Blaze, Captain Eyeliner, El Sol 25, Faust, Gatos a Gatas, H Lucatelli, Homoriot, Jason Naylor, Jilly Ballistic, Libranos, Movimiento Petrushaus, My 2 Cents, Nomad Clan, Novy, Pork, Shin Shin, Subdude, and Tatyana Fazlilazadeh.

Bert_MTA for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
My 2 Cents (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jilly Ballistic joins the Abbey Road procession (photo © Jaime Rojo)
America is Black… and it’s not going anywhere. Tatyna Fazlalizadeh (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Homoriot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
One of the 20th century’s greatest writers, James Baldwin, wearing a Homoriot logo on his shirt. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Homoriot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Is this THAT Blaze? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adrian Wilson in collaboration with Pork. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nomad Clan (photo © Jaime Rojo)
H Lucatelly. Hand painted directly on the wall without permission. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Libranos (photo © Jaime Rojo)
El Sol 25 entering an Aqua period for the summer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
It’s never too early to start that layaway plan. El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bia Ferrer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bia Ferrer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Subdude (photo © Jaime Rojo)
At the very least…. Captain Eyeliner must be talking to Orange Monster above… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Movimiento Petrushaus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Novy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Novy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo) (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mowcka with Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gatos a Gatas (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticky wall…(photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.24.19

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.24.19

Springtime in New York! Crocuses, tulips, fire extinguisher tags! Ahh the joy of life! Happy Purim to the Jewish neighbors. Saal-e-no mobaarak (سال نو مبارک) Happy New Year to the Iranian neighbors. Yes, this is New York, where we disprove the notion that we can’t all get along. Every dang day. We also sing together on the train when its stuck.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring Ardif, BustArt, Clipper, CNO PCU, Drinkala, JPS, Mattewythe, Nanos, Nubian, Pork, Rock, George Standpipe, and The Postman Art.

As the banner says…unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pray…for Pork (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Three tacos con Pork por favor…(photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mattewhyte (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Standpipe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ARDIF (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tank, gas pump. What’s the connection? Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rock in Bilbao (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Drinkala for 212 Arts. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clipper . Nanos in Bilbao. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bustart (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CNO PCU (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Word! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nubian (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JPS apparently was in NYC again. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Personality, I mean that’s what counts, right? That’s what keeps a relationship going through the years. Like heroin, I mean heroin’s got a great fucking personality.” The Postman Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The end (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Bilbao, Spain. March 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA “Images Of The Year” For 2018 Video

BSA “Images Of The Year” For 2018 Video

Here it is! Photographer Jaime Rojo of BSA selects a handful of his favorite images from his travels through 9 countries and around New York this year to present our 2018 BSA Images of the Year.

Seeing the vast expressions of aesthetics and anti-aesthetic behavior has been a unique experience for us. We’re thankful to all of the artists and co-conspirators for their boundless ideas and energy, perspectives and personas.

Once you accept that much of the world is in a semi-permanent chaos you can embrace it, find order in the disorder, love inside the anger, a rhythm to every street.

And yes, beauty. Hope you enjoy BSA Images of the Year 2018.

Here’s a list of the artists featured in the video. Help us out if we missed someone, or if we misspelled someones nom de plume.

1Up Crew, Abe Lincoln Jr., Adam Fujita, Adele Renault, Adrian Wilson, Alex Sena, Arkane, Banksy, Ben Eine, BKFoxx, Bond Truluv, Bordalo II, Bravin Lee, C215, Cane Morto, Charles Williams, Cranio, Crash, Dee Dee, D*Face, Disordered, Egle Zvirblyte, Ernest Zacharevic, Erre, Faith LXVII, Faust, Geronimo, Gloss Black, Guillermo S. Quintana, Ichibantei, InDecline, Indie 184, Invader, Isaac Cordal, Jayson Naylor JR, Kaos, KNS, Lena McCarthy, Caleb Neelon, LET, Anthony Lister, Naomi Rag, Okuda, Os Gemeos, Owen Dippie, Pejac, Pixel Pancho, Pork, Raf Urban, Resistance is Female, Sainer, Senor Schnu, Skewville, Slinkachu, Solus, Squid Licker, Stinkfish, Strayones, Subway Doodle, The Rus Crew, Tristan Eaton, Vegan Flava, Vhils, Viktor Freso, Vinie, Waone, Winston Tseng, Zola

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BSA Film Friday: 11.02.18

BSA Film Friday: 11.02.18


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

Now screening :
1. Borondo – Mites Terram Possident
2. OS Gemeos: Artists in Residence
3. JR x Time: Guns in America Video
4. PORK Extinguisher on the Houston/Bowery Wall


BSA Special Feature: Borondo – Mites Terram Possident

In the rumbling terrain of our minds and emotions the topography is marked by our experiences; cutting ravines that fill with water and craters to get stuck inside and caves to repair to and trees to scale and balance in and feel the breeze. So mark making in the physical world strikes us an opportunity to make new paths, new memories, new associations.

In this weeks first film we see Italian Street Artist and fine artist Borondo offering children the opportunity to carve into a building façade with forged metal tools here in the city of Malegno in the Province of Brecscia as part of his larger mural that references our pre-linguistic forms of communicating and story telling with images and symbols.

“I like that my murals have many interpretations, many layers of stratification,” says the artist and indeed this is one of the qualities that leads you to visit and revisit, to decode and to discover his work. He may be a mastermind creating many meanings for you to find, or he may be a providing a platform for discussion and interpretation, or he may be democratically inviting others to participate in this most public of art, this collective history. Seeing how the piece is embraced and surrounded here in the valley by these mountains, it returns us to the contemplation of our internal topography, while we contemplate the collaborative one.


OS Gemeos: Artists in Residence

Can you imagine such big artists as OS GEMEOS as artists in residence? At the Mattress Factory for the next year you can see the results and here the São Paulo brothers discuss their childhood, their processes of creation, their dream world, and their new installation called “Lyrical”.



JR x Time: Guns in America Video

Many have seen the mural on the Bowery Wall this week in New York and the 3 page fold-out on the cover of TIME, but not everyone is fully aware that the project is not in fact static – it is continuous movement. JR and his team captured hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours of video for this project and composited small videos together as one large live piece, which is currently on display at PACE gallery in Manhattan.

Read our coverage of the project and interview with the artiste here:

JR on Houston Wall, at PACE Gallery, on Cover of Time Magazine with “Guns In America”

For more on this project and to know about each of the subjects featured on the photograph and to listen to each of their stories and opinions on the issue click on the link below:


PORK Extinguisher on the Houston/Bowery Wall

Last week as a preamble to the JR opus, graffiti/street/fine artist PORK had a moment on the Houston wall under the blazing night lights.


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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.07.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.07.18


This week Banksy shredded his piece at Sotheby’s and Kavanaugh was approved to shred your future.  Dang, a lot of people got seriously punked bro.

Other than that we have to say to New York, we love you because of your fabulous diversity – and the fact that you prove every day that we can all get along really well even though we are all kinds of cultures and languages and backgrounds.

If only those (primarily) old white men who are legislating from Washington and from corporate board rooms could see and appreciate the richness that we have here in New York – they might realize that they have been completely and utterly foolish and blind to their own people, which is all of us.

It feels like this swing to the right is not about ideology but about protecting power and wealth – and we’re witnessing the dying Old Boy network kicking and screaming to protect the system that has served them best. How else can you explain the contingency that once called themselves the moral majority today exhibit almost zero morality – being brutal, haughty, and defiantly cynical – and still getting support?

On a happier note, how about those Yankees M-I-RIGHT ?

So here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Cash4, City Kitty, d.w. krsna, Dede, Izzrad, Kobra, Mark DiSuvero, Mer, Mr. Toll Troll, Mr. Tongue, Nitzan Mintz, Nobs, Onis, Pleks, Pork, Sickid, Stray Ones, and Subway Doodle.

Top Image: PLEKS. Where is it? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr Toll Troll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stray Ones (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Subway Doodle for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sickid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cash4 . Pork (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Poem 2 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dede . Nitzan Mintz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Poem 3 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Poem 5 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Tongue (photo © Jaime Rojo)

City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Be Cool Dont Trip (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Be Cool Dont Trip (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Not Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kobra (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kobra (photo © Jaime Rojo)

D. W. Krsna (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mark DiSuvero with Onis, Nobs and Mer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Izzrad (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Izzrad (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.14.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.14.16



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)

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


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)


Vudo Child. Deatil. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Vudo Child. Deatil. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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)


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


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


Gregos (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gregos (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gregos (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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


Cash4, 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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


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


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


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


Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)


City Kitty . D7606 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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.”


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



Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Aneko (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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

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Queens Hit “Top To Bottom” by New Mural Project in L.I.C.

Queens Hit “Top To Bottom” by New Mural Project in L.I.C.

The spirit of New Yorks’ 5 Pointz graffiti/Street Art holy place has popped up in the same Queens neighborhood where it was demolished in 2014, and since last summer more than 50 local and international aerosol artists have been hitting a new project “Top to Bottom”.


Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The choice of “Top to Bottom”, a graffiti term that recalls 1970s trains painted their entire height, is no mistake as creative director James P. Quinn reveres the classic style and histories of those original writers like internationally and institutionally celebrated artists Crash and Daze, who have collaborated on a mural here.

Additionally, in yet another sign that the celebration of art on the streets is ever more ecumenical, Quinn and his project lead Geoff Kuffner are bringing the newer Street Artists who are expanding and  defining the current era for art in the streets like Case Ma’Claim and Rubin 415. Not surprisingly, both of these artists started in graffiti, as did nearly every name here.


Case MaClaim (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I felt like a comfortable amount of space should be allocated to certain styles,” says Quinn as he describes the process of parceling out spots for the façade and roof of  the 124,000-square-foot former warehouse. Truthfully, he tells us, not all the surfaces and shapes are attractive to graffiti artists, so a variety of styles is best.

“I tried to fit them in where I felt that graff writers could enjoy themselves and do something expansive. There are only a couple of spaces here that fit the epic, horizontally spaced forms of style writing. There are a lot of strange shapes to navigate as a painter here, rather than easy space to develop style as a writer.”


Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Quinn and Kuffner give a couple of visitors a tour around the entire block on a gray day where heavy fog hangs in the air obscuring the top half of Manhattan and they excitedly recall stories about the many installations in this first project of their newly formed Arts Org NYC. Using the word “garden” often, Quinn reiterates that this project for them is a “proof of concept” for bigger projects that will spread further through the city. “Ultimately I’m approaching it as a mural project,” says Quinn, who has organized mural programs a number of times since the 1990s. “It’s just a beginning.”

Street Art has evolved into districts of murals in cities as a gentrification device in the last five years and despite the critique that it is often used for economic development, many urban art watchers would also agree that we’re in the middle of a renaissance of public/private art. Quinn says he wants to capture part of the public’s new interest and make it grow. “I’d like to leverage the current hype and acceptance of mural painting to open up doors to people – old women, young kids, everybody.”


Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The neighborhood itself feels like it is in transition but it is not clear where it is heading. With Silvercup Studios and the number 7 subway line nearby and MoMA PS1 within a 10 minute walk, a quick survey reveals mixed light industry, sweatshops, corner delis, and the occasional strip club. Below the off-ramp of the Queensboro Bridge, which sweeps past the “Top to Bottom” exhibition, you will see first and second generation immigrants from the areas’ latin and African communities walking by, and Quinn reminds you that the Queensbridge Projects where Hip-Hop storyteller NAS grew up is just a short walk from here.

Conversation turns to plans for more focused programming on the walls in Phase II, possible fine art shows with local gallery spaces, and ultimately a city-wide mural project that offers art and art-making to greater audiences, including school kids.


DMOTE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I do feel like murals get focused in certain locations but I feel like the entire city as a whole is still suffering. Huge demographics aren’t getting the painting,” he says, invoking the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. “I feel like my ‘I Have a Dream’ speech about this project is that I hope it gets to the point where 10 year-olds can have as much access to a neighborhood as developers.”

Does he think that projects like this are pawns for business interests to draw investments into the neighborhood and push poorer populations out? “You can debate whether or not we are opening the way for more shiny condos… but that shit is happening whether we do this or not. For me the importance is keeping us here; So we’re not totally pushed out 30-45 minutes away from here”


DMOTE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Because of its proximity to the now destroyed 5 Pointz, where hundreds, perhaps thousands, of urban artists painted a much larger block repeatedly for two decades, we ask Quinn if he’s concerned with comparisons.

“I’ve always managed other projects like this in my own style and my own way. There are comparable aspects and I have nothing but a huge sensitivity and respect for Meres and 5 Pointz,” he says, referring to the artist and de facto director of the hallowed spot. “It’s comparable only because it’s a building and it’s in Long Island City. But this is only a jump-off. I want to do way more projects like this across the city.”


DMOTE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As the business partners walk past new pieces by DMote, Li-Hill, Icy & Sot, and Jick, the topic of the historically strained relationship between graffiti writers and Street Artists appears to be addressed head-on by the project by the inclusion of all manner of painter. The guys say that it is less of an issue than some people would have you think. As a long-time artist and muralist and curator of projects like this, Quinn says he’s over the supposed rivalry of the two camps, and sees mainly just one camp these days.

“I don’t know what the fans of graffiti or Street Art have any problem with. To me it’s all awesome.”


DMOTE (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Alexandre Keto (photo © Jaime Rojo)


EGS (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Binho (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Binho (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cekis (photo © Jaime Rojo)


NEVER and Dirty Bandits (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sean9Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zumi (photo © Jaime Rojo)


PORK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin415 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin415 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Key Details (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Li Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Li Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Yes Two (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pixote (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kans115 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Daze . Crash (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Erasmo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Images Of The Week: 05.11.14

Images Of The Week: 05.11.14



Happy Mothers Day to all the moms, mommies, mama, mas, mutters, madres, and variations on loving female caregivers out there. Thank you sincerely from the bottom of our hearts.

Been a huge week for New York with yet another round of art fairs that no one has ever heard of and a few that you are familiar with, all crammed and crawling with buyers, collectors, fans, surveyors, looky-loos. Also it looks like the action on the street, both commissioned and uncommissioned, is coming on fast and furious. You try to catch it while it happens, and yet somehow in a city like New York, you know that there are hundreds of new pieces that you missed because everything is blooming seemingly overnight and April showers have brought May murals, tags, throwies, wheatpastes, stencils, street art, graffiti, stickers and cellphones hoisted into the air to capture it all!

Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Billi Kid, Billy Mode, Chris Stain, Chris Uphues, Cristian Sonda, COL Wallnuts, Cre8tive YouTH*ink, Dailey Crafton, Faluja, Grosseling, Joseph Bottari, Kazy, Lillewenn, Manuel Huth, Martha Cooper, Mender, Mover, Olek, Pork, Sober, Zola, and Zura.

Top Image >> Chris Stain and Billy Mode new mural in Brooklyn in collaboration with Cre8tive YouTH*ink. The image is based on Martha Cooper’s photograph from her series Street Play, 1978. To learn more about Cre8tive YouTH*ink click HERE. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sober . Mover (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sober . Mover (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kazy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Faluja (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cristian Sonda in Milan,. Italy. (photo © Cristian Sonda)


The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love and respect their mother” ~author unknown. OLEK suggests a similar sentiment here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zura (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dailey Crafton (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dailey Crafton (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Joseph Bottari (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pork. Grosseling (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zola (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mender (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Liliwenn in Berlin. (photo © Liliwenn)


Chris Uphues (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Billi Kid (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Manuel Huth (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Col Wallnuts for The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Brooklyn. Spring 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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