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BSA “Images of the Year” for 2015 : New Video

BSA “Images of the Year” for 2015 : New Video

Was 2015 the “Year of the Mural”?

A lot of people thought so, and the rise of commercial festivals and commissioned public/private mural programs probably brought more artists to more walls than in recent history. Judging from the In Box, 2016 is going to break more records. Enormous, polished, fully realized and presented, murals can hold a special role in a community and transform a neighborhood, even a city.

But they are not the “organic” Street Art that draws us into the dark in-between places in a city, or at its margins.

We keep our eyes open for the small, one-off, idiosyncratic, uncommissioned, weirdo work as well, as it can carry clues about the culture and reveal a sage or silly solo voice.  It also just reinforces the feeling that the street is still home to an autonomous free-for-all of ideas and opinions and wandering passions. For us it is still fascinating to seek out and discover the one-of-a-kind small wheatpastes, stencils, sculptures, ad takeovers, collages, and aerosol sprayed pieces alongside the enormous and detailed paintings that take days to complete.


The main image above is from a vinyl subway advertisement that was high-jacked and we published it in February of this year on our Images of the Week posting. It’s small, personal, and very effective as you can see someone suspiciously similar to Batman is jumping out of the mouth of someone looking awfully similar to Hedwig of “Angry Inch” fame.

Of the 10,000 or so images photographer Jaime Rojo took in 2015, here are a selection 140+ of the best images from his travels through streets looking for unpermissioned and sanctioned art.

Brooklyn Street Art 2015 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo


Brooklyn Street Art 2015 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

365xlos43, Amanda Marie, Andreas Englund, Augustine Kofie, Bisser, Boijeot, Renauld, Bordaloli, Brittany, BunnyM, Case Maclaim, Casg, Cash4, CDRE, Clet, Cost, Curve, Dain, Dal East, Dan Budnik, Dan Witz, David Walker, DeeDee, Dennis McNett, Don Rimx, Ricardo Cabret, LNY, Alex Seel, Mata Ruda, Don’t Fret, Dot Dot Dot, ECB, El Mac, El Sol25, Ella & Pitr, Eric Simmons, Enest Zacharevic, Martha Cooper, Martin Whatson, Ever, Faile, Faith47, Findac, Futura, Gaia, Gilf!, Hanksy, Hellbent, Hot Tea, How & Nosm, Icy and Sot, Inti, Invader, Isaac Cordal, James Bullough, Janet Dickson, Jef Aerosol, Jilly Ballistic, Joe Iurato, John Fekner, Le Diamantaire, Li Hill, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Low Brow, Marina Capdevilla, Miss Van, Mr. Prvrt, Mr. Toll, Myth, Nafir, Nemos, Never Crew, Nick Walker, Nina Pandolofo, Old Broads, Oldy, Ollio, Os Gemeos, Owen Dippie, Paper Skaters, Pet Bird, Kashink, Smells, Cash4, PichiAvo, Pixel Pancho, QRST, ROA, Ron English, Rubin415, Saner, Sean 9 Lugo, Shai Dahan, Shepard Fairey, Sheryo & The Yok, Sinned, Sipros, Skewville, Slikor, Smells, Sweet Toof, Snowden, Edward Snowden, Andrew Tider, Jeff Greenspan, Specter, Stray Ones, Sweet Toof, Swil, Willow, Swoon, The Outings Project, Toney De Pew, Tristan Eaton, Various & Gould, Vermibus, Wane, Wk Interact



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BSA Film Friday: 11.27.15

BSA Film Friday: 11.27.15




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

Now screening :

1. Vermibus: Unveiling Beauty: New York . Milan . London . Paris
2. Earth Crisis by Shepard Fairey
3. Vegan Flava: Abandoned Stories and Blank Spaces
4. Boijeot, Renauld, Martin: Hotel Empire. October 2015, 732 hours, New York City, United States.



BSA Special Feature: Vermibus: Unveiling Beauty: New York, Milan, London, Paris

“Unveiling Beauty, as the name suggests, reveals the beauty that lies hidden behind the make-up and the photographic retouching that are used both within the fashion industry and in the way it publically stages itself via advertising.

In September 2015, Vermibus has followed the route of the most in uential Fashion Weeks, travelling to New York, London, Milan and Paris. And he analysed and revealed the true beauty that was hidden behind the various campaigns that are imposed on the public spaces of these cities.”


Earth Crisis by Shepard Fairey

 “I’m hoping to reach the average person, the average citizen,” says Shepard Fairey about this new project meant to correspond with the Cop21 climate change talks.


Vegan Flava: Abandoned Stories and Blank Spaces

“In one year I did five trips to an abandoned paper factory in Vargön, Sweden.”



Boijeot, Renauld, Martin: Hotel Empire. Octobre 2015, 732 hours, New York City, United States.

Did you miss the trip from 125th Street to the Bowery this October? Just watch this compilation of about 8,500 shots that tell the story. Warning to people who have trouble with strobe lights – this is a visual assault, albeit very educational and even entertaining. Just pause it anywhere and there is a story unfolding.

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Boijeot + Renauld Update : Rain, Wind, & Inquisitive Upper West Side

Boijeot + Renauld Update : Rain, Wind, & Inquisitive Upper West Side


The French duo Boijeot & Renauld have logged one full week and three days of crossing Manhattan via Broadway. As you know they are embarking on an ambitious project where they intend to cross Manhattan with their living room, breakfast room and bedroom in tow. They started in Harlem on 125th Street and the last time we caught up with them they were moving down the Upper West Side and running into the inquisition of friendly and sometimes oddly parochial locals.

The first few days they enjoyed typical NYC Autumn weather with crisp air and sunny days. Then things turned for the worse with the prickly hurricane season wrecking havoc somewhere offshore in The Atlantic bringing heavy winds and downpours.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“One night we woke up and right before our eyes we experienced a cascade of water falling down from our plastic tarp. The water was taking the edges of the mattress and everything was so soaked that we used our photographer friend as a pillow, ” says Laurent Beijot.

Sebastien, Laurent and photographer Clement are keeping their spirits high despite the cold, the rain and the wind. New Yorkers are their fuel, their source of warmth and entertainment. They recently have been regaled with an impromptu recital on the street composed of two opera singers and one young violinist. As the singers and the musician performed on the street for the artists and their street guests a rather large crowd of spectators formed around their encampment for a quintessential New York Minute.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

So far the love affair between the artists and the Upper West Side denizens continue with multiple offering of generosity: Food, well wishes, bathrooms and showers and many gestures of gratitude. “This is the first crossing ever where we have been told by so many passersby ‘Thank you for doing this’. It hasn’t just happened once or twice but all the time and we are floored with how nice New Yorkers are. When we did this in Berlin and in Paris almost no one stopped to offer any support let alone say thank you to us,” says Sebastian.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

There were a couple of occasions when anxious merchants told them to move away from their storefronts and the police were called. Upon further inspection the police deemed the artists free of culpability or guilt of trespassing or blocking traffic and allowed them stay.

When we were visiting with them we witnessed several pedestrians stopping by to inquire about their presence on the street with so much furniture. The questions ranged from “Are you selling these furniture?” to “I give up! Can you tell me what’s going on here?” Unfazed, the artists responded to each questions with candor, humor and enthusiasm. The inquisitors usually seemed satisfied with their answers and wished them good luck.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Boijeot & Renauld: Crossing Manhattan With Your Living Room on the Sidewalk

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Boijeot & Renauld: Crossing Manhattan With Your Living Room on the Sidewalk

Boijeot & Renauld: Crossing Manhattan With Your Living Room on the Sidewalk

Travelers of all sorts frequently talk about planning their trip so they can really get to experience a new environment that reveals character. You know, get off the beaten path, discover some of the local flavor, really experience a city. Imagine dining and sleeping your way down the length of Manhattan for a month on furniture you built yourself. On Broadway. Every day and night.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Laurent Boijeot and Sébastien Renauld began their month-long journey in Harlem on 125th street over the weekend with their handmade wooden furniture and immediately they had guests over to their place. With a coffee pot brewing and comforters, boxy retro luggage, and benches stacked nearby to convert later into beds, the Street Artists/public artists/sociologists from Nancy, France invited passersby to sit for a minute, perhaps a little longer if they had the time. Almost instantly, the artists began meeting New Yorkers of all kinds.

“A chair is a really simple tool and everybody knows how to use it,” explains Mr. Renauld, an architect, referring to their instant home as part props, part instruments of interaction.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Boijeot, the one who actually studied sociology, explains that psychologically and symbolically the table  is a great leveling force in their experiment, and all manner of individuals share it with them. “So there are no classifications. There are no rich people or poor people. You can speak freely at the table and we see that people go very quickly into a sort of intimacy. When we sit at the table sometimes we see that within only a few minutes we have such a deep relationship with one another, with private life stories coming out.”

The project, or “action”, has taken many configurations in a handful of European cities, expanding into greater numbers of beds (50 in Nancy) or contracting to just a few beds and tables that are regularly carried by hand a few blocks at a time (Venice, Paris, Basel, Dresden). Here in New York they are intending to move their temporary home about five blocks at a time over the next month, including through many residential and commercial neighborhoods along the Great White Way. Although they have found that what they are doing is legal in New York, they know that not everyone may welcome them.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Actually sometimes you have more problems with the rich people than the poor people,” says Boijeot, and instantly you recall that much of Manhattan has become an island for the wealthy over the last two decades with working class and poor pushed to the outer boroughs. But as long as the walking path from the Uber/limo/Town Car to the doorman is unblocked, maybe these artists will be allowed to share a cup of coffee and a conversation in front of their building.

This Saturday night on 120th Street it is relatively quiet here in the heart of many hulking Columbia University buildings, a block from the mammoth Riverside Church, with the elevated train occasionally roaring overhead and nicely heeled students in conservative clothing ogling the six guests eating dinner at the plain plank table as they walk by.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“One of the common things we discover – everybody, every city, every culture is different, of course and every individual is different, but one thing I have noticed in my experience, is that people are up for two things, evil and good,” says Boijeot as he scans the street scene gently. “When we do this action we understand that we are giving people the possibility of being evil or good, and of their free will, they mostly decide to be good. If you present the situation where they decide for themselves, most of the people are very helpful.”

Has the living art project ever taken a turn for the worse? Renauld says that usually people are very friendly, but occasionally they have encountered a person who will try to steal from them or otherwise harm them, and they are always aware of the possibility. The best part of sleeping on a bed is that a passerby doesn’t know if you have a weapon, he says.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“When we sleep they never know what there is under the blanket,” he says, “We have accumulated perhaps 4 or 5 continuous months sleeping on the street but we have only had two times when there was trouble – we have had two guys who have jumped on the bed while we sleep. But the good thing is that they can expect anything from the guy under the blanket. We could have a knife, they don’t know.”

Both self-professed pessimists, the artists, who refer to themselves and their visitors as “authors”, say that these full-immersion public art projects performed over the last 3 or 4 years are slowly turning their own perceptions about people into positive ones.

“I have to say that we are not optimists as persons but these experiences are giving back so much good to us and showing us humanity that I am like, ‘Wow I am a pessimist but still I know that this is possible,’ ” says Renauld.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“There are so many stories,” says Boijeot, “We know that when we are old we will have time to tell each other all of these stories from these years. As a sociologist I cannot make any generalities about this, because first, it is wrong. But the other thing is that there are many little stories that make them individual, human.”

As traffic noise and sirens occasionally drown out conversation (as well as the impromptu performances of a boisterous opera singer who has stopped by with stories and excerpts from Wagner), both artists explain how local businesses allow them to use the bathroom and how many people offer to let them shower at their homes or bring them food and other gifts.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“People are so kind with us – bringing food and things to say “thanks”. Cakes… in Germany we received so many gifts, little hand-made things,” says Boijeot. Can they recount one particular story as an example?

“No, there are so many,” says Renauld.

“Yes, I can tell you one,” offers Boijeot.

“One night we were with a couple at the table in Germany. It was almost seven o’clock at night and we asked them where we could go to get wienerschnitzel, a good proper version of the traditional meal. So I asked the guy if he knew where we could go to have it and he said, ‘Yes, we have the best restaurant in town.’ But then he tried to give me the directions – ‘turn right, turn left, go two blocks, turn right…’ . I said to him, ‘I’m lost, I will not go.’ So the guy said, ‘Okay, just wait for one hour.’ And this guy and this woman went to the supermarket, then back to their home and they cooked the wienerschnitzel and other dishes themselves. Everything. Within one and a half hour they arrived – it was like a full meal – potato salad, a green salad, wienerschnitzel, and soda. The guy said that because he could not explain where to go he decided that he would make the meal for us himself.”


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Soda? No German beer with dinner? They both assure us that neither of them drink on the street when they are doing these mobile installations in cities because they need all of their senses to be alert. Renauld says that in their practice they find that after a week of living outside on the sidewalks of a city they gradually develop a certain higher sensitivity and awareness about all of their surroundings, a heightened sense of the complex interactions that taking place around them.

“After about one week we feel almost like we are in a trance,” he says, “like we are totally open to everything. So if you are to smoke or drink you are going to miss things.” Smoking, in this case, does not apply to cigarettes, as the two are continuously hand rolling a fresh one and using it for added stylistic emphasis and punctuation during conversation.

“What we are getting right here right now is the best shot of reality – no drugs can be compared to what we are experiencing,” says Boijeot. “We never know what is “the show”. Are we the spectators of the city and seeing the show or is it the inverse?”


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Actually, alcohol presents the artists with the biggest challenge on the street when the hour is late and revelers are stupid.

“One of our fears is about drunken people, because they have no limits,” he says as he scans the street on this Saturday night with a full moon almost reflexively. “We know that this part of Broadway is not the biggest party district. We have had some really big trouble in the past with drunken people.”

New Yorkers have the opportunity to meet the artists during this month and the guys are hopeful that they will be able to traverse the entire length of Broadway, but have contingency plans to visit Brooklynites if conditions get too difficult.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hopefully there will not be too much rain.

Renauld says, “During the day it is not a big problem because we have clothes.”

“It’s not fun. And we can’t use the tools, so it’s not fun,” chimes in Boijeot.

“During the night we have a technique – we put the bed and a table over it, and we have a plastic sheet so we can create a kind of tent,” explains Renauld.


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Possibility of inclement weather notwithstanding, the two know that they are in for quite a show on these streets and their determination to complete the project is more than apparent. As is their love for the experience.

“It is as if you are at the ballet,” says Boijeot. “When you take the time to sit on the chair and you see the city from a different point of view you just realize that all of this is a fucking ballet.”

“… and it is well-played because there is no make-up,” says Renauld, “it is just true ballet”.

Just wait till they get to Lincoln Center.


Boijeot . Renauld. Martin Clement on the left with Laurent Boijeot on the right. Mr. Clement will be with Boijeot & Renauld 24/7 for the entire duration of the project documenting the action as well as taking instant photos of the “guests” and other happenings to send back home as a gift to the backers of the project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot & Renauld with their first dinner guest, Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld (photo © Jaime Rojo)

All furniture made by Boijeot and Renauld in Brooklyn with machinery and facilities provided by local businessman Joe Franquinha and his store Crest Hardware.

Our most sincere and deepest thank you goes to Joe Franquinha “The Mayor Of Williamsburg” and proprietor of his family owned business Crest Hardware for his enthusiastic support of this project. Joe has always been an ardent supporter of the arts and the artists who make it and he came through again this time. Thank you Joe.





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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.27.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.27.15



Thanks to everyone who came out to talk to us and listen to a conversation we had with FAILE on the stage of the Brooklyn Museum – where everybody learned facts that are fundamental to understanding this dynamic duo; Where the name came from, why they write “1986” on everything, and what role religion plays in their work, among other things.  More on this Tuesday.

In other news, Pope Francis brought the city to a standstill – especially in Manhattan where he hit the United Nations, Central Park, and held a mass at Madison Square garden with his messages about immigration, greed, climate change, and the burgeoning wars that heads of state (there were 170 in town) appear powerless to prevent and woefully inadequate at protecting the people from. Throngs of faithful and long security lines greeted him all over the city. There was some Street Art here and there to mark the occasion, and we will continue to keep our eyes open for it now that he has gone to Philadelphia to hold an enormous mass on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum.

Also, tonight is the Blood Moon! Not sure what that means but the name is sort of scary. If we all die in an apocalypse remember we love you. If not, same.

And all the while these two French guys were dragging their furniture down Broadway from 125th Street on a city-wide tour…. Full story tomorrow on BSA.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 2501, City Kitty, Fanakapan, Jose Parla, JR, Mark Samsonovich, Mosher Show, Punk Me Tender, Renauld & Boijeot, Rubin415, Sandra Chevrier, Shin Shin, Stikman, and Wing.

Top image above >>> Fanakapan. Detail. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Fanakapan. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


2501. #NotACrime (photo © Jaime Rojo)


2501. #NotACrime Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rubin415 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Boijeot . Renauld. The furniture-making public space traipsers are in New York! Here in Brooklyn they are doing a test for their “Crossing” project in Manhattan. Would you like a cup of coffee? Stay tuned as BSA will bring you the “crossing of Manhattan” as it unfolds. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Wing is rather rain-bow themed (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown with AppleOnPictures on the left. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mark Samsonovich ad takeover campaign. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mark Samsonovich ad takeover campaign. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mosher Show (photo © Jaime Rojo)


City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jose Parla collaboration with JR. This is almost three years old but construction on the site has altered the placement of the art and we wanted to share this with you again. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Punk Me Tender (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sandra Chevrier (photo © Jaime Rojo)


“The world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us” Pope Francis.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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