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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.21.19

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.21.19

This week has been on fire.

Notre-Dame has been sorrowfully tested this week by fire. The Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn burned fires of bread in the streets Friday in a religious ritual for Passover known as chometz. Even the Orthodox Christians have Holy Fire celebrations on the day before Easter, which was yesterday.

Thanks to the visions of artists, the street continues to set imaginations on fire as well. Just don’t get burned.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring Antennae, Captain Eyeliner, Caze, Franco “Jaz” Fasoli, Hiss, Hot Tea, Pyramid Oracle, Rek La Blatte, Samuffa, Sensbale, Smells, Steve ESPO Powers, and Texas.

Franco JAZ Fasoli (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pyramid Oracle in Philadelphia (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vizie (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Vizie (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist in Philadelphia (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rek La Blatte in Philadelphia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hiss (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Antennae (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ephemeron in Philadelphia (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gane and friends… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Texas (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Steve ESPO Powers in Philadelphia (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Scamuffa in Philadelphia (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smells . Texas . Sensbale . Surts . Caze (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hot Tea (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA “Images Of The Year” for 2017 (VIDEO)

BSA “Images Of The Year” for 2017 (VIDEO)

Of the thousands of images he took this year in places like New York, Berlin, Scotland, Hong Kong, Sweden, French Polynesia, Barcelona, and Mexico City, photographer Jaime Rojo found that Street Art and graffiti are more alive than every before. From aerosol to brush to wheat-paste to sculpture and installations, the individual acts of art on the street can be uniquely powerful – even if you don’t personally know where or who it is coming from. As you look at the faces and expressions it is significant to see a sense of unrest, anger, fear. We also see hope and determination.

Every Sunday on BrooklynStreetArt.com, we present “Images Of The Week”, our weekly interview with the street. Primarily New York based, BSA interviewed, shot, and displayed images from Street Artists from more than 100 cities over the last year, making the site a truly global resource for artists, fans, collectors, gallerists, museums, curators, academics, and others in the creative ecosystem. We are proud of the help we have given and thankful to the community for what you give back to us and we hope you enjoy this collection – some of the best from 2017.

Brooklyn Street Art 2017 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

Artists included in the video are: Suitswon, Curiot, Okuda, Astro, Sixe Paredes, Felipe Pantone, Hot Tea, Add Fuel, Hosh, Miss Van, Paola Delfin, Pantonio, Base23, R1, Jaune, Revok, Nick Walker, 1UP Crew, SotenOne, Phat1, Rime MSK, Martin Whatson, Alanis, Smells, UFO907, Kai, Tuts, Rambo, Martha Cooper, Lee Quinoes, Buster, Adam Fujita, Dirty Bandits, American Puppet, Disordered, Watchavato, Shepard Fairey, David Kramer, Yoko Ono, Dave The Chimp, Icy & Sot, Damien Mitchell, Molly Crabapple, Jerkface, Isaac Cordal, SacSix, Raf Urban, ATM Street Art, Stray Ones, Sony Sundancer, ROA, Telmo & Miel, Alexis Diaz, Space Invader, Nasca, BK Foxx, BordaloII, The Yok & Sheryo, Arty & Chikle, Daniel Buchsbaum, RIS Crew, Pichi & Avo, Lonac, Size Two, Cleon Peterson, Miquel Wert, Pyramid Oracle, Axe Colours, Swoon, Outings Project, Various & Gould, Alina Kiliwa, Tatiana Fazalalizadeh, Herakut, Jamal Shabaz, Seth, Vhils, KWets1, FinDac, Vinz Feel Free, Milamores & El Flaco, Alice Pasquini, Os Gemeos, Pixel Pancho, Kano Kid, Gutti Barrios, 3 x 3 x 3, Anonymouse, NeSpoon, Trashbird, M-city, ZoerOne, James Bullowgh, and 2501.

 

Cover image of Suits Won piece with Manhattan in the background, photo by Jaime Rojo.

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BSA’s 15 Most Popular Murals Of 2017 – A “Social” Survey

BSA’s 15 Most Popular Murals Of 2017 – A “Social” Survey

How do you measure the success of a street piece? Foot traffic? How long it runs before being dissed?

The Internet revolutionized our lives and our definition of community and along with that we extend the experience of art on the street to the conversations and sharing that takes place in the digital “social” realm. BSA lives in both spheres daily, capturing stuff on the street and then telling its story to a global audience online. The truth is, we never really know what people will like.

Actually we do know some things will always be a hit as time moves forward – pop culture references. Banksy and Shepard and D*Face and their generation could always count on Sid Vicious, Marilyn, Mickey, Her Majesty QE2 and the ironic turn of pop parlance to drive a humorous, campy, sarcastic point home. Today we can count on 90s rapper Biggie Smalls and Star Wars Storm Troopers in any iteration to send the image volleying through our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter referrals, comments, feeds. In fact, both Biggie and the Trooper made it into the top 15 mural collection this year and last year – made by different artists.

In fact, these 15 images are not all murals but they resonate with larger numbers than others we published this year; a visual conversation that includes legal, illegal, small, anonymous, massive, deliberately confounding, tossed off scrawling, handmade and mass produced stickers, tags, poetry, diatribes, culture jamming, ad takeovers, sculpture, installations. Every week we aim to present a varied selection of expressions currently represented on the street, and then it is your turn to respond.

During 2017 BSA readers responded to images via our website, Instagram, Twitter, Tumbr, and Facebook pages. In a thoroughly unscientific survey that calculates “likes” and “clicks” and “re-Tweets” and “impressions”, we tallied up which murals (or images) got the most interest from you. Care to interpret the results?


15 – Lonac.

Here is his multi-story mural of an artist friend painting a wall for “No Limit” Borås. Borås, Sweden. September, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


14 – Add Fuel.

His mural of traditional Scottish tile patterning in Nuart Aberdeen captivated many readers. Aberdeen, Scotland. April, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


13 – Daniel Buchsbaum.

Converting this water heater in a room of the Antique Toy Museum. Mexico City. November, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


12 – Axe Colours.

For the second year in a row, but in different cities by different artists, the 1990s Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls appears on the top 15 list. This time he is in Barcelona, Spain. November, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


11 – Miss Van.

Ever more surreal, this is an instant classic by Miss Van is in Barcelona, Spain. November, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


10- Dave The Chimp.

The simplicity of Dave The Chimps’ characters can be a bit deceiving, considering how he manages to put them everywhere in so many situations. This one taps into our societal fears and the realization that our public (and private) moves are being recorded and scrutinized all the time, ready or not. Berlin, Germany. February, 2017.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


9 – ATM Street Art.

Dude, the bird-admiring contingent online took this one and flew with it. It’s a Red-faced Warbler for Audubon Birds of Broadway. Manhattan, NYC. January, 2017.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


8 – Suits.

A prize-winning use of existing conditions in furtherance of his message, Suits used this damaged wall very effectively. It helped to have Manhattan as a backdrop. Brooklyn, NYC. June, 2017  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


7 – BK Foxx.

Directly borrowed from a scene with Robert Dinero in the movie Taxi Driver, Street Artist BK Foxx uses the background to reference the never-ending scenes of violence that are in the news in the US. Brooklyn, NYC. November, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


6 – Tatiana Fazlalizadeh.

This garden of the mind grows in Manhattan at public school PS92. Manhattan, NYC. January, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


5 – The Outings Project.

Created during Nuart Aberdeen by Julien de Casabianca of the Outings Project, this reproduction of a painting was perfectly placed in a part of the city once known for the selling of people as slaves. An uncomfortable bit of beauty maximizes the possibilities with perfect placement. Aberdeen, Scotland. April, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


4 – 1UP Crew…and other vandals.

An iconic and isolated Brooklyn rooftop scene in the winter is made forbidding and welcoming by the snow storm and picnic tables.  Brooklyn, NYC. February, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 


3 – Pyramid Oracle.

Ascending the subway stairs to see the grand wizened man with a third eye, this black and white image was somehow inspirational to many of our fans. Manhattan, NYC. April 2017.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


2 – Raf Urban.

A mid-sized wheat-pasted stencil piece claims the number 2 spot with the former President and First Lady, along with the message “Diversity is Hope.” Brooklyn, NYC. April, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


1 – Jerkface.

Guy Fawkes is a folk hero for the Occupy generation, here surrounded by the encroaching anonymous armature of the police state, represented by Storm Troopers. You can read many messages into this and like most good art, you’d would be right. Manhattan, NYC. March, 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.09.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.09.17


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Hooray! Spring is here in New York again. That means daffodils and crocuses are sprouting up among the soda cans and candybar wrappers and cigarette butts in the park’s gardens, and new proud or furtive aerosol missives are being sprayed on crumbling walls and phone booths are getting hi-jacked with posters by artists and galleries are again overflowing onto sidewalks for openings.

Our thanks to everyone who came out for the Heliotrope fundraiser this Thursday, to Swoon for being Swoon, and to her for asking us to curate the new line of prints, and to the six artists who gave their best to us all and to the Heliotrope projects in Haiti specifically:  Case Maclaim, Faith XLVII, Icy And Sot, Li-Hill, Miss Van, and Tavar Zawacki (Above). Thank you also to all of Swoon’s team for helping us mount the show.

Also saw the press preview of the new documentary about NYC Street Artist Richard Hambleton called “Shadowman” this week, which was thrilling, frightening, sickening, and beautiful. People in the room were all feeling a bit nauseous when the lights came up – but for various reasons; the commercial art world seems to suck the beauty out of things, artists can be finicky like cats, and the worship of drug culture is dreadfully overglamorized and it killed off lots of cool people and cancer (from smoking) is actively killing the artist right in front of your eyes, which he freely admits to. Also, his work is amazing.

Accurately capturing the ragged, wooly, wildly creative downtown scene in which Hambleton first came up, Director Oren Jacoby premieres “Shadowman” at The Tribeca Film Festival in NYC on April 21, 2017.

On a totally related note, we were sad to learn Friday afternoon of the death of Glenn O’Brien, influential part of the NYC “Downtown” art and cultural scene in the 1970s, 80s and much much more. We had last seen him doing an interview with Lee Quinones in Chinatown for Lee’s show two years ago.

This week we’ll be seeing you at Nuart Aberdeen! It’s Nuarts’ first foray into another city and really it’s just a stone’s throw across The North Sea to Stavanger, the original home of Nuart in Norway. The kids are on spring vacation in Aberdeen all week so we know we’ll see a lot of swag youth traipsing around to see new artworks going up by artists and thoughtful academic types attending conference lectures. Drunken types will be attending the Friday night fight at a local bar. BSA will be at Belmont theater presenting BSA Film Friday LIVE and introducing “Saving Banksy” and “Beautiful Losers” over the weekend. Come on over; can’t wait to meet you!

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring: Bifido, Chip Thomas, Chzz, Faust, Hydeon, Janz, Mdom, Nick McManus, Pyramid Oracle, Rubin 415, SacSix, Sheryo, Sonni, Swoon, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and The Yok.

Top image: Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hydeon at The Centrifuge Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Yok & Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Janz. Ransom notes and collage. The main collaged figure in the center reminds us of the work of Richard Hambleton and the Studio 54 fixture Grace Jones. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Janz. Ransom notes and collage. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Janz. Ransom notes and collage. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh for Art in Ad Places. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chip Thomas’ portraits of Rose and Paul at The Reservation. “Rose and Paul who have been together living, loving and experiencing lives challenges + joys together for the past 65 years” -CT (photo © Chip Thomas)

Chip Thomas portraits of Rose and Paul at Antilope Hills. “Rose and Paul who have been together living, loving and experiencing lives challenges + joys together for the past 65 years” -CT (photo © Chip Thomas)

Faust (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Indeed. And shameful. MDOM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bifido. Mommy. “This is in a squat place. Some people occupied this space and they use it to give  Italian language courses for new migrants, to present concerts, mount exhibitions, build a study room and generally create others things for people in the district. I made this work here to support activity and the guys who every day spend their time helping other people.” Bifido (photo © Bifido)

Sonni (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Woody is riding the wrecking ball by SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A bejeweled storm trooper from SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chzz experiments with robots in Ukraine. (photo © Chzz)

The prints of the six artists for Helitrope Prints that BSA had the honor to curate for Swoon. Form left to right: Tavar Zawacki (Above), Icy & Sot, Miss Van, Fiath XLVII, Swoon, Case Maclaim and Li-Hill. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The photographer and, in our humble opinion, performance artist Nick McManus perilously stands atop a foot stool to snap the perfect Polaroid group shot at The Heliotrope Foundation’s Pop-Up on Thursday with Swoon’s new hand drawn sketches to his right. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. SOHO, NYC. April 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.01.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.01.16

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“Hooray! Hooray! The first of May. Outdoor f***ing begins today!”

– Or at least that’s what we learned in school. Brooklyn’s hawthorn trees and lilacs are in bloom, as are the cherry trees in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. High school girls are wearing short skirts and long hair and boys are well, boys; strutting around like peacocks trying to get attention with fun and foolish behavior, and Duke Riley is setting pigeons free after dark till June 12.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring BAT, Billi Kid, Binho, D7606, Damien Mitchell, Enzo Sarto, Freddy Sam, JMZ Walls, Kafka, Maya Hayuk, Modus, Mr. Toll, Otto “Osch” Schade, Pyramid Oracle, Ricky Lee Gordon, Seb Gorey, Weed Dude, and Zeso.

Our top image: OSCH for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Seb Gorey. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Seb Gorey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ricky Lee Gordon AKA Freddy Sam for #notacrime campaign in West Harlem. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ricky Lee Gordon AKA Freddy Sam for #notacrime campaign in West Harlem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BAT (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Maya Hayuk (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Maya Hayuk. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Maya Hayuk. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Maya Hayuk. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zeso for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo Sarto with Kafka (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Binho for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Billi Kid (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Modus (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damien Mitchell for JMZ Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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d7606 and The Ramones (currently at the Queens Museum) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Weed Dude (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Pyramid Oracle Alights New Seers and Sorcerers for Spring

Pyramid Oracle Alights New Seers and Sorcerers for Spring

When last we touched base with Pyramid Oracle he told us that he was creating new mythologies and his parents were neither bankers nor hippies. Examining these four new fellas on the streets of NYC the seer, the sorcerer, the frustrated sanitation worker and the angry landlord all come to mind.

And that is the grand gift of subjective analysis – we have the ability to ascribe characteristics and intentions to the work of an artist, frequently a projection of our own psychological/spiritual/social/political worldview. These pieces appear here without additional description and ready to accompany you on your springtime errands.

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.08.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.08.15

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring ADM LOD, Collagism, DAIN, Ernest Zacharevic, Hellbent, Jerk Face, Kremen, La Diamantaire, Martha Cooper, Miss Me, Mr. Toll, ND’A, Norm Kirby, Obey, Pyramid Oracle, Shalom Neuman, Shepard Fairey, Sinned, and Wing .

Top image above >>> Hellbent in New Jersey beaming in the autumn sunshine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sinned (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic’s fourth collaboration with Martha Cooper. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic has completed his fourth collaboration with a photograph by Martha Cooper. Well executed in this New York location, Ernest is drawing inspiration from Ms. Cooper’s photographs of children at play on New York’s Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1970s.

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The original photograph of kids climbing a fence in an abandoned lot in NYC (photo © Martha Cooper)

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Ernest Zacharevic’s fourth collaboration with Martha Cooper. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic’s fourth collaboration with Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Wing (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kremen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Parisian Street Artist La Diamantaire visiting and adding a bit of glitter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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La Diamantaire (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A typical New York apartment with a somewhat packed roommate situation. Mr. Toll three D metaphor for life in NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Miss Me. Someone is not taking responsibility? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rent increase? Racist Donald Trump on SNL? iPhone OS update? ADM LOD (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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OBEY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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OBEY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Where is my passport? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Prague artist DIAN with the Life is Porno Crew.  Bullshit elephant. The GOP icons were added later and weren’t part of the original concept. The Bullshit sign was installed by fusion artist Shalom Neuman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Norm Kirby (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Norm Kirby (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NDA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jerk Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Collagism (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. November, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Boo! Halloween Street Art from Your Ghoulish Friends at BSA

Boo! Halloween Street Art from Your Ghoulish Friends at BSA

Happy Halloween everybody! It’s a scary time on the streets and artists are always giving us disturbing and comical reasons to be frightened – it’s like we need some catharsis to help us process personal and world events. Whether it is Freddy Krueger or just a classic old bobbing skull, the specter of our fears and fantasies is alive and well just around the corner.

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JPS in Stavanger (or should we say Stabbinger?), Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JPS in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JPS in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JPS in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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EDMX is catching death with this skinny skater dude (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Steiner sees you (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Steiner (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Candy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz scares the bejesus out of passersby in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz in Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal and one of his scary corporate death men in Boras, Sweeden. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ollio in Sweeden. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A tribute on the street to Jack Nicholson from The Shining. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TAK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Left Handed Wave (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Norm Kirby (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Times Square. Midnight Moment. photo © Jaime Rojo

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Pyramid Oracle Divining Messages on the Street

Pyramid Oracle Divining Messages on the Street

On the scene for a couple of years on New York streets is the mystical portraitist of some secret order known only to the Pyramid Oracle. Many street artists use their tag or street name as a cover. This one uses it as a theatrical character ambiguously imparting truths and insights, rather hoping you will fill in the missing patches with your imagination.

Here we have some recent additions to the street that are at once sage and sorcerous, cryptic and calming, plump with symbols and harbingers of good or evil, or not.

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Pyramid Oracle. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

After all, an oracle is merely a vessel through which divine understanding may flow, a tool of the gods and goddesses to communicate about the future and the past, guiding you to something greater. And if you don’t buy that, at least you may admire a three-eyed lady who greets you on your way home from school or your job or the laundromat.

We had occasion to talk with this mystical medium of monochromatic hand-made wheatpastes and while his answers were sometimes murky and he likes to speak in the third person (or fourth, or fifth), we found that we could divine some greater truths and insights about the spirit of this street medium named Pyramid Oracle.

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Sometimes your images appear to be quite labor-intensive hand paintings, while others look like linotype prints, or even commercially printed replicas. Can you talk about your thought process for deciding which method you use?
Pyramid Oracle: Most of the work is primarily hand painted, and depending on the paper used the techniques will vary. On white paper the lines tend to be made in a relief printing style and with butchers paper – which is now mostly used, its possible to utilize the mid tone to build washes and highlights. There are far more layer involved when using this craft paper. This way the paintings take 3 times as long to paint but the product is far superior. In general the intention demonstrates a laborious commitment to the work, which sets itself apart.

 

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: For the hand painted pieces, for example – does it begin with a sketch in a notebook while you are traveling on a bus or something? What steps are involved that lead up to producing a piece that appears on the street.
PO: There are several categories or subjects in which the content is derived. You could look at Pyramid Oracle as the illustrations of an evolving independent study. Sometimes the images are the culminations of concepts and ideas already discovered that now serve as cornerstone achievements of understanding. Other times the ambiguous nature of esoteric wisdom has seeded itself deep within the subconscious. Like a subliminal intuition, it slowly influences the vessel, piece by piece until another puzzle is complete. Either the image is imagined in full to convey its message, or the concept is stitched together through the sketches painted over time, slowly adding up.

 

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: What qualities are you looking for when selecting a model for your portraits? Should they be particularly wise, or perhaps spiritual?
PO: Most of the works are inherently existential and spiritual in nature, having allegorical qualities to serve as more than the powerful image that initially draws you in. With the characters chosen, each expression is in words…immeasurable. So much of what is sought to be captured cannot be easily contained in one explanation, that multiplicity is the essence of why visual communications are so powerful and valuable. The intention is to remain cryptic without limiting any audiences ability to have there own interpretation, and in this way I suppose they should be particularly wise.

 

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Pyramid Oracle. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: Mysticism is referenced in the geometric patterns you combine with your portraits, as well as the inclusion of a third eye or entire third visage. Are your parents bankers or hippies?
PO: The parents of Pyramid oracle are neither bankers nor hippies, but are the ancient mysteries and their architecture. Through the examination and re-purposing of archaic patterns, we are creating the new mythology for our current pilgrimage.

We are the parents of the future!!! lol

 

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: When a person is describing your work to their Aunt Marlene, which three adjectives are going to help her appreciate it better?
PO: Recently was hash tagging a piece with the word #kingdom, and #kingdomhall popped up. After using this tag, a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses started to comment on the picture of 5 crowned kings skulls roped together into an ornamental trophy: “It is a shame that sick Satanic so called art is shown on a site with such name bringing SHAME! Satan go away from us. Praise Jehowa!”

Hopefully not everyone’s Aunt is so easily terrorized by the images created for Pyramid Oracle. Even if they are seemingly dark eccentric representations, they stem from the root of all other ancient knowledge…

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: Is the street a place for finished work always, or is it also a laboratory?
PO: The street is both gallery and laboratory. Its obvious that a finished image will find its way to be displayed on the street. But its interesting how a painting grows into itself when it is made for this purpose. Since the canvas is not limited by size or shape, the possibilities are the ones to experiment with. Unfortunately this is often limited by how efficiently something can be installed in a timely fashion. And the amount of work one is willing to invest in something that is all too often destroyed faster than it was created. Most importantly the street provides a place to purge ideas and thus continue to create new things. This has always been a huge motivating factor and a valuable reason to put up work.

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.18.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.18.15

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Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon….

This week was full of great Street Art stories – the main one everyone was talking about was fake TV graffiti by the Egyptian Street Artists who hacked the propagandic “Homeland” drama, in the process revealing the producers’ utter xenophobia by merely writing critical messages in Arabic – the language of the land the show was supposedly so expertly depicting. No one from the show caught it before it aired.

Elsewhere JR thinks Street Art might change the world, Retna scored the cover of the new Justin Beiber album, and the French performance artists Boijeot Renauld were profiled on the Today show and in The New York Times. This week they made it through Times Square and are somewhere just below Union Square now – living on Broadway en route to Battery Park by the end of their sojourn next weekend. Speaking of Times Square don’t miss the very cool Juxtapoz news stand on display right now in the middle of the Selfie-Stick Forest. Today is the last day for that installation.

You may also like to check out this piece we did for a car rental site about non-vandalizing Street Art

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring #364xLos43, Apple on Pictures, Damien Mitchell, Grotesk, Skeindreamz, LoSbieco, Momo, Paul Richard, Pupo Bibbito, Pyramid Oracle, Totoro, and Wane.

Top image above >>>#365xLos43 “Their Pain Is Our Pain, Ours is Their Outrage As Well” refers to the 43 Mexican students kidnapped and killed one year ago. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Wane (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Juxtapoz T.SQ Newsstand designed by Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer. This project is in conjunction with Times Square Arts. Today is the last day to visit the stand. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Juxtapoz T.SQ Newsstand designed by Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer. This project is in conjunction with Times Square Arts. Today is the last day to visit the stand. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Juxtapoz T.SQ Newsstand designed by Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer. This project is in conjunction with Times Square Arts. Today is the last day to visit the stand. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cat with mouse. Artist Unknown. Pamplona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Skein Dreamz makes a crochet portrait of Totoro. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Apple On Pictures (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crazy Eye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MOMO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MOMO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pupo Bibbito and LoSbieco painted this piece in an abandoned factory in Reggio Emilia, Italy. This factory produced the R60 tractor. The factory was fully operating from 1904 through 2008. In October 8, 1950 workers occupied the factory to protest the imminent dismissal of 2100 workers. The artists wanted to pay tribute to that fight for workers rights with this mural. (photo © Pupo Bibbito)

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Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Paul Richard (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. West Village, NYC. October 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.28.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.28.15

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Yo sis the joint was rockin this week in the USA with public healthcare snatched from the jaws of defeat, Same Sex Marriage approved by the Supreme Court coast to coast, and Obama singing Amazing Grace at a heart-breaking memorial after the racist shootings in Charleston. Locally we were happy to work with Chip Thomas (Jetsonorama) to get into Brooklyn and put up his new powerful piece on Black empowerment commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the Selma marches, the huge 30 piece Coney Art Walls project officially opened Wednesday night, and Brooklyn’s Maya Hayuk is suing Starbucks for stealing her art to sell coffee.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Andreco, Barlo, Ben Eine, Biella, BR, Brolga, Crisp, Denton Burrows, Eva Mueller, Gaia, Kaws, Oji, Old Broads, Lungebox, Praxis, Pyramid Oracle, and UFO907.

Top image above >>> Denton Burrows, Crisp and Praxis collaboration. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Denton Burrows, Crisp and Praxis collaboration. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gaia in Kingston, NY from 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Barlo in Hong Kong. June 2015 (photo © Barlo)

Barlo made this mural on the island in Lamma, Hong Kong. It is meant to recall a simpler way of living that is now eclipsed by rapid modernization. “It talks about a traditional practice (using long sticks to propel your fishing boat) that the main city of Hong Kong seems to have lost. It is in these small islands and villages where you can still find elements of this lifestyle, ” says Barlo.

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Barlo in Hong Kong. June 2015 (photo © Barlo)

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Two wolves at the dentist. Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Lungebox (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This new KAWS sculpture was just gifted to the collection at The Brooklyn Museum and is on display in the lobby of the museum until December. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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UFO 907. This sculpure was originally made by the 907 Crew for an exhibition at BAM in Brooklyn. HERE is the coverage of that exhibit. We were pleasantly surprised to have seen it on this field someplace in the country side of this vast state. The UFO has landed indeed. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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UFO907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Oji (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Oji (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eva Mueller. Be Free – Be You (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ben Eine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Brolga (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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These posters advertising a downtown party bring some nostalgia of years past when things were simpler but hidden. Today’s world might be more complicated but many things are more open and accepted in public. This is the spirit in which this weekend celebrations are based on. Inclusion and acceptance.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Old Broads. Speaking of acceptance. Artist Old Broads has been painting and pasting her drawings of women of a certain age embracing life and their bodies as a thing of beauty…the way it should be. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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We have been spotting this character on the streets of NYC for some weeks now. At first glance it looks like a molar with a life on its own. We don’t know who is behind them UPDATE: It is LUNGEBOX – but this one caught our eye for its well rendered simplicity. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Andreco. Pistoletto Foundation. Biella, Italy. (photo © Andreco)

Andreco is back on BSA with this “Living Mural” a project he has had in his mind since 2010, he says. when “I was doing my PhD in environmental engineering on the environmental behavior of green technologies, green roofs and green walls in particular. At that time I decided to combine the Artistic with the Scientific research when doing a mural with an integrated vertical garden. The wall painting is ephemeral and it will change over the time with the plant growth,” Andreco tells us.

Part of the “Hydra Project” at the Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation in Biella, Italy, Andreco used Natural paint, aluminum strings, climbers plants, soil, dry rocks wall, and an irrigation system for this piece.

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Andreco. Pistoletto Foundation. Biella, Italy. (photo © Andreco)

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Untitled. Study in red, green and white. Brooklyn, NYC. June 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.10.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.10.15

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Today we celebrate Mother’s Day in the USA and Mexico and about 70 other countries. Cheers and thank you to all the mothers of the world.

If only we would stop paying lip service to the foundational importance of motherhood; if millions of mothers would know that tomorrow they will have food to feed their children, that they could live without fear of violence, could take off time from work to care for their families, were paid a living wage equal to a that of a man, could feel loved, protected, supported, respected and cherished.

Let’s all work to make sure that more mothers experience love and a peace of mind. Even if your mother is not alive and here with us today, we can support someone’s who is.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring $howta, Anthony Lister, Brolga, City Rabbit, Gualicho, Hot Tea, JR, M*Code, Mr. Volpe, Nina Kunan, No More Lies, Pablo Harymbat, Phoebe New York, Pyramid Oracle, Swil, Tristan Eaton, and Willow.

Top Image: Brand new work from Willow and Swil in Brooklyn. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Willow and Swil (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Willow and Swil. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phoebe New York (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Brolga (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR from his series Walking New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton at work on his mural for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton. Detail of his mural for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The phrase in Tristan’s new mural inspired by the Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five song from 1983, “New York, New York”.

New York, New York
Big City of Dreams
and every thing in New York
ain’t always what it seems.


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Pablo Harymbat AKA Gualicho and Nina Kunan. Collaboration in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CLICK on photo to enlarge. May 2015. (photo © Gualicho)

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M*Code (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Rabbit (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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No More Lies (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Someone made a cat fish sculpture out of tires and wrapped it around a lamp post. If it is not Yong Ho Ji then it is an admirer of his work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Lister behind the fence. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Lister with Hot Tea on the fence. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This wall keeps changing again and again and we like seeing it each time. Various artists. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Spring 2015. New York City. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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