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‘Homo Naledi’ in Baltimore Points to Our Modern De-Evolution

‘Homo Naledi’ in Baltimore Points to Our Modern De-Evolution

When you look at the corporate yellow journalism flashing across screens today, the shallow and sensational rhetoric may lead you to believe we are devolving as a race. In fact it is just the opposite in many quarters, so media literacy is more important now than ever to discern who is propagating this narrative, and to what ends?

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Alfredo Segatori and Pablo Machioli (photo © Matt Fox-Tucker/BA Street Art)

Certainly many cultural observers deduct that man and woman have not progressed since prehistory and a new Baltimore mural by Street Artists Alfredo Segatori (Argentina) and Pablo Machioli (Uruguay) is a throw-back to our less-evolved selves. “I believe that cavemen still exist today and this mural is a like a mirror to look back at our roots,” says Segatori about the singular ‘Homo Naledi’ figure whose bones were discovered by anthropologists in South Africa in 2015  “We need to decide what future we want for our kids and if we want to move forward as a human race.”

The mural is part of a larger initiative including more than 20 street artists participating in a two continent cultural exchange between Baltimore and Buenos Aires, an outside component of a gallery show entitled “Roots”. The show is curated by Baltimores’ Richard Best of Section 1 Project and Matt Fox-Tucker of Buenos Aires Street Art along with local Gallery 788.

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Alfredo Segatori and Pablo Machioli (photo © Matt Fox-Tucker/BA Street Art)

As Street Art and murals are continuing to bring more of the social and political themes to the streets in cities like Baltimore and Buenos Aires, traditional organizers of public art programming appear to be on the wane – perhaps because taxpayer funded initiatives have evaporated in most cities and more complex privately funded programs triangulate outcomes.

Actual grassroots organizers of programs like this, while still related to a gallery show, are more likely to respect intellectual rigor and are increasingly carving out their own curatorial niche. It is an interesting crack in the dialogue in public space where the final artworks often respond to society in more challenging ways, rather than producing only pleasing imagery and messages approved by committee or commercial interests.

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Alfredo Segatori and Pablo Machioli (photo © Matt Fox-Tucker/BA Street Art)

For Segatori, this mural is a direct response to how we are behaving as a race – particularly toward one another. “I believe that in the world today there is still a lot of violence and intolerance so the idea of our mural is to show the reality of the society that we live in,” says Segatori of the new piece.

“There are people around us who are still forced to live in poverty, suffer from racism, discrimination and persecution due to the color of their skin.” Whether locals will take this message away from the mural is anyone’s guess, but the organizers of “Roots-Raices” say they hope to open the discussion between communities about how to assist in our collective evolution.

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Alfredo Segatori and Pablo Machioli (photo © Matt Fox-Tucker/BA Street Art)

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Alfredo Segatori and Pablo Machioli (photo © Matt Fox-Tucker/BA Street Art)

‘Roots’ brings together artworks by more than 20 street artists from Argentina and Baltimore exploring origins, cultural identities and social and racial history. Baltimore street artists who have created new artworks for the show include Gaia, Pablo Machioli, Paul Mericle, Billy Mode, Nether, Reed, Mas Paz, Ernest Shaw, Gregg Deal, Lee Nowell-Wilson and Toven plus photographs by Martha Cooper. Argentine artists represented are Alfredo Segatori are Nazza Stencil, El Marian, Luxor, Ice, Patxi Mazzoni Alonso, Maxi Bagnasco, Primo and Juan Zeballos.

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NEW JMR Piece Departs From His Pretty Women to Consterned Men

Street Artist JMR has been talking about a new series called “White Man’s Consternation” and here’s a picture of one that is surely from this series.  I instantly think of Dick Cheney, especially with the armed vigilante/private security figure by Primo in the doorway. Apparently the series is meant to reflect the troubled image of the white men who still comprise most of the dominant roles in Western society.

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JMR (photo © Bryan Raughton)

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Images of the Week 05.16.10 on BSA

Our Weekly Interview With the Street

Luna Park and Billi Kid with friends at Barneys Window
Luna Park and Billi Kid with 20 street art friends custom designed the classic Eames chair for a charity auction that ultimately mentors and helps other artists: this is a view of the whole collection in the Barneys window that debuted Thursday in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artists participating are Aakash Nihalani, Billi Kid, Blanco, Cake, Celso, Cern, Damon Ginandes, Darkcloud, David Cooper, Elbow-Toe, James and Karla Murray, Joe Iurato, Matt Siren, NohJColey, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Skewville, Sofia Maldonado, Stikman, UR®New York and Veng.

The Whole Window
The Eames Inspiration window (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile "Everything under the sky on the wings of Faile"
Faile “Everything Under The Sky On The Wings Of Faile” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Kern in Belfast Photo ©Richard Skinner
Richard Skinner shot this in Belfast of a local street artist named Mr. Kern.  Plus, I like that little pod-like car in the foreground – It’s the Apple ICar !   (photo ©Richard Skinner)

Dain
It’s INSTA-MATIC!  (Dain) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile Support Single Moms
FAILE Supports Single Moms (© Jaime Rojo)

Primo
Primo sporting a Lady Gaga mask of some sort, with a curiously shaped purple friend on his lapel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ron English tribute?
Ron English tribute? Is this what Ronald McDonald looks like after a steady diet of fast food? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile "Happens Everyday!"
Faile “Happens Everyday!” Actually, it hasn’t happened in a while (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shepard Fairey
Seeing all these new green leaves just make me break out into a smile. (Shepard Fairey) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

And We Are Still Finding Treasures Left Behind by Various And Gould
More construction in the neighborhood! (Various And Gould) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Aakash Nihalani, Billi Kid, Blanco, Cake, Celso, Cern, Damon Ginandes, Darkcloud, David Cooper, Elbow-Toe, James and Karla Murray, Joe Iurato, Matt Siren, NohJColey, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Skewville, Sofia Maldonado, Stikman, UR®New York, Veng, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Various & Gould, Ron English,Mr. Kern, DAIN, and Primo.

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BSA Images of the Week 03.21.10

Our weekly interview with the streets

For Once Babs is suffering a stare down
A good beautician always inspects carefully to ensure that no spot has escaped the Aqua Net lacquer. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This street artist's work bears some resemblance to Push. Is it Push. See Push work in Miami below.
This NANOOK piece bears some resemblance to Push. Just for comparison sake, see a Push piece in Miami below.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Push
Push in Miami (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Factory Fresh new patio mural by Skewville
Factory Fresh new patio mural by Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Primo
Primo explores the everyday superhero (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stikman
The whole IS equal to the sum of it’s parts  (Stikman) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Images of The Week 03.07.10 : New Poster Boys in a New Spring Crop

Images of The Week 03.07.10 : New Poster Boys in a New Spring Crop

March is here but don’t put your woolens away laddies and lasses.

BSA predicts at least two more snow storms before you can work on the tan line. Because, you know, we are weathermen too.   Our weekly interview with the Streets

Spring is already in the air and on the streets with brand new shoots and stems popping through the tundra by some of the new crop from the last couple of minutes.

This week we clocked none less than Poster Boy, Shin Shin, Oopsy Daisy, Primo, and Tazmat on the frozen streets of this most loved city of ours. The Poster Boy pieces in particular are a brand new direction – more focused and concepted – but after a minute of study you know they’re his and they are just as wacky as ever. Maybe they’re related to the new book coming out this month .

Enjoy this weeks crop.

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Poster Boy take on "Don Quijote" Cervantes master piece
Poster Boy does a take on “Don Quijote” Cervantes Masterpiece (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Poster Boy (detail)
Poster Boy (detail) (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Poster Boy (close up)
Poster Boy (close up) (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Poster Boy (detail)
Poster Boy (detail)

(photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Poster Boy (close up)
Poster Boy (detail) (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Oopsy Daisy

Oopsy Daisy  (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Shin Shin
Shin Shin

(photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Primo
Primo is waving guns around

(photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Oopsy Daisy
Oopsy Daisy

(photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Oopsy Daisy (detail)
Oopsy Daisy (detail) (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Tazz Tagger
Tazz Tagger – straddling the line between graffiti and street art (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

BSA loves New York
BSA loves New York (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 02.07.10

Our Weekly Interview With the Streets

Primo

One of the boys in blue (Primo) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Avoid P

OverUnder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Eatin' money keeps her good looks. Tazz Celso
“A Fly Girl like me needs security”(Rednose Tazmat and Celso) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gwen Guthrie 1986 – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But the Rent

Chief Rad
Still wondering about the name of this artist – maybe Chief Rad? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Detail
Tron-Cosmonaut Embrace  – Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Detail

Flapper Mime (Detail) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Take notice Alexis
Since 1933  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ema

Good Jiminy! Would you take a look at her Chassis! (Ema) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Primo and Co.
Jesus! We just got over Christmas and their cramming Easter down our throats.  Wait, no I’m wrong. This is street art.  Is that bunny siting on the porcelain throne? (Primo, Ema, Kid Acne, Andy, Jean-Michel…) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Discuss
Discuss. (Swan) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tazz' tough love
Tazz’ tough love (Rednose, Tazmat) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Street Geometry
Woven street geometry (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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