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Images Of The Week: 01.12.14

Images Of The Week: 01.12.14

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Great week in NYC with the new mayor shaking hands for hours in the cold outside City Hall with all New Yorkers last Sunday, then we got smacked with the devastating cold, then sleet, then high winds. Next up, ice locusts! Also, if your Christmas tree is still up, don’t plug it in because that puppy will go up in 25 seconds of flaming glory. Wait until it is safely on the street before igniting.

This week we also featured not one but two yarn artists, which has gotta be a first for us – London Kaye and the Olek. Yarn on the street isn’t exactly a trend, but it is sort of a trend.

– In a related story, Olek is now reporting that the piece we documented her installing in 4 degree temperatures has mysteriously disappeared. Street Art vanishes all the time but the size of this piece was gargantuan and it was a complicated install and it was hung in a very heavily traversed part of Little Italy. Says Olek in her FB/Twitter all-points-bulletin “Alert: 376 square feet of #crochet art stolen.” Keep your eye on Grandma, also Aunt Betty. ‘Cause you know, knitters sometimes get competitive, that’s all I’m saying.

And here we are with our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Beau Stanton, EC13, Etnik, Haculla, Icy & Sot, Miron Milic, Olek, Pyramid Oracle, Rene Gagnon, Seville, Sexer, Steep, Swoon, Team Low Brow, Team Mishka, and Zimad.

Top Image >> Haculla. We are happy to see this veteran Street Artist on this old spot in Manhattan and of course back on the streets of NYC. Nice stash. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon’s collaboration with Groundswell was tagged very heavily during the most recent snow storm in the city. Luckily, the color palette of the new graffiti work complements the overall scheme. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Miron Milic’s sketch for his most recent work in Croatia. (photo © Miron Milic)

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The finished piece by Miron Milic. When translated, we still didn’t understand the meaning but here it is: “We played at war because it was healthy that were as much in the air.”  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Steep at The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy and Sot depict a feeling of impotence fighting the war machine and the ubiquity of guns and violence. What’s your interpretation? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Beau Stanton for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A new piece in Turin, Italy by Etnik, who is preparing for his first solo show at Square23. Dude’s got skillz. (photo © Etnik)

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Zimad at The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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RIPO for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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EC13 new installation in Spain. (photo © EC13)

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Team Mishka vs Team Low Brow for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sexer at The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“There is no such thing as part freedom”. Olek for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rene Gagnon opened with an extensive solo show at the new Mecka Gallery last night. Heavily attended. Read more about the venue, the show, and an interview with the artist HERE. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. The Golden Hour becomes the Manhattan skyline. January 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Rene Gagnon Inaugurates Mecka Gallery : Opening Today in Brooklyn

Rene Gagnon Inaugurates Mecka Gallery : Opening Today in Brooklyn

“HI! My name is…

Brooklyn hasn’t opened a new Street Art gallery in a little while – in fact it has lost some formal spaces that welcome artists of the street kind over the past couple of years. So you’ll be happy to know we can now announce a new Street Art show at a new Street Art centric gallery is opening tonight. And you’ll jump out of your boots when you find out there will be a free print release to the first hundred people in line.

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“HI! My name is… A Solo Exhibition of This and That”, a new show by Rene Gagnon opens tonight and inaugurates the Mecka Gallery in Bushwick, or East Williamsburg, depending on which real estate agent or Midwestern transplant is showing you the neighborhood.

“Its really fitting actually,” says Gagnon, whose wheat-paste and stencil work was more prevalent on the streets in North Brooklyn in the mid to late 2000s when the neighborhood was still an industrial wilderness for arriving scrappy artists looking for space, and Ad Hoc gallery was the only game in the area. “This show is a formal introduction of me and my conceptual work in a gallery setting in NYC and a formal introduction of Mecka Gallery. I think it’s perfect.” brooklyn-street-art-rene-gagnon-jaime-rojo-01-14-web-2

Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ironically, it was at another event begun by Ad Hoc’s Garrison and Alison Buxton in Queens in recent years that facilitated this opportunity for Gagnon and Mecka to work together.

“I met Justin DeDemko at the Welling Court Mural Project,” says Gagnon of the huge free Street Art event sponsored by the Buxtons as an opportunity for artists to get get exposure and, not surprisingly, it worked. After discussing the idea of a smaller show with a second artist at Bottleneck Gallery, Justin offered a new possibility.

“He was like, ‘we got something better for you’,” recalls Gagnon about the brand new raw space that DeDemko had in mind as a showcase for street artist. “I was super excited and overwhelmed at the same point,” he says of the October conversation. “I went into high gear and completed the entire body of work for this show in about two and a half months.”

Along with partners Joseph Bouganim, Arseny Libon, and Joshua Harris, DeDemko runs the small south side Williamsburg gallery that focuses on pop art and posters.  Mecka Gallery however  plans to be more of a street art and contemporary art gallery space.

“I have been collecting street art for years,” says DeDemko of his primary expression of interest in the scene thus far. He lists favorites of his eclectic collection to include How & Nosm, Miss Bugs, Judith Supine, Faile, Priest and Banksy. Although this venture will include his three other friends, DeDemko says they “just starting to get into” collecting work by Street Artists. “They have been slowly grabbing some pieces from Phlegm, Faile and Banksy.”

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Already Mecka is lining up a varied roster of artists for planned installations that is spread widely among folks known for Street Art, graffiti, murals, fine art, and one remarkable one known for photography – many of which are not commonly associated with one another. 2014 will showcase names like Pr1est, Judith Supine, a dual show with Martha Cooper and ELLE, a group show with GraffitiPrints including artists like Martin Whatson and Dot Dot Dot, and another duet by Pahnl and Romacouch. DeDemko says the selections are based on who the partners like personally as artists and who is looking to push themselves forward with a certain degree of creative risk involved.

“We want to challenge the artist – we want them to push the boundaries of what they thought their gallery show would be,” says DeDemko of the open approach to planning and installing that Mecka plans to offer artists and that will combine elements of the street in an environmental way rather than simply as a storefront with pieces for sale. “We want to infuse the street and a viewing gallery into one place,” he says. Also, “Expect some very large scale installations down the road.”

The choice of Rene Gagnon as the inaugural show is remarkably appropriate because the artist has ventured into a wide variety of styles that reflect the contemporary idea of what urban art is during his career as a graffiti writer and Street Artist, which started around 1986. Over that time his work has reflected the visual language popular at the time as he likes to investigate processes and techniques that he sees and hopefully to create a new take on a style. Notably, he’s had a few hits that are his and his alone, like the “Cash Rules Everything Around Me” stencil.

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“As you know I have a very diverse body of work,” explains Gagnon when describing the array of pieces he’ll be showing tonight. “It’s always been hard for me to lock down to one approach when creating my work – but honestly it’s the most fulfilling aspect of being an artist. I get to do something different every day which is an extreme positive but the negative is that galleries never know what to expect from me. So when I got this opportunity I wanted to take a look at what I envisioned was one of my greatest strengths. I believe my conceptual ability was at the forefront.”

Will visitors see works that span the previous twenty plus years? You bet. There are plenty of stencils and wheatpasted works that he considers some greatest hits –as well as some more sculptural installations and video work that he has explored in recent years.

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Rene Gagnon at work on his installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“When I decided to go the conceptual route for this show I went back into my print and street archives and realized there were a lot of classic images that I had never made fully realized pieces of fine art so that was my starting point. Also during the first month of preparation I was on a super creative high. I think one day over 20 concepts I deemed worthy of creating were recorded. When I finally had to go into production mode I think I had enough fodder for two or three more shows,” says Gagnon of the font of ideas and inclinations that flooded his mind.

“I’ve always had the ability to turn my creative flow on and off, but that doesn’t mean ideas don’t strike me on a daily basis. I just usually have a balance between creating and producing. For this show it was all creating then a mad fury of producing.”

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Doors open at Mecka Gallery tonight at 6 pm and the first hundred or so people in the door will score “Heart Breaker” a print release that will not be offered for sale, as well as a copy of a book by Michelle Gaudencio titled ‘A small collection of This and That’. It is a pretty generous gift that most galleries and artists would never think of, but Gagnon feels like it is a cool way for people who are not familiar with his work to get to know him better. “It was produced to give the gallery goers some insight into the vast array of artistic approaches I have experimented with.”

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mecka Gallery
65 Meadow Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

More information on “HI! My name is… A Solo Exhibition of This and That” is HERE.

 

 

 

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The 2013 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

The 2013 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

Here it is! Our 2013 wrap up featuring favorite images of the year by Brooklyn Street Art’s Jaime Rojo.

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Before our video roundup below here is the Street Art photographer’s favorite of the year, snapped one second before he was singled out of a New York crowd, handcuffed, and stuffed into a police car – sort of like the Banksy balloons he was capturing.

“Among all the thousands of photos I took this year there’s one that encapsulates the importance of Street Art in the art world and some of the hysteria that can build up around it,” he says of his final shot on the final day of the one month Better Out Than In artist ‘residency’ in NYC this October. It was a cool day to be a Street Art photographer – but sadly Rojo was camera-less in a case of mistaken identity, if only for a short time.

Released two hours later after the actual car-jumping trespasser was charged, Rojo was happy to hear the Chief Lieutenant tell his officer “you’ve got the wrong man”, to get his shoelaces back, and to discover this photo was still on his camera. He also gets to tell people at parties that he spent some time in the holding cell with the two guys whom New York watched tugging down the B-A-N-K-S-Y.

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What’s everybody looking at? Jaime Rojo’s favorite image of the year at the very end of the Banksy brouhaha. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Now, for the Video

When it came to choosing the 112 images for the video that capture the spirit of the Street Art scene in ’13, we were as usual sort of overwhelmed to comb through about ten thousand images and to debate just how many ‘legal’ versus ‘illegal’ pieces made it into the mix. Should we include only images that went up under the cover of the night, unsanctioned, uncensored, uncompromised, unsolicited and uncommissioned? Isn’t that what Street Art is?

Right now there are a growing number of legal pieces going up in cities thanks to a growing fascination with Street Art and artists and it is causing us to reevaluate what the nature of the Street Art scene is, and what it may augur for the future. You can even say that from a content and speech perspective, a sizeable amount of the new stuff is playing it safe – which detracts from the badass rebel quality once associated with the practice.

These works are typically called by their more traditional description – murals. With all the Street Art / graffiti festivals now happening worldwide and the growing willingness of landlords to actually invite ‘vandals’ to paint their buildings to add cache to a neighborhood and not surprisingly benefit from the concomitant increase in real estate values, many fans and watchers have been feeling conflicted in 2013 about the mainstreaming that appears to be taking place before our eyes. But for the purposes of this roundup we decided to skip the debate and let everybody mix and mingle freely.

This is just a year-end rollicking Street Art round-up; A document of the moment that we hope you like.

Ultimately for BSA it has always been about what is fresh and what is celebrating the creative spirit – and what is coming next. “We felt that the pieces in this collection expressed the current vitality of the movement – at least on the streets of New York City,” says photographer and BSA co-founder Rojo. It’s a fusillade of the moment, complete with examples of large murals, small wheat pastes, intricate stencils, simple words made with recycled materials or sprayed on to walls, clay installations, three dimensional sculptures, hand painted canvases, crocheted installations, yarn installations etc… they somehow captured our imaginations, inspired us, made us smile, made us think, gave us impetus to continue doing what we are doing and above all made us love this city even more and the art and the artists who produce it.

Brooklyn Street Art 2013 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

A Dying Breed, Aakash Nihalini, Agostino Iacursi, Amanda Marie, Apolo Torres, Axel Void, Bagman, Bamn, Pixote, Banksy, B.D. White, Betsy, Bishop203, NDA, Blek le Rat, br1, Case Maclaim, Cash For Your Warhol, Cholo, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Christian Nagel, Cost, ENX, Invader, Crush, Dal East, Damien Mitchell, Dase, Dasic, Keely, Deeker, Don’t Fret, The Droid, ECB, el Seed, El Sol 25, Elbow Toe, Faile, Faith 47, Five Pointz, Free Humanity, Greg LaMarche, Hot Tea, How & Nosm, Icy & Sot, Inti, Jilly Ballistic, John Hall, JR, Jose Parla, Judith Supine, Kremen, Kuma, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Love Me, Martha Cooper, Matt Siren, Elle, Mika, Miss Me, Missy, MOMO, Mr. Toll, Nychos, Okuda, Alice Mizrachi, OLEK, Owen Dippie, Paolo Cirio, Paul Insect, Phetus, Phlegm, Revok, Pose, QRST, Rambo, Ramiro Davaro, Reka, Rene Gagnon, ROA, RONES, Rubin, bunny M, Square, Stikki Peaches, Stikman, Swoon, Tristan Eaton, The Lisa Project 2013, UFO 907, Willow, Swill, Zed1, and Zimer.

Read more about Banksy’s last day in New York here and our overview of his residency in the essay “Banksy’s Final Trick” on The Huffington Post.

 

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Images of The Week: 06.30.13

 

Big Week in New York this week – but then you probably knew that.

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Claw Money, Erik Denbreejen, Meer Sau, MSK, Pose, Rene Gagnon, Revenge, Revok, Rime, Street Hart, and Wing.

Top image > Revok and Pose with guest artist Rime of MSK. Houston/Bowery Wall process shot. Many of you have been following the process of the making of this wall in NYC via our Instagram. Here is an exclusive image for BSA Readers and stay tuned for our extensive coverage on BSA this Wednesday with an interview with the artists. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Claw Money is shown here working on the window piece featured on today’s banner to celebrate Gay Pride in NYC. The Grand Marshal for the 5th Avenue parade will be the woman who the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of this week, New York’s own Edith Windsor. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Street Hart (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Wing (photo © Jaime Rojo)

REVOK Revenge (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ai Wei Wei (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Erik Denbreejen did this tribute to David Bowie using the lyrics to two of his songs, “Heroes”, and “Fashion” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Meer Sau in Salzburg, Austria (photo © Meer Sau)

 

Meer Sau in Salzburg, Austria (photo © Meer Sau)

Meer Sau in Salzburg, Austria (photo © Meer Sau)

Untitled. Manhattan. June 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Images of the Week: 05.05.13

 

 

Feliz Cinco De Mayo to all the Mexicanos/Mexicanas in the NYC today! Actually it’s more of a beer company sponsored holiday for los gringos but What the Infierno, it’s a big Spanglish Sunday in our multicultural city. Yo, speaking of spanish, check out José Parlá above rocking the installation he did with JR on a wall in Chelsea.  And speaking of JR, the Times Square excitement continues till Friday so head on over to tourist central and be a part of it and a volunteer will help you get your mug turned into a piece of street art. Also keep your eyes open for news of his trip this week to Rikers Island. Bro, we weren’t there, we’re too scared to even think of it.  But we did get to hang out with visiting Tunisian/Parisian calligraphic Street Artist El Seed this week while he was hitting up a wall and we’ll show you that action soon.

Anyway, here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Billi Kid, Bishop 203, Classic, Duke A. Barnstable, Earth Chronicles, Fink NY, Foxx Face, Fumero, Gilf!, Havan, Jon Hall, José Parlá, JR, Mr. Toll, ND’A, Rene Gagnon, Sno, Stikman, and Wishbe .

Top image > JR and José Parlá. “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

HUSH.  “Hush revisited this old piece in Newcastle, UK on Friday. The original piece in the same place was damaged by a huge rain storm,” says his studio manager, who described how he incorporated the damaged piece into the new one. Now it looks like the damage is going to influence his new show in LA. It turns out to be an interesting study in how work on the street can affect work in the studio.  (photo © HUSH)

Um, could you post this? Gilf! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Toll seems appropriate for 5 de Mayo. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jon Hall “In Name and Blood” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Big expansive walls are cool, but its always very nice to see well rendered small pieces on the streets too.

ND’A is King (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Chelsea Magnet Wall is featuring Fumero, WishBe, Absolut Insulin and the always high-charged Duke A. Barnstable. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Yeah, I hear you sister. It’s rough out here. Earth Chronicles and Fink NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Oh man, this is a Classic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bishop203 pumping up the volume on both his Street Art side and graffiti side, and it’s got a lot of harmony. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

I’m thinking Herakles, how about you? Courage, endurance and nobility from Billi Kid. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Well, at least some things are getting done around here. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. SOHO, NYC. 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week: 04.28.13

This week was a cool in NYC not just because JR and his minions were plastering faces all over the pavement in Times Square but because a couple of Brooklyn Street Artists, who were early on the current scene had their first introduction into the Brooklyn Museum for the Annual Artists Ball. FAILE created a custom 40 foot long table for guests, replete with their iconic spinning prayer wheels atop for the donors to the museum. It was good to see Patrick and Patrick were just a table away from graffiti/fine artist Jose Parla, who knocked out his own giant piece for people to eat off of. They say you sometimes have to go to foreign lands to get the recognition your work merits but in this case it’s gratifying to see a celebration of some hometown Street Art talent that continues to influence the scene.

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring B.D. White, Be Super, Bitch, Brad Robson, Dain, Dee Dee, Gaia, GMO Killiz, GumShoe, JJ Veronis, Mr. Toll, ND’A, Rene Gagnon, Robert Janz, and Sno.

Top image > ND’A stepping it up a level (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ND’A. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Robert Janz. Post Only Bulls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rene Gagnon. Street Art Handler. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rene Ganon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JJ Veronis metal sculpture of a Crab and a Lobster going at it. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

GumShoe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

GAIA Currency (photo © Jaime Rojo)

B.D. White (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rep 1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dee Dee (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dee Dee (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brad Robson (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This is Awkward. BITCH (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BeSuper (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bast (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Harlem. February 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Fun Friday 11.09.12

What a week! Have a great Friday everybody.

1. Ron English “Crucial Fiction” at Opera (NY)
2. “Museum of Curiosity” at Black Rat (London)
3. “RELIEF” – A Brooklyn Fundraiser Tonight – Helping New Yorkers with an Art Auction
4. “High Class Trash”, Dotmasters at Reed Projects
5. “The Art of Comedy Art Crawl” (NYC)
6. Know Hope and “The Weight” (LA)
7. Lara Zombie and her “Blue Bird Lobotomy (NYC)
8. Krause Gallery has a new show featuring Hanksy (NYC)
9. “Once Upon A Time in The West” at Maximillian Gallery (West Hollywood)
10. JURNE has “Keys To The City” at Klughaus Gallery  (NYC)
11. Jurne: “Keys to the City” (VIDEO)
12. OLEK “You Can’t Fool” (VIDEO)
13. Balai Seni Visual Negara (BSVN) (VIDEO)
14. HOPSCOTCH RHA RHA RHA 2012 (VIDEO)

Ron English “Crucial Fiction” at Opera (NY)

The new solo show by Ron English,”Crucial Fiction” is now open at Opera Gallery in Manhattan. The pop surrealist continues to mine the heroic and dark images of his childhood imagination and of those around him, technically masterful 3-D contortions pulsating with mischief and an attitude of play. Street Artist, commercial artist, anti-commercial artist, culture jammer, pop culture enthusiast; English continues to explore to the delight of his fans.

Ron English (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“Museum of Curiosity” at Black Rat (London)

An unusual group exhibition titled “The Museum of Curiosity” is now open at Black Rat Projects and includes a new installation titled “Dream Reliquary” by Brooklyn based Street and Fine Artist SWOON. The show also includes American artist Butch Anthony along with Tessa Farmer, Candice Tripp, Nancy Fouts, Giles Walker, Jessica Harrison, Taylor Shepherd, Delaney Martin and Oscar Rink. A very personal show for Black Rat owner Mike Snell, you also get to see as well centuries old taxidermy and a hippo skull, among other curiosities.

Butch Anthony “CEO2LED” installation in Rossyln, Virginia. (image courtesy © Butch Anthony official site)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“RELIEF” – A Brooklyn Fundraiser Tonight – Helping New Yorkers with an Art Auction

Making Deals Zine and Trumbull Studios have teamed to put together a silent auction and raffle with the proceeds to bring relief to Sandy’s victims. They reached out to dozens of artists and friends to donate art for this cause. The event aptly titled “RELIEF” will take place today at the Trumbull Studios in Brooklyn. Please come out, have fun, purchase art and help those that are in need. Click on the link below the image for a full list of participating artists.

All proceeds from the sales will go to designated charities for the victims of Hurricane Sandy: New York Cares (nycares.org), Red Hook Initiative (rhicenter.org) and the Red Cross (redcross.org).

For further information and full artists list click here.

“High Class Trash”, Dotmasters at Reed Projects

In Stavanger, Norway the Reed Projects Gallery new show opens tonight with The Dotmasters “High Class Trash” solo show.

For further information regarding this show click here.

“The Art of Comedy Art Crawl” (NYC)

Hit the streets with Vandalog and The New York Comedy Festival, who are teamed to produce a number of murals in Little Italy in the Lower Manhattan. There will be an art crawl,  “The Art of Comedy Art Crawl” to be precise this Saturday, Nov. 10 where Street Art fans are going to be guided to appreciate the newly installed pieces by Ron English, Gilf! and Hanksy.

Gilf! in Little Italy for The Art of Comedy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this event click here.

Know Hope and “The Weight” (LA)

The Israeli based Street Artist named Know Hope has a solo show called “The Weight” opening tomorrow at the Known Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Know Hope unique characters and words come together on walls and found wood as entire poems. His art aims to lighten the burden of living, while contemplating it’s weight.

Know Hope struggles with Phlegm on the streets of Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Also happening this weekend:

Lara Zombie and her “Blue Bird Lobotomy” solo show is now open to the general public at Broome Street Gallery in Manhattan, NY. Click here for more details on this show.

Krause Gallery has a new show featuring Hanksy called “Young Puns 2 – Now With More Pun”. Now open to the general public in Manhattan, NY. Click here for more details.

The new group exhibition “Once Upon A Time in The West” at Maximillian Gallery in West Hollywood, CA opens tomorrow with new works by Andy Appleton, Mauro Caputo, John Carr, COL, COPE2, DD$, DeeKay, Dog Byte, Richard Duardo, Rene Gagnon, Gregos, Listak, Devin Liston, Septerhed, Smear, Steven Swimmer and Tazroc. Click here for more details on this show.

Klughaus Gallery in Lower Manhattan will give JURNE the “Keys To The City” at the opening of his solo show tomorrow. Click here for more details on this show.

 

Jurne: “Keys to the City” (VIDEO)

OLEK “You Can’t Fool” (VIDEO)

 

Balai Seni Visual Negara(BSVN), Malaysia for ART BOOK FAIR 2012 (VIDEO)

HOPSCOTCH RHA RHA RHA 2012 (VIDEO)

A good use of duct tape on the street in Indonesia. – And an effective way to engage the public.

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Maximillian Gallery Presents: “Once Upon A Time In The West” A Group Exhibition. (West Hollywood, CA)

Rene Gagnon

Rene Gagnon on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Maximillian Gallery  

presents   

 

Once Upon a Time in the West  

 

Featuring: Andy Appleton, Mauro Caputo, John Carr, COL, COPE2, DD$, DeeKay, Dog Byte, Richard Duardo, Rene Gagnon, Gregos, Listak, Devin Liston, Septerhed, Smear, Steven Swimmer and Tazroc

 

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY November 10, 2012, 6PM – 8PM

Exhibition: Every Day, 1PM – 8PM, and by appointment
Maximillian Gallery, the award-winning street art gallery in West Hollywood, unveils its newest exhibit, Once Upon a Time in the West, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The exhibit features top street and urban art by a talented roster of artists: Andy AppletonMauro CaputoJohn CarrCOLCOPE2,DD$DeeKayDog ByteRichard DuardoRene GagnonGregosListakDevin ListonSepterhedSmearSteven Swimmer andTazroc.  Once Upon a Time in the West runs through Thursday, December 20, 2012.  Also, Maximillian Gallery is pleased to now feature a selection of unique Rene Gagnon Abraham Obama lenticular prints reworked from Ron English originals.  Maximillian Gallery is open daily from 1:00pm to 8:00pm, except major holidays, as well as by appointment, inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel (1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 323-546-9615).  Maximillian Gallery is also often open late on Fridays and Saturdays.  For more information, please see http://maximilliangallery.com.“We are thrilled to showcase the exciting collection of cutting-edge works in the new exhibit,” says Caradoc, Maximillian Gallery’s owner and director, “The show brings together a fresh selection of work from emerging as well as established artists.”Once Upon a Time in the West -

Curated by third-generation art connoisseur and entrepreneur Caradoc, Maximillian Gallery is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art, featuring dozens of emerging as well as established artists, with an emphasis on urban, graffiti, and street art.  The gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Once Upon a Time in the West, features works by some of the most provocative and prolific artists working today.

WHAT:  Once Upon a Time in the West Art Exhibition

WHO:  Andy Appleton, Mauro Caputo, John Carr, COL, COPE2, DD$, DeeKay, Dog Byte, Richard Duardo, Rene Gagnon, Gregos, Listak, Devin Liston, Septerhed, Smear, Steven Swimmer & Tazroc

WHEN:  Opening reception Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (with some featured artists in attendance), as well as daily through Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm, and by appointment

WHERE:  Maximillian Gallery, 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Images of the Week 11.04.12

This was a tough week for New York and we’re still struggling to recover from the Hurricane whose name we’re tired of saying. We have every reason to believe New Yorkers will continue to pull together, as we always do. Go Brooklyn! Go Staten Island! Go Manhattan! Go Queens! Go Bronx! Go Long Island! Go New Jersey! Go Connecticut! New York, you are beautiful and we love you.

As ever, photographer Jaime Rojo was on the streets shooting a lot of stuff, and of course there was new Street Art to discover too. So here’s our weekly interview with the street, including 2501, Bast, Cash for Your Warhol, Classic, Cynthia von Buhler, FKDL, Gilf!, Hanksy, JR, Nick Walker, Pixel Pancho, Rene Gagnon, Ron English, and You Are Beautiful.

These new Cash For Your Warhol signs are suddenly appearing again, and offering valuable authentication services also.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FKDL has a complimentary and cozy relationship with Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FKDL (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Parisian FKDL left new stuff that appeared on the streets of Brooklyn recently, his collages now evolving to include more detailed figurework in a 1950s illustration style. Using clippings from vintage newspapers and magazines in the compositions, these wheat pastes/collages are hand colored and one of a kind, left for the few who catch sight of them before the weather destroys them. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Many boarded up and empty lots were uncovered by the fury of hurricane Sandy this week. Many plywood fences blew up and away, exposing the hidden walls. This is an old JR piece that we have documented before but we have not been able to get inside this fenced lot until now. Naturally, it now has been transformed a bit by the contributions of tags on it, sort of emulating the stripe painted across this native American’s face. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cynthia von Buhler “Speakeasy Dollhouse” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Here’s a Ron English installation in progress in Little Italy for The New York Comedy Central in association with Vandalog: “The Art of Comedy”. There will be an art walk to celebrate this installations. More details to follow on the BSA Calendar and Upcoming Events. Some local guys stopped to pose for this one. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! says Lady Liberty is still drinking the KoolAid in this installation in Little Italy for The New York Comedy Central in association with Vandalog: “The Art of Comedy”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! styles Barack Obama as a marionette in this installation in Little Italy for The New York Comedy Central in association with Vandalog: “The Art of Comedy”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hanksy installation in Little Italy for The New York Comedy Central in association with Vandalog: “The Art of Comedy”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hanksy installation in Little Italy for The New York Comedy Central in association with Vandalog: “The Art of Comedy”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Thanks darlin’ so are you. Your Are Beautiful (photo © Jaime Rojo)

One of the most unhinged and kinetic Bast tags we’ve seen in a while (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2501 is in town and pulling out the optic trickery at Bushwick Five Points (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho brings in the robotic Dandy aesthetic at Bushwick Five Points. Also makes you think of a very young Colonel Sanders, right? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pixel Pancho at Bushwick Five Points. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rene Gagnon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Classic. Looks like Charlie Browns having a bummer. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Hurricane Sandy caused NYC to go partially dark this week and even days after the storm there are still 2 million people without electricity. In this photo the Williamsburg Bridge is half illuminated on the Brooklyn side, half dark on the Manhattan side – a visual representation of the sense of loss the city is feeling right now. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Fun Friday 10.19.12

Happy Friday Peepuls. Now before we all set our sights on Friday art parties and dancing and getting crazy and writing on people’s foreheads with markers, it’s time for us to get Debatified so we are all ready to vote. Obama is ahead in New York by like a hundred and five percent but apparently there are some states in the imperfect union where it is still a toss-up and people are just not sure who’s better. Moderator Candy Crowley scoured all of New York’s Long Island Tuesday and came up with only 82 people who still don’t know who they’re voting for – 12 of them polled just before airtime were also not sure who is on the one dollar bill, so there’s a clue for ya right there. Here’s a capsulized version of what went down.

1. Becca and Philip Lumbang (LA)
2. “Purple”, a Female Group Show in Williamsburg  (BKLN)
3. Fairey’s “Sound and Vision” (London)
4. Gregory Siff is “A Matter of Time” in LA
5. Shark Toof Takes a Bite out of LA
6. Meanwhile, Back in Haunted Brooklyn…Get Out Your Knife
7. “The Art of Basketball” at the Pop International Galleries (NYC)
8. Gallery For The People at Stonebook Court Estate (Los Altos)
9. “It’s Alive 2” at Urban Folk Art Gallery (BKLN)
10. “Art on the Seam” Documentary teaser  (VIDEO)
11. Vermibus – The Sting (VIDEO)
12. ROA in the Boneyard (VIDEO)

Becca and Philip Lumbang (LA)

Becca and Philip Lumbang, two of LA’s Street Art scene, are teaming at Lab Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA with their show titled “Babes & Bears” now open.

Becca in Los Angeles (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

“Purple”, a Female Group Show in Williamsburg  (BKLN)

“Purple” is the new color for this season as envisioned by a strong group of female Street Artists in a group exhibition in Brooklyn, NY at Causey Contemporary. This show opens tonight.

Queen Andrea in NYC for The Grassy Lot. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

PURPLE includes Alice Mizrachi, Diana McClure, Gilf, Lady Pink, Lichiban, Miss Van, Olek, Priscila De Carvalho, Queen Andrea, Ritzy Periwinkle, and Sofia Maldonado

For further information regarding this show click here.

Fairey’s “Sound and Vision” (London)

Shepard Fairey’s  solo exhibition “Sound & Vision” opens tonight in London at the Stolen Space Gallery. His first London exhibition in 5 years, Fairey brings along friend and collaborator Z-Trip to supply the soundtrack to the artwork.

Shepard Fairey in NYC at the Houston St. Wall. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Gregory Siff is “A Matter of Time” in LA

A “Matter of Time” is the title of Street Artist Gregory Siff’s new show at Gallery Brown in Los Angeles, CA opening tomorrow night.

For further information regarding this show click here.

Shark Toof Takes a Bite out of LA

If you have never seen a shark playing ping pong you’ll have your chance at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice Beach, CA where Shark Toof’s new show “Ping Pong Show” opens tomorrow.

Shark Toof pokes Lister’s eye out in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Meanwhile, Back in Haunted Brooklyn…Get Out Your Knife

Fall is here, leaves are turning, the sweet smell of burning fires permeates many residential neighborhoods of the city, ACs are off and windows are open and you can hear the sounds of the streets are night. And now you get to stab a pumpkin and carve a face out of it at Crest Hardware. MWAH HAH HAH HAWWWW. Joe invites you and the whole family to come out and enjoy the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, Saturday.

For entry rules, times and more details on this event click here.

Also happening this week:

“The Art of Basketball” is a group exhibition curated by Billi Kid at the Pop International Galleries in Manhattan featuring Mr. Brainwash, URNY, The Dude Company, Skewville, Shiro, Rene Gagnon, Joe Iurato, Ewok, One 5MH, Jack Aguire, David Cooper, Cope2, Chris Stain, Cern and Billi Kid. This show is now open to the general public and you can click here for more details.

Gallery For The People Fall Pop-Up show with Sage Vaughn, Deedee Cheriel, and Curtis Kulig is now open for the general public at The Stonebook Court Estate in Los Altos Hill, CA. Click here for more details on this show.

“It’s Alive 2” showcasing the art of Mark Bode, Dr.Revolt, and Stan 153 opens tonight at the Urban Folk Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Click here for more details on this show.

“Art on the Seam” Documentary teaser  (VIDEO)

An upcoming documentary by David Freid about the art work on the wall in the West Bank.

 

Vermibus – The Sting (VIDEO)

ROA in the Boneyard (VIDEO)

A new video from Jason Wawro for the Boneyard Project features ROA.

Screenshot from video by Jason Wawro of ROA in the Boneyard Project. © Jason Wawro for Boneyard

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Pop International Galleries Present: “The Art of Basketball” Curated by Billi Kid. (Manhattan, NYC)

The Art of Basketball”


POP International Galleries

Presents

Art of Basketball
Curated by Billi Kid

The Art of Basketball is a collection of original artworks
under license from the NBA. The collection currently
features unique works on official NBA backboards and
sections of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game floor boards.
This collection taps a select group of leading graffiti
and street artists to re-imagine the most iconic symbols
of this beloved game.

October 16 – October 28, 2012
Opening reception: October 16, 7-9pm
RSVP Required: popart@popinternational.com

Featuring Mr. Brainwash, URNY, The Dude Company, Skewville, Shiro, Rene Gagnon, Joe Iurato, Ewok One 5MH, Jack Aguire, David Cooper, Cope2, Chris Stain, Cern and Billi Kid

POP International Galleries
473 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012

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Welling Court: A New York Mural Block Party Like No Other

The community mural: A time honored urban tradition rooted in local flavors and tastes. Every major city and many small towns have them and most people who live near one of these colorful creations also have stories they can tell you about them. Apart from the graffiti scene or the Street Art scene, Allison and Garrison Buxton have one focus in mind when curating artists into this neighborhood in Queens to paint for the third year in a row: The nexus of community and creativity.

El Kamino. Work in progress. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The styles, perspectives, and command of the aerosol can may vary, but the enthusiasm and refreshing lack of attitude at this non-commercial weekend event are undeniable. This year the number of participating artists grew to over 90 and the number of dishes served by neighbors on folding buffet tables in the middle of the street was probably 10 times that. It’s easy to see that this working class neighborhood full of racing kids on bikes and people posing for photos in front of murals is one true definition of New York today. For this sunny summer event, it’s the electricity of live creativity on the street that draws people out to talk with each other.

ENX tagged by Free 5 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Free 5 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Flying Fortress at work with MOST (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Chris and Veng from Robots Will Kill (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! at work. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

UR New York (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

See One . Too Fly (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Yok at work with Never. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sheryo at work. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The duo called Sinned at work. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sinned (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Kiji at work. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Score (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Queen Andrea (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Alice Mizrachi takes a break to chat with photographer Martha Cooper. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Joe Iurato (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris Stain steadies Billy Mode (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hellbent (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Feral at work. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOP (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

For more photos of completed murals on Welling Court 3 click on Images of the Week 06.17.12

Thank you to Garrison and Allison Buxton for their indefatigable efforts to bring the community of artists together. Thank you to the families and business of Welling Court for opening their doors and their walls to the creative spirit.

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